Technocare System by Robotic TechnologyToshio Fukuda
It has been very more important to make use of the mechatronic and robotic technology to assist and support human life, in particular, aged people in the age quake today. Those technology based care systems, called “technocare system”, have been advocated for the help of human both for young people to take care of senior people and for senior people to live as independently as possible. There are many devices and systems developed but much more needs done in terms of functionalities, costs and standardization. This presentation highlight some of these problems and provides possible directions for the future.
Distributed Intelligence: A Paradigm ShiftWilliam A. Gruver, PhD, FIEEE
Simon Fraser University
Intelligent Robotics Corporation
Centralized systems are unsuitable for large-scale systems integration because of their high reliance on centralized communication, high complexity, lack of scalability, and high cost of integration. The use of distributed intelligence technologies avoids these weaknesses by building intelligent systems with physical and software agents that operate autonomously to independently handle specialized tasks and cooperate to satisfy system-level goals and achieve a high degree of flexibility.
This lecture is an introduction to the technologies and applications of distributed intelligent systems for dynamically changing, networked environments. It describes how a peer-to- peer environment can be built to distribute the logistical and strategic requirements of a system, while improving robustness and scalability. The presenter will contrast centralized and distributed systems, survey development frameworks for distributed systems, describe recent advances based on multi-agent and holonic systems, and survey applications involving manufacturing automation, distributed scheduling, automated decision support, RFID tracking, and distributed energy systems.
Are We Ready for 3D Video?Ze-Nian Li
Simon Fraser University
Ever since the movie Avatar, we have witnessed a surge of 3D video and 3D TV products in cinemas and broadcasting industries. Most of them use stereoscopic images and the traditional viewing methods require the users to wear glasses (anaglyph, polarized, or shutter glasses). In the first half of this talk, we will review these technologies and compare their performances in terms of the image and video brightness, limitation on motion and depth changes, 3D effects, and eye strains. We will also review several new technologies that do not require glasses. In the second half of the talk, we will discuss techniques for 3D video assessment and enhancement. While subjective quality assessment of 2D video is a mature field, the metrics for subjective and objective assessments of 3D video are still being developed. We will examine some fundamental issues involving human perception of 3D including the vergence-accommodation conflict, and the impact of visual masking and visual attention models.
Ambient Assistive Living systems for independence and quality of life of seniorsAndrew Sixsmith, PhD
Simon Fraser University
The presentation discusses a number of recent research initiatives in the area of Ambient Assistive Living (AAL). Advances in information and communications technologies offer many opportunities to help older people living at home, by providing additional safety and security, supporting independent living and improving quality of life. A key concern within this work is to move away from technology-push and problem-focused approaches to researching technology and ageing to an approach that is driven by a better understanding of the needs and preferences of seniors themselves. Older people are not a homogenous group and AAL systems to promote healthy and independent living need to reflect the very diverse needs of this population group.
Intelligent Pattern Recognition and ApplicationsProf. Patrick S.P. Wang, Ph.D., IAPR Fellow, ISIBM Fellow
Northeastern University Boston
East China Normal University
This talk deals with fundamental aspects of Intelligent Pattern Recognition (IPR) and applications. It basically includes the following: Overview of 3D Biometric Technology and Applications, Importance of Security: A Scenario of Terrorists Attack, What are Biometric Technologies? Biometrics: Analysis vs Synthesis, Analysis: Interactive Pattern Recognition Concept, Importance of Measurement, How it works: Fingerprint Extraction and Matching, Iris, and Facial Analysis, Authentication Applications, Thermal Imaging: Emotion Recognition. Synthesis in Biometrics, Modeling and Simulation, and more Examples and Applications of 3D Biomedical Imaging in Interactive Web/Video Networking Fuzzy Learning Environment. Finally, some future research directions are discussed.
ICIAR - International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition
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