Women in Engineering and Young Professionals Luncheon and Tea Ceremony

The IEEE SMC 2018 Women in Engineering and Young Professionals Luncheon will focus on the importance of gender equality and women empowerment in the STEM fields and strategies for encouraging young girls to pursue STEM careers. The Luncheon will feature as keynote Dr. Yasuyo Kotake, Group Leader of Human Sensing and Control Laboratory at Omron Corporation, Kyoto, Japan.

All IEEE SMC 2018 attendees are encouraged to attend this event. Registration is free and required to limit the number of attendees.

The registration form for this event will be prepared soon. Please note that this event has the limited number of seats. The seats will be available in first-come-first-served basis.

The IEEE SMC Society will provide lunch boxes followed by a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.


Room: “Fuko” (風光)

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm


  • 11:30 am:
    Opening Remarks – Dr. Eddie Tunstel, President, SMC Society
  • 11:45 am:
    Value Creation from Innovation based on Scientific Knowledge: Experiences of a Woman Engineering Scientist – Dr. Yasuyo Kotake, Omron Corporation
  • 12:30 pm:
    Tea Ceremony


Vanessa Batista Schramm
Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil

Ljiljana Trajkovic
Simon Fraser University, Canada

Takako Sasakawa
Urasenke Associate Instructor, Kyoto, Japan

Dr. Yasuyo Kotake

Yasuyo Kotake, Ph.D., Member, IEEE,
Human Sensing and Control Laboratory
Technology and Intellectual Property H.Q.
Omron Corporation
Kyoto, Japan

Dr. Yasuyo Kotake is a Group Leader of Human Sensing and Control Laboratory at Omron Corporation, Kyoto, Japan. She obtained a Ph.D. degree in Systems Neuroscience in 2008 from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. After graduation, she joined Omron due to her strong belief and passion towards Omron’s philosophy: “Harmonization of Humans and Machines”. She is devoted to the development of general solutions to improve visual and human sensing products by applying sensory inspection and computational intelligence. She is currently exploring and leading the integration between AI and Human dynamics which helps provide social solutions to solve customers’ problems related to human factors that have been observed in factory automations, social systems, and healthcare domains. She received the best research and encouragement award from Japan Neural Network Society in 2007, and the best demonstration award from Symposium on Sensing via Image Information in 2012.

Dr. Eddie Tunstel

Dr. Edward Tunstel received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico focused on intelligent robot control and autonomous systems. He is currently an Associate Director of Robotics at the United Technologies Research Center engaged in human-collaborative robotics for applications spanning intelligent buildings to aerospace systems. He was previously a Senior Roboticist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Senior Robotics Engineer prior.
Dr. Tunstel is a Fellow of the IEEE and President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society.