Keynote Speakers

Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka University

Keynote Title: Studies on interactive robots

Hiroshi Ishiguro received a D. Eng. in systems engineering from the Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He is currently Professor of Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University (2009-) and Distinguished Professor of Osaka University (2017-). He is also visiting Director (2014-) (group leader: 2002-2013) of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and an ATR fellow. His research interests include sensor networks, interactive robotics, and android science.

Dr. Lesley Fletcher, NASA

Keynote Title: TBA

Lesley Fletcher, serves as the Director of the Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Engagement at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She manages a team of civil servants and contractors that reach more than 100,000 educators and youth each year. Dr. Fletcher received a Bachelor’s in Environmental Biology from the University of Alabama, a Master’s in the Art of Teaching in Environmental Science and Biology Education from the University of West Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from Florida Institute of Technology. She began her career in 1996 teaching biology at the University of West Alabama. In 2000, Fletcher moved to Florida to pursue her doctorate and, in 2002, began working at Kennedy Space Center.

Dr. Satoshi Kitazaki, AIST

Keynote Title: TBA

Dr. Kitazaki is Director, Human-Centered Mobility Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. He has been leading the national research project on human factors in automated driving supported by Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, since 2016. He has been also serving as a co-chair of Human Factors Working Group in the EU-US-JP Trilateral Cooperation, a co-leader of Germany-Japan research cooperation on human factors in automated driving, and an expert in ISO/TC22/SC39/WG8. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, and Ph.D. in engineering and applied science from the University of Southampton, UK. He has experiences of working in the automotive industry, Nissan Motor, and also working in the academia, University of Iowa, before joining AIST in 2015.