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Kyoto City University of Arts is a municipal university of general art and music art in Kyoto, Japan. Established in 1880, it is the oldest university of art in Japan. Among its faculty and graduates have been 16 recipients of the Order of Culture, 24 members of the Japan Art Academy, and 10 artists who have been designated living national treasures.It has been associated especially closely with nihonga painters from western Japan. Wikipedia.

Mori M.,Kyoto University | Tatsumi A.,Kyoto City University of Arts
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2014

This paper describes the Fieldwork Support System (FSS) for project-based Learning. The FSS is an essential tool for students who are new to fieldwork activities. They need to take notes on events that occur in the field and reflect on what people did and what they talked about in interviews. In addition, students should collaborate to learn using the data they collected. Therefore, we developed the FSS, which was constructed to use a combination of portable terminals during the students' time in the field and a Web-based management application upon their return. We also conducted a practical experiment on PBL in which students explored local communities. The results of a posterior questionnaire showed the students enjoyed being able to view their current locations and the locations of data they had collected on the FSS terminal map. However, they had complaints about the user interface. © 2014 Springer International Publishing.

Tsuzaki M.,Kyoto City University of Arts | Takeshima C.,J. F. Oberlin University | Matsui T.,Nara Medical University
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology | Year: 2013

The purpose of this study is to investigate the sufficient "similarity" between consecutive auditory events for the auditory system to define the fundamental period for pitch perception. It is possible to contaminate the periodicity of harmonic complex tones by scaling the impulse response in the time domain at every other cycle. Scale-alternating wavelet sequences (SAWS) in which two impulse responses with different scaling factors alternated were generated based on impulse responses obtained from Japanese vowels spoken by a male speaker. Preliminary listening to such signals indicated that the perceived pitch went down an octave relative to the original when the scaling factor exceeded a certain degree. In the first experiment, pitch matching was measured as a function of the scaling factor by the method of adjustment where the comparison stimuli were completely periodic with adjustable base periods. The pitch shift was discontinuous against the base period, chromatic continuum. In the second experiment, pitch matching was investigated with comparison stimuli whose odd harmonics were attenuated. This procedure provides a stimulus continuum where the pitch moved up an octave without changing its pitch chroma. The attenuation of the odd harmonics needed to match the SAWS varied systematically as a function of the degree of scaling. The relation between pitch matching and the peak height along the time interval axis of the stabilized auditory image is discussed. © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013.

Yamamoto H.,Kyoto University | Fukunaga M.,Meiji University | Takahashi S.,Kyoto City University of Arts | Mano H.,Meiji University | And 3 more authors.
Human Brain Mapping | Year: 2012

Here we created two different multisubject maps (16 subjects) to characterize interindividual variability in the positions of human visual areas (V1, dorsal and ventral parts of V2/3, V3A, V3B, V7, LOc, MT+, and hV4 [or V4v and V8]), which were localized using fMRI and coregistered using a surface-based method. The first is a probability map representing the degree of alignment inconsistency for each area, in which each point in space is associated with the probability affiliated with a given area. The second, a novel map termed an entropy map in which each point is associated with Shannon entropy computed from the probabilities, represents the degree of uncertainty regarding the area that resides there, and is maximal when all areas are equally probable. The overall average probability and entropy values were about 0.27 and 1.15 bits, respectively, with dependencies on the visual areas. The probability and entropy maps generated here will benefit any application which requires predictions of areas that are most likely present at an anatomical point and know the uncertainty associated with such predictions. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Ohnishi M.,12 43 Takehana Ougi cho | Tsuruta K.,Kyoto City University of Arts
Journal of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences | Year: 2012

Secondary minerals of tungsten that are the products of alteration of scheelite present in quartz veins in the Ishidera area, Wazuka, Kyoto Prefecture, have been examined using XRD, SEM-EDS, EPMA, and XRF. From the results, three tungsten minerals were identified: anthoinite, mpororoite, and hydrokenoelsmoreite. The two former minerals have not been reported to be found in Japan. This is, therefore, the first discovery of anthoinite and mpororoite in Japan. The two minerals form a white powdery mixture with pseudomorphing scheelite. Chemical analysis of the mixture shows that the Al/W ratio is approximate to 1 and that the Fe 2O 3 content is very low, suggesting that the ideal formulae of anthoinite and mpororoite are WAlO 3(OH) 3 and WAlO 3(OH) 3·2H 2O, respectively, even though the original mpororoite had a high content of Fe 2O 3 substituting for Al 2O 3. In addition to these two minerals, another tungsten mineral was also found within the scheelite-pseudomorphs. It occurs as aggregates of regular octahedral crystals up to 50 μm in length. The XRD data are in good agreement with those for hydrokenoelsmoreite, but chemical analysis shows that the major components are WO 3, Al 2O 3, and H 2O with no Fe 2O 3. Up to this time, only Fe-containing hydrokenoelsmoreite, once termed ferritungstite according to the old nomenclature, has been widely reported to be found in Japan. This paper is the first to report the occurrence of such an Fe-free hydrokenoelsmoreite in Japan. It is likely that these three secondary minerals of tungsten at Wazuka were formed in an environment where the supply of H 2O and Al 2O 3 and the leaching of calcium ions from scheelite took place simultaneously. The source of Al is ascribed to the decomposition of muscovite in the quartz veins.

Matsui T.,University of Tsukuba | Tsuzaki M.,Kyoto City University of Arts
Acoustical Science and Technology | Year: 2013

A study was conducted to demonstrate independence of mental representations for tonotopic and periodic scales in perceptual judgment of vowel-like sounds. The researchers tested the hypothesis that mean formant frequency (MFF) of a vowel and F0 information was represented on a two-dimensional representational plane in the auditory mental representation, and that this information could be accessed to make perceptual judgments. They also examined listeners' abilities to identify the rotation direction in the two-dimensional representational plane and to extract a transition pattern of one type of information regardless of another transition pattern. The stimuli were constructed from vowel sounds, generated using the STRAIGHT analysis-synthesis algorithm. Vowel sequences were generated to track one of the circular trajectories and each stimulus sequence comprised vowels on a single circular trajectory.

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