Keynote Speech Title: Bioinspired Robotic and Its Application to Rescue and Recovery
Schedule: 9.00-9.45 a.m. 25 October 2016
Our laboratory has been engaged in two broad and connected areas of research that relate to human surroundings: “bio-inspired robotics” and “rescue robotics.” Living creatures have survived and been optimized by natural selection. An understanding of the functions of living things is very useful in creating new artificial robots. In our lab, we are interested in analyzing the beautiful skills and behaviors of living things, and we are trying to find solutions to the following questions, among others: Why can living snakes move without legs? Why do quadrupeds change their gait patterns (for example, walk, trot, gallop) depending on their speed of movement? What is the mechanism of the flocking behaviors of birds and fish? How can small ants build a big anthill? Why can human beings walk with two legs? Based on our understanding of these phenomena, we can apply our knowledge to create robots to solve industrial problems.
We believe that rescue robot systems are another important application of robotic technology. During my time as an employee at Kobe University, one of my masters’ student, Mr. Motohiro Kisoi, was killed in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on January 17, 1995. Since this tragic event, I have been putting my heart into the development of useful rescue robot systems and rescue engineering. When the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011, we dispatched and utilized the rescue robots KOHGA3 to inspect damaged buildings in Hachinohe and Aomori, and we dispatched underwater robots to search for bodies in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, and Rikuzentakata in Iwate. My dream is to establish an international rescue robot team, like the popular TV show Thunderbirds, using advanced robotic technologies. If we can dispatch rescue robots from Japan to disaster sites everywhere in the world for disaster response and recovery, it will be a strong contribution to the world.
In this keynote speech I would like to introduce our research activities.
Fumitoshi Matsuno received the Dr. Eng. degree from Osaka University in 1986. In 1986 he joined the Department of Control Engineering, Osaka University. He became a Lecturer in 1991 and an Associate Professor in 1992, in the Department of Systems Engineering, Kobe University. In 1996 he joined the Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor. In 2003 he became a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems, University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo. Since 2009, he has been a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University. He holds also posts of the Vice-President of the Institute of Systems, Control and Information Engineers (ISCIE) and the Vice-President of NPO International Rescue System Institute (IRS). His current research interests lie in robotics, swarm intelligence, control of distributed parameter system and nonlinear system, and rescue support system in disaster. Dr. Matsuno received many awards including the Outstanding Paper Award in 2001 and 2006, Takeda Memorial Prize in 2001 from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), the Prize for Academic Achievement from Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) in 2009, and the Best Paper Award in 2013 from Information Processing Society of Japan. He is a Fellow member of the SICE, the JSME, the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) and a member of the IEEE among other organizations. He served as a co-chair of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of RSJ, an Editor of Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, a chair of Steering Committee of SICE Annual Conference, a General Chair of IEEE SSRR2011 and IEEE/SICE SII2011, SWARM2015 etc. He is an Editor of Journal of Robotics, an Associate Editor of Advanced Robotics, International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, etc. and on the Conf. Editorial Board of IEEE CSS.
Silicon Craft Technology, Thailand
Keynote Speech Title: Recent Low Power Design Techniques for Wake-up Receiver and Related Circuits in RFID Applications
Schedule: 9.45-10.30 a.m. 25 October 2016
+ Head of Learning Committee, and Technical Staff, Silicon Craft Technology Co., Ltd., TH (SIC)
+ Vice President, Thai Embedded Systems Association, TH (TESA)
+ Develop over 20 RFID/NFC microchips, 4 out of 10 commercialized chips ranked 1st in their markets
+ Co-invented 3 Australian patents, 3 Thai patents, and 2 PCT patent applications in 8 countries
Silicon Craft Technology is a Thai Integrated Circuit (IC) design house specialized in Application Specific IC (ASIC) for low/high frequency RF identification (RFID). Recently, the use of RFID at ultra-high frequency grows quickly due to applications of internet-of-things that create needs for wireless communication between smart devices. Therefore, SIC decided to explore active RFID technology in sub-GHz (<1 GHz) range to find opportunities in niche
markets that have no dominating standard as opposed to 2.4 GHz where Bluetooth, WiFi and ZigBee reign. The wireless technology in focus is the one for small data packets which could be applied for wireless sensor network or active RFID system. The duty cycle of the active time is small, for instance, the temperature sensing network that needs to measure the temperature 1-time per 10 minutes, or the RFID system that the RFID tags need to communicate to the RFID reader a few times a day. Most of the power consumption of this RFID tag are used for the communication
initiation. The wireless node or Tag mainly stays in the sleep or inactive mode. The method for RF link initiation is crucial for the system. One of well-known concepts is the RF wake-up where the RF nodes mainly stay in sleep mode. They periodically wake up and enable the RF receiver to monitor RF signal and check if there is an RF link initiation. With this method the power consumption of the RF node can be low by keeping the receiving duty cycle small.
It leads to some critical requirement of the IC e.g. ultra-low power timer oscillator, a RF receiver with short wake-up time. In this report, recent wake-up receivers and related circuits are reviewed to learn their low power design techniques to develop active RFID ICs that is possible to last at least 5 years in the field or can be powered with energy harvester while still achieving good sensitivity in detecting wake-up signal. Moreover, some circuit techniques that improve power saving in RFID ICs are also mentioned.
Karn Opasjumruskit is a Member of Technical Staff at Silicon Craft Technology Co., Ltd. (SIC). His job involves advising IC designs and solving critical issues that arise during product development phase. His main expertise is in RFID and NFC. As a founding member, he took part in driving the company to success, reaching $10 million in revenue in 2015 with 20% average annual growth. He also gives SIC a support in the areas of intellectual property and talent recruitment.
As a vice president, Karn has volunteered for Thai Embedded System Association (TESA) to develop Thailand’s electronic design industry. He frequently gives a talk to inspire many undergraduate EE students every year. He received master and bachelor degrees from Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. His areas of interest are low-power circuit, IoT, and data security.
Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Japan
Keynote speech title: Introducing the Activities of Control System Security
Schedule: 9.00-9.45 a.m. 26 October 2016
+ Professor Kurashiki University of Science and The Arts, College of Science and Industrial Technologies, Department of Management and Information Science
+ Professor Nara Institute of Science and Technologies, Graduate School of Information Science, Affiliate Laboratories, Network Orchestration Laboratory
+ Director of Network Operation Center NICT JGN-X.
+ President and CEO of Fatware,Inc.
+ Board Member CTO of Accelia,Inc.
+ Technical Advisor of Macnica Networks,Inc.
+ Executive Director of Okayama Information Highway
It is a critical issue for the national security and risk management to deal with cyber attacks towards control systems of important infrastructures, such as power and gas plants, building managements, etc. If we cannot ensure security, we might expose ourselves to a possibility of outage of control systems of important infrastructures and leakage of confidential information of energy usage etc.
The control system security is making progress, with a chance of creating a trade barrier against the infrastructure system exports.
In order to ensure the security of control systems of important infrastructure, I introduce the status of this field, conducts various operations thoroughly including R&D, standardization, human resource development, promotion and security verification of control systems.
Kazumasa Kobayashi was born in Okayama, Japan in 1965. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the Okayama University of Science, Okayama, Japan. From 1988 to 1993, He worked for Digital Equipment Corporation Japan, Educational division. He received his M.E. and D.E. degrees in computer science from Nara Institute of Science and Technologies, Nara, Japan, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. From 1999 to 2003 he was an Assistant Professor in Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Okayama, Japan. Currently, he is a Professor with the Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts. He has been a member of WIDE Project, Cyber Kansai Project, Okayama Information Highway project, and also a director of Network Operation Center for NICT JGN-X network, where he has been conducting research on Next Generation Internet for wide area distirbuted computing environment. His research interests include technologies for multimedia communication over high speed network, network inter-operability, network management and network security for the Internet. He was an NOC(Network Operation Center) member of the Interop 1995 to 2013.
Keynote speech title: Facial Image Processing
Schedule: 9.45-10.30 a.m. 26 October 2016
Human faces are arguably the most important objects in images and videos. The human face is important because it conveys much information that is valuable for social interaction, such as identity, expression and interest, gender, ethnicity. Because of this, there has been a whole gamut of research activity into the analysis, processing and rendering of faces. The applications are just as diverse: ranging from security to entertainment to search. These, in turn, impact many areas of everyday life.
In this talk, I will give a broad overview of the research into facial images, interspersed with my own experiences in a few areas: identity recognition, privacy protection, and continuous authentication. The techniques I use draw from machine learning and signal processing, such as statistical subspace modeling and correlation filters.
Dr. Terence Sim is an Associate Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore. He teaches an undergraduate course in digital special effects, as well as a graduate course in multimedia. For research, he works primarily in these areas: face recognition, biometrics, and computational photography. He is also interested in
computer vision problems in general, such as shape-from-shading, photometric stereo, object recognition. On the side, he dabbles with some aspects of music processing, such as polyphonic music transcription.
Dr. Sim also serves as President of the Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Association (PREMIA), a national professional body for pattern recognition, affiliated with the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
Dr. Sim is the winner of the 4th Temasek Young Investigator’s Award in 2005. This $500K award is given by the Defence Science and Technology Agency for a 3-year project in Extreme Face Recognition.
Dr. Sim is fortunate to obtain his Bachelors from MIT, Masters from Stanford, and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.