[Event Information]The 2nd GSDM International Symposium
“Four Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake: Recent Trends in Innovation, Resilience, and Security and Their Impl ications for the Future” 11th Mar, 2015 9:30~17:50 (Ito Hall, Ito International Research Center, Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo)
Eighteen months have now passed since the University of Tokyo’s Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM) was established in 2013. With our curriculum now fully fleshed out and student activities diversifying, the GSDM’s foundations have been laid and it is time to look ahead. To that end, we decided to follow up the March 2014 GSDM Inauguration Symposium this year with the GSDM International Symposium. Taking advantage of the First GSDM International Strategic Advisory Committee (ISAC) Meeting (March 11), we have structured the symposium around keynote addresses by ISAC members who are international experts and opinion leaders in fields such as security, innovation, and economic and urban planning. Our aim with ISAC is to have ISAC members view the GSDM from an international perspective, as well as from the frontlines of their respective specialist areas, and provide candid and constructive advice on students’ career-building and how we can further enhance the program. For the same reasons, we hope that both students and staff will engage with ISAC members to the greatest possible extent and draw inspiration from them. We envisage ISAC linking the GSDM with the international community and the frontlines of business, technology and policy, as well as serving as a catalyst for GSDM students in launching themselves offshore in a wide range of fields.
Turning to this year’s theme, with the symposium falling exactly on the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the underlying drive is to examine the environmental changes that have occurred at home and abroad over the last four years as we consider how Japan can overcome this cataclysmic event and move forward along its own path to become a better country, and what abilities need to be acquired to that end. Specifically, reflecting the GSDM’s basic philosophy of social design as a practical concept that cuts across the humanities and sciences, we talked with ISAC members and set up three sessions based on their particular areas of expertise and interest. Accordingly, keynote speeches will be delivered by ISAC member Dr. Surin Pitsuwan on the topic of resilience and security, by ISAC member Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia on cities, and on innovation by Dr.Timothy Dalton, who is from the same research center as ISAC member Dr. Tze-Chiang Chen. We also plan to have our own experts from the University of Tokyo deepen discussion based on international trends in these areas with a particular focus on Asia inclusive of Japan. To address energy —another key GSDM area— we also hosted a lecture by Dr. Fatih Birol from the International Energy Agency on the topic of “Global Energy Trends” on February 17.
The wide and varied content of this year’s symposium should again provide substantial food for thought for all participants, and we look forward to the event promoting greater awareness and understanding of the GSDM program and activities, as well as our basic philosophy.
GSDM Program Coordinator / Dean, Graduate School
of Public Policy (GraSPP) the University of Tokyo
|Date||:||Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:30-17:50|
|Venue||:||Ito Hall, Ito International Research Center,Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo|
|Language||:||English/Japanese simultaneous translation|
|Hosted by||:||Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM)
Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), the University of Tokyo
|Co-hosted by||:||Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo|
|Admission||:||Free of charge
Pre-registration is required. Please register from here
GSDM Program Director, Executive Vice President, the University of Tokyo
|9:40-10:00||Report of the Exchange session on 10th
|10:00-11:50||Session 1 “Security in Asia and Risks to Human Well-Being”
Session 1 addresses the question of human suffering as a central theme for the re-organisation of international political discourses, bridging a variety of goals such as the preservation of international peace,international cooperation, the management of large-scale security and economic crises, under a holistic perspective.
Former Secretary General of ASEAN
Project Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy
(GraSPP),the University of Tokyo
Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of
Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International
Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Heng Yee Kuang
Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy
(GraSPP),the University of Tokyo
|14:00-15:40||Session 2 “Stimulating Innovation in an Information-Intensive Environment: Opportunities and Challenges for Social Design and Management”
Widespread use and adoption of digital technologies has a significant potential for enabling us to trace the behavior of things connected through networks. With a vast amount of data generated, innovation now takes place in an increasingly information-rich context, creating unprecedented opportunities and formidable challenges for social design and management. Based on a deeper understanding of technical, economic, and political dimensions of the information-intensive, networked world, we will discuss how to utilize such an environment for stimulating innovation to tackle societal challenges, referring to promising concepts such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrie 4.0 as well as precarious concerns including privacy and cybersecurity.
Nano-Science Technology Partnership Program Manager, Master
Inventor & Member IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Research
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy(GraSPP),
the University of Tokyo
Director, Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) /
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering,the University
|16:00-17:40||Session 3 “Transforming Our Cities: Challenges of Urbanization in Innovative Ways”
Many cities in Asia are in crisis and transforming them into inclusive, sustainable, and livable ones is becoming the biggest challenge of the day. The collection of lessons learnt based on the case studies of cities and towns in India is shared by Dr. Ahluwalia and their implications for future urbanization strategies are discussed with the panelists.
Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), the University
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Tokyo
Heng Yee Kuang
Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) the University of Tokyo / GSDM Program Coordinator