Keynote Speakers


Prof. Wen-Chung Kao
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
IEEE Fellow

  • PhD. Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Research Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Dean, College of Technology and Engineering, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Senior Editor, IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
  • VP International Affairs & BoG Members, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society
  • VP Conferences, IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society
  • Fellow Committee, IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society & IEEE Consumer Electronics Society


Prof. Akihiko Hirata
Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan

Speech Title: Modelling of Terahertz Antenna and Propagation Characteristics for Beyond 5G Mobile Communication

Akihiko Hirata completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry and Dr. Eng. Degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1992, 1994, and 2007, respectively. He joined the Atsugi Electrical Communications Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (presently NTT Device Technology Laboratories) in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1994, where he worked as a senior research engineer and supervisor. Since 2016, he has been a professor for Chiba Institute of Technology. His current research involves terahertz passive devices, ultra-broadband terahertz wireless systems, and millimeter-wave and terahertz imaging. He was awarded the 2002 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference APMC prize, the 2004 YRP Award, the 2007 Achievement Award presented by the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE), the 2008 Maejima Award presented by the Post and Telecom Association of Japan, the 2009 Radio Achievement Award presented by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, the 2010 Foundation Award presented by the Hoso Bunka Foundation, the 2010, 2012, and 2013 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference APMC prize, and the 2011 Commendation for Science and Technology from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Prof. Hirata is a senior member of IEEE and IEICE.


Prof. Nobuo Funabiki
Okayama University, Japan

Nobuo Funabiki received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical engineering and information physics from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1984 and 1993, respectively, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA, in 1991. From 1984 to 1994, he was with the System Engineering Division, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Japan. In 1994, he joined the Department of Information and Computer Sciences, Osaka University, Japan, as an Assistant Professor, and became an Associate Professor in 1995. He was a Visiting Researcher with the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 2000 to 2001. In 2001, he was a Professor with the Department of Communication Network Engineering (currently, Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering), Okayama University. His research interests include computer networks, optimization algorithms, educational technology, and Web technology.

Invited Speakers


Prof. Akihiro Fujihara
Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan

Speech Title: Harmonization of Competition and Cooperation in Consensus Algorithm: Toward a Solution to the Blockchain Scalability Problem

Akihiro Fujihara received the Ph.D. degree in science from Yokohama City University, Japan, in 2006. He was a Post-doc Researcher at Kwansei Gakuin University for seven years since 2007. In 2014, he joined Fukui University of Technology as an Associate Professor. In 2017, he joined Chiba Institute of Technology, where he is currently teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of information and communication systems engineering. He is a Full Professor with the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications of research articles on stochastic processes, human mobility and communication behavior patterns, IoT, and blockchain. He has also been giving a number of invited talks on them. His research interests include blockchain architecture to solve the blockchain scalability problem and the use of blockchain technology in combination with AI and IoT for smart city services. He is a member of the IEEE and IEICE. He was a recipient of the COMPSAC Best Paper Award of 2014 and the International Conference on Intelligent Networking and Collaborative Systems (INCoS) Best Paper Awards of 2011 and 2018. He served on the editorial boards for the IEICE transactions on communications (EB).


Prof. Kostas E. Psannis
University of Macedonia, Greece

Speech Title: 6G-Enabled Massive Internet of Things

KONSTANTINOS E. PSANNIS was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is currently Associate Professor in Communications Systems and Networking at the Department of Applied Informatics, School of Information Sciences, University of Macedonia, Greece, Director of Mobility2net Research & Development & Consulting JP-EU Lab, member of the EU-JAPAN Centre for Industrial Cooperation and Visiting Consultant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya 466-8555, Japan. Konstantinos received a degree in Physics, Faculty of Sciences, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Ph.D. degree from the School of Engineering and Design, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering of Brunel University, London, UK. From 2001 to 2002 he was awarded the British Chevening scholarship. The Chevening Scholarships are the UK government's global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study at universities in the UK.

Dr. Psannis' research spans a wide range of Digital Media Communications, media coding/synchronization and transport over a variety of networks, both from the theoretical as well as the practical points of view. His recent work has been directed toward the demanding digital signals and systems problems arising from the various areas of ubiquitous Big Data/AI-IoT/Clouds and communications. This work is supported by research grants and contracts from various government organisations.. Dr. Psannis has participated in joint research works funded by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), KAKENHI Grant, The Telecommunications Advancement Foundation, International Information Science Foundation, as a Principal Investigator and Visiting Consultant Professor in Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. Konstantinos E. Psannis was invited to speak on the EU-Japan Co-ordinated Call Preparatory meeting, Green & Content Centric Networking (CCN), organized by European Commission (EC) and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)/Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan (in the context of the upcoming ICT Work Programme 2013) and International Telecommunication Union. (ITU-founded in 1865), SG13 meeting on DAN/CCN, Berlin, July 2012, amongst other invited speakers. Konstantinos received a joint-research Award from the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan, Technical Committee on Communication Quality, July 2009 and joint-research Encouraging Prize from the IEICE Technical Committee on Communication Systems (CS), July 2011. Dr. Psannis has more than 70 publications in international scientific journals and more than 100 publications in international conferences, 20 Book Chapters and 11 Technical Reports and received more than 3800 citations (h-index 27, i10-index 56). Professor Konstantinos has several highly cited papers powered by Web of Science - Clarivate.