Prof. Hiroyuki Iida
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Dr. Hiroyuki Iida was born in 1962, who has has been an enthusiasm researcher in the domains such as computer games and entertainment computing, while acting as important roles of international activities such as conference chair, program chair and journal editor. He has also organized Mind Sports Computer Olympiad as the secretary/treasurer of ICGA (International Computer Games Association) for each year since early 2000. He supervised many master and PhD students until now, while acting as PhD committee member (external assessment) for PhD candidates in western countries such as Maastricht University and Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He also served as an external assessment for international research funding in western countries such as Canada and the Netherlands.
Using games as the testbed for AI
Synopsis: A brief history of research in this direction is introduced together with my own approach including opponent-model search (speculative play), understanding master's thinking way, game refinement theory and force-in-mind.
Dr Tom Dawson
Rescon Technologies Ltd, UK
Dr. Tom Dawson D.Phil (Oxon), MB.ChB, B.Med.Sci, DSportsMed is a clinician technologist who comes from a clinical and academic background. He was the director of The Science and Medicine of Athletic Performance at the University of Oxford until 2009 and has held a variety of clinical posts, mainly in Sports Medicine. He has a wide cross sector background having been the military medicine theme leader for the Haldane-Spearman Consortium and is an independent technical advisor to the Defence Sciences Advisory Council (UK). In 2011 Dr Dawson founded Rescon, and has since been working with his team on developing performance and biological system evaluation frameworks incorporating advanced analytics capabilities that utilise sensors, self-reporting and observational evaluation. These have been developed in concert with assessment and development of state of the art wearables, funded by the US military (DARPA) and the European Space Agency. Tom is the lead author on multiple patents with 11 having been granted to date.
New Approaches to Data Analytics in Health and Social Care
Synopsis:This talk will outline a self-healing network model approach to health and social care analytics. Top level inputs will be described along with looped actions leading to a self-improving model based on iterative feedback. The practicalities of data collection and fusion will be discussed along with real world examples to illustrate utility. Opportunities for new research and development of standards frameworks will also be outlined.
Dr Hoshang Kolivand
Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
Hoshang Kolivand is an active researcher in Computer Graphics. He received his MS degree in applied mathematics and computer from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, in 1999, and his PhD from Media and Games Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGIC-X) in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2013 in the area of Realism of Mixed Reality. He has completed Post-Doctorate research in Interactive Augmented Reality in UTM. Previously he worked as a lecturer in Shahid Beheshti University, Iran and then as a Senior Lecturer in UTM. Currently he is a Senior academic and researcher at Liverpool John Moores University. He has published numerous articles in international journals, conference proceedings and technical papers, and book chapters in computer graphics and virtual reality. He is an active member of many conferences and international journals, and the General Chair of the International Conference on Digital Media 2018, organised in UK. He has also published many books in object-oriented programming and mathematics. His research interests include Computer Graphics, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
Future Research Directions in Virtual and Augmented Reality
Synopsis:This talk will introduce the recent development in VR and AR illustrated by a number of recent projects and applications from Cultural Heritage to Medical Applications, I have been involved in, in the last few years. There is no doubt that Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have the potential to become a fascinating widespread technology not only in computer graphics but also in many other subjects. In about two decades, AR or in general, Mixed Reality (MR) has turned into one of the most attractive topics in computer graphics with many researchers attempting to improve realism and interaction with the virtual environment. Realism and robust AR system is still an open issue. I will introduce in particular the techniques I have developed for the realism, robustness and interaction of AR systems and present possible future directions toward these enhancement. Moreover, interaction between real and virtual objects.