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Editor's Preface

Masanori Sugisaka
Pages: 1 - 1
Research Article

An Analysis on Commercial Film Techniques and Effects Using Positive Factors of Evaluation Database System

Yoji Kawamura
Pages: 1 - 6
This study aims to systematically shed light on what kind of effects are brought about by the film techniques in individual commercial messages. Based on audiovisual experiments, with positive factors as the evaluation index, we considered what could be analyzed from film techniques and their effects....
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Design and Application of Intelligent Networking Integration System with CANopen Protocol for Tool Machine Production Line

Chau-Chung Song, Yu-Wei Ho, Yu-Kai Chen, Chung-Wen Hung
Pages: 1 - 6
In this paper, the intelligent networking integration system is designed and constructed by applying the Controller Area Network (CAN)open profiles as communication protocol for tool machine production line. While the basic network management and data transmission is followed by the dictionary objects...
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Analysis of Asymmetric Mutation Model in Random Local Search

Hiroshi Furutani, Makoto Sakamoto, Yifei Du, Kenji Aoki
Pages: 1 - 4
In a standard Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs), one uses the same rate for mutations from bit 1 to bit 0 and its reverse direction. There are many reports that the asymmetric mutation model is a very powerful strategy in EAs to obtain better solutions more efficiently. In this paper, we report stochastic...
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Optimal Hohmann-Type Impulsive Ellipse-to-Ellipse Coplanar Rendezvous

Xiwen Tian, Yingmin Jia
Pages: 1 - 5
This paper devotes to the problem of ellipse-to-ellipse coplanar rendezvous, where the solution and distribution of Hohmann-type optimal impulsive rendezvous are investigated. The analytical relation between the initial states and rendezvous time are derived for Hohmann-type, and the optimal impulse...
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An accurate method for the extraction of line structured light stripe

Jiwu Wang, Yaodong Li, Zhijing Jian, Masanori Sugisaka
Pages: 1 - 4
In order to improve the accuracy in the On-line measurement of rail profile with a line structured light based on machine vision, the accurate extraction of a structured light stripe is a necessary and key step. An accurate extraction method is proposed for the structural light stripe in practical applications....
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Undershoot Reduction in Discrete-Time ADRC of NMP Plant by Parameters Optimization

Tong Wu, Weicun Zhang
Pages: 1 - 4
Undershoot phenomena caused by unstable zeros of non-minimum-phase (NMP) plant is difficult to deal with in active disturbance rejection control (ADRC). This paper proposes a new method to reduce undershoot by optimizing the controller parameters of discrete-time ADRC system. Simulation results are given...
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Anomaly Stop Detection by Smartphone

Viet Chau Dang, Masao Kubo, Hiroshi Sato, Tomohiro Shirakawa, Akira Namatame
Pages: 2 - 6
This paper proposes a method for detecting anomaly stop events from GPS logs of a vehicle recorded by smartphone. Despite of many researches of strong braking event detection are proposed, they cannot discriminate between a normal and an abnormal braking event. Our proposal includes an IMAC model for...
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Action recognition based on binocular vision

Yiwei Ru, Hongyue Du, Shuxiao Li, Hongxing Chang
Pages: 5 - 9
Aimed at the problem that the recognition accuracy of the monocular camera is low, we propose a binocular vision recognition algorithm for action recognition based on HART-Net(Human action recognition networks).Firstly, the left and right views obtained by the binocular camera are matched to obtain the...
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Evaluation of a safety map generated from a collection of difference of Individuals

Masao Kubo, Viet Chau Dan, Hiroshi Sato, Akira Namatame
Pages: 5 - 8
In this paper, a method to generate traffic safety maps automatically from a collection of GPS logs of a drivers' smartphone. So far methods that residents can update their traffic environment better by their opinion are required for. The proposed method which uses a collection of individual summary...
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Facial Expression Recognition Using Facial Expression Intensity Characteristics of Thermal Image

Yasunari Yoshitomi, Taro Asada, Ryota Kato, Masayoshi Tabuse
Pages: 5 - 8
To develop a robot that understands human feeling, we propose a method for recognizing facial expressions. A video was analyzed by thermal image processing and the feature parameter of facial expression, which was extracted in the area of the mouth and jaw by a two-dimensional discrete cosine transform....
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Natural Computing Paradigm • A Concise Introduction

Takashi Yokomori
Pages: 6 - 9
Natural computing (NC) is an emerging area of research that investigates computing techniques and models inspired by nature on one hand, and it also investigates phenomena taking place in nature in terms of computational methodologies on the other hand. Thus, research in NC congenitally has interdisciplinary...
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Real-Time System for Horizontal Asymmetry Analysis on Facial Expression and its Visualization

Ryoichi Shimada, Taro Asada, Yasunari Yoshitomi, Masayoshi Tabuse
Pages: 7 - 11
We report on the development of a real-time system for facial expression horizontal asymmetry analysis and visualization. In this system, the image signal input from a webcam is analyzed using OpenCV, and feature parameters (facial expression intensity) are measured separately for the left and right...
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Method of Facial Expression Analysis Using Video Phone and Thermal Image

Yasunari Yoshitomi, Taro Asada, Ryota Kato, Masayoshi Tabuse
Pages: 7 - 11
To improve the quality of life of elderly people living in a home or healthcare facility, especially in a rural area, we have been developing a method for analyzing the facial expressions of a person using a video phone system (Skype) to speak with another person. In the present study, we proposed a...
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Research on a Bridgeless Interleaved PFC Boost Converter with Voltage Doubler Feature

Chih-Chiang Hua, Ching-Chun Chuang, Hung-Chi Lee, Chih-Wei Chuang, Chuan-Ming Niu
Pages: 7 - 11
A current-fed bridgeless interleaved power factor correction rectifier with voltage-doubler characteristic is proposed for a hybrid electric vehicle charging system. The simulated efficiencies, Total current Harmonics current Distortion (THDi), and Power Factor (PF) for the bridgeless interleaved Power...
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Prototype of a Supporting Tool to Generate Testing Communication Diagram

Tetsuro Katayama, Seiya Urata, Yohei Ogata, Yoshihiro Kita, Hisaaki Yamaba, Kentaro Aburada, Naonobu Okazaki
Pages: 9 - 12
This research has implemented a prototype of a supporting tool to generate testing communication diagram. The testing communication diagram helps a developer to understand where the software system is tested by a large quantity of test cases written in text, and it is generated by adding the information...
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Feature Acquisition From Facial Expression Image Using Convolutional Neural Networks

Taiki Nishime, Satoshi Endo, Koji Yamada, Naruaki Toma, Yuhei Akamine
Pages: 9 - 12
In this study, we carried out the facial expression recognition from facial expression dataset using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN). In addition, we analyzed intermediate outputs of CNN. As a result, we have obtained a emotion recognition score of about 58%; two emotions (Happiness, Surprise) recognition...
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Advanced Rolling Bearing Fault Diagnosis Using Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition, Principal Component Analysis and Probabilistic Neural Network

Caixia Gao, Tong Wu, Ziyi Fu
Pages: 10 - 14
Aiming at the problem that the vibration signal of the incipient fault is weak, an automatic and intelligent fault diagnosis algorithm combined with ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD), principal component analysis (PCA) and probabilistic neural network (PNN) is proposed for rolling bearing...
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Leader-follower Formation Control of Mobile Robots with Sliding Mode

Wenhao Zheng, Yingmin Jia
Pages: 10 - 13
This paper considers the formation control of nonholonomic mobile robots. The formation problem is converted to the error model based on the leader-follower structure. A sliding mode controller, which is proved to be globally finite-time stable by Lyapunov stability theory, is presented in this study....
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Research of the Control Strategy of VIENNA Rectifier Circuit based on the Vector Control

Fengzhi Dai, Yuxuan Zhu, Di Yin, Yasheng Yuan
Pages: 12 - 15
This paper analyzes the working principle of VIENNA rectifier and establishes the transformation model of rectifier in three different mathematical coordinate systems. First is to obtain the control structure of the converter, which is a double closed loop control structure (the voltage is the outer...
Research Article

Variable-poled Tracking Control of a Two-wheeled Mobile Robot Using Differential Flatness

Liming Chen, Yingmin Jia
Pages: 12 - 16
This paper investigates the tracking control of a two-wheeled mobile robot in both kinematic and dynamic models. Differential flatness and PD-spectral theory are used for controller design. Based on differential flatness, the original system is transformed via a state prolongation and a state transformation...
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A New Machine Learning Algorithm for Weather Visibility and Food Recognition

Young Im Cho, Akmaljon Palvanov
Pages: 12 - 17
Due to the recent improvement in computer performance and computational tools, deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have been established as powerful class of models in various problems such as image classification, recognition, and object detection. In this study, we address two fundamentally dissimilar...
Research Article

Disrupting the Industry with Play

Henrik Hautop Lund
Pages: 13 - 16
Decades of research into intelligent, playful technology and user-friendly man-machine interfaces has provided important insight into the creation of robotic systems and intelligent interactive systems which are much more user-friendly, safer and cheaper than what appeared possible merely a decade or...
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Attitude Reorientation of Spacecraft with Attitude Forbidden Zones

Xuhui Lu, Yingmin Jia
Pages: 13 - 16
This paper investigates an attitude reorientation control scheme of spacecraft, considering attitude forbidden zone and external disturbances. A novel potential barrier function is proposed with an attitude constraint term and a dynamical scaling term. Here the dynamical scaling term is synthesized with...
Research Article

Design of a Data-Oriented Kansei Feedback Control System

Takuya Kinoshita, Toru Yamamoto
Pages: 14 - 17
In the development of the aging society, it is important for patients with hemiplegia to introduce adaptive welfare equipment. However, it is difficult to determine the suitable reference signal for each person. In this study, the design of a data-oriented cascade control system based on Kansei is proposed....
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A Comparative Study on the Delisting Ratings of Firms from the UN Global Compact in the International Management Environment

Kanako Negishi
Pages: 15 - 18
This study clarifies unique characteristics of Japanese manufacturing firms in the international business management environment using the United Nations Global Compact delisting ratio through a comparative study on Japan, China, Spain, and the US. Analyzing the number of countries and delisting ratios...
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Evaluation of the Relationships between Saliency Maps and Keypoints

Ryuugo Mochizuki, Kazuo Ishii
Pages: 16 - 21
The saliency map is proposed by Itti et al., to represent the conspicuity or saliency in the visual field and to guide the selection of attended locations based on the spatial distribution of saliency, which works as the trigger of bottom-up attention. If a certain location in the visual field is sufficiently...
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Postural Sway Response to Local Vibratory Stimulation in Young, Middle-aged and Elderly People in Standing Position

Ayaka Yamada, Eishi Nakamura, Noritaka Sato, Yoshifumi Morita, Tadashi Ito, Yoshihito Sakai, Kazunori Yamazaki
Pages: 17 - 21
We investigated the postural sway in response to local vibratory stimulation applied to young, middle-aged and elderly people in the standing position. For this purpose we developed a variable-frequency vibratory stimulation device and measured the postural sway using a gravicorder. As a result, when...
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Medical Image Analysis of Brain X-ray CT Images By Deep GMDH-Type Neural Network

Tadashi Kondo, Junji Ueno, Shoichiro Takao
Pages: 17 - 23
The deep Group Method of Data Handling (GMDH)-type neural network is applied to the medical image analysis of brain X-ray CT image. In this algorithm, the deep neural network architectures which have many hidden layers and fit the complexity of the nonlinear systems, are automatically organized using...
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Intelligent mechanisms in E. coli in processing carbon sources

Zhongyuan Tian, Hiroshi Matsuno
Pages: 17 - 21
E. coli is “wise” enough to take suitable responding time, and suitable responding behaviors, when facing different kinds and intensities of stimulations. In a network of glycogen metabolism, a shorter time stimuli result in the post translation level reactions for quicker response, and a longer time...
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Development of Dam Inspection Underwater Robot

Hiroyasu Hirai, Kazuo Ishii
Pages: 18 - 22
The maintenances of social infrastructures such as dams and bridges are important subjects. The older the infrastructure becomes, the more need there is for effective inspection methods. In the inspection of the underwater dam structure, divers can be used, but the inspection result is insufficient....
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Exercise classification using CNN with image frames produced from time-series motion data

Hajime Itoh, Naohiko Hanajima, Yohei Muraoka, Makoto Ohata, Masato Mizukami, Yoshinori Fujihira
Pages: 18 - 21
Exercise support systems for the elderly have been developed and some were equipped with a motion sensor to evaluate their exercise motion. Normally, it provides three-dimensional time-series data of over 20 joints. In this study, we propose to apply Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) methodology to...
Research Article

Parameter Optimization with Input/Output Data via DE for Adaptive Control System with Neural Network

Taro Takagi, Ikuro Mizumoto
Pages: 19 - 22
In this paper, adaptive control system with neural network (NN) will be designed. At the beginning, parallel feedforward compensator (PFC) will be designed by using one-shot experimental data of controlled system via differential evolution (DE). From the obtained PFC and the ideal almost strictly positive...
Research Article

A Human Reaching Movement Model for Myoelectric Prosthesis Control

Go Nakamura, Taro Shibanoki, Yuichiro Honda, Akito Masuda, Futoshi Mizobe, Takaaki Chin, Toshio Tsuji
Pages: 22 - 27
This paper proposes a reaching movement model for the generation of desired trajectories within a myoelectric prosthesis training system. First, an experiment was performed to observe reaching movements with a non-impaired subject and a myoelectric prosthesis user. Reaching movements made by the prosthesis...
Research Article

Biomimetic Analog Silicon Synaptic Circuit with Tunable Reversal Potential

Ashish Gautam, Takashi Kohno
Pages: 22 - 26
Experimental results of a biomimetic silicon synaptic circuit capable of generating both excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic currents are presented. The generated synaptic current takes into account its first-order dependence on the instantaneous value of the postsynaptic membrane potential, with...
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Error Recovery of Pick-and-Place Tasks in Consideration of Reusability of Planning

Akira Nakamura, Kazuyuki Nagata, Kensuke Harada, Natsuki Yamanobe
Pages: 22 - 25
Error recovery in robotic tasks is explored to enable robots to be used for complicated tasks. The authors’ error recovery processes make use of the concepts of both task stratification and error classification. In this paper, the reusability of planning in error recovery is verified by using the typical...
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Playware Research – Methodological Considerations

Henrik Hautop Lund
Pages: 22 - 26
Several sub-disciplines of engineering are driven by the researchers’ aim of providing positive change to the society through their engineering. These researchers are challenged by the traditional research method of experimental research with a waterfall model which demands clearly defined project definition...
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A Framework for Haiku Generation from a Narrative

Takuya Ito, Takashi Ogata
Pages: 23 - 26
The primary goal of the authors’ research related to the generation of narratives and haikus is to complete a mutual transformation mechanism between a narrative and a haiku. In this work, the authors propose a framework for transforming a narrative into haiku. The paper shows a basic method of generating...
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Management of digital records with RADAR by data dilution into Complex System

Anne Jeannin-Girardon, Alexandre Bruyant, Nicolas Toussaint, Ismaila Diouf, Pierre Collet, Pierre Parrend
Pages: 23 - 26
Storing sensitive data in a centralized way can lead to significant loss, should the central node or networks links bedefective as is the case in numerous countries, especially developing countries. Consequently, this paper proposesto deal with this problem by diluting sensitive data into an ecosystem...
Research Article

Estimating Age on Twitter Using Self-Training Semi-Supervised SVM

Tatsuyuki Iju, Satoshi Endo, Koji Yamada, Naruaki Toma, Yuhei Akamine
Pages: 24 - 27
The estimation methods for Twitter user’s attributes typically require a vast amount of labeled data. Therefore, an efficient way is to tag the unlabeled data and add it to the set. We applied the self-training SVM as a semi-supervised method for age estimation and introduced Plat scaling as the unlabeled...
Research Article

Synchronized Response to Grayscale Image Inputs in Chaotic Cellular Neural Network

Masayuki Fujiwara, Akihiro Yamaguchi, Masao Kubo
Pages: 26 - 29
In this study, the synchronized response in the chaotic cellular neural network for a grayscale visual stimulus was investigated in the viewpoint of neural coding. Simple gradation patterns were used as visual stimuli and the synchronized response was analyzed by the correlation of the spike firing times....
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Novel Mathematical Modeling and Motion Analysis of a Sphere Considering Slipping

Kenji Kimura, Kouki Ogata, Kazuo Ishii
Pages: 27 - 32
Many mobile robots that use spherical locomotion employ friction-drive systems because such systems offer omnidirectional locomotion and are more capable of climbing steps than omni-wheel systems. One notable issue associated with friction-drive systems is slipping between the sphere and the roller....
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A Decision Making System of Robots Introducing a Re-construction of Emotions Based on Their Own Experiences

Shogo Watada, Masanao Obayashi, Takashi Kuremoto, Shingo Mabu
Pages: 27 - 32
We already proposed a decision making system for autonomous robots, which is based on a Markovian emotional model proposed by Banik. In our proposed system, decision making of the robot is designed automatically by two processes that are the construction of emotions and optimization of behavior selection...
Research Article

Intention Classification of a User of a Walking Assist Cart by using Support Vector Machine

Noritaka Sato, Tomoki Yokotani, Yoshifumi Morita
Pages: 27 - 29
To develop better assist function for a walking assist cart, we focused on the prediction of the intention of a user. As the first step of the research, the forces and torques to the cart from the user’s hands, and the rotational velocities of the wheels are sensing. And the support vector machine is...
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Design and Development of a Constant-Temperature Reservoir for a Database-Driven Smart Cultivation System

Shin Wakitani, Sneha Sharma, Toru Yamamoto
Pages: 27 - 31
Decreasing the number of people working in the agriculture sector is a serious problem in Japan. Production of agricultural products in a plant factory is one of the solutions to the above problem. However, setting optimal environmental conditions is difficult owing to the nonlinearity of the system....
Research Article

Hexapod Type MEMS Microrobot Equipped with an Artificial Neural Networks IC

Kazuki Sugita, Taisuke Tanaka, Yuya Nakata, Minami Takato, Ken Saito, Fumio Uchikoba
Pages: 28 - 31
This paper proposes a hexapod type microrobot controlled by an artificial neural networks IC. The structural component of the microrobot is produced by micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) process. The rotary actuator inside the robot is composed of the artificial muscle wire of shape memory alloy...
Review Article

Redefining robot based technologies for elderly people assistance: a survey

Luigi Pagliarini, Henrik Hautop Lund
Pages: 28 - 32
We analyse the state of the art of hi-tech and robot based technologies in terms of Assistive Technology for all patients and, in particular, elderly people assistance and everyday activities aid. We focus on different aspects and characteristics of these tools, such as playfulness, invasiveness, learning-speed,...
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Distributed Terminal Backstepping control for Multi-Agent Euler-Lagrange Systems

Hu Chen, Seong-Ik Han, Jang-Myung Lee
Pages: 30 - 33
This paper presents a distributed terminal (finite-time) backstepping consensus control for multi-agent Euler-Lagrange systems. Terminal virtual error surfaces and virtual controls are proposed to guarantee the finite-time error consensus and formation convergence of a group of one-leader and multi-follower...
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Distributed Rotating Encirclement Control of Strict-Feedback Multi-Agent Systems using Bearing Measurements

Tengfei Zhang, Yingmin Jia
Pages: 30 - 34
This paper focuses on the distributed multi-target rotating encirclement formation problem of strict-feedback multi-agent systems using bearing measurements. To this end, an estimator is presented to localize agents’ neighbor targets. Then, based on the trajectory planning method, a reference trajectory...
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An Estimation Method for Environmental Friction Based on Body Dynamic Model of Caenorhabditis elegans

Zu Soh, Michiyo Suzuki, Toshio Tsuji
Pages: 32 - 40
Caenorhabditis elegans is a small worm which is approximately 1 mm in length. The present study proposes an estimation method for frictional force using locomotion information obtained from video analysis of actual worms. The results indicate that the body model driven by the estimated frictional...