Prof. Andrzej Czyzewski is a native of Gdansk, Poland, born here in 1956. He received his M.Sc. degree in Sound & Vision Engineering from Gdansk University of Technology in 1982, his Ph.D. degree in 1987 and his D.Sc. degree in 1992 form Cracow University of Technology. In December 1999 Mr. President of Poland granted him the title of Professor. In 2002 the Senate of his University approved him to the position of Full Professor. His main interest is in research & education in multimedia applications as well as in intelligent computational technologies. He supervised up to now more than 30 research & implementation projects. He acts as a Head of the Multimedia Systems Department at the Gdansk University of Technology. Prof. Czyzewski is also a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society. His Departments participated so far in 5 projects of the European Research Framework Program an is a member of 2 Excellence Centers.
Gdansk University of Technology
Multimedia Systems Department
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Multimodal human-computer interfaces based on advanced video and audio analysis
Multimodal interfaces development history is reviewed briefly in the introduction. Examples of applications of multimodal interfaces to education software and for the disabled people are presented, including interactive electronic whiteboard based on video image analysis, application for controlling computers with mouth gestures and the audio interface for speech stretching for hearing impaired and stuttering people. The Smart Pen providing a tool for supporting therapy of developmental dyslexia is presented and results achieved with its application are discussed. The eye-gaze tracking system named “Cyber-Eye” developed at the Multimedia Systems Department employed to many kinds of experiments is presented including analysis of visual activity of patients remaining in vegetative state and their awareness evaluation. The scent emitting multimodal computer interface provides an important supplement of the polysensoric stimulation process, playing an essential role in education and therapy of children with certain developmental disorders. A new approach to diagnosing Parkinson’s disease is shown. The progression of the disease can be measured employing the UPDRS (Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale) scale which is used to evaluate motor and behavioral symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, based on the multimodal interface called Virtual-Touchpad (VTP) used for supporting medical diagnosis. The paper is concluded with some general remarks concerning the role of multimodal computer interfaces applied to learning, therapy and everyday usage of computerized devices.
Dr.-Ing. habil. Ronald Schoop is Vice-president for Technology in the Industry Business of Schneider Electric and one out of four company wide Group Master Experts.
He has received the doctor degree (Dr. Ing.) in Electrical Engineering from the Humboldt-University in Berlin, in 1985. After 3 years in industry, he led the control group in the department Electronic Technology at the Humboldt-University and received the habilitation (Dr. sc. tech., Dr.-Ing. habil.) in 1990.
He joined AEG Modicon in 1991 and after several years in Germany and USA he was the R&D Director for Schneider Electric Automation Business in Germany and afterwards in France. From 2002 to 2012 he was the Vice President of Schneider Electric Industry Consistency and Platforms with teams in France, USA and Germany.
His research interests are in control and automation, especially in the area of distributed control, collaborative systems and service oriented architectures. He was project leader of several industrial projects bringing latest research results into industrial use, such as the development of the first industrial agent based control system, deployed in production at DaimlerChrysler (P2000+). He is coauthor of 2 books and has published over 50 technical papers in these areas. He is/has been active in various industrial societies (Technical Director of IDA group, Director of Modbus-IDA, Director in the board of FDT group, board member of SPS/IPC/Drives conference) and academic societies (Senior Member of IEEE, AdCom member of IEEE- IES).
First steps and challenges for „Googling the Factory” – how new technologies arrive at industrial applications
Prof. Jerzy W. Grzymala-Busse is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas since 1993. His research interests include: data mining, machine learning, knowledge discovery, expert systems, reasoning under uncertainty and rough set theory. He is an author or co-author of three books, he edited 11 books, and published over 300 articles.
Generalized Probabilistic Approximations
Generalized probabilistic approximations are defined using both rough set theory and probability theory. The main assumption is that in an approximation space (U, R), where probabilistic appro-ximations are studied, R is an arbitrary binary relation. There are applications of such approxima-tions to mining data sets with missing attribute values.
Andrzej Materka received the M.Sc. degree in radio engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in 1972, the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Lodz (TUL) in 1979, the D.Sc. degree (Habilitation) in electronics from the Technical University of Wroclaw in 1985, and the title of Professor in technical sciences (electronics and informatics) from the President of Poland in 1996. Since 1974 he has been with the Institute of Electronics, TUL. In 1980-1982 he was with Shizuoka University, Japan, and in 1992-1994 with Monash University, Australia. He holds an Adjunct Professor position at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia since 2005. Since 1995, he has been the Director of the Institute of Electronics and in 2002-2008 was the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering, TUL, Poland. His research interests include analog circuit design and testing, semiconductor device modeling, medical electronics, digital signal and image analysis, pattern recognition, artificial neural networks, secure database information systems design, electronic smart cards applications, as well as human-computer interaction – including brain-computer interfaces and haptic interfaces for the blind. Professor Materka has published over 200 frequently cited technical articles and 6 books. He has supervised 18 PhD candidates. He was a chief investigator in a number of Polish and European research projects, a Vice-Chairman of COST B21 EU Action, co-founder of European Campus Card Association and its President in 2009-11. In 2011, he was elected a member of Electronics and Telecommunications Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
High-speed noninvasive brain-computer interfaces
Brain computer interface (BCI) systems allow interaction with machines through a channel that does not involve the traditional motor pathways of the human nervous system. Thus they can be used by people with severe motor disabilities or those whose limbs are occupied with other tasks. In BCI systems that recently showed greatest interest of researchers, electrical brain activity is measured on the scalp, thus basically they are noninvasive. Using the EEG measurements as the input to the BCI offers the advantages of low cost and high time resolution. However, due to small amplitude of the signal components, relatively high power of noise and poor spatial resolution, achieving large speed, accuracy and the number of targets is a challenge. At present, the steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) BCI paradigm is believed to provide the most promising way of optimizing the BCI performance in that sense. A review of the SSVEP BCI projects is presented, including studies of biodiversity of human EEG response to visual excitation, as well as the design of techniques for visual stimulation, EEG signal acquisition and analysis for best BCI performance. The review is based both on the literature and results of own teamwork.
Prof. Kazimierz Krzysztofek graduated from the Krakow Jagiellonian University School of Law and PhD in sociology at the Warsaw University. His fields of research include i.a. the impact of information technology on the arts; sociology of Internet, e-culture, IT and human development, culture and knowledge industry, IT and civil society. Since 1994 (until 2000) he worked at the Institute of Culture as Director for Research. He has been Professor of Sociology at the University of Bialystok (1997-2012), and a member of the Polish Academy of Science Committee for Forecasting "Poland 2000Plus" since 1995. Since 2000 he has been professor of sociology in the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. He is also a member of the International Studies Association, as well as a member and former board member of the European network of research institutes on culture and culture documentation centers (CIRCLE). Since 2002 he has been vice-president of the Warsaw Foundation Pro Cultura. In 1987/88 he was senior Fulbright scholar in the MIT Center for International Studies (Program on International Communication) and in 1996, a visiting lecturer at the Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa, He has published widely and received numerous awards and honours.
The human-Machine Interaction as Seen from the Humanist and Trans-humanist Perspective: an Approach to Socio-technology
Human-machine interaction will be approached from both the humanist and trans-humanist perspective, i.a. the actor-network theory (B. Latour et, al.). The author starts from by saying that for several decades our reflection on non-human actors and their impact on humans have not been seen as a major task of humanities and social sciences. These were focused on research of interpersonal and social practices and did not work out sufficient and effective methods and approaches in examining techno-human and techno-social phenomena. Yet, it becomes more and more evident that understanding and explaining the role of non-human systems, technical ones in particular, is indispensable to grasp the nature of technology-saturated societies, notably smart technologies incorporated e.g. into anthropomorphic (humanoid) robots. The environment created by information and communication technologies is replacing more and more the earlier existing spaces of interpersonal relations. The Author concludes that services offered by humans are more and more replaced by those conducted by computers and robots. This per se reduces the importance of social structures. As a result the social change depends less on interpersonal networks and more on techno-human ones. This means that humans expect more from systems and less for each other. The Rising mediation of our life by machines is tantamount with an expansion of non-human and non-social character of relationships. This means bringing into existence the techno-social machines.