Webinar: 2020 Aging Technologies Perspectives of Japan, China and Singapore

This is an online event.

Jointly organized by Modern Aging, ACCESS Health, and Vivid Creations, the Modern Aging Japan Webinar Series focuses on how the global eldercare sector is re-inventing and digitalizing products, services, businesses, and operational models to address the needs of the aging population, particularly in Japan, China, and Singapore. Modern Aging Japan is a new arm under the Modern Aging Ecosystem, which aims to foster a unique, international ecosystem for the business of aging. As the eldercare sector evolves rapidly to meet new needs, global aging innovators and change-makers are on the move to facilitate efficient change. To better understand what the global community has been up to, Modern Aging Japan seeks to connect sector representatives to shed light on the workings in the sector, aiming to improve the quality of living for elders and enable aging-in-place.

With the changing needs of the demographic, technology is the best panacea for this task. It can help to mitigate the burden of countries with assistive technologies that can provide sufficient multi-dimensional perspectives. The digital divide can be bridged by design that understands the needs of seniors, their caregivers, and the healthcare workers. There is a prevalence of technology devices such as telepresence gadgets, robots, smartphones, wearables, AI, and IoT, but there is a lack of absolute winners in the gerontechnology fields.  Humanizing technology is a much-touted field that will decide the success or failure of acceptance by seniors. A complement with the warmth of human touch, technology needs to offer both hot and cold cognition in encouraging acceptance and interaction with the seniors.



Topic Title: Geron-Informatics: Informatics Approach for Active Aging

Prof. Atsushi Hiyama, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST)  at The University of Tokyo, where he has been since 2006. He was also a Team Leader in the Center for Advanced  Intelligence Project (AIP) at RIKEN. He graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.Eng. in 2001 and M.Sc. in 2003 in Information Science and Engineering, and received a Ph.D. in Engineering in 2006. His research interests focus on designing and implementing augmented reality, ubiquitous computing, and human-robot interaction systems. He introduced the notion of “ubiquitous gaming” in the world’s first large-scale application of a ubiquitous computing system for museum guidance at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo in 2004. His current research is focused on the application of such technologies to support Japan’s hyper-aged society. He invented a fitness-training system for older adults using wearable-based virtual reality and a physical skill transferring system. He is currently promoting the social participation of the elderly through ICT: social networking services, crowdsourcing, and teleworking. He received the Laval Virtual Trophy in 2005 and IFIP  Accessibility Award in 2011.

Topic: How does Aid technology empower to age in place for ordinary seniors.

Mr. Scott Wang is the Chief Technology Officer for Shanghai VSI intelligent technology co., Ltd (iZhaoHu.com).  He has a master’s degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University and has 11 years of Intel wireless and memory product R&D experience. In 2007, he co-founded Shanghai VSI intelligent technology co., Ltd and holds the CTO position. His team at iZhaoHu is made up of professionals with diverse backgrounds, from senior care to health management and internet technology. Their mission is to improve the dignity and quality of life for the elders undergoing mental or physical disorders. Over the years, the team has developed many services in a wide variety of areas, ranging from the provision of community or home care services and the technological empowerment of community daycare centers to the use of big data and artificial intelligence allowing for personalized care planning. iZhaoHu now operates more than 40 care homes for the elderly across Shanghai, officially known as  “senior care homes”.

Topic Title: How ActiveSG uses Technology to bring Active Aging to the Masses

Mr. SNG Hock Lin is Chief ActiveSG of Sport Singapore. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Gerontology at  Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and was Chairman of SUSS Gerontology Alumni. Mr. SNG oversees the national movement for sports and physical activities. One of the key thrusts is the Active Ageing Masterplan that emphasizes collaborations and the use of technology to bring Active Aging to the masses. ActiveSG aims to be the nexus to integrate public sports facilities, service providers, academia, and innovators. Its strategies emphasize the practical and relevant application of technology and collaborations, to co-create evidence-based  Senior-centric programs, and to support care-givers. He obtained his Masters in Gerontology from SUSS, where he graduated top of the cohort and was awarded the  Alice Lim Memorial Fund Gold Award. Mr. SNG also holds Master’s degrees, in Training and Development, Adult Learning from Griffith University, and Transportation Management System, Supply Chain Management, from the National University of Singapore (NUS).



Dr. Kelvin Tan is a Senior Lecturer in the Spore University of Social Science (SUSS). He teaches in the Master in  Gerontology program for subjects: Planning and Evaluation of program, Technology in Ageing, Ageing in  Asian Society, and Family Ties. He also mentors teams in the Venture Builder program. His areas of interest are Community social activities, Healthcare, Corporate/Startup innovations, and Sustainability. He holds Advisory roles in One&Co (of Japan East JR), Ageing Asia, Modern Aging, and People’s Association.



Nov 25 2020


3:00 pm - 6:00 pm