Invited Speakers


Takuji Matsumoto | Kanazawa University, Japan

Takuji Matsumoto is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Sciences for Innovation, Kanazawa University, Japan. He received his B.Eng. from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2005, followed by an MS in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, in 2012, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2020. He was a visiting PhD student at the London Business School, UK. Previously, he was a senior researcher at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan. He has about 15 years of work experience in government agencies and a private think tank, mainly in the energy sector, where his work included policy evaluation, market analysis, risk management consulting, and new business creation and implementation. With this diverse experience, he now engages in transdisciplinary research spanning environmental and energy issues, finance, and data science. He is the first author of several peer-reviewed journal articles, particularly in top-tier journals such as IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy Economics, and Quantitative Finance. His research interests include electricity market analysis, energy finance, statistical modeling, and forecasting.



Jiayuan Ji | The University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Jiayuan Ji is a Project Lecturer (Senior Assistant Professor level) at the Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo. He earned a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct research in the Graduate School of Engineering at Tohoku University and was a research fellow at the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University. He attended the 14th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates and was honored as a HOPE Fellow. He won the Young Water Professional (YWP) Award by the International Water Association (IWA) at the IWA-ASPIRE 2023. He serves as an Editorial member for Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering, China Water & Wastewater and so on, and also an expert reviewer for more than 20 SCI journals. He is a member of academic societies such as, IWA, Japan Society on Water Environment, Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence, and Japan Society of Civil Engineers. In addition, he serves as a member of the Management Committee of the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Specialist Group and as a member of Specialized Committees of the Japan Society on Water Environment. With a multidisciplinary background and experience, he is committed to interdisciplinary research in the fields of environment, resources, and energy. His research interests include energy and resource recovery in waste and wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, biomass utilization, computational fluid dynamics for bioreactors, life cycle assessment, machine learning application, and artificial intelligence for environmental energy systems.

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