SIP-adus Workshop 2020

Speakers List


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    Masayuki Kawamoto

    University of Tsukuba

    Masayuki (Mark) Kawamoto owns 33 years experience in TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION as engineer, researcher, R&D manager and corporate R&D portfolio manager in Electronic Control and Information Systems for vehicle safety and environment.
    Mark started his career as a Professor at University of Tsukuba since 2015. His research interests include Automation in Public Transport, but recently his activities are more focusing on digital transformation in agricultural automation area. He has a start-up company for the development of agricultural autonomous control.
    Mark is the co-chair of Business and Service Implementation WG for automated driving systems in Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program.

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    Yurie Toyama

    Mitsubishi Research Institute

    Yurie Toyama is a researcher in the Smart Region Division at Mitsubishi Research Institute. She currently involves in several projects related with automated driving and smart mobility from various aspects, such as technical, business developing, and policy making. Throughout her time at MRI, she has provided technical and project management support to Japanese industries and governments. She is interested in the coordination of new technology for mobility, such as automated driving, with urban transportation planning.
    She holds a M.Eng in transport planning and a B.Eng in civil engineering.


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    Adriano Alessandrini

    DICEA - Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale
    University of Florence

    Mechanical Engineer (MSc in 1998) and PhD in Energy Technologies (2003 – both awarder by the University of Rome La Sapienza) Adriano is associate professor of Transport at the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Florence (DICEA – since 2015) of Transport Technologies and Economics and Innovative Transportation Systems.
    He worked on vehicle technology since before his graduation, starting from his master thesis (in which he developed a simulation tool of the behaviour of road vehicles) and its PhD thesis in which he complemented the vehicle behaviour part with the traffic planning and simulation to accurately calculate the environmental impact of road vehicles.
    Since 2000 with his participation in the University of Rome team to the European project CyberCars he researches on vehicle automation technologies. He participated with growing responsibilities in a stream of international research projects on road vehicle automation CyberMove, EDICT, NetMobil, CityMobil, CityNetMobil, CATS, VRA, CARTRE, Co-Exist and coordinated the largest of them to date CityMobil2 which deployed the first fleets or automated shuttles in seven European cities carrying almost a hundred thousand passengers overall.
    CityMobil2 made him one of the most visible scientists in the automated road vehicle sector generating speaking requests and participation to high level round-tables and committees. He was asked to hold lectures in Princeton at the Technical University of Delft and at the DG MOVE of the European Commission. He was invited several times as plenary speaker at the Annual TRB meeting at the TRB summer meeting on Raod Vehicle Automation and at technical sessions of ITS world congresses. In 2015 he was selected to be one of the 25 scientists representing Europe at the EU-US Automation symposium in Washington in April 2015. European Commission, US DoT and Japanese MLIT have established a Trilateral working group on ART (Automated Road Transport) the group has several thematic sub-groups, and he co-chaired (with Mohammed Yousuf of US FHWA and Masayuki Kawamoto of Toyota Japan) the sub-working group on accessibility and is an active member of the one on Evaluation of Benefits.
    For his vision of a new society generated by automated transport he was shortlisted twice 2014 and 2016 for the EU Champion of Transport Research prize.
    He is regularly asked to be an evaluator for the European Commission (and its INEA agency) for research, innovation and infrastructural proposals as well as to evaluate projects and in 2015 he served upon request the President of the United States as Evaluator for The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).
    His main research interests are the environmental impact of vehicles (and drivers) and automated transport systems.
    He published his first book (on the CityMobil2 outcomes) in 2018 Implementing Automated Road Transport Systems in Urban Settings with the scientific publisher Elsevier and is preparing his second book on the interaction between ADAS and Automation Technologies and road infrastructures to be delivered in September 2020 and published in 2021 again with Elsevier.
    In 2019 he led his research team at UNIFI to deposit a patent request on technologies to create platoons of automated vehicles.

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    Makoto Itoh

    University of Tsukuba

    Makoto Itoh received his doctoral degree in engineering from the University of Tsukuba in 1999. He became a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems in 2013. His research interests include human factors in automation, shared control, adaptive automation, and building of appropriate trust as well as prevention of over-trust and distrust. He was a co-chair of IEEE SMC Shared Control Committee. He is a member of IEEE, HFES, and IFAC TC9.2. He received A. P. Sage Best Transaction Paper Award from IEEE SMC Society in 2017.

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    Masayo Takahashi

    Principal Researcher

    - President, Vision Care Inc
    - Senior Visiting Scientist, RIKEN
    1986 Graduate Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan
    1992 Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan
    1992 Assistant professor of Ophthalmology, Kyoto University Hospital
    1995 Post-doc in Laboratory of Genetics, the Salk Institute, (Prof. Gage)
    2001 Associate professor, Team Leader of retinal regeneration project, Translational Research Center, Kyoto University Hospital
    2006 Team Leader, RIKEN
    2012 Project Leader, RIKEN
    2019 President, Vision Care Inc

  • Lam Wee Shann

    Lam Wee Shann

    Group Director
    Technology & Industry Development
    Land Transport Authority

    Mr Lam Wee Shann joined Land Transport Authority in Feb 2017 to lead a newly formed Technology & Industry Development group. The group is responsible for overall coordination of technology efforts as well as to develop land transport industry, in particular, in the manpower development area.
    Before being appointed to his present post, he set up the Futures Division in Ministry of Transport in Oct 2013. Futures division generates foresight to shape the future of transport for Singapore, which include strategy formulation and the translation of foresight research into actionable policy insights. He had also served as the Director (Communications and Community Engagement) in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore from 2009, where he was in charge of media relations, community engagement and organisation of key events such as the Singapore Maritime Week.
    Prior to his stints in the transport family, Wee Shann was with the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces. During his time in the Singapore Armed Forces from 1998 to 2002, Wee Shann assumed various command and instructional appointments. He was subsequently posted to the Ministry of Defence HQ, where he held various appointments including Head Personnel Planning Branch in Officers’ Personnel Centre, Army Representative in Human Resource Transformation Office and Head MINDEF Human Resource Department. He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel when he left Ministry of Defence in 2009.
    Wee Shann studied at University College London on a Ministry of Defence scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours). Wee Shann also holds a Masters in Telecommunications from the same university.