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Hiroshi Ishiguro received a Doctor of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor of the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (from 2009) and Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (from 2017). He is also visiting Director (from 2014) (group leader: 2002–2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. His research interests include sensor networks, interactive robotics, and android science. He received the Osaka Cultural Award in 2011. In 2015, he received the Prize for Science and Technology (Research Category) by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. He was also awarded the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award in Dubai in 2015.
Professor Barlow has been Professor of Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare) at Imperial College Business School since 2003. He was co-founder of the Innovation Studies Centre, and from 2006 to 2013 was Principal Investigator and a director of the Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC). He is a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation.
Previously, Professor Barlow’s positions were at the Science Policy Research Unit (University of Sussex), University of Westminster and the Policy Studies Institute. He earned a PhD from the London School of Economics and has a background in geography and economics.
His research, teaching and consultancy focuses on the adoption, implementation and sustainability of innovation in healthcare systems. Professor Barlow has led or been involved in many research and consulting projects around the world. He has also worked extensively on innovation in housing provision and other housing policy issues.
In addition to research and teaching, Professor Barlow advises and consults for government, healthcare services and industry. He has worked with companies from the medical technology, pharmaceutical, ICT and construction sectors.
In July 2014, he was appointed as the new president of the International Academy for Design and Health, a global knowledge community bringing together the built environment industries creating new healthcare infrastructure.
His advisory work includes membership or chairing of expert panels on healthcare innovation for the Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, OFCOM, Welsh Assembly Government, European Commission, Royal Society, King’s Fund, London Health Commission and Policy Exchange. He has given evidence on public-private partnerships before the Treasury Select Committee and evidence on healthcare innovation issues to other Parliamentary Committees.
Professor Barlow is currently associate director of research and evaluation for Imperial College Health Partners, and works with the executive boards for the NIHR Northwest London CLAHRC and the Department of Health Policy Innovation Research Unit. He also sits on the advisory board for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Charity Strategy Committee.
He has published numerous books and journal articles, and his latest book, Managing Innovation in Healthcare, was published by World Scientific in January 2017.
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis is a Strategic Management and Marketing expert with specialisation in Information Communication Technology applications in the Tourism, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure industries. He is Director of the eTourism Lab and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research, at Bournemouth University in England. He is also Editor in Chief of the most established Journal in Tourism: Tourism Review, now the SSCI Journal is in its 74th volume. He is a well known international speaker on trends, technology, marketing, tourism and hospitality. Professor Buhalis is an inspirational forward thinker that undertakes cutting edge research, develops innovations and makes a major impact to global society. For the period January 2016- September 2019, Buhalis was the Head of Department of Tourism and Hospitality, at Bournemouth University. Dimitrios is a Founding Member and past President (2010-2014) of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT). He served as the First Vice President of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism (2017-2019). He also served as an Executive Board Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Affiliate Members for the periods 2013-2015 and 2017-2019.
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou is registered architect and senior research fellow at UCL. She owns the awarded SynThesis Architects (London – Athens), that specializes in medical facilities. Her work received prestigious awards (Singapore 2009, Kuala Lumpur 2012, Brisbane 2013, Birmingham 2014, London 2014). Parallel activities include teaching at medical and architectural schools, research (UK, France, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Greece and the Middle East) and advisory. She advised the Hellenic Secretary of Health and is the author of the new national guidelines for mental health facilities. Dr Chrysikou is the author of the book ‘Architecture for Psychiatric Environments and Therapeutic Spaces’, healthcare architecture editor, reviewer, active member of several professional and scientific associations and a TED-MED speaker. She is a Trustee, Member of the Board and Director of Research at DIMHN (UK) and Member of the Board at the Scholar’s Association Onassis Foundation.
Professor Andrew Edkins is Head of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute. His experience is purely projects - and complex or major ones in particular. After finishing his degree, he went on a graduate training scheme with the former John Laing plc and upon completion of that was proudly part of the team who built Chelsea & Westminster hospital (the first 'fast-track' major teaching hospital project for the NHS). His professional research career started in late 1996 after he had substantially finished his PhD and had been appointed as a junior faculty member at The Bartlett, working with Graham Ive on a funded research project that eventually led to the book 'The Constructors' Key Guide to PFI'. He has worked on a number of funded research projects. The first major successes were in the area of risk management where he won two EPSRC grants. He has also done work as part of an EPSRC grant on international project performance comparisons (comparing almost identical facilities built in both the UK and France as part of the Channel Tunnel), for the National Audit Office. Most recently, he has been involved as part of a collaborative team comprising UCL and the University of Bristol in a research project commissioned by Infrastructure UK (part of HM Treasury) looking at potential interdependencies arising from proposed significant infrastructure projects in the UK.
Maggie Ellis has been at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 1999 where she has also been involved with EU R&D. MonAMI, and SOCIONICAL projects lead to new EU technology schemes as well as for contingencies and EU PPI implementation. Originally an occupational therapist, she managed physical disability and mental health services, and also served as Chairman of the British OT Association, the European OT Committee. Maggie was awarded Fellowships by RCOT and ISPO. She has organised both a Trade and a Ministerial Mission to Japan with their government. EU and ISO Technical Committee Membership brought wider experience linking user needs, planners, and policymakers. Her most recent project at LSE (Enterprise) (2014-2019), where Maggie was Leader of the LSE Team, independently contracted to the Scottish Futures Trust to review and validate calculations and services that Trust provided to the Scottish Government. The review helped deliver 131 GBP million net benefits and savings to infrastructure investment in Scotland.
Maggie uses this background managing Rehabilitation at West Square Associates (WSA). Maggie is a Member of the CPG for Digital Inclusion and Disability, Holyrood and APPG Disability, Smart Cities, and Legal Aid in the UK Parliament.
Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.
Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).
Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within Osaka University.
A Member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Global Governance, Dr Haldane is also a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade (Serbia), a Visiting Professor at the School of Business at Doshisha University (Japan), and a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA).
From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.
Paul Higgs is Professor of Sociology of Ageing at UCL. His research interests stem from work he conducted with Dr Chris Gilleard which has been published in four books: Cultures of Ageing: Self Citizen and Society (2000), and Contexts of Ageing: Class, Cohort and Community (2005). From 2005 to 2008 he directed an ESRC/AHRC funded project, “From passive to active consumers: Older people's consumption 1998–2001”. He also co-authored the book, Medical Sociology and Old Age (2009) with Ian Rees Jones of Cardiff University. Another two books with Chris Gilleard have been published in recent years: Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment (2013) and Rethinking Old Age: Theorising the Fourth Age (2015), as well as a book on social class and later life edited with Marvin Formosa. From 2009 to 2011 he was a co-organiser of an ESRC funded seminar series on “new ageing populations”. He is currently a co-investigator on two five-year NIHR/ESRC projects (MARQUE and PRIDE) investigating the social aspects of dementia. Professor Higgs is also an editor of the journal Social Theory and Health and co-editor of the 2017 Sociology of Health and Illness monograph which addresses the topic of dementia and the social mind.
Professor Higgs studied for a BSc in Sociology at the Polytechnic of North London and a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent. Before moving to UCL in 1994, he was the Eleanor Peel Lecturer in Social Gerontology at St George's Hospital Medical School, London. At UCL he was variously Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Medical Sociology. He is currently Professor of the Sociology of Ageing and was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012 and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. He is also a visiting professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bath.
Tadasu Iida received a PhD in Engineering from Osaka University in 2004, and has been Associate Professor of the Architectural Engineering Course in the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University since 2007. Previously, he worked as an architect in an architect office specialising in medical and welfare facilities from 1994 to 2001. Research for his doctoral dissertation was carried out in one of the hospitals which he had been involved in design. His research interest is design of these facilities. Moreover architectural ergonomics and sustainable use of existing buildings recently. As for ergonomics research, he was involved in the joint research on innovative step-by-step ramp designed for wheelchair users with the Building Research Institute, the National Research and Development Agency. He advises local government and social welfare service corporation on the foundation of welfare facilities for the elderly and for people with disabilities. He won a prize for excellence in Nikkei Architecture 750th Issue Commemorative Design Competition in 2003. He also received the Osaka University Prize for his outstanding contribution to education in 2018.
Professor Shin-ichi Ohnuma is the Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and also the UCL Japan Ambassador at the UCL Global Engagement Office. His research interest is Age-related diseases in Ophthalmology. He is aiming to develop new treatment of eye-diseases using animal models. Also, he has a strong passion to facilitate interaction between UCL and Japan. Based on this activity, he was awarded Foreign Minister's Commendation for 2017.
Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.
In the past she has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in James DJ Brown & Jeff Kingston (eds) Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018); “Japan’s ‘Postmodern’ Possibility with China: A View from Kansai” in Lam Peng Er (ed), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); “Rethinking Security in Japan: In Search of a Post-‘Postwar’ Narrative” in Jain & Lam (Eds.), Japan’s Strategic Challenges in a Changing Regional Environment (World Scientific, 2012); “Through the Looking-glass: China’s Rise as Seen from Japan”, (co-authored with Toshiya Hoshino), Journal of Asian Public Policy, 5(2), 181–198, (July 2012); “Post- 3.11 Japan: A Matter of Restoring Trust?”, ISPI Analysis No. 83 (December 2011); “Legitimacy Deficit in Japan: The Road to True Popular Sovereignty” in Kane, Loy & Patapan (Eds.), Political Legitimacy in Asia: New Leadership Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), “Japan: Re-engaging with China Meaningfully” in Tang, Li & Acharya (eds), Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and Turning Points, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Professor Satoh is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. She is Chair of the Politics, Law & International Relations section of the International Academic Advisory Board.
Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani received his B.S. from Osaka University in 1999, and Ph.D. from the Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering, at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, he was an Assistant Professor, and in 2011, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2014, he was made a Full Professor in The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University. In 2017, he was awarded as the title of Osaka University Distinguished Professor. From 2019, he is playing a leading role in the research intensification of Osaka University as an Executive Assistant to the President of Osaka University.
He was awarded as IEEE Paul Rappaport Award in 2009 and 2010, “Highly Cited Researchers” (The World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind) from Thomson Reuters in 2014, and from Clarivate Analytics in 2018, Young Scientist Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan in 2015, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Award in 2016.
A social entrepreneur with a deep knowledge of cause-related marketing, Ian Spero believes in the power of private/public sector alliances to improve lives.
Ian is founder and director of the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA), a campaigning social business which aims to demonstrate that through innovations in technology, business and service models, our homes and neighbourhoods of the future can be reimagined to boost health and wellbeing, leading to a reduction in the financial burden on State and citizens.
A regular contributor to conferences, seminars, anthology and academic papers, Ian has published two influential white papers: Neighbourhoods of the Future and Better Homes for Older Adults – Improving Health, Care, Design and Technology, in 2017 and 2019.
Ian’s professional interest in health and wellbeing began in 2011 when he established Creative Skills For Life, a research project enabling young people living with life-threatening conditions to come together and explore their creative potential as a catalyst for healing and personal development.
In 2013 Ian was commissioned by Innovate UK to co-design the innovation agencies “Long Term Care Revolution” programme, which aimed to transform late-life care from an “end of life” institutional model, widely regarded as unfit for purpose, to a dynamic market of innovative new products and services that offer people greater choice and flexibility of care when they reach later life. This experience was the catalyst leading to the launch of the Agile Ageing Alliance in 2015.
Ian currently serves as an Advisor and Monitoring Officer for Innovate UK, responsible for promoting commercialisation and safeguarding public investment in a diverse portfolio of public grant-funded early-stage business initiatives.
Ian has always maintained an active interest and passion for the arts and creative industries. A notable example is “RockCouture”. With a view to raising funds and awareness for a pioneering new cancer care centre, Ian conceived and curated the RockCouture® collection, 150 electric guitars, personally customised by many of the biggest names in music, fashion, art and design. Following critically acclaimed exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland, Galeries Lafayette Paris, and Harrods of London, illustrating the story of the electric guitar and its impact on pop culture, the guitars were auctioned for charity: www.rockcouture.tv
Previously Ian led Spero Communications, exploring innovative concepts in brand development, employing emerging technologies and new engagement channels to realise strategic objectives for major blue-chip brands, including the AA, BT, IBM, NEC, News Inc, Nortel, Toshiba, and Vodafone.
Ian has received commendations from among others: New York Festivals – awards for film and video; International Public Relations Golden World Award; IPR Sword of Excellence; PR Week Award; Revolution Magazine Award; BT Britain Award for Innovation; the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence; and IVCA (International Visual Communications Association), and Awards for Learning; Experiential Communication; and Entertainment.
Professor Tyler, Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London (UCL), was educated at the Royal College of Music, the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster) and UCL. He worked as Operations Manager at Unichem Ltd (1984-1985) before joining UCL in 1987, holding appointments as a Research Assistant, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader at UCL in the period from 1987 to 2002, when he was then appointed to a professorship. Since 2003, Professor Tyler has been the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (renamed Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering in 2007). He is also Director of the UCL CRUCIBLE Centre and UCL Accessibility Research Group. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Professor Tyler's notable appointments outside UCL include: Member of EPSRC Engineering Programme Strategic Advisory Team 2006; Member of the Chief Scientific Adviser's review team for the Department for Transport 2009; Member of the Advisory Panel for Infrastructure UK 2010; Adviser to the Chinese Government Ministry of Science and Technology on low carbon transport (2010). He was appointed CBE for Services to Technology in the 2011 New Year's Honours list.
Ryuji Yamazaki (Yamazaki-Skov), PhD is a Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Symbiotic Intelligent Systems Research Center, Institute for Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University, Japan. He received an MA in Philosophy from Chuo University (Japan), and a PhD in Knowledge Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), in 2004 and 2010. He has worked as a researcher at JAIST, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, Japan, as an Invited Researcher, member of the PENSOR project (Philosophical Enquiries into Social Robotics) at Aarhus University (Denmark), and as an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Sciences, Waseda University (Japan). His current research is focused on media studies, social robotics, phenomenology of embodiment, clinical philosophy and ethics, and robo-philosophy.