Scientific Board

Professor of Thermotronics; Former President, ETH Zurich, Zurich

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Lino Guzzella was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1957. He received the diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 and the Dr. sc. techn. degree in Control Engineering in 1986 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. From 1987 to 1989 he was with the R&D Department of Sulzer Bros. in Winterthur, Switzerland. From 1989 to 1991 he was an Assistant Professor for Automatic Control in the Electrical Engineering Department of ETH. He then joined Hilti R&D, Liechtenstein where he was the head of the Mechatronics Department from 1992 to 1993. He is currently President of ETH Zurich and Professor for Thermotronics in the Mechanical Engineering Department of ETH. His research interests are modeling of dynamic systems, non-linear and robust control and applications of these ideas to thermal and especially automotive systems.

Professor and Dean, Institute of International and Regional Studies, Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU); Chief Strategist and Vice Chairman, Academic Committee, Grandview Institution; Member, stars Scientific Board, Beijing, China

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Prof. Dr. Huang Jing is the Chief Strategist and Vice Chairman of the Academic Committee at Grandview Institution. He is also a University Professor and Dean (Academic Affairs) of the Institute of International and Regional Studies at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). Before joining BLCU, Prof. Huang was the Lee Foundation Professor on US-China Relations and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalization of the LKY School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore (2008-2018), Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (2004-2008), Shorenstein Fellow at Stanford University (2002-2003), and Associate Professor (tenured) of Political Science and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Utah State University (1994-2004). Prof. Huang also taught at Harvard University as an instructor in 1993-94.

Prof. Huang’s main research and teaching interests include security in Asia-Pacific, US-China relations, major power diplomacy in Asia-Pacific, China’s foreign policies and its development strategy. He is the author of numerous papers and journal articles, and has published hundreds of columns and op-eds in major newspapers and magazines. Prof. Huang has authored two books: Factionalism in Chinese Communist Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Inseparable Separation: the Making of China’s Taiwan Policy” (World Scientific Press, 2010), and edited or co-edited  seven volumes on South China Sea, the environment policies of Asian countries, and the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia. As an internationally renowned scholar, Prof. Huang has provided policy advices for governments, NGOs, educational institutions, think tanks, and businesses for countries in Asia, America and Europe, including China, the United States, Russia, Japan, India, South Korea, Norway, Germany, Vietnam, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Prof. Huang earned a bachelor degree in English literature from Sichuan University, a master degree in history from Fudan University, and a PhD in Political science from Harvard University.

Executive Vice President, University of Tokyo, Tokyo

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Norio Matsuki is an Executive Vice President at the University of Tokyo, as well as a project professor at the university’s Policy Alternatives Research Institute. Prior to his appointment as project professor, from 1997 to 2014 he was professor of chemical pharmacology at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science. Matsuki received his doctoral (1979), master’s (1976), and bachelor’s (1974) degrees in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Tokyo.

After attaining his Ph.D., Matsuki joined the University of Tokyo’s faculty as a research associate at the Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. That same year, he took a leave of absence and moved to Iowa City in Iowa, USA, to becomea postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Iowa. In 1981 he then took up a research associate position at the Department of Pharmacology of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

Upon returning to Tokyo, Matsuki continued his research associateship at the University of Tokyo until 1989. He went on to teach as an associate professorat the Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciencesuntil 1997, during which time he was awarded the 1996 Outstanding Work Award for Young Researchers by the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. Matsuki is also a recipient of The Pharmaceutical Society Award 2015. He currently serves as the chair of program committee of World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and was previously president of the Japanese Pharmacological Society and the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan. His researchinterests are pharmacology and neuroscience, especially macro-and microscopic analysis of brain function.

Director and Executive Chairman of the Board, German Institute for International and Security Affairs; Former Chairperson of the Ceasefire Task Force of the International Syria Support Group, Berlin

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Volker Perthes has been Director and Executive Chairman of the Board of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) since 2005. From 2015-2016, as UN Assistant Secretary General he served as Senior Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. From 2016-2018, on behalf of the UN he chaired the Ceasefire Task Force of the international Syria Support Group. Perthes earned his doctoral degree in 1990 and his habilitation in 1999 from the University of Duisburg. He worked as assistant professor at the American University of Beirut from 1991 to 1993. Today, Perthes teaches International Relations at Humboldt University Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin.

Volker Perthes serves on various national and international bodies such as the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) (as chairperson), the International Advisory Council of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) or the Robert Bosch International Advisory Council.

Dr Perthes is a frequent commentator in German and international media on German and European foreign and security policy, international relations and geopolitics, and regional dynamics and transitions in the Middle East.

Professor of Autonomous Systems, ETH Zurich, Founding Co-Director, Wyss Zurich, Zurich

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Roland Siegwart (1959) is full Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich since July 2006 and Founding Co-Director of the Wyss Zurich. From January 2010 to December 2014, he took office as Vice President Research and Corporate Relations in the ETH Executive Board. He is member of the board of directors of various companies, including Komax and NZZ.

He received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 and his Doctoral Degree in 1989 from ETH Zurich. He brought up a spin-off company, spent ten years as professor at EPFL Lausanne (1996 – 2006) and held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames.

He is and was the coordinator of multiple European projects and co-founder of half a dozen spin-off companies. He is IEEE Fellow, recipient of the IEEE RAS Inaba Technical Award and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He is in the editorial board of multiple journals in robotics and was a general chair of several conferences in robotics including IROS 2002, AIM 2007, FSR 2007 and ISRR 2009.

Roland Siegwart’s research interests are in the design and control of robot systems operating in complex and highly dynamical environments. His major goal is to find new ways to deal with uncertainties and enable the design of highly interactive and adaptive autonomous robots. Prominent application examples are personal and service robots, autonomous micro-aircrafts, walking and swimming robots and driver assistant systems. Furthermore, he is a strong promotor of innovation and entrepreneurship in Switzerland.

Corporate Chief Scientist, Research and Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd, Tokyo

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Kazuo Yano is a Corporate Chief Scientist, Hitachi, Ltd.  He received the B. S., M. S., and Ph. D degrees from Waseda University, Japan, in 1982, 1984, 1993, respectively.  From 1991 to 1992 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Arizona State University.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

He is known for the pioneering works in semiconductor field, such as the world-first room-temperature single-electron memories.  About ten years ago, he has pioneered the measurement and analysis of social big data, especially using wearable sensors.  It was much earlier than the term “big data” was coined and his works has been leading the field.

The sensor has been introduced in a Harvard Business Review as the pioneering work among “the Wearables: A History”.  His recent work is on quantifying the happiness using artificial intelligence and wearable sensors is widely quoted in medias.  He has applied over 350 patents and his papers are cited by over 2900 papers. His recent book, “An invisible hand of data,” is cited as one of 2014 top-10 business books in Japan.

He received 1994 IEEE Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE Jack Raper Award, Kujin Award from Hitachi Henjinkai in 1995, 2007 MBE Erize Prize, the Best Paper Award of International Conference on Social Informatics 2012.