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IEEE/ASME MESA2018 Keynote Speeches



Title: Face Analysis for Emotional Interfaces


Abstract: Emotions play a key role in human-human interactions. There is a growing need to  develop emotionally intelligent interfaces, which are able to read the emotions of the users and adapt their operations accordingly.  Among the areas of application are human-robot interaction, emotional chatpots, health and medicine, on-line learning, user or customer analysis, and security and safety. Face analysis based on computer vision will play a key role in developing such interfaces. This talk will provide an introduction to the emotional interfaces, and overviews our recent progress in related research. The research topics to be covered include image and video descriptors, face and  facial expression recognition, pain intensity analysis from facial expressions, group-level happiness analysis, recognition of  micro-expressions, remote heart rate measurement from videos,  visual speech analysis and animation, and multi-modal emotion analysis. Finally, some future challenges are outlined.


Dr.Sc.Tech. Professor Matti Pietikäinen
IEEE Fellow, IAPR Fellow
Professor of Information Technology, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Director of Center for Machine Vision Research
Scientific Director of Infotech Oulu


Prof. Matti Pietikäinen received his Doctor of Science in Technology degree from the University of Oulu, Finland. He is currently Professor (emer.) and Senior Research Advisor  at the Center for Machine Vision and Signal  Analysis, University of Oulu.  From 1980 to 1981 and from 1984 to 1985, he visited  the Computer Vision Laboratory at the University of Maryland.  He has made  pioneering  contributions, e.g. to local binary pattern (LBP) methodology, texture-based image and video analysis, and facial image analysis. He has authored over  340  refereed papers in international journals, books and conferences.

His papers have nearly 45,000 citations in Google Scholar (h-index 71).  He was  Associate Editor  of  IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis  and Machine Intelligence,  Pattern Recognition  and IEEE Transactions on Forensics and Security journals, and currently serves as Associate Editor of Image and Vision Computing  journal. He was President of the Pattern Recognition Society of Finland from 1989 to 1992, and was named its Honorary Member in 2014.  From 1989 to 2007 he served as Member of  the Governing Board of  International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR), and became one of the founding fellows of the IAPR in 1994. He is IEEE Fellow for contributions to texture and facial image analysis for machine vision. In  2014, his research on LBP-based face description was awarded the Koenderink Prize for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision.




Title: Cooperative Unmanned Aerial Systems for Area Coverage


Abstract: The development of collaborative control schemes for mobile robots for convex and planar area coverage purposes is the subject of this keynote speech. Starting from ground robots and evolving to aerial ones, we will assume point omnidirectional agents with heterogeneous circular sensing patterns. Using information from their spatial neighbors, each robot (agent) computes its cell relying on the Power diagram partitioning. If there is uncertainty in inferring the locations of these robots, the Additively Weighted Guaranteed Voronoi scheme is employed resulting in a rather conservative performance. The noted controllers are applied to Unmanned Aerial Systems, where the notion of visual coverage using downward facing cameras is illustrated. The aforementioned schemes are enhanced by using a Voronoi-free coverage scheme that relies on the knowledge of any arbitrary sensing pattern employed by the agents. The talk concludes with experimental studies for highlighting the efficiency of the suggested control laws. Future challenges taking into account the energy stored in an aerial system are outlined and methods to compute near optimal paths are offered

Prof. Professor Anthony Tzes 

Electrical & Computer Engineering

New York University Abu Dhabi


Prof. Anthony Tzes is Professor of the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates. Prior to this, he was a Member of the Board of Regents of University of Patras (UPAT) in Greece and Professor of the ECE Department. He is a graduate of UPAT (1985) and has received his doctorate from the Ohio State University in 1990. From 1990 till 1999 he was NYU Tandon School of Engineering (known as Polytechnic University). He has been a Visiting Professor (2009-13) at U. of Loughborough, UK.

He has been the Chairman of IEEE’s Control Systems Society Greek Chapter, a member of the national (Greek) committee of the European Control Association (EUCA), member at several committees of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and the national representative (2006-9) to EU’s FP7’s thematic area “Regions of Knowledge, Research Potential and Coherent Development of Policies”. He has served in various positions (Program Chairman (MIM ’00), Organizing Committee Chairman (ECC’07), General Chairman (MED2011), Program Chairman (MED2016)), and as IPC-member at several international conferences.

His research interests include Mechatronics, and Control engineering applications, Cooperative Control of Networked Controlled Systems, and Surgical Robots. Prof. Tzes has received research funding from various organizations including NASA, the National (U.S.) Science Foundation, the European Union (Horizon2020), and the European Space Agency (ESA).

He has over ten years of experience as the director of the Instrumentation and Control Laboratory at NYU focusing on smart sensors and self-tuning systems. Concurrently, he served as the principal investigator of the Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center in New York, NY. While in Greece, he was the leader and principal investigator of the “Applied Networked Mechatronics Systems group”. In NYUAD, he is leading the Robotics group focusing in Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Medical Robotics.

He has authored more than 80(250) papers published in international journals(conferences). He has received various awards as co-author of published articles including the best paper published in 2014 in IET Control, Theory & Applications and the ECC 2003 IST Prize Award. He has served in the editorial board of several journals (e.g. IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Circuits Systems and Computers, Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, and others).



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