Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speaker 1: Dr Yamada Shinji

Title: R&D Strategy Driven by Future Visions in Hitachi.

Dr Yamada

Yamada Shinji is currently a general manager at the Center for Exploratory Research, Hitachi, Ltd. He received degrees in B.Eng. and M.Eng. from the University of Tokyo in March 1984 and March 1986, respectively. He subsequently joined the Central Research Laboratory of Kuraray, Ltd. He also worked on organic 2nd-order nonlinear optical materials as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN). He joined the School of Engineering, the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. In 1995, he received a doctoral degree from the university for his work on the development of electro-optic (EO) polymers and dye for optical amplification under the supervision of Professor Garito. The material he developed widely attracted attention as the most remarkable heat-proof EO material. From 1995-98, as a fellow of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), he developed 3rd-order nonlinear optical materials for optical switches at the National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research. In 1998, he joined the Hitachi Laboratory at Hitachi, Ltd. He moved to the Advanced Research Laboratory at Hitachi, Ltd. in 2003, where he lead a research team on nanomaterials and nanotechnology. He was appointed as the general manager of the Materials Research Center, Hitachi Research Laboratory in 2011, the general manager of the Electronics Research Center, Central Research Laboratory in 2013, and the general manager of the Center for Exploratory Research in 2015.


Plenary Speaker 2: Professor  Dr Maryann E. Martone

Title: Moving Towards FAIR Research Data: Implications for Open Science and Industry 


She is a neuroanatomist by training, but for the past decade she have been working in the area of neuroinformatics to increase access to and utilization of neuroscience data. Just as science was able to harness the power of the printing press to foster scientific communication and collaboration, we must now establish the means for communicating and utilizing the internet for scientific communication and discovery. For this reason, she have been working in the area of knowledge representation in the neurosciences, first through the Cell Centered Database and Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) projects and now within the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF). She is PI of the NIF project, which under my direction has grown into the largest source of neuroscience data and tools on the web. Through NIF and my neuroscience background, she has a unique global perspective on issues in data sharing and utilization in the neurosciences and have gained considerable insight and expertise in working with diverse biomedical data. She served as the US Scientific Representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility from 2008-2011, and currently the Chair of their Council for Technology, Science and Infrastructure, which advises on their scientific direction and effectiveness in serving infrastructure needs.  They have recently extended the NIF framework to develop data portals for NIDDK ( and other communities. She recently completed her tenure as President of FORCE11, the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming scholarly communication, growing the organization from 50 to over 1500 members. She is an Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Behavior, an open access journal for neuroscience.  She is recently retired from the University, but still active as an Emeritus professor. She is recently completed two years as Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Information Technology (CAIT) and will serve as the co-chair of the UC wide committee on Academic Computing (UCACC).  She serve as the Director of Biosciences for, a non-profit tech organization developing technology to annotate the web. She is one of the co-founders of, a start up company that is developing a sustainable business model around NIF and dkNET technologies.


Plenary Speaker 3: Dr Leow Cheah Wei

Title: Predictive Maintenance for IR 4.0 with MATLAB

Dr Leow

Dr. Leow Cheah Wei is Head of Technical at TechSource Systems. He is specialized in CES industry in the field of embedded system, technical computing and application deployment with MATLAB. Before joining TechSource Systems in 2010, he worked at Agilent Technologies in Penang for 4 years as R&D Software engineer in developing calibration software. Dr. Leow holds BEng of Electrical (Electronics) Engineering, MEng Electrical Engineering and PhD in Electrical Engineering specialising in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.