With the cooperation by National Science Council (NSC), Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National University of Tainan (NUTN), Institute of Computer and Communication Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Communication Research Center, National Taiwan University (NTU), “ FUZZ-IEEE 2011@Southern Taiwan Forum” was successfully hold in NUTN, Tainan, Taiwan on June 26th, 2011.
The aim of the forum was to lay the foundations of the international cooperation about fuzzy-related topics mainly among Europe, Japan, USA and Taiwan. To this end, the distinguished researchers in the relevant fields around the world were invited to present and discuss the focused topic of current interest. For instance, Tokyo Institute of Technology Prof. Kaoru HIROTA shared his research achievements in the field of Casual Communication between Robots and Humans. The Mascot Robot System has been developed by his group to perform casual communication based on the speech recognition module mounted on household robots, which was implemented as a network of multi-robots connected by RT middleware (RTM).
Besides, Kanto Gakuin University Prof. Yoichi Yamazaki presented the topic of Communication Robotics and Nonverbal Expression. His team have built an “eye robot” capable of conveying a wide range of nonverbal signals, providing a user friendly interface so that humans and robots communicate in natural fashion. His another project named Antenna Hair-type Object for Generating Empathy (AHOGE) was designed for helping Robot Technology(RT) and IT system, in which AHOGE expresses mentality motions based on posture element on nonverbal communications, and then encourages close communication between human.
Furthermore, Universite de Paris Sud Dr. Fabien Teytaud introduced his studies on Monte-Carlo Tree Search (MCTS) and the Game of Go; MCTS algorithms have excellent results in the most difficult board games, in particular the game of Go. As Dr. Fabien Teytaud described, these methods have been successfully applied to the games of Hex and Havannah. Throughout the symposium, professors with different backgrounds exposed and discussed innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications. The event was ended in a satisfactory and facilitated potential multi-national cooperation in the future.