ITC Sendai2019

ITC Sendai2019 International Tribology Conference Sendai 2019

Date: September 17(Tue.) - 21(Sat.), 2019 Venue: Sendai International Center Aobayama, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0856 Japan, TEL: +81-22-265-2211

Call for Papers

Abstract submission

Those who wish to make a presentation in ITC Sendai 2019 are required to submit an abstract (250-450 words) from here by December 31, 2018 January 27, 2019. Each submission is allotted a maximum of three figures/tables. The program committee reviews all abstracts submitted for presentation. Notification of acceptance will be dispatched by e-mail within two weeks after abstract submission. The abstract submitted will be included in the conference abstract book. Note that we do NOT require submission of extended abstract.

Submission deadline

31st December, 2018
27th January, 2019

Notification of acceptance

Within 2 weeks after abstract submission

Topics & Symposia

Tribology is a key technology supporting sustainable development in 21st century. Achievement of industrial advancements along with enhancing sustainable development largely depends on the progress of tribology. Furthermore, the aim of this conference is to present fundamental mechanisms, new concepts, techniques and applications. This conference is intended for scientists and engineers in the fields following but not limited to condensed matter physics, surface physics, molecular physics, inorganic and organic chemistry, biology, and green technology including energy conversion and storage. A combination of diverse disciplines are also welcome.


  • Fundamentals of tribology
  • Lubrication and lubricants
  • Surface and interface
  • Material engineering
  • Manufacturing and machine elements
  • Life


  1. Contact dynamics of soft matters (invited and designated speakers only)


    • Robert W. Carpick (University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A)
    • Ken Nakano (Yokohama National University, Japan)
    • Shinya Sasaki (Tokyo University of Science, Japan)


    In applying soft matter in tribological systems, an important research subject is to understand the dynamic and complex characteristics at the interface between soft materials and also between soft matter and surrounding liquid phases. Fluid resistance and relaxation behavior accompanying the flow and exuding of the solvent constrained within the soft material dominate the dynamic characteristics of soft matter. Soft matter systems also undergo shear and confinement at length scales approaching that of their underlying microstructure. This symposium aims to discuss tribological behavior of soft matter across length and time scales, with an emphasis on elucidating fundamental mechanisms that control the tribological behavior. Novel tribological applications that exploit fundamental understanding to address important problems will also be discussed.

  2. JAST & STLE young tribologist symposium (invited and designated speakers only)


    • JAST: Hitoshi Washizu (University of Hyogo, Japan)
    • Saiko Aoki (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
    • Kazuyuki Yagi (Kyushu University, Japan)
    • Taisuke Maruyama (NSK Ltd., Japan)
    • STLE: Laura Penña-Parás (Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico)
    • Demófilo Maldonado (Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico)
    • Angela A. Pitenis (University of Florida, U.S.A.)
    • Filippo Mangolini (The University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A)


    Japanese and North American young researchers are organizing a first joint symposium in order to promote exchange of new and innovative ideas and friendship between young tribology researchers in both countries. The scope of the symposium covers all new aspects of tribology, from fundamental to advanced, and from new materials to new approaches. New directions of tribology will be discussed. As the two of the world leading countries in industry have different industrial background and different areas of interest, this symposium will surely provide new insight and inspiration to produce new collaboration and progress.

  3. Latest technology trends for lubricating greases
    (invited and designated speakers only)


    • Keiji Tanaka (Shell Lubricants Japan K.K., Japan)


    Members of JAST Technical Committee on Grease have organized this symposium, to share deep knowledge regarding the latest technologies for lubricating greases and to understand the relationship between these grease technologies and their intended applications. We hope through exchange of our knowledge and subsequent discussion that we can contribute to the advancement of expertise in lubricating greases. We also hope that this symposium will promote networking amongst both domestic and international colleagues, to make valuable connections between grease specialists from around the world. We are looking forward to an excellent and productive symposium.

  4. Lubricant additive and base oil technology for sustainable global environment
    (invited and designated speakers only)


    • Masabumi Masuko (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
    • Yasushi Naitoh (Japan)


    The reduction of environmental impact globally is a common problem for human-beings and efforts on lubricant developments have also been focused on the issue from various technical aspects. Particularly for reducing the greenhouse gas emission, development of high-performance lubricants that contribute to energy-saving and correspond to the renewable energy has been made. This symposium focuses on the state-of-the-art technologies of additives and base oils that are indispensable for those lubricants and future trend is also discussed.

  5. New challenges in tribology for sealing technology


    • Joichi Sugimura (Kyushu University, Japan)
    • Noël Brunetière (Institut Pprime, France)
    • Frank Bauer (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
    • Hirotaka Mizuta (NOK Corporation, Japan)


    A wide variety of requirements to seals come from the needs for saving energy and environment, use of new materials to seal, severer operating conditions and regulations on leakage. In order to fulfill these requirements, new technological challenges are made in many aspects of seals including materials, surface modifications and design, and particularly on the interfacial techniques that involve essence of tribology. This symposium is intended to focus on new tribology research from fundamentals to practices for various types of seals, and to exchange new ideas and discuss for deeper understanding of mechanisms for future development in this field.

  6. New coating technology boosting tribological performance


    • Hiroyuki Kousaka (Gifu University, Japan)
    • Yutaka Mabuchi (Utsunomiya University, Japan)


    New coating technologies, which consists of new coating material, coating design (including environmental optimization), and coating method, are being investigated and developed to boost tribological performance of machines. In particular, we focus on the superlubricity and excellent life time which is expected to be achieved in near future by such new technologies under various environmental conditions such as oil, water, vacuum, and dry/humid airs. In this session, we expect discussion on the latest achievement to understand the mechanism behind the superlubricity and excellent life time which is extensively studied all over the world.

  7. Tribology simulation


    • Momoji Kubo (Tohoku University, Japan)
    • Hitoshi Washizu (University of Hyogo, Japan)
    • Tasuku Onodera (Hitachi, Ltd., Japan)
    • Shandan Bai (KYOCERA Corporation, Japan)


    Various simulation methodologies such as molecular dynamics, first-principles calculation, mesoparticle method and continuum mechanics, have recently advanced and significantly promoted the detailed understanding of the tribological phenomena from atomistic-scale to meso- and macro-scale viewpoints. Furthermore, these understandings successfully lead to the theoretical design of the tribology materials, processes, and systems. This symposium aims to discuss the future direction and challenges of the tribology simulations in a variety of the tribology fields and then hopes to stimulate the future success and collaboration. We welcome a variety of talks such as tribology simulation from atomistic-scale to meso- and macro-scale, modeling, theory, collaboration of experiments and simulations, expectations from experimentalists to simulations, etc.

  8. Wear fundamentals (invited and designated speakers only)


    • Ken'ichi Hiratsuka (Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan)
    • Alan Hase (Saitama Institute of Technology, Japan)


    The fundamentals of wear have always been a matter of central focus in tribology. Along with advances in measurement technology in recent years, the essence of wear mechanisms has become clearer through a number of studies. In this symposium, the fundamental issues related to wear will be discussed from multifaceted viewpoints such as mechanical, chemical and electromagnetic aspects. Also, the latest topics will be provided to aim for a deeper understanding of wear mechanisms. We will bring together researchers and industry experts to discuss the current status, issues, and future perspectives on wear fundamentals.


Excellent Paper Awards

The organizing committee of ITC 2019 Sendai will award Excellent Paper Awards with a prize to excellent papers from those presented at ITC 2019 and submitted to the special issue. Please see details below.

The awards are only for the presenters at the ITC 2019, and for papers published in ITC 2019 Special Issue of Tribology Online.

The details of the awards are as follows.
  • Applicants are all authors submitting their manuscripts to ITC 2019 Special Issue of Tribology Online.
  • Applicants are required to submit their manuscripts by the end of May June, 2019.
  • The Conference Committee awards prize to the winners.
  • The winners will be given official commendations in the Conference Banquet on 19th Sept. 2019.
When you submit your manuscript to Tribology Online, please select “ITC Sendai 2019” at Select Section/Category. Please write your abstract ID number in the 'Enter Comments field'. The number is provided by the ITC Sendai 2019 Conference Organizing Committee when you submit the abstract to ITC Sendai 2019. The submitted papers are peer reviewed by at least two referees before they are accepted for publication.

Best poster award

Best poster award will be awarded at this conference. All posters will be eligible for nomination for this award. The award will be announced during ITC Sendai 2019 banquet dinner.