Special Sessions

ICARA solicits special session proposals. The special sessions are intended to stimulate in-depth discussions in special areas relevant to the conference theme. The conference proceedings will include all papers from the special sessions.

For further details, please contact:

G. Sen Gupta Serge Demidenko  


Hand Gesture Recognition for Human to Computer Interaction Applications
Co-Chairs:
A/Prof Rini Akmeliawati
International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia
rakmelia@iium.edu.my
Dr. G. Sen Gupta
Massey University, New Zealand
g.sengupta@massey.ac.nz


Special session on Pipe Inspection Systems and Intelligent Control
Co-Chairs:
Dr. Liqiong Tang
Massey University, New Zealand
http://www.massey.ac.nz/~ltang/
L.Tang@massey.ac.nz
Associate Professor Donald Bailey
Massey University, New Zealand
http://www-ist.massey.ac.nz/dbailey/
D.G.Bailey@massey.ac.nz


Special session on Human/Prosthetic Limb Interface
Co-Chairs:
Prof. Adnan Al-Anbuky
AUT University / New Zealand
adnan.anbuky@aut.ac.nz
Prof. Stephen Low Wee Kiat
UniSim / Singapore
stephenlowwk@unisim.edu.sg


Computational Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications
Co-Organised by:
Associate Professor TAN Kay Chen
National University of Singapore, Singapore
http://vlab.ee.nus.edu.sg/~kctan/
eletankc@nus.edu.sg
Professor Mengjie Zhang
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
http://homepages.ecs.vuw.ac.nz/~mengjie/
Mengjie.Zhang@ecs.vuw.ac.nz


Special Session on
Hand Gesture Recognition for Human to Computer Interaction Applications

Co-Chairs:
   
A/Prof Rini Akmeliawati
International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia
rakmelia@iium.edu.my
Dr. G. Sen Gupta
Massey University, New Zealand
g.sengupta@massey.ac.nz

 

Objectives:

Many researches are nowadays looking for a more natural way of interacting with computers. Vision provides this capability because it can carry a wealth of information and provides a more natural way of communication with computers compared to those which use a mouse or keyboard input. However, developing a vision system based on camera and human hands to communicate with computers is a very challenging task. Difficulties arise from the stage of segmenting the hand from the background up to the recognition of hand posture and gesture stage. This special session aims to bring together new theories, methodologies, results and discoveries inspired by research in the area of HCI. The emphasis of the session is on bridging multi-disciplinary research areas such as image analysis, artificial recognition, robotic vision, and evolutionary computation algorithms.

Topics of interest:

The topics explored in this special session include, but are not limited to:

  • Sign Language Recognition Systems.
  • Image processing and Analysis.
  • Machine Vision Systems.
  • Controlling Games Using hand Gesture.
  • Robotics and Hand Gestures Recognition.


Special Session on
Pipe Inspection Systems and Intelligent Control

Co-Chairs:
   
Dr. Liqiong Tang
Massey University, New Zealand
http://www.massey.ac.nz/~ltang/
L.Tang@massey.ac.nz
Associate Professor Donald Bailey
Massey University, New Zealand
http://www-ist.massey.ac.nz/dbailey/
D.G.Bailey@massey.ac.nz

 

Pipe inspection involves modern technologies and cutting edge research that deeply hinge on science and engineering. This special session is devoted to research on pipe inspection ranging from principles, methodologies to applications. The content covers advanced sensing and monitoring, design of dedicated pipe checking mechanism, robotics, mechatronics, image processing, embedded systems, wireless communication, data acquisition, real time systems and intelligent control. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Pipe inspection principles and methodologies
  • Pipe sensing and monitoring
  • Mechatronic systems for pipe inspection
  • Data acquisition and processing
  • Wireless communication
  • Real time systems
  • Image processing for pipe checking
  • Pipe checking mechanism
  • Pipe inspection robot
  • Intelligent control
  • Embedded systems
  • Software for pipe inspection and monitoring
  • Power supply for pipe inspection systems


Special Session on
Human/Prosthetic Limb Interface

Co-Chairs:
   
Prof. Adnan Al-Anbuky
AUT University / New Zealand
adnan.anbuky@aut.ac.nz
Prof. Stephen Low Wee Kiat
UniSim / Singapore
stephenlowwk@unisim.edu.sg

 

Recent technological advances in biomaterials, data communications and robotics have led to the development of many tools to aid in rehabilitation. Of notable significance is research on the use of brain control interfaces to drive prosthetic devices as well as the use of haptic arms/exoskeletons in combination with robots to assist in a wide range of activities from robot-assisted surgery to the rehabilitation of injured limbs.

The presence of such a wide array of technological tools available encourages the opportunity to stimulate the research into the contributions of human factors aspects of interfacing these tools to aid in human rehabilitation. These areas include the study of effort efficient man-machine systems to help in carrying out activities of daily living (ADL) (combining limb and haptic robots as a single system), the influence of visuomotor feedback (through the measurements of electro-occulogram signals, eye gaze directions) and tactile/afferent muscle feedbacks in the performance of ADLs, and others.

The workshop addresses the pertinent implementational issues of man-machine systems would be a timely contribution to the conference. Authors are encouraged to submit papers related to the following areas of research related to Human-Hapatic limb interface and system performance:

Topics of interest included but not limited to:
Man machine systems
Man machine performance
Haptic Robots as Limb Replacements
Wireless Sensor Networks for Telemedicine and Health Care
Safety Issues in BCI Controlled Devices
Orthopaedics, Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering
Terrestial Motion and Fusion for Biomedical Control
Proprioceptive devices; muscle mechanics and motor control
Biological Sources of Power for Medical Robots
Robotics in Medicine


TPC Members

Dava Newman/MIT/US/ dnewman@mit.edu
Gerald Seet/NTU/SG/ mglseet@ntu.edu.sg
Prahlad Vadakkepat/NUS/SG/ prahlad@nus.edu.sg
U Rajendra Acharya/NAP/SG/ aru@np.edu.sg
Saeid Sanei/Surrey U/UK/ s.sanei@surrey.ac.uk
An Kai-Nan/Mayo Clinic/US/ an.kainan@mayo.edu
Hamid G Hosseini/AUT/NZ/ Hamid GholamHosseini@aut.ac.nz
Bruce MacDonald/AU/NZ/ b.macdonald@auckland.ac.nz
Loulin Huang/AUT/NZ/ lhuang@aut.ac.nz
Hu Hao Sheng/Essex U UK/ hhu@essex.ac.uk
Shane Xie / Auckland University /NZ/ s.xie@auckland.ac.nz


Special Session on
Computational Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications

Co-Organised by
   
Associate Professor TAN Kay Chen
National University of Singapore, Singapore
http://vlab.ee.nus.edu.sg/~kctan/
eletankc@nus.edu.sg
Professor Mengjie Zhang
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
http://homepages.ecs.vuw.ac.nz/~mengjie/
Mengjie.Zhang@ecs.vuw.ac.nz

 

Computational Intelligence (CI) can be regarded as a research endeavor that encompasses technologies such as evolutionary computation, neural computing and fuzzy logic systems. CI techniques have been applied to solve a wide range of problems, which may not be solvable by standard and/or conventional optimization techniques. Recently, there is also an increasing interest in the synergy among these technologies. This session is dedicated to bring together the recent contributions and our understanding of various CI algorithms, their applications, and the potential hybridization of these techniques. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Theoretical developments of evolutionary algorithm, neural network, fuzzy logic
  • CI applications in combinatorial optimization, numerical optimization, agent learning, autonomous and robotic systems
  • Evolution of learning rules, coevolution
  • Multi-objective optimization, robust optimization
  • Memetic algorithms, hybrid CI algorithms
  • Evolvable hardware, CI-based design optimization


TPC Members

Nikola Kasabov, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand,
nkasabov@aut.ac.nz
Ramesh Rayudu, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Ramesh.Rayudu@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Peter Whigham, University of Otago, New Zealand, pwhigham@infoscience.otago.ac.nz
Christopher Hollitt, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, christopher.hollitt@vuw.ac.nz
Edmund Lai, Massey University (Albany), New Zealand, E.Lai@massey.ac.nz
Jing Liu, Xidian University, China, neouma@mail.xidian.edu.cn
Will Browne, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Will.Browne@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Xiaodong Li, RMIT University, Australia, xiaodong.li@rmit.edu.au



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9 September 2011

23 September 2011

7 October 2011