26th ISTE International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering

Kashiwa Campus, The University of Tokyo, Japan

July 30 to Aug 1, 2019, TE2019 Conference

July 29, 2019, Pre-Conference Workshop Aug 2, 2019, Technical Visits

Organized by ISTE (International Society for Transdisciplinary Engineering) - formerly ISPE (International Society for Productivity Enhancement). The conference will take place in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo (Kashiwa, Japan).

Transdisciplinary Engineering for Complex Socio-technical Systems

Series: Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering

Volume 10

Published 2019

Editors Kazuo Hiekata, Bryan Moser, Masato Inoue, Josip Stjepandić, Nel Wognum

ISBN 978-1-64368-020-0 (print) | 978-1-64368-021-7 (online)

TE2019 conference theme: “Transdisciplinary Engineering for Complex Socio-technical Systems”.

Industry and society are considered as complex socio-technical systems. They are facing various problems that can only be solved by collaboration between different disciplines. These disciplines need not only be technical, but should also be social-science disciplines. Moreover, collaboration between academia and practice is needed to develop acceptable solutions. Many engineering problems, in particular, require such an approach, that is called a Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE) approach.

The conference will focus on the emerging performance of the deployment of the new technology in complex systems context. Smart factory, big data, IoT, monitoring, simulation, cyber-physical systems, digital twins, connected industry, Industry 4.0, and Intelligent factory are keywords for the improvement of customer-orientation and productivity in industry. Additional keywords can be found in methods and cases of systemic impacts on existing systems and society. Authors are invited to contribute papers that address approaches to manage complexity in engineering problems. Mono-disciplinary papers can be accepted only when authors emphasize the context in which their approach is to be used as well as the collaboration between disciplines needed to make the approach work in practice.

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Masahiko OZAKI. The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

  • Yohei Matsuda. Director, Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

  • Prof. Atsushi Deguchi. University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and Urban Design Center Kashiwa

  • Takeshi Nakagawa. East Japan Railway Company (JR-EAST), Technology Innovation HQ, Deputy General Manager

  • Dr. Tamaki Horii. Obayashi Corporation, General Manager, Business Platform and Innovation

  • Daisuke Sakai. Co-Founder, TeamLab. An art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world

Workshops (Jul 29) 1pm - 5pm


Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Systems Dynamics and Engineering. Barrett S. Caldwell PhD (Purdue University)

A win-win game: Students learn, Researchers gain. Sara Shafiee, Martin Løkkegaard, Niels Henrik Mortensen, Christian Alexander Bertram (Technical University of Denmark, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

To What World Is IoT Leading Us? Shuichi Fukuda (Keio University)

REGISTRATION for Pre-Conference Workshops please click here

Technical Visit (Aug 2)

teamLab Borderless, Odaiba


Tsukaba Science City tour


REGISTRATION for Visits please click here

Asakusa, Tokyo

Two stops from Akihabara (cc Wei-Te Wong)

Kashiwa-no-ha, Japan

Approximately 30 minutes from Akihabara Station on the Tsukuba Express.

The conference is held in Kashiwa campus, UTokyo, part of Kashiwa-no-ha smart city, whose concepts are “Environmental-Symbiotic City”, “New Industry Creation”, “Health and Longevity.”