Brief Report on APSIPA ASC 2013
The APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference (ASC) 2013 was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from October 29 to November 1, 2013. It was the 5th APSIPA annual conference. This year, we had the conference in the 85 sky tower hotel in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and got a lot of excellent and dedicated scholars. The conference had a high attendance number, which was slightly over 410.
Paper submission and presentation were organized in 6 separate tracks, corresponding to the technical areas covered by 6 APSIPA technical committees. Among them, the Speech, Language and Audio (SLA) track and the Image, Video and Multimedia (IVM) track attracted the largest numbers of submissions. For this conference, we also got the technical sponsorship from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and all accepted papers are accessible via IEEE Xplore.
The technical program included 8 tutorial sessions, 3 keynote speeches, 2 plenary sessions (one on the Speech, Language, and Audio (SLA) and the other on Image, video and multimedia processing(IVM) ), one forum discussion session (on the interaction of academia and industry), together with 48 oral sessions. Three best awards were announced in the conference banquet. They are:
The Best Paper Award (IVM Track): Masaki Aono, Hitoshi Koyanagi and Atsushi Tatsuma, “3D Shape Retrieval focused on Holes and Surface Roughness”
The Best Paper Award (SLA Track): Ryoichi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Saruwatari, Satoshi Nakamura, Kiyohiro Shikano, Kazunobu Kondo, Jonathan Blanchette and Martin Bouchard , “Toward Musical-Noise-Free Blind Speech Extraction: Concept and Its Applications”
The Best Paper Award (WCN+SIPTM Track): Yung-Shun Wang, Y.-W. Peter Hong and Wen-Tsuen Chen, “Sum-Rate Maximization and Energy-Cost Minimization for Renewable Energy Empowered Base-Stations using Zero-Forcing Beamforming”
During the conference, we prepared a series of social program, including a welcome reception, a conference banquet with a unique cultural performance for all registrants. There is also a cruise banquet and buffet banquet.
The night for the conference banquet was amazing and amusing for all participants. There are the wonderful musical numbers as well as the stunning and inspiring drum dancing arts. The cruise banquet went with the touring around Kaohsiung harbor, which is the largest international Commercial port in Taiwan and is one of the leading Container ports in the world. During the tour, participants saw various scenic spots and came to know the historical and natural facts of Kaohsiung harbor and its surrounding area with our dedicated English touring guide.
APSIPA ASC 2013 was successfully concluded at the afternoon of Nov. 1st. It is your participation that makes APSIC ASC 2013 a success. We welcome your contributions to ASIPA ASC 2014, which will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from Dec. 9 ~12, 2014. We are looking forward to seeing old as well as new friends there.