Keynote Speakers

2018 Keynote Speakers:


Professor David Taylor 

Trinity College, Dublin

David Taylor holds the position of Professor of Materials Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and holds Fellowships of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. His research interests lie in the strength, fracture and repair of materials. In four books and over 200 journal articles his work covers all kinds of engineering materials and more recently he has focused on biological materials such as bone, insect cuticle and plant stems. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials and is a director of the Association of Consulting Forensic Engineers.

Keynote Title: Through-Life Engineering - Inspiration from Nature



Toru Takagi

Nissan Motor Company, Japan

Mr. Takagi is the manager of the Laboratory of Mobility Service at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd as well as the manager of the division of Production Engineering at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Mr. Takagi’s research interests include AI technology, Big Data analytics and Connected Car Services. He has done work on Nissan Carwings, eg, Telematics service, EV support centre for Nissan LEAF, Failure Prediction for manufacturing robot.


Keynote Title: Maintenance challenges in Mobility as a Service


Andy Harrison

Rolls-Royce, UK

Professor Andrew Harrison (BSc, MBA, FRAeS, C-Eng), has worked at Rolls-Royce plc for over 32 years, with the last 18 leading the development of the companies strategies for ‘Design for service’ and ‘engineering for services digitisation’. He is a leading figure in the National Through life Engineering Services (TES) council, leading the development of a national vocabulary and standards for TES for both industry and academia.

Keynote Title: Digital TES

Dr Makoto Fujishima


Makoto Fujishima graduated at Doshisha University in 1981 and joined MORISEIKI. He worked from 1981 to 1997 as an electrical designer for machine tool design. Subsequently, he was responsible of the control-engineering department. He received PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering under the guidance of Professor Kakino from Kyoto University in 2002. He was responsible for US R&D section of MORISEIKI from 2008 to 2009. Following the economic downturn precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008, he became responsible of the purchasing section and afterwards of the electrical control technologies of development HQ.

Dr Fujishima is now mainly working for HMI development, IoT, sensing, energy efficiency, and remote maintenance and monitoring technologies of machine tools. He has published over 50 papers for journals and conferences and has applied for 67 patents.

Keynote Title: Latest developments in Machine Tool maintenance and aftermarket support


Professor Paul Théron

Cranfield University, UK

Professor Paul Théron, PhD, runs the Atkins-Cranfield Chair of cyber-secure engineering systems and processes and he is the Head of the Manufacturing Informatics Centre within Cranfield’s School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing. His central research area is cyber resilience, seen from the perspectives of dynamic phenomena, engineering and ecosystemic governance processes. Focusing today on Autonomous Cyber Defence, he is the deputy lead of NATO’s IST 152 Research & Technology Group and was formerly the co-director of the “Aerospace Cyber Resilience” research chair (French Air Force, Dassault Aviation, Thales). Previously, he has worked for Thales Communications & Security’s cybersecurity unit on the cyber resilience of the Telecommunications, Aviation, Automotive and Defence sectors. A former member of ENISA's Permanent Stakeholders Group and DG CNECT expert, he has worked for the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre and led the research group who produced the IACS Cybersecurity Certification Framework (ICCF) that inspired the EU’s 2017 strategy on cybersecurity certification presented in Join(2017)450 and COM(2017)477.

Keynote Title:  Through-life seamless cyber resilience

















































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