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Xiangshi Ren

Xiangshi Ren is a lifetime tenured professor in the School of Information and founding director of the Center for Human-Engaged Computing (CHEC) at Kochi University of Technology. He is founding president and honorary lifetime president of the International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction (ICACHI). He has been named as one of the Asian Human-Computer Interaction Heroes in ACM CHI 2015. He was a visiting professor at the University of Toronto, visiting faculty researcher at IBM Research (Almaden), and visiting/guest/chair professor at several universities in China. Currently he is chair professor of Jilin University, adjunct professor of Beijing Normal University. He is a Senior Member of the ACM, and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Prof. Ren has been working on fundamental studies in the field of human-computer Interaction (HCI) for over twenty-five years. His research interests include all aspects of human-computer interaction, particularly human performance models, pen-based interaction, multi-touch interaction, eye-based interaction, haptic interaction, gesture input, game interaction, user interfaces for older users and for blind users. Recently, he and his colleagues have established a new conceptual framework: Human-Engaged Computing (HEC) for rethinking the relationship between humans and computers which refers to the synergism of human capacities and technological capabilities. This framework (HEC) has been briefed in an IEEE article (Computer, August 2016), and presented in an invited panel about future the relationship between humans and computers (AI) at ACM CHI 2017 and various keynote talks, which is highly recognized by HCI pioneers and researchers. He and his colleagues have established a unique research framework based on information technology, incorporating methodologies such as user studies, human performance modeling, new algorithms development, and systematically applying HCI and HEC theories to applications.

He has received 30 grants (25 as principal investigator) from various institutions and 26 awards for various achievements including ACM ISS 2016 best paper award, ACM CHI 2017 best paper award, and IEEE SmartComp best community paper award. He has credits in more than 300 published research papers including top-tier HCI journal papers, e.g. ACM TOCHI, Computer (IEEE) and IJHCS, and flagship conference papers such as ACM CHI, UIST, ISS, SIGGRAPH. Fourteen Ph.D. students who obtained their Ph.D. degrees and five postdoctoral fellowships have been supervised under Prof. Ren’s direction.

Prof. Ren has presented talks at various institutions and international conferences. He often serves as a reviewer, associate editor, guest editor, conference/program chair or program/steering committee member. He recently found the International Symposium on Interactive Technology and Ageing Populations 2016 (IxAP 2016) and the International Workshop on Human-Engaged Computing (IWHEC 2017), and was the general conference co-chairs of two conferences. He has organized several workshops and Special Interesting Groups at ACM CHI and ACM ISS about interactive technologies for aging, engagement, computational aesthetics (ACM CHI 2015, CHI 2016, CHI 2017, CHI 2018 and ISS 2018).

任 向实

任向实现任日本高知工科大学 (Kochi University of Technology) 信息学院终身教授,博士生导师,高知工科大学人机共协计算研究所 (Center for Human-Engaged Computing, CHEC)创所所长,曾任国际交流中心委员;世界华人华侨人机交互协会创会会长 (ICACHI),终身名誉会长,中国科学技术协会首批海外 “海智计划”专家,吉林省海外交流协会海外理事,教育部“春晖计划”专家和“长江学者奖励计划”海外评 审专家;日本信息处理学会、电子信息通信学会、人机交互学会会员;ACM(国际计算机信息领域最大学会)高级会员,IEEE(国际电子信息通信领域最大学会)高级会员, 在ACM CHI 2015 (人机交互领域顶级会议)入选Asian Human-Computer Interaction Heroes,2016年入选世界华人华侨协会人机交互领军人物。下一代人机交互 — 人机共协计算理论 (Human-Engaged Computing, HEC)的创立者。

任向实教授分别于 1991 年、1993 年及 1996 年在东京电机大学 (Tokyo Denki University) 工学部获得电气通信工程学士学位、信息通信工学硕士学位及工学博士学位,并于 1996 — 1999 年期间留校担任助理教授;2000 年至今先后担任日本高知工科大学信息系统工学系及该校研究生院信息系统专业助理教授、副教授、教授。此外,多年来先后担任 IBM Almaden 研究中心 (IBM Almaden Research Center) 客座研究员,美国华盛顿大学 (University of Washington) 客座教授和加拿大多伦多大学 (University of Toronto) 客座教授,吉林大学唐敖庆讲座教授,北京师范大学兼职教授。

任向实教授自 1991 年以来一直从事人机交互领域的基础和应用研究,2000 年在高知工科大学创立人机交互技术研究室,其研究兴趣涵盖整个人机交互 (Human-Computer Interaction, HCI)领域,主要研究内容包括用户界面设计 (User Interface Design)、人体行为模型 (Human Performance Models)和基于笔式、眼式、触觉、手势的交互技术 (Pen/eye/touch/gesture-based Interaction)、游戏交互、老年人人机交互以及人机共协计算 (Human-Engaged Computing)。目前已经获得各种研究资助30项(其中25项作为项目负责人、教育奖2项、研究论文奖等12项,近年如ACM ISS 2016最佳论文奖ACM CHI 2017最佳论文奖, IEEE SmartComp 2017业界 (Community)最佳论文奖等。历年来担任国内外学术会议的程序(或组织)主席(或委员)50 余次,并担任多个国际学术期刊或国际会议的审稿人。任向实教授曾担任2012年8月在日本召开的第十届环太平洋地区人机交互国际会议APCHI 2012 (10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction)大会程序委员会主席,人机交互领域顶会 ACM CHI 2013, CHI 2015, CHI 2017大会程序委员会副主席,组织了首届华人华侨人机交互国际论坛 (Chinese CHI 2013)大会,担任大会主席及担任Chinese CHI 2014, Chinese CHI 2015, Chinese CHI 2016 Steering Committee,Chinese CHI 2017 名誉主席。此外,任向实教授创办了首届国际老年人人机交互 (IxAP 2016)会议和首届人机共协计算国际研讨会并担任大会主席 (IWHEC 2017)。近年来,他也在人机交互领域顶级国际会议(ACM CHI 2015, CHI 2016, CHI 2017, CHI 2018 and ISS 2018) 上组织有关老龄化, 用户沉浸(Engagement), 计算美学等新研究方向的研讨会和特别兴趣小组 (Special Interesting Groups).

任向实教授目前在海内外重要学术期刊及国际会议上发表研究论文300多篇,其中主要研究成果发表在人机交互领域的国际顶级或代表性期刊(如IEEE相关期刊,ACM TOCHI, IJHCS, BIT)、A+或A排名的国际会议。多年来,任向实教授培养博士14名,博士后5名,其学生在国内外大学和研究机构作为教员或博士后,积极从事人机交互或人机共协相关的研究。

2006年5月,任向实教授在美国硅谷拜会人机交互开创者Douglas Engelbart(鼠标,互联网架构,图形界面等关键技术奠基人),并从Engelbart的题词中受到启发,开始思考人类和技术未来的关系,并于近年提出了“Human-Engaged Computing(人机共协计算)”的概念,发表在IEEE Computer (August 2016),受到国内外同行的关注。在世界人机交互顶会ACM CHI 2017上做为Panelist之一,任向实教授和领域内著名学者University of Maryland的Ben Shneiderman教授,MIT的 Pattie Maes教授就下一世代的人机交互发展进行讨论,其观点倍受关注并引起广泛讨论。任向实教授预测人机交互、人机共协计算 (Human-Engaged Computing)是继人工智能浪潮后的一大长期研究、教育和投资热点。

任向实教授自1987年留学日本以来,积极参加社会公益活动:1992—1993年期间任东京地区中国留学生学友会生活部部长,1993—1994年期间任副会长;1994—1995年期间任全日本中国人学友会理事;1991—1993年期间任留学生大学入学说明会实行委员会委员;1994年任全日本留学生研讨会委员。作为全日本中国人博士协会发起人之一,1998-2017年期间担任博士协会理事,2001-2017年期间担任博士协会副会长。

担任日本教职以来,任向实教授基于常年对海外研究教育交流的国际经验和理念的思考,对所在大学管理积极建言,并推进其国际化的发展。经其个人联系,所在大学向美国加州大学 Berkeley 分校派遣了30名教职员进行大学管理和国际化经验的学习。此外,通过任向实教授的努力推动,所在大学分别和北京理工大学,昆明理工大学,吉林大学,香港理工大学,北京科技大学,吉林大学珠海学院,印度理工学院签署了校际协议,包括联合培养双博士、双硕士、本科生短期访问等项目。多年来,任向实教授领导的研究所业已接待了来自多个国家的近百名访问学者和短期访问学生。 担任日本教职以来,任向实教授基于常年对海外研究教育交流的国际经验和理念的思考,对所在大学管理积极建言,并推进其国际化的发展。经其个人联系,所在大学向美国加州大学 Berkeley 分校派遣了30名教职员进行大学管理和国际化经验的学习。此外,通过任向实教授的努力推动,所在大学分别和北京理工大学,昆明理工大学,吉林大学,香港理工大学,北京科技大学,吉林大学珠海学院,印度理工学院签署了校际协议,包括联合培养双博士、双硕士、本科生短期访问等项目。多年来,任向实教授领导的研究所业已接待了来自多个国家的近百名访问学者和短期访问学生。

心含促进世界和亚洲人机交互事业发展之情怀,任向实教授在2012年和来自世界各国家和地区的27名海外华人华侨学者们于美国奥斯丁ACM CHI 2012期间创建了世界华人华侨人机交互协会 (International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction,icachi.org)。协会大多数会员在海外取得博士或硕士学位,且在国外各大学或企业工作多年,为海外建业创业的科技和专业精英,部分会员已在中国大学任职或成功围绕人机交互技术创业。作为一个有效的平台,协会多年来在交流学习、资源及人才方面为国内有关部门和企业提供了高质量的支持和服务,受到工业界和学术界的广泛支持,在国际上已成为极有影响力和口碑的华人学术团体。其年会Chinese CHI已经成为华人华侨人机交互领域的世界级论坛。在任向实教授促成法国巴黎召开的首届华人华侨人机交互国际论坛(Chinese CHI2013)大会后,Chinese CHI 2014, Chinese CHI 2015, Chinese CHI 2016, Chinese CHI 2017, Chinese CHI 2018分别在加拿大多伦多,韩国首尔、美国硅谷的圣何塞、中国广州和加拿大在蒙特利尔成功举办,这些学术活动有效推动了中国人机交互领域的教育和研究面向世界的进一步发展。

任向实教授学术之余,更关注人类社会问题,并为此开展了诸如针对老年人的人机交互研究等。而通过思考人类和技术的关系,其提出的人机共协计算思想将助力于提升人类个体与集体智慧。任向实教授志于把多年积累的人才培养、大学教育与管理和国际化经验充分发挥回馈社会。

任 向実

任向実教授は、現在、高知工科大学情報学群教授、同大学Human-Engaged Computing研究センター(CHEC)の創設者でありセンター長。 International Chinese Association of Computer Human Interaction (ICACHI)の創立者、初代会長および終身名誉会長。ヒューマン・コンピュータ・インタラクション(HCI)分野の最高峰の国際学会ACM CHI 2015において、アジアのヒューマン・コンピュータ・インタラクション・ヒーローズの一人に選ばれる。2001年から2010年まで IBMアルマデン研究センターの客員研究員を務める。2006年 ワシントン大学の客員教授、2007年吉林大学の客員教授,2010年IBM研究所(アルマデン) の客員研究員およびトロント大学 の客員教授を歴任。また現在は、吉林大学および北京師範大学の非常勤教授、 ACMとIEEEの上級メンバーである。

任教授は、ヒューマン・コンピュータ・インタラクション(HCI)分野の基礎的研究を25年以上に渡り行ってきた。その研究対象は、ヒューマン・パフォーマンス・モデル、ペンベース・インタラクション、マルチタッチ・インタラクション、アイベース・インタラクション、触覚インタラクション、ジェスチャ・インプット、ゲーム・インタラクション、高齢者および視覚障がいを持つユーザのためのユーザ・インタフェースなどに渡っている。任教授と彼の共同研究者らはユーザ研究、ヒューマン・パフォーマンス・モデリング、新たなアルゴリズムの開発などの手法を組み入れ、HCIとHuman-Engaged Computing (HEC)理論をアプリケーションへ体系的に適用し、情報技術に基づく独自の研究フレームワークを確立した。

近年、ヒトと技術(Computer, AI、ICT技術)の未来の理想関係像についての新しいコンセプトであるHuman-Engaged Computing (HEC) を提唱し、IEEE Computer Societyのフラッグシップ出版物である Computer 誌に発表した(“Rethinking the Relationship between Humans and Computers. Computer, 49(8), 104-108, 2016)。これは、ヒトの本来の能力と技術力の相乗作用(シナジー)を利用して、人間の可能性を最大限に発揮し、現実世界の複雑な問題を解決しようとする考え方である。3000名が参加したHCI分野最高峰の国際会議CHI2017で、メリーランド大学のShneiderman 教授、マサチューセッツ工科大学のMaes教授とともに、パネルディスカッションに招聘され、次世代のヒューマン・コンピュータインタラクション (HCI)の在り方に関するディスカッションを行った。その際にHECのコンセプトも明示した。また、国内外での招待講演でも、HECのコンセプトを提唱している。

これまで様々な研究機関から30の研究助成金を受け、著作権を有する発表論文は300以上に及ぶ。様々な研究業績に対し26の賞を受賞しており、例えば、1999年東京電機大学で、2005年高知工科大学で、優秀教員賞を2回受賞している。最近では、ACM ISS 2016 最優秀論文賞、ACM CHI 2017 最優秀論文賞、IEEE Smart Comp 2017 最優秀コミュニティ論文賞、Chinese CHI 2017最優秀ポスター賞を受賞。ここ数年の 国際学会活動では、ACM CHI 2017, CHI 2015, CHI 2013 および ACM DIS 2016の副プログラム委員長を務める。また、ヒューマンコンピュータインタラクションについての国際シンポジウムChinese CHI 2013、高齢者のためのインタラクティブ技術に関する国際シンポジウム2016(IxAP 2016)およびヒューマン・エンゲージド・コンピューティング国際ワークショップ(IWHEC 2017)を創設し、それぞれの大会長を務めている。また、トップクラスの国際会議 (ACM CHI 2015, CHI 2016, CHI 2017, CHI 2018 and ISS 2018)では、分野の研究の方向性を示す高齢者のためのインタラクティブ技術、エンゲージメント, 計算美学に関するワークショップやスペシャルインタレストグループ(SIG) を主催している。

任教授はこれまで、様々な国からのポスドク研究員5名を指導し、博士課程の大学院生14名を教育し、全員が博士号を取得している。これらの研究員および学生は、現在、国内外の大学で教員またはポスドクを務め、HCIまたはHEC関連の研究に従事している。

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The Center for Human-Engaged Computing at Kochi University of Technology is offering one PostDoc position (as full-time Assistant Professor) in User Interface Design, Natural User Interface (NUI), Mobile User Interface, Game and User Engagement, and other areas in relation to HCI to carry out human computer interaction research. More >>

Teaching

Year (student) Name of Course Year (taught)
1st year Computer literacy I 1st quarter 2001
1st year Guidance for professional education 1st quarter 2001-
1st year Seminar I 1st , 2nd quarter, 2001- 2002
3rd year Seminar II 1st , 2nd quarter, 2001
3rd year Seminar III 3rd , 4th quarter, 2001- 2002
1st year Computer literacy III 3rd quarter 2001
2nd year Computer language II (Java) 4th quarter 2001
2nd year Information Systems Laboratory II 3rd , 4th quarter 2001-2003
3rd year Information Systems Laboratory III 3rd quarter 2002 -
3rd year Information Systems Laboratory IV 3rd , 4th quarter 2002 -
3rd year Database Systems 4th quarter, 2001; 2nd quarter 2002, 3rd quarter 2011
3rd year Internship 2nd quarter, 2001 – 2004
3rd year Introduction to Human Computer Interaction 2007, 3rd quarter 2011
4th year Graduation Thesis 2001 –
Master Human Computer Interaction 2013 –

Advising: research direction

Doctoral Students
Doctoral Students Thesis Title Date
Handityo Aulia Putra (expected September 2016)
Nem Khan Dim (expected March 2016)
Chaklam Silpasuwanchai (expected March 2015)
Huawei Tu (expected September 2012)
Feng Wang Leveraging Finger Properties for Natural Interaction with Direct-Touch Surfaces March 2011 (Prof. & Vice dean, School of Information, Kunming University of Sci. and Tech., China)
Minghui Sun A Study of Haptic Input and Output Modalities in Pen-based User Interfaces: Vibration Texture and Hand Posture, March 2011 (Postdoctral Researcher, Riken, Japan)
Yizhong Xin Pen pressure, tilt, and azimuth in pen-based interfaces: Human capability and utilization March 2010 (Asst. Prof., School of Information Science & Engineering, Shenyang University of Technology, China)
Chuanyi Liu Natural and Smooth Pen-based Interaction Utilizing Multiple Pen Input Channels March 2010 (Assoc Prof., School of Information Science & Engineering, Lanzhou University, China)
Xiaolei Zhou Modeling Speed-Accuracy Tradeoff in Trajectory-based Tasks with Subjective Bias and Temporal Constraint for User Interface Design September 2009 (Research assistant, Computer Science Department, National University of Singapore)
Xinyong Zhang Improving Usability of Eye-based Interaction March 2008 (Asst. Prof., School of Information, Renmin University of China, China)
Jibin Yin Interaction Techniques Utilizing Pen Device Characteristics & Various Input Modalities for Pen Computing August, 2007. (Assoc Prof., Kunming University of Sci. and Tech., China)
Jing Kong Considering Subjective Factors in Performance Models for Human-Computer Interface Design and Evaluation March, 2006. (Research fellow, Nagoya University, Japan)

(i) Offices held in professional societies

Member
  • IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers), Japan, 1990-
  • Member, IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan), 1991-
  • Member, CASEJ (Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering in Japan), 1996-
  • Member, BCS (British Computer Society) HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) Group, 1998-
  • sMember, HIS (Human Interface Society), Japan, 1999-
  • Member, IEEE Computer Society, 2000-
  • Member, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) , ACM SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction), 2000-
Program/ Organizing committee
  • committee member for INTERACTION 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (IPSJ' symposium in Japan)
  • Program committee member for APCHI 2002 (5th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction)
  • Program committee member for Japanese-Chinese Academic Symposium 2003
  • Program committee member for International Academic Symposium - Fusion and Development of Science & Technology in the Twenty-First Century
  • Program committee member for Information 2004 (3rd International Conference on Information)
  • Program committee member for Information-MFCSIT'06 (4rd International Conference on Information)
  • Program committee for the 2004 International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (CIT2004)
  • Organizing Committee for the International Conference on Next Era Information Networking (NEINE'04, NEINE'05, NEINE'06)
  • Program committee member for the Third International Conference on Active Media Technology (ATM2005)
  • Program committee member for the 2005 International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC2005)
  • Program committee member for the 2006, 2007 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2006, IUI2007)
  • Program committee member for the Fifth Annual Pre-ICIS HCI/MIS Workshop
  • Program committee member for International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICICT2006)
Session Chairs
  • Session Chairs for many international conferences and local conferences
Editor, Steering committee
  • Editorial board, International Journal of Asian Information-Science-Life (Published by Nova Science Publishers Inc., NY, USA), 2002 -
  • Special issue editor, Special Issue of International Journal of Asian Information-Science-Life on Human-Computer Interaction, 2002 -2003
  • Steering committee member for HIS Special Interest Group on Usability, 2001-2003
  • Steering committee member for HIS Special Interest Group on Ubiquitous interface and application, 2001-
  • Councilman of Human Centered Design Organization (HCD-Net), 2005-
  • Steering committee member for SIGHCI of IPSJ, 2005-
  • IEEE Shikoku Section, Professional Activities Chair, 2005-

(ii) Reviewing

  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 1999-
  • IPSJ Journal, 2002-
  • HIS Journal, 2002-
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI), 2003-
  • ACM CHI Letters, 2004-
  • Oversea reviewer for Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2004-
  • IEEE SMC-C Trans. 2005-
University
  • Member, College of Library and Information Services (2001-2003)
  • Liaison and coordination committee of Internship (2002-2004)
  • of WG for study skills of university students (2002-2003)
  • Advisor on research direction for 5, 6, 5 undergraduate students, in 2001, 2002, 2003 respectively
  • Advisor on research direction for 6 undergraduate students, 4 master students, 3 doctoral students in 2004
  • Advisor: research direction for 12 undergraduate students, 3 doctoral students in 2005
  • Advising: research direction for 14 undergraduate students, 1 master students, 3 doctoral students in 2006
  • Board of International relations center (2005 - )
Other activities
  • Committee member for the orientation of foreign students attending Japanese universities, 1992 - 93
  • Panelist for Foreign Students in Japan forum 1994 in Hiroshima, August, 1994
  • Committee member for Life & Culture Association of Tokyo Ota Commemoration Pavilion, 1995 - 96
  • Vice-chairman of the Association of Chinese Childhood Education Support, 1995 -
  • Member of the Executive Committee of CASEJ, 1998-
  • Vice president, Chinese Academy of Science and Engineering in Japan, 2001-
  • Founding member, Human Interface Society, Japan
  • Founding member, Game Amusement Society, Japan

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  • The current status of HCI in Japan and China, In Proceedings of the INTERACT97: The Sixth IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Sydney, Australia, 14-18 July, 1997) Combined workshop on "CSCW in HCI-worldwide", IFIP Working Paper Series, ISSN 1170-487X, pp. 6 -11, 1997.