6th IEEE Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications CogInfoCom 2015 Győr, Hungary 19-21 October, 2015
Plenary Lecturers
Roberto Bresin
KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden
Plenary title: Communication of information through sound: From the perception of piano touch quality to the communication of body motion qualities.
Abstract: In my talk I will briefly present main results from some recent studies. The common thread is the communication of information through sound, also known as sonification. In a first study we investigated if it is possible to recognize the touch quality of isolated piano sounds when played staccato or legato. In a second study we investigated how participants vary pace, sound level and timbre of own footstep sounds when asked to walk with different emotional intentions. Finally, in a third study we conducted a systematic review of 179 papers for identifying the most used mappings between physical and acoustical parameters. During the talk I will also present preliminary results of an ongoing study (part of the H2020 ICT Project DANCE) for the sonification and communication of high-level body motion qualities, such as smoothness and irregularity.

Tom Gedeon
ANU, Australia
Plenary title: Predicting reading comprehension in eLearning using eye gaze
Abstract: Eye gaze detectors are becoming inexpensive, so are becoming very valuable eLearning. We describe a number of our experiments in modeling reading comprehension. This talk includes a brief description of the literature background, the eye gaze detectors we use, then discusses the HCI style experiments we have conducted, and a brief description of the analysis techniques we have used. We then discuss the results of our experiments and the (sometimes surprising) results for the design of eLearning systems.
Lajos Izsó
BME, Hungary
Plenary title: The significance of cognitive infocommunications in developing assistive technologies for people with non-standard cognitive characteristics
Abstract: After an introduction to the global problems of cognitive impairments and related disabilities and defining the key terms, the paper emphasises the significance and possibilities of cognitive infocommunications in developing assistive technologies for people with non-standard cognitive characteristics. The paper provides a short overall review of known approaches, and also gives concise summaries on selected recent Hungarian research and development projects the results of which are not yet widely known.
Harris Papageorgiou
Institute for Language & Speech Processing, Athena RC, Greece
Plenary title: Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery
Abstract: E-commerce, as a shopping and marketing channel, has led to an upsurge of review sites for a variety of services and products. In this context, Aspect Based Sentiment Analysis (ABSA) -i.e., mining opinions from unstructured data about specific entities and their aspects- can help consumers decide what to purchase and businesses to better monitor their reputation and understand the needs of the market. We will review some of the key ideas in the field and provide real examples and key lessons on several issues based on our three-year experience of the ABSA challenge. In another line of research, I will describe the latest developments in Question Answering systems, aiming to find answers to natural language questions by searching in large document collections (e.g., repositories of documents or the entire Web) and/or structured data (e.g.,databases, ontologies). In particular, we will look at the key methods in the biomedical QA domain and the findings from our participation in the BioASQ3 competition.
Carl Vogel
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Plenary title: Beautiful Language: (Mis)Communication and the Onset of Linguistic Conventions
Abstract: Under the heading of cognitive infocommunications may be categorized a great deal of research predicated on the assumption that communication is generally successful. Take the example of attention to devices -- these may be designed to extend potential for communications or studied in relation to the affordances they provide and which people exapt for communication. In general, these increase the potential for miscommunication already inherent in language. It is useful to study how conventions in communication behaviors emerge, noting that the potential for communicative success is not the best explanation.
Patrick Waldbuesser
Széchenyi István University Győr
Plenary title: Considering a Paradigm Change in Social Cognition and Communication: The Connected Cognitive Entity Generation at the Threshold of the Digitalized Era
Abstract: In preparing the session of the Department of Leadership and Organizational Communication at the 6th Conference on Cognitive InfoCommunications (CogInfoCom 2015), the plenary talk will point out the central aspects of a new paradigm in perceiving and conceiving information within an embedded and connected network of so called cognitive entities. It is claimed that the perceiving, processing, sharing and communicating of information in an almost fully digitalized environment not only spurs complexity to an extent never encountered before but these processes also facilitate coping with digitalization and virtualization in general. With the environment with all sorts of devices getting smarter every day, the social individual too has to cope with this plethora of information and communicate effectively in accordance.
Yeung Yam
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Plenary title: Development and Testing of A Cognitive-guided Endoscopic Surgical Robot
Abstract: Tendon-sheath actuation mechanism is widely used in surgical robot, especially in endoscopic surgery, due to its capable of providing remote force and action transmission through long and flexible channel. In this talk, we report on the design and development of an endoscopic robot based on such mechanism. The end-effectors in this case include a gripper and a electric cutter, with five and four DoFs respectively. Continuum manipulator design was adopted for the end-effectors to facilitate simple structure and good controllability. As designed, the end-effectors are controlled via a special interface console that allow hand and wrist movements to control the DoFs. Such operation, however, is unnatural, and requires much training time on the surgeons. As an intuitive alternative, this talk will report on a preliminary experimental study to use human cognition to guide the movement of the end-effectors using IMU and EMG signals measuring the arm and forearm motion.
Miklós Emri
University of Debrecen - Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Hungary
Plenary title: Multimodal imaging and brain connectivity analysis
Abstract: The traditional and the automated post-processing based multimodal imaging techniques play crucial roles in daily diagnosis and in clinical researches, as well. Owing to a long development process we worked out the MultiModal Medical Imaging (M3I) framework which has been applied in several collaborations and projects in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, radiosurgery, neurosurgery, neuronavigation and the functional brain network analysis. During the last decade of our development the pivotal question was whether such a type of software development is acceptable in in clinical environment.
Overviewing these projects we clearly demonstrate that the multidisciplinary atmosphere should improve the efficiency of any biomedical software development task and its introduction to diagnostic, therapeutic or medical research applications. The common language between physicians, physics, mathematics and programmers could speed up the processes of specification, development and software maintenance. This type of informatics background enables medical research teams to apply the recent imaging and statistical methods in their lab in relatively short time. And vice versa the needs of new mathematical and computational methods by physicians encourage the medical image processing specialists to use the most advanced techniques of statistics, physics and computational science.
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