Keynote Speakers

Masakatsu Fujiwara
NTT Network Technology Laboratories, Japan

Masakatsu Fujiwara is the Vice President and Head of Communication Traffic & Service Quality Project, NTT Network Technology Laboratories, Japan. He received a B.E. in electrical engineering and an M.E. in applied systems science from Kyoto University in 1994 and 1996, and an M.B.A. from Cornell University, USA, in 2005.

Title: NTT R&D's Challenge toward Self-evolving Zero-Touch Network Operation with AI and Data analysis

Abstract: Beyond the 5G era, network will serve as a critical social infrastructure that supports the cyber physical system with massive and diverse devices as well as service requirements. In such a situation, self-evolving zero-touch network operation with AI and data analysis will be essential to provide network functions and resources flexibly and dynamically. In addition, the key indicators of network value will expand from conventional parameters inside networks, such as throughput or latency, to the outside indicators such as user benefit or user behavior change. We introduce the concept and technologies concerning the self-evolving zero-touch and user-engagement as the direction of future network operation.

Chih-Yu Wen
National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

Chih-Yu Wen received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, in 2005. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan in 2006, where he is now a Distinguished Professor. His current research interests include wireless communications, biomedical signal processing for health monitoring, software-defined radio, smart agriculture, and distributed networked sensing and control. He has held twelve Taiwanese invention patents in pervasive healthcare. Prof. Wen is a member of Chinese Institute of Engineers and a senior member of IEEE. Since January 2018, he has served as an Associate Editor of IET signal processing. Since July 2020, he has also been a Guest Editor of the Processes Journal for the Special Issue - Smart Systems and Internet of Things (IoT). He received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award – National Chung Hsing University in 2014, and the National Innovation Awards – Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Title: Networked Sensing and Control for Internet of Medical Things

Abstract: With the developments of networked sensing and information processing technologies, significant breakthroughs have been made for the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) applications. In order to successfully implement the IoMT healthcare, smart and effective solutions linked to the cross-cutting issues will be an important subject in future engineering design. This talk will leverage IoMT techniques and describe general issues of human-centric problems, which emphasizes on design process and architecture model for problem solving and application service. Two case studies, considering pervasive rehabilitation monitoring for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and smart carryable drip frame with automatic balancing, will be presented to demonstrate the conceptual design principles and system operation procedures.

Takayuki Ito
Kyoto University, Japan

Dr. Takayuki ITO is Professor of Kyoto University. He received the Doctor of Engineering from the Nagoya Institute of Technology in 2000. He was a JSPS research fellow, an associate professor of JAIST, and a visiting scholar at USC/ISI, Harvard University, and MIT twice. He was a board member of IFAAMAS, the PC-chair of AAMAS2013, PRIMA2009, General-Chair of PRIMA2014, IEEE ICA2016, is the Local Arrangements Chair of IJCAI2020, and was a SPC/PC member in many top-level conferences (IJCAI, AAMAS, ECAI, AAAI, etc). He received the JSAI Achievement Award, the JSPS Prize, the Fundamental Research Award of JSSST, the Prize for Science and Technology of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), the Young Scientists' Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the MEXT, the Nagao Special Research Award of IPSJ, the Best Paper Award of AAMAS2006, the 2005 Best Paper Award of JSSST, and the Super Creator Award of 2004 IPA Exploratory Software Creation Project. He was a JST PREST Researcher, and a principal investigator of the Japan Cabinet Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers. He is currently principal investigator of JST CREST project.

Title: Agent that Facilitates Crowd Discussion

Abstract: Online discussion among civilian is important and essential for next-generation democracy. Providing good support is critical for establishing and maintaining coherent discussions. Large-scale online discussion platforms are receiving great attention as potential next-generation methods for smart democratic citizen platforms. Such platforms require support functions that can efficiently achieve a consensus, reasonably integrate ideas, and discourage flaming. Researchers are developing several crowd-scale discussion platforms and conducting social experiments with a local government. One of these studies employed human facilitators in order to achieve good discussion. However, they clarified the critical problem faced by human facilitators caused by the difficulty of facilitating large-scale online discussions. In this work, we propose an automated facilitation agent to manage crowd-scale online discussions. An automated facilitator agent extracts the discussion structure from the texts posted in discussions by people. In this paper, we present our current implementation of D-agree, a crowd-scale discussion support system based on an automated facilitation agent, which extracts discussion structures from text discussions, analyzes them, and posts facilitation messages. We conducted a large-scale social experiment with Nagoya City’s local government. The results present that our automated facilitation agents succeeded to gather more opinions from people. Also, we found that people satisfactions on both discussions by automated facilitation agents and discussions by human facilitators were almost same score. Our main contribution is that this is one of the earliest real trials, in which an automated agent facilitated discussion among people in the real society.

Invited Speakers

Moe Pwint
University of Computer Studies, Mandalay, Myanmar

Moe Pwint was born in Yangon, Myanmar. She received B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Physics from the University of Yangon in 1992. She received M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from University of Computer Studies, Yangon (formerly Institute of Computer Science and Technology) in 1996. She obtained Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2006. Currently she is the rector of the University of Computer Studies, Mandalay.

Title: Revitalizing Academic Research in the UCSM

Abstract: In the age of knowledge-based economy and society, universities play the primary role in investing the lifelong learning education. The University of Computer Studies, Mandalay(UCSM) has been transforming into a student-centered and research-intensive university while educating the students for a better prepared workforce with the knowledge, analytical and problem solving skills in the field of information technology. Emphasizing on postgraduate research, UCSM is concentrated on offering unique academic opportunities for graduate students and faculty members. In advancing research and innovation at UCSM, we acknowledge that the researchers need to be globally competent while their research outcomes are locally relevant. In this conference, the current research activities at UCSM together with the challenges and key opportunities will be discussed.

Hiroshi Fujinoki
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA

Dr. Fujinoki is currently a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His primary research interest is in network protocols, routing mechanisms in large-scale networks, and network security. He has been contributing to the research fields, especially by publishing papers through IEEE- and ACM-sponsored international conferences and journal publishers worldwide. Dr. Fujinoki’s papers have been cited by researchers over the world. In the education front, Dr. Fujinoki has been contributing to awareness of cyber security not only to the CS majors, but to other majors, such as civil engineers and to the public transportation communities in the United States. Dr. Fujinoki participated in US Transportation Command (US-TRANSOM) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for enhancing their security and efficiency in their information systems in the past.

Title: Security Threats from Insiders: The Current and The Future

Abstract: An insider threat is a security risk that originates from within the targeted organization, including sabotage, theft, espionage, fraud, and competitive advantage that are carried out through abusing access rights, theft of materials, and mishandling physical devices (DHS Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center).

In the recent years, regardless of their sizes, businesses, from small individual merchants to large, such as Boeing, are frequently targeted. Incidents involving insider threats are on the rise, causing 47% increase during 2018 through 2019. The rise indicates that threats have become a menace to our cyber infrastructure, especially when the global average loss caused by an insider threat has reached $11.45 million in 2019, up from $8.76 million in 2018.

Law enforcement agencies, such as FBI, also have been groping ways to tighten guards against insider threats to prevent possible losses in domestic intellectual properties, which can be worth multi-billion dollars in the hands of their antagonistic nations. In this short talk, we will discuss the status quo, recent and foreseen future developments, and possible solutions to enhance our awareness, as well as to prevent and mitigate the damages from the recently rampant threats in cyber space.

ICCCI 2020 Speakers


Yang Xiao
The University of Alabama, USA
IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow

Dr. Yang Xiao is currently a Full Professor of Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA, and his B.S. and M.S. degrees in computational mathematics at Jilin University, Changchun, China. His current research interests include Cyber Physical Systems, Internet of Things, Security, Wireless Networks, Smart Grid, and Telemedicine. He has published over 280 SCI-indexed journal papers (including over 50 IEEE/ACM transactions papers) and over 250 EI indexed refereed conference papers and book chapters related to these research areas. His research has been supported by the U.S. NSF, U.S. Army Research, GENI, Fleet Industrial Supply Center-San Diego, FIATECH, and The University of Alabama's Research Grants Committee.
Dr. Xiao was a Voting Member of IEEE 802.11 Working Group from 2001 to 2004, involving IEEE 802.11 (WIFI) standardization work. He is an IEEE Fellow (FIEEE) and an IET Fellow (previously IEE) (FIET). He served/serves as a Panelist for the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), The Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)'s Telecommunications expert committee, The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)'s Site Visit Committee (SVC), U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command's (USAMRMC) Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) via American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships under the Department of Defense (DoD), The Science, Mathematics, Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship under DoD, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), as well as a Referee/Reviewer for many national and international funding agencies. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Cyber-Physical Systems (Journal). He had (s) been an Editorial Board or Associate Editor for 20 international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, during 2020 to now, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, during 2014 to 2015, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, during 2007 to 2009, and IEEE Communications Survey and Tutorials, during 2007 to 2014. He served (s) as a Guest Editor for over 20 times for different international journals, including IEEE Network , IEEE Wireless Communications, and ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET).
Dr. Xiao had directed 16 doctoral dissertations in the past and is currently supervising 5 Ph.D. students/candidates in computer security and networking areas. Dr. Xiao also supervised 19 M.S. graduates in the past.

JongWon Kim
Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST), Korea

Title: Cloud-native & Data-centric AI+X Infrastructure and Platform

Dr. JongWon Kim received Ph.D. degree in Control and Instrumentation Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1994. In 1994-1999, he was with the Department of Electronics Engineering at the KongJu National University, KongJu, Korea, as an Assistant Professor. From 1997 to 2001, he was visiting the Signal & Image Processing Institute (SIPI) of Electrical Engineering - Systems Department at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, where he has served as a Research Assistant Professor since Dec. 1998. From Sept. 2001, he has joined Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology (GIST), Gwangju, Korea, where he is now working as a Professor and directing GIST SCENT (Super Computing cENTer). Also, with Networked Computing Systems Lab. (renamed from Networked Media Lab.) established in Sept. 2001, he has been researching networked system topics under the slogan of “Dynamic & resource-aware composition of media-centric services employing programmable/virtualized resources”. His recent research interests cover diverse topics such as software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing for Future Internet testbed and smart media-centric services employing heterogeneous nodes. Around these topics, he has co-authored more than 300 technical publications in academic journals and conferences. Dr. Kim is the senior member of IEEE, and the members of ACM, SPIE, KICS, IEEK, KIISE, and KIPS. He has been serving as the editorial board member of Elsevier JVIS, Elsevier ICT Express, KIISE, KIPS, and HCI-Korea Journals. He has served as various committee members (Conference/WS co-chairs, TPC co-chairs and members) of international and domestic conferences/workshops of IEEE, ACM, SPIE, and others. Also, he has/had been involved with several domestic and international working group activities based on the global R&E networks, including Technology Area director, HDTV WG chair, and Cloud WG chair of APAN (Asia-Pacific Advance Network), Chair (from Jan. 2019) and Testbed WG chair of FIF (Future Internet Forum in Korea), and Steering Group member of AsiaFI (Asia Future Internet).

Jiro Katto
Waseda University, Japan
IEICE Fellow, ITE Fellow

Title: Development and Evaluations of Visual IoT Services

Jiro Katto received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1987, 1989, and 1992, respectively. He then worked for NEC Corporation from 1992 to 1999. From 1996 to 1997, he was a visiting scholar of Princeton University. He then joined Waseda University in 1999 in 1999 as an associate professor. Since 2004, he has been a professor of the Department of Computer Science, Waseda University. From 2004 to 2008, he had been also a director of the Electronic and Information Technology Development Department, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). His research interest lies in the field of multimedia signal processing and multimedia communication systems. He is a fellow of IEICE and ITE, and is a member of IEEE and ACM.



Prof. Haruki Kawanaka
Aichi Prefectural University, Japan

Title: Biomedical Engineering from Toilets

Haruki Kawanaka received Ph.D in Engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology - Japan in 2005. He joined the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Aichi Prefectural University as a research associate in 2005, an assistant professor in 2007, a lecturer in 2012, then he currently works as an associate professor in 2007. In the meanwhile, he has been a researcher of the Information Science and Technology Collaborative Research Institute, and the Cultural Symbiosis Research Institute in Aichi prefectural University since 2008. His research interests include Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. He has been collaborating with many companies on joint research e.g. LIXIL, DENSO, Yazaki Energy Systems Inc.. Recent major achievements include urine volume estimation and defecation property classification in toilets, cuffless blood pressure estimation from photoplethysmography, driver drowsiness estimation from drive recorder, etc. There is applied research such as learning. There are applied researches such as machine learning to estimate human states from various signals and data. He achieved the KES 2008 Best Paper Award. He is various association memberships, e.g. IEEE EMBS, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering (IEICE), Information Processing Society of Japan, Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering. And he is a member of Aichi ITS Council, and a collaborative member of the Advanced Mobility Research Center in Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo.

Prof. Zhi Zheng
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China

Title: Symmetric Sparse Array Configurations for Mixed Far-Field and Near-Field Source Localization

Zhi Zheng received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering and information & communication engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China, in 2007 and 2011, respectively. From 2014 to 2015, he was an Academic Visitor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, U.K. Since 2011, he has been with the School of Information and Communication Engineering, UESTC, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests lie in the areas of statistical and array signal processing, including direction finding, source localization, target tracking, sparse array design, robust adaptive beamforming, jammer suppression, compressive sensing, machine learning, and convex optimization, with applications to radar, sonar, navigation, wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, etc.

Prof. Tomio Goto
Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan

Title: Performance Improvement for Blurred Images Utilizing Learning-based Image Restoration Method

Tomio Goto received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1997, 1999, and 2007, respectively. He was an assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan. He is currently an associate professor with the Department of Computer Science, Nagoya Institute of Technology. He was a visiting fellow at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2010, and a visiting professor at University of Wollongong (UOW) from 2018 to 2019. His research interests include coding of images, non-linear filtering, noise reduction, and super-resolution, as well as most other applications of digital image processing. He is a senior member of the IEEE.