Humanized Technologies: It’s not just about performance

Hideyuki Takagi (Kyushu University, Japan)

It is important to recognize that the objective of researching / developing technologies is not to increase their performance but to increase the quality of our life. Their high performance is not the goal but the result of this approach. Firstly, we learn what happened when technologies were developed without taking care of their users, humans.

Secondary, we show how human factors are important for developing techniques. The approach of artificial intelligence is to model human functions, such as handling knowledge, learning, reasoning, and others, and use the models in computer instead of humans. Contrastively, we emphasize the importance of good cooperation between humans and computer with some examples.

Thirdly, we introduce interactive evolutionary computation (IEC) as a tool for Humanized Computational Intelligence. We show several concrete ways of cooperation through IEC in robotics, signal processing, and others.

Finally, we shortly introduce new research direction: IEC for human science. We can analyze human characteristics or find new knowledge on humans by analyzing the system optimized using IEC and the IEC user.

Those who are interested in IEC can download about 100 slides and a tutorial paper from his web page.

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Prof. Hideyuki TAKAGI is a full professor in Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Japan. He received the degrees of Bachelor and Master from Kyushu Institute of Design in 1979 and 1981, and the degree of Doctor of Engineering from Toyohashi University of Technology in 1991. He worked for Panasonic Central Research Laboratories in 1981 – 1995 and moved to a university in 1995. He was a visiting industrial fellow at Computer Science Division, UC Berkeley in 1991 -1993 hosted by Prof. Lotfi A. Zadeh.

He is interested in computational intelligence or so-called Soft Computing, especially cooperation of these technologies and human factors. Humanized Computational Intelligence is his research keyword as well as interactive evolutionary computation in these decades. His neuro-fuzzy paper co-authored by his colleague in 1988 became the trigger of neuro-fuzzy research booming in Japan and the world, and many industrial systems and consumer products designed by neuro-fuzzy technology were put on the market since then. Their basic patent covers almost all neuro-fuzzy systems.

He published over 400 papers and book chapters, is an inventor of 39 patents, and received 11 awards including the Best Paper Awards from a journal and conferences and several awards from academic societies.

Prof. Takagi had been an active volunteer for academic societies and international conferences. Some of them for IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society are a Vice-President, a Board of Governors member, a Technical Committee Chair, a SMC Japan Chapter Chair, an Associate Editor of Trans. on Cybernetics, and a Lecturer of Distinguish Lecturer Program, and General Chair of several international conferences.