Dear my friends in the world,
I made this 2011 annual report as my seasonal greeting to my friends.
I have not made ver.2010 yet. let me have time to complete it.
Thinking of you from Japan in early 2012
--- My topics in 2011 ---
Domestic Conferences: As I am serving as a member of Executive
member of Japan Society of Evolutionary Computations (JSEC), I attended all
three their events and presented one paper at each of JSEC meeting held in
March and Sept. and three papers at their EC Symposium. Their contents are acceleration
methods of evolutionary computation (EC) and interactive EC, mainly. One
exception is interactive EC application for designing emotional haptic
vibrations, which corresponding vibration version of emotiocon.
The feature of JSEC is deep discussion. Most paper at their EC Meetings and all papers at their EC Symposium are assigned to single track of poster sessions, and each presenter discuss with participants for more than one hour. About 8 oral presentations at the EC Meetings are as if oral examinations; two commentators receive their papers previously, review them, and make questions and comments for 15 minutes. Their deep and keen comments prepared previously are useful for not only the authors but also audience. All participants to annual EC symposium stay at the same hotel, attend in only one meeting room (single track only), take meal together, and discuss till (or over) midnight with beverages. Students from the same university are not assigned in the same room to make human network with students of other universities. They are unique features that cannot be found at other conferences and societies.
Domestic meeting on Neuro-Computing was held on our campus in October. I served as Local Arrangement Chair and gave one hour talk on Recent Research of Interactive EC.
I attended the below international conferences.
ICNC2011 & FSKD2011 held in Shanghai in July to survey Chinese research on EC.
ICGEC2011 held in Kinmen Island, Taiwan in August to present two our papers.
SMC2011 held in Anchorage in October to chair one of five special sessions that our Technical Committee on Soft Computing organized.
INCoS2011 held in our city, Fukuoka, in Nov. - Dec. to present one our paper. I will serve as a Guest Editor of the INCoS2011 Special Issues appearing at Journal of Evolution Intelligence.
HIS2011 held in Malacca, Malaysia in December to give a tutorial talk of 75 min., a keynote speech of 60 min., and chair a session.
Distinguish Lecturer seminar at IEEE SMC Society Malaysia Section Chapter on the next day of HIS2011. I was a Distinguish Lecturer of IEEE SMC Society Distinguish Lecturer Program in 2006-2007, 2008-2009, and 2010-2011.
Surprise was a typhoon attacking Kinmen Island during ICGEC2011. As we could not connect other carrier to Japan if we could not move to Taipei as scheduled, we were waiting a flight to Taipei among many cancelled flights one day before scheduled day and could catch one flight and could connected to our scheduled flight to Japan. Chinese doctoral student was going to present one of two our papers but could not obtain visa from Taiwan government and had to cancel to attend the conference, unfortunately.
My biggest educational event in 2011 was Human Science Summer School held for three weeks in September. I planned it, applied scholarship for participants, and designed its program to promote our Human Science International Course under Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University and collect excellent students from the world. We invited 11 graduate students from 8 countries to the Summer School. The program consists of (a) course lectures of 90 min. * 15 times give our 14 faculty members (we issues 2 credits to those who came from universities having student exchanging program with our university), (b) lab works for three weeks in all afternoon, and (c) cultural program in the weekends including some Fukuoka waking tours and a one-day bus tour. Participants satisfied this Summer School. Problem was financial supports because scholarship was not enough to cover participants' airfares and daily life in Fukuoka. We are applying the same program in 2012.
I have hosted a Master student from a French university having an exchanging student program with our university for a half year since October. I gave him a research topic of co-evolution between the strategy of StarTreck game and that of its game player model. Now, my B4 student is making a rule-based player model and evolving it. He is helping her programming but also will use the player model to co-evolve both the model and the StarTreck game. Good example of co-evolution is competitive relation between developing vaccine and evolving virus, and according to against becoming stronger (i.e. my side becomes weaker), co-evolution makes my side strong not to be beaten.
I gave a course lecture on artificial life and media creation at University of Aizu, Japan, in September and a lecture on combining human sense with engineering at a high school in September. As my tutorial talk in December mentioned in the above is an introduction talk on several EC methodologies, it may be categorized in this educational activity.