WEARABLE EXPO Conference


Conference for wearable device and development technology.
Topics cover wearable applications in manufacturing, logistics, inspection and nursing, etc. Wearable development technology will be also addressed.

Supervisor : Masahiko Tsukamoto, Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University

Keynote Session Pre-registration Required

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

Wearable Technology is Changing the Society

  • English / Korean /
    Chinese / Japanese

The Real Value of Wearable Devices and the Way to Commercialization

Masahiko Tsukamoto Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University

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Wearable devices such as HMD, Smart Watch, Wearable Sensor, etc. are increasingly becoming practical with repeated experiments, and their market is expanding year by year mainly in business and health and sports fields. In this presentation, we will explain the potential and points of these wearable devices and their uses from the viewpoint of their essential points, "human augmentation" and "a step toward becoming a cyborg".

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Masahiko TSUKAMOTO received the B.E., M.S., and Dr.E. degrees from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1987, 1989, and 1994, respectively. From 1989 to 1995, he was a research engineer at Sharp Corp. In 1995, he joined the Department of Information Systems Engineering of Osaka University as an assistant professor, and from 1996 to 2004, he was an associate professor at the same department. Since 2004, he has been a professor at the department of electrical and electronics engineering, graduate school of engineering, Kobe university.

Bringing a Revolutionary Smartwear to a Wearable Industry

Ayumu Mitera CEO, Mitsufuji Corp.

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Mitsufuji has provided safe and secure platforms to various business fields with the wearable solution "hamon" released on December 2016. Mitsufuji is here to introduce their next strategy and case study to solve social issues.

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Special Session Pre-registration Required

WEA-S1 January, 17 (Thu) 12:30  -  14:00

New Materials & Electronic Components for Dramatic Quality Improvement of Wearables

  • English / Japanese

Creating a Future That Can Only Be Realized with the Materials Expertise of Mitsui Chemicals

Shin Fukuda Managing Executive Officer, Center Executive, R&D Center, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

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Whether WEARABLE technology will become an accepted and welcome part of society or not depends not only on technology or materials, but also on our ability to create a vision of the future that people can empathize with. As a materials producer, Mitsui Chemicals can help shape the future direction of society while maintaining harmony with the global environment.

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Ph.D., plasma-surface interactions, Hokkaido University, Japan, 1986, a visiting scientist in Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, found a position in Aerospace Div. of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and belonged to a design team of apparatuses which operated under microgravity environments, joined Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. in 1992, worked for functional film, recently he is creating new businesses concerning renewable energy, rapid diagnostic system of infectious diseases, new irrigation system, a member of Applied Physics Society Japan and AVS (former American Vacuum Society, American Institute of Physics), was recently designated as the vice-president of Chemical Society of Japan. Currently his responsibilities are R&D and the creation of new business. His latest field of interests are R&D management and corporate venturing.

Wearable Sensors Corresponding to Various Applications in Medical/Healthcare Field

Koji Miyamoto BU Head, IoT Systems Business Unit, New Business Promotion Center, TDK Corp.

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TDK has positioned wearable sensors as key devices in a broad range of medical/healthcare fields including preventive medicine, prognosis and nursing care, fleet management and productivity improvement, etc. Introduction will follow with examples such as "a 24-hour remote monitoring system for medical and nursing care" and "Productivity and work efficiency improvement systems including Emotion analysis".

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Koji Miyamoto's early career at Toshiba was engaged in the development of advanced CMOS logic processes and devices including embedded memories. Additionally he led yield management methodology and the concurrent engineering work bench tool. From 2002 to 2006, he worked at IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC) as a 65nm SOI technology device manager within the Advance Semiconductor Technology Alliance (ASTA). From 2006 to 2014, he headed Toshiba's LSI business unit managing a portfolio of standard products as well as custom circuits (ASIC) implementations. In 2013, He initiated collaboration with Rakuten which resulted in the new services business using Toshiba sensor devices. From 2014 to 2016, He was appointed to General Manager for Digital Health Business Development Dept. in Toshiba Healthcare Company as well. Appointed to current position in 2016. TDK acquired Toshiba wearables products and business operations in 2016. Earned Harvard Business school AMP179 (Advanced Management Program 179) in 2010.

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

Digital Transformation Accelerated by AI and Wearable Devices

  • English / Japanese

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-S3 January, 18 (Fri) 12:00  -  13:30
  • Fully Booked
  • FREE

New Business Models Made Possible by AI & Wearables

  • English / Japanese

Wearable + Games + Karma Equals to Health 3.0

Vishal Gondal CEO and Founder, GOQii Inc.

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Wearable technology alone cannot motivate people. GOQii has created a unique symbiosis between gamification and health by combining wearable technology, making health fun and the concept of karma (giving back to the society by living a healthy lifestyle).

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Vishal Gondal, a serial entrepreneur has been titled the father of Indian Gaming Industry. He sold his previous company Indiagames to Walt Disney Company. His passion for technology, fitness & gaming led him to his next venture GOQii which is focused on helping people make a change towards a healthier lifestyle and be the force of good.

Artificial Intelligence: How It Will Change Our Society

Kazuo Yano Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd.

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Although AI technology, such as deep learning, has attracted much attention in medias, we have not heard the profiting story from AI. What is missing between the available technologies and the businesses outcome? We have developed post-deep-learning AI technology that directly drives business outcome, which has already been applied to over 60 cases in 14 domains. This multiple-purpose AI, added-on to existing systems, makes the system to learn and grow automatically. This talk covers the real use cases in finance, industry, retail, logistics, transportation, etc. to prospect the changes we face in the future business.

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Kazuo Yano has pioneered research on quantifying the happiness with advanced AI. He has applied over 350 patents and his papers are cited by over 2500 papers. His book, "The Invisible Hand of Data," is cited as one top-10 business books of 2014.

Technical Session Pre-registration Required

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

MR, AR & VR Technologies Bring Revolution in Design and Development

  • Available only in Japanese

Shape the Future of Productivity with Mixed Reality -- Microsoft HoloLens

Atsushi Suzuki Technology Architect, Microsoft Technology Center, Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.

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Microsoft HoloLens has the potential to shape the future of productivity with "Mixed Reality" technology. Learn about Future workstyle for Firstline-Workers using HoloLens, including Training, Room layout, and Remote assist.

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Switching to a 3D Tool Design Development

Takahiro Uematsu General Manager, Design Center, Isuzu Motors Ltd.

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3D digitization of design work is progressing, but there are limitations on personnel, budget, etc., and reality is that there are many conflicts in realizing ideals. Here we speak our minds and openly discuss initiatives we are taking to bridge the gap between ideal and reality and digitalize the entire design process, in conjunction with what difficulties we face and how to overcome them.

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

Case Study -- Wearable Applications in Manufacturing & Logistics Sites

  • Available only in Japanese

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

Case Study -- Wearable Applications in Maintenance and Inspection

  • Available only in Japanese

The Man behind Wearable Glass Talks! Current Status of Maintenance and Inspection and Future Marketability

Takahito Fukuda President, WESTUNITIS Co., Ltd.

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In the past five years the introduction of wearable systems for smart glasses has been rapidly advanced. This session will explain the current situation with demonstration and movies mainly on maintenance and inspection work. In addition, we will introduce information of future direction and marketability obtained from experience of wearable computing 18 years.

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Saving Inspection Work by Wearable Device

Takanori Okihashi Chief of Building Planning Section, Building Headquarters, Building Dept., Okumura Corp.

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Tiles on the building exterior are obliged to be fully-surveyed regularly, and conventional handwriting record required much tasks for reporting. In order to save time and labor, we have developed a system to digitize survey results on site with wearable devices and small sensor.

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WEA-4 January, 17 (Thu) 13:30  -  15:00

Textiles & Sewing Technology Innovates Wearables

  • English / Japanese

Potential of WHOLEGARMENT for Wearable

Shinsuke Ashibe Manager, Development Headquarters, SHIMA SEIKI MFG., Ltd.

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Remarkable evolution of wearable clothes products in remote monitoring service & healthcare industry.
Wearing wearable clothes products with comfort.
Introduction of the creation of clothing culture in new era with utilizing functional fibers such as conductive fiber and WHOLEGARMENT technology.

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Recent Progress of Wearable Electronics and Smart Textiles

Taeyoon Lee Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University

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Electronic textiles with various electronic elements realized in the form of textiles have attracted much interest with the development of wearable and stretchable electronics. In this talk, wearable textile electronic devices will be shown with various applications.

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Taeyoon Lee received the degree of B.S. (1995) and M.S. (1997) from Yonsei University, and the Ph.D. (2004) degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corp. (2005-2007). Since 2007, he has been a professor in School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Yonsei University. His research is focused on nanomaterials and their application in wearable/flexible/stretchable electronics.

WEA-5 January, 18 (Fri) 9:30  -  11:00

Case Study -- Wearable Applications in Elderly Care

  • Available only in Japanese

Aging x Wearable Tech -- Global Latest Trends

Masayuki Kimura Director, Incubation Business Div., Managing Director, Silicon Valley Office, Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support Co., Ltd.

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We started to utilize the wearable technology to solve and improve the aging health problem. We are using the wearable for various purposes such as detecting atrial fibrillation and improving daily lifestyle. I will introduce the latest global case study while focusing on how to utilize the data from wearable.

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Masayuki Kimura graduated from Hitotsubashi University of Japan with MBA in accounting. He has worked for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC. He provided business consulting, M&A and IPO counseling for startups.
In 2010, he started an internal startup named Deloitte Venture Support. He provided business planning consulting for startups and open innovation consulting services for the largest Japanese corporations.
He has opened the Silicon Valley office to facilitate the open innovation consulting services between Japanese large corporation and Silicon Valley startups. The current focus is on AI, autonomous driving and AI technologies that have been presented at the global conferences including CEATEC, Startup Asia, Japan UK Tech Awards and Canada-Japan Futures Forum.

The Trend of "Digital Aging" in the World

Daisuke Ikehata CEO, Sompo Digital Lab, Inc.

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I will address trends in "digital aging", especially the role of wearables and sensors in senior care.

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Wearable Rehabilitation Solution for Elderly Care

Akinori Takahagi CEO, co-founder, Moff Inc.

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Introduction of Moff Inc's wearable technologies and business model for elderly care and rehabilitation, "Moff training", "Moff Measurement", AI rehab recommendation "Moff Coach".

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CEO and co-founder at Moff Inc. After Graduated at Kyoto Univ. and worked as Management Consultant at A. T. Kearney and as Product Manager at Mercedes-Benz, he founded Moff Inc.

Exhibitors' Presentation Free / No Registration Required

Exhibitors will give presentations about the latest products/technologies.

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Please note that some presentations might be given only in Japanese.

Concurrent Conferences Pre-registration Required

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

Industrial Robots Innovate Manufacturing

  • English / Korean /
    Chinese / Japanese

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
  • Fully Booked

Future Society with Service Robots

  • English / Korean /
    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.

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

Smart Factories of World's Leading Manufacturers

  • English / Korean /
    Chinese / Japanese

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?

  • English / Japanese

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-S1 January, 17 (Thu) 10:00  -  11:30

Practical Plan for Smart Factories -- The Latest Case Studies

  • English / Japanese

Evolution of Robotics and Revolution of Industrial Automation through the Use of i3 Mechatronics

Masahiro Ogawa Executive Officer, General Manager, Robotics Div., Yaskawa Electric Corp.

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Yaskawa Electric has pursued the automation of production sites by adopting mechatronics devices, such as industrial robots, servos, and AC drives. With the recent growth of the concept of "transforming MONOZUKURI" through the use of IoT and AI, Yaskawa created a solution called "i3 Mechatronics" to revolutionize industrial automation.
Yaskawa sets goals to provide solutions to help customers enhance sustainable productivity by connecting and integrating mechatronics devices in production sites using data.
Yaskawa will introduce the current status of and future prospects in the evolution of production automation including robots using examples of applications.

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Innovation in Manufacturing Site of Monozukuri by "i-Automation!"

Junta Tsujinaga Executive Officer, Senior General Manager, Product Business Div. HQ, Industrial Automation Company, OMRON Corp.

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While management problems faced by Japanese manufacturers such as shortage of workers at production sites, aging of experienced engineers and difficulties in successors become a social issue, Japanese manufacturing is undergoing a major turning point accelerated by the progress of technological innovation such as AI, IoT and robotics. Introducing manufacturing innovation initiatives which have been materialized the concept of i-Automation through development at Omron's own factories and through co-creation with customers, propose the direction of manufacturing innovation in the near future. The Omron's concept of manufacturing innovation, i-Automation, is the following three "i's" of automations:
1)"integrated" automation which improves productivity through fine tuning of control devices 2)"intelligent" automation which let people and machine learn and evolve through usage of data at production floor 3)"interactive" automation which provides flexible manufacturing with harmonizing people and machine

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

Speech by Leaders of Next-generation Robot Development

  • English / Japanese

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-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-3 January, 17 (Thu) 9:30  -  11:00

Robots for Future Facilities and Stores

  • Available only in Japanese

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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AUTO-K January, 16 (Wed) 10:30  -  12:00

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Change the Mobility Society

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    Chinese / Japanese

Envisioning Smart Mobility Society in the Connected Future

Keiji Yamamoto Executive Vice President, Connected Company, Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corp.

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The automotive industry is facing the biggest change in the last 100 years by the advances in the technologies of Electrification, AI, and Connectivity. This keynote lecture will discuss how mobility itself will change along with the progress of Autono-Mass, and what we are envisioning the future of mobility society as well as the importance of mobility service platform.

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Autonomous Driving: A Mobility Revolution

Helge Neuner Head of Automated Driving, Group Research, Volkswagen AG

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Automated Driving could become a key technology to enhance traffic safety and to use the existing mobility infrastructure more efficiently. Possible applications range from comfortable ownership vehicles over efficient transport of goods to mobility as a service. These various applications are accompanied by specific technical challenges and have their specific impact on future mobility.

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Dr. Helge Neuner studied Electrical Engineering and completed his studies with a PhD in Engineering at the University of Braunschweig, Germany. He began his professional career at Volkswagen in 2002. He worked in a number of different positions in Electrics and Electronics development division of Volkswagen brand and from 2008 in Volkswagen Group Research. He held leading positions and was responsible for Information Architecture and Human Machine Interaction. Since 2017 Helge Neuner is head of Automated Driving at Volkswagen Group Research.

NEPCON-K January, 18 (Fri) 12:00  -  13:30

Next-generation Display -- MicroLED Development and its Market Prospects

  • English / Korean /
    Chinese / Japanese

The Development of Micro-LED Technology in ITRI

Chih-l Wu Vice President & General Director, Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Labs., ITRI(Industrial Technology Research Institute) / Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University

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ITRI has developed micro-LED technology from 2009. We focus on the technology of chip design, mass transfer, and high speed inspection. For now, we build up the platform to integrate industry from up-stream to down-stream to speed up the research for micro-LED application.

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Dr. Chih-I Wu is the VP and General Director of Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). The team he leading in ITRI includes micro-assembly technology, R2R production, intelligent vision system, advanced lighting, new semiconductor architectures, IoT data link, flexible AMOLED technology, transparent display application system technology, and Fan-Out panel level packaging technology.

Micro LED Development Status and Trends

Paul Schuele CTO, eLux, Inc.

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Direct emission µLED displays can replace LCD and OLED displays with better performance, efficiency and lifetime. Displays are made by integrating µLEDs with two mainstream technologies, namely LEDs developed for general lighting and back planes developed for television. The unique challenge is the manufacturing technology to precisely position millions of µLEDs with high yield. The presentation will discuss µLED mass transfer and the prospects for µLED products.

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Dr. Schuele has been the technical lead for µLED display development at Sharp Labs of America until 2016. In October 2016 he co-founded eLux to commercialize µLED technology where he is currently CTO and process integration dept. The current work is a collaboration with µLED manufacturers, materials suppliers and display backplane manufacturers to make large area direct emitting displays.

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