Prof. Kai-Kuang Ma
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Speech Title: TBA
Professor Kai-Kuang Ma has been with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering since 1995; he is currently a full professor in the Division of Information Engineering. Dr. Ma received his B.E. degree (electronic engineering) from Chung Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan, Republic of China, M.S. degree (electrical engineering) from Duke University, Durham, NC, U.S.A., and the Ph.D. degree (electrical engineering) from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, U.S.A.
From 1992 to 1995, he was with Institute of Microelectronics (IME) as a Member of Technical Staff, working on digital video coding and the MPEG standards. From 1984 to 1992, he was working in IBM Corporation at Kingston, NY, and then Research Triangle Park, NC, U.S.A., engaging on various DSP and VLSI advanced product development. His research interests are in the areas of digital signal, image and video processing. Prof. Ma has produced more than one hundred publications in well-known international journals, conferences, and MPEG standardization meetings. He holds one USA patent on fast motion estimation algorithm.
He was serving as Singapore MPEG Chairman and Head of Delegation (1997-2001), and his research works on fast motion estimation have been adopted by MPEG-4 standard. He is elected as a Distinguished Lecturer in the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for a two-year term (2008-2009). He has been serving as Technical Program Chairman or Committee Members in numerous international conferences in his area, including the most well-known flagship conferences, such as ICIP, ICASSP, ISCAS, and so on. Dr. Ma is currently serving as (Associate) Editor or Editorial Board Member of six international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2007~), IEEE Transactions on Communications (1997~), IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (2002~), etc. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and member of Eta Kappa Nu.
Prof. Nobuhiko Mukai
Tokyo City University, Japan
Speech Title: VR based Simulator for Japanese Flower Arrangement
Nobuhiko Mukai is a professor of Graduate School of Integrative Science and Engineering, Tokyo City University. He received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D degrees from Osaka University in 1983, 1985, and 2001 respectively. He started to work at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and changed to work as an associate professor at Musashi Institute of Technology in 2002. He is currently a professor of Tokyo City University from 2007. His research interests are computer graphics and image processing. He is a member of ACM, SAS, VRSJ, IEICE, ITE, IPSJ, IIEEJ, and JSUM.
Abstract: In the world, there are varieties of flower arrangements and many people are enjoying them. Flower arrangement makes people happy, while it takes great expense to learn the techniques since living flowers are needed for the training. In Japan, there is a flower arrangement called “Ikebana”, Then, we have developed a virtual reality based simulator for Ikebana training, with which people can learn Ikebana techniques repeatedly without living flowers. The system uses two haptic devices so that people can handle flowers with both hands and feel the force when they put a flower into “Kenzan”, which is a kind of tool that has many needles and keeps flowers on it. The simulator handles 3D models generated by computer graphics modeling software so that the trainees can confirm the arrangement from any angles. People can also get stereoscopic view with inclination glasses so that they can have the space perception during the training. In addition, there is a guideline for the training so that people can learn the technique without trainers and they can evaluate their designs by comparison with a sample designed by a trainer.