RoboDEX Conference


Robotics technology conference. A chairman of a leading robot manufacturer and other industry key players will discuss future with robots and development of next generation robots, etc.

Keynote Session Pre-registration Required

ROBO-K1 January, 17 (Thu) 10:00  -  11:30
  • Fully Booked

Industrial Robots Innovate Manufacturing

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KUKA is Leading a New Era -- Human Robot Collaboration

Yasuhiro Hoshino Representative Director & CEO, KUKA Japan K.K.

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In a new era in which human and robots collaborate, KUKA introduces its idea how KUKA is challenging the product development and looking ahead to the future, and introduces the latest robot technology and practical examples that are key among them. Furthermore we propose a model case where people and robots coexist

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NVIDIA's Robot AI Strategy

Masataka Osaki Japan Country Manager, Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, NVIDIA

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NVIDIA's Robot AI Strategy will be discussed in this session.

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ROBO-K2 January, 18 (Fri) 9:30  -  11:00
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Future Society with Service Robots

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    Chinese / Japanese

The Implementation of Service Robots at Haneda Airport -- Haneda Robotics Lab

Hiroshi Onishi Executive Vice President, Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd.

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Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. which operates passenger terminals of Haneda Airport, has established Haneda Robotics Lab since 2016. It has organized robot demonstration experiments in several categories such as cleaning, translation, etc. We'd like to explain about the actual condition of the plan with the launch of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games in 2020.

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Changing Shopping Centers and Robots

Naotaka Hayashi Chief Digital Officer, PARCO Group ICT Strategy Office, PARCO Co., Ltd.

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PARCO offers a variety of services that utilize ICT to maximize the attractiveness of stores in our shopping centers. We believe that the utilizing robots is effective in order to respond to customers' changing needs and to provide the value that customers have not yet experienced. This presentation will introduce about the utilization of robot working in PARCO.

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After experiencing the operation of "PARCO" shopping center which is the core business of PARCO Co., Ltd., he conducted WEB related business at the affiliated company PARCO CITY (currently PARCO Digital Marketing Co., Ltd.) .
After that, he was in charge of "WEB / marketing dept." etc. to promote ICT utilization of stores and individual customer marketing in cooperation with house card and smartphone application.
Currently, at the newly established "Group ICT Strategy Office", he is promoting the omni-channelization of each business of the PARCO Group and reforming business management using ICT.

How to Use Technology to Increase People's Happiness

Naomi Tomita Director & CTO, HUIS TEN BOSCH Co., Ltd. / President & CEO, hapi-robo st, Inc.

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Tomita, being the leader of robotics business for Huis Ten Bosch, and managed 11 US IT companies, will lecture about the potential to create society which human and robots coexist to realize a happy world based on E-Trinity (Egology, Ecology, Economy).

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Naomi Tomita is a multi-talented professional in education, sports, philosophy, art, design, mechatronics, radio controlled model cars. Naomi Tomita has been Executive Advisor of Japan Research Institute and Executive Director of The Social Development Research Center. Naomi Tomita has been the first chairman of Far East Model Car Association.

Special Session Pre-registration Required

ROBO-S1 January, 16 (Wed) 10:30  -  12:00
  • Fully Booked
  • FREE

Next-generation Logistics Brought by Robotics & IoT Technology

  • English / Japanese

MUJIN's Latest Example of Automation Both for Manufacturing Process and Factory Logistics

Issei Takino CEO & Co-Founder, MUJIN Inc.

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Even though MUJIN's intelligent robot solution for logistics has been often featured by medias, FA solutions which automate manufacturing process and factory logistics are not known very much. In this presentation, MUJIN's latest example will be presented with movies describing actual case studies.

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NITORI GROUP's Efforts to Revolutionize Logistics

Akio Igarashi President, Home Logistics Co., Ltd. / Senior Executive Officer, Nitori Holdings Co., Ltd.

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Home Logistics is responsible for NITORI GROUP's logistics. By introducing latest IT and robotics such as "Autostore",which was the first to be installed in Japan,Home Logistics have been striving to reform our environment.

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Akio Igarashi was employed by NITORI Furniture in 1986. After working in 7 stores and in the HR Department, he was elected as a member of Logistics Reconstruction Project, and was involved in the foundation of Home Logistics in 2010. In 2018, he was appointed to be the President and representative director of Home Logistics.

ROBO-S2 January, 17 (Thu) 15:00  -  16:30

Speech by Leaders of Next-generation Robot Development

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Sony's Efforts in the Robotics Business from the Perspective of aibo

Izumi Kawanishi Senior Vice President, AI Robotics Business, Senior General Manager of AI Robotics Business Group, Sony Corp.

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A look inside the development process of autonomous entertainment robot aibo and a product/business summary including its cloud platform and services.

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To the Machine the Work of Machines, to Man the Thrill of Further Creation

Tom Mathias President & CEO, Omron Adept Technologies, Inc.

*Please note that the speaker has been changed because of an unavoidable reason. [As of Oct. 25th, 2018]

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OMRON has been improving lives and contributing to a better society through our business, innovating manufacturing with strategic concept "innovative-Automation!"
Advances in our core technology which is sensing, control, and "thinking" are revolutionizing human and machine collaboration in manufacturing.

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Tom Mathias is President & CEO of Omron Adept Technologies, a global leader in intelligent, vision-guided robotics systems and services based in San Ramon, California (SF Bay Area). Tom has over 20 years of global experience in the automation industry, having worked in the US, Europe, and Japan, and speaks fluent English, German, and Japanese. Omron Adept Technologies is a division of Omron Corp. (6645 : Tokyo Stock Exchange).

ROBO-S3 January, 18 (Fri) 12:00  -  13:00

Speech by Chairman of Top Robotic Company

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FANUC's Challenge -- Robot and IoT Pave the Way to Smart Manufacturing

Yoshiharu Inaba Representative Director, Chairman and CEO, FANUC Corp.

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FANUC is aiming to realize Smart Manufacturing that solves several manufacturing issues. We introduce some of its key components like intelligent robot, collaborative robot and FIELD system as an open platform for IoT and AI and explain several examples of them.

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ROBO-S4 January, 18 (Fri) 14:30  -  16:00

AI & Robotics Innovates Society

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To be announced shortly

Tomokazu Kanazawa Director, New Business Development, MACNICA Inc.

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Technical Session Pre-registration Required

ROBO-1 January, 16 (Wed) 13:30  -  15:00

Forefront of Robot Development and What Developers Expect from Component Suppliers

  • Available only in Japanese

Development of "COBOTTA", and Possibilities Created by Collaborating COBOTTA with Third Party Products

Yosuke Sawada General Manager, Product Planning Dept., FA Robot Business Unit Engineering Div., DENSO WAVE Inc.

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A compact and lightweight collaborative robot "COBOTTA" that enables to place on a desk. Speaking about a background of the development and the product features. Also introduce examples of new applications that make it possible by combining with AI and application examples that integratedly control connecting with various factory automation systems, and share future prospects.

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Joined DENSO Corp. formerly known as Nippon Denso Co. Ltd. in 1985,
and started working on a development, sales and technical supports for a commercialization of an industrial robot in 1992.
From 2004, sent to DENSO EUROPE B.V in Germany for 7 years to establish the sales expanding systems of DENSO robotics in Europe.
In charge of planning new products at the product planning dept. at DENSO WAVE Inc. since 2011.

About Yaskawa Electric Corp.'s Next Generation Robot Development and Required Materials

Hidenori Matsuura Dept. Manager, New Generation Robot Development Dept., Yaskawa Electric Corp.

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Introduction of Yaskawa Electric Corp., and further, our thinking of next-generation robot development. For this, we will introduce the necessary materials and components.

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ROBO-2 January, 17 (Thu) 9:30  -  11:00

Collaborative Robots in Food, Cosmetics and Pharmaceutical Industries

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Development of Collaborative Humanoid Robot "NEXTAGE"

Takakatsu Isozumi Director, CTO, Kawada Robotics Corp.

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As a solution for the labor shortage problem, Kawada has been proposing Collaborative Humanoid Robot NEXTAGE into the market for 10 years. Currently NEXTAGE are used in various manufacturing sites in Japan. In this presentation, the development and future prospects of NEXTAGE are introduced.

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Applied Humanoid Robot for Cosmetic Production in Shiseido

Takehisa Kobayashi Group Manager, Production Infrastructure Reinforcement Group, Production Technology Dept., and Nasu Factory Establishment Dept., Shiseido Co., Ltd.

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Cosmetic products have been tended to have the multiple-pieces production for decades.
It is like an art piece and the production requires delicate treatment, so it is hard to be automatized.
I am pleased to show you our challenge that Shiseido has been tackled with this issue by using humanoid robots.

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Joined P&G (product and supply) in 1999 and Shiseido ( Technology and engineering) in 2008.
In Shiseido, responsible for the automation utilized IoT.

ROBO-3 January, 17 (Thu) 9:30  -  11:00

Robots for Future Facilities and Stores

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Robots Will Realize the Future Type Facilities and Shops

Takeo Kogure Business Development Div., Mobility Business Development Dept., SoftBank Robotics Corp.

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What impacts cleaning robots marketed by Softbank Robotics would have on society will be introduced.
The future aspects will also be discussed along with the actual examples, their advantages, challenges and the tips for the adoption.

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Create the Robot Which Work Hard Instead of Humanoid

Soichiro Nakamura Co-Founder, CEO, SEQSENSE Inc.

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SEQSENSE is the company trying to develop the practical robot. We will introduce our medium-long term strategy and the strengths of security guard robot SQ2.

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ROBO-4 January, 18 (Fri) 13:30  -  15:00

Work Style Innovation with Powered Exoskeletons

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A Society that Wearable Robots Create

Takashi Furukawa Chairman, President, INNOPHYS Co., Ltd.

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In aging population and declining rate of birth, many people hope to prepare a work environment where various people can play an active part and to act vigorously even at the age.
It is hoped that such wishes can be fulfilled by various wearable robots.

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Utilization of Cybernic Technology such as Robot Suit HAL and the Future

Yoshihiro Yasunaga General Manager of Sales Dept., Head of Cyberdyne Studio Office, CYBERDYNE Inc. / President, Shonan/Oita/Suzuka Robo Care Center

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CYBERDYNE utilizes innovative Cybernic Systems to realize "Zero Burdening-care Society"and "Society 5.0". The presentation will explain how Robot Suit HAL, the first of its kind that uses Cybernic Technology, are being used now and how it will be used in the future.

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ROBO-5 January, 18 (Fri) 13:30  -  15:00

Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing

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Collaboration in Japan

Shuichiro Nakajima Local Business Unit Manager, Robotics, Robotics and Motion Div., ABB K.K.

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As a pioneering technology leader, ABB is leading digitalization of industries. In Robotics, one of our main fields, we aim to realize "Factory of the Future" with comprehensive solutions. In this seminar, we introduce overview of our robotics business and the latest technology of collaborative robots.

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Hints and Challenges When Introducing Cooperative Robots

Hirokazu Ichihara Representative Director, Chemi-Con Nagaoka Corp.

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We will show you the opportunity when we introduced robot.
In addition, we report on effective method of introducing robot.

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Exhibitors' Presentation Free / No Registration Required

Exhibitors will give presentations about the latest products/technologies.

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No registration required.
Please go to the venue (inside exhibition hall) directly.
Please note that some presentations might be given only in Japanese.

Concurrent Conferences Pre-registration Required

WEA-S2 January, 18 (Fri) 9:30  -  11:00
  • Fully Booked
  • FREE

Digital Transformation Accelerated by AI and Wearable Devices

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Fitbit: Wearables, Data & Health

Shelten Yuen Vice President, Research, Fitbit, Inc.

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I will talk about Fitbit's algorithm and the possibility of contributing to the healthcare field.

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Shelten Yuen is the Vice President of Research at Fitbit. He oversees advanced Research on sensors & machine learning algorithms that aim to drive behavior change and create positive health outcomes for Fitbit users. As one of Fitbit's first employees, Shelten has helped develop industry-leading technologies that have defined the role of wearables today, taking what was previously only available in a laboratory setting and making it work on the wrist. Shelten is an inventor on more than 150 granted patents. Prior to Fitbit, he was a researcher in surgical robotics, cellular mechanics, and defense technologies. Shelten received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University.

Adaptive Processing of Wearables Data: Methods and Impactful Applications

Joni Kettunen CEO, Firstbeat Technologies Oy

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In this presentation we will make an overview on the elements that are required to create wearable products and services that have impact on health and productivity. The presentation will focus on the role of advanced processing of wearables data from different perspectives. Different stages of data processing, from sensors to personalized coaching, are discussed. Throughout the presentation, we will discuss implications, potential and current limitations on the use of smart methods on value creation. Examples are provided from different domains, ranging from sports use cases to everyday smartwatch use and preventive health care.

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Joni Kettunen, PhD, is a pioneer in physiological analytics and their application. His vision for incorporating heartbeat analytics and wearable technology has placed Firstbeat at the cutting edge of the industry. Specific areas of application include fitness devices, wellbeing services and professional sports. Firstbeat analytics are used by hundreds of elite sports teams, thousands of wellness professionals, and millions of consumers for better performance and wellbeing. Before founding Firstbeat in 2002, Joni published research in the fields of psychophysiology, behavioral medicine, autonomic nervous system function and stress quantification. Joni received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1999.

WEA-2 January, 16 (Wed) 9:30  -  11:00

Case Study -- Wearable Applications in Manufacturing & Logistics Sites

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Digitization of Factory and Utilization of Data by Wearable Terminal

Hiroaki Matsui General Manager, Sales Div.1 & Marketing Div. (concurrent), Digital Industry Business Group, Computer Engineering & Consulting, Ltd.

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There are various facilities in the factory, it is important to decide what kind of data to collect from them, there are many points to consider such as facilities, IoT tools, how to hold data. Wearable terminals are gaining attention as information distribution terminals to users due to technological innovation and explain concrete utilization methods with examples.

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In March 1997, graduated from Senshu University law school. In April 1997 he joined CEC Corp. He belongs to the Automotive Industry Systems Div. and engages in IT business for factory. In April 2016, he took office as Director of Industry Automation Business Group's First Sales Div. and has reached the present.
In external activities, in April 2015, participated in WG as a support member at IVI (Industrial Value Chain Initiative). In April 2016, participated in IVI's WG "Improvement of productivity through visualization of facilities and people".

Successful Case Studies for Smartglasses Technology and IoT in the Enterprise Markets

Keiichiro Fujii Director of Operations Japan, Vuzix Corp.

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Smartglasses solutions are not only remote support but also scanning bar code in warehouse. And introduce our latest products line up that we showcase at CES 2019.

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SFE-K January, 16 (Wed) 13:00  -  14:30

Smart Factories of World's Leading Manufacturers

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Utilization of Big Data for Innovation in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Hiroshi Akahori Deputy General Manager, Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba Memory Corp.

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Toshiba Memory Corp, Yokkaichi Operations has been utilizing big data for the radical productivity improvement. In this keynote speech, I will explain the practical utilization of big data and the newest topics such as machine learning implementation.

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Dr. Hiroshi Akahori has served as deputy general manager of Toshiba Memory Corp., Yokkaichi Operations. He is involved in utilizing big data for yield and productivity improvement. Since joining Toshiba Corp., he has been in the advanced semiconductor industry for more than 25 years with contributions to development of the unit process, process integration, devices, electrical reliability of memory cells, physical chemical analysis, inspection and metrology technologies.

MONOZUKURI Competitiveness Enhancement by Realization of SMART Production Plant

Mitsunori Kitao Vice President, Plant General Manager, Mizushima Plant, Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

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Issues surrounding automotive industries are the challenges we have to overcome by our MONOZUKURI competitiveness. Here is the introduction of IoT utilization at our Mizushima plant aiming at value addition to QCT (Quality, Cost, Time), foreseeing operation troubles and technology transfer as MONOZUKURI competitiveness enhancement.

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In March 1983, joined Mitsubishi Motors Corp., after graduating from Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering Dept. of Metallurgy. Enrolled in Production Engineering, Stamping and Plastic Engineering. Oversea working career;
1998 - 2003 working at MMNA (Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.), 2013 - 2018 Executive Vice President and COO of MMTh(Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co., Ltd.). In April 2018, appointed as Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima Plant General Manager.

SFE-S3 January, 17 (Thu) 15:00  -  17:00

How Will Smart Technologies Change the Future of Logistics?

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Smart Logistics on TOYOTA L&F

Hisashi Ichijo Managing Officer, Chief Technology Officer, TOYOTA Material Handling Group, Toyota Industries Corp.

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While the logistics environment is drastically changing, Toyota L&F is working towards smart logistics with overseas partners "Vanderlande, Bastian Solutions". We will introduce the logistics solution realized with "Robotized/Intelligent logistics equipment", and furthermore "connected" logistics solution.

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Intelligent Logistics Leading the Future of Logistics Industry

Hiratomo Miyata Co-founder & CEO, GROUND Inc.

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A global logistics distribution model has dramatically changed in the last decade due to the rapid growth of E-commerce markets. The retailers have to introduce state-of-the-art technologies including robots and AI to keep up with this change because their conventional logistics models, like a speed delivery and dealing with the long tail, cannot take care of the new wave. In this speech, I will show you the latest trends and initiatives in logistics industry leaders all over the world and figure out how we handle and adapt the new logistics.

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NEC Supply Chain Innovation and Digital Transformation in Logistics

Yutaka Matsushita Senior Vice President, NEC Corp.

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NEC experienced Supply Chain Innovation integrating Manufacturing and Logistics as a manufacturer. Connecting this knowledge and cutting-edge AI/IoT/Robotics technology, we create new value as an integrator. In this session, we introduce Digital Transformation in Logistics initiative with cases.

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SFE-1 January, 16 (Wed) 9:30  -  11:00

Factory Innovation with IoT/AI Changes Small & Medium Sized Manufacturers' "Monozukuri"(manufacturing)

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A Small Local Manufacture, IBUKI's Challenge for Smart Factory with IoT/AI
-- Success, Failure and Lessons

Shinkazu Matsumoto CEO, IBUKI Inc. / Chief Executive Officer, O2 Inc.

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We can now say that "IoT and AI can make good chemistry". At the beginning stage, we could only make trial and error in the dark. We had no established skills to write macros in Excel. Also, we had only limited budget and time. However, now our IoT and AI project at IBUKI has now successfully entered its third generation and we received a prize at the Monodzukuri (Manufacturing) Nippon Grand Award. Looking back the history of our modest-sized company's challenging efforts, I will talk about lessons we have learned, such as tips for managing new projects and important points to be heeded when introducing IoT and AI.

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Remote Painting Factory by IoT/AI Technology

Hisami Odakura The President, Representative Director, Hibara Co., Ltd.

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An example of the management technique of remote paint factory using the IoT/AI, an illustration of tradition system of the painting skill, etc.

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NEPCON-S3 January, 17 (Thu) 12:30  -  14:00

Leading Semiconductor Manufacturers Discuss Next-generation Business

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Xilinx Adaptive Automotive Solutions Build a Safer, Intelligent World

Daniel Isaacs Director, Automotive Strategy & Market Development, Xilinx, Inc.

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Xilinx Adaptable technology is at the forefront driving the next wave of intelligent Automotive and Transportation systems. This presentation describes the benefits of Xilinx's Adaptable technology through specific applications as exemplified in production ADAS systems and Autonomous Drive (AD) platforms.

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Dan is Director of Automotive Strategy in the Automotive Business Unit at Xilinx.
Also, he is the representative to the Industrial Internet Consortium, and is the co-chair of the Automotive Task Group.
He has over 25+ years of experience working in automotive, aerospace/defense and consumer based companies including Ford, NEC, LSI Logic and Hughes. During his career, Dan has held positions in software design, FPGA design engineer, systems engineer and system verification, applications, other technical related management. He holds degrees in Computer Engineering- EE from Cal State University, B.S. Geophysics from ASU.

3D NAND Technology Enabling the Future, Today

Oded Sagee Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Embedded Solutions, Western Digital Corp.

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As automotive system architectures change and new applications and sub-systems require highly reliable, high performance and high capacity storage solutions, Western Digital's TLC 3D NAND automotive products provide a path to achieve all of this - today.

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Oded Sagee is Western Digital's senior director of embedded solutions which includes automotive, industrial, connected home, mobile and compute market segments. Sagee brings a diverse background to Western Digital with more than 20 years of high-tech experience in a variety of marketing, sales and technology roles. He is currently responsible for developing and driving product and go to market strategies for the growing market segments such as autonomous drive, IoT, AR/VR and smart city. Prior to this, Sagee served in managerial positions in both marketing and sales capacities. Sagee holds an LLB in commercial law from Hebrew University and an MBA from the London Business School (LBS).

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