Irago Conference 2018


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The world is at a major turning point. Recent changes in global economics and industrial priorities, environmental and energy policies, food production and population movements have produced formidable challenges that must be addressed for sustaining life on earth.

The Irago Conference series was launched in 2011 with the objective of providing an ‘interdisciplinary-platform’ to enhance mutual understanding between scientists and engineers from academia and industry, policy makers, and experts from a wide spectrum of pure and applied sciences to resolve the daunting global issues facing mankind.
The organizers would like to encourage graduate school students to participate and talk directly with internationally renowned academics, industrialists, and opinion leaders for a firsthand view of the major issues facing scientists and engineers of the 21st century.

The main theme of Irago Conference 2018 is “Tomorrow’s World@2050”.
Internationally renowned experts will share their visions of the status of science, medicine, and technology in the not too distant future.

Core areas for this year

Topics covered by invited speakers at Irago conference 2018 include

  • Remote sensing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Deep ocean exploration
  • Nanomedicine in Europe
  • Filming single proteins with AFM
  • Current and Future trends in Internet of Things
  • Herbal solutions for aging population
  • Autonomous connected vehicles.
  • Industrial applications of microbes

Other Areas

Abstracts are welcome in the areas listed below.

Observation, Measurement, Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Advanced observation and measurement technologies
  • Astronomical and solar system observation
  • Material characterization
  • Micro sensing systems
  • Measurement systems for extreme environments

Medicine and Healthcare

  • Biomimetic materials and protocols
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Healthcare and diagnostics
  • Nanosurgery
  • Microorganisms
  • Drug delivery and discovery
  • Life threatening diseases
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Pandemics
  • Innovative Technology for health/welfare
  • Music therapy, brain and mind healing

Energy and Environment

  • Environment and pollution
  • Biofuel
  • Natural energy (solar, wind, wave)
  • Energy conservation
  • Methane hydrate
  • Oceanography
  • Agriculture and plant science

Frontiers of Advanced Science and Technology

  • Electronic materials and devices
  • CMOS and silicon devices
  • Integrated circuits
  • MEMS and NEMS
  • Optoelectronics
  • Magnetic materials and related devices
  • Man-Machine Interface
  • Robotics
  • Piezoelectric actuators
  • Graphene synthesis and applications
  • Spintronics


University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo

Toyohashi University of Technology

Tokai University

Takashi Fukuda
President, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo
Takashi Onishi
President, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
Kiyoshi Yamada
President, Tokai University, Japan
Kazushi Nakano, Vice President, Executive Director, Research and International Strategy.
Program Chairperson
Adarsh Sandhu
University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo

AIP Proceedings Editorial Committee
Adarsh Sandhu
Masumi Taki
Tetsuo Kishimoto
Yoshitaka Kitamoto
Jaiyam Sharma

International Advisory Committee
Cristina Blanco Andujar
University of Strasbourg, France
Mohamed Boutchich
Université Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), France
Daniel Chua
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Arindam Ghosh
Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
Joby Joseph
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
Justin Llandro
University of Cambridge, UK
Shinya Maenosono
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Ahmet Oral
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Daniel Ortega
IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid, Spain
Paul Southern
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, UK
Program Committee

Eriko Aiba a
Tetsuo Kishimoto a
Rio Kita c
Yoshitaka Kitamoto e
Susumu Morikura a
Shinji Nozaki a
Adarsh Sandhu a
Kazuaki Sawada b
Michie Sekiguchi a
Masumi Taki a
Kazuyoshi Tsuchiya c
Renu Wadhwa f
Isamu Yoshimatsu  a
Kenji Yura a

a  University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo
b  Toyohashi University of Technology
c  Tokai University
e  Tokyo Institute of Technology
f  The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)


  • Isamu Yoshimatsu, UEC Tokyo, University Research Administrator
  • Ayano Igarashi, UEC Tokyo, International Affairs Office


Shinjuku Washington Hotel


3 Chome-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku,
Tokyo 160-0023
Shinjuku Washington Hotel Website


Link to large size map
Direction to Shinjuku Washington Hotel
Find more information here: Access Map

Invited Speakers

Antoine Bocquet

Managing Director, Springer Japan KK / Nature Japan KK

“Advancing Discovery at Springer Nature”

Keyword : Discovery, Publishers, Springer Nature, Nature Masterclasses, Bookmetrix, SharedIt, data support.

Jagan Shah

Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, India

“Urban India 2050: e-Governance, Smart Cities and Butterfly Effects”

Keyword : e-governance, smart cities, digital technology, mapping, data analytics

Daniel Ortega

Head of the Applied Nanomagnetics Lab., IMDEA Nanociencia, Madrid, Spain

“Whither nanomedicine in Europe? A sneak preview”

Keyword : nanomedicine, biocompatible nanostructures.

Takashi Murashima

Deputy Director, Department of Marine Technology Development Marine Technology and Engineering Center (MARITEC), Japan Agency for Marine-earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

“Challenge to the Deep Ocean”

Keyword : ROV, UROV, Mariana Trench, Challenger-Deep.

Takenori Hara

Senior Researcher, Advanced Business Center,Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd.

“AI and Digital Contents Creation”

Keyword : AI, Contents Creation, Gesture.

Thomas (Tom) George

CEO, SaraniaSat Inc. Los Angeles, USA

“Remote Sensing: A Combined Big Data and IoT Tool for Precision Agriculture”

Keyword : Remote Sensing, Precision Agriculture, Algorithms, Drones, Aircraft, Satellites.

Mikihiro Shibata

Associate Professor/Unit Leader, WPI Nano Life Science Institute, Institute for Frontier Science Initiative, Kanazawa Univ.

“Filming single proteins at work using high-speed atomic force microscopy”

Keyword : Proteins, Imaging, single-molecules, atomic force microscopy

Naoaki Yamanaka

Professor, Department of Information and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

“Smart and connected community network creats new autonomous vehicle services with big-data science”

Keyword : Autonomous car, 5G network, Cyber/physical system, Connected community, Smart society

Renu Wadhwa

Prime Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST)

“Increase in Aging Population and Age-related Pathologies:Herbal Solutions (focus on Ashwagandha)”

Keyword : Aging population, QOL, Natural solutions, Herbs, Ashwagandha.

Susumu Takeuchi

Senior Research Engineer, Network Innovation Laboratories, NTT

“Current Trends and Future Visions in Internet of Things”

Keyword : IoT, AI, infrastructure, use cases, future visions.

Yasujiro Kiyota

Fellow, Department Manager, Stem Cell Business Developing Department, Technology Solution Sector, Health Care Business Unit, Nikon Corp.

“Great future in Regenerative medicine”

Keyword : Regenerative Medicine, Microscope, Cell, Culture.

Yasunori Yonejima

Section Manager, Postbiotics Research Center with Microorganisms, R & D Division, Nitto Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.

“Industrial application of a Gut Microbial Linoleic Acid Metabolite; 10-hydroxy-cis-12-octadecenoic acid (HYA)”

Keyword : Free fatty acid, Gut microbial metabolite, Functional food.

Raffaele Flaminio

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka

“Gravitational waves detection: principles, status and perspectives”

Keywords : Gravitational waves, Interferometers, LIGO, Virgo, KAGRA


The registration fee for Irago Conference 2018 is:

Early-bird registration by 11 October 2018

General participant 20,000JPY
Students 3,000JPY


After 11 October 2018

General participant 25,000JPY
Students 7,000JPY


Registration fee for Special Evening Session and Banquet:

General participant 4,000JPY
Students 2,000JPY

Please register from here:

Special Evening Session and Banquet Registration

The Evening Session of Irago Conference 2018 is being held in partnership with Springer Nature.

Registration for the evening session can be done along with the conference here:

Special Evening Session and Banquet will be held on Thursday, 1st November at 18:30.

If you have any questions, please contact:
The Irago Conference secretariat
Telephone : (+81) 42-443-6862
The University of Electro-Communications (UEC)
1-5-1 Chofugaoka Chofu, Tokyo Japan.

Submission of abstracts and Publication

Call for papers

2018Irago Poster Download

Submission of Abstracts:

  • Abstract and registration start date: 1st August, 2018
  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 31st August, 2018 11 September, 2018
  • Submit abstracts by email to
  • The abstracts will be reviewed and decisions sent to corresponding authors by mid-September 2018.
  • Authors will be sent an abstract identity code by e-mail as shown in this example: “P1”
  • Instructions for writing abstracts:
    • Authors are requested to submit an abstract of no longer than 250 words within one A4 page including Figure/Table and References using the template file which is in MS-Word format.
    • A single Figure/Table and related caption should be embedded into the abstract.
    • A collection of accepted abstracts will be distributed to participants at the conference. Camera-ready, high quality manuscript figures are requested within a minimum of 300 dpi resolution.
    • Coloured artwork will NOT be reflected in the printed version.
    • The abstract file name format should be: <first-name_family-name of corresponding author.doc> (e.g., <taro_suzuki.doc>).
    • Send abstracts in microsoft word format (DOC or DOCX) through email to

Please do not hesitate to contact The Irago Conference secretariat by e-mail ( with any questions about the conference.

Presentation Information:

Notice about oral and poster presentations

Oral Presentations

• All oral presentations will be given in the Auditorium at the University of the Electro-Communications.
• Windows PC installed with Microsoft Power point 2010 will be available for speakers without their own PCs. Speakers should bring USB memory sticks of their presentation files to the chairman’s desk in front of the conference hall before the start of their sessions.
• Speakers using their own PCs should inform the session chairman prior to the beginning of their talks.
• If you have multimedia contents (movies, sounds etc.), please inform the session chairman prior to your talks to check the equipment before starting.

Poster Presentations

• Posters should not exceed 870 mm (horizontal) by 1800 mm (vertical) to fit the poster boards, posters should be in A0 (841mm×1189mm) or A1 (594mm×841mm) sizes.
• Fix your posters to poster boards using double-sided tape available at the speaker’s desk.
• Posters should put up your posters before the start of the poster session.
• Posters are requested to be posted throughout the conference period (November 1st).


 Papers submitted for publication in the proceedings of The Irago Conference 2018 will be refereed and those accepted will be published in the AIP Conference Proceedings of the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Papers accepted for publication in the AIP Conference Proceedings will be open access publications enabling free access to researchers worldwide.

Features of AIP Conference Proceedings include:

  • All proceedings are published as a separate volume of AIP Proceedings and each one is allocated a unique volume number.
  • Individual articles are fully citable and each has a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • AIP makes all its proceedings volumes available for inclusion in key databases such as the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (part of Web of Science), Scopus and others.

Rapid reviewing process will be initiated to enable the acceptance of quality papers by Friday 14th December 2018 and the accepted papers will be published by the middle of February 2019.

Notes for Authors

  • Submission deadline is scheduled to be 23rd November 2018, 17:00 JST Wednesday 28th November 2018, 17:00 JST.
  • Please refer to Guidelines for Authors for details on the submission of manuscripts.
  • ZIP file packages of author guidelines of MS-Word and LaTeX (“Transfer of Copyright Agreement” is found in this package)
  • “single column” format is a standard for the proceeding of The Irago Conference 2018. You will find both “single column” and “double column” templates in ZIP file packages of author guidelines. Please choose “single column” template.
  • There is no limitation in the length of manuscripts.
  • Manuscripts, prepared according to the guidelines, should be submitted directly to Irago Conference secretariat: Email:iragoconference [a t] Telephone : (+81) 42-443-6862  The University of Electro-Communications (UEC) 1-5-1 Chofugaoka Chofu, Tokyo Japan.
  • Please submit the publication license agreement with your manuscript. The form for license can be found here.

Proceedings of the last conference (The Irago Conference 2017) is available from the AIP website

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