August 26 - August 29 2013
Tohoku University Kawauchi-North Campus
27-1 Kawauchi, Aoba-ku Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
R10-HTC2013 Organizing Committee,
co-sponsored by IEEE Humanitarian AdHoc
Committee, Region10, and Japan Council
on behalf of nine IEEE Sections all Japan
(Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kansai, Nagoya, Sapporo, Sendai, Shikoku, Shinetsu, Tokyo)
- To friends who attended the conference.
Thank you very much for your contribution to the conference. All of the committee members are very much pleased if the conference could provide a good opportunity to think about the disaster versus technology discussion from the humanitarian viewpoints. We also hope you enjoyed staying in Sendai and could successfully get beneficial information and built human network through this opportunity.
- To friends who who did not have a chance to join but are interested in the results of the conference.
We hope you will get some idea on the conference though this review report. Presented papers are available at IEEE Explore. Some of the excellent talks of this conference will also appear as an independent paper at the IEEE ComSoc Magazine in March 2014.
The IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference (R10-HTC2013) was held at Kawauchi-North Campus of Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, from August 26th to 29th, 2013. This conference was the first IEEE Region10 Humanitarian Technology Conference. It was hosted by IEEE Region 10 and Japan Council and was organized in cooperation with all nine IEEE sections in Japan. The organizing committee received financial supports from IEEE foundation and Humanitarian Ad-Hoc Committee as well as some other supporting organizations.
Prof. Fumio Harashima Conference President, IEEE Fellow.
Prof. Tomonori Aoyama Organizing Committee Chair, IEEE Fellow.
IEEE is introducing the concept of “Humanitarian Technology (HT)” to seek a possibility to apply advanced technologies more to improve the life and society of people of all over the world, especially in the area where the technologies are not fully applied effectively. We thought it would be one of the most important and challenging topics as an HT activity to realize safe and secure societies against natural disasters and proposed to hold a conference to discuss technology versus disaster topics from the HT viewpoints. Thus the conference was designed to put focus on the contributions, current limitations and future possibilities of the technologies that we have learned from March 11 disaster in Japan and similar disasters around the world. The goal was to share the experience of the tragedy and to seek a measure to avoid and reduce the damage of possible future natural disasters.
The conference site was located closed to the center part of Sendai-city. Sendai is a beautiful place in North East Japan known as a tree clad city and also as the largest city in the region of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Attack on March 11, 2011. We honorably invited three VIPs from the IEEE board:IEEE President Dr. Peter Staecker, President-Elect Dr. Roberto de Marca and Past- President Dr. Gordon Day.
Main figures of the conference Registration 206, from 12 countries
Technical Presentation 63, including invited talks Technical Poster 12 Keynote talks 7, including a talk in the welcome reception Tutorials 2 Panel 1
We had 14 technical sessions, including one poster session, to cover variety of technical areas related with HT. The session titles were as follows:
1) Human Assistance Technology
2) Disaster and Robotics I
3) Medical care in times of disaster, Telemedicine and Medical Technology
4) Agile, Expandable and Robust Mobile Communications
5) Smart Usage of Energy
6) Disaster and Robotics II
7) Utilization and Restoration of Communication Services in the Great Earthquake
8) Educational Methodologies
9) Big Data Archive related to Disaster and other Humanitarian Activities
10) Endeavors toward Disaster-Resilient Communication Infrastructure
11) Educational Practices
12) Information Service for Disaster Warning and Recovering
13) Sensor Technology for Humanitarian Applications and Systems
14) Technical Poster session as a joint event with student activities poster session
A Snapshot of a technical session
SIGHT activity details were explained during the Affinity Group Session
A panel was also arranged in the Affinity Group Session
12 technical posters were presented at a poster session
SAC branch poster session was held in parallel with technical posters
First Day Events
Registration started at 3 pm in August 26th
As the first day tutorial, the disaster archive system named “Michinoku Shinrokuden”, which means “Tohoku earthquake record archive”, was demonstrated by Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science. Many participants could get real knowledge on the Great East Japan Earthquake as a pre-information for the following discussions in the conference.
A special talk was given by past-President Dr. Gordon Day before the welcome reception. He addressed to younger generation audience for their future life in engineering.
Dr. Gordon Day, past President of IEEE, at his special talk
The first day evening reception was held in the evening of August 26th. It was hosted by IEEE GOLD (Grade of Last Decade: recently renamed as “Young Professionals”) group in Japan, where student members were given an opportunity to introduce their activities to the conference participants.
Mr. Raja, a member of IEEE HT Adhoc, explained IEEE SIGHT activities
The opening session was held in the morning of August 27th. In the begging three opening remarks were given. At first Prof. Haramshima, President of the conference made an opening remark. He expressed his wish to establish disaster free society and encourage us to find a way to fully utilize the technology to achieve this goal. Dr. Shaecker, IEEE President, made a greeting speech and he kindly stated his expectation to this conference. Then Prof. Fukuda, Region 10 Director, emphasized the importance of the HTA (Humanitarian Technology Activities) in the IEEE.
Prof. Harashima, Conference President, at his opening remark
Dr. Staecker, IEEE President, at his opening greeting
Prof. Fukuda, Region 10 Director, Prof. Fukuda, at his opening talk
The opening remarks were followed by the greeting of Mr. Shuichi Miura, Vice Governor of Miyagi Prefecture where Sendai city is located. In the beginning of his talk he expressed his sincere appreciation for the kind supports they received from all over the world and then introduced the damage of Great East Japan Earthquake and associated Tsunami Attack and explained their efforts for the recovery.
Mr.Shuichi Miura, Vice Governor Miyagi Prefecture, at his talk
Finally in the opening session, Mr. Kazuo Hagimoto, TPC chair of the conference, introduced the program of the conference.
Mr. Hagimoto, chair of Technical Program Committee, at his introductory talk on the conference.
Keynote Session on August 27th
Three top view keynote talks on the topics of disaster recovery efforts were given in the morning of August 27th. We invited variable guest speakers from Ministry of Internal Affair and Communications Japan, Tohoku University and an NGO group. They introduced various practical efforts for the disaster recovery from their responsible point of view.
Mr.Isao Sugino, director of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications at his keynote talk
Prof.Takafumi Aoki, Vice President of Tohoku University at his keynote talk
Ms.Miyako Hamasaka, Japan Emergency NGO(JEN), at her keynote talk
The banquet was held in the evening of August 27th. We honorably invited Prof. Satomi, President of Tohoku University.
IEEE President Dr. Staecker presented a memorial gift to Tohoku University President Prof. Satomi for their kind support to the IEEE conference.
Japanese Traditional “Kagamiwari,” which means “Ceremonial breaking open Sake Barrel,” was done as an opening event of the banquet.
Sendai traditional dance “Suzume odori”, was demonstrated.
Keynote Session on August 28th
Another keynote session was arranged in the morning of August 28th. At first Mr. Mathew Loeb, IEEE Staff Executive gave a detailed talk on the Hurricane Sandy disaster. The robotics researches, including for nuclear plant recovery purpose, were introduced by Prof. Satoshi Tadokoro of Tohoku University and disaster recovery efforts of communication carrier were shown by Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kobayashi, Executive Board Member of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT). These excellent talks were followed by a panel discussion on future energy. The panel session was coordinated by Prof. Aoyama, Chair of the Organizing Committee. Three panelists, Dr. Gordon Day from U.S., Dr. Lorenz Granrath from Germany and Dr. Hiroshi Takahashi from Japan, were invited as a panelist.
Mr. Mathew Loeb, Staff Executive of IEEE at his keynote talk.
Prof Satoshi Tadokoro, Tohoku University, at his keynote talk
Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kobayashi, Director and Senior Vice President, NTT at his keynote talk
Panel Session moderated by Prof. Tomonori Aoyama, Chair of the Conference
The closing session was held after the technical session on August 28th. Prof. deMarca, President-Elect of IEEE, stated his closing remark. Then Mr. B. Anand from Madras section introduced their plan of next conference, R10-HTC 2014 in Chennai, India.
The session was closed by greeting of Prof. Aoyama, Chair of the Organizing Committee.
Prof. deMarca at his closing remark
Mr. B. Anand from Madras section introduced HTC2014
Prof. Aoyama, Organizing Committee Chair, at his farewell greeting He put on an IEEE Jacket gifted by IEEE President Dr. Staecker.
Tour to the Disaster Damaged Areas
On the final day of the conference a tour to a disaster area was arranged. The participants took a look of disaster spots of Ishinomaki-city and Onagawa-town, where the Tsunami swept away almost everything from the areas. It was an impactful final event to have further understanding of the dreadful disaster damage.
IEEE VIPs were looking down the Tsunami attacked area of Ishinomaki from Hiyoriyama hill.
View of the center part of Ishinomaki-city from Hiyoriyama Hill. The area was totally covered by water and everything was swept away.
Tour to a disaster area: Tsunami of 20m high hit the center area of Onagawa Town. Nothing remains there
The building was felled down by the Tsunami
A press meeting was held during the conference. IEEE president visit was reported in next day news paper.
IEEE VIPs visited the Milestone Plaque of Yagi-Antenna, the first award in Asia.
Meeting with IEEE executives and Tohoku University was arranged by Sendai Section
Appreciation to Miyagi local government and Tohoku UniversityAfter the conference was over, the Organizing Committee expressed hearty appreciation to Miyagi Local government and Tohoku University for their kind supports. The committee presented a plaque to them to show appreciation and memory of the conference
Mr. Hiroshi Kobayashi (Left) of Miyagi Government Office and Prof. Aoyama, Chair of Organizing Committee.
Prof. Hara (Left) of Tohoku University and Prof. Aoyama, Chair of Organizing Committee
Organizing Committee Members
Role Name Affiliation Conference President Prof. Fumio Harashima Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. Organizing Committee Chair Prof. Tomonori Aoyama Keio Univ. Organiziing Committee Vice Chair Dr. Hirohisa Gambe Fujitsu Advanced Technology Finance Chair Dr. Seishi Takamura NTT Finance Co-Chair Dr. Natsuki Yamanobe AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) Promotion Chair Prof. Akinori Nishihara Tokyo Institute of Technology Program Planning Chair Dr.Yukou Mochida Freistaat Bayern-Japan Office TPC Chair Mr.Kazuo Hagimoto NTT Electronics Local Arrangement Chair Prof. Masahiro Yamaguchi Tohoku Univ. Registration Chair Dr. Morishige Hieda Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Publicity Chair Dr. Haruko Kawahigashi Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Publicity Co-Chair Prof. Basabi Chakrabort Iwate Prefectural Univ. Publication Chair Prof. Kiyoshi Nishikawa Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. Publication Co-Chair Prof. Mamiko Inamori Tokai Univ. Representative of Conference Site Section Prof. Kunio Sawaya Tohoku Univ., Sendai Section Chair
Area Name Affiliation Chair Mr. Kazuo Hagimoto NTT Electronics Bio-Medical Prof. Akira Taguchi Tokyo City Univ. Information & Service Dr. Miwako Doi Toshiba Communication Mr. Tetsuo Takemura Hitachi Kokusai Power Prof. Kohei Onishi Keio Univ. Robotics Prof. Kazuhiro Kosuge Tohoku Univ. Sensors Prof. Hiroyuki Morikawa Univ. of Tokyo Educational Technology Prof. Minoru Nakayama Tokyo Institute of Technology EDAS Prof. Shoichiro Seno Tokushima Bunri Univ.
Affinity Group & Secretary/Assostant Members
Role Name Affiliation WIE Prof. Takako Hashimoto Chiba Univ. of Commerce GOLD Prof. Yasuharu Ohgoe Tokyo Denki Univ. SAC Prof. Kohei Ohno Meiji Univ. Area Name Affiliation TPC Dr. Ryutaro Kawamura NTT TPC Dr.Noriyuki Takahashi NTT HQ, Region Prof. Takako Hashimoto Chiba Univ. of Commerce Affinity Group Prof. Yasuharu Ohgoe Tokyo Denki Univ. Conference Application Mr. Takatoshi Minami Fujitsu Lab. International Liaison Mr. Deepak Mathur Region10
Advisory Committee Members
Name Role/Affiliation Mr. Raja Amarnath IEEE HQ HTC Adhoc Dr. Lawrence Wong Region 10 Past-director Prof. Toshio Fukuda Region 10, Director Prof. Janina Mazierska Regino 10 Advisory Committee Mr. Deepak Mathur Region 10 HTC Coordinator Prof. Yong-Jin Park Region 10 Past-Director, Waseda Univ. Prof. Norio Shiratori JC Vice Chair,Waseda Univ. Prof. Masaki Koyama JC Chair Prof. Hideki Imai JC Past-Director, Chuo Univ. Prof. Hideki Hashimoto JC Past-Treasurer, Chuo Univ Next Conference
Finally we would like to note that IEEE Regtion10 has determined to continue the HT conferences on the yearly base from 2014.
Next R10-HTC will be held in Chennai (IEEE Madras Section), India.
See you again in Chennai (IEEE Madras Section) in 2014
「写真提供：宮城県観光課」: Photos were provided by Miyagi Prefecture Government Office
- Paper submission deadline is extended to March 15, 2013
- Call for posters at student branch, affinity group（GOLD, WIE, SIGHT, etc.), and chapter session is posted.
- Paper submission deadline is extended to March 31, 2013
- Paper submission deadline is extended to April 7, 2013
- Notification of paper acceptance. Author Guidlines, Registration, Registration Info., Hotels, Travel pages are renewed.
- Call for Posters of Humanitarian Technologies is posted.
- Conference president message is posted.
- Ishinomaki-tour information is posted.
- Program Plan is updated.
- Ishinomaki-tour information and Conference venue information are updated.
- Schedule at a glance and Technical Program are posted. Ishinomaki-tour information and Conference venue information and Keynotes and other talks are updated.
- Tutorial Disaster Archivesinformation is posted.
- The dimension of posters are changed. Information for Poster Presentors is posted.
- The Welcome Reception information is added on Keynotes and other talks page.
- Online registration has closed.
- Post-conference message is up.
- Post-conference report is up.
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