Meaningful technologies for Seniors – ICT and robots in elderly care in Finland and Japan

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METESE Symposium @ Finland

METESE Symposium by VTT

Aging has become a global phenomenon. Finland and Japan are ones of the most aged countries in the world. They, and also the other countries are seeking a new model of sustainable elderly-care services. Under this situation, a Finnish-Japanese collaborative research project about elderly-care services and assistive technologies, called “METESE Project” started in 2015. We have been conducting research on elderly-care assistive technologies (ICT, robot etc.) from multiple perspectives, especially how these technologies should be utilized and disseminated in elderly-care services and the life of the elderly.

METESE symposium @ Finland is an international symposium to discuss future care services and assistive technologies based on the understanding of current elderly-care services in Finland and Japan.  We expect a number of participants from care service providers (both management and practitioners), municipalities, assistive technology developers, research institutes / universities, and other related fields.


9.00-9.10      Opening speech / Dr. Jaana Leikas, Principal Scientist, VTT

9.10-9.30      ICT and robots in elderly care? Learning from engaging users (Introduction to the METESE project) / Dr. Marketta Niemelä, project leader (Finland), VTT

9.30-10.10    Adopting technologies in elderly care in Finland and Japan / Dr. Kentaro Watanabe, project leader (Japan) and Dr. Ken Fukuda, Senior researcher, AIST, Japan

10.10-10.30   METESE partner company presentations

10.30-11.00   Coffee break and technology demonstrations

11.00-11.45   For a Harmonious Coexistence between Humans and Robots  - The situation of Aged Society in Japan and Robotics Business of Daiwa House / Mr. Yukinori Sengoku,  Manager and Mr. Junichi Sato, Chief, Daiwa House, Japan

11.45-12.00   Conclusions and closing / Marketta Niemelä

Abstract of “Adopting technologies in elderly care in Finland and Japan” by Dr. Kentaro Watanabe and Dr. Ken Fukuda: Requirements and integration process of assistive technologies for elderly-care strongly depend on the care system, service policy, care practices and the way of life in each country. This talk will illustrate the results of the comparative study of care services between Finland and Japan, for better integration of assistive technologies. In addition, a case study of a Japanese communication system for care professionals, held in Finland will be introduced.

Visiting speakers from Daiwa House, Japan:

Yukinori Sengoku: Manager (Department Head)

Yukinori Sengoku is a Manager of Robotics Business Department in Daiwa House Industry, Co. Ltd. Before he entered Daiwa House, he had worked at Sports Club NAS as an instructor of several programs including swimming, skiing, etc. He showed his skill in management therefore he was selected to establish new branches, reconstruct deficit branches as an assistant of president. His business model was highly regarded, and it was set an example to other sports clubs as a basis. In 2008 he entered Daiwa House Industry and took charge of sales and marketing of Robot Suit HAL®, other nursing care robots, and welfare equipment. Also, he worked for developing new products and new market including foreign countries. In 2015 he became a manager of Robotics Business Department.

Junichi Sato: Chief

Junichi Sato is a Chief of Robotics Business Department in Daiwa House Industry, Co. Ltd. After he graduated Lakeland College (WI, USA); major in biology, he entered Daiwa House as a sales representative of single-family housing. In 2008 he transferred to Robotics Business Department. He is not only in charge of sales of nursing care robots and equipment, but also in charge of overseas business related to nursing care robots.

Organizer: METESE project (a collaborative research project between VTT, Finland and AIST, Japan)

How to participate: Seminar is free of charge, register at

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