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International Student

Q1. Please tell us about your current research at the Graduate School.
Q2. What is your career goal?
Q3. Message to prospective students of the Graduate School, Niigata University.

Doctoral Program

Environmental Science and Technology
Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forestry

A1. Tsyden Sandakov: My current research at the Graduate School of Science and Technology entails the development of environmental conservation technologies for grain production in the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation. Recently I have finished an article for an international journal entitled “Optimum Design of a Chisel Plow for Grain Production in the Republic of Buryatia, Russian Federation.” Now I am designing a three dimensional (3D) model of grain seeder by using 3D CAD software. Upon its completion, I would like to fabricate it on the Russian crop.
Nadezhda Sandakova: My current research at the Graduate School of Science and Technology concerns improving the efficiency of the Russian agricultural machinery industry. At present I am working on an article “Current Issues and Prospects of Agricultural Machinery Industry in Russian Federation under the Policy of Import Substitution.” I suppose that this topic is crucial because sustainable development of the agricultural machinery industry is extremely important to promote agriculture and ensure food security for the Russian Federation.

A2. After earning the Ph.D. we want to continue our scientific work and to pursue an academic career. We would like to be researchers in a research institution or in the private sector. We would like to establish academic cooperation between Russia and Japan, to share experiences and knowledge not only in science but also in other spheres.

A3. A real scientist is someone who is not afraid to take risks and explore new horizons. Therefore do not fear to experiment, be open to knowledge and new skills, because there are so many opportunities for their realization at the Graduate School, Niigata University. You can get rich knowledge in science and Japanese culture, meet new friends, and here you will always find support. Be imaginative! All discoveries start with a dream.

Current Students

Q1. Please tell us about your current research at the Graduate School.
Q2. What is your career goal?

Master’s Program
Advanced Materials Science and Technology
Advanced Mechanical Science and Engineering

A1. I conducted a study on the pressure change on the patellofemoral (PF) joint surface after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery on patients with an ACL injury. Having a role in restraining the anterior motion of the tibia, the ACL can be considered as the most important ligament in the knee joint. Moreover, the ACL ensures the proper physiological motion of the knee. Although disorders in the PF joint after ACL reconstructive surgery have been reported frequently, the main cause has never been revealed. The relative position between the femur and tibia after ACL reconstructive surgery was found to have changed from that of normal knee. Knee motion under this condition may put an extra load on the PF joint. In this study, pressure change on the PF joint surface was investigated by conducting an in vivo motion analysis and an in vitro experiment. This study is a medical-engineering joint research project in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons.

A2. In the future, the workload of healthcare professionals will increase with the progression of an aging society. I hope that, although through an indirect way, our research can contribute to society by supporting medical doctors and reducing their workload. Although I am not going to work at a medical company after completing my studies, my current goal is to be involved in product development for the community where everyone can live safely and securely.

Shin TABETAToshiyuki SUDODoctoral Program
Electrical and Information Engineering
Human Sciences and Assistive Technology

A1. My research entails building a safe image-viewing environment and studying the mechanisms of Visually-Induced Motion Sickness (VIMS). VIMS is a motion sickness that induces dizziness, vertigo, stomach discomfort, nausea, and vomiting when there is inconsistency in self-motion information processed by sensory organs, such as between visual and vestibular systems. Previous studies have reported that the VISM symptoms are more likely to be induced by a wide field-of-view and high resolution display. With the development and dissemination of image projection devices, we are at higher risk of experiencing the symptoms, thus requiring a safe image-viewing environment. In this light, this study aims to develop a VIMS prediction model by forecasting the degree of VIMS based on biological information utilizing Artificial Neural Networks.

A2. I have two career goals: one is to elucidate at least one uncovered body mechanism, and the other is to contribute to the betterment of society through my research studies.