Dr. Takao SOMEYA
Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
Takao Someya received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. Since 2009, he has been a professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Tokyo. From 2001 to 2003, he worked at the Nanocenter (NSEC) of Columbia University, and at Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies as a Visiting Scholar. Since 2009, he has been a Global Scholar at Princeton University and currently serves as the Project Leader of the NEDO/JAPERA Project (from March 2011)and as a Research Director of a JST/ERATO Project (from March 2011).
His current research interests include organic transistors, flexible electronics, plastic integrated circuits, large-area sensors, and plastic actuators.
CEO and President of Vegetalia,inc., Professor at Japan University of Economics.
Prior to that he was CEO and President of UNITED (former ngi group), Inc. (TSE:2497). Prior to this, he founded and served as CEO of Netyear Group Corporation (TSE:3622). He began working as a IT consultant at a joint venture formed between Dentsu and General Electric in the early 1980’s, and worked in various job positions in the realm of IT, multimedia, and Internet projects in Japan. Thereafter, in the 1990’s he took on the role of Executive Vice President & COO of iSi Dentsu of America Inc in the United States. There he gained exposure to venture capital investment in various Internet businesses as well as gaining experience in incubation and consulting services. In his career he has served in advisory committees of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and Cabinet Office, and he currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Tokyo Chamber of Commerce (Shibuya Chapter), a member of the board at Public interest incorporated foundation for youth leaders, a member of the board at the Japan-Vietnam association, a member of the Japan- ASEAN Public-Private Partnership Committee in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and a member of the center of innovation committee in the Ministry of Education‚ Culture‚ Sports‚ Science and Technology.
He is focused on the development of agricultural tech start-up leveraging more than 30 years of experience in IT and Investment markets in Japan, Asia and the US.
Dr. Yang ISHIGAKI
CTO of Yaguchi Electric Corp., Founder of Radiation-Watch.org
Shuttleworth Flash Grant (Republic of South Africa, 2012)
Good Design Award (Japan, 2012).
Red Dot Design Award (Germany, 2013)
Tama Art University (Tokyo, Japan)
The University of Electro-Communications (Tokyo, Japan)
Researcher at SECOM Intelligent Systems Lab. (Tokyo, Japan, for 12years)
Dr. Kohei HIGUCHI
Chief executive officer of Affordsens corporation
Dr. Kohei Higuchi is a chief executive officer of Affordsens corporation which was founded in November 2013 for designing wearable healthcare monitoring devices. He is also a visiting researcher of University of Hyogo. He received the PhD degree in physics from Tokyo University in 1978. Then he joined NEC Corporation and had been involved in the development of large-scale integrated circuits. Since 1984, he had been working on the research and development of CCD image sensors, infrared image sensors and CMOS integrated MEMS sensors for pressure and acceleration. He also engaged in the development of an ultrasonic imager for an Advanced Robot supported by MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry). From 2004 to 2005, he was Japan delegate for the IEC-TC105/Micro Fuel Cells Standardization WG8 (safety). From 2005
to 2006, he worked for Direct Methanol Fuel Cell at CA. USA. From 2008 to 2013, he joined the Maenaka Human-Sensing Fusion Project of Japan Science and Technology Agency as a research manager.
Contributing Editor, 3D InCites
Paul Werbaneth writes regularly for 3D InCites on 2.5D/3D IC technology and commercialization, and recently started the blog 3D+: Inspired by Heterogeneous Integration. Paul’s other writing activities include his work as a guest editor for IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, the contributed chapter on TSV Etching in the book “3D Integration for VLSI Systems,” and an extensive number of articles, papers, and blogs regarding the semiconductor capital equipment business. Paul has worked as a business development manager at EV Group; vice president of marketing and applications at Tegal Corporation; country manager for Tegal Japan Inc.; senior plasma etch process engineer with Hitachi High Technologies; and as a hands-on process sustaining engineer in an Intel wafer fab. Mr. Werbaneth holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Cornell University, and recently completed studies in spoken Japanese in the Cornell Summer FALCON program, and in Marketing Strategy, also through Cornell.
Dr. Shintaro WATANABE
Research and Development Headquarters at NTT DATA Corporation
Shintaro Watanabe has been working for Research and Development Headquarters at NTT DATA Corporation since 1996. He is head of Promotion Office for Robotics Integration.
He received his B.S. degree and Ph.D. in Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1994 and 2004, respectively, and his M.E. degree from Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan, in 1996.
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Executive Senior Adviser & Chairman of the Steering Committee, SPP Technologies (SPT)
Representative Director & Chief Executive, SK Global Advisers (SKGA)
Mr. Susumu Kaminaga studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tokyo and graduated in 1969. He was President of Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) for eight years until 2012.
He has been involved with MEMS activities since 1988 and played a major role to develop and commercialize Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE) technology which has enabled MEMS world to expand rapidly in the last decades. He was instrumental to run Surface Technology Systems (STS), UK, a subsidiary of SPP, since the acquisition in 1995 until 1999. Under his management, STS pioneered development and commercialization of the DRIE technology based on Robert Bosch patented switching process. Furthermore, he was the main driver to establish SPP Process Technology Systems (SPTS) in 2009 to integrate STS and the newly acquired business, which is now SPTS Technologies (SPTS) with local management after MBO in 2011. He plays a key role at SPP Technologies (SPT) founded in 2011 as a joint venture of SPP and SPTS for Japanese market. The business with broader unique technologies contributes a lot from automotive to exciting smart phone application. He is Fellow of JSME (The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) and a member of JSAP (The Japan Society of Applied Physics), IEEJ (The Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan) and IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers).