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Keynote Speech 1: Issues and Challenges in Information Security
Prof. Manu Malek, Elsevier – J. Computers and Electrical Engineering,IEEE Life Fellow

Abstract:The Internet has provided many online services and facilitated finding information and doing transactions. This has been made possible due to the openness of the Internet. At the same time, this very openness has posed vulnerabilities resulting in attacks such as ID theft, denial of service, industrial espionage, and extortion. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to connect billions of objects in the next few years, thus potentially creating additional challenging security and privacy issues. The objective of this talk is to describe some trends affecting information security and discuss the sources of security problems, as well as provide an overview of IoT and its related security issues. Typical IoT applications are presented with focus on autonomous cars. Also, some potential solutions, safeguards, and defenses are offered.
Manu Malek is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier International Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering (SCI). He earned his Ph.D. in EE/CS from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Malek has extensive experience in teaching, practicing, and research in communications and computer networking; and has held various academic positions in USA and overseas, as well as technical management positions at Telcordia Technologies and AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs. He was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Bell Labs before joining Stevens Institute of Technology as an Industry Professor of Computer Science, from which he retired a few years ago. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium medalist for his contributions. He was Editor for Network Management for IEEE Transactions on Communications (1989-92), and an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer (1999-2007). He founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s Journal of Network and Systems Management (1993-2010). He has been Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Electrical Engineering since 2010.

Keynote Speech 2: No-rigid Image Registration Techniques and Its Application to Medical Imaging
Prof. Hyoungseop Kim, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Image processing techniques is a key technology in engineering. In recent years, with the increasing interest in the field of computer vision and image processing, the development of an efficient recognition system for abnormalities in the medical fields has become an indispensable part of the intelligent systems.  In this lecture, a new registration method to remove subtraction artifacts on temporal subtraction image which is obtained previous and current CT image set will be introduced.
Hyoungseop Kim received his B.A. degree in electrical engineering from Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1994, the M.E and Ph.D. degree from Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1996 and 2001, respectively. He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology. His research interests are focus on medical application of image analysis. He is currently working on automatic segmentation of multi-organ of abdominal CT image, and temporal subtraction of thoracic CT image sets.

Keynote Speech 3: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles are Doing Something Great and Fascinating
Prof. Tamaki Ura, The University of Tokyo, IEEE Fellow

The underwater world is a hostile environment for human beings. The number of people who reached the maximum depth of the ocean is only three, which is less than that of those who walked on the Moon. Communication through acoustic systems is so slow that the unmanned untethered underwater vehicle (AUV: Autonomous Underwater vehicle) should do everything by himself based on the software in his computer and data from the fitted sensors. If he fails in the deep, he cannot expect that a rescue team will arrive soon, so that we are always nervous on the deck during his diving. But, once he comes back, he will bring a lot of data which have not ever seen by human being. Developers of the vehicle feel happy and comfortable, and are proud his accomplishment. Two pictures show examples of something from the deep: A side-scan sonar image of Dodo lava field (diving depth 2,700m) in Indian Ocean captured by the AUV “r2D4” in 2006 and a picture of Golden King Crab at Sea of Okhotsk (diving depth 700m) by the AUV “Tuna-Sand” in 2014. These images invite us to the deep inspiring that the AUVs are our true friends.
Tamaki Ura has dedicated himself to R&D of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) since 1984, and has developed more than ten different kinds of AUVs. When he started his research, AUV technologies were at an immature stage, and far from practical usage. The primary difficulties were lack of efficient energy sources and the lack of high-level of intelligence essential for AUV’s operation. Professor Ura developed a small-sized closed cycle diesel engine for the “R-One Robot”. In 1998, the R-One recorded 12-hours continuous operation, and carried out full autonomous exploration of Teisi Knoll in 2000. This development allows AUVs to make vital contributions to undersea vulcanology. His latest AUV “r2D4”, a middle-sized AUV equipped with an inertial navigation system can dive to 4,000 meters with a range of 60 kilometers. Its primary mission is the close examination of hydro-thermal vent areas Successful operations include NW Rota 1 underwater volcano in May 2004 and the caldera of Myoujln-shyo in August 2005. He developed fundamental guidance technologies for AUVs. These include the use of neural network systems navigation and for altitude keeping. He also introduced a vision-based navigation system for AUVs. In 1996, he demonstrated autonomous image-based cable tracking at Lake Biwa using “Twin-Burger 2”. The newest vehicle, “Tri-Dog 1”, surveyed the port facility at Kamaishi Bay in 2004, collecting images of underwater man-made structures. In 2001, he succeeded in using and AUV to recognize and track humpback whales by detecting their “song”. As large mammals are at the top of food-chain, their ecology is reflects the whole ocean ecology.

Keynote Speech 4: Key Challenges for Internet of Things in Consumer Electronics Industry
Dr. Yuki Fukumoto and Kazuo Kajimoto, Panasonic Corporation

The key concept of IoT has the potential to be both a benefit and a threat not only to the ICT industry but also to the consumer electronics and device industries. Panasonic has high expectations for the IoT business and has already started providing value to individuals who live in smart homes. From a business viewpoint, we can simply describe “IoT” as ICT technologies that expanded from the computer to the non-computer world. However, there remain various technological issues to realize a genuine IoT world. This lecture introduces IoT business activities in the consumer electronics industry, and is followed by a discussion of the technological challenges for IoT both in the software and hardware layers.
Yuki Fukumoto received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from the Kyoto Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and a Ph.D. from Okayama University in 2001. He joined Panasonic Corporation in 1988. Since then, he has been engaged in research on EMC analysis, transmission line analysis, and CAD systems for high-performance digital circuit boards. He developed various interconnect circuits between system LSIs and their memory modules for several digital consumer products, and he also has standardized the physical layer of digital interfaces such as the SD card and HDMI. Dr. Fukumoto is now manager of the Technology Liaison Department in the Groupwide CTO Office, Panasonic.
Kazuo Kajimoto received B.E. and M.E. degrees in information science from Kyoto University in 1984 and 1986, respectively. In 1986, he joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., i.e. the current Panasonic Corporation. Mr. Kajimoto is currently the Senior Councilor of Group-wide Software Strategy, Groupwide CTO Office, Panasonic Corporation and is in charge of managing corporate level software strategy in various business fields such as Home Automation, Connected Cars, and Business Solutions.

Project Seminar Lectures

Lecturer 1: Recent Advances in Online Visual Tracking
Prof. Dong Wang, Dalian University of Technology

Lecturer 2: Multi-scale Visual Context for Image Semantic Segmentation
Prof. Quan Zhou, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Lecturer 3: User Experience Design in Virtual and Mixed Reality Applications
Prof. Joze Guna, University of Ljubljana

Invited Talks

Invited Talk 1: Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Process and Recognition
Dr. Zongyuan Ge, IBM Australia

Invited Talk 2: Artificial Intelligence in Deep-sea Observing
Dr. Huimin Lu, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Invited Talk 3: Better Understanding and Searching for Cross-Media Data
Dr. Xing Xu, University of Electronic and Technology of China