Keynote speakers

Takashi Honda

Manager, Gymnastics Project, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited.

Takashi Honda has been working for research and development with Fujitsu from 1998, where worked for system software development for Optical Network System and Gymnastics System. He is currently the Manager for the Gymnastics System development project, where he leads a talented team of the gymnastics skill automatic recognition development by utilizing AI technology from 2018. The main topic of the presentation would focus on 3D sensing, the skeleton recognition, and the skill automatic recognition and judgment including background of the project.
He is originally from Tokyo and received Master and Bachelor degree of Mechanical Engineering in Waseda University, Tokyo.

John Rasmussen

Head of the Biomechanics Research Group, Aalborg University

John Rasmussen is a professor of biomechanics and head of the Biomechanics Research Group at the Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Denmark. The majority of his work relates to musculoskeletal simulation, and he is one of the original inventors of the AnyBody Modeling System for musculoskeletal analysis. His background is in mechanical engineering and CAE in general. He currently puts much emphasis on creation of predictive models, i.e. models that depend less on experimental input and therefore simulate situations that have not been prerecorded in a lab. John Rasmussen is the recipient of several awards for excellence in scientific communication. In addition to his academic activities, he serves as a board member for AnyBody Technology A/S, and he serves as the chairman of a local tennis club.

Takeshi Naruo

Chief Researcher, Research & Development Department, Mizuno Corporation

He is a chief researcher at the Research and Development department, Mizuno Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in 2004 in aerodynamics from Fukuoka Institute Technology. His primary area of expertise is mechanical engineering His research focuses on biomechanics, material engineering, Kansei engineering, information science,  etc. as well as mechanical engineering including aerodynamics. He works to develop new concept sports equipment based on research of interdisciplinary studies. He has developed ski, golf club, golf ball, baseball equipment, tennis racket, and footwear. He current works to develop sensor systems for measuring motion of human and sports equipment. He is a director of Japanese Research Association for Textile End-Uses.

Llyod Smith

Professor, Washington State University

Lloyd Smith received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1994 and is currently a Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He is the director of the Sports Science Laboratory. His sport research primarily concerns impact, with application to equipment performance and personal protection, but also involves wearable sensors. He advises numerous sport federations, including Major League Baseball, and is a fellow of ISEA and ASME. Equipment he has designed is used exclusively to certify bats prior to production, and monitor bat performance in play. He is the past chair of the ASTM subcommittee on bat and ball testing and past Editor in Chief of Sports Engineering.

Kazuya Seo

Professor, Department of Science, Yamagata University

Kazuya Seo is a Professor, Department of Science, Yamagata University, Japan.
His research has focused on optimizing both skill and equipment simultaneously.
He received all degrees in Engineering Mechanics from University of Tsukuba.
He is ISEA Fellow, JSME (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow.
He is an editorial board member of the Sports Engineering journal.