Accepted Workshops and Special Sessions

Submitted special session proposals were rigorously reviewed and accepted the following workshops and special sessions. When you submit your paper to special session, please choose one topic of session at the paper submission system.

ESKM-WSS1: Sentiment Analysis with multi-aspectual, multi-modal, and multi-lingual perspectives (Organizers: Hidekazu Yanagimoto and Makoto Okada)

  • Sentiment analysis to estimate positive or negative opinions, impressions, or feelings of various types of data, has attracted many researchers and practitioners to effectively obtain customers’ feedback, etc. Recently, more research on sentiment analysis is involved in multiplicity of data and/or estimation. Multi-aspectual sentiment analysis is the task to obtain positive or negative rating for a variety of emotional aspects including happiness, fun, anger, and sad. Multi-modal sentiment analysis targets data consisting not only of texts but also of images, videos, sounds, etc. Multi-lingual sentiment analysis tries to cope with data that contain more than one languages in a seamless way, which is particularly waited for travel-related review analysis. With this current situation, this special session invites papers that are related to such multiplicities of inputs and outputs of sentiment analysis to share and enhance our knowledge and techniques for better sentiment analysis.

ESKM-WSS2: Data Science, Multimedia, and Advanced Applications (Organizer: Teruhisa Hochin)

  • Advances of information and communication technologies have brought tremendous benefits to us. Various kinds of information are available on and/or through the Internet. The amount of data is rapidly growing. Data science reveals and brings us many insights and much knowledge from a large amount of data, so-called big data. Multimedia data are included in big data and are difficult to treat. Moreover, various applications and services rapidly appear and grow on the Internet and around us. This special session aims to discuss various topics related to data science, multimedia, and/or advanced applications. These include Internet applications, Web information processing, information retrieval and recommendation, multimedia data analysis and processing, behavior and time series processing, text mining and processing, affective/positive computing, emotional/facial expressions, virtual/augmented reality, database and data warehousing systems, data mining and knowledge discovery, decision making, big data analysis, mobile and ubiquitous computing, E-science, health science, health care, bioinformatics, and material informatics.

LTLE-WSS1: International Workshop on E-Learning Strategies and Applications (ELSA 2020) (Organizer: Gwo-Jen Hwang, Jie Chi Yang, Carol Hui-Chun Chu)

  • The aim of this workshop (E-Learning Strategies and Applications, ELSA 2020) is to provide a forum where international participants can share knowledge on the latest developments in e-learning strategies and applications. Topics of this workshop include, but not limited to: Emerging tools and technologies for learning, Learning strategies for technology-enhanced learning, Assessment strategies for technology-enhanced learning, Development of digital content for learning, Domain-specific applications of technology-enhanced learning, e.g., language, arts, engineering, science and social science.

LTLE-WSS2: Game-based Learning (Organizer: Jason Wong Yoke Seng)

  • The special session focus on Game-based learning and allow all the researcher to share their thinking and research findings. Papers can cover different perspective and aspects of Game-based learning in teaching and learning such as: 
    • the development challenges of Game-based learning
    • use of MOBA and MMOGs for teaching and learning
    • pedagogical challenges related with Game-based Learning
    • Practices of Game-based Learning
    • and other related Game-based learning topics.

LTLE-WSS3: Practical Report on Mathematics Education for  Infants Using Online System (Organizer: Mayumi Ueno)

  • Cashless payments are spreading worldwide. In exchange for the convenience of an adult society, the opportunities for children to learn arithmetic by giving and receiving money have decreased dramatically. A mathematician said. “In the past, the power of arithmetic in Japan was in shopping at candy shops.” There seems to be a close relationship between children’s math skills and shopping. As a child mathematics educator, I have devised a shopping play math method. In this method, the prices note by quantity not number. Because even infants who do not understand number can enjoy this method. In this method, felt balls and rolled clay replace money. By using a free application called,” HAKUBAN SOFT “, this software can freely move products on the online screen and can be provided to infants living in remote places. They can develop a sense of quantity by moving the rolled clay at hand instead of money. In this paper, I would like to examine the arithmetic learning effect of shopping play for infants living in a remote place.

DSIR-WSS1: Design of Open Science and Citizen Science with Research Data Management (Organizer: Takaaki Aoki, Miho Funamori, Hiroshi Masui, Eiri Ono)

  • As the relationship between academia and the social become close in research affairs, new styles in the research process have been developed.   Open Science is a movement for the compliance to the social demand for which the scientific finding and knowledge from the public research funding should be utilized widely for the innovation and revenue to the public. Citizen Science is another movement of collaborative research activity by academia and citizens through open research resources, including research data and facilities. These research movements have been facilitated because most of the research data can be generated or transformed in digital media, which allows the massive transmission, complex analysis, and persistent preservation of research data. Research data management (RDM) is the description and the practice to treat the research data, such as create, collect, store, analyze, share, publish. RDM is the generic activity for all research process, which all the researchers currently work with, however, should be re-defined by the context of open or citizen science in the digital era. In order to proceed with Open Science or Citizen Science under RDM efficiently, many problems should be solved from the multiple viewpoints. From the view of the policy side, for example, the research project should summarize all the stakeholders, such as the researcher, organization, funder, citizens, etc., and adjust their interests, including the rights, obligations, and the expected outcomes.  For the issues of data management, the project is expected to develop the data management plan to describe the detail of research data to be treated and the choice of suitable IT systems for them. Additionally, It might be requested to develop novel systems for data collection, analysis, or visualization by requests of researchers, research discipline, and public users. This special session, “Design of Open Science and Citizen Science with Research Data Management,” widely discusses the current issues and novel solutions in the design for the new trend of research styles and data management, including policy development, project management, and IT system.

DSIR-WSS2: Institutional Research for Academic Management (Organizer: Keita Nishiyama, Kunihiko Takamatsu)

  • In January 2020, the “Special Committee for Academic Management,” one of the committees under the Central Council for Education in the ministry of education, culture, sports, science, and technology(MEXT), published the “Academic Management Guideline.” The guideline includes Institutional Research (IR) roles of every three management levels, i.e., institution level and diploma level and course level. Furthermore, the guideline shows that thinking about the relationship between IR and Academic Management is essential. After publishing the guideline, each IR organizations would have to the development of organizational framework along with this guideline. However, this guideline shows the only organizational framework of the Academic management but not show specific contents such as assessment method, measurement method, and Key Performance Indicator (KPI). Therefore, the guideline is seeking each IR organization would develop optimal assessment and measurement methods for each situation on its own. On the other hand, a case study about assessment, measurement, and visualization for learning outcomes is increased by the “Acceleration Program for University Education Rebuilding” but not enough yet. Besides, many of these case studies are using secondary data such as Grade Point Average (GPA) but not primary data such as raw grade or score of students. Moreover, each IR organization would have to not only analyze for every three levels, Institution level, diploma level, course level, but also across and integrate to every level information. This special session deals with case studies and new analysis methods for the IR as Academic Management. Moreover, we will discuss the future of IR.

DSIR-WSS3: Merit and Demerit of the Net Use in Higher Education (Organizer: Nasen Chen)

  • In the higher education, internet and mobile device are often used for language and ICT education and so on. In the special session, we are studying the possibilities and problems of using e-learning and smart devices in higher education based on the statistics data and questionnaires survey. In addition, we are thinking about how to educate to solute the problems when we use a smart device in higher educations. Particularly, we are thinking about how we should teach information security morals to university students and will point to several universities in Japan as examples.

DSIR-WSS4: Institutional Research with Learning Management Systems for Assessments and Evaluation of Medical Education(Organizer: Yoshikazu Asada)

  • Institutional Research (IR) becomes one of an important topic in medical education in Japan, especially with respect to accreditation based on global standards. When we focused on assessment and evaluation, learning management systems (LMS) were found to be important tools. In the global standards, the following statements are included:
    • The medical school must formulate and implement a policy which addresses effective and ethical use and evaluation of appropriate information and communication technology. (Basic 6.3.1)
    • Effective and ethical use of information and communication technology would include use of computers, cell/mobile telephones, internal and external networks and other means as well as coordination with library services. The policy would include common access to all educational items through a learning management system. (Annotations)
  • LMS use is now considered essential for education. Furthermore, LMS usage is not only important for teaching and learning but also for educational assessment and evaluation. For example, the following standards exist:
    • use a wide range of assessment methods and formats according to their “assessment utility”.(Basic 3.1.3) 
    • The medical school should incorporate new assessment methods where appropriate. (Quality development 3.1.2)
    • The medical school must establish and apply a mechanism for programme evaluation that addresses student progress. (Basic 7.1.3)
  • In medical education, in addition to knowledge, skills such as those required for surgery and an attitude promoting medical safety are also important. Teaching and assessment of knowledge are general functions of LMS, but how can we use LMS effectively and efficiently for education, assessment, and evaluation of skills and attitudes?  This special session will attempt to cover and discuss the following topics of educational institutional research in medical education:
    • LMS usage as an assessment utility and/or new assessment method, especially for skills and attitude;
    • Case reports of institutional research on LMS usage;
    • Current trends and issues of institutional research in medical education.

DSIR-WSS5: Eduinformatics (Education + Informatics) in Higher Education (Organizer: Kunihiko Takamatsu)

  • About 15 years ago, the human genome consortium, which consists of many researchers from all over the world, had sequenced the whole human genome that includes about three Giga base pairs. Many informaticians joined the human genome project adding the two fields of computers and informatics to this project because the original researchers found it impossible to analyze the data manually. This phenomenon led to the creation of a novel interdisciplinary field called bioinformatics, which is so named because it combines the two fields of biology and informatics. Recently, research on higher education has increased greatly. Additionally, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) promoted the establishment of Institutional Research (IR) in Japanese universities. This situation is similar to the era when bioinformatics was being developed. This is especially true since a lot of educational research is “evidence-based” similar to evidence-based medicine. However, this type of research is extremely difficult with conventional pedagogical techniques alone. Higher education can develop dramatically if researchers can apply informatics to their data, for example, statistics, machine learning (AI), data science, and so on, just as biology developed dramatically with the advent of bioinformatics. In this special session, I would like to discuss the “Eduinformatics” of higher education. I would also like to use this opportunity to enable the improvement of higher education.

DSIR-WSS6: Institutional Research in universities to encourage students to qualify for the national examination (Organizer: Yasuo Nakata and Kunihiko Takamatsu)

  • In 2012, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) proposed the establishment of Institutional Research (IR) in Japanese universities. Most universities have since launched this department. One of the objectives of the IR department is to reform the education system in order to advance higher education. Universities can be classified into two categories. The first type is designed to enable students to qualify for the national examination. The second type includes the universities excluding those under the first type. We can refer to the former as a national license-type university. MEXT promotes higher education reforms in universities. However, the curriculum of the national license-type university has to conform with the rules in order to obtain a qualification for the national examination from the corresponding ministry. Hence, there should be a difference between the IR in a license-type university and a non-license type university. We will discuss the differences and similarities between the IR in license and non-license type universities.

SCAI-WSS1: Smart Innovation and Sustainable Society (Organizer: Hidehiko Hayashi)

  • In recent years on the sustainable service-based view, there has been progress in developing smart and high-end information technologies based on intelligence infrastructure. It has been used widely in various areas like industry, education, medical information, and intelligence system. There are a few key elements of IT (Information Technology) systems for sustainable service in the knowledge-based society. Systems with sustainable progressive technologies have been discussed for all future generations. In this session, we focus on smart innovation and sustainable society. Sustainable society is an important concept which engendering the future of service-based society with advanced knowledge and practical wisdom. We have a discussion about the latest IT AI (Artificial Intelligence), CI (Collective Intelligence), IoT (Internet of Things), XR (VR/AR/MR), RPA (Robotic Process Automation), HR tech, service management study. Field of research in this session includes intelligent system, mobile application, high-presence system, data analysis, advanced medical information system, etc.

SCAI-WSS2: Data Centric Edge Computing in 5G and beyond (Organizer: Kaz Arimoto)

  • Currently a cloud computing has been improved with big data , AI and IoT as the data centric computing. An edge computing is also increasing for energy saving in many kinds of applications. However energy saving problems will be more critical issues caused advanced triliton sensors and networking(5G and beyond), even if the cloud based current computer systems are making a lot of efforts. To make a breakthrough above problems, a new data centric computing will be needed strongly. One trial is the data centric edge computing with keeping the scalabilities for cloud oriented one. Each component in edge computing(hardware and software co-designed architecture and components: processor, memory, interface etc.) has been improved with energy saving. The data centric edge computing will need the more powerful energy saving scenario. Not only the energy effective components and the close relationship with Processor, AI, Database, Communication, and Database technologies. These are the one of the solutions for sustainable cyber physical world beyond 5G era.

BMOT-WSS1: Tourism sciences in the business of hospitality and travel (Organizer: Hidekazu Iwamoto)

  • This special session offers tourism-related studies for the business of hospitality and travel. Based on all aspects (theory, applications and tools) of computer and information science, the special session will discuss the practical challenges and future prospects of the business of hospitality and travel.

BMOT-WSS2: Business/Service improvement from mathematical aspect (Organizer: Hidefumi Kawakatsu)

  • There has recently been an increase in problems to solve in the area of management caused by ever-changing business environments with uncertainty. Making use of mathematical models is considered to be one of the keys to success for companies, in that the mathematical models can help us understand the essential aspects underlying the intricate problems faced by the companies. Multi-agent simulation models, big data analysis, and artificial intelligence, which are underpinned by mathematics, have also been drawing attention as effective tools to undertake business and service improvement activities. The company’s stakeholder includes not only shareholders, employees, and customers, but also citizens, who are involved with the company. Several research topics need to be addressed such as business system, citizen science, regional community support system, regional activation, socially vulnerable support system, town development, sightseeing system, and tools used by engineers and business person. Contributors to this session will also provide papers discussing the integration of techniques of business management information system into regional activation. Examples of the techniques of business management information system include mathematical/statistical approaches, information system engineering, survey methods, presentation of case studies, problem finding technique, and so on. This session will also accept papers on real civil society activist’s work and real business activities.

EAIS-WSS1: Communications management and human resources management in Global Projects (Organizer: Tsutomu Konosu)

  • There are many human resource management-related problems in the global projects. It’s very important for project success to keep members morale and organisational commitment by proper communications management. In the global projects, there’s some difficulties with creating long-term employment, and how to create incentives to improve morale. This session focuses on the results of collaborative research between the Thai-NichiInstitute of Technology, an institution with strong relations with Japanese corporations, and Rajamangala Institute of Technology, Thailand’s largest-scale national university. Also, we discuss the characteristics of Vietnamese and Indian projects. This session includes the following topics; Job satisfaction and organisational commitment among Vietnamese, Cognitive process of Thai language for developing software user interface, Impact of pharmaceutical promotional strategies on physician’s prescribing behaviour in India, Designing a social commerce diagnostic techniques based on earned value management, Current situation of user interface design in Thai electronic products. We discuss issues related to human resources management and communications management inprojects in Thailand, Vietnam, India and Japan, as well as strategies for resolving them.

EAIS-WSS2: Enterprise smart computing (Organizer: Chih-Hung Chang, Hideto Ogasawara)

  • The area of processes and services engineering is a very attractive field for smart computing and application research. Enterprise smart computing is those applications that incorporate data-driven, actionable insights into enterprise applications. Insights of delivered in context as features in applications that enable users to more efficiently complete a desired task or action for the enterprise objective. Enterprise smart computing will address the technical challenges facing technologists who are developing and deploying these enterprise smart systems and applications. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Design and development of Enterprise smart computing and applications.
    • Software Engineering of Enterprise smart computing and applications.
    • Tool Set Design for Enterprise smart computing and applications.
    • Enterprise smart computing and application development experience.
    • Trust, security, and privacy in Enterprise smart computing and application systems.
    • Verification, validation and testing of Enterprise smart computing and applications
    • Other research issues about Enterprise smart computing and applications

EAIS-WSS3: Aligning Information Systems with Business, People and Society in the Era of Digital Transformation (DX) (Organizer: Hironori Washizaki)

  • Alignment of data, information and software systems with business and people beyond layers is the key to ensure and promote digital transformations (DX) at any level such as enterprises and society. Often academia and industrial communities focus on research and practices within the same layer although often critical issues raise beyond layers such as a mismatch between business and corresponding information systems and missing a linkage between business and society values with elements at lower levels. This special session addresses the state-the-of-art of research and practices in alignment, linkage and relationships among these elements and entities, and discusses future directions. Topics include but not limited to: Alignment techniques, relationship analysis, traceability links, combination of approaches over different layers, empirical studies, and case studies.

EAIS-WSS4: Egocentric Vision for Visually Impaired and Blind People (Organizer: Slimane Larabi)

  • The main goal of the workshop is to provide a discussion forum and facilitate the interaction between researchers coming from different areas of competence and working on the development of intelligent systems in order to facilitate the scene understanding and navigation of visually impaired and blind people. In everyday life, visually impaired and blind people face multiple difficulties while accomplishing their usual tasks such as navigation, object searching and grasping, auto-positioning and scene understanding. An alternative to traditional systems, research community work to provide sophisticated aid systems which are more informative and less expensive. We encourage people working on this area using depth or RGBD camera to submit ongoing and recently published ideas, demos, and applications. Research papers are solicited in the following topics:
    • Egocentric navigation for visually impaired and blind people
    • Egocentric scene understanding for visually impaired and blind people
    • Egocentric visually positioning for visually impaired and blind people
    • Tactile devices as help for visually impaired and blind people
    • Semantic coding of scenes from depth of color images
    • Benchmarking and quantitative evaluation with human subject experiments

EAIS-WSS5: Management of Economic/Social Risks (Organizer: Kenichi Seki)

  • This special session supports related researchers and practitioners to implement a risk management process that enables critical information and communications technology risks to be effectively identified and managed in a wide variety of social life factors. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Risk management for IoT device utilization
    • Communication risk in use of Consumer Electronics
    • Environmental risk management

DSTM-WSS1: Decision Analysis on e-commerce (Organizers: Tomoaki Tabata and Husam bukhary)

  • The special session provides researches related to decision analysis on e-commercial transactions. Especially utilizing several statistical techniques, practical topics in the above areas will be discussed.

DSTM-WSS2: Decision Making Process in Human Activities (Organizer: Takaaki Hosoda)

  • The special session focuses on decision-making process in human activities, including business and personal activities. Based on several theories, this session aims to discuss various topics related to decision making.

DSTM-WSS3: Decision Science on Decision Making Process (Organizer: Takaaki Hosoda)

  • The special session focus on decision making process for human activity including business, individual and so on. Based on several theories, this session aims to discuss various topics about decision making.


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How to propose your Workshops and Special Session

  1. An applicant for an IIAI-AAI special session organizer must submit a proposal via the website ( ). The proposal should include the following 7 items:
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  2. The IIAI-AAI 2020 committee will review the proposal after receiving it, and notify the result to the applicant in about one week. If accepted, the applicant to the special session organizer is requested to submit the reviewer list to the special session chair in one week. Moreover, the special session organizer must pay attention to followings.
    • The special session requires at least 5 papers.
    • Please select the best paper of your special session. The best paper will be invited to submit special issues of post conference publications.
    • All papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings to be published by CPS and Conference Proceedings will be submitted to be indexed by EI, INSPEC, DBLP and Thomson ISI.
    • The special session organizer must register to the conference.
    • Special session organizer chairs your special session in the conference.
    • Please pick the “certificate of organizing special session” up at the reception desk of the conference venue.
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