Invited Keynote Speakers

Naoko Iwasaki

Professor, Institute of e-Government, Waseda University, Japan
President, International Academy of CIO

Keynote Title: “The new ‘Smart Silver City’ for SDGs 2030”

Abstract: Smart City is a city that efficiently manages and operates both basic and living infrastructure services using IoT and digital technology, raises the quality of people’s lives, considers the environmental impact, and aims for sustainable economic development.

This smart city is undergoing projects all over the world. Currently the world population of 7.3 billion people now is expected to be 9.5 billion people in 2050, most of which will live in urban areas. For this reason, there is the concern that energy consumption will explosively increase. Furthermore, the development of emerging technologies capable of creating new future city is also a factor of the boom.

The implementation of smart city is different between developing countries and developed countries. In developing countries such as China where economic growth is remarkable, the “next generation urban project”, where new cities are built or existing cities are upgraded, smart technologies or IoT incorporated in the design.

Meanwhile, developed countries like Japan, Europe and the United States have the basic infrastructure already in place, but aging is an issue, and the “re-development city project” which mainly manages and updates buildings and facilities is underway.

The main issues of industrialized countries include aging infrastructure, energy shortage problems, super aging society, revitalization of economy, and etc.

With the evolution of IoT, basic infrastructure and living infrastructure services that had been functioning separately have now been combined through cooperation of sensing technology, communication technology, information technology and application technology.

Japan is currently the only super aged society in the world. And other developed countries and developing countries will have similar aging society issues in the future as well. The smart city model does not include digitally weak people such as aging people. Therefore, in this presentation, I will examine the present situation and critical issues of the smart city. It will be excellent occasion to reconsider the smart silver city that encompassed the digital weaklly people. Moreover, this will indicate the smart silver city that is in line with the goal of the UN SDGs 2030.

Speaker’s Bio:

Research Area
ICT applications for Aging Society, Digital divide, Core competence of CIO, d-Government, Woman and ICT, ICT and BCP etc.

Business Career
President, International Academy of CIO, Chairman, committee on “Woman and ICT” IAC, Deputy Director, APEC e-Government Research Center


  • Jantima Memorial Award for Women CIO and ICT leadership
    2017: International Academy of CIO
  • Distinguished Leadership Award on CIO & e-Government Development
    2015: International Academy of CIO

Author of numerous of books, magazines & newspapers in Japan. The popular books among them are, “2030- Scenario for Japan Economic Revival” (Mainichi Publishing 2018) “A Decade of World e-Government Rankings” (IOS Press, Co-editor, 2015), “Aging Society and ICT Global Silver Innovation (IOS press, Co-editor, 2013) “The New Role of CIO” (Kanki Publishing, 2008)

Martin McKeown

PPRI/UBC Chair in Parkinson’s Research,
Clinical Director, Pacific Parkinson’s Research Center
Professor, Department of Medicine and Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of British Columbia

Speaker’s Bio: Dr. McKeown is currently the PPRI/UBC Chair in Parkinson’s Research, Director, Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, and Full Professor in the Department of Medicine and Electrical and Computer Engineering (adjunct) at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

He did his Engineering Physics, Medicine and Neurology training at McMaster, Univ of Toronto, and University of Western Ontario, respectively. He did a 3yr research fellowship at the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego before being hired as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He was recruited to UBC in 2003.

He has been responsible for a variety of peer-reviewed research projects funded through the National Institute of Health (US-NIH), the National Parkinson’s Foundation (US-NPF), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the International Association of Translational Neuroscience, and the (US) Whitaker Foundation. He is a member of the Neuroscience A (NSA) Canadian CIHR Scientific peer review committee as well as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Parkinson’s Society of Canada. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Chin Jing Jih

Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Assistant Dean, Integrated Care, Singapore

Speaker’s Bio: Professor Chan is well known for his translational research on neurodegenerative disorders and other age-related disorders. He has been working on developing models for CNS diseases including non-human primate models of Parkinson’s disease and dyskinesia. He has been studying familial and susceptibility genes and a variety of biomarkers for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases in a few unique cohorts in China aimed for prediction and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases. He has initiated projects investigating the role of polyphenols (funded by M. J. Fox foundation) and Traditional Chinese Medicine in two multi-center trials. He is currently the director of the National Center of GCP Trials for Neurodegenerative Disorders. He has been the PI for six registration clinical trials including Phase I-III trials of a recently approved drug developed by a domestic company by SFDA. He is an ad hoc consultant for the State Food and Drug Administration of China.
Professor Chan is the committee member for the Movement Disorder Society (MDS) “Task Force on the definition of Parkinson’s disease” and “Telemedicine Task Force”. Dr. Chan’s center is the only Chinese team participated the International LRRK2 Consortium and Apple’s mPower project.
Professor Chan has published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and served as editorial members of more than 15 international and Chinese journals. In 2002, he attained First Award for Scientific Achievement from both Ministry of Education and Chinese Medical Association in the People’s Republic of China.
Professor Chan is the Director, Parkinson Disease Center of Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders. and Vice President of the Chinese Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, council member of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), and Secretary of the IAGG Asia-Oceania Region. He is also the vice President of the Chinese Association of Geriatrics, General Secretary of Society of Geriatrics of the Chinese Doctor’s Association, and the committee member of the Society of Geriatrics of the Chinese Association of Medical. He is the director of the Chinese Parkinson Study Group and deputy director of Committee on Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders of the Chinese Neurology Association. He has been appointed as the Deputy Director and Principal Investigator of Chinese National Human Genome Center Beijing since 2001. He was the President of the Society of Chinese Neuroscientists in America from 1998 to 2000 and the Secretary of Asia-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry from 2000 to 2006.
Professor Chan graduated from Hunan Medical College in Changsha and became a neurologist after the fellowship training. He later acquired his Doctor of Philosophy in neurosciences from Sun Yan-Sen University of Medical Sciences in Guangzhou followed by postdoctoral training at the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California of USA, where he spent more than 10 years as senior scientist before returning to Beijing in 2000.