Presenting ARC's 20th Annual Industry Forum in Japan
Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities

July 10, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan

It's happening fast.  Everywhere we turn, things and processes are becoming more connected and intelligent.  How will disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities? 

  • Can cybersecurity threats be overcome?
  • When will machine learning and artificial intelligence transform operations? 
  • Will open source solutions impact traditional software and automation domains? 
  • How will a digitally-enhanced workforce stem the loss of tribal knowledge? 
  • How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services? 
  • What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

At this unique event, over 200 top industry executives will get together to explore best practices for success in manufacturing.  Join us at the 20th Annual ARC Japan Forum in Tokyo to learn more about how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike.  Discover what your peers are doing today and what steps they are taking in their respective journeys.

ARC Industry Forum Japan 2017


Following is the schedule for the forum. 

Session 1:  Global Trends and Visions

​9:30 AM Opening Remarks
Shuji Abe, VP & GM ARC Japan, ARC Advisory Group​

Keynote Presentation 1: "Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities"
Andy Chatha, CEO and President, ARC Advisory Group


Keynote Presentation 2: "Open Process Automation: Where does it Stand? -Status Briefing on Proof of Concept, Industry Standards, and Collaborative Field Trials"
Doug Kushnerick, Sr. Scientific Advisor, Corporate Strategic Research, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

10:30 AM​ Coffee/Tea Break​

Session 2:  Smart Infrastructure & City

​ ​11:00 AM

S21:  "Smart City from The Viewpoint of Industrial Control System Security"
Souichi Watanabe, Director, eHills

S22:  "Digitalizing Brownfield Assets by Combining Reality Modeling With IIoT"
Anne-Marie Walters, Industry Marketing Director, Process and Resources, Bentley Systems
12:10 AM Lunch

Session 3: Smart Manufacturing

1:10 PM

S31:  "Logistics Smart Solution with IoT, Automation Technology"
Toshihide Itoh, Associate Director, CIO, Toyota Material Handling Group, Toyota Industries

S32:  "The Future; AI -Realizing Manufacturing That Is a Step Ahead of the Times"
Atsushi Morita, Chief Technical Advisor, Solution Systems Dept., Mitsubishi Electric
S33:  "Big Data Analysis and AI Technology Realize the Innovation of Process Automation"
Yohei Shindo, Consulting Dept.2, Solution Business Division Consulting Center, Yokogawa Solution Service
Koji Ito, Senior Manager, AI Technical Unit, Technology Development, NTT Communications
​2:55 PM Coffee/Tea Break​
Session 4:  Virtualization and Internet of Things
3:25 PM​

S41:  "Process Automation and Its Challenges in The IoT Era"

Yoshihiro Hashimoto, Professor, Management Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology

S42:  "Upgrading Your Controls Infrastructure to Propel Internet of Things Projects"
Jason Andersen, Vice President, Business Line Management, Stratus Technologies
S43:  "Fluid Computing in a Software-Defined World"
Gareth Noyes, Chief Strategy Officer, Wind River
S44:  Q&A Panel Session
6:00 - 7:30 PM​  ​Buffet Party

Featured Keynote Speakers

The following executives will give the Forum's Keynote Presentations.

Andy Chatha

Andy ChathaPresident & CEO
ARC Advisory Group

Andy provides leadership to the ARC organization and guides its research and client activities.  For over 30 years, Andy has provided advice and counsel to many leading manufacturing companies around the world.  Andy has over 40 years’ experience in enterprise software and automation as an executive advisor, market analyst, project manager, and software engineer.  Prior to starting ARC, Andy was an executive at The Foxboro Company where he was responsible for sales and marketing activities for advanced software solutions.  He also has hands-on experience in the design and implementation of large enterprise and automation systems.  At Westinghouse, Andy managed several very successful automation projects.  Andy started his career at General Electric Company of UK as a systems engineer for the design and implementation of large enterprise software projects.

Doug Kushnerick

Doug KushnerickSr. Scientific Advisor, Corporate Strategic Research
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Doug conducts technology scouting and venturing as part of a team to create new business and technology opportunities for ExxonMobil.  He advanced Open Process Automation as a member of the project’s business team.  From the early 2000s, Doug was a Senior Scientific Advisor at ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research, guiding new science development, and connecting ExxonMobil to external science-related business opportunities, including hydrocarbon processing, and digital and data strategies.  Doug’s expertise is in process modeling, plant and technical computing, optimization, and the chemistry of complex systems.  He played many roles in the development of ExxonMobil’s Molecule Management science and technology base, and managed the technology portfolio that developed and commercialized many of these capabilities.

List of Executive Speakers


The Forum is held at KFC Hall.

6-1, Yokoami-1,
Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Phone: +81-3-5610-5801

Format of the Forum Sessions

Presentations and discussions will be in both Japanese and English with simultaneous translation.


Business casual attire is suggested.

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Previous Attendees

The following companies have attended previous ARC Forums

ABB Bailey Japan
ABB Japan
Allied Telesis
Automation News Company
APM Solution
Asahi Glass
Asahi Kasei
AspenTech Japan
Bayshore Networks
Beckhoff Automation
Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems Japan
Business & Technology Daily News
CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Chemical Daily
Chugai Pharmaceutical
Cisco Systems
Cosmo Energy Holdings
Dell EMC
Deloitte Tohmatsu Risk Service
Emerson Japan
Fuji Electric
Heavy & Chemical Ind. News Agency

Honeywell Engineering
Honeywell Japan
IBM Japan
Idemitsu Kosan
Industry Control Solution Lab
ISA Japan Section
Iwai Kikai Kogyo
Japan Robot Association (JARA)
Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA)
JFE Engineering
JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy
Keio University
Kogyo Gijutsu Sha
MHPS Control Systems
Mitsubishi Chemical
Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering
Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Mitsui Chemicals
Morinaga Milk Industry
Motoyama Engineering Works
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Nippon Paper Industries
Nippon Sheet Glass
Nippon Shokubai
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering
Nomura Research Institute
NPO 3D-CAD Engineers' Association

NS Solutions
Omega Simulation
Osaka Gas
Osaka University and Kobe University
Schaeffler Japan
Schneider Electric Software Japan
Shinkawa Sensor Technology
Showa Denko
Showa Shell Sekiyu
Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Stratus Technologies
Stratus Technologies Japan
Sumitomo Chemical
Tokyo Electron Device
Tokyo Gas
Toshiba Digital Solutions
Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions
Toyo Business Engineering
Toyo Engineering
Waterfall Security Solutions
Wind River
Yokogawa Electric
Yokogawa Solution Service