Keynote Speakers

 

Remote Entertainment Performances and Social Feedbacks

Hiroyuki Tarumi

Professor, Department of Electronics and Information Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University, Japan
tarumi@eng.kagawa-u.ac.jp

Abstract

Recently, video streaming services on the Internet is getting more and more popular. Making use of the live streaming services is one of the low-cost methods for those who want to distribute live scenes of entertainment events for music, sports, plays, etc. However, unlike such stage performances for local audiences, remote performances on video lack bi-directional communication. In other words, they lack social feedbacks from the audiences such as applause, shouting, singing, or body actions. This should be one of the major problems of remote entertainment performances. In this talk, the speaker will define the problem, survey related work, and present his trials to give some kind of solutions. The talk will mainly focus on the social interface issues, not on the technical issues of audio/video processing or high-speed communication technologies.

Biography

Hiroyuki Tarumi is a Professor of the Department of Electronics and Information Engineering and Associate Dean for the Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1988. His interests include CSCW, groupware, human interfaces and entertainment computing. He has published numerous articles and a single author book on CSCW.

 

Status and Issues of MOOC, MOOE and MOOR in China

Wenai Song , Ph.D.

Dean and Professor
School of Software
North University of China, Taiyuan, China

Abstract

Starting 2012, almost every well-known university in the United States has begun to offer the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The New York Time even called 2012 as the “Year of the MOOC”. After 2013, more and more well-known universities in China, such as Peking University and Qinghua University, have also joined this trend to develop and offer massive open online courses. A lot of people believe that MOOCs might change the way people learn. The number of students climbed quickly outside of USA due to the MOOC movement. The Coursera, the Stanford MOOC provider, added more than 1.7 million students in its first year. On the other hand, some well-known computer scientists raised a question that, should there be thousands of colleges and universities around the country all are teaching the same course to a small group of students in their own universities, why we should not invite one brilliant professor to teach the material to whole the world at once via the Internet? There are a few people who even believe that there might be only ten universities remaining within next fifty years since on-line courses might replace the traditional education approach. Would using MOOCs be a way to solve unbalanced distribution of education resource in China?

After the MOOCs, the Massive Open Online Experiments (MOOE) and the Massive Open Online Research (MOOR) appeared in China. They become more and more popular. As a professor in NUC, China, I have participated the development and deployment of MOOCs, MOOE, and MOOR. It seems that MOOCs, MOOE and MOOR are all the result of combination of computer networks, cloud computing and big data, which could provide maximized resource sharing, especially those high quality resource. All of those three approaches, to some extent, could save the cost on education provided by the government, university and students. This talk will introduce the concepts of MOOE and MOOR, describe the current status of MOOCs, MOOE and MOOR in China and discuss the techniques and issues associated with them, such as how MOOC and MOOE support learning and how MOOR improve MOOC.

Biography


Dr. Wenai Song is Dean and Professor at the school of Software from North University of China, China. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology. She has worked as a postdoctoral academic researcher in Material Engineering at Tsinghua University between 2006 and 2009, and has also been a Visiting Scholar in Tufts University, U.S.A. Her current research interests include Software Engineering, Cloud computing, Big date, and Smart Software City. Dr. Song has served as the program chair for several international conferences including the IEEE/ACIS ICIS 2014.