Keynote Speeches

Keynote Speech I - May 25 (3F PLenary Hall, TICC)

Topic: Do communication engineers need circuit theory?

Josef A. Nossek


Josef A. Nossek (S'72--M'74--SM'81--F'93) received the Dipl.-Ing. and the Dr. techn. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria in 1974 and 1980, respectively. In 1974 he joined Siemens AG in Munich, Germany as a member of technical staff, in 1978 he became supervisor, and from 1980 on he was Head of Department. In 1987 he was promoted to be Head of all radio systems design. Since 1989 he has been Full Professor for circuit theory and signal processing at the Munich University of Technology where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on circuit and systems theory and signal processing and leads research on signal processing algorithms for communications, especially multiantenna systems.

He was President Elect, President and Past President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2001, 2002 and 2003 respectively. He was Vicepresident of VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik e.V.) 2005 and 2006 and is President of VDE 2007 and 2008. His awards include the ITG Best Paper Award 1988, the Mannesmann Mobilfunk (now Vodafone) Innovationsaward 1998, the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and Art in 1998 and the Golden Jubilee Medal of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for 'Outstanding Contributions to the Society' in 1999. He also received the Educational Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2008.


Keynote Speech II - May 26(3F PLenary Hall, TICC)
Topic: Human-centric designs in TRON project - TRON House and beyond

Ken Sakamura

Born in Tokyo in 1951, he received Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan in 1979 and subsequently became a research associate at the University of Tokyo, where he has stayed ever since. He has become a full professor since 1996

At present, he is a professor of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, and also acts as director of the YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory (UNL for short). UNL was established in 2002, and is an independent laboratory for research and development for “ubiquitous networking” and “ubiquitous computing”. He is the chair of T-Engine Forum and uID center. T-Engine Forum is a non-profit organization to promote the result of the latest result from “TRON Project” (details below). uID center is an organization which is at the core of the management of ubiquitous ID architecture promoted by UNL.

He has also served on many government committees. Currently, he is the committee chair for the “Free Mobility Assistance Project” steering committee (sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism). Free Mobility Assistance Project is a project for e-mobility and e-inclusion for the physically-challenged people who have difficulty moving as well as offering sight-seeing, shopping and other commercial information to citizens. The project is based on the idea of “universal design” and thus serves everybody. (more)

Keynote Speech III - May 27(3F PLenary Hall, TICC)
Topic: Technology Innovations after the Perfect Storm

Johnsee Lee

Dr. Johnsee Lee is the President of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). With 5,000 scientists and engineers including 1,050 PhDs, ITRI is the largest industrial technology R&D organization in Taiwan. Over the past 30 years, ITRI has been very instrumental in the development of Taiwan’s world-class high-tech industries. Dr. Lee was also the President of Taiwan Bio Industry Association from 2001 to 2005, and the President of Asia Pacific Industrial Analysts Association from 2004 to 2006. He was elected as the President of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies in 1999.

Dr. Lee received a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Chicago in the USA. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive AMP Program. His areas of technical expertise cover chemical, biochemical, and molecular technologies. He has successfully led a national research program on biochips and biomaterial technologies development. Dr. Lee is the founder of the Biomedical Engineering Center and the Creativity Lab at ITRI.

Before joining ITRI, Dr. Lee held various technical and managerial positions at Argonne National Laboratory and Johnson Matthey Inc. in the USA from 1981 to 1990. Dr. Lee has also served as the editor of the Asia R&D Enterprises, and the adjunct professor at National Chiao Tung University and Chengchi University in Taiwan.

Dr. Lee is an Honorary Member and a Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, a Fellow of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, and a Fellow of the Technology Management Society in Taiwan. He has served on many government and industrial boards and committees. Dr. Lee has received numerous honors and awards including the National Engineering Medal, 2005 CIE Distinguished Achievement Award, Distinguished Contribution to Bio Industry, IIT Outstanding Alumni Award, and US EPA Award of Atmospheric Protection, and he is also an advisory editor of the book “Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice.”