IEEE 8th World Forum on Internet of Things
26 October–11 November 2022 // Yokohama, Japan

Plenary Program

Plenary Speaker: Jun Murai, Distinguished Professor, Keio University, Fujisawa Kanagawa, Japan
9am-11am, Oct-31, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

Jun Murai established JUNET, the first network in Japan connecting multiple universities, in 1984. In 1988, established the WIDE Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium. Has long been engaged in research related to Internet technology platforms, and is known as the Father of the Internet in Japan and in international circles as the Internet Samurai. He is a Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet, an Advisor to the Digital Agency and serves on many other governmental committees, and is active in numerous international scientific associations. He was inducted into 2011 IEEE Internet Award / the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame (Pioneer).


Talk Title (tentative): Cyber Civilization: assuming “Internet is for everyone, for everything, and in everywhere”


Plenary Speaker: Kazuo Yano, Fellow, Hitachi, Ltd, Kokubunji Tokyo, Japan
9am-11am, Oct-31, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

Kazuo YANO, D.Eng. is currently a Fellow of Hitachi, Ltd. He is also the leader of the Happiness Project in the Future Investment Division. Yano joined Hitachi as a researcher after receiving a M.Sc. from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1984. He is known as a pioneer for his early works in the area of semiconductors, such as complementary pass-transistor logic (CPL) and the world-first room-temperature single-electron memories. He is also a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, the Physical Society of Japan, the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence and the IEICE of Japan. His extensive work has been recognized through numerous awards including the including the 1994 IEEE Electron Devices Society Paul Rappaport Award, 1996 IEEE ISSCC Lewis Winner Award, 1998 IEEE ISSCC Jack Raper Award, 2007 MBE Erice Prize, Best Paper Award of International Conference on ASE/IEEE Social Informatics 2012. He has served on Technical Program Committee Members of IEDM, DAC, ASSCC, ASP-DAC, SPOTS and EmNet, as the Symposium Co-Chairman/Chairman for 2008/2009 Symposium on VLSI Circuits, and more recently as a member of the External Advisory Board to IEEE Spectrum, a member of Information Science and Technology Committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in Japan.


Talk Title (tentative): Business Creation in the Unpredictable Era: Hopeful Employees and Organizations to Create Innovation


Plenary Speaker: William McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation, , USA
9am-11am, Nov-1, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

William McDonough is an architect and globally recognized leader in sustainable development and design. He is a pioneer of the concepts of Cradle to Cradle Design™, the Circular Economy and the Circular Carbon Economy, notably co-authoring Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things. For more detailed biography, please visit


Talk Title (tentative): TBD


Plenary Speaker: Katsuhiko Kawazoe, Executive Vice President Head of Research and Development Planning, NTT Corporation, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan
9am-11am, Nov-1, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

Dr. Katsuhiko Kawazoe is an executive vice president and the head of R&D of NTT holdings. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He also received his Ph. D. in Informatics from Kyoto University, Kyoto in 2009.  After his joining NTT in 1987, he had been engaged in R&D of radio and satellite communication systems. His specialized field of research is highly efficient data transmission schemes for integrated-media systems. He became the head of NTT Service Evolution Laboratories and the head of NTT Service Innovation Laboratory Group in 2014 and 2016 respectively. In 2018, he was appointed to a senior vice president and the head of Research and Development of NTT holdings. He has been also appointed to a director of the board of NTT Research Inc. Since 2020, he has current responsibility. He had served as Chairperson of Tokyo Section of IEICE(The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communications Engineers)and President of ITE (The Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers) from 2018 to 2019. Since 2020, he has been the President and Chairperson of the IOWN Global Forum. He has been elected as the president of IEICE from 2022. He received the TTC (The Telecommunication Technology Committee) Information and Communication Technology Award in 2019.


Talk Title (tentative): IOWN – Breakthrough Innovation


Plenary Speaker: Zach Shelby, Co-Founder and CEO, Edge Impulse, San Jose California, USA
9am-11am, Nov-2, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

Zach is an entrepreneur, angel investor and technologist in the embedded space with a passion for TinyML, embedded and Internet engineering. Zach is a former Arm VP, founder and CEO of the Micro:bit Foundation and Sensinode, active in several of his portfolio companies, and is working to bring ML to any embedded device as co-founder and CEO of Edge Impulse. Prior to this, he served in a number of roles at Arm, including VP of developers, VP of marketing, and director of technology for IoT. Zach was the co-founder and CEO of the Micro:bit Foundation and the co-founder of Sensinode, acquired by Arm in 2013, where he acted as CEO and CTO. He is an active investor and advisor for tech startups, including CubiCasa (PropTech), Augumenta (AR), Petasense (Industrial IoT) and Walkia Lighting (LED lighting). Before starting Sensinode, he led wireless Internet networking research at the Centre for Wireless Communications and at the Technical Research Center of Finland. Zach has served on the Technical Advisory Board and Board of Directors at the IPSO Alliance, has contributed to numerous IoT-related standards and was awarded the Nokia Foundation Award in 2014 for his work on the Internet of Things.


Talk Title (tentative): Build the Ultimate Product Experience with Embedded Machine Learning


Plenary Speaker: Hiroshi Esaki, Professor, The University of Tokyo, Bukyo-ku Tokyo, Japan
9am-11am, Nov-3, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

Hiroshi Esaki Ph.D received the B.E. and M.E. degrees from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 1985 and 1987, respectively. And, he received Ph.D from The University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1998. He is a co-founder of series of IPv6 special project in the WIDE project. He is an executive director of IPv6 promotion council, which is cross ministry and cross industry council to promote the IPv6 technology. As the activities of IPv6 promotion council, he has established the following working groups, that are aiming to explore and to deploy the IPv6 as the professional and business operation. He successfully standardized the TCP/IP based architectural framework as IEEE1888 in IEEE, and proposing to NIST SGIP CoS (Catalogue of Standard) in US and to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC6. He is also a vice chair of Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC), since 2006, and has served as an IPv6 Forum Fellow and chair of IPv6 Ready Logo Program Commitee. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Board of Trustee for Internet Society. He is a director of WIDE Project since 2010, director of Japan Data Center Council since 2009, and director of Green University of Tokyo Project, which is one of the important and killer application of IoT for 21st century, since 2008.


Talk Title (tentative): Digital Native Infrastructure Implementation based on Internet-by-Design with Digital Agency Japan


Plenary Speaker: Lidong Chen, Manager, NIST, Gaithersburg Maryland, USA
9am-11am, Nov-7, 2022, Japan Standard Time (JST)

Dr. Lily (Lidong) Chen is a mathematician and heads Cryptographic Technology Group in Computer Security Division, NIST. Her team has been developing cryptographic standards published in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and NIST Special Publications (SP). The team is currently devoted to developing next generation of cryptography standards, including post-quantum cryptography, lightweight cryptography for constrained environment, and approaches many advanced cryptographic areas.


Talk Title (tentative): Cryptographic Standards in a Hyper -Connected World