Keynote Speakers

Prof. Noboru Koshizuka

(The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Professor, the University of Tokyo

Vice Dean, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo

Chief Director, UTODC: Open Data Center, The University of Tokyo

Vice Director, YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory

Noboru Koshizuka is Vice Dean and Professor in Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo, Japan.  In the university, he has founded and is now directing UTODC (Open Data Center, the University of Tokyo), which is the first research center of open data in Japan.  He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1966.  He received the B.S., M. S. and D. S. degrees in information science in 1989, 1991, and 1994 from the University of Tokyo, Japan.


Since 1990, he has been participating the TRON (The Realtime Operating system Nucleus) Project.  For about 25 years, he has been researching ubiquitous computing, IoT (Internet of Things), embedded systems, human-computer interactions, and computer networks.  Currently, his main research interests are IoT (Internet of Things), ubiquitous computing, open-data, embedded real-time systems, operating systems, and computer networks.  Recent years, he has been actively contributing the activity of open data in the public sectors such as national and local governments in Japan.  He is a director of Foundation for Vitalizing Local Economy Organization by Open Data & Big Data (VLED), member of Association for Open Data for Public Transportation (ODPT), and Open Data Evangelist of National Strategy office of Information and Communication Technology, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan.


Dr. Koshizuka is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and Information Processing Society of Japan.


Prof. Yoshiteru Ishida

(Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)

Professor, Toyohashi University of Technology

Yoshiteru Ishida received the BA Eng., MA Eng., and Dr. Eng. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1979, 1981, and 1986, respectively. He joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics and the Division of Applied System Science, Kyoto University, as Assistant Professor from 1983 to 1986 and 1986 to 1994, respectively.

In April 1986 and 1993, he became a Visiting Researcher at School of Computer Science and Department of Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University. From April 1994 to February 1998, he joined the Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology.

Since June 1998 until 2010, he became a Professor at Department of Knowledge-based Information Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology. Currently, he is a Professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology.

Prof. Yoshiteru Ishida is a member of ACM, IEICE, IPSJ, SICE and JFES


Prof. Eugen Dedu
(Institute Femto ST – France)

Eugen Dedu is associate professor in computer science with Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comté, and with FEMTO-ST Institute/CNRS (National Scientific Research Center), in France. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2002 and his habilitation in 2014.

Currently he is leader of OMNI research team composed of 17 full/associate professors and several PhD students. He has co-authored more than 40 articles in international journals and conferences. His current main research interests are in communication in nanonetworks, especially at routing and transport layers.

Nanonetworks, as a network of nanodevices, are an emergent field of research, driven by continual object miniaturization (e.g. computer components, programmable matter), potential use in human body (advanced health monitoring), and large network bandwidths (Tb/s).

As a new field of research, its fascinating communication specificities are to be discovered and analysed. In this field he has published so far 11 articles in international journals/conferences, and initiated several international collaborations.

He has also been working on transport protocols in computer networks, especially for video transmission, and distributed intelligent MEMS. He was also involved in free software development.

Prof. Nobuo Funabiki

(Okayama University, Japan)

Nobuo Funabiki received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 and 1993, respectively. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1991.

From 1984 to 1994, he was with the System Engineering Division, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Japan.

In 1994, he joined the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at Osaka University, Japan, as an assistant professor, and became an associate professor in 1995.

He stayed at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2000-2001, as a visiting researcher.

In 2001, he moved to the Department of Communication Network Engineering (currently, Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering) at Okayama University as a professor. His research interests include computer networks, optimization algorithms, educational technology, and Web technology.

He is a member of IEEE, IEICE, and IPSJ. He is the associate editor-in-chief in Journal of Communications since 2016 and an editor in International Journal of Computer & Software Engineering since 2018. He was the chairman at IEEE Hiroshima section in 2015 and 2016.

He has served as a member of technical program committees in more than 30 international conferences. He has published more than 600 papers and coauthored seven books.

Akio Gofuku

(Okayama University – Japan)

Akio Gofuku graduated Kyoto University in Electrical Engineering in 1981 for bachelor course and 1983 for master course. He got PhD degree from Kyoto University in 1990.

He worked as an assistant professor in the Institute of Atomic Energy, Kyoto University from 1984 to 1994. In the meanwhile, he was a visiting researcher of Technical University of Denmark from 1993 to 1994. He moved to Department of Mechanical Engineering, Okayama University in December 1994 as an associate professor. He is currently a professor of Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in Health Systems, Okayama University.

His current research topics are operator support systems of complex industrial plants, spherical motors, and medical support systems.


YoungBong Seo
(Pusan National University – Korea)

Vice Director, Innovation Center for Engineering Education
Research Professor, Alliance of Busan (Beyond) Engineering Education Centers 
Vice Director, Education Center for Creative future Engineers(Project Heptapus)
Research Professor, Office for Education Accreditation
Pusan National University
Busan, Korea
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Young Bong Seo received the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Intelligent Systems Engineering form Pusan National University at 1999 and 2003. He is currently a Research Professor in Center for Education Accreditation, Innovation Center for Engineering Education, Alliance of BEE Centers, and Education Center for Creative Future Engineer, Pusan National University, Korea.

His current research interests include engineering service learning, good capstone design, problem based learning and engineering education method. He organized a creative design program such as Project BEE, Creativity Station, Smile Project and BEEBOY School with WSN robot since 2009.