2019.12.23About KUT / Academics / Research / Students Life

KUT student wins Best Presentation Award at iSAI-NLP 2019

At iSAI-NLP 2019, an international conference held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 30 to November 1, the Best Presentation Award went to Mr. Shunya Inoue, a second year student in KUT's Informatics Course master's program.

The theme presented by Mr. Inoue was, "Analysis for quantitative evaluation of palpation skills in maternity nursing." In modern nursing education, it is important to improve student's skills and practical experience so as to optimize educational effectiveness. However, it is not easy to give all nursing students a clear sense of the experiences and sensations related to the technical skills demonstrated by the supervising teachers, therefore there are issues such as educational effectiveness.

In this study, focusing on exercises in palpation (checking the condition of the fetus in the womb), the subtleties of the use of the palm during palpation were clarified by means of analysis of palm pressure data. As this research develops, instructors will be able to observe accurately the palpations performed by each student; this is expected to improve the educational effectiveness of palpation practice.

Receiving the award, Mr. Inoue commented, "I am very honored to receive the Best Presentation Award. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Professor Mikifumi Shikida (School of Information) who supervised me; to my co-authors from Kochi University; to the members of our laboratory, who supported my research; and to Professor Shinichiro Sakikawa and the staff of the International Relations Center, who made our international activities possible. With this encouragement, I will continue to work towards high quality research."