Monday, 27 August 2012

Talk: Facial Design for Humanoid Robot [Matsue]

At APCHI 2012, we are going to give a presentation on Facial Design for Humanoid Robot.


In this research, the authors succeeded in creating facial expressions made with the minimum necessary elements for recognizing a face. The elements are two eyes and a mouth made using precise circles, which are transformed to make facial expressions geometrically, through rotation and vertically scaling transformation. The facial expression patterns made by the geometric elements and transformations were composed employing three dimensions of visual information that had been suggested by many previous researches, slantedness of the mouth, openness of the face, and slantedness of the eyes. In addition, the relationships between the affective meanings of the visual information also corresponded to the results of the previous researches.

The authors found that facial expressions can be classified into 10 emotions: happy, angry, sad, disgust, fear, surprised, angry*, fear*, neutral (pleasant) indicating positive emotion, and neutral (unpleasant) indicating negative emotion. These emotions were portrayed by different geometric transformations. Furthermore, the authors discovered the "Tetrahedral model," which can express most clearly the geometric relationships between facial expressions. In this model, each side connecting the face is an axis that controlled the rotational and vertically scaling transformations of the eyes and mouth.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Symposium: JAFOE 2012 [California]

2012 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2012 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering will be held October 29-31, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.  Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology. The event is intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers.

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of the 2012 JAFOE Symposium: The U.S. National Science Foundation and The Grainger Foundation.

(Order of sessions and speakers TBD. Working titles listed.)

Symposium co-chairs: Katharine Frase, IBM, and Ichiroh Kanaya, Osaka University

Organizers: Andrew Gallagher, Eastman Kodak, and Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo

Intelligent Video Surveillance
Rogerio Feris, IBM

Tracking People and Recognizing Content in Visual Data
Alex Berg, Stony Brook University

Video Retrieval
Yoshinobu Hotta, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.

Video Content Analysis for Augmented and Mixed Reality
Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Osaka University

Organizers: Patrick Drane, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Yasuo Nakamura, Doshisha University

State-of-the-Art Composite Design and Manufacturing for Sports Equipment
Matt Vacek, Jarden Team Sports

Functional Footwear Design
Kenta Moriyasu, ASICS Corporation

Biomechanical Analysis of Motion of Professional Baseball Pitchers
Kei Aoki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Dynamics and Biomechanics in Sports
Alison Sheets, Nike

Organizers: Akihiro Kusaka, Kajima Technical Research Institute, and Sissy Nikolaou, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

I. Understanding Natural Hazards

Application of Seismic Risk Evaluation of Buildings
Yuko Murachi, Swiss Re International SE, Tokyo

The Importance of Earthquake Modeling and Lab Experiments for Understanding Seismic Hazard
Nadia Lapusta, California Institute of Technology

II. State-of-the-Art Technologies

Post-Earthquake Damage Screening System
Masahiro Kurata, Kyoto University

Technologies for Offshore Structures in Extreme Environments to Resist Multiple Natural Hazards
Daniel Fenz, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

Organizers: Yoshisada Nagasaka, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, and Luis Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Development and Practice of Environmentally Advanced Basin Model in Asia
Keigo Noda, University of Tokyo

Applications of Precision Agriculture in Rural Communities
Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University

Engineering CEA Systems for Sustainable Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities
Murat Kacira, University of Arizona

Food Safety and Quality Assurance of Food Products
Yoko Obayashi, Ajinomoto