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Program at a Glance (main events)

October 3rd -Pre-registration  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, PDC Lobby Banff Centre

Day 1 Tuesday October 4th, 2011

Conference Registration: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Conference Opening: 9:00 am

Keynote Speech 1 - 9:15 am  to 10:15am
Coffee break: 10:15am to 10:45 am

Morning sessions (parallel) 10:45 to 11:45
Lunch 11:45 to 1:30pm

Invited Tutorial Prof T. Kunii Session 1 - 1:30 to 2:15pm
Afternoon sessions: 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Afternoon coffee break: 3:15 to 3:45

Evening sessions: 3:45 to 5:00 pm

Banff Centre Walking Tour and Welcome Evening 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Day 2 Wednesday October 5th, 2011

Conference Registration: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Keynote Speech 2 - 9:15 am  to 10:15am
Coffee break: 10:15am to 10:45 am

Morning sessions (parallel) 10:45 to 11:45
Lunch 11:45 to 1:15pm

Invited Moderated Plenary Panel - 1:15 to 2:15pm

"Cyberworlds: Future Directions and Challenges"

Afternoon sessions (parallel): 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Afternoon coffee break: 3:15 to 3:45

Evening sessions (parallel): 3:45 to 5:00 pm

Banff Centre CW 2011 Gala Dinner 6:00 to 10:00 pm featuring welcome address by Prof. and Dept Head Carey Willamson, dinner lecture by prof. Yingxu Wang and world-champion native dancer Dallas Arcand.


Day 3 Thursday October 6th, 2011

Conference Registration: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon
Keynote Speech 3 - 9:15 am  to 10:15am
1st Coffee break: 10:15am to 10:45 am

Invited Tutorial Session 3 - 10:45 to 11:30pm
2nd Coffee break: 11:30am to 12:00 am

Check out 12:00 to 1:00
Lunch to Go and Banff and Lake Louise Bus Tour  - 1:30 to 7:00pm

Special Session Announcement: "Arts&Virtual Worlds" Session Day 2

Special Session Chair Prof. Gianluca Mura

Bio: Prof. G. Mura  is a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano University, Italy and Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal. He holds a Phd in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication from the Politecnico di Milano University. His research area is within Digital Culture interrelations among Design, Architecture, Art, Science, Technology. He is Founder and Editor of the International Scientific Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies(IJACDT). He is also a member of several International Scientific Committees:  CYBERWORLDS, American Society of Cybernetic (ASC), CAE Computational Aesthetics, ARTECH, IEEE Italian Committee, MIMOS(Italian Movement on Modeling and Simulation) and International Arts Symposium. Prof. Mura organized the International Workshop "Virtuality in Arts and Design" between Politecnico di Milano and Ecole du Louvre,Paris with the High Patronage of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome, Italy.  His recent digital artwork "The Metaplastic Constructor" has been exhibited on the Museum of Modern Art of Toluca, Mexico and into the Rhizome Artbase digital art collection.

Invited Dinner Speaker Prof. Yingxu Wang, PhD, PEng, FWIF, SMIEEE, SMACM
President, International Institute of Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (IICICC)

Director, Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing Lab

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, UofC

"Cognitive Internet: Towards the Next Generation of Cyberworlds"

Abstract: Advances in cognitive informatics have led to the emergence of the cognitive internet as the next generation of the Internet and web technologies. A Cognitive Internet (CogIN) is an intelligent Internet that transfers conventional search-based distributed data processing to cognitive knowledge processing and intelligence services providing. This talk presents the latest development towards CogIN and the underpinning theories, driving forces, and novel applications. Investigations into the cyberworlds can be traced back to cybernetics delineated by Norbert Wiener in 1948, which is the science of communication and autonomous control in both machines and living things. Cybernetics constitutes one of the roots of modern cognitive science and computational intelligence. Contemporary cybernetics is explained based on the latest development in cognitive informatics and abstract intelligence. The cyberworld may be formally modeled by Wang’s information-energy-mass-intelligence (IEM-I) model in philosophy, which reveals the relationship among the four essences of the physical (concrete) and abstract (cyber) worlds and their interactions. The entire cyberworld can be classified into two categories known as the internal and the external cyberworlds. The internal cyberworld of human beings in the brain is explained by the abstract intelligence theory and neuroinformatics, based on them the capacity of human memory was discovered. The external cyberworld is described by a set of computational intelligence technologies such as the CogIN and world-wide wisdom (WWW+), which extends the current information-search-based Internet to wisdom providing and intelligent capability sharing. CogIN mimic and simulate the brain in the largest scope of the cyberspace in which each node plays a role as a cognitive computer. CogIN will be the largest scope of cyber intelligence and the closest embodiment of the brain as interconnected constituent intelligent components. A wide range of applications will be mushroomed in the cyberworlds based on the aforementioned fundamental theories and technological frameworks. 

Biography: Yingxu Wang is professor of cognitive informatics and software engineering, President of International Institute of Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (IICICC), and Director of the Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing Lab at the University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of WIF, a P.Eng of Canada, a Senior Member of IEEE and ACM, and a member of ISO/IEC JTC1 and the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) for ISO. He received a PhD in Software Engineering from the Nottingham Trent University, UK, and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Tiedao University. He has industrial experience since 1972 and has been a full professor since 1994. He was a visiting professor in the Computing Laboratory at Oxford University in 1995, Dept. of Computer Science at Stanford University in 2008, and the Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing (BISC) Lab at University of California, Berkeley in 2008, respectively. He is the founder and steering committee chair of the annual IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics and Cogniitve Computing (ICCI*CC). He is founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Cognitive Informatics and Natural Intelligence (IJCINI), founding Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Software Science and Computational Intelligence (IJSSCI), Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on System, Man, and Cybernetics (Part A), associate Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advanced Mathematics and Applications, and Editor-in-Chief of IGI Book Series in Cognitive Computing and Computational Intelligence. Prof. Wang is the initiator of a number of cutting-edge research fields or subject areas such as cognitive informatics, abstract intelligence, cognitive computing, cognitive computers, denotational mathematics (i.e., concept algebra, inference algebra, system algebra, real-time process algebra, granular algebra, and visual semantic algebra), software science (i.e., theoretical software engineering, unified mathematical models and laws of software, cognitive complexity of software, and automatic code generators), coordinative work organization  theory, deductive semantics, the layered reference model of the brain (LRMB), the mathematical model of consciousness, the reference model of cognitive robots and autonomous agent systems, and built-in tests (BITs). He has published over 110 peer reviewed journal papers, 220+ peer reviewed full conference papers, and 16 books in cognitive informatics, software engineering, and computational intelligence. He is the recipient of dozens international awards on academic leadership, outstanding contributions, research achievement, best papers, and teaching in the last three decades.