Two students from our Faculty of Engineering recently performed their internships in Japan. Both students are studying for their master degrees at our Department of Electrical Engineering’s program in Information and Communication Technology for Embedded Systems.
Sanyapong Youkachen achieved his internship at Ryowa Co., Ltd., with the help of his advisor Dr Miti Ruchanuruks. Ryowa is located in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture. The company designs and manufactures hydraulic systems, machine vision and industrial robotics. Sanyapong researched deep learning-based defect detection software, an artificial intelligence application for machine vision. Deep learning-based software learns analogous to how a human would; it can handle confusing backgrounds and poor image quality, and can adapt to new circumstances without reprogramming its core algorithms.
Sukpranhachai Gatesichapakor conducted his internship at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) robotics lab. NAIST is located between Osaka and Kyoto, near the Takayama science hub. He performed research and experiments in robotics.
Both students found living and working in Japan an enriching experience. They admire Japan’s disciplined work ethic, social responsibility, clean environment and efficient and safe transportation system. What they found most challenging was the language barrier with their colleagues, since some of them were weak at English, and both students only learned rudimentary Japanese during their brief stay there.