Seminar Program

Thursday, October 4

2F Main Hall   [ Simultaneous interpretation ]
10:00 – 10:30 Opening Ceremony, Opening Address
10:30 – 11:10

Commemorative Lecture “BLOXHUB Innovation hub, City of Copenhagen smart city strategy”
Mr. Frederik Tauber Chief Commercial Officer, BLOXHUB, Copenhagen, Denmark

An overview of The City of Copenhagen smart city strategy, the focus on improving the quality of life and growth in a green city, and how the strategy is tested in living labs. How the emerging innovation districts in an around Greater Copenhagen, is playing a role in developing The City of Copenhagen, and how the BLOXHUB Innovation hub is supporting sustainable urbanization, international collaboration between cities and private companies, to meet the urban challenge and grow business globally.

11:20 – 12:00

Keynote Lecture “Smart Cities: from theory to execution. Experiences from 3 continents.”
Mr.Yasser Helmy Head of Sales, Smart+Connected Communities, APJC, Cisco

Cities today are challenged with Rapid Urbanization, Economic Constraints, and Environmental Sustainability.
In order to stay ahead of this urbanization, cities worldwide are becoming digital—or evaluating strategies for doing so— making use of the unprecedented opportunities possible from rapidly expanding connectivity around the globe.
Digital transformation (or digitization) requires city leaders to rethink how their agencies operate—and interoperate—to maintain city infrastructures and deliver citizen services efficiently. They should understand that a host of new technology strategies are available to help them do that.
Digitization necessitates a combined understanding of government, citizen, and business processes in order to apply the appropriate networking technology strategies and architectures that will connect everything—people, data, actions, devices, machines—as well as embrace analytics and take a holistic approach to data security and privacy that spans technology, operations, and culture.
As cities embark on their smart city journeys, it is important to remember that it is not just about technology, it is about the people. Sensors do not live in cities, people live in cities!

Startup Day in Kyoto Smart City Expo 2018
-Hosted jointly by the KICK Star Creation Project and the Keihanna RC KVeCS Project-

Highly motivated, ventures from Kyoto, Japan, and Barcelona will present their business plans fueled by proprietary technologies and unique ideas to venture capitalists, investors, and supporters.

13:00 – 13:05 Opening Address
KVeCS with Barcelona 2018
13:05 – 13:25

“RC startup support and collaboration with Barcelona”
Dr. Hiroyuki SUZUKI Executive Vice President, ATR/ Strategy Director & Leader of the Innovation Hub Activity, Keihanna Research Complex

The startup supporting program of Keihanna Research Complex is composed of Keihanna Global Acceleration Program (KGAP) and a Global Pitching Site “STARTUPS”. KGAP provides various supporting programs such as pitch training, mentoring, matching with investors and special global programs for startups, and STARTUPS offers them chances of matching with global investors and supporters with their 2-min pitching video, company profiles and so on. I will talk about these program with a view to collaborations with Barcelona.

“Roles of Startups in Buildingup Collaboration between Barcelona and Keihanna”
Mr. Lorenzo Di Pietro Executive Director, Barcelona Activa

13:25 – 14:55

“Conversational A.I. platform ‘Botbird’”
Mr. Naoyoshi Shimaya CEO, METABIRDS Co., Ltd.

METABIRDS introduces Automatic conversation AI creation system “Botbird” “Botbird for Business”.
With this system, you can create chatbots or smart speaker skills for various AI smart speakers, messaging applications such as LINE, and web chats, without any programmings.
METABIRDS presents this business and future business prospects.

“Drone pole ~solution for drones in society~”
Ms. Nana Matsui CFO, IYD Co., Ltd.

We are a student start-up aiming at automation of drone operation towards social spread of industrial drones. In 2016, we have been the youngest team which adopted the budget of JST START project and developed drone system for long flight. Based on that technology (patent pending), now we are developing drone pole, our product with university members. In the drone industry whose global market size is expected over 2 million dollars in 2020, the drones are not yet put into use due to the difficulty of landing and taking off and the shortness of flight time. To solve these fatal problems, drone pole was developed. We are trying hard to make the automated system for drones to fly safely, accurately and a very long time and to realize it to be a de facto standard.

“Solution for pain or numbness when riding in vehicles”
Mr. Keisuke(Kasey) Tanaka CEO, PACIFIC WAVE CO., LTD.

Regarding the functional characteristics and effects of GELTRON, which can create comfortable moving environment by reducing the pain or numbness in your hips and back when raiding a vehicle.
In addition, it is expected to be used for hospital mattresses and ambulance stretcher as well as for pleasant sleep.
Upon these explanations, the marvelous functions are explained by several experiments in addition to the latest information of the evidence of the medical field and the NPUAP (National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel).

“Stroly – design map location service”
Ms. Machi Takahashi President and Co-CEO / Co-Founder, Stroly Inc.

Stroly means to Stroll with Story, and it’s the designed map location service. Stroly makes beautiful guide maps available with GPS positioning. Our clients are transportation, developers, travel, and governments. Stroly solves their problems by branding their areas with maps and providing them with the foot and traffic data of the map users. Stroly has raised about 4million dollars in VC funds and aims to make the service available all around the world.

“Learn web analytics by quiz.KOBIT empowerment marketers”
Mr. Nozomi Kubota CEO, Creator’s NEXT.inc.

“Multi environment delivery automation”
Mr. Patrick Synge Co-founder and Partnership Director, Eliport

Eliport: Multi environment delivery automation

“The 1st Empathetic AI specialized in Cities”
Mr. Ivan Caballero Garcia Social Coin CEO

Powering responsive societies with civic data.
Right now, decisions at the highest level – in business and government – are based on what we can measure: sales numbers, customer visits, dollars invested. But a number often misses the real value – human value.
Citibeats by Social Coin is a new generation of ‘empathetic’ AI text analytics that structures the millions of unstructured conversations taking place every day, and makes them actionable for cities and companies.

“Smartphone application that uses bus efficiently”
Mr. Kirill Blazhko CEO, Tunnll

Hundreds of small cities around the world can not afford to subsidize good-quality public transportation. The waiting times in those cities are very long or there is basically no public transportation at all. Non-existing public transportation leads to ever-growing cities’ dependence on personal cars that are one of the main contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and traffic congestion. The inefficient bus usage results in more than 1 billion people (low- and medium income families and individuals) having very limited social mobility and access to job interviews, jobs, schools, healthcare and other essential urban amenities.
Tunnll is a next-generation passenger transportation technology. It transforms existing public transport bus services into smart mobility systems. It allows any existing transport operator in a small town to serve many more passengers with the same buses and drivers. At the same time it brings totally car-free smart mobility to the town residents: with Tunnll they can order any bus with a smartphone app, like with any modern app-enabled ride-sharing or taxi service.

14:55 – 15:00

Overall Speech
Mr. Masanori Nakagawa Managing Director, Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute / Strategy Director, Keihanna Research Complex

The KICK Star Creation Project - First Business Plan Presentation for Fiscal year 2018
15:20 – 17:00

“Live Musical Session with Cabot, a Robot That Plays Percussion Instruments”
Mr. Hideaki Iio Representative Director, UTSUWA, Inc.

“Predicting Sudden Epileptic Seizures”
Dr. Norikata Kobayashi CEO, Quadlytics Inc.

“3D neural tissue in ALS drug discovery”
Dr. Shinji Tokunaga COO, Jiksak Bioengineering, Inc.

“Business Development of iPS-Derived Myocardial Cells”
Mr. Naohiro Makita President, Myoridge Co. Ltd.

“Transforming Infectious Disease Research with the Technology of Regenerative Medicine”
Mr. Kazuo Miyazaki CEO, MiCAN Technologies Inc.

“mui – a calm IoT technology experience”
Mr. Kazunori(Kaz) Oki Co-Founder and CEO, mui Lab, Inc.

“A Hydrogen Society Starts with Pulse Lasers”
Mr. Kazuki Matsumoto CEO, Laser Linx Corporation

17:00 – 18:00

Joint Poster Exhibition

2F Theater
Next Mobility Expo 2018
The leading edge of “Next mobility” which attracts attention as the key factor for smart cities

Based on the twin concepts of “people-focused mobility” and “people-focused smart cities”, this event will showcase the front line of the mobility area, such as electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, compact mobility solutions, interoperation with energy infrastructure, and advanced interoperation with transportation infrastructure (MaaS).
It promises to provide an excellent opportunity to find the present and the futu re of new transportation systems, which are necessary to address the challenges of a super-aging society, rural depopulation, and the accompanying decline in the labor population.

13:00 – 13:40 “Initiatives of the National Police Agency to Resolve Social Issues through Advances in ITS”
Mr. Nakaba Izumimoto Assistant Director, National Police Agency
13:50 – 14:20

“Reinvigorating Rural Areas: The Ability to Think as a Way to Create Great Communities, People, and Jobs”
Mr. Kazuhiko Kuwayama VI Expert, VSN, Inc.

While the importance of regional revitalization efforts are extolled as a measure for improving Japan’s international competitiveness, it is not clear how to improve towns, people, and work. Thus human resources with both common sense and the ability to think outside the box are much-sought after. Also, that power must have a positive influence and permeate its surroundings.
Here, the speakers will explain what the “ability to think” means and how to acquire such ability based on their own experiences and achievements.

14:30 – 15:10

“Initiatives by Daihatsu to Address Preventive Safety”
Dr. Hajimu Masuda General Manager, ASV Development Dept., Electronics Engineering Div., DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD.

We, Daihatsu offer at moderate price optimal advanced safety system for compact vehicles that are active in people’s daily transportation, and undertake the development of our precautionary safety system called “Smart Assist” to realize our wish to deliver more safe to many people.
After we marketed “Smart Assist” as the first collision-avoidance system in Kei segment in 2012, we also achieved the development of the world smallest stereo camera for the system to evolve it to 3rd generation “Smart Assist III”.
We’d like to give a talk about the Smart Assist III and our educational activities on safe driving.

15:20 – 16:50 “Mobility in the Society of the Near Future: How Will People, Goods, Money, and Energy Move?”
NextMobilityComunity
1F Seminar venue(1)   [ Simultaneous interpretation ]
12:50 – 13:30

“Smart city and AI Society 5.0 and Regional activation”
Prof. Dr. Osamu Sudoh Professor, The University of Tokyo

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is developing a new ICT strategy that utilizes IoT for the Construction of Smart Cities. Furthermore, the government is trying to actively utilize artificial intelligence and promote social transformation to Society 5.0 on a large scale. In my presentation, IoT policy, trends towards Society 5.0 will be described, furthermore the main trends of the world will be mentioned, and I will consider the future community to be drawn and the problems.

13:40 – 14:20

“Lessons from the old continent for new cities”
Ms. Alicia Asín CEO, Libelium Comunicaciones Distribuidas S.L.

Opportunities and challenges for Smart Cities are moving continuously from nowadays to 2020. In the latest years most cities have become smart applying Internet of Things. We are experiencing the transition into a new era connecting the physical world to the digital world. This could be called “a dream of efficiency” because, although some cities have adopted sensor technology, most of them are still discovering it.
In this speech, Alicia Asín analyses how IoT technology can help cities to be more sustainable and more liveable. She will present real cases in many cities around the world that are developing projects with Libelium’s technology for different purposes. The session will be driven across four main topics: water efficiency usage, air quality enhancement, improvement of intensive agriculture productivity and concludes with the real case of radiation monitoring in the Fukushima area after the disaster in 2011.
Smart Cities and the Internet of Things allow people to interact with their environment. Open data initiatives act as an important guarantee of democracy, and could be the greatest legacy of the Internet of Things.

15:20 – 16:50

IIAS Panel Session Shaping the Future through the IIAS

The International Institute for Advanced Studies(IIAS) was founded in Kansai Science City in 1984 as an institute with the mission of “conducting research for the future and happiness of mankind”. At this session, we will discuss issues such as, “How can science and technology contribute to tackling the various challenges facing mankind?”, “How can we adapt to social changes such as artificial intelligence (AI), the development of IoT, and employment problem? “,”How can we realize an international educational environment and create leaders for the next generation”. We will thoroughly discuss these efforts in a panel discussion format, and set a new direction for IIAS based on the conclusions.

“Shaping the Future through the International Institute for Advanced Studies(IIAS)”
Prof. Hiroshi Matsumoto Director, IIAS/President, RIKEN

“Science and Technology in the 21st Century – Glocalization for sustainable Society”
Prof. Tateo Arimoto Vice Director, IIAS/Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Prof. Shoji Komai Associate Professor, Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Nara Institute of Science and Technology/Visiting Research Fellow, International Institute for Advanced Studies(IIAS)

“Adaptation to the 4th Industrial Revolution-Strategies Proposed by Social Scientists”
Prof. Takamitsu Sawa Vice Director, IIAS/Professor, Shiga University

“Toward the Realization of International Education City-From Kansai Science City to the world”
Prof. Shigeru Takami Vice Director, IIAS/Professor, Kyoto University

1F Seminar venue(2)  Nationwide Local Government Exchange Symposium
12:30 – 12:35 Opening remark
12:35 – 13:00

Keynote Lecture “Smart City Saitama Initiative”
Mr. Hayato Shimizu Mayor,Saitama City

The City of Saitama has worked through partnerships linking government and the private sector to promote the use of next-generation vehicles such as electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles and to develop infrastructure to support their operation since 2009 in the form of the “E-KIZUNA” project. In 2011, the city was designated a “Next-generation Automobile and Smart Energy Special District,” and it undertook a series of initiatives to improve resilience through collaboration with private-sector companies, universities, and other partners, for example by developing facilities that are capable of supplying hydrogen and other types of energy during normal times as well as in times of disaster. In 2015, it launched the Smart City Saitama Model, an initiative in the city’s Misono subcenter to build platforms that go beyond the environmental and energy fields to encompass the key areas that make up regional society, including housing, food, medicine, health, transportation, and tourism.

Sharing Economy
13:00 – 14:05 Smart City meets Sharing Economy

Mr. Koichi Noguchi Partner, PwC Consulting LLC
Mr. Kazuki Ishihara Deputy Director, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of JAPAN, National Strategy Office of Information and Communications Technology / Sharing Economy Promotion Office
Ms. Fumie Matsubara  Manager, economic news, TV Asahi corporation

Agencies are working to develop smart city plans that utilize IoT as a meaningful way to streamline government services and improve the convenience of residents’ lives in Japan as its population continues to age and shrink. More and more companies and local governments are paying attention to the sharing economy, a C-to-C business model that was made possible by technological progress, and the result is a relationship that’s good for both. In addition to introducing the results of the latest domestic market surveys and some examples from overseas, this session will examine the validity of that relationship along with some issues and measures that are likely to arise as the sharing economy is introduced and promoted, with reference to the speaker’s knowledge and experience.

Advanced model cases of Nationwide
14:15 – 14:35

“The Smart City Aizuwakamatsu Initiative: Putting Urban Planning into Practice by Utilizing ICT and Data”
Mr. Toru Igarashi Associate Section Manager, Planning and Coordination Division, Aizuwakamatsu City

The City of Aizuwakamatsu has pursued an urban planning initiative known as Smart City Aizuwakamatsu to allow residents to live in comfort and with peace of mind by utilizing ICT, data analysis, and other technologies in a variety of fields, including health and social welfare, education, disaster prevention, energy, transportation, and agriculture.
This seminar introduces some examples of how the city is embracing the challenge of implementing urban planning, including how it is utilizing ICT, IoT, and AI in the form of examples of how measures are being applied horizontally to regional industries such as agriculture and tourism and how the city is pursuing a digital information platform initiative designed to provide regional information to people representing a broader range of ages , as well as how the city is working to attract a concentration of companies in ICT-related industries, and how data collected using those technologies are being applied to policy.

14:35 – 14:55

“From an Era of Data Collection to an Era of Data Use: What It Means to Use Data to Promote a Society Characterized by Safety and Peace of Mind”
Mr. Tomohito Honjo Manager, DataBusinessProject, Business Development Division, Omron Social Solutions Co., Ltd.

Our lifestyles are threatened by unprecedented natural disasters, including in recent years damage from typhoons and frequently occurring earthquakes. In addition, infrastructure built during Japan’s period of rapid growth is becoming outdated now that 50 years have passed, making repairs an urgent priority. As one way to address that need, agencies have installed various sensors to collect data and improve associated facilities, but most of those efforts are designed in order to monitor, that is, to ascertain current conditions. However, it is possible to prevent natural disasters by using the data collected in this manner to make forecasts. Our company offers various solutions in an effort to create a society characterized by safety and peace of mind, and this seminar will introduce those products.

14:55 – 15:15 “Building a Wide-area Tourism Information Platform with Digital Signage and Wi-Fi”
Mr. Koji Maehara Manager, Industry and Tourism Division, Niseko Town
Environment and Energy
15:25 – 15:45

“Low-carbon & Sustainable Smart City Development in Downtown Sapporo”
Mr. Kazuya Hazeyama Chief, Energy Projects Section, Urban Development Promotion Office, City Development Policy Planning Bureau, City of Sapporo

Reflecting its basic policy of “low-carbon, tenacious, comfortable, and healthy,” the City of Sapporo has developed a Downtown Energy Master Plan, and the city is working to implement sustainable smart city development over the medium and long term as buildings in the downtown area are rebuilt and renovated.
The experience of living through power outages over about two days in the aftermath of the Eastern Iburi Earthquake of September 6 has prompted the city to reaffirm the effectiveness of autonomous, distributed energy supply facilities, which have been built in recent years, while simultaneously throwing numerous issues related to urban planning and energy into relief.
This seminar introduces Sapporo’s vision for sustainable smart city development in its downtown area along with information about conditions in the city following the earthquake.

15:45 – 16:05

“Active efforts toward the development of smart community by Kansai Electric power”
Ms. Sayuri Noji General Manager, Community Energy Division, THE KANSAI ELECTRIC POWER CO.,INC.

Kansai Electric Power proposes the community building which made the smart community plan an approach. It’s introduced about the situation of the business plan of the Takanohara smart community plan and the result on a regional information platform in Kizu-gawa city in this lecture.

16:05 – 16:25

“Systems Pursued by Local Governments and Private Industry to Facilitate Local Production and Consumption of Energy”
Mr. Yasuo Ito Chief, Expect Social Solution Div1, Sales Group, Fuji Elctric Co.,Ltd

Here, we present a case study of a Smart Community introduced in the city of Soma, Fukushima by Fuji Electric. The city of Soma has been working to create a low carbon footprint for some time, but with the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing social climate, fostering pride at being a city of renewable energy has been considered an important tool for regional revitalization in the reconstruction plan. With offices within the city, we have worked to build a practical model suited to this climate in collaboration with IHI Co., Ltd, our regional revitalization partner. Since we have been involved in this project from the planning stages, we will introduce our efforts from the background of the project to its introduction and completion.

16:25 – 16:45

“Towards a Conceptual Model for Waste Processing Utilizing IoT in Kyoto Prefecture”
Mr. Junichi Hirota Engineer, Recycling-based society promotion department, Environmental division, Kyoto Prefecture

To reduce the amount final disposal of industrial waste in Kyoto from the current 110,000 t to 75,000 t by 2020, we devised “ 3R strategy of industrial waste”.
The most important point in the strategy is the supports of waste management model utilizing IoT, would lead further development on waste industry area.
In this talk, we introduce the waste management model utilizing IoT and what to do for promoting the spread of this model.

16:45 Review Mr. Tsuyoshi Kinoshita Vice President, the Internet Association Japan
1F Seminar venue(3)    [ Simultaneous interpretation ]
12:50 – 13:30

“Smart living technologies for the ageing population – case Finland”
Mr. Jussi Rönty Project manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Finland has one of the oldest populations in Europe. The share of over-65-year-olds of the population will increase from the current 20 percent to 26 percent by 2030 and to 29 percent by 2060. Finland has begun seeking new ways to respond to the needs for care and support of older people with declined functional ability. Developing technology that enables older people to continue living in their own homes and cope on their own is a key goal from the perspective of age policy strategies. Technology can help older people to maintain their independence and autonomy. It can also enable them to build and maintain social relationships and stay active in society. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been developing technological solutions for the needs of the ageing population since the 1980s. Research initially focused on products and devices. Today, VTT’s competitive edge bases on its comprehensive and holistic technology and service expertise.

13:40 – 14:20 “How Executives around the world prepare for Growth blending Services to Products”
Mr. Federico Salvitti Managing Partner, Head of Digital Sales Enablement, Digital Business Council
Mr. Luca Catania Chief Growth Officer, Digital Business Council
14:30 – 15:10

“5G and Beyond : Health Care and Smart Transportation”
Dr. Sujit Dey Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California San Diego

5G connectivity, which is expected to become a reality in 2019 with limited local deployments as early as 2020, will enable latency of less than 1 millisecond, speeds upwards of 10 gigabits per second, and extremely high reliability, while supporting 10 to 100 times more devices on the network than currently possible. While the benefits of 5G will extend into many different fields, two applications in particular are expected to dramatically evolve thanks to 5G: health care and autonomous vehicles. Dr. Dey will present this big picture and describe programs and initiatives at UC San Diego and the San Diego region as a whole, including the emerging Connected Health Program, and the Smart Transportation Innovation Program which includes a Living Laboratory on campus to develop and validate innovations related to 5G and autonomous vehicles.

15:20 – 16:00

“Using Artificial Intelligence to build Smarter Cities”
Mr. Bin Lei Vice President for Sales, Gyrfalcon Technology Inc.

Artificial Intelligence has becoming and will be the foundation of Smart City. With advanced AI computing technology, many kinds of applications and scenarios can be designed and deployed. Gyrfalcon Technology’s world-leading AI technology and solution will provide enabling digital infrastructure including connectivity, computing, and essential services such as healthcare, traffic control, public safety advanced manufacturing, and much more – to drive the growth of smart cities.

16:10 – 16:50

“Smart Taipei as a Game Changer – Government as a Platform in Asian Context”
Dr. Chen-Yu Lee Director, Taipei Smart City Project Management office

Having set ‘sustainability and livability’ as its main target, Taipei City Government established the Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO) in 2016. Fundamentally, the goal of TMPO is to facilitate the development of Smart City applications, which meet the demands of Taipei’s citizens. TPMO aims to achieve this by being the platform on which government, industry partners and citizens meet. Being the platform between these three main stakeholders, TPMO developed three approaches, namely: 1. Top-Down, 2. Bottom-up and 3. Citizen-participation.
‘Being open to fail’ is an important spirit behind the approach of TPMO. This spirit applies to the projects, and is meant to eventually trigger a general culture shift in the city in terms of not being afraid of failures. The underlying idea is that also failed experiments will bring us closer to creating smart projects, which eventually will benefit the public.
All in all, under TPMO’s framework, the city as a platform offers innovation, creativity, and startup initiatives a place to test their solutions in solving real-life challenges. Once proven, scaling of the solutions will also be supported to further advance the development of Taipei as a Smart City.

Friday, October 5

2F Main Hall   [ Simultaneous interpretation ]
10:30 – 11:10

Commemorative Lecture “The future of mobility: How smart cities are building the foundations”
Mr. Simon Dixon Partner, Global Transportation Leader, Deloitte LLP

Across the world we are seeing rapid transformation in the way people travel and a much greater role for cities in generating growth and prosperity. The ultimate goal is to link these two themes together to answer a number of critical questions on how cities can successfully adapt to these trends to move citizens and goods efficiently, sustainably and in an integrated way. Indicators of productivity, liveability, and flexibility will shape a city’s ability to plan using 21st century technology to become a 21st century city—in other words, becoming a ‘smart city’.

11:20 – 12:00 Keynote Lecture “Building Smart Cities Leveraging the Power of Advanced 3D Technologies”
Mr. Yuji Yamaga President, Managing Director, Dassault Systèmes K.K.
13:00 – 15:00 Global Innovation and Industrialization Summit and conference toward SDGs among ASEAN, IORA and Japan 2018

Dr. Bambang Subiyanto Vice Chairman, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Dr. Tanyanuparb Anantana Director, Science and Technology Park (CMU/STeP)
Dr. Mohd Radzi Abu Mansor National University of Malaysia
Mr. Nguyen Khang Senior Researcher, Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences
Dr. Chwen Tzeng Su Vice President of National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Dr. Susumu Maruno Director General of RDDM Promotion Center, Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute

Conference on Collaborative Global Innovation and Industrialization toward SDGs among Innovation Hubs and Science Cities of ASEAN, IORA and Japan
– Introduction of each country’s activities of innovation and industrialization
– Detail Proposals for mutual utilization of each country’s science city/park, organization and its facility
– Detail Proposals for exchange programs for human resource development, etc.
– Panel discussion for realization of collaborative Innovation and Industrialization

15:30~17:30 Business Matching of Participant countries and compaines (Venue: Guidance Room 4, next to Main Hall)

15:10 – 15:50

“The Innovation relate to the use of AI, IoT and green techs in making cities smarter and sustainable.”
Dr. Sébastien Tremblay Professor, Université Laval/Scientific Director, UMRsu (Joint Research Unit for urban science)
Dr. Gilles Savard General Director, IVADO (Institute of Data valorization)
Dr. Christophe Guy VP, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University

Innovation from Quebec R&D organizations and universities are presented. These research initiatives relate to the use of AI, IoT and green techs in making cities smarter and sustainable. 1) Based on Smart Buildings Research Center which develops the use of solar & geothermal for net-zero houses and buildings and takes advantage of IOT control and optimization, Concordia researchers take a transformative approach to next-gen cities, aligning art, social sciences, politics and planning with civil engineering and the use of renewable energy sources; 2) At IVADO, analytics and data are at the heart of the real potential of smart cities. This approach is showcased through three recent initiatives that benefit from the data and the Montreal ecosystem; 3) At the Joint Research Unit for Urban Sciences – a unique innovation network that brings together actors from industry, cities, and universities – real-word (big) data from the public transit system and the Quebec Police department provide use cases for applied AI and potential solutions to issues in transportation and security.

2F Theater
Next Mobility Expo 2018
The leading edge of “Next mobility” which attracts attention as the key factor for smart cities

Based on the twin concepts of “people-focused mobility” and “people-focused smart cities”, this event will showcase the front line of the mobility area, such as electric vehicles, self-driving vehicles, compact mobility solutions, interoperation with energy infrastructure, and advanced interoperation with transportation infrastructure (MaaS).
It promises to provide an excellent opportunity to find the present and the futu re of new transportation systems, which are necessary to address the challenges of a super-aging society, rural depopulation, and the accompanying decline in the labor population.

12:50 – 13:30

“Toward Actualization of the Fifth-Generation Mobile Communications 5G and Mobility Solutions”
Dr. Yukihiko Okumura Senior Manager, NTT DOCOMO, INC

The fifth-generation mobile communications 5G is a next generation system having features such as enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable low-latency communications, which further developed the existing system. 5G is currently becoming one of the hot topics of not only the mobile communication field but also the whole industry and academia using ICT. In this talk, I will describe the key technologies and global standardization of 5G system, and will introduce DOCOMO’s latest activities on creation of various new applications/services expected to be provided by 5G, and system trials in cooperation with a wide range of vertical industries, mainly for mobility solutions.

13:40 – 14:20 TBD
14:30 – 15:10 TBD
15:20 – 16:00

“Social Insects / Social Realities: decentralised ride-sharing for a driverless future”
Prof. Julia Cassim Project Professor, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Now in its fifth year, Kyoto D-Lab’s Design Associate’s programme invites a young designer to work collaboratively with a KIT professor on a research project for which design applications are required. German designer, Henrik Nieratschker worked with Professor Toshiharu Akino of KIT’s Department of Applied Entomology and Professor. Hiraku Nishimori of Hiroshima University’s Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences. He addressed the question “How can we learn from the collective behavior of social insects and apply those insights to develop new community-based systems of ride-sharing.” Taking their research as an inspiration he developed and prototyped a model for a transport system that dynamically respond to the currently shifting perspectives on mobility and the needs of an ageing population in depopulating Japan. The presentation will centre on the research process and results of this speculative design project.

16:10 – 16:50

“Research on Mobility & Open Data and Its Practical Applications – Implementing Open Data on Taxi Patrols & Secondary Traffic”
Mr. Noriyoshi Yamazaki General Manager, Okinawa Open Laboratory

Okinawa Open Laboratory, we are researching and developing utilization technology about open data related mobility include public transportation.
As part of this activity, we are accumulating and analyze various data that can be gathered from PCs mounted on 400 taxis in Okinawa Prefecture.
This result contributes to improving the convenience of taxi-service.
At the same time, it will be able to contribute to reduction of traffic accidents and detailed understanding of traffic situation with high real-time property.
This time, I will present these achievements and the possibility of utilization (use case).

1F Seminar venue(1)    [ Simultaneous interpretation ]
12:50 – 13:30

“The Role of Sports and Entertainment Districts in the Smart Cities Agenda”
Mr. Jason Twill Innovation Fellow, School of Architecture, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology Sydney

A new generation of mixed-use sports and entertainment precincts are redefining urban economies across the world. With millions of visitors each year, sports and entertainment precincts have long been a testing ground for smart city programs demonstrating how progressive governance and appropriate technologies can lead to safer, more resilient and more livable cities for people. From places of entertainment to places of refuge, stadiums and arenas have a vital and evolving role to play in the future of our cities, particularly in the age of climate change. Through first-hand experience and a series of case studies, the speaker will discuss the evolution of stadium-led urban regeneration models and how these dynamic, mixed-use precincts are advancing the smart cities agenda in North America and beyond.

13:40 – 14:20

“FIWARE : Transforming cities into engines of growth”
Mr. Ulrich Ahle Chief Executive Officer, FIWARE Foundation

Digital is changing our world – Digital will be faster, stronger and cheaper.
Making a city truly “smart” means turning a city into a platform of growth for innovation, economic development and well-being. By adopting common standards and information models, cities can achieve this transformation with minimum impact, merging forces to build an ecosystem where they can connect and collaborate.
FIWARE is open source. It helps cities to avoid vendor lock-in and protect their investment. It provides access to context information describing what is going on in the city in right-time and on a large scale. This data is accessible through a standard open API independently from the source of information.
FIWARE is driving key standards to break information silos, integrating all vertical systems within the city into a horizontal platform for integrated city management. It has therefore become the “de-facto” standard adopted by 117 cities from 24 countries across the globe.

14:30 – 15:10

“Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Smart Stadium Strategy”
Mr. Peter Wearne General Manager – Facilities, Melbourne Cricket Club

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is one of the world’s largest sporting stadium. General Manager – Facilities, Peter Wearne will discuss the venue’s smart stadium strategy and the link to future environmental and sustainability initiatives.

15:20 – 16:00

“An industry-academia-government collaborative demonstration of an energy saving society at Keihanna Plaza Hotel  ―Aiming to become an environmental friendly hotel―”
Prof. Toshi H. Arimura Professor, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
Prof. Shigeharu Okajima Associate Professor, Kobe University

To deal with climate change issue, the reduction of greenhouse gas emission has become urgent in many sectors. The emission from the hotel sector is not an exception. In this presentation, we report a field experiment of energy savings in Keihanna Plaza Hotel.
By installing smart meter devices in each guest room, we measure the consumption of electricity and gas. In the experiment, we examine if hotels guests reduce their energy consumptions during their hotel stay when we send messages to them. It was shown that hotel guests indeed reduce their electricity and hot water usage by receiving incentives or messages. But the degree of savings was found to depends on the type of the message. The field experiment has become possible with the collaboration of Waseda University, Kobe University, Keihanna Interaction Plaza Inc., Keihanna Plaza Hotel Inc., Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Public Foundation of Kansai Research Institute and Kyoto Prefecture.

16:10 – 16:50

“Smart Cities; Adapting the Concept to the African Continent”
Dr. David Elisha Olatunji President/Co-founder, AFRICAN SMART CITIES INNOVATION FOUNDATION (ASCIF)

The world population is obviously increasing at a very fast rate and this has raised a very serious challenge for governments across all continents the world over. The most disturbing aspect of this challenge is the migration of a very substantial part of the increasing population from rural areas to the urban cities and towns. This is true not only for the developed world, but for populous communities in developing parts of the world including Asia, Latin America, India and Africa.

1F Seminar venue(2)  Nationwide Local Government Exchange Symposium
12:30 – 12:35 Opening remark
Local IoT Network of Cross-sector Supporters(LINCS)

Introduction of “Local IoT Network of Cross-sector Supporters(LINCS)” and its latest activities. LINCS was established in 2017 under collaboration among Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan, local governments motivated to utilize IoT as the solution for social issues, and companies working to develop related bussinesses.

12:35 – 13:05

Keynote Lecture “Initiatives by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to Promote Regional Data Utilization”
Mr. Hidekazu Sakurai Senior Planning Officer, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications launched a Task Force on Promoting Regional Implementation of IoT in September 2016 to apply the results of trials and other projects undertaken to date to initiatives throughout Japan in recognition of the dawn of an era in which IoT and other technologies will be put into use on a large scale. The task force is developing a Regional IoT Implementation Roadmap that sets forth policies for pursuing regional IoT implementation in a comprehensive, planned, and strategic manner.
This seminar will provide an overview of the Regional IoT Public-Private Network, which consists of regional public organizations that are eager to promote IoT as well as private-sector companies and other entities that are passionate about developing regional IoT businesses. It will also offer information about programs being undertaken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to implement that roadmap, including by creating new IoT services in areas that are intimately related to daily life and promoting the use of open data from regional public organizations.

13:05 – 13:35

LINCS Symbolic Projects Presentation (1)
“Smart City Takamatsu: FIWARE platform and Public-Private Partnership”
Mr. Ichiro Hirose Chief Information Officer, Takamatsu City

The City of Takamatsu is striving to use data to solve regional issues by introducing a shared IoT platform based on FIWARE, a widely-used European system that is being utilized for the first time in Japan, in February and by working with the Smart City Takamatsu Promotion Council, which consists of members from industry, academia, and government along with local residents, with the city playing a leading role. Last year, the city took advantage of a subsidiary program from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to start collecting water level and tidal level data as a disaster prevention program and to assess movements of rental bicycles as a tourism program. This year, in addition to expanding use of data to fields such as social welfare, the city is studying a variety of local issues by creating multiple working groups at the Council. This seminar reports on smart city initiatives that are currently being pursued by the city as “symbol projects” of the Regional IoT Public-Private Network.

13:35 – 14:05

LINCS Symbolic Projects Presentation (2)
“‘Ruby Roman’: Carrying on the Traditions of Technological Grape Cultivation Using the IoT”
Mr. Kazutaka Seto Director, Department of Industries and Construction, Kahoku City

Located in roughly the center of Ishikawa Prefecture at the base of the Noto Peninsula, the City of Kahoku has been home to extensive wet-field rice and fruit cultivation since ancient times. In more recent years, the area has become one of the largest producers in Japan of “Ruby Roman” grapes, a variety that is distinguished by its vivid red color. Home to Fujitsu IT Products, the company that manufactured and shipped the Kei supercomputer, which became the fastest computer of its kind in the world at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), the area also has a flourishing IT industry and can be legitimately described as the birthplace of that industry in the prefecture. Furthermore, the city has undertaken an initiative to visualize the expert technology needed to cultivate “Ruby Roman” grapes, and that effort has been chosen as part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ IoT Service Creation Support program. This seminar provides an overview of that initiative, including information about progress in implementing it.

14:05 – 14:35

Introduction of IoT Design Girls Project
“About IoT Design Girl”
Ms. Kaori Arimoto Cheif, Department of Regional collaboration and ICT promotion, NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Ms. Shino Nozaki Corporate Communication Division, Corporate Marketing Strategy Heaquarters, ROHM

The Regional IoT Public-Private Network, through which local government, companies, and the Japanese government are working to revitalize regional communities with IoT, was launched in July 2017. One project being pursued by the Network is IoT Design Girl. The project is dedicated to fostering the development of human resources based on the dual ideas of “creating uses for IoT and communicating them in an easy-to-understand manner” and “bringing companies and local government together to create new value.”
This seminar will focus on the activities of the NTT Docomo team known as “Agri-girl,” which inspired the creation of the IoT Design Girl project, as well as the need for empathy and design skills in order to popularize IoT and IoT Design Girl project programs.

Data Utilization and Application
14:45 – 15:05

“Urban Planning Utilizing ICT in Kakogawa”
Mr. Isao Tada Deputy section chief, Kakogawa City Hall Planning Department Information Policy Division

The City of Kakogawa is working to put in place an environment in which residents can utilize ICT in order to live with peace of mind so that the city can achieve its vision of becoming a community that is chosen by parents as a place to raise their children in keeping with its general strategy of creating great communities, people, and jobs. During 2017, the program was chosen as part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ “Promoting Smart Cities That Use Data” project, enabling it to create a data platform using FIWARE, a core, open-source software package developed and implemented in the EU. This seminar introduces efforts to utilize ICT in order to create an environment in which residents can utilize ICT to live with peace of mind along with other initiatives being undertaken by the city to solve issues, for example working with the Safeguard Service for children and senior citizens, a forward-looking program that utilizes newly installed IoT devices and other resources.

15:05 – 15:25

“IoT Smart Fishery Initiatives”
Mr. Masayoshi Fukushima Manager, KDDI CORPORATION, IoT Business Development Division, Local Development Support Office

This seminar introduces an example from fixed-net fishing for salmon in which the next day’s catch is estimated at 70% or greater accuracy.
1. The initiative clarifies which data can be used in fishing and actively utilizes open data such as weather information.
2. Smart, power-saving buoys with state-of-the-art LPWA technology are used to acquire water temperatures at multiple seawater levels.
3. The catch is then estimated using machine learning and an equation of state that models the shape of fixed nets.

15:25 – 15:45

“The Data-Based Smart City Kyoto Model Construction Project, Creating a Place People are Happy to Live and Happy to Visit”
Mr. Ryosuke Nakamine Director, Kyoto Smartcity Promotion Association

Since 2015, Kyoto Prefecture has worked with cutting-edge enterprises holding the latest technology and expertise in ICT to promote the Smart City Project, and in September of this year established a general incorporated association called Kyoto Smart City Promotion Council for the sake of promoting this project through cooperation between public and private sectors. Selected as a Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Aid Project this fiscal year, the organization has gone forward with the data-based Smart City Kyoto model construction project, promoting data utilization not only in Kyoto’s core industry of tourism but in the fields of environment and safety as well, with creating a super-comfortable smart society where people are “happy to live, happy to visit” as its goal. Details of this project will be presented in this lecture.

15:45 – 16:05

“Utilization of Location-based Big Data - The Latest Analysis Cases of Tourism, Disaster, and Commercial Sphere -”
Mr. Kazuhisa Shibayama President & CEO, AGOOP Corp. / Vice President, Big Data Strategy Division, SoftBank Corp.

Agoop has accumulated location information from smartphone’s app, created “big data” and made it visualize people’s movements around the world by our own system, called “floating-population data”.
In this talk, we will introduce our future plans such as the utilization of floating-population data in various fields (tourism analysis, disaster prevention analysis, commercial sphere analysis), created by accumulating information while incorporating AI technology.

16:05 – 16:35 Panel Session on Data Utilization and Application(TBD)
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications / Takamatsu City / Kahoku City / Kakogawa City / Higashimatsuyama City / Kyoto Smartcity Promotion Association / AGOOP Corp./SoftBank Corp.
16:35 Closing remark Mr. Tsuyoshi Kinoshita Vice President, the Internet Association Japan
1F Seminar venue(3) 
12:50 – 13:30

“How do we want to make the city smart? – Smart Solution through Sports -”
Mr. Haruki Sawada Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance Japan

Various cities and countries around the world are working to build smart cities. As digitalization proceeds apace, those efforts are leading to enormous volumes of data being created on a daily basis and to the creation of systems that attempt to collect, edit, and analyze data in order to identify the most efficient solutions. Smart city initiatives should by their nature vary by region. As smart tools are developed to help residents enjoy more convenient and efficient urban lifestyles, we need smart policies that connect the people who actually live in those communities with those tools and involve them in the effort to build sustainable smart cities that facilitate both physical and emotional health. This seminar introduces a model that uses sports to solve region-specific social issues while simultaneously creating sustained positive impacts.

13:40 – 14:20

“Analysis of Multi-dimensional Tourism Information”
Prof. Satoshi Nakamura  Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology / Team Leader, Tourism Information Analytics Team, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project

Technologies for analysis and extraction of various changing information in cities and sightseeing spots are in demand for tourism. In this talk, we introduce our research activities mostly using Deep Learning such as IoT-to-human technologies that provide appropriate information in natural language form distillated from different type of information by sensing and social media, dialogue technologies that automatically interact with users to retrieve users’ preferences, and recommendation technologies that recommend points of interests and routes in tourism according to the retrieved users’ preferences.

14:30 – 15:10 “What’s Fukuoka D.C. ?”
Mr. Makoto Maeda Deputy Director General, Fukuoka Directive Council
15:20~16:50 Maker Faire Panel Discussion
The future brought to local regions and companies by Makers (towards Maker Faire 2019)

Prof. Akihiro Kubota Professor, Tama Art University
Mr. Housuke Nojiri SF writer
Prof. Shigeru Kobayashi Professor, Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences
Mr. Akira Noda Nicotech