Dr. Ryutaro MAEDA
Supervisory Innovation Coordinator, Department of Electronics and Manufacturing, AIST
Dr. Ryutaro Maeda has joined to Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Agency of Advanced Science and Technology (AIST) in Tsukuba in 1980, after finishing Master course in Graduate School of Tokyo University. He has been Director of UMEMSME (Research Centre of Ubiquitous MEMS and Micro Engineering) in AIST from 2010 to 2014 and served as Leader of several National Projects, such as “Green Sensor Network”, JST CREST program, etc.
His current research interest includes application of wireless networked sensing for energy and safety management, and published more than 250 papers in MEMS and related fields.
Dr. Weileun Fang
Distinguished Professor, Power Mech. Eng. Dept., National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Prof. Fang received his Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1995. He joined the Power Mechanical Engineering Department at the National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 1996, where he is now a Distinguished Professor as well as a faculty of NEMS Institute. Prof. Fang has published near 150 SCI journal papers, 250 international conference papers, and 80 patents. He is now the Chief Editor of JMM, the Board Member of IEEE Trans on Device and Materials Reliability, and the Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors J., Sensors and Actuators A., Sensors and Materials. and JM3. He served as the Chief Delegate of Taiwan for the World Micromachine Summit (MMS) in 2008-2012, and the General Chair for MMS 2012. He also
served as the TPC (Tech. program committee) of IEEE MEMS’04, ’07, and ’10, the TPC of Transducers’07, and the EPC (Executive program committee) of Transducers’09-’13. He has become the member of ISC (International steering committee) of Transducers from 2009, and will be the General Chair of Transducers’17. He also served as the Asia Regional Program Chair of IEEE Sensors’10, and the TPC Chair of IEEE Sensors’12.
Dr. Aarne OJA
Business Development Manager (Professor, Dr. Tech), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Prof. Aarne Oja works as a business development manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Oja received his doctorate in materials physics from Helsinki University of Technology in 1988. In 2000 he was appointed as a research professor of sensor technology at VTT. Oja has had several management positions at VTT such as vice president of VTT strategic research (2006 - 2009), and innovation program director (2010 - 2013). Prof. Oja has more than 130 scientific publications and several patents. Current research interests of Oja include MEMS sensors, MEMS-based timing circuits, ultrasonic transducers, hyperspectral imagers, and microspectrometers. Prof. Oja is a member of the scientific advisory board of Helsinki Institute of Physics and he has contributed to the creation of several spin-off companies.
Dr. Hiroya TANAKA
Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University
A founder of FabLab Japan and FabLab Kamakura.BA in Integrated Human Studies at Kyoto University (1998), MA in Human Environmental Studies, Kyoto University (2000), Ph.D in Engineering at University of Tokyo (2003). Visiting Researcher at MIT (2010).
Dr. Masayoshi ESASHI
Professor(Dr. of Engineering), WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
Prof. Esashi served as a Research Associate at Department of Electronic Engineering at Tohoku University from 1976 to 1981. He served as an an Associate Professor from 1981 to 1990. He served as a Professor at the Department of Mechatronics and Precision Engineering from 1990 to 1998 and a Professor at the New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe) from 1998 to 2005. Since 2005, he has been a professor at the Department of Nanomechanics, Graduate School of Engineering in Tohoku University. From 1995 to 1998, he was a director of the Venture Business Laboratory in Tohoku University. He is an Associate Director of the Semiconductor Research Institute. From 2002 to 2003, he served as the President of Sensor-Micromachine Society in Institute of Electrical Engineers in Japan. He has been acollaboration coordinator for Sendai city since 2004. He served as a General Co-chairman of the 4th IEEE Micro Electro Mechanical Workshop in 1991 held in Nara, Japan and also as a general chairman of the 10th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators (Transducers 99) in 1999 held in Sendai, Japan. Professor Esashi has authored and co-authored over 500 scientific papers and holds 50 patents. He received the B.E. Degree in electronic engineering in 1971 and the Doctor of Engineering degree in 1976 at Tohoku University.