Conference 2021

EJEA International Conference 2021 on

Human-centered Sustainability and Innovation for an AI-assisted Future:
New Interdisciplinary Education & Research
for the Next Stages in Japan and Europe


October 22nd – 24th, 2021 hosted by Kagawa University in Takamatsu (Japan)
managed online on Zoom

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jointly organized by

the European Japan Experts Association (EJEA), Kagawa University, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT and the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)

supported by

Japanese German Center Berlin (JDZB), EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, German Research Ambassadors Network for Industrial Technology Endeavors (GRANITE),  Japan-German Society Kagawa, JETRO Kagawa(Japan), Kagawa Prefecture(Japan), Modular Management Group (Sweden), Takamatsu City (Japan),  Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA Romania

sponsored by

Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO),  Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, Kagawa Industry Support Foundation(KISF), Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

in commemoration of

The conference is organized online on Zoom
on Oct. 22nd (Fri), 23rd (Sat) and 24th (Sun), 2021
(8:00-13:00 CET / 16:00-21:00 JST)
Zoom access information will be provided after registration.

Participation is free of charge.
Official language of the conference is English.
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Day 1: Friday October 22, 2021

8:00 – 8:3015:00 – 15:30Room A
Opening Ceremony:
Mr. Takuya Hirai, The 1st Minister of Digital Agency (video message)
Mr. Hideto Ônishi, Mayor of Takamatsu City
Prof. Dr. Yoshiyuki Kakehi, President of Kagawa University (video message)
Dr. Julia Münch, Secretary General Japanese-German Centre Berlin, JDZB (video message)
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Albert, Chairperson European Japan Experts Association, EJEA
  Moderation: Kagawa University
Prof. Dr. Masaaki Tokuda, Kagawa University
8:30 – 8:5015:30 – 15:50Room A Keynote 1:
Dr. Yuko Harayama, Executive Director RIKEN (Japan) former Executive Member of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation
“Human in the Loop or Human-centered”
8:50 – 9:1015:50 – 16:10Room A Keynote 2:
Prof. Dr. Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University, Dept. of Computer and Information Science (Sweden); EU Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI
Education for an AI-assisted Future – From Primary Education to Life-Long Learning
9:10 – 9:1516:10 – 16:15Room A
Technical announcements
9:15 – 9:3016:15 – 16:30SpatialChat
Poster session / Break
9:30 – 12:0016:30 – 19:00Parallel Sessions:
Room B Workshop 1: eHealth and Medical Engineering
chaired by Prof. Dr. Kazuhiro Hara and Prof. Dr. Ichiro Ishimaru, Kagawa University (Japan)
Ichiro Ishimaru, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Mid-infrared (LWIR) passive-active spectroscopic imaging for non-invasive blood glucose sensors”
Lorenz Granrath, Tohoku University (Japan)
“EU-Japan Project E-VITA – a Virtual Coach for Smart Aging”
Hirotsugu Yamamoto, Utsunomiya University, (Japan)
“Fundamentals and Applications of Aerial Display”
Lingbing Kong, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Multidisciplinary Approaches and AIs”
Kazuhiro Hara, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Development of ultra-small mobile CTG and its effectiveness on remote monitoring of the expecting mothers, as well as its global expansion”
Yhuko Ogata, CEO, Melody International Co. Ltd. (Japan)
“Developing medical devices for e-health to work towards the overseas”
Tetsuo Minamino, Kagawa University, (Japan)
“Development of a Novel Program to Detect Atrial Fibrillation Using Pulse Wave from Automated Blood Pressure Monitor”  

Room A Workshop 2: Smart City
chaired by Mr. Orfeas Voutyras, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Greece)
Mr. Orfeas Voutyras, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Greece)
“The rise of Smart Cities”
Jakob Algulin, City of Linköping (Sweden)
“City of Linköping – a Smart City!”
Takahiro Ozawa, Takamatsu City (Japan)
“Smart City Takamatsu: Solutions for Disaster Prevention/Management”
City of Santander (Spain)
Tatsuo Fukuda, Fujisawa City (Japan)
“Secure and Trustworthy Mobile Participatory Sensing over M-Sec Platform”
12:00 – 12:1519:00 – 19:15SpatialChat
Poster session / Break
12:15 – 12:4519:15 – 19:45Room A Sharing of experience:
“What I learned today”
By co-chairs of workshops 1 and 2
12:45 – 13:0019:45 – 20:00Room A Closing:
Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

Day 2: Saturday October 23, 2021

 11:30 – 14:30Poster Session (Face to Face)
Olive Square @ Kagawa University
8:00 – 8:1515:00 – 15:15Room A Welcome and Introduction:
Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP)
Dr. Lars Vargö, Director, ISDP Japan Center (Sweden)
  Moderation: European Japan Experts Association (EJEA)
Prof. Dr. Anders Törnvall, EJEA Executive Committee, Linköping University (Sweden)
8:15 – 8:3515:15 – 15:35Room A Keynote 3:
Prof. Dr. Satoshi Murayama, Co-convener of the International Consortium for Earth and Development Sciences, Kagawa University (Japan)
Environmental humanities: a long-term local history approach to living spaces to be sustained
8:35 – 8:5515:35 – 15:55Room A Keynote 4:
Dr. Lucas Paletta, Human Factors Lab at Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, DIGITAL – Institute for Information and Communication Technologies (Austria)
“Cognitive Sensing for Future Smart Health and Care“
8:55 – 9:1515:55 – 16:15Room A Presentation:
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (video message)
Dr. Philippe de Taxis du Poët, Managing Director
9:15 – 9:3016:15 – 16:30SpatialChat
Poster session / Break
9:30 12:0016:30 – 19:00Parallel Sessions:
Room A  Workshop 3: Innovative Technologies for New Industry Creation
chaired by Prof. Dr. Kiyoshi Tanaka, Shinshu University (Japan) and Prof. Dr. Tomohiko Ishii, Kagawa University (Japan)
Kaisei Harada, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Development of Air Supply System for Wearable Robot-Effectiveness of Hollow Cylindrical-shaped Variable Volume Tank“
Tomoya Kitazaki, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Mid-infrared Passive Spectroscopic Imaging of Microplastics Using Imaging-type 2-D Fourier Spectrometer for Wide-field Measurements”
Haruto Adachi, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Real-Time Infrared Spectroscopic Monitoring of Fermentation Process to Support Sensory Evaluation”
Endi Kazuto Takeda, Kyushu University (Japan)
“Modelling and Simulation of Introduction of RFID in Warehousing of a Supply Chain”
Takaki Nishimura, Kagawa University and others (Japan)
“Theoretical Research Aiming at High-efficiency Hydrogen Production Using Solar Thermochemical Energy for the Goal of Sustainable Energy Supply”
Takuya Mitani, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Relationship Between the Joint Angle and the Contact Force at the Knee During Walking”

Room B  Workshop 4: Environmental Humanities: Water, Air and Land for Sustainable Living Spaces
chaired by Prof. Dr. Satoshi Murayama and Prof. Dr. Toru Terao, Kagawa University (Japan)
Lrong Lim, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Contributing Towards Sustainable Living via Environmental Cleaning – a Community-based Movement in Action -”
Kazuhiko Ichimi, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Global warming as one of the causes of decrease in fisheries resources; the case of Manila clam”
Kuninao Tada, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Environmental Conservation and Fishery of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan”
Hirotoshi Tamura, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Green Chemistry for the Investigation of Agricultural Products and Functional Foods: Statistical Approach”
Takahiro Yamamoto, Kagawa University (Japan)
“A Study on Estimation of Air Conditioning Load from Human Body and Equipment Using Image Analysis”
Masahito Katoh, Shinshu University (Japan)
“The Practical Application of Smart Precision Forestry Project Using Laser Scanning for an AI-assisted in Japan”
Gaurav Vikash Bhuyan, Gauhati University (Assam)
“Community Response to Local Environment: Reflection in Certain Micro-Landscapes of the Brahmaputra River Valley in Assam, India”
Anjaneyulu Akkimi, Indian Inst. of Technology Guwahati (India)
“Modeling for Prediction of Extreme Floods in Urban Landscapes: Developing Land for Sustainable Living Spaces during Floods”
Soumya Guchhait, Indian Inst. of Technology Guwahati (India)
“Socio-hydrological aspects of event-based flood hazard in Assam, India”
Nazmul Huda, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Influence of Natural Disasters on Surface Water: A Spatiotemporal Study in A Disaster-Prone Area from 1988 to 2021”
A.T.M. Shakhawat Hossain, Jahangirnagar University (Bangladesh)
“Risk Associated with Rohingya Refugee Settlements at Ukhia Camp, Cox’s bazar, Bangladesh – A Threat for Sustainable Development”

Room C  Workshop 5: Distributed Cognition in Learning and Behavioral Change – Based on Human and Artificial Intelligence
chaired by Prof. Dr. Dietrich Albert, University of Graz (Austria), Prof. Dr. Xiangen Hu, University of Memphis (USA) & Central China Normal University (China), Prof. Dr. Tomoko Kojiri, Kansai University (Japan), and Dr. Paul C. Seitlinger, Tallinn University (Estonia) & University of Graz (Austria)
Dietrich Albert, Graz University (Austria)
“Do We Need a Holistic Interpretation of ‘Distributed Cognition’? Past and Future Research Questions with respect to AI”
Daniel Wolferts, Fraunhofer FIT (Germany)
“Remote Design Thinking for Sustainability – Investigating the Role of Distributed Cognition“
Toshihiro Hayashi, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Conceptual Structure of an Intelligent Educational Support System Using Various Kinds of Cognitive Characteristic Information”
Xiangen Hu, The University of Memphis (USA), Central China Normal University (China)
“Self-Improvable Adaptive Instructional Systems (SIAIS) ”
Vasile Rus, The University of Memphis (USA)
“Models of Learner-Teacher-EdTech Partnerships in the Future Learning”
Tomoko Kojiri, Kansai University (Japan)
“Visualization System of Nonverbal Information in Medical Interviews for Training Doctors’ Credible Attitude”
Michael Öllinger, Parmenides Center for the Study of Thinking & Cognostics AG (Austria)
“Distributed Cognition in Innovative Problem Solving”
Paul Seitlinger, Graz University (Austria)
“Distributed Cognition in Modeling Cross-Modal Short-Term Memory for the Design of Smart Sensory Prostheses“
Yulia Zhiglova, Tallinn University (Estonia)
“BeMe Jacket – Using Vibrotactile Body-Centric Displays for Distributed Emotion Regulation”
Gerald Steinbauer-Wagner, TU Graz (Austria)
“Robust Joint Plan Execution in Teams of Mobile Robots”
12:00 – 12:1519:00 – 19:15SpatialChat
Poster session / Break
12:15 – 12:4519:15 – 19:45Room A Sharing of experience:
“What I learned today”
By co-chairs of workshops 3, 4 and 5
12:45 – 13:0019:45 – 20:00Room A Closing:
Japan-German Society Kagawa (video message)
Prof. Dr. Takahiro Shinyo, Honorary President

Day 3: Sunday October 24, 2021

8:00 – 8:1515:00 – 15:15Room A Welcome and Introduction:
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT)
Dr. René Reiners, Head of Human-centered Engineering and Design
  Moderation: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT)
Elisabeth Stein and Daniel Wolferts
8:15 – 8:3515:15 – 15:35Room A Keynote 5:
Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Tsuji, Executive Director, University Public Corporation Osaka (Japan), former President of Osaka Prefecture University (Japan)
From 45 Years’ Experience on R&D and Education of Systems Sciences
8:35 – 8:5515:35 – 15:55Room A Keynote 6:
Dr. René Reiners, Head of Human-centered Engineering and Design at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT (Germany), Coordinator of GRANITE
Human-Centered System Design for Successful Digital Transformation
8:55 – 9:1515:55 – 16:15Room A Keynote 7:
Mr. Colin De Kwant, Vice President Modular Management®; Lecturer at Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
“Sustainable Mobility Scenario Modeling: Evaluating Future Resilience of Modular Concepts for Electrified Trucks”
9:15 – 9:3016:15 – 16:30SpatialChat
Poster session / Break
9:30 – 12:0016:30 – 19:00Parallel Sessions:
Room C  Workshop 6: GRANITE – Human-Centered Research and Transfer to Application
chaired by Dr. René Reiners, Fraunhofer FIT (Germany) and Prof. Dr. Satoru Takahashi, Kagawa University (Japan)
Lena Brüch, Fraunhofer FIT (Germany)
“A Practical Approach of Integrating Sustainability Goals in the Human-Centered-Design-Process“
Takefumi Mokudai, Kyushu University (Japan)
“Digital Technologies as Lean Augmentation: A Preliminary Study of Japanese Automotive Manufacturers”
Satoru Adachi, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Planck’s Law Base Function for Background Correction of Remote Sensing with Compact and High-Sensitivity Mid-Infrared Spectrometer“
Anika Isabelle Rieth, Fraunhofer FIT (Germany)
“Service Design for Beneficial Technology Integration: Looking into the Case Study of Renova“
Minoru Inadama, Nagano Prefectural Government (Japan)
“Disaster-Resistant Hydropower Microgrid Construction and Smart Conservation Initiatives in Nagano Prefecture”
Mai Murabayashi, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Functional Verification and Structural Evaluation of Transfemoral Prosthetic Knee Mechanism for Running”
Tatsuya Usui, Osaka University (Japan)
“Soft Capacitive Tri-axis Tactile Sensor Based on Level Sensing”
Dominik Pins, Fraunhofer FIT (Germany)
“Challenges and Concepts for the Evaluation of Usable and Satisfying VAs According to DIN EN ISO 9241-11 and -110”  

Room A  Workshop 7: Human Security and Sustainability
chaired by Dr. Lars Vargö, Director Japan Center, Institute for Security and Development Policy (Sweden)
Renée Schulz, JRCS. Co. Ltd. (Japan)
“AI and HCI come together for the Digitalization of the Maritime Industry to Foster a Sustainable, Innovative and Safe Work Environment“
Colin De Kwant, Modular Management (Sweden)
“Sustainable Mobility Scenario Modeling, Evaluating Future Resilience of Modular Concepts for Electrified Trucks”
Sudha Jamthe, Stanford University (USA)
“Character Development for Artificial Intelligence”
Kazuya Ishii, Kagawa University (Japan)
“SDGs in the Anthropocene: A Gandhian Critique”
Masatoshi Imai, Kagawa Junior College (Japan)
“A Proposal of Numerical Approach of Quantitative Verification of Check List to Support Human Digital Security through Kansei Engineering”  

Room B  Workshop 8: Educational Change: New Models and New Thinking in Intercultural Concepts
chaired by Prof. Dr. Toshihiro Hayashi, Kagawa University (Japan) and Prof. Dr. Anders Törnvall, Linköping University (Sweden)
Michal Cerný, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
“Extended Mind as a Way for Education in the Networked World”
Khalifa Sy, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Extracting Learning Path Data from Learning History”
Toru Takamizu, Kagawa University (Japan)
“Online Japanese Language Education for Elementary Level Learners”
Nik Anni Afiqah bitni Haji Mohammad Tuah, Brunei Darussalam University
“The Transition from Traditional to Online Learning: what are the new approaches and challenges for higher education during the pandemic?”
12:00 – 12:1519:00 – 19:15SpatialChat
Poster session / Break
12:15 – 12:4519:15 – 19:45Room A Sharing of experience:
“What I learned today”
By co-chairs of workshops 6, 7, and 8
12:45 – 13:0019:45 – 20:00Room A Closing:
Poster Awarding Ceremony, Prof. Dr. Kenji Wada, Kagawa University
Kagawa University, Prof. Dr. Masaaki Tokuda
European Japan Experts Association (EJEA), Sabine Ganter-Richter, Executive Manager