Summary of the 11th SISY conference

The 11th International Symposium on Intelligent Systems and Informatics (SISY) took place in Subotica, Serbia September 26-28. The event was organized by the Subotica Tech, University of Novi Sad and Óbuda University, hosted by three locations, welcoming participants from 7 countries. This year’s SISY conference was dedicated to the memory of the well–known Serbian robotics expert and professor, Miomir Vukobratović.

The opening ceremony took place in the spectacular great hall of the Subotica Town Hall. Followed by the opening speeches, the technical program featured several exciting plenary sessions. First, Georgi Dimirovski, professor of the Doğuş University of Istanbul held his plenary speech. Prof Dimirovski spoke of the work of Prof Vukobratović, about common experiences and the research projects the two professors were working on together. Later, Branislav Borovac, professor of the University of Novi Sad held his presentation with the title ‘A life dedicated to science’, where he spoke of the life or Prof Vukobratović. Prof Borovac presented numerous photos of the late professor, including moments from his personal life, his family, international professional network and his legacy in the world of robotics.

In the second part of the opening ceremony, Oussama Khatib, the well–known and worldwide honored robotics expert, scientist and professor of the Stanford University held his presentation about the past, present and future of humanoid robots. In his interesting speech Prof Khatib highlighted the greatest challenges in the design of today’s humanoid robots e.g. the handling of the rapidly changing environment, the safe use of these machines and many others.

Followed by the presentation of Prof Khatib, Hamido Fujita, professor of the Iwate University of Japan and Honorary Professor of Óbuda University held his speech about the most important issues of the Japanese healthcare, the medical care of the country’s aging population. Prof Fujita presented the latest results of his research group, a computer–based medical consultation system that can significantly reduce the workload on the doctors in hospitals and other health institutions. The system is based on the trust of the human–machine interaction, where the diagnosis of the patients could be established without the actual presence of the doctors, based on the measured subjective and objective data. The system is already being tested at a Japanese museum, the experimental results are very promising, according to Prof Fujita.

During the second and third days of the conference, numerous works had been presented at Subotica Tech and the building of the Teacher Training Faculty of the University of Novi Sad. Many presentations were held by the representatives of the scientific life in the Carpathian Basin, but the participants could here several interesting speeches by professors from other countries of Europe and Asia. PhD students also had the opportunity to present their research work in two sections during the conference.

The technical program was followed by a banquet dinner, wine tasting and live music. The guest and the staff left with the promise of seeing each other soon.

 

Further information: http://conf.uni-obuda.hu/sisy2013/index.html

Conference publications: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=6656129