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[75th] [2024/6/20 Thu, Free Event] SmaSo Founding Anniversary Symposium will be held !


Hiroshima University established the "Graduate School of Innovation and Practice for Smart Society (SmaSo)" in April 2023 as a new graduate school that promotes practical research and human resource development, contributing to international cooperation through the global deployment of "Society 5.0". A symposium will be held to commemorate this establishment.

  • Date and Time: June 20, 2024 (Thursday), 13:00 - 16:30 (JST)
  • Venue: Mirai Crea, Hiroshima University
  • Participation: In-person and online participation (pre-registration required)
  • Participation fee: Free
  • Languages: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation available)

We kindly ask you to pre-register for both in-person and online participation. Thank you for your cooperation.


Eusebio Scornavacca

Interim Director & Professor, Arizona State University

Eusebio Scornavacca is a professor at Arizona State University, focusing on innovation and global management. Previously at the University of Baltimore, his research spans digital innovation, entrepreneurship, and ecosystems. He has an extensive global collaboration network and has published widely in academic journals. His work also involves developing multinational, cross-disciplinary educational projects.

Nagumo Takehiko

Executive Director of the Smart City Institute Japan

The Executive Director of the Smart City Institute Japan and a Thought Leader in smart cities, he works on policy proposals and information dissemination. He served as the Head of the US Operations, Corporate Planning and Risk Management at MUFG and founded a General Incorporated Association Smart City Institute Japan in 2019. He is involved in the vision for a Digital Garden City Nation and numerous smart city projects and also serves as a special invited professor at the Keio University (Grad. school of Media and Governance) and a visiting professor at the Kyoto University (Grad. school of Management).


  • Master of Ceremony
    • Shimada Masayuki, Vice Dean, SmaSo
  •  13:00~ Opening Remarks
    • Kaneko Shinji,  Executive Vice President, Hiroshima University
  •  13:10~ Introduction to SmaSo
    • Ishii Idaku, Dean, SmaSo


  •  13:25~ "Current Status and Challenges of Smart Cities in Japan"
     Nagumo Takehiko, Executive Director of the General Incorporated Association, Smart City Institute Japan
  •  14:15~ "Developing transdisciplinary education and research: 
          fostering industry-academia collaborations and social impact" 
     Eusebio Scornavacca, Ph.D., Interim Director & Professor, Arizona State Univ.

SmaSo-X(Transdisciplinary) Research

  •  15:10~ Data-driven dairy productivity
    • Sugino Toshihisa, Professor, Smart Agriculture
    • IBM Japan, Ltd.
  •  15:35~ Digital haptics economic expansion
    • Kurita Yuichi, Professor, Cyber Physical System
    • DIC Corporation
  •  16:00~ Mobility Oriented Development
    • Fujiwara Akimasa, Professor, Smart Mobility
    • Higashi-Hiroshima City・West Japan Railway Company
  •  16:30 Closing Remarks
    • Ishii Idaku, Dean, SmaSo

Graduate School of Innovation and Practice for Smart Society, Hiroshima University

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