Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Democratization and ethics in AI

Joshua Hong

Cofounder, Mind AI



Josh is a serial, internet-media entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. He worked at Accenture as technology and corporate strategy consultant and Deutsche Bank in its global investment banking and M&A group prior to starting North America's first free-to-play MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) publisher, GamersFirst, which became one of the largest free-to-play MMORPG publishers in the Western Hemisphere with offices in U.S, India, Brazil and Turkey. He also started a virtual game asset trading platform in Asia and one of the largest virtual currency payment platform for gamers in North America, Playspan, as its early backer, shareholder and a board member, and it was acquired by Visa International. He won the local Business Journal's Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in 2010 and was chosen as one of 40 under 40 in 2011. He is also Founder and General Partner of a $150M early-stage venture fund. He also founded and chaired YPO Singularity University Seminar, which was awarded one of the highest rated educational programs in YPO, Young President's Organization. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Keynote Speaker II

History of Personal Media Terminals: From Walkman to Apple Watch

Akihiko K. Sugiyama

Yahoo! Japan Research
IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecture


A brief history of personal media terminals, highlighting the development of the Silicon Audio, the world’s first all solid-state audio player. The background of its development, its concept, and details of early versions are explained. The family of personal media terminals are presented followed by the impact on the following products such as smartphones, tablet PCs, and smart watches.


Akihiko Sugiyama (a.k.a. Ken Sugiyama), affiliated with Yahoo! JAPAN Research, has been engaged in a wide variety of research projects in signal processing such as audio coding and interference/noise control. His team developed the world's first Silicon Audio in 1994, a precursor of iPod. He served as the Chair of Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee, IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) [2011-2012], as associate editors for several journals such as IEEE Trans. Signal Processing [1994-1996], as the Secretary and a Member at Large to the Conference Board of SPS [2010-2011], as a member of the Awards Board of SPS [2015-2017], as the Chair of Japan Chapter of SPS [2010-2011], and a member of IEEE Fellow Committee. He was a Technical Program Chair for ICASSP2012. He has contributed to 17 chapters of books and is the inventor of 217 registered patents with more pending applications in the field of signal processing in Japan and overseas. He received 17 awards such as the 2002 IEICE Best Paper Award, the 2006 IEICE Achievement Award, and the 2013 Ichimura Industry Award. He has delivered 117 invited talks in 48 cities of 20 countries. He is Fellow of IEEE and IEICE, and a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE SPS [2014-2015] and for IEEE CE (Consumer Electronics Society) [2017-2018].

Keynote Speaker III

Noise Robust Speech Recognition Robot with Psychoacoustic Effect

Yoshikazu Miyanaga

Graduate School of Information Science and Technology Hokkaido University


This topic introduces the design of a noise robust speech recognition system. It is suitable for speech communication robots including an AI-ROBOT. For almost all of communication robots, a strong noisy robust speech recognition has been demanded. For both of a continuous speech dialog-based and a command-based automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems, we can design a strong robust ASR systems against various noise circumstances.

In this presentation, advanced speech analysis techniques named psychoacoustic masking effects have been introduced. In order to develop the robustness under low SNR, Dynamic Range Adjustment (DRA) and Modulation Spectrum Control (MSC) have been developed for the robust speech features and they focus on the speech feature adjustment with an important speech components. DRA normalizes dynamic ranges and MSC eliminates the noise corruption of speech feature parameters.

In addition to DRA and MSC, the psychoacoustic masking effects for speech feature extraction in automatic speech recognition (ASR) is also introduced in this presentation. It is based on the human auditory system. Generally, the mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC) are the most widely used speech features in ASR systems, and however one of their main drawbacks is background noise, which can affect and hamper the results. This presentation introduces noise robust speech features which improve upon MFCC. A psychoacoustic model-based feature extraction which simulates the perception of sound in the human auditory system is investigated and integrated into the MFCC. In this presentation, this new approach has been useful for noise robust speech recognition embedded into AI-Robots.


He received the B.S., M.S., and Dr. Eng. degrees from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, in 1979, 1981, and 1986, respectively. Since 1983 he has been with Hokkaido University. He is now Professor at Division of Information Communication Systems in Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University. He was the dean of Graduate School of Information Science and Technology (2014-2018). He is also the director of Global Station for Big-Data and Cybersecurity (GSB), GI-CoRE, Hokkaido University (2018-present). From 1984 to 1985, he was a visiting researcher at Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, USA. His research interests are in the areas of speech signal processing, wireless communication signal processing and low-power consumption VLSI system design.

Dr. Miyanaga served as an associate editor of IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Science from 1996 to 1999, editors of IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals, Special Issues. He was a delegate of IEICE, Engineering Sciences Society Steering Committee, i.e., IEICE ESS Officers from 2004 to 2006. He was a chair of Technical Group on Smart Info-Media System, IEICE (IEICE TG-SIS) during the same period and now a member of the advisory committee, IEICE TG-SIS. He was vice-President, IEICE Engineering Science (ES) Society (2010-2011), President-elect (2014) and President (2015). He was the Editor-in-Chief, IEICE ESS (2016-2018). He is now an auditor of IEICE. He is Fellow member of IEICE.

He served as a member in the board of directors, IEEE Japan Council as a chair of student activity committee from 2002 to 2004. He was a secretary of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing (IEEE CASS DSP TC) (2004-2006) and was its chair (2006-2008). He was a distinguished lecture (DL) of IEEE CAS Society (2010-2011) and a Board of Governor (BoG) of IEEE CAS Society (2011-2013). He was an associate editor of IEEE CAS Society Transaction on Circuits and Systems II (2012-2014). He was Chair, IEEE Sapporo Section (2017-2018).

He has been serving as a chair of international steering committee, IEEE ISPACS (2005-2007), and IEEE ISCIT (2006-2011). He was also an international steering committee member of IEEE ICME, IEEE/EURASIP NSIP, IEICE SISA et. al. He was an honorary chair and general chair/co-chairs of international  symposiums/workshops,  i.e.,  ISCIT  2005,  NSIP  2005,  ISCIT  2006,  SISB  2007, ISPACS 2008, ISMAC 2009, ISMAC2010, APSIPA ASC 2009, IEICE ITC-CSCC 2011, APSIPA  ASC 2011, ISMAC 2011, ISPACS2011, ISCIT 2012, ISMAC 2013, ISCIT 2013, ISMAC 2015, ISCIT 2015, ISMAC 2016, ISCIT 2016, ISMAC 2017, ISCIT 2017, ISCIT 2018, ISCAS 2019, ICCE-Asia 2019, ISMAC 2019, ISCIT 2019 and so on.

Keynote Speaker IV (Industry Forum)

IEEE Standards - Driving Global Innovation Through Standards and Consensus Building

Srikanth Chandrasekaran,

Senior Director – Standards & Technology, IEEE India IoT & Infrastructure Practice Lead


Why Standards Matter? IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops and advances global technologies, through IEEE. This talk will highlight the importance of standards development, provide a view point on the standards development process and highlight some of the critical work happening within IEEE-SA in emerging technologies.


Sri has been associated with the IEEE Standards Association and the IEEE India office for the past 6.5 years as a Sr Director, with focus on the emerging technology programs within the IEEE-SA and driving strategic standards engagements in India and the region. Currently Sri is leading the IoT & Infrastructure Practice as part of the Global Business and Strategic Intelligence department within IEEE-SA. In this strategic role, Sri drives the industry & standards related initiatives focused on IoT, Sensors, & Blockchain and also engages with the Indian engineering communities to drive regional standards initiatives. Sri also manages IEEE Blended Learning Program (BLP), an IEEE training platform, focused on training and skills development for students as well as professionals.

Prior to joining IEEE, Sri was associated with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (formerly Motorola Inc.) for 18 years, managing a global Electronic Design Automation R&D team focused on modeling of mixed signal designs and Electro-magnetic compliance for Freescale products.

Sri received the Accellera Technical Excellence Award in 2009 for his leadership and contributions to design automation standardisation activities. Sri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Madras University, India and a Post Graduation degree in Electrical Communication from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.

Keynote Speaker IV (Industry Forum)

Value Creation of Embedded System in Thailand: Innovation and Solution

Dr. Wiwat Wongwarawipat

Managing Director, Instep group.


The integration of IOT and AI with other industry can drastically change the major eco-system. They can be the key factor not only improvement of existing production, but also totally new business model. Mixing of production, technology, art, freedom and human-touch, Thailand has a strong position to create a new value and realize these emerging businesses.


Dr. Wiwat received Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of Electro-communication in 1986 and 1987, respectively,  He received his Doctoral degree from The University of Tokyo in 1991.  He is currently Managing Director, Instep group which manages 5 grouped companies: Instep Co., Ltd., Innova Software Co., Ltd., Jowit Co., Ltd., Design Gateway Co., Ltd., DigiCrafts Co., Ltd. He currently serves a Board Director IOT and Digital Innovation Institute.