Dr. KOIZUMI Hideaki

Title: Science of Education

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KOIZUMI Hideaki is currently a Fellow of Hitachi, Ltd. He received his B.Sc. from the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo in June 1971, and subsequently joined the Department of Optical Instruments at Naka Works of Hitachi, Ltd. In 1976, he received a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Tokyo for his work on the development of the polarized Zeeman atomic absorption (PZAA) spectrometry, which was also nominated as one of the 50 most significant patents at the centennial of the foundation of the Japanese patent system in 1985. This technology was commercialized by Naka Works, and over 9,000 systems based on this principle have been shipped to 25 countries since 1976. From 1999-2001, he served as the General Manager of the Advanced Research Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. before returning to head research on brain function imaging as Senior Chief Scientist. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Chief Scientist - Corporate Technology, Hitachi, Ltd., and in April 2004, to his current position of Hitachi Fellow.

Koizumi is also recognized worldwide as an early proponent and major advocate of the new transdisciplinary field of Mind-Brain Science, proposing such novel concepts as "Brain-Science and Education," "Trans-disciplinarity (TD)," "Material's History." Koizumi's work has contributed to over 594 patent applications. He currently holds 117 patents (56 in Japan and 61 overseas). He has published over 150 papers, and has authored/co-authored/edited over 20 books.


 Yoshitaka Bito, MSc.

Title: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Advanced Technology Development for Imaging Dynamic Metabolism

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Yoshitaka BITO is currently a Product Division Manager of MRI System Division, Hitachi Medical Corporation. He received the Master of Science in Mathematics from Keio University in 1989.

He joined Medical Systems Research Department, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. (HCRL) in 1989, and started research on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). His major research area was pulse sequence design and image processing for measuring spectroscopy and diffusion of metabolites. From 1997-1999, he expanded his research area to high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) at Advanced Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd.

From 1999-2000, he worked at Information Technology Laboratory, R&D Division, Hitachi America, Ltd., and started research on analysis of warehoused electrical medical records. After returning to Japan, he was appointed a senior researcher and a leader of Medical Informatics Project of HCRL.

In 2006, he was appointed to leader of MRI team of HCRL and restarted research on MRI. His major work was technical development on 3-tesla MRI for human and 7-tesla MRI for experimental animal study. From 2010-2013, he served as a Manager of Medical Systems Research Department of HCRL of which research area covered medical imaging systems and healthcare informatics. In 2013, he was appointed to current position. His work has been recognized through two awards from Japanese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. His work has contributed 98 patents (70 in Japan and 28 overseas).

Aside from his work at Hitachi, he is serving on Education Committee and Future Planning Committee of Japanese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.


 Prof. Sean Hill

Title: INCF

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Sean Hill is  Scientific Director of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Hill also serves as the co-Director of the Blue Brain Project and co-Director of Neuroinformatics in the European Union funded Human Brain Project (HBP) at the École Poly­tech­nique Fédérale de Lau­sanne (EPFL). Dr. Hill has extensive experience in building and simulating large-scale models of brain circuitry and currently supervises and leads research efforts exploring the principles underlying the structure and dynamics of neocortical and thalamocortical microcircuitry. He also serves in management and advisory roles on several large-scale clinical informatics initiatives around the world.

After completing his Ph.D. in computational neuroscience at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, Dr. Hill held postdoctoral positions at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, then joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he served as the Project Manager for Computational Neuroscience in the Blue Brain Project until his appointment at the EPFL. His research interests include the use of biologically-realistic models to study the role of emergent phenomena in information processing, network connectivity and synaptic plasticity in the central nervous system, from the neocortical column to the whole brain, and across different arousal conditions including waking and sleep.

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Raju Chellam

Title: Why the Future of Healthcare is ABC

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Mr. Raju Chellam, is the:

- Hon Chairman of the Cloud Incidence Response Group (hosted under IDA, Gov of Singapore).

- Hon Member of the Cloud Computing Advisory Council (hosted under IDA, Gov of Singapore).

- Hon Member of the Big Data Strategy Group (hosted under MDEC, Gov of Malaysia).

- Hon Past-President of the Business Continuity Group (Singapore Computer Society)

- Hon Secretary of the Cloud & Big Data Chapter (Singapore IT Federation)

- Big Data & Cloud Head (Dell South Asia).

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Prof. Datin Dr. Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim MBBCh,BAO, BMedSci, MRCPI

Title: Neuroscience Research in Malaysia : Bridging the gap between clinicians and resaerchers

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Dr Norlinah Mohamed Ibrahim is a consultant neurologist and Professor at the UKM Medical Center, one of the leading university teaching hospitals in Malaysia. She is currently the Head of the Department of Medicine in UKM Medical Center. Dr Norlinah is also the Head for Internal Medicine Division, for the National Professors Council of Malaysia. She also is the current Chair of the National Conjoint Board Committee for Postgraduate Training in Internal Medicine. Dr Norlinah completed her undergraduate medical studies in University College Dublin, Ireland in 1997 and obtained the MRCP (Ireland) in 1999 and was appointed as a clinical specialist in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the UKM Medical Department in 2001. Between 2006 and 2007, Dr Norlinah completed a one-year intensive fellowship in movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London.

Dr Norlinah also serves as the medical advisor for the Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association, a patient/carer-based organisation since 2003. Dr Norlinah was also the First Chair of the Movement Disorder Council of Malaysia, an affiliate of the International Movement Disorders Society from (2010-2014). Dr Norlinah is actively involved in teaching undergraduates and postgraduates and also trainee neurologists. Dr Norlinah has been an active advocate for better options for patients with Parkinson’s disease and has contributed to many CMEs and health columns and talks in the mainstream media and news. She is active in research in Parkinson’s disease and has published many papers in this area. She is the recipient of High Impact Grant from UKM in 2012, and has been actively collaborating in PD research with various local and international institution.

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