9:20 – 10:20, October 31st, Saturday, 2015 (Day 2)

Keynote 1: Prof. Hiroo Iwata

Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Device Art and Empowerment Informatics; New Frontiers in Virtual Reality

This talk introduces a new art form named “Device Art” in which interface devices, including virtual reality systems, become essence of expression. This concept challenges the traditional paradigm of art by its convergence of technology, art and design. In 2014, Iwata launched the Ph.D. program in Empowerment Informatics in the University of Tsukuba. Empowerment Informatics has three pillars; supplementation, harmony and extension of human. Virtual reality is a generic technology in these areas. More over Device Art greatly contribute to extension of human.

Hiroo Iwata is a professor in the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering of the University of Tsukuba, where he is teaching human interface and leading research projects on virtual reality. His research interests include haptic interface, locomotion interface and spatially immersive display. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1981, 1983 and 1986, respectively. He is a vice president of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan from 2010.
He exhibited his work at the Emerging Technologies venue of the SIGGRAPH every year from 1994 to 2007, as well as Ars Electronica Festival 96, 97, 99, and 2001. He was the general chair of the World Haptics Conference 2007 and Asia Haptics 2014.

9:20 – 10:20, November 1st, Sunday, 2015 (Day 3)

Keynote 2: Prof. Shigeru Kuriyama

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan

Style-Based Content Exploration for Aesthetic Media Informatics

The latest trends in contents creation are focusing on the styles of appearances, by integrating computer graphics technology with modern pattern classifications using machine learning or collective intelligence etc. Existing style-oriented methods focused on specific and definable features of shapes, shading, and motions; recent methods, however, face a challenge of exploring more generic and obscure features relying on aesthetic perceptions. This talk summarizes this new type of content management technologies and inspires the insight into a new horizon of media informatics, by presenting speaker’s recent accomplishment, including the method awarded the best paper in CBMI 2015, about style-based retrieval of illustrational images.

Shigeru Kuriyama is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the Toyohashi University of Technology, where he is directing projects related to a variety of visual media interactions: style-based image authoring, data-driven humanoid animations, image sensor communication with visual codes, and smart lighting systems etc. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Osaka University, and worked in Tokyo Research Laboratory of IBM and Hiroshima City University, from 1988 and 1994, respectively, and in current affiliation from 1998. He was a visiting researcher in the robotics institute of Carnegie Melon University in 2004. He concurrently worked in Digital Human Research Center of AIST as the leader of a visualization team, from 2005 to 2009, and in the RISE of Waseda University as the adjunct researcher of CREST project from 2006 to 2008.