Selected Papers from HNICEM 2005
Elmer P. Dadios
Professor, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Management
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
Director, Product Design and Innovation, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
HNICEM is a biennial international conference of experts in the fields of Robotics, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Control and Communication, Environment, and Management. This special issue presents 11 articles selected from HNICEM 2005 that will provide valuable references for researchers and practitioners. The first article presents new content-based image retrieval based on the visual keys concept. Visual keys are defined as representative regions extracted from an image database and are constructed using image feature clustering. The second article presents interactive video recording and playback technique originally developed for biomedical multimedia training. The third article proposes techniques for determining motion parameters based on complex number expression of the rotation matrix. The fourth article studies the learning behavior of Genetic Algorithm and its potential in real time non-linear control. The effects of different parameters used in the GA for its learning are analyzed. The fifth article presents a Coordinated Hybrid Agent (CHA) framework for the control of Multi-Agent Systems (MASs) applied to a heterogeneous multi-agent such as a mobile robot, an overhead crane, and a robot manipulator. The sixth article presents an algorithm that emulates human inference in deducing root causes, avoiding intermediary causes and anticipating subsequent moves. The seventh article proposes a technique to create Intelligent Distributed Robotic Systems (IDRS) that show smart behavior using a wrapper-components approach. The eighth article presents an autonomous mobile robot with neural network (NN) vision that searches for and collects golf balls in an open or indoor golf driving range. The ninth article demonstrates the technological benefits of miniaturizing machine tools in the context of machine stiffness and accuracy. It also presents the design philosophy and configuration of a 4-axis miniaturized vertical machining center with a positioning accuracy of 4 to 10nm. The tenth article investigates a new type of ion exchanger for high ion exchange capacity (IEC) and rapid ion exchange velocity. Experimental results demonstrate the performance of polystyrene nanofiber ion exchangers (PSNIE) and cation exchanger fiber (CEF). The eleventh and last article presents the architectural design of a Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) for WiMAX over SONET/SDH. It involves networking existing technologies to deliver a solution that caters to a unique situation favoring wireless access networks to a fully cabled system. We extend our warmest thanks and deepest gratitude to the distinguished authors and reviewers who have contributed to this special issue for their outstanding contributions and cooperation. We are also grateful to Prof. Toshio Fukuda and Prof. Kaoru Hirota, chief editors of JACIII, for inviting me to serve as Guest Editor of this Journal.