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Greet the Masters

Greet the Masters

*Application to "Greet the Masters" Now Open!!*
IAEE, in coordination with 17WCEE, will initiate a new program titled the Masters' Series. Masters, legendary figures in the world of earthquake engineering, will be invited to contribute to three events, Read the Masters, Meet the Masters, and Greet the Masters (http://www.iaee.or.jp/news_20190905.html).

The Greet the Master event scheduled during the 17WCEE has been cancelled.
Only "Reed the Masters" and "Meet the Masters" will be held during the 17WCEE.

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Greet the Masters is a series of invitation-based, small-group receptions targeting young researchers to greet a Master in person.
A luncheon or tea-time reception will be held to hear from the Master about his/her visions and tips in research and professional career development through frank and friendly exchange. The lunch and tea-time receptions are free of charge.

Please download and see the detail of The Masters.

Invitation to awardees of the Grant-in-Aid program to Attend Greet the Masters
To encourage young researchers/practitioners and students particularly from developing countries and regions to participate to 17WCEE and the Masters series, IAEE contributes to the Grant-in-Aid program organized by 17WCEE.
All awardees of the Grant-in-Aid program are automatically invited to participate in "Greet the Masters".

Keynote Lectures

*The speakers and the lecture materials may change without prior notice.

  • Dr. Amod Mani Dixit
  • General Secretary
    National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), Nepal
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Presentation title: "Opportunities and Challenges for Making Asia Disaster Resilient: an Outlook from a Developing Country"

Bio:
Dr. Dixit’s 48 years of professional experience includes stints with the government and private consulting firms, as visiting professor with Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities and with the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He served as a member of Scientific Committee and Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation (GEM), and currently chairs the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN). He founded the National Society for Earthquake technology Nepal (NSET) and serves currently as the General Secretary. He is affiliated with the Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) Program, and the Integrated Research in Disaster Risk (IRDR)
Dr. Dixit has received numerous national and international awards and has published over 100 scientific research papers.

Amod Mani Dixit
  • Professor George Gazetas
  • Professor
    National Technical University of Athens, Greece
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Presentation title: "Towards a New Paradigm in Seismic Soil-Foundation–Structure Interaction"

Bio:
George Gazetas has been Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) for 30 years, following an academic career in the US, where he taught at SUNY-Buffalo, Rensselaer (RPI), and Case Western Reserve University. His main research interests have focused on Soil Dynamics and Soil-Structure Interaction. Much of his research has been inspired by observations after destructive earthquakes. An active writer and teacher, he has been a consultant on a variety of (mainly dynamic) geotechnical problems. He is recipient of many awards, including the James Croes Medal, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has given several prestigious lectures sponsored by international geotechnical societies, including the 2009 "Coulomb", the 2013 "Ishihara", and the 2019 "Maugeri" Lectures . In 2015 he received the "Excellence in University Teaching" award from the Institute of Science and Technology of Greece, and in March 2019 he delivered the 59th Rankine Lecture in London.

George Gazetas
  • Professor Kojiro Irikura
  • Professor
    Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan
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Presentation title: "Progress of Strong Motion Prediction"

Bio:
Kojiro Irikura is Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, Japan. He became professor of Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University in 1988. He has been a visiting professor at University of Southern California in 1984-1986. Politecnica de Milano in 1989 and a Visiting Scientist of Centro Nacional de Prevencion de Disastrous, Mexico. He served as Director of Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University in 2001-2003. He also served as Vice President of Kyoto University in 2003-2004. In 2003 he became Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University. He continues an active research program as an Adjunct Professor at Aichi Institute of Technology. He is strong motion seismologist. His primary research interest is understanding the earthquake source process and the generation of strong ground motion. He developed an empirical Green’s function method to simulate source model and ground motions. He has developed a recipe of predicting strong ground motions with Hiroe Miyake, Earthquake Research Institute of University of Tokyo.

Kojiro Irikura
  • Dr. Robert J. Budnitz
  • Staff Scientist (retired)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, USA
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Presentation title: "Methodology for Seismic Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) for Nuclear Facilities: Current Status and Future Developments."

Bio:
Dr. Robert J. Budnitz has been involved with nuclear-reactor safety for many years, with a special emphasis on the seismic safety of nuclear installations. His particular expertise is in analyzing how nuclear safety systems behave in large earthquakes to assure overall facility safety, and developing advanced probabilistic methods for that analysis. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He recently retired from the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 2002 to 2007 he was at UC’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and before that he ran a one-person consulting practice in Berkeley California for over two decades. In 1978-1980, he was a senior officer on the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, serving as Deputy Director and then Director of the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. He earned a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Harvard in 1968.

Robert J. Budnitz
  • Professor Satoshi Fujita
  • Professor
    Tokyo Denki University, Japan
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Presentation title: "Research and Development of Systems for Seismic Damage Mitigation for Life Environment and Industrial Facilities in Japan"

Bio:
Prof. Satoshi Fujita, a JSME (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow, had ten years of management experience as a director, a dean of school of engineering and a vice-president of Tokyo Denki University. He has been engaged in engineering research and development of seismic isolation systems and vibration control systems for buildings or key industrial facilities for over 35 years at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo and Tokyo Denki University. In recent ten years, he has been not only a vice chairman of Seismic Design Subcommittee, Nuclear Standards Committee of the Japan Electric Association, but also a committee member of the Panel on Infrastructure Development of Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure and transport (MLIT), and a chair of the Special Committee on Analysis and Evaluation of Lifts, Escalators and Amusement Facilities Accidents and Failures held in MILIT. In addition, he has been a chair of the ISO TC178 Japanese committee.

Satoshi Fujita
Invited Lectures

*The speakers and the lecture materials may change without prior notice.

  • Professor Fabrizio Paolacci
  • Professor of Structural Engineering,
    Roma Tre University, Italy
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Presentation title: "Problems and Perspectives in Seismic Risk Analysis of Major-Hazard Industrial Facilities"

Bio:
Graduated in Civil Engineering in 1992 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1997, He is currently Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering at University Roma Tre – Department of Engineering. His main scientific interests are focused mainly on seismic risk and resilience of civil and industrial structures and mitigations strategies, particularly focused on chemical plants is seismic prone areas. He gained a long standing experience in the management of research projects about experimental assessment of the seismic response of structures.
He has been Visiting Scholar in 1999 at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of California at Berkeley. From 2008 to 2013, he assumed the role of scientific coordinator of the Laboratory of Testing Materials and Structures of the Department of Structures of the University Roma Tre. Currently he is the chair of the Seismic Engineering Technical Committee of the PVP division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Chair of the working group of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering on seismic risk and resilience of industrial facilities. Recently has been awarded for the prestigious Chinese National High-end Foreign Experts Recruitment Plan. He is finally author of more than 100 publications on International peer-reviewed Journals and conferences.

Greg G. Deierlein
  • Professor Greg G. Deierlein
  • John A Blume Professor of Engineering,
    Stanford University, USA
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Presentation title: "Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration and Earthquake Resilience Through High-Resolution Performance-Based Simulations"

Bio:
Greg Deierlein is the John A. Blume Professor and Director of the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University. He currently co-directs the SimCenter of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) and from 2000 to 2007 was the Deputy Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER). Deierlein specializes in the design and behavior of structures, nonlinear structural analysis, computational damage mechanics, and performance-based earthquake engineering. He is a registered professional engineer (NY) and is active in development of building code standards and policies to promote seismic resilience. He is a former board member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Greg G. Deierlein
  • Dr. Jun-ichi Hoshikuma
  • Center for Advanced Engineering Structural Assessment and Research, Public Works Research Institute, Japan
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Presentation title: "Seismic Design, Retrofit and Repair of Road Bridges in Japan"

Bio:
Dr. Hoshikuma is the Research Coordinator for Road Structure, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management(NILIM), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan. He is currently responsible for strategy of utilization of advanced techniques to the periodical inspection for bridge, tunnel and soil structure. He was the head of Kumamoto Recovery Division from 2017 to 2019 and the head of Bridge Division in 2016 in NILIM, and he involved the revision of bridge design codes and the field projects of bridge repair damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Before joining NILIM, he worked with the Public Works Research Institute where he researched on the seismic design and retrofit of bridges, the ductility estimation of the flexural reinforced concrete columns, the seismic performance of the rubber bearing and the tsunami effect on the bridge performance based on damage experiences due to past earthquake.

Jun-ichi Hoshikuma
  • Professor Misko Cubrinovski
  • Professor
    University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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Presentation title: "Identification and Mitigation of Seismic Hazards from Inherited Vulnerabilities"

Bio:
Misko Cubrinovski is a Professor of Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, MSc degree in Earthquake Engineering, and a PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering (from the University of Tokyo).

His research interests and expertise are in geotechnical earthquake engineering and in particular problems associated with liquefaction, seismic response of earth structures and soil-structure interaction. Cubrinovski has authored or co-authored over 350 technical publications, and has worked as a geotechnical specialist and advisor on over 50 significant engineering projects. He had a leadership role in the research efforts supporting recovery following the 2010-2011 Christchurch earthquakes. His honours include the 2019 Ralph B. Peck Medal (ASCE), 2018 Geomechanics Lecture Award (NZGS), 2016 Norman Medal (ASCE), 2014 Outstanding Paper Award (ASCE), 2014 Outstanding Paper Award (EERI), and Ivan Skinner Award (EQC and NZSEE). He is a Faculty Member of the Rose School, Pavia, Italy, and Fellow of the University of Tokyo.

Misko Cubrinovski
  • Professor Muneo Hori
  • Director General
    Center for Mathematical Science and Advanced Technology, JAMSTEC, Japan
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Presentation title: "Challenges of Computational Earthquake Engineering - from Fault Failure to Social Responses"

Bio:
Muneo Hori is Director General at Research Institute for Value-Added-Information Generation, Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology. He is a project professor at i-Construction System Study, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, as well as a senior visiting researcher, Research Center of Computational Science, RIKEN. He is serving as a program director of Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, related to natural disaster mitigation.
His research filed includes computational earthquake engineering, the achievement of which is the development of high-performance-computing finite element method and integrated simulation of earthquake hazard and disaster. He has written more than 200 peer reviewed articles and more than 10 books; noted is Introduction to Computational Earthquake Engineering that goes to the third edition. He has received several awards for his works, including Kobayashi Medal, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (2013), Finalist of ACM Gordon Bell Prizes (2014, 2015, 2018), and Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2020).
Hori received his Ph.D. (1987) from University of California, San Diego. He was appointed to a professor, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo the University of Tokyo (2001-2019). He was a department Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University and a visiting professor, University of California, Davis.

Muneo Hori
  • Professor Mustafa Erdic
  • Professor
    Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Bogazici University, Turkey
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Presentation title: "From Earthquake Risk to Earthquake Insurance"

Bio:
Mustafa Erdik is a Professor Emeritus of Earthquake Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul and currently serves as the President of the Turkish Earthquake Foundation. He has received his MSc and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University, USA. He has been working with UN organizations and several international foundations around the world on earthquake engineering problems and has authored and co-authored 5 books and about 300 scientific publications.
He is the recipient of United Nation's Sasakawa Disaster Prevention Award, NATO’s Science for Peace? Summit Prize, Bruce Bolt Medal given by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, USA: Prof. Nicholas Ambraseys Distinguished Lecture Award given by the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and; Science Award by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
His current research and professional involvement encompass earthquake hazard and risk assessment and earthquake insurance modeling.

Mustafa Erdic
  • Professor Satoshi Yamada
  • Professor
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
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Presentation title: "From Earthquake Risk to Earthquake Insurance"

Bio:
Dr. Satoshi Yamada is a professor in the University of Tokyo. He graduated from dept. of architecture, the University of Tokyo in 1988. He received Dr. Eng. degree with the thesis of "Deteriorating Behavior of Steel Members Governed by Local Buckling and Ultimate Earthquake Resistance of Multi Story Moment Frame" from the Univ. of Tokyo in 1994.
His main research interests are seismic analysis of steel buildings and experimental studies of steel materials, members and connections. In the related fields, he published more than 150 of journal papers. He received AIJ Prize 2014 in the research paper revision and AIJ Young Researcher Award 1994 from Architectural Institute of Japan.
He has been an active member of AIJ, Japanese Society of Steel Construction (JSSC), Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering (JAEE) and Japan Society of Seismic Isolation (JSSI).

Satoshi Yamada
  • Professor Xilin LU
  • Professor
    Research Institute of Structural Engineering and Disaster Reduction, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China
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Presentation title: "Seismic Design and Response Control of Tall Buildings"

Bio:
Dr. Xilin Lu is a distinguished professor at the Department of Disaster Mitigation for Structures in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.He received his PhD. degree in Structural Engineering at Tongji University in 1984, and worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Alberta in 1990, and as a research associate at the University of Hong Kong in 1992. His main researchareas aredynamic testing, seismicanalysis and design, and vibration controlof tall buildings. He is a recipient of Nathan M. Newmark Medal by ASCE in 2017.He was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2019. He is currently the vice president of International Associationfor Experimental Structural Engineering, and theChief Editors oftwo prestigious SCI-indexed International Journals: "The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings", and "Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering".

Xilin LU
Conference Style

Basic Policy 1: 17WCEE will comprise both an in-person conference and a virtual (on-line) conference taking advantage of both merits for larger participation even under the COVID-19 situation.
Basic Policy 2: The presentation style will be provided below. Even the in-person conference will be held at the venue for 6 days from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, 2021, the on-line conference period will be extended to one week before and one month after the conference, from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2021, as an "Extended conference period (ECP)". To aim that participants are able to access the conference nevertheless the time lag, the presentation materials submitted in advance will be opened for registered participants and the on-line bulletin board (OLBB) discussion will be available anytime during the ECP. Also, for those who were not able to join the discussion in real time, the discussion at Oral and Organized Sessions will be recorded and available after the conference.

Extended conference period (ECP): from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2021
On-line Bulletin Board (OLBB): Available during the "Extended conference period" to registered participants for Q&A and further discussions of sessions. Please actively participate in the discussions using this bulletin board.

* For more detailed presentation style, please check below.

Overview of Presentation Style

*1 able to speak even on-line
Presentation
Category
Required to submit Presentation style
Note:
1) All sessions will be recorded and viewed afterwards
2) OLBB will be available for all sessions
Presentation
materials
Presentation
Video
General Presentation
Oral On-site speakers yes yes Presentation at venue with live streaming
Session to be recorded and opened for on-demand viewing
On-line speakers
(remote speakers)
yes yes On-demand presentation video
Poster On-site speakers yes Optional On-demand presentation materials
The SOP at venue will be available upon request.
On-line speakers
(remote speakers)
yes Optional On-demand presentation materials
Organized Session
COS On-site speakers yes yes Presentation at venue with live streaming
Session to be recorded and opened for on-demand viewing
On-line speakers
(remote speakers)
yes yes On-demand presentation video
SOS
(SS, ITS, MS)
On-site organizer Session abstract (Organizer)
/1-page papers (Speakers)
Optional Hybrid session. The session will be conducted through Zoom Meeting with participants on-site as well as on-line.
Or
Fully virtual session. The session can be held from 1 week before the conference and the organizer will set up the Zoom Meeting.
On-line organizer
(remote organizer)

1) Oral/ COS Presentations
All presenters, regardless of whether they are on-site or on-line speakers, are required to submit their presentation materials and videos, and to upload them to the viewing system available to all 17WCEE participants during ECP along with the OLBB.

For more details
  • Oral presentation will comprise an on-demand video presentation (on-line oral presentation) and an in-person oral presentation with live streaming (on-site oral presentation). On-line Q&A will be available for all the presentations through the OLBB. Please be noted that the on-site oral presentation will be limited to the presenters who answered to our coming questionnaires that he/she comes to the venue and makes on-site oral presentation.
  • All presenters of the oral presentations shall submit 1) presentation materials (PDF) and 2) video data with audio (12 minutes, MP4) before beginning of the ECP.
  • The above presentation data will be made available on-line during the ECP. (Data will be viewed only by the registered participants.) The OLBB will also be available only during the ECP.
  • Presenters who have declared to come to the venue (on-site presenters) will be allowed to make on-site oral presentations in addition to on-line oral presentation.
  • On-line participants will be able to participate in the on-site sessions through live streaming and OLBB for Q&A.
  • Live streaming videos will be uploaded as on-demand videos after the sessions during the ECP.
  • On-line oral presenters and on-site oral presenters who failed to make presentations will be considered as completing their presentations by submitting their presentation materials and video data.
★What is the benefit of the above policy to participants?
  • All on-line participants will be able to join the discussion in real time on the OLBB.
  • On-line participants who missed to participate in the session in real time can participate by accessing the presentation data and on-demand videos of other presenters after uploading during the ECP.
  • Those with questions and comments can post them in advance on the OLBB just after the presentation data is uploaded.
  • Presenters are suggested to constantly check their OLBB and to quickly respond to questions and comments.
  • On-site presenters will be able to respond to any questions and comments in their presentations that were raised in advance.
★Important Notice:
  • Since the conference will be held in a hybrid format, it will be difficult to provide live streaming considering the time differences around the world.
  • On-line presenters will be limited to on-demand video presentations in order to avoid heavy data traffic in network, so we recommend active discussion on the OLBB.

2) Poster Presentations/ Short Oral Presentations
All presenters are required to submit their presentation materials (videos are optional). Different from the original poster presentation style, poster presentations will be conducted only on-line, but the presenters and the 17WCEE participants can have discussions through the OLBB during the ECP. In addition, if the authors intend to present at the venue, it will be possible to hold a short oral presentation (SOP) as an option. Please note that there is a limitation of physical space at the venue for SOP.

For more details
  • Poster presentation will be an on-demand presentation with a Q&A on the OLBB.
  • All presenters of the poster presentation shall submit presentation materials (PDF). It is also possible (optional) to submit additional video data with audio (max. 6 minutes, MP4).
  • The above data will be made available on-line to registered participants during the ECP. An OLBB for Q&A will also be available only during the ECP.
  • On-site short (2 min.) oral presentation (SOP) will be acceptable for the on-line poster presenters coming to the venue and willing to give an oral presentation at a small booth set up at the venue
★What is the benefit of the above policy to participants?
  • Those with questions and comments can post them in advance on the OLBB just after the presentation data is uploaded.
  • Presenters are suggested to constantly check their OLBB and to quickly respond to questions and comments.
★Important Notice:
  • Since posters won’t be physically posted at the venue, the on-site participants will also need to check for the presentation content online.
  • SOP presentations at the venue will not be recorded nor broadcasted on-line.

3) SOS Presentations (MS, ITS, SS)
Aiming to encourage more active discussion for the specific themes, special organized sessions (SOS) will be held in the following two ways. If the session organizer can attend on-site at the venue, the session will be conducted through Zoom Meeting with participants on-site as well as on-line. If the session organizer attends on-line, the session can be held from 1 week before the conference and the organizer will set up the Zoom Meeting so that all participants can join the session on-line. Both sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the viewing system, and open to all the 17WCEE participants during the ECP. OLBB is also available for further discussion.

For more details
  • SOS will be held in two formats, either fully on-line or in a hybrid format.
  • All SOS presentations and discussions during the session will be recorded and will be viewed via on-demand video by all registered participants after the session during the ECP.
  • OLBB is also available for all registered participants.
For Cases of Fully virtual SOS

Fully virtual SOS shall be held virtually by session organizers who will not be able to come to the venue.
Fully virtual SOS will be carried out within the reserved time slot during or one week before the conference. Duration will either 60min or 120min.
“Zoom Meeting” system*¹ will enable on-line participants to interactively join the session. *¹ The Zoom Meeting links will be provided from the 17WCEE Secretariat.

For Cases of Hybrid SOS

Hybrid SOS shall be implemented by session organizers who will be able to come to the venue to allow mixing of on-site presenters and participants, and on-line presenters and participants.
Hybrid SOS will be carried out within the reserved time slot during the conference. Duration will either 60min or 120min.
“Zoom Meeting” system*¹ will enable on-site as well as on-line participants to interactively join the session.
*¹ The Zoom Meeting links will be provided from the 17WCEE Secretariat.

★What is the benefit of the above policy to participants?
  • Since on-site as well as on-line participants can participate in real time discussion, more interactive discussions can be made.
★Important Notice:
  • Both fully virtual and hybrid SOSs will be carried out within the reserved time slot in Japan Standard Time (JST), when may not be convenient to some countries due to time difference. To avoid this, on-demand video streaming will be available for all registered participants after the sessions.
  • Please understand that because of the limited space of venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, presentation formats might not necessarily match all organizers’ requests.

4) Keynote lectures/ Invited lectures
Lectures will be delivered either via video messages or live lectures at the venue based on the speakers’ requests. In either case, all the 17WCEE participants will have real-time and on-demand access to the lectures.

Social Program

Gala Dinner

Enjoy wonderful Gala Party with Sendai cuisine and cultural events on September 17!!