Seminar on Big Data and Transport
Hosted by: Japan International Transport Institute (JITI)
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 (14:00-17:50)
Venue: Hotel Okura Tokyo, “Ascot-Hall” (B2F, South Wing)
2-10-4, Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo
Participants: 290 persons
Program: Program
Guest speakers/

Professor Haruo ISHIDA (Dr. Eng.)
Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems, Division of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba (BIO) (file)

President, Eagle Bus Corporation  (BIO) (file)

Matthew George,
Founder & CEO, Bridj (BIO) (file)

Toshinori KAJIURA,
Senior Researcher, Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. (BIO)

NOTE: Mr. Jordan Condo (Uber), who was one of the guest speakers, could not participate in the seminar due to his sudden schedule changes.

The Seminar on Big Data and Transport hosted by JITI on Jan. 28, 2015, focused on the use of big data in the transport sector.
Since it is not still easy to understand what is “big data” and how to effectively use it, the seminar started with an introductory presentation by Professor Haruo Ishida (University of Tsukuba). His presentation showed what big data is and how it can be used in the transport sector. Prof. Ishida presented the basic viewpoints to cover various topics of the seminar.
Mr. Masaru Yajima, CEO of Eagle Bus Corporation, showed his approach of using big data and developing market demand for bus transport services in order to maintain and vitalize local public transport services. Mr. Matthew George, founder & CEO of Bridj, presented his innovative “pop-up” mass transit service model based on the use of big data. All of the presentations were rich in terms of information and full of important insights as to how to use big data in the transport services.
Based on the presentations, Prof. Ishida, Mr. Yajima, Mr. George and Mr. Kajiura (Hitachi, Ltd.) expanded their ideas during the panel discussion. Topics included such subjects as to whether and how use of big data to support, maintain and vitalize public transport. During the panel sessions important issues were discussed, such as the impact of the use of big data on public transport systems, the difficulties in introducing the use of big data to traditional businesses, and the challenges in integrating business interests and contributions to the local areas with a good balance, and protection of privacy. 
The presentations and the panel discussions stimulated interests of the participants in the venue. With their questions and comments, the seminar ended with a great success.

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