Keynote Speakers- ECTI-CON 2018

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1. Professor Tadahiro Goda
     National Insitute of Advanced Industrial Science and TEchnology, Japan

Title: State of the art of Japanese Power Grid and Future Sustainable Green Energy Grid

     The earthquake and tsunami in the Kanto and Tohoku districts on 2011 greatly changed the energy situation in    Japan.  The center of energy in Japan until 2011 was nuclear energy. However, after 2011 the use of nuclear energy became difficult. As a result, Japan's energy self-sufficiency rate is 6%, which value is the world's lowest level.  Means to increase the energy self-sufficiency rate is the use of renewable energy such as solar power and wind power.  For this purpose, Japanese government plans to raise the use of renewable energy to 25% in 2030 and 50% in 2050.Therefore, the situation of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, energy self-sufficiency rate in Japan and construction situation of smart grid are introduced in this paper. And this paper also introduces testing equipment of PCS and power storage system, which are key technologies to construct smart grid.  Also new power flow calculation method, which is able to calculate frequency, and concept of the future sustainable green energy grid are introduced in this paper. The new concept of energy grid is renewable energy power to hydrogen.

Brief Biography
      Dr. Goda was born in Hyogo Prefecture of Japan in 1947. He was awarded a master's degree in March 1973, and doctor’s degree in April 1998 from Osaka University respectively. He joined Mitsubishi Electric Co. in April 1973 and served as General manager of Electric Power System Engineering Department and General manager of Power Transmission and Distribution Group. In early retirement of Mitsubishi Electric Co. in March 2006, he became a professor at Kyushu University in April 2006. He retired from Kyushu University in March 2013 and assumed the position of a professor at Doshisha University in April of the same year. From April 2018 he is a visiting professor at Aichi Institute of Technology. His field of expertise is protection and control of the power system. Current research area are micro grid and smart grid.

2. Professor Yoshikazu Miyanaga
     Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan


Title: Noise Robust Speech Recognition for AI-ROBOT

     This topic introduces the design of a noise robust speech recognition system. It is suitable for communication robots including an AI-ROBOT. For the valuable communication robots, a strong noisy robust speech recognition has been demanded. Although the dialog mechanism as human communications is one of interesting features into a robot, the command-based communications to a robot may be also important. When we consider the development of a command-based automatic speech recognition (ASR) system, we can design a strong robust ASR against various noise circumstances.
In this presentation, new advanced speech analysis techniques named time varying speech features have been introduced. In order to develop the robustness under low SNR, Dynamic Range Adjustment (DRA) and Modulation Spectrum Control (MSC) have been proposed for the obtained time-varying speech features and they focus on the speech feature adjustment with an important speech components. DRA normalizes dynamic ranges and MSC eliminates the noise corruption of speech feature parameters.
Even if these proposed algorithms are applied to noisy speech, it is difficult to recognize several similar pronunciation phrases. Discrimination of similar pronunciation phrases is more difficult than that of normal phrases under low SNR circumstances. In this topic, we introduce the use of fast Fourier transform (FFT) based mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC) and time-varying linear predictive coding (tvLPC) based MFCC. Due to the presence of intra-frame variations in tvLPC, it is expected that this approach can improve speech recognition. Evaluation results demonstrate that the proposed approach achieves better speech recognition performance at low SNR conditions.

Brief Biography
      He received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. Eng. degrees from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, in 1979, 1981, and 1986, respectively.  Since 1983 he has been with Hokkaido University. He is Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University.  From 1984 to 1985, he was a visiting researcher at Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, USA.

His research interests are in the areas of speech signal processing, wireless communication signal processing and low-power consumption VLSI system design.  He has published 3 books, over 150 Transaction/Journal papers, and around 300 International Conference/Symposium/Workshop papers.

Dr. Miyanaga served as an editor-in-chief of IEICE ESS (2016-present).  He was an associate editor of IEEE CAS Society Transaction on Circuits and Systems II (2012-2014), and he is also an editor-in-chief of Journal of Signal Processing, RISP Japan (2014-present).

He was a delegate of IEICE, Engineering Sciences Society Steering Committee, i.e., IEICE ESS Officers from 2004 to 2006. He was a chair of Technical Group on Smart Info-Media System, IEICE (IEICE TG-SIS) during the same period and now a member of the advisory committee, IEICE TG-SIS. He was the President, IEICE Engineering Science (ES) Society (2015-2016). He is Fellow member of IEICE.

He served as a member in the board of directors, IEEE Japan Council as a chair of student activity committee from 2002 to 2004.  He was a chair of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing (IEEE CASS DSP TC) (2006-2008). He was a distinguished lecture (DL) of IEEE CAS Society (2010-2011) and he was a Board of Governor (BoG) of IEEE CAS Society (2011-2013). He is now a chair of IEEE Sapporo Section (2017-present).

He has been serving as a member of international advisory committee, IEEE ISPACS (2005-present), and IEEE ISCIT (2006-present). He was an honorary chair and general chair/co-chairs of international symposiums/workshops, i.e., ISCIT 2005, NSIP 2005, ISCIT 2006, SISB 2007, ISPACS 2008, ISMAC 2009, ISMAC2010, APSIPA ASC 2009, IEICE ITC-CSCC 2011, APSIPA ASC 2011, IEEE ISCIT 2012, ISMAC 2011, ISPACS2011, ISCIT2015, ISCIT2016, ISPACS2016, ISCIT2017, ISCAS2019 and so on.

3. Professor Shigeki Sugano (IEEE Fellow, JSME Fellow, SICE Fellow, RSJ Fellow)
     Waseda University, Japan


Title: Intelligent Robot as a Cyber Physical System in Society5.0

     IoT technologies including the concepts of CPS (Cyber Physical System), Industry4.0, Industrial Internet, Connected Industries, and Society5.0 are indispensable for designing and building future social intelligent robot systems. Human-Robot interaction, Safety mechanism and control, and Soft robotics are also important technologies. Human-Symbiotic Robot is a typical application of those technologies.
In this speech, first, I introduce Society 5.0 and its concept proposed by Japanese government. And I show several approaches to realize intelligent Human-Symbiotic Robots based on that concepts. In designing those systems, computational intelligence and mechanical design are important two key technologies. In the process of integrating both technologies, the advantages and disadvantages of those technologies should be considered. Computational intelligence realizes universal adaptability, and special mechanical design realizes ideal specifications and low cost. Both approaches should be merged together to realize intelligent systems such as Human-Symbiotic robots. I call its approach "Embodiment Informatics". I will introduce several research topics in Embodiment Informatics.

Brief Biography
     Shigeki Sugano received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. of Engineering degrees in Mechanical engineering in 1981, 1983, and 1989 from Waseda University. Since 1990, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Waseda, where he is currently a professor. Since 2014, he has served as the Dean of the School/Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University. Since 2013, he has served as the Program Coordinator of the MEXT Leading PhD Program: Waseda Embodiment Informatics Program.

His research interests include human-symbiotic anthropomorphic robot design, dexterous and safe manipulator design, and human-robot communication. He received the Technical Innovation Award from the RSJ for the development of the Waseda Piano-Playing Robot: WABOT-2 in 1991. He received JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper in 2000, JSME Fellow Award in 2006, IEEE Fellow Award in 2007, IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award in 2008, RSJ Fellow Award in 2008, SICE Fellow Award in 2011, RSJ Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and IROS Harashima Award in 2016. He received the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2017.

He served as the Secretary of the IEEE RAS in 2006 and 2007, as an AdCom member of the IEEE RAS from 2008 to 2013. He served as a Director of RSJ in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000. From 2007 to 2012, he served as the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics. He served as the Head of the System Integration Division of the SICE in 2006 and 2007, as a Director of SICE in 2008 and 2009, and served as the President of the SICE in 2017. From 2001 to 2010, he served as the President of the Japan Association for Automation Advancement.

He served as a General Co-Chairs of the 2006 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2006) and a Program Co-Chairs of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2009). He served as the General Chair of the SICE2011. He served as the General Co-Chair of the ICRA2012, and the Program Chair of the AIM2012. He served as the General Chair of the IROS2013 in Tokyo.

4. Assoc. Prof. Zhen-Qiang Yin
     University of Science and Technology of China, China


Title: Differential-Phase-Shift Quantum Key Distribution

     Unlike classical cryptography, whose security relies on unproven mathematical assumptions, quantum key distribution (QKD) can information-theoretically distribute secret key bits between distant parties. According to quantum mechanics, any eavesdropping on a quantum channel will be disclosed.

Differential-phase-shift (DPS) is an important QKD protocol, since it can be implemented with very high repetition rate. More importantly, round-robin-differential-phase-shift (RRDPS) protocol, which is a variant of DPS protocol, has several notable advantages over other protocols. The main merit is that signal disturbance monitoring can be removed during the RRDPS protocol. The removal of monitoring is quite meaningful in practice.

We obtain an improved theoretical bound on the information leakage. Consequently, we verify our theory through a proof-of-principle experiment, which can run at a distance of 30 km without signal disturbance monitoring and decoy states. In addition, a demonstration at 140 km is also realized with monitoring signal disturbance and decoy states.

Brief Biography
     Zhen-Qiang Yin has received his Dr.’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2010. He is currently an associated professor of the key lab of quantum information, USTC, where he is involved in the research on quantum key distribution (QKD) and quantum information. Dr. Yin has made much efforts to promote the security and applications of QKD. He has published more than 90 papers in this field, including the papers in Nature Photonics, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A, Optics Letters, IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, et al.

5.  Prof. Yahoui Hamed
     Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France

Title: Smart Grids: Research consideration and current skills for new jobs
DC micro grid,
Currently, there is a drop in the price of distributed energy resources, especially solar PV, which leads to a significant growth of their installed capacity in many countries. On the other hand, Energy efficiency and renewable energy entail multiple benefits beyond energy savings and CO2 emission reductions. In recent years, EU countries have many policies to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy through the concept of AC smart grid. 
Development of DC loads in domestic such as LED lighting, computers, telephones, televisions, efficient DC motors and electric vehicles leads to rethink the strategy of energy distribution. Corresponding to this change, DC microgrid distribution system becomes more attractive than the traditional AC distribution system. The main advantages of DC microgrid are higher energy efficiency, easier in integrating with distributed energy sources and storage system.
While many studies concentrate AC smart grids and energy management, our work has focus on DC microgrid and the corresponding DC protection because it still receives inadequate attention and lack of regulations and experiences. Protection in DC grid is more complex than AC grid due to the continuous arc, higher short circuit current value and fault rate of rising.

New skills for new jobs,
Energy efficiency objective is currently an EU regulation and it has forced our education curricula to adapt the classical knowledge learning in our electrical degree’s to fit the industrial needs.

Brief Biography
Dr. Hamed Yahoui is an Electrical researcher working in the AMPERE Laboratory of the university of Lyon1 in Lyon, France.  He is currently the head of an international master in advanced manufactured system and Electrical Energy management with more than 80 students having either an international profile or a lifelong learning profile (part-time worker).
His research lines focused on electrical diagnostic method and the development of DC microgrids with their corresponding protection and communication system. He has contributed and managed several National and European projects (EIE-SURVEYOR, ELLEIEC, GLINK, ANR C3u).  he is author of more than 100 publications.