COMPSAC 2013 Keynotes and Plenary Events

Tuesday July 23
Dr. Kazuhiko Kushima, NTT, Japan (click for bio)
Toward Advanced User Experiences based on Intelligent Media Processing

Abstract: Although the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) of ICT services continue to improve, greater advances are urgently needed. A key weakness is the uniformity of UI/UX. In order to provide a simpler but more effective UI/UX, the UI should be automatically personalized to suit the user (taste and context). And from the viewpoint of ICT services, the services (e.g., Q&A system) should also be automatically personalized to provide a better UX for each user.

This keynote presentation takes the use case of ICT services in the home and introduces the future vision of a simple but effective UI/UX. Intelligent media processing technologies to realize the future vision are detailed as well. For example, speech recognition/synthesis that can yield a simple UI, high-reality audio/video space composition technologies for natural and suitable communication, and natural language processing and audio/video signal processing technologies to discover user's tastes and situation so as to provide personalized services.

Wednesday July 24
Dr. Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (click for bio)
Intelligent Transportation with Cyber-Physical Technologies

Abstract: Information and communication technologies (ICT) are increasingly coupled with sensing and actuation technologies (SAT) to bring your vehicle to life — giving you an automobile that will recognize its environment and assist you, inform and entertain you, and keep a watchful and gentle eye on you and your passengers.

Wednesday July 24, 13:30 - Plenary Panel
Software Assurance: What Should We Do Next?

Chair: Mohammad Zulkernine, School of Computing, Queen's University, Canada
Panelists: Ivica Crnkovic (School of Innovation, Design & Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden); T.H. Tse (Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong); Bruce McMillin (Dept. of Computer Science, Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA); Tetsutaro Uehara (Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, Japan)

Abstract: Our day to day activities are almost completely dependent on software. It is rare to find an automated system which is not software controlled. Software defects are a serious threat to our society costing billions of dollars to our economy every year. As a result, software assurance is critical to the assurance of our daily lives. To achieve software assurance, we have to trade-off among a number of interdependent and complementary attributes such as reliability, security, privacy, availability, safety, usability, and many others. Software systems are becoming (ultra) larger and more complex day by day as they interact with many other software and hardware systems, while new paradigms and computing environments such as Cloud and mobile are becoming more common. Therefore, it is extremely important to assess the software assurance processes and techniques to identify our priorities: Are we there yet? Where are we now? Finally, what should we do next or what things should we do differently? This panel will try to answer these questions.

Four panelists will deliver their opinion on the issues in achieving software assurance as mentioned above. They will emphasize on different phases and aspects of a software life cycle. Prof. Crnkovic will talk about software design for reliability, Prof. Tse will present his view on the challenges in testing modern software systems, Prof. McMillin will share his experience of software deployment in a cyber-physical environment, and finally Prof. Uehara will provide his thoughts on software security issues. Each panelist will make a 8-10 minute introductory statement on their position on this topic, and then the panel will open up for questions and answers.

Thursday July 25, 9:00am - Plenary Panel
Big Data

Join panel chair Alfredo Cuzzocrea (University of Calabari) with panelists Yutaka Yasuda (KDDI R&D Laboratories), Makoto Yasuda (Hitachi), I-Ying Yen (University of Texas at Dallas) and Kohichi Takeda (IBM) for a panel discussion on big data.