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Nikkei Business Publications’ (Nikkei BP) Tech-On! and Innovation ICT Laboratory, in collaboration with TSensors Summit Inc. of the United States, will host the “Trillion Sensors Summit Japan 2014” on February 20-21, 2014 in Tokyo. The Summit will be the first conference in Japan to introduce the Trillion Sensors Roadmap initiative which started in the United States with the “Trillion Sensors Universe” workshop held at University of California, Berkeley in March 2013 and more officially with the “TSensors Summit 2013” at Stanford University in October 2013.

The “Trillion Sensors Summit Japan 2014” will invite key advocates of the Trillion Sensors Roadmap initiative as well as business and academic leaders who are aggressively advancing the frontier of novel sensing elements and systems for ultra-high volume applications. If strategically supported and steered, the accelerated development and commercialization of these emerging sensor applications will help solve the world’s problems in health, food, water, energy, environment, education, and sustainability. Here are some of the reasons why business managers should attend the conference:

• Emerging global economic tides include Wearables, Internet of Everything, Digital Health, Digital Manufacturing and others.
• These economic tides are based on fusion of computing, communication and sensing.
• The foundation for such growth is created by eight exponential technologies, with networked sensors being one of exponential technologies.
• Economic impact is estimated to represent the global economy growth by $19 trillion by 2020, representing over 20% of global GDP, the largest business opportunity in history of humans.
• The economy growth is expected to drive demand for sensors form about 12 billion units in 2013 to 45 trillion by 2033.
• The byproduct of such growth will be Abundance, balancing of global demand and supply for goods and services, and eliminating global problems such as hunger and lack medical care.
• This economic revolution will restructure global industries. It is forecasted that 40% of world’s largest “linear” companies will disappear within 10 years, replaced by new exponential organizations.

Please join us to hear the innovative visions of the Trillion Sensors advocates and the state-of-the-art in emerging technology research and development by business strategists and academic researchers.

Conference Outline

Dates & Time:February 20-21, 2014, 10:00-18:00 (Conference hall will open at 9:30)
Location:Congress Square in Nakano, Tokyo
Registration Fee:80,000 yen
Registration:Registration was ended by no vacancy.
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Please contact techon@nikkeibp.co.jp for inquiries.


Thursday, February 20

10:00 - 10:50

Trillion Sensors: Foundation for Abundance and internet of Everything

Dr. Janusz Bryzek

Chair, TSensors Summit & VP, MEMS and Sensing Solutions
Fairchild Semiconductor


Abundance forecasts elimination in one generation (20 to 30 years) all major global problems due to 8 exponential technologies producing goods and services faster than the global demand for them. One of the these technologies is networked sensors, with a forecasted need for 45 trillion sensors.
Largest sensor-based global economic include Internet of Everything (IoE) and eHealth. Cisco predicts that IoE will grow from almost nothing last year to $19 trillion by 2020, representing over 20% of global economy. This is expected to be the fastest and largest economic tide in the history of humans on earth.
Development cycle for new sensors averaged 30 years from first prototypes to volume production. Trillion Sensors movement aims at reducing this cycle to support Abundance and global economic tides.
Presentation ends with a showcase of amazing sensor based products, validating the potential for their global impact.

10:50 - 11:30

Emerging IOT Usages & Apps for Trillion+ Sensors

Mr. Sandhiprakash Bhide

Senior Strategist and Technologist, Insights and Market Research


Sandhi will present a vision for emerging IOT usages and Apps. There will be many roadblocks in implementing this vision. But these roadblocks will offer endless opportunities to innovate, energize and offer products and services for global sensing, intelligent sense-making, and provide solutions to solve many issues we will increasingly face in the future, such as pollution, traffic and congestion, inefficient transportation, management of key energy resources, deteriorating soils and inefficiencies in food productions, healthcare, medicine, and informatics, personal and global security, and secure worldwide commerce. Solving these mega-problems would require Trillion+ sensors, 50B devices, analytics and a range of applications and innovation from businesses, citizens, and government agencies - all working together.

Break(11:30 - 11:40)

11:40 - 12:10

Significant Importance on Social Infrastructure Maintenance and Expectation to Sensors

Dr. Yozo Fujino

Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering
University of Tokyo

12:10 - 12:55

Dust Network - Predictable, Reliable & Scalable WSN

Mr. Junichi Kobayashi

Dust Evangelist
Linear Technology


Up until recently, reliably connecting dozens of wireless sensors was a challenging task. Many solutions were tried, but they had a dilemma of low reliability or unpredictable battery life. Linear Technology‘s Dust Network wireless solution offers 99.999%+ reliability running on a few batteries that have predictable battery life. This is achieved by its unique TDMA based protocol and intelligent network management. In this presentation, we will introduce Dust Networks’ applications that are proving its effectiveness in the area of serious industrial application every day, and comment on the possible usage in the condition based monitoring of aged infrastructure assets, such as bridges and tunnels, and efficient IT agriculture.

Lunchtime Break(12:55 - 14:10)

14:10 - 14:40

Disposable Sensors: Computational Sensing and Imaging Supports One-time Use Devices

Dr. David G. Stork

Research Director, Rambus Labs

14:40 - 15:10

We Make it Realize "Smart Highway" to 2020

Mr. Toshihiro Matsuzaka

Leader, SMH Promotion Project Team, Operation Division
East Nippon Expressway

Break(15:10 - 15:40)

15:40 - 16:10

The Future of IT Infrastructure in 2020 and 2040

Mr. Junichi Maekawa

Chief Consultant
InfoCom Research

Break(16:10 - 16:20)

16:20 - 17:50

Panel Discussion: Emerging High-Tech Strategy in the US and its Relevance to Japanese Industry

Mr. Susumu Kaminaga, Executive Senior Adviser, SPP Technologies


Dr.Janusz Bryzek (Fairchild)

Dr.Albert P. Pisano (UC, San Diego)

Mr.Sandhiprakash Bhide (Intel)

18:00 - 19:30

Networking Reception

Friday, February 21

10:00 - 10:40

Polymer Sensor Cluster Technology for the Trillion Sensor Universe

Prof. Albert P. Pisano

Professor and Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego


The future of Trillion Sensors will require extreme high-volume manufacturing of sensor clusters at very low cost. Silicon-based manufacturing is too expensive. In this talk are described two alternative manufacturing methods to produce polymer sensor clusters for the Trillion Sensor world.

10:40 - 11:20

Health and Lifestyle Revolution: When Smart Systems Get to Smell and See

Dr. Sywert H. Brongersma

Senior Principal Scientist, Wireless Autonomous Transducer Solutions
Holst Centre / IMEC


Recent history has seen the emergence of wearable sensor systems that monitor our physiology and activity. Many players are introducing cardiac, brain, sleep, or energy expenditure monitoring systems while recent results show that a combination of such systems can already give an indication of our stress level and even emotional state. Although this area will clearly lead to a significant increase of sensing technologies in applications such as healthcare and gaming, they are still largely based on simple electrical measurements and physical sensors such as accelerometers. The real potential of wearable, distributed, and interconnected sensor systems will come from being able to smell and see. Miniaturized low power chemical sensors are starting to emerge and will revolutionize our access to information on a very personal level. The composition of breath is indicative of a wide range of conditions ranging from halitosis (bad breath) to early stages of cancer, COPD, and many others. The impact of air quality on our wellbeing is of great concern to all and causes symptoms such as respiratory problems, fatigue, and eye irritation. Being able to see spectral information in images real time also enables a wide range of new applications such as the ability to assess the composition of our food and quality of crops. Imagine that you have this capability built into your smartphone or wristwatch. These are the technologies that are being developed today and will revolutionize the way we perceive our surroundings and ability to stay healthy.

Break(11:20 - 11:30)

11:30 - 12:15

Device Technology for Sensor Application

Mr. Takeshi Izaki

Texas Instruments Japan

Lunchtime Break(12:15 - 13:30)

13:30 - 14:00

Trillions of health care sensors address a trillion dollar problem

Dr. Mark Zdeblick

Co-Founder and CTO
Proteus Digital Health


Mark Zdeblick, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Proteus Digital Health Inc., will describe how Digital Medicines will become the first Trillion Sensor Health Care application - and simultaneously create a market for several billion affiliated sensors. Doctors have long used sensors in their clinic to better understand the physiologic status of their patients. With the advent of low cost sensors and mobile technology that puts supercomputers in the hands of patients, a new era of patient-centered-therapy is dawning. Proteus is developing products that help patients manage their chronic illness and medications. These products will be enabled by sensors: a tiny ingestible sensor embedded in each medicine tablet and low-cost wearable sensors that track the patient’s response to that therapy. The product applications provide tools to facilitate daily care management and connect patients to family, friends, other patients, and caregivers. While producing a dramatic shift in health care delivery, Digital Medicines will also drive a number of related industries, including Pharmaceuticals, Sensors, Genomics, and Big Data. A variety of legal, ethical and commercial challenges are presented, and over time a modern health care system emerges that is affordable to a much greater percentage of the world’s inhabitants.

14:00 - 14:30

Development of Cell Microarray Chip System for Rapid and High Sensitive Diagnosis for Malaria

Mr. Masatoshi Kataoka


14:30 - 15:00

Technologies and Applications in Japan towards a Trillion Sensors

Mr. Susumu Kaminaga

Executive Senior Adviser
SPP Technologies (Former President, Sumitomo Precision Products)

Break(15:00 - 15:15)

15:15 - 15:45

Change the Food and Pharmaceutical Business by [Taste Sensor x Big Data Analysis]

Dr. Hidekazu Ikezaki

President & Chief Executive Officer
Intelligent Sensor Technology

15:45 - 16:15

Integrated Network Tactile Sensor Covering the Whole Surface of Human-friendly Robots

Dr. Shuji Tanaka

Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Robotics
Tohoku University

Break(16:15 - 16:30)

16:30 - 17:00

BioMEMS for Medical and Environmental Sensors

Dr. Shoji Takeuchi

Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Science
University of Tokyo

17:00 - 17:30

Promoting Increased Use of Sensors and ICT to Enable Energy-Efficient Convenience Stores

Mr. Shinichiro Uto


  • All Japanese speeches will be translated into English simultaneously.
  • Speakers and presentation titles are subject to change without notice.