• Keynote & Plenary Speakers
  • Prof. Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand


    Biography: Hayo Reinders is Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University in the US, and a passionate believer in the power of out-of-class learning. If you have an interest in innovation in education, in the role of technology, in Learner Autonomy and Self-Access, or in Teacher Education and Second Language Acquisition, you have come to the right place. On this site you will find articles, research reports, bibliographies, a blog, and many other resources. You can also find information about engaging me as a speaker at your conference, or for (staff) development projects.


  • Speech Title: The Educational Affordances of the Internet of Things: Lessons for Designers, Developers and Engineers

  • Abstract: It is estimated that by 2020 there will be over 50 billion connected devices. This will go beyond cellphones and computers, to include objects such as cars, household appliances, and – as the technology improves – clothes, utensils and all manner of everyday items. The possible uses of these devices and the enormous amount of data they will generate, are as of yet unclear. In this presentation I will show their possible impact on the field of education and in particular I will consider how we can make connections between the features of such new technologies, and their pedagogical affordances, or potential benefits for learning and teaching. In this talk I will therefore describe the Internet of Things from a pedagogical point of view, give some examples of emerging implementations and research, and propose three areas of potential impact on education, clustered around affordances relating to mobility, augmentation and ubiquity. I will conclude by identifying possible benefits and drawbacks for education professionals and show how the process of identifying affordances of technological developments is a prerequisite for successful design, development and engineering innovation.


  • Prof. Kenichi Namai, Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University, Japan


Biography: Kenichi Namai earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. His specialties are linguistics and English language education. He has been teaching at Waseda University since 1997. He has held visiting professorships at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (2006), the National University of Singapore (2017), and the National University of Malaysia (2017-2018). Since 2003, he has given lectures on Japanese culture to a variety of international guests at the Japan International Cooperation Center and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. He is also the leading author of the Discovery English Communication and New Discovery English Communication series (Kairyudo), which are senior high school textbooks officially certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


Speech Title: English Education: What can be Learned from Japanese Baseball

Abstract: The Japanese have been known for their poor English for decades, despite all the efforts by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which has long been trying to solve this problem by frequently revising schoolteaching guidelines –– all in vain. According to the latest guidelines, English is going to be added to the elementary school curriculum for third-graders in 2020. At the same time, instruction using ICT in schools will be officially permitted by the MEXT. Some teachers have already experimented with ICT in their teaching and have reported good results. However, these still remain largely anecdotal, with so many others pointing to the impracticality of ICT-based instruction. With a severe shortage of qualified teachers to begin with, the current situation surrounding English education in Japan thus seems chaotic at best.

Against this background, this presentation suggests a possible solution from the way baseball has been taught in Japanese high schools. It will introduce the way practice is conducted by successful teams, which have been producing quite a few professional players. In fact, some players become so good that they even get recruited by the Major Leagues in the United States. There is so much to learn from Japanese baseball in improving English education, and it will all be explained in the presentation. Additionally, an alternative solution, which may be called the "Singaporean Way," will also be entertained.


Prof. Keitaro Naruse, the University of Aizu, Japan


Speech Title: Title: Software driven robot development and robotics engineer education

Abstract: We often think as a robot is a mechanical and electrical machine, however, it is a computational node as well. Even in a tele-operated robot system, we should design software components for each of robots, networks and computer deployment, interface design, and databases. If it is an autonomous one, it involves machine learning and artificial intelligence. Therefore, software development is so important in robot development.
At the same time, we need new type of robot engineers who understand all mechanical, electrical, and informational engineering. We have not had an education program for the above engineers, therefore we have been developing it. We call the new one as dualware engineers, who can develop both hardware of mechanical and electrical parts and software of information system.

In this talk, I will present the project of the robot information system in the university of Aizu and education program of the dualware engineers.


Prof. Chien-Hsu Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


Biography: Chien-Hsu Chen received the B.S. degree in industrial design from the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, in 1987, and the master and Ph.D. degrees in computer & information science from Syracuse University, USA, industrial engineering from University of Texas at Arlington, USA, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. In 1996, he joined the Department of Industrial Design, Chang Kung University, as a Lecturer, and in 1997 became an assistant professor at Craft & Design Department of National Taiwan University of Arts. Since August 1998, he has been with the Department of Industrial Design, NCKU, where he was an assistant Professor, became an Associate Professor in 2004, and a Professor in 2014. His research interests include ergonomics and interaction design, augmented reality application. He is a Life Member of the Ergonomic Society of Taiwan (EST), and the Taiwan Institute of Kansei (TIK). He was the chairman of Industrial Design department at National Cheng Kung University from 2010 to 2013. From February 2015 to July 2016, he was the business dept. deputy of Research and Services Headquarters (RSH) at NCKU in Taiwan. On August 2016, he has in sabbatical leave for one year and he is the visiting researcher of Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at University of Tokyo in Japan. Since August 2017, he is the director general of Technology Transfer & Business Incubation Center at NCKU in Taiwan.



  • Invited Speakers
  • Prof. Nobuo Funabiki, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan


    Biography: Nobuo Funabiki received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 and 1993, respectively. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1991. From 1984 to 1994, he was with the System Engineering Division, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Japan. In 1994, he joined the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at Osaka University, Japan, as an assistant professor, and became an associate professor in 1995. He stayed at University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2000-2001, as a visiting researcher. In 2001, he moved to the Department of Communication Network Engineering (currently, Electrical and Communication Engineering) at Okayama University as a professor. He was the chairman at IEEE Hiroshima Section in 2015 and 2016. His research interests include computer networks, optimization algorithms, educational technology, and Web technology.


    Project Lecturer Hiroyuki Chishiro, The University of Tokyo, Japan


    Biography: Hiroyuki Chishiro received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Keio University in 2008, 2010, and 2012, respectively. He became a research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (PD) in 2012, a research associate at Keio University in 2014, and an assistant professor at Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in 2016. He is presently a project lecturer at The University of Tokyo in 2017. His research interests are real-time systems, operating systems, middleware, and trading systems.