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

Emerging Systems for Offshore Development and Utilization in SDGs’ Age

Abstract: Ocean has been utilized since the old days for fishery, shipping, reclamation, etc., and nowadays offshore oil production comes to supply one third of the global demand. We are now in the age of pursuing sustainable development, and proposals for new ocean utilization for SDGs are becoming active. For early social implementation, it is required to select the optimal concept and to concentrate investments in RDD&D. However, new ocean utilization has more diverse stakeholders than the traditional ones and the system needs to be evaluated on multiple criteria. From an early stage, a multidisciplinary approach is needed. This presentation will address the necessity, challenges, and some example projects of the emerging systems for offshore development and utilization, particularly in Japan.

Bio: After receiving PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1983, Prof. Ozaki was engaged in research and application on the dynamics of ocean structures, mooring systems and underwater line structures, as well as technological R&D projects for deep-water oil development and CO2 Capture & Storage (CCS) for 24 years at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. After conducting technological management for the deep earth exploration ship, CHIKYU, at JAMSTEC, he has been a professor at the University of Tokyo since 2008, and is participating in several industry-university joint projects for feasibility study of a new ocean utilization system and its social deployment.

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

Architecture of Industry and Governance in a Digital Society

Abstract: With the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, various companies and industries are connecting through data, and new services and businesses are beginning to develop. On the other hand, how to scale these businesses efficiently and how services can be deployed fairly and safely are important issues. Services provided not by a single stakeholder but by various stakeholders, for example, autonomous vehicles services require the use of maps and traffic-related data, and yet it is difficult for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles to maintain service reliability by themselves. In addition, in order to accelerate innovation, governance must be optimized and streamlined using data and technology as well as laws and regulations. We will discuss kinds of architecture (design plan) as foundation of these ideas, how technology and institutions relate, and role sharing between the public and private sectors.

Bio: Yohei Matsuda joined METI in 2001. His career showed as follows: 2003 Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau. 2005 Minister's Secretariat. 2007 Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group. 2008 Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. 2010 Commerce & Information Policy Bureau. 2012 studied at University of Warwick, London School of Economics and Political Science, Tsinghua University. 2014 Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau. 2015 Minister's Secretariat. 2017 Director, Information Economy Division, Commerce & Information Policy Bureau.

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

From the perspective of the urban design and planning fields, Prof. Deguchi intends to explore the spatial design and planning for urban sustainability from the street to the regional level. In response to the need for a low-carbon society, he focuses on research on compact city design and area management.

As an international approach, Prof. Deguchi promotes field surveys of foreign cities based on previous research and identify the Asian Urbanism by studying the unique sustainable forms and styles of Asian cities. As a pragmatic approach, Prof. Deguchi promotes the urban design and management projects in collaboration with local communities at the Urban Design Center Kashiwanoha (UDCK).

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

Having the way for Mobility Innovation with IoT, Big Data and AI

Abstract: JR-EAST has drafted out its newest business plan, ‘Moveup 2027’ on July, 2018. Within the document, we have announced that JR-EAST shall take the lead to deliver ‘seamless mobility’ with the ‘Mobility Linkage Platform’. This presentation will address some particular examples on how JR-EAST has made the full use of new technologies via R&D and also a brief introduction on activities led by the Mobility Innovation Consortium.

Bio: After entering JR-EAST in 1991, Mr. Nakagawa spent his early days mostly on the maintenance field for telecommunication infrastructure. From 2001, he was the core member to lead ICT based R&D at Frontier Service Development Lab, when R&D center was first established. He took his current role from 2014, when he was the façade for Open Innovation within JR-EAST. Aligned with the current role, he is now also the director of Mobility Innovation Consortium.

Daisuke Sakai, Co-Founder, teamLab

Relationships Among People

Daisuke Sakai, a co-founder of teamLab, speaks about the theme of 'Relationships Among People', one of teamLab’s concepts which aims to explore a new relationship among people, and to make the presence of others a positive experience through digital art. Sakai will introduce such concept along with teamLab’s works.

teamLab was founded in 2001 as an interdisciplinary art collective whose expansive practice involves collaborations in the fields of art, technology and science, exploring the new relationships between people, and between people and the world in the information age. Artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors form teamLab. Using technology to dissolve the boundaries between the physical and conceptual, and to propose new models of perception in the digital era, their work is immersive and interactive—focused on the themes of creativity, play, exploration, immersion, life, and fluidity.

Bio: Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 1978. Graduated from Department of Mechanical and Information Engineering, University of Tokyo, Graduate school of interdisciplinary information, University of Tokyo. Studied wearable remote control system of humanoid robot at university.

Dr. Tamaki Horii, Obayashi Corporation, General Manager, Business Platform and Innovation Obayashi SVVL.Inc., CEO

Transdisciplinary Innovation to Tackle the Changing Face of the Corporate Environment

Abstract: Obayashi Group has considered to draft the new corporate strategic plan for business platform and innovation toward 2043 which will be the 150 years corporate anniversary. Digital twin, “cyber and physical system,” will be addressed as the key business platform architecture for further growth of the Obayashi group under the high volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity environment which requires transdisciplinary innovations. The presentation will touch on the way of creating innovative technologies and changing mindsets through the current efforts of Open Innovation.

Bio: After joining Obayashi Co. in 1996, Dr. Tamaki Horii has accumulated a unique and multidisciplinary career in both academic and business fields. He was graduated from Stanford University with the Ph.D. degree in 2005. His PhD works have anchored to organization science and construction management, aiming to solve the complex and socio-science problems as a nature of construction projects.

During his 24 years career at Obayashi Co, he got involved in many large complex projects by leading multidisciplinary teams under the unforeseen environment and tight constraints. His current roles have been taking a lead of planning corporate strategy for the entire Obayashi group in consideration of Open Innovation and Digital Transformation of the corporate business platform from 2019.