Furuya Soichi, Dr.

He has been working with Hitachi since April 1997. He has been engaged in research and development in the areas such as critical infrastructure protection, service design for infrastructures and utilities including transportations, energy, and financial sectors, and smart cities. Doctor of Engineering in 2003 (Cryptography).

Sasao Tomoyo

In 2016, she completed her doctor course study at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Doctor of Environmental Studies. After a Research Fellowship for Young Scientists of JSPS, she was an Assistant Professor at Tokushima University (2017-20). She was appointed to her present position in April 2020. Her specialities are participatory design and participatory sensing.

Matsuoka Hideyuki, Dr.Sci.

In 1987, after completing his Master’s degree in physics in the Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo, he joined Hitachi. He worked on research and development in the field of semiconductor devices at the Central Research Laboratory. In 2004, he was appointed to the position of Department Manager of the ULSI Research Department. In 2005, he became Laboratory Manager of the Nano-System Laboratory in the Advanced Research Laboratory, and in 2011, he became General Manager of the Magnetic Materials Research Laboratory at Hitachi Metals, Ltd. Since 2013, he has been Senior Chief Researcher of the Research and Development Group and was appointed to his present position in 2016.

Deguchi Atsushi, Dr.Eng.

Dr. Atsushi DEGUCHI specializes in the academic field of urban design and planning. He received a Doctor of Engineering Degree from UTokyo in 1990. He was awarded as Grand Prix in the IFHP International Student Competition in 1987. He has promoted lots of frontier research and education projects on urban design and planning issues such as the building control of high-density urban environment and sustainable urban design at Kyushu University (1993-2011) and UTokyo (2011-present). He is a director of Hitachi and UTokyo Joint Research for realization of “Society 5.0”.
He is an active practitioner as well, and has lots of pragmatic experiences as an urban designer and a master planner, and is well-known as a master planner in the new campus plan of Kyushu University and Island City Project in Fukuoka City. He has been awarded as Ishikawa Prize by City Planning Institute of Japan in 2015 and 2016. Since 2011, he has had initiative to conduct the Kashiwanoha Campus Town and Smart City Project as President of Urban Design Center, Kashiwanoha (UDCK), which achievements has been highly evaluated and awarded as Good Design Award 2013 and Green City Award in 2015.

Karasawa Kaori

Ph.D (Social Psychology), University of California, Los Angeles, 1992. After working as an associate Professor at Nagoya university, she became an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2006. She was appointed to her present position in 2010.

She specializes in social psychology, in particular, social cognition, moral judgment and mind perception. She is also promoting a project related to experimental philosophy in collaboration with science philosophers

Watanabe Toshiya

Toshiya Watanabe completed his doctoral program in inorganic material at the engineering college of Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined TOTO LTD in 1984. After working as assistant director at TOTO’s Photo Frontier Business Promotion Center, he received an appointment as teaching fellow at University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in 1998. Later, he received an appointment as professor in 2001. Currently, he is a Professor of the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) and Technology Management for Innovation (TMI). He is also general manager of the Division of University Corporate Relations, head of the Office of Export Control, teaching fellow at MIP of Professional Graduate School of Tokyo University of Science and a chairman of the Intellectual Property Association of Japan. He held the position as member of the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is chairman of planning committee of Cabinet Council Intellectual Property Headquarter. He received the Nikkei Biz Tech Award in 2002 and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize in 2004 for his contribution in forming the alliance of industry-government-academia. He has published many books including “TLO and License Associates” (KPC) and “Introduction to Patent and Technical Transfer for People with Science and Technology Background” (Iwanami Shoten), “Intellectual Asset-Based Management General Overview Series” (Hakuto Shobo)”, IP management by Innovator” (Hakuto Shobo) and has authored more than 100 academic papers.