Main Topic: Future of Super Smart Society​

Tokyo Tech Academy for Super Smart Society will hold SSS Global Forum on November 3.
We will have invited lectures by WISE-SSS international advisors about the future of super smart society from their expert perspectives. We also organize research presentation sessions for SSS students to interact with international advisors, as well as group discussions and presentation on the future scenarios produced by Tokyo Tech DLab.

Date & Time

Friday, November 3, 2023, 9:30-18:30

Intended participants

Tokyo Tech SSS students, faculty and staff


Midorigaoka Hall, Midorigaoka Bidg.6 (Ookayama Campus)


This program will be held only in English.


Tokyo Tech Academy for Super Smart Society


Tokyo Tech Academy for Super Smart Society (WISE-SSS) Office

Invited Speakers

Prof. Sandra Hirche

Chair of Information-Oriented Control
Technical University of Munich

Sandra Hirche holds the TUM Liesel Beckmann Distinguished Professorship and heads the Chair of Information-oriented Control in the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany (since 2013). She received the diploma engineer degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering in 2002 from the Technical University Berlin, Germany, and the Doctor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005 from the Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. From 2005-2007 she has been a PostDoc Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at the Fujita Laboratory at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Prior to her present appointment, she has been an Associate Professor at TUM. Her main research interests include learning, cooperative, and networked control with applications in human-robot interaction, multi-robot systems, and general robotics. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the IEEE Control System Society Distinguished Member Award.

Dr. Chia-Hsiang Menq

Professor Emeritus,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The Ohio State University

Dr. Chia-Hsiang Menq received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1985. He joined The Ohio State University (OSU) faculty in 1985. From October 1, 2006 to December 31, 2022, he was the Ralph W. Kurz Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering at OSU. He retired from OSU on January 1, 2023, and has been a professor emeritus ever since. His research focuses on the physical understanding, mathematical modeling, and control of linear/nonlinear dynamic systems. He uses mathematical modeling and analysis, modern sensing/actuation technologies, state-of-the-art digital control techniques, and real-time computation to design and realize novel engineered systems and one-of-a-kind instruments. Dr. Menq is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

Ms. Susi Sturzenegger Varvayanis

Executive Director of Careers Beyond Academia
Cornell University Graduate School

Ms. Susi Sturzenegger Varvayanis is now helping communities of PhD students, postdocs and alumni develop efficient strategies to expand their networks, build skills, and make informed career choices by exploring and test-driving aspects of their future careers to find a good fit. See more of her profile:

Dr. Thomas Haustein

Head of Wireless Communications and Networks Department
Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI

Thomas Haustein received the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in mobile communications from the University of Technology Berlin, Germany, in 2006. In 1997, he was with the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), Berlin, where he worked on wireless infrared systems and radio communications with multiple antennas and OFDM. He focused on real-time algorithms for baseband processing and advanced multiuser resource allocation. From 2006 to 2008, he was with Nokia Siemens Networks, where he conducted research for 4G. Since 2009 he has been heading the Wireless Communications Department at Fraunhofer HHI focusing on 5G and Industrial Wireless. Since 2015 he has been actively participating in 3GPP standardization advocating technology contributions for full duplex, millimeter wave communication and new use cases like Vehicular Communications and Industry 4.0.

Prof. Marco Ceccarelli

LARM2: Laboratory of Robot Mechatronics Dept of Industrial Engineering,
University of Rome Tor Vergata

Marco Ceccarelli received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 1988. He is a Professor of Mechanics of Machines at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, where he chairs LARM2: Laboratory of Robot Mechatronics. His research interests cover subjects of robot design, mechanism kinematics, experimental mechanics with special attention to parallel kinematics machines, service robotic devices, mechanism design, and history of machines and mechanisms. He is editor-in-chief of the MDPI journal Robotics and of the SAGE International Journal on Advanced Robotic Systems in the area of Service Robotics. He is the editor of the Springer book series on Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) and History of MMS. He has been the President of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of MMS in 2008-11 and 2016-19. LARM2 webpage:


Present your research


Poster presentations by doctoral students

Listen to lectures by world-leading researchers and educators


Keynote speech #1
Prof. Sandra Hirche
Chair of Information-Oriented Control, Technical University of Munich
“Opportunities and Challenges for Control in Neuro-rehabilitation”


Keynote speech #2
Dr. Chia-Hsiang Menq
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University
“Smart Scanning Probe Microscopy Enabling Automatic Scanning and Dynamic Probing of Living Cells”


Keynote speech #3
Ms. Susi Sturzenegger Varvayanis
Executive Director of Careers Beyond Academia, Cornell University Graduate School
“Helping prepare professionally-ready cross-disciplinary leaders for tomorrow’s interconnected society”




Keynote speech #4
Dr. Thomas Haustein
Head of Wireless Communications and Networks Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI
“From 5G to 6G: New Technical Enablers on the Horizon”


Keynote speech #5
Prof. Marco Ceccarelli
LARM2: Laboratory of Robot Mechatronics Dept of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata
“Mechanism Design for Robot in Italy: historical backgrounds, achievements, and challenges”


Coffee Break

Discuss, think and present in groups.


Groupwork and presentation
Topic: Exhibit enhanced creativity through coexistence with AI and robots



Materials (Accessible only to participants)

We appreciate the cooperation of the WISE-SSS International Advisors.

Jenq-Shiou Leu

National Taiwan University of Science & Technology

Wilfred G. van der Wiel

University of Twente

Marco Ceccarelli

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Chia-Hsiang Menq

The Ohio State University

Taweep Chaisomphob

Thammasat University

Ian Watson

University of Glasgow

Sandra Hirche

Technical University of Munich

Thomas Haustein

Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute

Branka Vucetic

University of Sydney

Susi S. Varvayanis

Cornell University

Michiel Bacchiani

Google Japan

Ali Sadri

Airgain, Inc.

Emilio Carvanese Strinati

CEA Leti

Sumei Sun

Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore

Masaaki Maeda

The Nippon Club
Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of NY, Inc.
JCC Fund

Seong-Lyun Kim

Yonsei University

Haris Gačanin

RWTH Aachen University

Srinivas Garimella

Georgia Institute of Technology

Ampalavanapillai Nirmalathas

The University of Melbourne