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National University of Singapore Shaw Foundation Alumni House (11 Kent Ridge Drive, 119244, Singapore)

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世界の大学ランキングアジア第1位シンガポール国立大学(NUS)のイノベーション・エコシステム中核機関NUS ENTERPRISEと日本経済新聞社が共催。日経Robotics企画協力

NIKKEI X NUS EnterpriseDigitalization Forum 2018

"AI x Robotics Solutions for Service Innovation"

Jointly organized by Nikkei Group Asia and NUS Enterprise (the core institution of the Innovation Ecosystem of National University of Singapore). In collaboration with Nikkei Robotics and Nikkei Asian Review.

With the advancement of artificial intelligence technology, the use of robots in the manufacturing industry has gradually increased. Attention has also been drawn to the use of robots in non-manufacturing industries, service departments within companies, service industries (medical and healthcare, nursing care, tourism industry, retail and restaurant industry, logistics, warehousing, etc.). In addition, the RPA (Robotics Process Automation) rapidly adopted in Japanese data entry service industry as an improvement for the working-style reforms in Japan.

While it is said that Japan is a world leader in innovation through the use robots with AI in the services industry, there are still many unknowns when it comes to future overseas business expansion, including searching for a business partner.

Meanwhile, as a national strategy, Singapore advocates itself as “a center for innovation”, and is actively investing abroad in the field of AI and robotics, as well as having the vibrant ecosystem to provide a unique platform for entrepreneurs to interact and develop their ideas for exciting new technologies.

This forum will promote Japan’s AI x robotics solutions in the services industry, including medical and healthcare fields, with Singapore positioned as the base for the ASEAN market and global expansion. It will be held on 8th May, jointly organized by NIKKEI and NUS Enterprise (the core institution of the Innovation Ecosystem of National University of Singapore). In collaboration with Nikkei Robotics (Japan's leading robotics technology magazine) and Nikkei Asian Review.

To everyone involved in Corporate Planning, Innovation & Digital Investment Divisions, R&D departments, business leaders of ASEAN headquarters, venture capitalists, financial institutions that are interested in this field as future investment targets, we would be pleased if you could consider participating in this forum with related departments.

Event Outline

■Event Name NIKKEI x NUS EnterpriseDigitalization Forum 2018 
AI x Robotics Solutions for Service Innovation”
■Date 8th May 2018 / 1:30pm - 6:15pm (Registration starts at 1:00pm. / 6:25pm ~ 7:30pm networking reception)
■Venue Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore
11 Kent Ridge Drive Singapore 119244
■ Jointly organized by
Nikkei Inc.
■ Supporting Organizations(TBD)
■ Gold Sponsor
■ Sponsor
■ Partner
JETRO Singapore, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Singapore Industrial Automation Association
SG Innovate
In Collaboration with
Nikkei Robotics, Nikkei Asian Review
Number of Attendees 200pax
Admission Fee 430SGD (Tax Included / Including networking reception)
Target Audience (1) Singaporean companies and Singapore-based global companies: business leaders of corporate planning departments, corporate investment and business development departments, as well as R&D departments
(2) Singaporean government institutions for promoting innovation and trade as well as institutions for research
(3) Investment departments of financial organizations, VC, Innovation Accelerators
(4) Japanese companies located in Singapore or the ASEAN HQs of Japanese companies: Business leaders of corporate planning departments, business planning/developing departments, R&D departments, as well as those involved in industrial machinery, hospitality services or medical fields.

■ Program  (As of Apr. 30)

**Please be advised that agenda, speakers, presentation themes are subject to change.

13:00-13:30 Registration
13:30-13:45 Introduction
Prof. Wong Poh Kam
Professor, NUS Business School; Senior Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Acting Director, NUS Overseas Colleges, NUS Enterprise

Guest of Honor Address
Dr. Amy Khor Lean Suan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Environment and Water Resources
13:45-14:25 Keynote Session : “AI x Robotics Solutions for Service Innovation”
Mr. Yousuke Okada, CEO/CTO, ABEJA
ABEJA 代表取締役CEO兼CTO 岡田 陽介氏
14:25-14:35 Networking Break
14:35-15:05 Special Session : Robotics & AI Technologies for Social Innovation
Mr.Akira Fujibayashi, General Manager, Research & Development Center, Hitachi Asia Ltd.
15:05-15:35 Special Session: “Service Robot Technology”
Dr. Hajime Asama, Professor, The University of Tokyo, Dept. of Precision Engineering
東京大学 大学院工学系研究科,精密工学専攻,教授  淺間 一 氏
15:35-16:05 Robot + deep learning makes innovative application in manufacturing and service industry.
Mr.Tatsuhiko Hayashi, Publisher of Nikkei Robotics
日経Robotics 発行人 林 達彦
16:05-16:15 Networking Break
16:15-16:30 AI x Healthcare
Prof. Beng Chin Ooi, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at NUS, Director of NUS Smart Systems Institute
16:30-17:45 Case Study Panel from Medical/Healthcare Fields
- Ms. Selina Seah, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Development,  Changi General Hospital and Director of the Centre for Healthcare Assistive & Robotics Technology (CHART), Changi General Hospital
-Dr. Yoshihiro Muragaki, Professor, Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science, Tokyo Women’s Medical University
東京女子医科大学先端生命医科学研究所大学院研究科先端生命医学系専攻先端工学外科科学分野医学部/脳神経外科(兼任)教授 村垣善博氏
- Associate Professor Marcus Ong Eng Hock, Senior Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital,Singapore
- Mr Kelvin Tan, Programme Director, NUS Enterprise and Director of Business Development, SmartSystems Institute and Student Fellow, Hong Kong University, Sao Po Center on Ageing.
Moderator: Ms. Louise Lucas, Asia Technology Correspondent, Financial Times
17:45-18:15 Closing Keynote "Future of AI x Robotics"
Mr. Laurence Liew, Director, AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore
18:25-19:30 Networking Reception

■ Guest of Honor

Dr. Amy Khor Lean Suan
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Environment and Water Resources

Dr Amy Khor was appointed Senior Minister of State for Health and Environment & Water Resources on 1 Oct 2015.
Prior to her current appointment, she was Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower from 1 Sep 2013.
Before her promotion to Senior Minister of State, Dr Khor was Minister of State for Health from 21 May 2011 and concurrently appointed the Minister of State for Manpower from 1 Aug 2012.
Previous appointments she held included Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in May 2006 and subsequently, Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources in November 2010. She was also the Mayor of South West District from Aug 2004 to May 2014.
Dr Khor was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2001 General Elections and was re-elected for a fourth term as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 General Elections.
She holds a PhD in Land Management from the University of Reading, UK.

■ NUS Enterprise

Prof. Wong Poh Kam
Professor, NUS Business School; Senior Director, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Acting Director, NUS Overseas Colleges, NUS Enterprise

Prof Wong obtained two BSc.’s, an MSc. and a Ph.D. from MIT, and teaches entrepreneurship and innovation strategy at the NUS Business School. He has published extensively in leading international refereed journals on entrepreneurship and innovation, and has also consulted widely for international agencies including the World Bank, OECD and Asian Development Bank, various government agencies in Singapore, and many private corporations in Asia. Prof Wong concurrently serves as Senior Director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and Acting Director of the NUS Overseas Colleges programme (NOC) to spearhead the university’s experiential entrepreneurship education programmes. He has developed numerous initiatives, including the NOC Program, the annual StartUp@Singapore business plan competition, the annual DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, and the Lean Launchpad Singapore programme. An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, Professor Wong is an active angel investor and was the founding chairman of the Business Angel Network (Southeast Asia). He received the Public Administration Medal (Silver) Award from the Singapore Government in 2013 for his contribution to education in Singapore, and the “Entrepreneur for the World” Award (Education Category) from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in 2015. He is currently a board member of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), and the co-curator of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Transformation Map on Entrepreneurship.

■ Speakers & Moderators 

Mr. Yousuke Okada

Born in 1988, from Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Started programming at the age of just ten. Majored in computer graphics at senior high school and received the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award. During college, he presented his study of 3D computer graphics at international conferences. In 2011, he took a position of director and CTO of Hibiki Inc., with responsibility for its overall technology business including service development. Joined a venture company in Tokyo, got promoted to the youngest manager of the business headquarters only in six months and achieved the business development worth hundred millions of yen in a quarter. 


ABEJA is a venture specializing in promotion of efficiency and automatization of businesses in variety of industries and business settings by utilizing “deep learning” which enables automatization of “feature extraction” to replace human in finding appropriate features of the data from accumulated big data.

Since its foundation in 2012, ABEJA has been collaborating with the university academics specializing in AI in Japan to study deep learning technology and independently develops all the technologies for deep learning to be used in its services.  It provides broad range of solutions utilizing its core technology, AI platform “ABEJA Platform” for various industries and offers “ABEJA Insight”, package service to retail, distribution, manufacturing and infrastructure industries.

Its track record includes offering services to over approx. 480 stores (as of February 22nd 2018) of  100 clients, mainly leading retailers and distributors in Japan including Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., and Parco Co., Ltd.  It also collaborates with manufacturing companies such as Daikin Industries, Ltd. for their technology development base, Technology and Innovation Center and Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.  It established its foothold in Singapore in March 2017 and announced the capital alliance with NVIDIA Corporation in US in May 2017.

ABEJA has been promoting automatization using company-specific data both in Japan and abroad and its most recent activities include; in February 2018, hosting “SIX2018” conference at Toranomon Hills in Tokyo to present the cutting edge of AI’s business usage and announcing its singing of MOU with NUS Business Analytics Centre of National University of Singapore.

Mr.Akira Fujibayashi
General Manager, Research & Development Center,Hitachi Asia Ltd. 

Mr. Fujibayashi engaged in the Research & Development (R&D) of large scale storage systems since joining Hitachi, Ltd. in 1994. In 2013, he took charge of the R&D department and oversaw the embedded software development technology and archive storage technology. He managed the optics application sensors, display-related technology and lens-less camera technology in 2015. Since 2017, he has been promoting customer co-creation for Hitachi’s social innovation business through utilising various technologies and know-how in the Southeast Asian region. By leveraging on Hitachi’s expertise in Informational Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT), and integrating robots with their Internet of Things (IoT) platform, a wide range of robots designed for a variety of applications has been developed.

Dr. Hajime Asama
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Dept. of Precision Engineering

Hajime Asama received his M. S. and Dr. Eng. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1984 and 1989. He worked in RIKEN Japan from 1986 to 2002 as a research scientist, etc. He became a professor of RACE and School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo in 2002 and 2009. He received RSJ Distinguished Service Award in 2013, etc. He was the vice-president of Robotics Society of Japan in 2011-2012, an AdCom member of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society in 2007-2009. Currently, He is the president-elect of IFAC since 2017, and the president of International Society for Intelligent Autonomous Systems since 2014. He is currently council member of Science Council of Japan since 2017. He has been engaged in research on service robotics, distributed autonomous robotic systems, ambient intelligence, service engineering, embodied brain systems, and human interface, and activities on societal dissemination of robot technology for disaster response robots,  decommissioning of nuclear power plants, and other services. He is a Fellow of IEEE, JSME and RSJ.

Lecture Abstract

Recently, robot technology is attracting attention again along with artificial intelligence, and the demand for robot technology in various service fields is increasing. However, despite the fact that research and development of service robots have been promoted actively, the societal dissemination of the technology has not necessarily progressed.
For example, although various types of robot technology have been utilized in accident response and decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Stations, it was not easy to introduce it smoothly and rapidly to the sites just after the accident. In the case of disasters, it is highly expected to introduce robots to the disaster sites where it is difficult, impossible, and dangerous for humans to enter. However, its societal dissemination is not easy.

In this presentation, the trends in research and development of service robot technology (for rehabilitation, nursing care, disaster response, decommissioning of nuclear power plants, etc.) are introduced, as well as the issues on its societal dissemination and activities to solve them.

Mr. Tatsuhiko Hayashi
Publisher, Nikkei Robotics Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.

Hayashi holds MBA from Fox Business School of Temple University and Master of Mechanical Engineering for Production from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He engaged in editing of magazines and websites for machinery, IT for manufacturing, PC & digital gadget and automotive technology in Nikkei Business Publications.  Since April 2017, he is responsible for the technology media related to automobiles, electrical machinery, manufacturing, robots and digital health.

Lecture Abstract

We introduce the leading-edge applications of deep learning and cooperating robots from the robotics covered in our newsletter service which specializes in robots since its launch in 2014.  Also, we discuss the feature of Nikkei Robotics, updates on Japanese robots’ market and potentials in robotics and robots’ market in future.

Prof. Beng Chin Ooi
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at NUS/Director of NUS Smart Systems Institute

Beng Chin is a Distinguished Professor, NGS faculty member and Director of Smart Systems Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS), an adjunct Chang Jiang Professor at Zhejiang University, China, the director of NUS AI Innovation and Commercialization Centre at Suzhou, and a fellow of the ACM , IEEE, and Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS). He obtained his BSc (1st Class Honors) and PhD from Monash University, Australia, in 1985 and 1989 respectively.
Beng Chin's research interests include database systems, distributed and blockchain systems, machine learning and large scale analytics, in the aspects of system architectures, performance issues, security, accuracy and correctness. He works closely with the industry (eg. NUHS, Jurong Health and Tan Tok Seng Hospital on healthcare analytics and prediebetes prevention), and exploits IT for efficiency in various appplication domains, including healthcare, finance and smart city. He is a co-founder of yzBigData(2012) for Big Data Management and analytics, and Shentilium Technologies(2016) for AI- and data-driven Financial data analytics, MediLot Technologies(2018) for blockchain based healthcare data management and analytics. an advisory council member of a RegTech company,Cynopsis Solutions, and an advisor to blockchain based KYC ICO. Beng Chin serves as a member of Hangzhou Government AI Development Committee (AI TOP 30).

Ms. Selina Seah
Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Development,  Changi General Hospital and Director of the Centre for Healthcare Assistive & Robotics Technology (CHART), Changi General Hospital

Appointed as Assistant Chief Executive Officer CGH on 1 Sep 2012 focusing on campus development and care transformation, Ms Seah has leadership over remodelling of the campus, looking at new models of care and developing enablers in infrastructure, technology and innovations. She is also Director of the Centre for Healthcare Assistive & Robotics Technology (CHART), a partner of the National Robotics Program, to build a collaborative platform that will enable healthcare professionals to work closely with academia, industry and research institutions to develop impactful healthcare solutions leveraging on robotics and assistive technology. In 2016, she also took on the role of Director, Smart Systems Program Office for the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Yoshihiro Muragaki
Professor, Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science, Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Dr. Yoshihiro Muragaki is a professor of FATS and vice president of ABMES of Tokyo Women’s Medical University. He is an active neurosurgeon focusing on surgery and therapy for malignant brain tumor using intraoperative MRI and awake surgery, and his team has highest volume of glioma patients in Japan. He also has developed many kinds of medical devices such as update navigation and focused ultrasound with engineers, and his mooshot is to realize a precision-guided therapy by digitizing surgical information and minimally-invasive therapy.
A smart cyber operating theater (SCOT), his main research topic, is an operating room where all devices are packaged, networked via an industrial middleware to integrate all data, and robotically controlled for performing the precision-guided therapy. He is also developing a strategic desk supporting intraoperative surgical decision making by SCOT’s IoT system and artificial intelligence. The middleware called OPeLiNk has already connected more than 30 devices and we try OPeLiNk to become an international standard. The SCOT is a 5-year national project from 2014 to 2019 supported by Japan agency for medical research and development (AMED). 

Associate Professor Marcus Ong Eng Hock
Senior Consultant, Department of Emergency Medicine
Singapore General Hospital

Associate Professor Marcus Ong is a Senior Consultant, Director of Research, and Clinician Scientist, at the Department of Emergency Medicine in Singapore General Hospital. He is also Head, Data Analytics, Health Services Research Center (HSRC), Singhealth Services; Associate Professor and Associate Director, Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR), Duke-NUS Medical School. He serves as Medical Director, Unit for Pre-hospital Emergency Care (UPEC). Finally he is Chairman, Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS).
Associate Professor Ong obtained more than S$14 million research grants which focus predominantly on pre-hospital emergency care, medical devices, and health services research. His research addressed issues such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), improving ambulance deployment, acute myocardial infarction care and emergency care. In total, he has published over 190 articles in international and local journals.
Associate Professor Ong patented inventions using Heart Rate Variability for risk prediction of acutely ill patients and cooling solutions for therapeutic hypothermia. The technology is currently being developed into bedside triage devices that can help in risk stratification of critically ill patients and he is Scientific Advisor for Global Healthcare, a start-up company providing medical cooling solutions.
Associate Professor Ong will be sharing about the development of Data Science at Singhealth Health Services Research Center.

Mr. Kelvin Tan
Programme Director, NUS Enterprise and Director of Business Development, SmartSystems Institute and Student Fellow, Hong Kong University, Sao Po Center on Ageing.

Kelvin leads the corporate partnerships role in NUS Enterprise and also heads up the Business Development in Smart Systems Institute (SSI). SSI has advanced data analytics and AI research partnerships with Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Southampton University and Keio University.
He is identified with co-developing corporate accelerator programmes, including Bayer Grants4Apps, L’Oréal Startup Runway, Mercedes Startup Autobahn, Huawei i5Lab and Symphony Creative Systems of NYK Japan as well as innovation challenges with Singapore Airlines, Shell, P&G, Microsoft, SMRT, Ikea and THero of Guangzhou, China.
Currently, he is the NUS Enterprise lead for a 3-year old Modern Aging Singapore programme which was funded by the Ministry of Health and has inspired startups in developing innovative services and products for the seniors. In research, he is involved with assistive technologies like telehealth and robots which could be applicable in the community and home settings.
Prior to joining NUS, he founded an interactive multimedia startup and held management positions in HP, AT&T, M1, ServTouch-WyWy and Telecoms Authority of Spore.
He is a Phd Candidate (HKU) and Student Fellow (Sau Po Center for Ageing, HKU), and holds a Master in Gerontology (SUSS, Spore), MBA (Oklahoma City University) and BEng in Electronic and Communications (University of Manchester, UK).

Louise Lucas
Asia technology correspondent, Financial Times

Louise Lucas has worked at the FT for most of her career, with roles including Asia Lex writer, based in Tokyo; Consumer industries editor, based in London, & Asia news editor in Hong Kong. She is currently Asia tech correspondent. She holds a BA from Oxford

Mr. Laurence Liew
Director, AI Industry Innovation, AI Singapore

Laurence Liew is the Director for AI Industry Innovation at AISingapore, and is driving the adoption of AI by the Singapore ecosystem through the 100 Experiments and AI Appreniceship programmes and various outreach activities.
A serial technoprenuer, Laurence have had several successful exits, the latest being Revolution Analytics where he was the General Manager for Asia Pacific. He was responsible for Revolution's business in Asia and its Centre of Excellence for Analytics in Singapore in partnership with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). He also conceptualised and ran Revolution's development team responsible for putting Revolution R in the Cloud. Revolution was acquired by Microsoft in 2015.
Laurence graduated from National University of Singapore (NUS) with First Class Honours in Engineering, and holds a Masters in Knowledge Engineering from NUS.
Laurence will share the AI Singapore vision and initiative and explain the various programmes which we have which help accelerates the AI ecosystem in Singapore from AI projects to AI talents.

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National University of Singapore Shaw Foundation Alumni House

11 Kent Ridge Drive, 119244, Singapore

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