Prof. Ryosuke Ando

Biography: Ryosuke ANDO (Chinese Name: Su, Liang) was born in Harbin, China in 1963. He obtained Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 1985. After having been working at Tsinghua Univ., he moved to Japan in 1988 and obtained Master of Engineer and Doctor of Engineering degrees from Nagoya Univ. in 1990 and 1993 respectively. He has been Chief Research Engineer and Director of Research Department at TTRI (Toyota Transportation Research Institute) since 2004. At same time, he is currently Adjunct Prof. of Dalian Univ. of Technology in Dalian, China, Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Aichi Institute of Technology in Toyota, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Daido Univ. in Nagoya, Japan. Previously, he was with Gunma Univ. (1993-1994), Katahira and Engineers Inc. (1995-2004) and Harbin Institute of Technology (Adjunct Prof. during 2001-2005). He was certified by Japanese Government as Professional Engineer of Japan (Civil Engineering: Road), Professional Engineer of Japan (Civil Engineering: Urban & Rural Planning) and Professional Engineer of Japan (General Technological Management: Civil Engineering-Road) in 1999, 2000 and 2002 respectively. His main fields of expertise are Traffic & Transportation Planning & Engineering and Urban Planning & Regional Planning.


Title: Toyota Model: a typical case for constructing smart cities in Japan


Summary: A smart city is a new style of city providing sustainable growth and designed to encourage healthy economic activities that reduce the burden on the environment while improving the QOL of their residents. A large number of experimental projects are currently being carried out around the world in order to discover a core model for smart cities. In order to approach to the smart cities, the general public must also be actively involved in sharing their own ideas and helping to formulate the cities by throwing their own wisdom into the pot. In Japan, Toyota City is evaluated as the representative smart city. The action plan consists of many approaches for a low-carbon society by integrating people, environment, and technology. To envision home environment in ten years, there are introduction of renewable energy and more extensive use of various energy-saving and energy storage devices. Power transfer patterns of a variety of devices, including next-generation vehicles, is integrated and controlled by HEMS (Home Energy Management System) enabling users to enjoy a pleasant and convenient low-carbon lifestyle without waste and less effort. Aiming to become a city with the highest level of harmony between cars and people, the measures include advancing introduction of next-generation mobility modalities, building public transport infrastructure, and presentation of new forms of transport use in tandem. Moreover, offering a variety of incentives in order to encourage citizens to engage in their own carbon-reduction activities has been planned. In addition, the following countermeasures are listed: making energy use visible, providing support for action, and enabling control of energy use through familiar terminal devices, making it possible to select from an optimal menu of low-carbon activities for the entire living environment with a minimum of effort.