Summary of the 9th ICCC conference

The IEEE International Conference on Computational Cybernetics returned to the Balaton after-  years. The conference took place in Tihany, Hungary, organized by Óbuda University July 8-10. Participants form 14 countries presented their works in 17 sections, altogether 49 oral presentations and 19 posters were shown during the three days of the conference. PhD students were also given the opportunity to speak about their current research in a special section organized for them.

The technical program of the conference started with two most interesting plenary sessions. After the short opening ceremony, Keith W. Hipel, Honorary Professor of Óbuda University held his plenary talk. The Canadian professor briefly presented how his research group applied the models of the human thinking, legal regulations and political constraints on creating a water allocation system, which would serve as a fair distributor of water resources among the population. Prof Hipel mentioned numerous factors that can affect the decision making of the process, followed by a case study of the application of the model on a catchment basin in Alberta, Canada. Prof Hipel highlighted that the main advantage of their method, the simplicity of explanation for the decision makers, why the distribution of basic resources was done as it was.

Hamido Fujita, professor of the Iwate University of Japan and Honoroary Professor of Óbuda University held his speech about one of the most crucial problems of the developed countries, the difficulties in healthcare for the aging population. Prof Fujita presented a new medical care system that is already operational in Japan on an experimental level. This system makes the establishment of the patient’s diagnosis possible without the presence of the doctor. Interesting fact about the application is that besides the diagnosis based on objective quantities (blood pressure, pulse, body temperature), cameras capture the mimics of the face of the patient, which are later processed and added to the objectively measured data. These results are extremely useful for research groups investigating human–machine interactions.

The third plenary session was held by Prof Péter Baranyi, member of the Institute of Computer Science and Control of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Prof Baranyi spoke of the future of the internet, the prospects of the 3D internet and the IoT (Internet of Things), projecting the era of intelligent furniture and household accessories. In his presentation, he explained the work of his research group, the VIRCA system and about the challenges of connecting multiple devices from all over the world through a virtual space in order to carry out a synchronized task.

The plenary sessions were followed by presentations about numerous interesting research and development projects and ideas. Shung-Feng Su from Taiwan presented a simple but effective method for improving the quality of GPS–based speed measurement on iOS operating systems, using correlation methods. Viktor Gál spoke of his research work in Belgium about the identification of the position of organs with the help of digital imaging in medicine, while Zoltán Tóth spoke of the diagnosis of the colonial cancer using similar digital image data. P. Szakacs-Simon from the University of Brasov introduced a GPS tracking system that could make the real–time patient tracking easier in the near future. Tamás Haidegger talked about the past, present and future of the Cloud Robotics, explaining the importance of this new field of research and the opportunities it carries.

In the PhD section of the conference, an interesting presentation was held by Csaba György, who presented a Fuzzy–based control algorithm form obstacle avoidance using Kinect sensors, followed by the speech of István Kecskés from Subotica comparing the methods of Particle Swarm Optimization and Genetic Algorithm for application on a six–legged walking robot.

The technical program was followed by a banquet dinner and wine tasting, with a grill–dinner on the last evening of the conference, where the participants could share experiences and stories in a free conversation. After three eventful days of the conference, the participants waived goodbye in the promise of seeing each other on the 10th ICCC jubilee conference.


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