Special Sessions

This year, ICOT 2017 organizes the following special sessions in the conference.


Special Session 1

AI spoken dialogue system for happiness warming care

Special Session 2

Brain Computer Interfaces for Affect and Emotion

Organizer: Cuntai Guan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Brain-computer Interfaces (BCIs) connect the human central nervous system (CNS) to external devices by sending brain signals to a computer for analysis. Algorithms which are residing in the computer then analyse the brain signals and interpret. In this special session, we focus on using BCI to detect emotion and applying the affective-BCI for various applications aiming at improving the wellness of the brain.

Special Session 3

Music and Music Technology for Health and Learning

Organizer: Ye WANG (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

The use of music as an aid for improving body and mind has received enormous attention over the last 20 years from a wide range of disciplines, including neuroscience, cognitive science, physical therapy, exercise science, psychological medicine, and pedagogy. It is important to translate insights gained from the scientific study of music, learning, and medicine into real-life applications. Such applications should be delivered widely, effectively, and accurately, harnessing the synergy of sound and music computing (SMC), wearable computing, and cloud computing technologies to promote learning and to facilitate disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in both developed countries and resource-poor developing countries. This special session is to cultivate interests in this emerging research area. Submissions are solicited for original research papers, position papers, overview papers and tutorial papers.

Special Session 4

Social Media Processing and Recommendation for Health Care

Organizer: Chung-Hsien Wu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

In today’s world, social interaction undoubtedly plays an important role in our daily life. Toward harmonious human-computer interaction interface for health care, automated processing and recommendation of social media has attracted increasing attention from the researchers in multidisciplinary research fields. Technologies for speech and language processing, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and recommendation platform for constructing an interactive spoken home companion and recommendation system have expanded the interaction modalities between humans and computer-supported communicational artifacts. In this special session, papers covering theoretical and practical work offering new and broad views of the latest research in data processing and recommendation of the social media will be presented. The papers will span a variety of theoretical background and applications ranging from emotion expression in social media, affective episodes for daily activity analysis, emotion recognition of affective speech, and social activity recommendation to related applications.

Special Session 5

System and Application for Happiness

Organizers: An-Chao Tsai and Shih Pan Tseng

The special session highly welcomes the innovative and creative research on state-of-the-art framework, system and application based on happiness informatics to recognize the human positive/negative emotion, expression, speech, language through the human audio-visual cues and physiology signals (such as, brain wave and brain region), also discusses the appropriate feedback strategy based on the recognized results to promote the human happiness. The research works or topics including, the happiness acoustic recognition, the happiness semantic recognition, the laughter detection or recognition, the positivity or negative facial expression/body behavior/gesture recognition, the fMRI for happiness brain region recognition, the EEG for happiness brain wave recognition and the happiness feedback strategy etc. are welcome for this special session submission.

Special Session 6

Audio-Visual AI on Robot and Internet on Vehicle Thing (IoVT) for Orange Technologies

Organizers: Shi-Huang Chen and Ta-Wen Kuan

The special session highly welcomes the innovative and creative research on state-of-the-art method, framework, system and applications based on audio-visual artificial Intelligent for IOT, Robot and unmanned vehicle, to recognize and understand the human behavior, action, speech, spoken language through the human audio-visual cues, as well as the advanced vehicle electronics and embedded system for AI unmanned vehicle. The research works or topics including, AI acoustic recognition, AI semantic recognition, AI dialogue system, AI facial expression/action behavior/gesture recognition, AI environment and object recognition, advanced AI vehicle electronics on IoVT, AI vehicle embedded system on IoVT, AI unmanned vehicle on IoVT etc. are welcome for this special session submission.

Special Session 7

Audio/Visual and Multimedia Technologies for Orange Computing

Organizer: Lei Xie (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shaanxi, China)

Speech is the primary natural communication means between humans. Moreover, it is the most important bio-signal humans can produce and perceive. Therefore, speech information processing will definitely contribute a lot to the orange technologies and benefit a healthy, happy and warm modern society. Recently, deep learning has revolutionized many research areas, including different topics in speech processing.

Special Session 8

Smart Medicine

Organizer: Yanchun Zhang (Victoria University, Australia)

With the rapid advance of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) techniques are being effectively used in the fields of health and medicine to improve the efficiency of treatments and avoid the risks of false diagnosis, the making of therapeutic decisions and the prediction of outcome in many clinical scenarios. Modern medicine is faced with the challenge of acquiring, analysing and applying the large amount of knowledge necessary to solve complex problems. AI in health and medicine mainly uses computer techniques to perform clinical diagnoses and suggest treatments. This special session will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research results that address broad challenges on both theoretical and application aspects of AI in health and medicine. We invite scholars and researchers to contribute original research articles that will stimulate the continuing effort on the application of AI approaches to solve health and medical problems.

The following topics of this special issue explicitly include, but are not limited to: Applications of AI methods in health and medicine; Novel AI techniques in medical data processing and analysis; Knowledge engineering in medical data-driven; Applications of AI methods in medical data modeling; Medical data mining and data analysis; Computer-Aided Diagnosis systems; AI in the mental disorder detection; Applications of AI methods in Brain- Computer Interface; Applications of Machine learning techniques; Deep learning in AI; Data- driven feature learning; Robust feature extraction; Classification; Medical data capturing; data integration; Applications of Neural networks; Novel applications with medical data.

Some selected papers will be recommended for publication in Health Information Science and Systems – Springer, in Web of Science Core Collection: Citation Indexes.

Special Session 9

Advancing Technology for Humanity with Design

Organizer: Yang Chia-Han (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)

With the emergence of new ill-defined real problems, today’s scientific researches across the globe are being pressed to solve an array of daunting systemic and complicated technical problems. These problems exceed the abilities of any one discipline, which means that experts from diverse fields must work together to provide a range of problem-solving perspectives. This situation also raise a new challenges about how to bring the technology progress into humanity together while the targeted problem is dynamic and ill-defined. As a result, this special session aims to provide a discussion about the role of design approach to advance technological R&D for humanity and real society demand. This design thinking is both a mindset and an approach to solving interdisciplinary challenges, and emphasizing creativity, innovation, and a cross-disciplinary perspective. We are looking forward to seeing a new way of advancing technology for humanity with design perspective in this special session.




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