The 13th IEEE International Symposium on Consumer Electronics
May 25-28, 2009, Mielparque-Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

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Thank you very much for many submissions for Special Sessions!
As the results of reviews, ISCE2009 decided the following 7 sessions to hold in the final program.
We are glad to introduce the SS chairs who proposed the interesting hot topics and the session abstracts.

SS1:Metadata Requirements for the New Age of Media
SS2:Bridging the Gap between Low Quality Video Sources and High Resolution Displays
SS3:Speech Enhancement via Optimisation Techniques
SS4:Human Centered Transportation Systems
SS5:3DTV & Multiview Video Systems
SS6:The Next Generation Information Retrieval / Analysis Technologies and Services
SS7:Energy Harvesting & Storage

SS1 Metadata Requirements for the New Age of Media
Chair: Dr. Scott Linfoot, De Montfort University, UK
Metadata is defined as "data about data" but what does this mean? Why is metadata becoming more important these days. Clearly, with the increase in media services coming onto line with the availability of high speed internet, it is in the service providers best interest to direct the consumer to the products they are looking for. However, with the amount of detail required, meaningful metadata is becoming increasingly difficult to create. This session will look at what metadata is, how is it used and more importantly how it is created. In addition, this session will look at the importance on how metadata is presented through standardization.

SS2 Bridging the Gap between Low Quality Video Sources and High Resolution Displays
Chair: Dr. Ling Shao, Philips Research Europe
Co-Chair: Dr. Ihor Kirenko, Philips Research Europe
Co-Chair: Dr. Andre Leitao, Philips Research Europe
Today, large size displays based on liquid crystal (LCD) and plasma (PDP) technologies are getting more and more popular in the consumer markets. Those displays are able to show pictures with sharp details at high spatial and temporal resolutions. However, the quality of source video materials is not always satisfactory, because the source materials are usually spatially and temporally down-sampled, corrupted with noise, and compressed. Moreover, new sources of video content, like Internet streaming video or sequences captured by mobile devices, have level of picture quality much lower than conventional TV broadcasting. In order to improve the picture quality of low quality video materials, novel video signal processing algorithms, which are adaptive to high requirements of modern displays, must be designed. This special session brings together academics and industrial practitioners to share and discuss latest advances in video signal enhancement algorithms for highly degraded videos.

SS3 Speech Enhancement via Optimisation Techniques
Chair: Prof. Sven Nordholm, Western Australian Telecommunications Research Institute
Co-Chair: Dr. Cedric Yiu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Speech quality is severely degraded in the presence of acoustic noise. In designing products for voice communications or voice control devices, speech enhancement algorithms which improve the quality of speech by reducing the acoustic noise are highly. Depending on the number of microphones used to collect the acoustic signal and noise, different speech enhancement algorithms have been proposed over the years and there remain many challenges ahead. This special session invites papers dealing with the general problem of speech enhancement in realworld environments where multiple speakers or noise sources might be present and the signal is collected with one or more microphones.

SS4 Human Centered Transportation Systems
Chair: Dr. Tadatsugi OKAZAKI, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
Co-Chair: Dr. Noriko NAGATA, Kwansei Gakuin University
Co-Chair: Dr. Koji MURAI, Kobe University
A transportation system is an important common system which is indispensable for global economic activity. Once, if a major accident occurs in the transportation system, it gives huge damage to not only the economic activity but also the human life and the global environment. In generally, it is said that main causes of the transportation's accident is a human error. Therefore, it is important to research User Interface which is the contact point from systems to user and education system which is contact point from users to systems. In this special session, the above-mentioned point will be focused and then Human Centered Transportation Systems will be treated here.

SS5 3DTV & Multiview Video Systems
Chair: Dr. Anthony Vetro, Mitsubishi Electric, USA
Delivering rich and immersive multimedia to the consumers has been a primary target for industry and researchers in recent years. This special session intends to report recent progress on 3D video representation and coding formats, with particular focus on the recently finalized extension of H.264/AVC on multiview video coding and emerging depth-based formats. The special session will also consider transmission and storage systems for distribution of 3D contents for both home and mobile environments, as well as related display processing technologies. Interactive multiview systems will also be addressed.

SS6 The Next Generation Information Retrieval / Analysis Technologies and Services
Chair: Prof. Miki Haseyama, Hokkaido University
Co-Chair: Dr. Toru Hisamitsu, Hitachi, Ltd.
Co-Chair: Dr. Takahiro Ogawa, Hokkaido University
The information retrieval / analysis services are developing for the next stage with the technologies that adequately estimate the users demands based on context around users and users profile by linking both information in the real world and on the internet. Moreover, the technologies that retrieve/analyze information in high performance and high accuracy based on the users demands from the vast amounts of various information such like text, audio and video, and that present retrieved information plainly in consideration of the human characteristics of vision and thinking have been developed. In this session, submissions/presentations describing those technologies and services created by them will be expected.

SS7 Energy Harvesting & Storage
Chair: Dr. Larry Zhang, Texas Instruments, Inc., USA
All aspects of energy harvesting and storage for consumer electronics applications that include theories, design and test techniques, materials research, process development, simulations and emulations, and applications as they relate to systems, components, devices, and circuits involving different forms of energy generation, conversion, transmission, and storage. Methods to accumulate and store any of the energy forms is critical to our advancement of science and technology as well as to fill the critical needs for consumer, industrial, and medical applications of using long lasting and renewable energy sources.

Special Session Proposal * CLOSED *

ISCE2009 will welcome Special Session (SS) proposals which are related to up-to-date and cross-field topics, except Regular Session Topics.
People who propose SS will be necessary to submit the following five materials;

  1. Special Session Title
  2. Chair and Co-chair (more than 2 persons)
  3. 5 topics treated in SS for paper submission systems
  4. More than 2 reviewers for the session
  5. Abstract of Special Session (about 100 words)
Please fill out the Special Session Proposal Form, and send it to ISCE2009 secretariat via e-mail or by FAX.

The SS proposal deadline is November 21, 2008.

* NOTE *

The submitted papers may be moved to other Regular Session or other SS when TPC, reviewers, and the SS organizers think that submitted papers do not match their SS's.

When accepted papers related to the SS topics are more than five, ISCE2009 will decide to hold the SS on the final program.