Seminar: Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Taiwan

George D. Magoulas is co-organizing a very interesting seminar  on the  13th of June (Friday) at 1:30pm in Room 124 (Senate House North Block – Pdf map). The speaker is Prof. Tsu-Tian Lee, the President of the National Taipei University of Technology.

In the 21st century, the mainstream of technology development is the interdisciplinary integration, together with the human-centred technologies (HT) that emphasizes on friendly service for human rather than the forced adaptation by human. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), an integrated discipline of sensing, controls, information technology, electronics, communications and traffic management with transportation systems, represents a typical human-centred large-scale and highly complex dynamic system. It is aimed to provide the traveler information to increase safety, efficiency, and reduce traffic jam, therefore a more humanistic transportation system.  Accordingly, new research topics emerge. Specifically, increasing machine intelligence (Machine IQ), human-in-the-loop control system technology (Human-centred Control), human-based intelligent dialogue interface technology (Human-based Interfacing), vision and communication supported and enhancement systems (Smart Vision, Smart Networking), human physical conditions detection and intelligent control technology (Intelligent Control), multi-agent for large-scale systems to support information analysis (Large-Scale System Analysis). Thus, fundamental research and technology development on ITS in Taiwan is devoted to following major studies.

1. Smart Vision – Biological-inspired Intelligent Vision Technology for ITS: Combining brain science and intelligent engineering to develop biological-inspired computer vision (e-Eye – electronic eye) techniques for ITS applications.

2. Smart Interfacing – Intelligent Dialogue System for ITS Information Access: Combining speech recognition and language processing to develop intelligent spoken dialogue system for accessing ITS information.

3. Smart Car – Intelligent Control and Intelligent Wheels (I-Wheels) for Next-Generation Smart Cars: Integrating intelligent control, power electronics and network control techniques to develop intelligent wheels (I-Wheels) and intelligent adaptive cruise control systems for ITS applications.

4. Smart Networking – High-Capacity Communication Networks for ITS: Developing and integrating the wireless communication networks and transportation networks technologies into the broadband wireless ITS network.

5. Smart Agent – Agent-based Software Engineering for ITS: Developing a systematic methodology for building multi-agent systems in an incremental manner based on the notion of trade-off analysis of agents’ goals for ITS applications.

This lecture discusses some achievements of HT-ITS in Taiwan, including ITS information and communication platform, traffic dynamics simulation platform, driving safety assistance systems, and intelligent control technologies applied to next generation smart vehicles.  Some real-life demonstrations of Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) and Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems (AVCSS) on our experimental car are also shown in this lecture.

We believe that the proposed efforts will in turn enrich our research and teaching environment, reinforce our academic strength and open up new territory applications for each discipline.  Equally importantly, the success of our efforts should bring social and economical benefits, in addition to academic values.

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