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New Role of Manufacturing Science &Technology toward Value Creation

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Professor Kanji Ueda from the University of Tokyo will share his recent research work and thoughts about manufacturing and innovation for value creation. “The presentation begins with introduction of recent world trends of manufacturing innovation strategy program such as Industry 4.0, including historical backgrounds. Then, it introduces new theory toward value creation based on Value-Creation Classification Model, which defines Class I as “providing value” to satisfy customer demands by exchange, Class II as “adaptive value” according to changing environments in use, and Class III as “co-creative value” which emerges through interactions among producer and customer. Finally, it emphasizes a new role of manufacturing science & technology to increase social surplus”.

Dr. Kanji Ueda is Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo, where he was previously Director of the Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering. Professor Ueda has engaged in research and teaching for more than 40 years on manufacturing systems, biological artifact network, emergent synthesis theory and value creation modeling. He was recognized with the SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal in 2013. He has been a Vice President of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and a member of Regional Resource Strategic Committee in the Cabinet Office of Japan. He is now President of the CIRP (International Academy for Production Engineering).

This talk is part of the Manufacturing Research Forum series.

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