ICA CON 2018

6th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference 2018

May 24-26, 2018, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, Japan




ICA CON 2018

ICA CON 2018, the 6th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference, will provide an exciting opportunity for educators, researchers, and practitioners to share ideas and experiences in cloud computing and their impacts. The conference is open to K-12 and higher education institutions already or considering implementing cloud technologies and services.

The program will include invited keynotes, technical papers, position papers, workshops and a technology showcase. The technical papers portion of the conference program will feature experience reports and original research papers. The technology showcase will feature poster presentations and demonstrations on cloud computing research or implementations in progress. Selected papers from conference proceedings will be published as a special edition of the International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC) (http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijcc).

ICA CON 2018 will be an excellent venue for presenting original work, exchanging new ideas, embracing cloud technologies, sharing results, business impacts, and experiences, and networking with other leading institutions and businesses that are already implementing cloud solutions.

News

April 2, 2017 Flyer is here!
Dec. 01, 2017 Website open.

Important dates

March 20, 2018 (extended)

April 7, 2018
Notification of Paper Acceptance

April 30, 2018
Camera Ready Paper Submission and Authors Registration Deadline

May. 24th-26th, 2018
6h International IBM Cloud Academy Conference 2018

Call for Papers

We invite submission of papers / presentations or posters on the use of cloud computing for educational and research purposes. Of particular interest will be submissions featuring original research or experience reports that address how the transition to cloud computing is helping to transform education. The latter is intended to facilitate the sharing of best practices with real-world examples illustrating improvements in quality, outcomes, lessons learned and return-on-investment.

A range of topics relevant to cloud computing in education and research will be considered. Here are some areas to show the range of interests and possibilities:


Institutional Strategy and Organization Design for Cloud Computing

  • Building the institution's future infrastructure on a cloud
  • Management and organization design impacts by clouds
  • Value chain redesign, culture change and skill shift challenges in transitioning to cloud computing
  • Economic Models of, and Economic Development through, Cloud Computing
  • Financial impact and benefits of cloud computing
  • Roadmap for adoption, integration and transition to cloud computing
Data Management and Analytics on the Cloud
  • Cognitive computing through cloud
  • Business Intelligence for education and research purposes using cloud computing
  • Analytics and predictive analytics in cloud environments
  • Big Data in clouds
  • Storage management and clouds
User Productivity with Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration using cloud computing
  • Enhancing accessibility through cloud services
  • Workloads and Use Cases of cloud for education and research
Cloud Computing Implementation Strategies
  • Data Center migration to cloud computing
  • Energy Management Considerations
  • Integration and workflow of cloud services
  • Impact on IT Infrastructure Management with cloud computing
  • IT Service and Relationship Management (Business and IT)
  • Software development services with cloud computing
Research Computing in the Cloud
  • High Performance Computing and cloud computing
  • Research computing models using cloud computing
Pedagogical Impact of Cloud Computing
  • Impact on learning and teaching with cloud computing
  • Delivering educational resources via a cloud
  • New and Innovative Pedagogical Approaches with cloud
  • Service Sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME)
Standards and Open Source Strategies for Cloud Computing
  • Innovations in IP (especially as relates to Open Source)
  • Open standards for cloud computing
Systems Management in a Cloud Computing Environment
  • Service level agreements and clouds
  • Security, identity, trust and privacy on clouds
  • Software licensing in education for cloud computing
Papers / presentations proposals on the implementation and research issues associated with various commercial or open source virtualization technologies, management and security policies and user applications are also encouraged, as there is presently significant interest in these areas within the academy community.

Please submit extended abstracts to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icacon2018.
(Initial extended abstracts should be no more than 2 pages; see below for submission format instructions.)

Papers Submission

Review Procedure

All submissions will be peer reviewed by appropriate domain experts among those listed on the Technical Committee. The reviewers know that the ICA CON 2018 conference aims to produce innovative as well as quality work, and that authors of selected papers / presentations will be selected and invited to have work published in a special issue of the International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC) http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijcc.

Submission Format

Submissions should follow the guidelines below:
  • Initial extended abstract up to 2 pages; conference paper submissions should not exceed 10 pages (selected IJCC submissions can be longer)
  • Anonymized (remove author names and affiliations) for the review process.
  • To facilitate the subsequent publication of selected manuscripts, we suggest you check with the guidelines used by the International Journal of Cloud Computing: (http://www.inderscience.com/mapper.php?id=31)
Submission implies willingness of at least one author to register and present at the conference.
Again, submissions of extended abstracts can be made at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icacon2018.
For more information, contact Andy Rindos (rindosアットマークus.ibm.com) and/or Kozo Kitamura (kitamukアットマークism.ac.jp).

IBM ICA CON Undergraduate Student Paper Competition 2018

Sponsored by: IBM ICA CON

The 2018 IBM ICA CON Student Paper Competition sponsored by IBM will recognize outstanding papers in the field of Cloud Computing in Education written by student(s). Selected papers will be considered for the competition and must be presented at the 2018 IBM ICA CON Conference at The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Tokyo, Japan. The paper will be judged based on the technical content and presentation on the conference dates. Winners will receive award certificates. The winning awards will be given at the 2018 IBM ICA CON conference awards event on conference dates, May 24-26, 2018.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Short paper (up to 3 pages long) of undergraduate student submission.
  • The student(s) must be the ‘first author’.
  • The submission can be a course projects, co-op/internship findings, or research projects done at the academic institution.
  • The work should primarily be done by the student(s) under the supervision of an advisor or a faculty member.
  • If the work has received a supervision, then the advisor(s) may appear as co-author on the paper.
  • The paper must be presented at the IBM ICA CON Conference in Tokyo, Japan between May 24-26, 2018.
  • The considered paper for competition expect to have a student paper registration.

Important Dates and Guidelines:

  • Submission Deadline: April 15th, 2018  Notification of Paper consideration: April 20, 2018
  • Camera Ready Paper Submission and Authors Registration Deadline: April 30, 2018
  • Conference Dates: May 24-26, 2018M

Authors are expected to submit a well-formatted draft following a flagship template like IEEE.

Submission:

Each paper must be submitted online via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icacon2018
Note: Please indicate in the header of your paper the following:
“IBM ICA CON 2018 Student Paper”

Judging:

A group of academics / professionals will serve as judge. Scoring points will be used to evaluate the merit, presentation skill, and technicality of the work.

Winners:

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive award certificates.

Topics of Interest:

A range of topics relevant to cloud computing in education, government and research are of interest, including (but not limited to) the ones below.

Institutional Strategy and Organization Design for Cloud Computing
  • Building the institution's future infrastructure on a cloud
  • Management and organization design impacts by clouds
  • Economic Models of, and Economic Development through, Cloud Computing
  • Financial impact and benefits of cloud computing
  • Roadmap for adoption, integration and transition to cloud computing
Data Management and Analytics on the Cloud
  • Computing through cloud
  • Business Intelligence for education and research purposes using cloud computing
  • Analytics and predictive analytics in cloud environments
  • Big Data in clouds
  • Storage management and clouds
User Productivity with Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration using cloud computing Enhancing accessibility through cloud services
  • Workloads and Use Cases of cloud for education and research
Cloud Computing Implementation Strategies
  • Data Center migration to cloud computing
  • Energy Management Considerations
  • Integration and workflow of cloud services
  • Impact on IT Infrastructure Management with cloud computing
  • IT Service and Relationship Management (Business and IT)
  • Software development services with cloud computing
Research Computing in the Cloud
  • High Performance Computing and cloud computing
  • Research computing models using cloud computing
Pedagogical Impact of Cloud Computing
  • Impact on learning and teaching with cloud computing
  • Delivering educational resources via a cloud
  • New and Innovative Pedagogical Approaches with cloud
  • Service Sciences, Management and Engineering (SSME)


The team behind ICA CON 2018

General Co-Chairs:
Andy Rindos (IBM)
Junji Nakano (ISM)

Steering Committee:
Diem Ho (IBM)
Yaser Jararweh (JUST)
Imre Kocsis (BME)
Yi Pan (GSU)
Andras Pataricza (BME)
Jim Spohrer (IBM)
Yannis Viniotis (NCSU)
Mladen Vouk (NCSU)
Yelena Yesha (UMBC)

Program Committee Co-Chairs:
Yaser Jararweh (JUST)
Elhadj Benkhelifa (Staffordshire U)
Toshikazu Kato (Chuo University)

Proceedings Chair:
B.B. Gupta (N ​ITK)
Keisuke Honda (ISM)

Publicity Chairs:
Mohammad Alsmirat (JUST)
Moayad Aloqaily (Carleton U)
Zilong Ye (Cal State)
Koji Kanefuji (ISM)

Local Chair:
Kozo Kitamura (ISM)

Technical Committee
Andrea Bondavalli (U of Florence)
Andrea Ceccarelli (U of Florence)
Krishnendu Chakrabarty (Duke)
Jeff Chase (Duke)
Rada Chirkova (NCSU)
Paula Cray (NCSU)
Mike Devetsikiotis (UNM)
Xiaojun Ding (Yulin Normal U)
Patrick Dreher (NCSU)
Louis Freund (SJSU)
Hiroka Hamada (ISM)
Akihito Hiromori (Osaka U)
Lap Huynh (IBM)
Szeberényi Imre(BME-IIT)
Anupam Joshi (UMBC)
Karuna Joshi (UMBC)
Hamid Krim (NCSU)
Zsolt Kocsis (IBM)
Wei Lu (Beijing Normal U)
Richard Lucic (Duke)
Henrique Madeira (U of Coimbra)
Alisha Malloy (NCCU)
Fabio Martinelli (IIT-CNR)
Young Oh (IBM)
Robert Owor (ASU)
Dimitrios Serpanos (U Patras)
Anand Singh (NCSU)
Nasseh Tabrizi (ECU)
Mio Takei (ISM)
Ling Tian (U Elec Sci & Tech of China)
Kishor Trivedi (Duke)
Marco Vieira (U of Coimbra)
Kuangching Wang (Clemson)
Yingwei Wang (UPEI)
Xuefeng Yan (Nanjing U Aeronautics & Astronautics)
Xianqing Yu (IBM)
Tazro Ohta (DBCLS)

Program

Day1: Thursday, May 24

Main Lobby 2F / Room: D222(Coffee service)
8:00
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9:00 AM
Registration/poster set-up
Room: B201(auditorium)
9:00
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9:30 AM
Opening remarks
Tomoyuki Higuchi (Director-General, ISM)
Iintroduction of ISM
Junji Nakano (Director, Department of Statistical Modeling, ISM)
Opening remarks
Andy Rindos (IBM)
9:30
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10:00 AM
Keynote talk
Paula Cray (Department Head, Population Health and Pathobiology, NC State University)
10:00
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10:30 AM
Keynote talk
Materials Informatics: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives
Ryo Yoshida (Director, Data Science Center for Creative Design and Manufacturing, ISM)
Main Lobby 2F / Room: D222(Coffee service)
10:30
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11:00 AM
Break and Poster Sessions
Room: B201(auditorium)
11:00 AM
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noon
Session 1 Watson Services I (20 minutes each)

Diagnosis and Treatment of Rare diseases (HHT, etc.)
Yannis Viniotis and Tara Britt

Analysis of Antimicrobial (AMR) Resistance using IBM Watson
Paula Cray, Shiva Keelara and Anand Singh

Toward Improving Guide Dog Training through the Application of IoT and Data Analytics
Zach Cleghern, Marc Foster, Sean Mealin, Eric Beppler, Jane Russenberger, Margaret Gruen, Alper Bozkurt and David Roberts

noon
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1:00 PM
Session 2 Cloud in Education I

Cloud Voice Computing Devices in Education: Revolution is coming
Alex Kaplunovich and Yelena Yesha

Research and Teaching in the Age of Cloud-Computing
Uwe Ziegenhagen

What if We Atomize Student Data and Apps and Put Them on Docker Containers?
Marat Zhanikeev

Main Lobby 2F / Room: D222 (Lunch box booth)
1:00
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2:00 PM
Lunch and Poster Sessions
Room: B201(auditorium)
2:00
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2:30 PM
Keynote talk
OpenPOWER ADG and AI
Ganesan Narayanasamy (OpenPOWER leader for Academia and Research, IBM Lab.)
2:30
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3:00 PM
Keynote talk
Impacts of Deep Learning on our Society
Hiroshi Maruyama (Chief Strategy Officer, Preferred Networks)
Main Lobby 2F / Room: D222(Coffee service)
3:00
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3:30 PM
Break and Poster Session
Room: B201(auditorium) Room: D313
3:00
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4:00 PM
Sessions 3A Cloud and Social Media

MyT-Me : Your Personal T-Shape Scoring System
Louis Freund

How do yelp reviewers express their satisfactory and unsatisfactory feelings?
Kota Hattori

Sessions 3B Watson bootcamp (Part I)

4:00
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5:00 PM
Session 4A Blockchain

A Blockchain-based Critical Event Data Recorder for Cyber-Physical Systems
András Pataricza, Andras Foldvari and Attila Klenik

Consistency Property of Bitcoin Backbone Protocol
Lewis Tseng

Collaboration Orchestration in Hyperledger Fabric with BPMN Processes
Attila Klenik, László Gönczy, András Pataricza and Imre Kocsis

Session 4B Watson bootcamp (Part II)
5:00
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6:00 PM
Session 5A Watson and Blockchain

Setting up Data-Oriented Workflows to Maximize the Potential of IBM Analytics
Rada Chirkova, Young H Oh, Anand Singh and Xianqing Yu

Learned-Control Strategies from Stored Databases and Dynamically Updating Databases
Edward Grant, Hamed Mohammadbagherpoor and Andy Rindos

Teaching Blockchains - Providing a Map to Explore the Jungle
Imre Kocsis and András Pataricza

Session 5B Statistical Analyses of Research Activity I

Understanding Research Trends Based on Paper Abstracts Using Topic Modeling
Mio Takei, Tomokazu Fujino, Kota Hattori and Keisuke Honda

Exploring the graph model for the citation network on the Web of Science using Kronecker graph model
Yuichiro Yasui

Interactive visualization of aggregated symbolic data for summarizing huge datasets
Yoshikazu Yamamoto, Junji Nakano and Nobuo Shimizu

6:00
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9:00 PM
Conference Dinner (bus trip)

Day2: Friday, May 25

Main Lobby 2F / Room: D222(Coffee service)
8:00
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9:00 AM
Registration/poster set-up
Room: B201(auditorium)
9:00
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9:30 AM
Invited talk
Keith Brown (Director, IBM Systems Technical Strategy/Security, IBM)
Room: B201(auditorium) Room: D313
9:30
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10:50 AM
Session 6A Cloud in Education II

A Usage Analytics Model for Analyzing User Behaviour in IBM Academic Cloud
Manoj Kesavulu, Duc-Tien Dang-Nguyen, Minh-Son Dao, Marija Bezbradica and Markus Helfert

Teaching novices to use BI tools
Yuichiro Wajima

Modeling the business processes of the university in the implementation of process management
Satybaldiyeva Ryskhan, Aitim Aigerim and Uskenbayeva Raissa

Session 6B Statistical Analyses of Research Activity II

A Regression Model for Estimating and Predicting Pointwise Mutual Information (PMI) between Research Subjects in the Web of Science
Frederick Kin Hing Phoa, Hsin-Yi Lai, Hikora Hamada and Keisuke Honda

A Comparative Study of Academic Papers on the PM2.5 Environmental Issues in China and Japan by Network Analysis
Yuji Mizukami, Keisuke Honda and Junji Nakano

Research Diversity Index for Evaluation of Research Performance
Hiroka Hamada, Mio Takei and Keisuke Honda

A Semantically Rich Knowledge Representation of PCI DSS for Cloud Services
Ankur Nagar and Karuna Joshi

10:50 AM
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12:10 PM
Session 7A Inter-Cloud Technology for Scientific Research

Application-Centric Overlay Cloud Utilizing Inter-Cloud
Kento Aida, Atsuko Takefusa, Tomoya Tanjo and Shigetoshi Yokoyama

Optimal Resource Selection for Scientific Workflow Deployment in the Inter-Cloud
Masaharu Munetomo, Powell Courtney and Katsunori Miura

Improved Portability of Bioinformatics Software across HPC and Cloud Infrastructures
Tazro Ohta, Tomoya Tanjo and Osamu Ogasawara

A Proposal of Context-based Advertising Content Management Service for Coexistence of Digital Advertisements and Consumers
Makoto Yokoyama, Miki Shindo, Shigenori Suzuki and Noriyuki Kamibayashi

Session 7B Student Paper Competition

Finding correlation of academic papers by analyzing abstract texts using Watson Natural Language Understanding
Yosuke Mizutani

A Cloud based Application to Manage Social Media Data
Jamayel Alhajri, Ghadeer Seraj, Farah Malallah, Alyaa Alostad and Hawraa Ali
Room: B201(auditorium)
12:10
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12:15 PM
Wrap-up

Kozo Kitamura and Andy Rindos

Room: D222 (Lunch box booth)
12:10
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1:00 PM
Lunch
Room: D313 Room: D305
1:00
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3:00 PM
Hands-on Watson Boot Camp
1:00
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4:00 PM
AI and OpenPOWER Boot Camp

Saturday, May 26

Social Event Excursion

IBM Watson Cloud Services Workshop at ICA CON 2018

  1. The workshop has following main components.
    1. Overview of Watson solutions
    2. In this part we plan to introduce different IBMWatson services for cognitive solution. We provide an overview to build cognitive applications using the Watson services that help enhance, scale, and accelerate human expertise.

    3. Hands-on exercises
    4. In this part, we organize a hands-on session for attendees to build a cognitive application using IBM Watson services.

    5. Demonstrations
    6. In this part, we demonstrate few projects involving multiple services and platforms.

  2. Times agenda and Outcome
  3. Following are the details about agenda and outcome.(Note these are not final details)

    May 24, 2018 (Day 1, Thursday), 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Overview of IBM Cloud and Core Watson Services
    Outcome - Give an overview of IBM Cloud services. Next focus on the CoreWatson portion of the cloud services. Focus more on Discovery, Conversation, NLU and Visual recognition.

    May 24, 2018 (Day 1, Thursday), 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - DSX and Watson - Introduction and Demo
    Outcome - Introduce DSX platform, prepare audience to use DSX to do next set of hands-on later in the day. A demo to demonstrate flexibility of DSX and power of Watson services

    May 25, 2018 (Day 2, Friday), 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Hands-on Watson bootcamp
    Outcome - Experience building your first cognitive chat bot, Enhance chat bot capabilities with discovery services.

AI and OpenPOWER Boot Camp

Spend a half day learning about Artificial Intelligence's latest real-world impact and gather the latest cutting-edge insights from the pioneers in your industry. Discover advances in deep learning tools and techniques from the world’s leading innovators across industry, research and financial sector We’re excited to announce that the prominent speakers will be joining us at the AI and OpenPOWER ADG Bootcamp on 25th May,2018 At 1.00pm to 4.00 pm.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held main campus of ISM.

  • Address:10-3 Midori-cho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-8562, Japan
  • Phone: +81-(0)50-5533-8500

Vistor Infromation

From Narita Airport to JR Tachikawa Station

By Rail From Narita Airport, take the Narita Express train to Tokyo or Shinjuku Station, change to the JR Chuo Line and alight at Tachikawa Station.
By Bus There is an Airport Limousine Service from Narita Airport to Tachikawa.

From Haneda Airport to JR Tachikawa Station

By Rail From Haneda Airport, take the monorail for Hamamatsucho Station, or Keikyu Line for Shinagawa. Change to the JR Yamanote Line for Shinjuku. At Shinjuku, take Chuo Line and alight at Tachikawa Station.
By Bus There is an Airport Limousine Service from Haneda Airport to Tachikawa.

From Tachikawa Sta. to ISM

By Rail Take the Tama Monorail for Kamikitadai and alight at Takamatsu Station. (10 min walk from the station)
By Bus There are two routes to get to our Institute from the bus terminal located at the north exit of JR Tachikawa Station.
  • Take a bus bound for Ooyama-Danchi from Platform 2, and alight at Tachikawa Academic Plaza. The bus stops just in front of the main gate.
  • Take a bus from Platform 1 and alight at Tachikawa City Hall. (5 min walk)
On Foot 25 min from JR Tachikawa Station



Accommodation

We recommend choosing either our Guest house or the hotel which we booked for ICA CON. In the case of any problems or special wishes related to the accommodation please do not hesitate to contact Local Team (icacon-local@ura3.c.ism.ac.jp) who will be happy to help you.

Akaike Guest House

We reserved a large number of rooms at the Akaike Guest House, located adjacent to ISM which is one of the most affordable accommodation.- primarily for PhD students, but naturally other participants of the conference as well.
Please make your reservation directly via Local Team (icacon-local@ura3.c.ism.ac.jp) with information such as visiter info, schedule, room type.

Room Type Charge Vacency
Single Room 15,100JPY for 7 nights (3,500 JPY/day) ASK
Twin Room 28,100JPY for 7 nights (6,500 JPY/day) ASK
Universal design 28,100JPY for 7 nights (6,500 JPY/day) ASK
All rooms are smoke free.

Guide of Accommodation
About Akaike Guest House

Hotel and Tachikawa City

Tachikawa City offers a wide range of accommodation choices, ranging from Standard to Superior Comfort.
We reserved a several number of rooms at the Tachikawa Grand Hotel, located near the Station.

Room type / Day Twin bed Single bed Large bed Vacency
5/22, Thu. 11,900 JPY 7,600 JPY 8,400 JPY ASK
5/23, Wed. 12,600 JPY 9,400 JPY 10,200 JPY ASK
5/24, Thu. 12,600 JPY 9,400 JPY 10,200 JPY ASK
5/25, Fri. 12,600 JPY 9,400 JPY 10,200 JPY ASK
5/26, Sat. 27,900 JPY 16,400 JPY 17,700 JPY ASK
5/27, Sun. 11,900 JPY 6,800 JPY 7,600 JPY ASK
In the case of any or special wishes related to the accommodation please do not hesitate to contact Local Team (icacon-local@ura3.c.ism.ac.jp) who will help you.
If you find other hotel, Booking.com site suggests The Best Hotels in Tachikawa.