Torkel Patterson | Board Member
Central Japan Railway Company

Torkel Patterson, Board Member, Central Japan Railway Company

Torkel Patterson is a member of the board of Central Japan Railway Company, which
operates the iconic Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka and which has begun
construction of the world’s first Superconducting Maglev line between Tokyo and
Nagoya. He concurrently is Vice Chairman of the International High Speed Rail
Association, committed to improving high speed rail infrastructure world wide.

Mr. Patterson previously served for more than six years with Raytheon Company,
including more than four years as President, Raytheon International Inc., leading
Raytheon’s international business development. Mr. Patterson also served in a variety of
posts in the U.S. government in three administrations, including Special Assistant to the
President for Asia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, and Senior
Country Director for Japan in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Patterson is a member of the board of The Northeast Maglev, Pacific Forum CSIS
and the Olmsted Foundation. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Naval
Academy and was an Olmsted Scholar at the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan.


Rail Live 2019 - 6th March @ 09:25

Keynote Discussion Digital Rail : How can the rail industry adapt to the rapid changes that come with digital technology and embrace the digital revolution?

  • With the rise of IoT, sensors and automation, what are the priorities of the future of public transport?
  • What is the role of public transport operators in the future of door to door travel?
  • How can we use Artificial Intelligence in a sustainable way to ensure reliability and cost-effective maintenance

Rail Live 2019 - 7th March @ 08:50

30 years in the making: Building the Chuo Shinkansen Maglev train.

  • Testing at 500 km/h -how has JR Central built the world’s fastest train?
  • How have JR Central maintained their perfect safety record on the Tokaido Shinkansen
  • Balancing the innovation that is necessary for this level of rail transport against the Shinkansen’s perfect safety record.

Rail Live 2019 - 7th March @ 09:20

Automation, IoT, AI, blockchain: the reality of innovation at the heart of global railway infrastructure companies

  • How can we use cutting edge technology such as blockchain, AI and chatbots to facilitate operations and maintenance in a traditional industry like rail?
  • How can we create infrastructure that is flexible enough to adapt to the capacity demands of tomorrow?
  • What areas of innovation should we explore in order to develop the major projects of the future?
last published: 05/Mar/19 10:15 GMT

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