Nara-shi, Japan
Nara-shi, Japan

Kio University is a private university in the town of Kōryō in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1946, and it was chartered as a university in 2003. Wikipedia.

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Ishigaki T.,Kio University | Ishigaki T.,Higashiikoma Hospital | Ueta K.,Kio University | Imai R.,Kio University | Morioka S.,Kio University
Experimental Brain Research | Year: 2016

In human postural control, touching a fingertip to a stable object with a slight force (<1 N) reduces postural sway independent of mechanical support, which is referred to as the effect of light touch (LT effect). The LT effect is achieved by the spatial orientation according to haptic feedback acquired from an external spatial reference. However, the neural mechanism of the LT effect is incompletely understood. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to employ EEG frequency analysis to investigate the cortical brain activity associated with the LT effect when attentional focus was strictly controlled with the eyes closed during standing (i.e., control, fixed-point touch, sway-referenced touch, and only fingertip attention). We used EEG to measure low-alpha (about 8–10 Hz) and high-alpha rhythm (about 10–12 Hz) task-related power decrease/increase (TRPD/TRPI). The LT effect was apparent only when the subject acquired the stable external spatial reference (i.e., fixed-point touch). Furthermore, the LT-specific effect increased the high-alpha TRPD of two electrodes (C3, P3), which were mainly projected from cortical brain activities of the left primary sensorimotor cortex area and left posterior parietal cortex area. Furthermore, there was a negative correlation between the LT effect and increased TRPD of C3. In contrast, the LT effect correlated positively with increased TRPD of P3. These results suggest that central and parietal high-alpha TRPD of the contralateral hemisphere reflects the sensorimotor information processing and sensory integration for the LT effect. These novel findings reveal a partial contribution of a cortical neural mechanism for the LT effect. © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Neo J.E.,Kio University | Brownlee I.A.,Kio University
Nutrients | Year: 2017

Previous epidemiological evidence suggests that habitual consumption of whole grains is associated with reduction of disease risk. While wholegrain food consumption appears to be increasing in Singapore, it is still low, with more infrequent consumption noted in younger Singaporeans. Therefore, the primary objective of this study is to determine the knowledge of whole grains and barriers to consumption of wholegrain foods. Thirty participants (age range 21–26 year, 19 females) took part in two focus groups separated by a 2-week period in which participants trialled a range of wholegrain foods. Barriers towards whole grain consumption and experiences of products during this familiarization period were discussed during the focus groups and knowledge of whole grains was assessed by questionnaire. Potential barriers such as personal factors, product-specific factors and external factors were identified with sensory and habitual being stronger barriers. The whole grain familiarization period did not alter the taste expectations of the consumers but it did manage to increase acceptance for four of the wholegrain products tested (muesli, cookies, granola bars and wholewheat pasta). These findings suggest existing barriers to wholegrain food consumption should be considered by public health agencies and manufacturing companies. © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Gupta M.,National University of Singapore | Wong W.L.E.,Kio University
Magnesium Technology | Year: 2014

Magnesium is the lightest structural metal with tremendous potential in weight critical engineering and biomedical applications. To pave the way of magnesium based materials into multiple applications, it is important that: A) they can be processed cost effectively and using the existing infrastructure used for processing conventional light metal such as aluminum and b) there be enough formulations with wide range of combination of properties. In the first part of this paper, cost effective processing using disintegrated melt deposition technique and microwave assisted powder metallurgy technique will be highlighted. In the second part, mechanical characteristics of magnesium based formulations primarily focusing on nanocomposites will be presented with an aim to address their suitability in engineering applications. Finally this paper will conclude illustrating the current efforts that are made to replace aluminum alloys with magnesium based formulations.

Do T.N.,Nanyang Technological University | Tjahjowidodo T.,Nanyang Technological University | Lau M.W.S.,Kio University | Phee S.J.,Nanyang Technological University
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing | Year: 2014

The tendon sheath mechanism plays an important role in many robotic systems from surgical devices to robot hands. However, many unexpected properties such as nonlinear hysteresis and backlash, which appear in the tendon sheath system, cause major losses in force transmission. This report deals with the characterization of hysteresis phenomenon, which is attributed to the presence of frictional effects on its elements, in a tendon-sheath driven surgical robot. Unlike various approaches presented in the literature that utilized multiple lumped mass elements, this proposed approach models the tendon sheath as one element. A new dynamic friction model that allows accurate description of friction lag and hysteresis behavior in two regimes, i.e. presliding and sliding regimes, for a sheath in arbitrary configuration such as helical and spatial shape has been developed. In both regimes, an advanced set of velocity and acceleration dependent functions in a form of the Stribeck function and the modified normalized Bouc-Wen model are used to model friction characteristics between the tendon and the sheath. The smooth transition between the two regimes is also assured. The proposed model is subsequently validated using experimental data. It shows a high degree of accuracy and fidelity in predicting the friction force in a tendon-sheath mechanism. The proposed model overcomes the current drawbacks in tendon sheath friction modeling approach when dealing with discontinuity as the system operates near areas of zero velocity. The new structure of this new model allows a simplified calculation, bringing more valuable practicability and providing an accurate prediction for haptic feedback and control purposes. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Yamamoto T.,Kio University | Ueji K.,Kio University
Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience | Year: 2011

Once the flavor of the ingested food (conditioned stimulus, CS) is associated with a preferable (e.g., good taste or nutritive satisfaction) or aversive (e.g., malaise with displeasure) signal (unconditioned stimulus, US), animals react to its subsequent exposure by increasing or decreasing ingestion to the food. These two types of association learning (preference learning vs. aversion learning) are known as classical conditioned reactions which are basic learning and memory phenomena, leading selection of food and proper food intake. Since the perception of flavor is generated by interaction of taste and odor during food intake, taste and/or odor are mainly associated with bodily signals in the flavor learning. After briefly reviewing flavor learning in general, brain mechanisms of conditioned taste aversion is described in more detail. The CS-US association leading to long-term potentiation in the amygdala, especially in its basolateral nucleus, is the basis of establishment of conditioned taste aversion. The novelty of the CS detected by the cortical gustatory area may be supportive in CS-US association. After the association, CS input is conveyed through the amygdala to different brain regions including the hippocampus for contextual fear formation, to the supramammillary and thalamic paraventricular nuclei for stressful anxiety or memory dependent fearful or stressful emotion, to the reward system to induce aversive expression to the CS, or hedonic shift from positive to negative, and to the CS-responsive neurons in the gustatory system to enhance the responsiveness to facilitate to detect the harmful stimulus. © 2011 Yamamoto and Ueji.

Fuyuki M.,Kio University
Journal of Luminescence | Year: 2016

The multiphoton photodegradation mechanism of indocyanine green (ICG) was investigated by using femtosecond near-infrared (NIR) pump and probe pulses. In the pump fluence region from 2 mJ/cm2 to 4 mJ/cm2, the photodegradation rate was higher in acetic acid than in ethanol, and the rate was proportional to pump fluence to the 2.3th power in acetic acid and the 3.9th in ethanol. Considering that the degree of auto-protolysis of acetic acid is much higher than that of ethanol, the experimental results indicate that self-ionized solvent molecules played an essential role in the degradation of ICG molecules excited by NIR multiphoton process. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

The purpose of this study was to examine whether differences in aerobic capacity and training status influence muscle reoxygenation after sprint exercise. We hypothesized that the muscle reoxygenation rate after sprint exercise is slower in long-distance runners with a high aerobic capacity. Five male long-distance runners, 5 male sprinters, and 6 healthy male controls performed a 30-second sprint exercise on a cycle ergometer. Oxygen saturation in muscle tissue (StO2) in the vastus lateralis muscles was measured by near-infrared spectroscopy. The muscle reoxygenation rate after the exercise was evaluated at half the time required for StO2 recovery (T 1/2 StO2). Aerobic capacity was evaluated by measuring maximal oxygen consumption (V̇O2max). The T1/2 StO2 in the long-distance runners (25.0 ± 4.5 seconds) was significantly longer than that in the controls (15.9 ± 1.6 seconds; p < 0.01) and in the sprinters (18.0 ± 4.6 seconds; p < 0.05). In all the subjects (long-distance runners, sprinters, and controls), the T 1/2 StO2 had a significant positive correlation with the V̇O2max (r = 0.75; p < 0.01) and was longer in subjects with a higher V̇O2max. These results suggest that reoxygenation after sprint exercise is influenced by aerobic capacity and training status, and that the subjects with a higher aerobic capacity have delayed muscle reoxygenation after sprint exercise. © 2013 National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Naayagi R.T.,Kio University
Proceedings of the International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems | Year: 2015

This paper presents the guidelines for selecting suitable power semiconductor devices for the dual active bridge (DAB) DC-DC converter targeting aerospace applications. The main power loss in a switching power supply is the loss associated with power semiconductor devices. The high frequency operation of power electronics reduces the size of magnetic components. As a result, a smaller and lighter circuit design is feasible. However, the high switching frequency increases the power device losses. Therefore, the selection of appropriate power devices is essential to design efficient power electronics. This paper clearly presents the guidelines for selecting suitable power devices (IGBTs) for a 20kW, 540V/125V, 20kHz DAB converter prototype meant for use in an aerospace application. © 2015 IEEE.

Hiyamizu M.,Kio University | Hiyamizu M.,Kobe University | Morioka S.,Kio University | Shomoto K.,Kio University | Shimada T.,Kobe University
Clinical Rehabilitation | Year: 2012

Objective: To investigate the effects of dual task balance training in the elderly on standing postural control while performing a cognitive task.Design: A randomized two-group parallel controlled trial.Participants: Forty-three subjects (all >65 years old) were enrolled in the study and were assigned randomly to either an experimental group (n=21) or a control group (n=22).Interventions: Subjects in the experimental group were given strength and balance training while performing cognitive tasks simultaneously. Subjects in the control group were given strength and balance training only. The training was administered twice a week for three months.Measurements: The Chair Stand Test, Functional Reach Test, Timed Up and Go Test and Trail Making Test were measured. The sway length of the centre of gravity was measured during standing while performing the Stroop task. The rate of Stroop task was also measured. All measurements were collected at baseline and after the training period.Results: There were no significant differences in Functional Reach Test, Timed Up and Go Test and sway length at baseline and after training between the two groups. However, the rate of Stroop task (P<0.05) was significantly higher after training in the experimental group than in the control group.Conclusions: These results suggest that dual task balance training in elderly people improves their dual task performance during standing postural control. © SAGE Publications 2011.

Logenthiran T.,Kio University | Woo W.L.,Kio University | Phan V.T.,Kio University
International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems | Year: 2015

Short-term generation scheduling is an important function in daily operational planning of power systems. It is defined as optimal scheduling of power generators over a scheduling period while respecting various generator constraints and system constraints. Objective of the problem includes costs associated with energy production, start-up cost and shut-down cost along with profits. The resulting problem is a large scale nonlinear mixed-integer optimization problem for which there is no exact solution technique available. The solution to the problem can be obtained only by complete enumeration, often at the cost of a prohibitively computation time requirement for realistic power systems. This paper presents a hybrid algorithm which combines Lagrangian Relaxation (LR) together with Evolutionary Algorithm (EA) to solve the problem in cooperative and competitive energy environments. Simulation studies were carried out on different systems containing various numbers of units. The outcomes from different algorithms are compared with that from the proposed hybrid algorithm and the advantages of the proposed algorithm are briefly discussed. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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