Message from the General Co-Chairs
Welcome to the ninth International Symposium on Wearable Computers,
ISWC2005, which is the first such symposium held in Asia. It is a
great honor for Japan, and especially for Osaka, to host ISWC2005. We
are confident that ISWC2005 will be a showcase event for advanced
researchers and engineers in wearable computing studies as well as for
users of wearable applications.
Recently, Osaka hosted Robocup2005, a world-class event for
researchers, engineers and enthusiasts in robotics. Now that it is
hosting ISWC2005, Osaka City is showing itself to be a powerhouse in
science and technology. From a technological viewpoint, it seems
reasonable to fuse wearable computing and robotics, which could
provide a new direction for our advanced information society. We hope
you will enjoy the modern city of Osaka, which offers a wealth of both
traditional Japanese culture and cutting-edge technology.
ISWC2005 in Japan offers several sessions of technical presentations,
poster sessions and demonstrations, a fashion show featuring technical
design, a gadget show, and an impressive student corner. We hope you
will find the symposium informative and stimulating, while enjoying
its Japan-oriented atmosphere.
The ISWC is now focusing on the fundamental technologies for wearable
computing, implementation techniques, and practical applications. Our
interests include modeling human communications in wearable
environments, smart portable platforms with advanced electronics
design, and a variety of applications that are feasible in daily life,
in social environments as well as specialized fields. To ensure that
wearable computing is spread throughout society and industry, we must
continue to develop both implicit and explicit approaches to modeling
theory and practical technology. Furthermore, these approaches must
provide robust performance in actual applications.
We would like to express our deep thanks to the various functional
committees and their members for the energy, skill, and concerted
efforts they contributed in putting together a great symposium.
Without their hard work, ISWC2005 could not have happened.
Finally, a key to the success of ISWC2005 is the energy from all of
you, the participants, and your vigorous communications among
yourselves as well as with your hosts in Japan. We are sure that many
promising seeds for wearable computing research and business can be
discovered when people from a variety of technical and business
backgrounds come together with a strong common interest in advancing
the state of the art.
Please enjoy ISWC2005 through the information you learn and the people
Eiji Shimizu and Masatsugu Kidode
ISWC2005 General Co-Chairs
Takarazuka University of Art and Design,
|Tutorials and Workshops Chair:
University of Maryland,
Georgia Institute of Technology,
University of California, Santa Barbara,
|Local Arrangements Chair:
Nara Women's University,
|Kenji Mase (Nagoya U.)
|Bradley Rhodes (Ricoh Innovations)
|Mark Billinghurst (HIT Lab NZ)
|Masaaki Fukumoto (NTT DoCoMo)
|Jennifer Healey (HP Labs)
|Paul Lukowicz (ETH)
|Tom Martin (VA Tech)
|David Mizell (Cray)
|Haruo Noma (ATR)
|Zary Segall (U. Maryland)
|Dan Siewiorek (CMU)
|Asim Smalagic (CMU)
|Mark Smith (HP Labs)
|Thad Starner (Georgia Tech)
|Haruo Takemura (Osaka U.)
|Bernt Schiele (Darmstadt U.)
The pictures at the top of each page are (c) Daniel Ashbrook,
, and were photographed in or
around Osaka, Japan in
Summer of 2003.
The pictures in the Call for Papers fliers are provided by the Osaka
Convention and Tourism Bureau.