Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University
Project Leader, “Haptic Robots for Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Welfare” Project,
Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
Haptic Robots for Physical Human Support
Short Bio: Tomoyuki Shimono received the B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2004 and the M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in integrated design engineering from Keio University, Yokohama, Japan, in 2006 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2008, he was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. From 2007 to 2008, he was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at Keio University. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Research Associate with the Global Centers of Excellence Program, Keio University. Since 2009, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Yokohama National University, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He is also a project leader of “Haptic Robots for Medicine, Rehabilitation, and Welfare” Project at Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology. His research interests include haptics, motion control, medical and rehabilitation robots, actuators, and sensors.
As the society has matured, the demands for realization of physical support by artificial systems such as robots have dramatically increased. In order to achieve a safe and secure physical interaction between human and robot, the robot has to attain soft contact function. Haptic motion control is one of the key techniques for realization of such a soft motion. In this speech, the recent research achievements on development of haptic robots for physical supports will be shared. Firstly, haptic motion control as a new “software” technology is introduced. Then, some new actuators and sensors are introduced as “hardware” technology for full utilization of this leading-edge haptic technology in human support robots. Finally, some newly-developed robots are demonstrated as examples of “system integration”, especially in the fields of medicine, rehabilitation, and welfare.
Masaryk University, HCI Lab
Understanding and Interacting with Games and Virtual Reality Environments using Brain Computer Interfaces
Short Bio: Fotis Liarokapis is an Associate Professor at the HCI Laboratory at Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics at Brno, Czech Republic. Before, he was the Director of Interactive Worlds Applied Research Group (iWARG), Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University and a research fellow at the Serious Games Institute (SGI). He has contributed to more than 90 refereed publications in the broad areas of virtual and augmented reality, procedural modelling, serious games, and brain-computer interfaces. Fotis has more than 2000 citations (h-index: 22 and i10-index: 38) and has secured more than €1,000,000 from a number of national and international research projects. He has organised multiple conferences and workshops and he is the co-founder of IEEE VS-Games international conference.
Brain computer interfaces (BCIs) have made significant advances over the past decade and nowadays are emerging as an experimental tool for investigating our nervous system. Even if motor BCIs have shown great promise for helping patients with severe motor deficits, they are not used as much in healthy subjects. One of the unexplored areas of BCIs is in computer games and virtual environments which are currently booming. This presentation will explore the use of BCIs in both passive (EEG) and active (bio-feedback) scenarios for virtual and augmented reality environments. For each category, different case studies will be presented indicating the importance of BCIs in the greater area of games and virtual reality environments.
Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS),
Department on Control and Computee Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb
Aerial robotics – current state and prospects
Short Bio: Stjepan Bogdan is Full Professor at the Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems (LARICS), Department on Control and Computee Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, where he teaches several courses in robotics and automation. His research interests include autonomous systems, aerial robotics, multi-agent systems, intelligent control systems, bio-inspired systems and discrete event systems. He spent one year as Fulbright researcher at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, Arlington, USA, in Prof. Frank Lewis’ lab.
He is a co-author of 4 books, 6 book chapters and has published more than 160 conference and journal papers. He was the Principal Investigator and a researcher on 24 national and international scientific projects. Currently he is involved in 2 EU FP7 projects (ASSISI – Animal and robot Societies Self-organise and Integrate by Social Interaction, no. 601074, 2013-2018, EOLO: Wind generator remote inspection system, EuRoC, no. 608849, 2014 – 2017), 1 EU H2020 project (subCULTron – Submarine Cultures Perform Long-Term Robotic Exploration of Unconventional Environmental Niches, no. 640967, 2015 – 2019) and coordinates 1 NATO-SpS international project (MORUS – Unmanned system for maritime security and environmental monitoring, no. 984806, 2015 – 2018).
He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Automation Science and Engineering. Currently he is an Associate Editor of Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems; International Review of Mechanical Engineering (IREME); Transactions of the Institute of Measurement & Control; Journal of Control Theory and Applications. He served as a Program Committee member of major control and robotics conferences. He was Program Chair of IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, ISIC2011, Denver, USA, and General Chair of IEEE Multi-conference on Systems and Control, MSC2012, Dubrovnik, Croatia. He is a member of KoREMA and IEEE senior member. He is appointed as a member of IEEE Technical Committee on Intelligent Control, representative of Croatia at European Union Control Association and was a vice-chair of Croatian Robotics Society.
He is recipient of Bronze Plaque “Josip Lončar” (1990.-achievements as a student); Silver Plaque “Josip Lončar” (1993. – exceptional Master Thesis); the best young scientist award from The Croatian Society of University Teachers, 2000; ‘Science Award’ (2013. – exceptional achievement in scientific research – FER Faculty Council), Fran Bosnjkakovic award (2015. – exceptional achievements in science and education – University of Zagreb).
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Blockchain Engineering: Towards Next Generation of Trust-Based Systems
Biography: Davor Svetinovic is an Associate Professor at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE. His primary areas of expertise are software systems engineering and systems security. He received his PhD (2006) and MMath (2002) degrees in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Canada. Previously he worked as a visiting professor and research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and as a postdoctoral researcher at Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Center, Ireland, and Vienna University of Technology, Austria. He leads the Strategic Requirements and Systems Security Group (SRSSG), and he has extensive experience working on complex multi-disciplinary research projects. He has published over 50 papers in leading journals and conferences. His current research interests include software requirements engineering, systems security and privacy, blockchain engineering, smart grids energy trading, and cryptocurrencies. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
The blockchain is the underlying technology behind Bitcoin. With its innovative approach to decentralized computation and assets management, the blockchain has potential to solve a number of system scalability, reliability, security, and privacy issues. As such, blockchain technology is already finding its way into a number of new generation systems, e.g., the integration of the blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a promising new development direction that has generated significant research funding and venture capital investments.
The blockchain is not just a set of tools – it is a new way of thinking about problems and system design. In particular, it creates a number of new, difficult, engineering challenges such as the development of ultra long-term trust-based computational infrastructure. In this talk, we present the most critical blockchain development challenges that will enable us to critically analyze applicability of the blockchain, identify the appropriate engineering opportunities, and envision novel types of solutions using the blockchain while avoiding critical mistakes and misuse.