AAI 2013 Keynote/Invited Speeches
ESKM 2013 Keynote/Invited Speech
"Fairness Relations - Concepts, Properties, and Applications to Networking, Data Analysis and Optimization"
Mario Koeppen
Graduate School of Creative Informatics Department of Computer Science and Electronics, KYUSHU INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
680-4, Kawazu, Iizuka, Fukuoka 820-8502 JAPAN
email: mkoeppen[at]ieee.org

Dr. Mario Koeppen was born in 1964. He studied physics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and received his master degree in solid state physics in 1991. Afterwards, he worked as scientific assistant at the Central Institute for Cybernetics and Information Processing in Berlin and changed his main research interests to image process ing and neural networks. From 1992 to 2006, he was working with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology. He continued his works on the industrial applications of image processing, pattern recognition, and soft computing, esp. evolutionary computation. During this period, he achieved the doctoral degree at the Technical University Berlin with his thesis works: "Development of an intelligent image processing system by using soft computing" with honors.

He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in conference proceedings, journals and books and was active in the organization of various conferences as chair or member of the program committee, incl. the WSC on-line conference series on Soft Computing in Industrial Applications , and the HIS conference series on Hybrid Intelligent Systems. He is founding member of the World Federation of Soft Computing, and also Associate Editor of the Applied Soft Computing journal. In 2006, he became JSPS fellow at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, and in 2008 Professor at the Network Design and Reserach Center (NDRC) and 2013 Professor at the Graduate School of Creative Informatics of the Kyushu Institute of Technology, where he is conducting now research in the fields of multi-objective and relational optimization, digital convergence and multimodal content management.

LTLE 2013 Keynote/Invited Speech
"Strategies and research Issues of mobile and ubiquitous learning"
Gwo-Jen Hwang
Gwo-Jen Hwang
Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan
email: gjhwang.academic[at]gmail.com

Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan in 1991. Dr Hwang serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals. His research interests include mobile and ubiquitous learning, computer-assisted testing, web-based learning, and artificial intelligence in education.

Dr. Hwang has published nearly 400 academic papers, including 150 papers in such professional journals as British Journal of Educational Technology, Computers & Education, Educational Technology & Society, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Interactive Learning Environment, and Computer-Assisted Learning among others. Owing to the good reputation in academic research and innovative inventions in e-learning, he received the annual most Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council in the years of 2007 and 2010. Moreover, in 2007, Dr. Hwang was elected as the Chair of the Special Interest Group of Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning in the Information Technology Education Division of the National Science Council in Taiwan. He has been serving the position since then.

Strategies and research Issues of mobile and ubiquitous learning
In recent years, the advance of wireless communication, sensing and mobile technologies has provided unprecedented opportunities to implement new learning strategies by integrating real-world learning environments and the resources of the digital world. With the help of these new technologies, individual students are able to learn in real situations with support or instructions from the computer system by using a mobile device to access the digital content via wireless communications. With such an innovative approach, the learning system is able to detect and record the learning behaviors of the students in both the real world and the digital world with the help of the sensing technology. Such a new technology-enhanced learning model has attracted the attentions of researchers from both the fields of computer science and educational technology. It not only supports learners with an alternative way to deal with problems in the real world, but also enables the learning system to more actively interact with the learners.

In this invited talk, various strategies of conducting mobile and ubiquitous learning activities in practical applications are demonstrated; moreover, several issues concerning this innovative approach, including the development of learning contents and systems, the design of learning activities, and the investigation of learning perceptions and achievements, are presented.

IRIM 2013 Keynote/Invited Speech
"History and Challenges of IR Activities in Thailand"
Vilas Wuwongse
Prof. Vilas Wuwongse
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University
Klongluang, Patumtani 12120,Thailand
email: wvilas[--at--]engr.tu.ac.th

Dr. Vilas Wuwongse obtained his B.Eng and M.Eng in Control Engineering in 1977and 1979, respectively, and D.Eng in Systems Science in 1982, all from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was a faculty member at the Asian Institute of Technology from 1982 to 2012 during which he also served as a Division Chairman and a Vice President. At present, he is a professor at Thammasat University. Dr. Wuwongse has chaired or co-chaired a number of international conferences and is serving as an editorial board member of international and national academic journals. His current research interests include linked data, metadata, e-Learning, e-Research and research management.

Dr. Wuwongse is now developing a set of metadata for e-Research and research management. The metadata set includes VIVO-based researcher profiles and metadata for research proposals, research proposal evaluation, progress reports, final reports as well as research data. It will support both the researchers and research funding organizations. Based on the metadata set, an open-source software system called Linked OpenScholar, an extension Harvard University’s OpenScholar, has been developed and will be put into real use. In addition, Dr. Wuwongse has led a team to design and implement one the largest and most complicated information systems for the Thai Revenue Department. The system has been used for more than 10 years and is still active. He has published over 150 academic papers in journals and conferences and is currently interested in practicable research, particularly in the development of practical, open information systems for academic and research management.
History and Challenges of IR Activities in Thailand
The first Institutional Research (IR) unit in Thailand was established at Chulalongkorn University (CU) in 1971 with 3 main duties: to collect data necessary for the planning, development and management of the university; to conduct research according to the requirements of the university and other research based on its regular responsibilities; and to disseminate information in different forms. An information system called "Chulalongkorn University Management Information System (CU-MIS)" was developed following the data system of the USA's National Center for Higher Education Management System (NCHEMS). CU-MIS consists of 5 types of data: study programs; faculty and staff; students; finance; and buildings and facilities and aims to support the following activities of the university: operation analysis; university planning analysis; resource planning; cost analysis, budget review; and inter-university information exchange. Three years later in 1974, other Thai universities have followed CU to form their IR units and the number of the units has increased to reach the stage that the Ministry of Higher Education has taken part in by leading a national network for IR. In July 2000, the Association of Institutional Research and Higher Education Development was established to provide a platform for collaboration among IR units in Thai universities.

This talk will give a brief on the history of IR activities in Thailand and share the challenges that the Thai universities have faced in the implementation of IR.T.