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The variety of topics and ideas at IICST 2013 – teaching or entertaining?

September 04, 2013

The second day of the Third University Technology Dialogue started with the keynote speech Tomasz Rutkowski, professor of the University of Tsukuba, on “Multi–sensory Brain Computer Interfaces”.

Prof. Rutkowski spoke about the technology of computer control by brain action currents without any body movement. This kind of technology is very useful for the people with special needs (paralyzed, visually- or hearing-impaired) and for everyone else – for driving, doing any other work that requires total concentration, building a "smart home", and for gaming.

The III Third University Technology Dialogue then continued in two sessions focused on IT in medicine and healthcare. A total of 8 reports were presented in the section, discussing the new trends and prospects of science developing at the confluence of medicine and engineering.

In the afternoon Andrey Pozdnaykov, President of Elecard Group, spoke on "HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) standard for video compression”, and Tom Whitaker, CEO of Motion Analysis Corporation talked about “Digital training in the virtual world”. In his talk, Mr. Whittaker addressed a major question: "Do we teach or do we entertain?".

New educational methods were also the focus of the roundtable discussion "Innovative educational technologies". Professor Frank Renaldo of Ritsumeikan University talked about the results of introduction of hybrid teaching methods in Japanese and Vietnamese educational programs and the necessity of localization and cultural adaptation of international educational methods. Irina Pavlova, vice-dean of the Faculty of Innovative Technologies at TUSUR, told about project-oriented educational technology developed and used in TUSUR - project-based groups learning. Oksana Zamaytina, head of Elite Engineering Education at Tomsk Polytechnic University, talked about the elite engineering program training specialists of international level. Maria Afanasyeva, expert of the Division of International Cooperation at TUSUR, discussed TUSUR’s experience in implementation of the CDIO standards as created by Professor Edward Crowley, MIT.

The III Third University Technology Dialogue will continue on September 4. Participants will be discussing nano- and optoelectronics, systemic quality control and manufacturing risks in microelectronics, robotics and AI. The highlight of the day will be the presentation of “Preliminary Experiments with a Brain-Computer Interface to Control a Robot” in the Robotics and AI section.

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