Awareness Computing


TC Leadership

Robert Kozma

TC Chair

Robert Kozma (Email)
The University of Memphis, TN, USA

Tadahiko Murata

TC Co-Chair

Tadahiko Murata (Email)
Kansai University, Japan

Qiangfu Zhao

TC Co-Chair

Qiangfu Zhao (Email)
The University of Aizu, Japan

Goutam Chakraborty

TC Co-Chair

Goutam Chakraborty (Email)
Iwate Prefectural University, Japan

Our Goal

The goal of awareness computing (AC) is to build systems that are aware. Awareness does not necessarily imply full understanding (or total comprehension). Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious (Wikipedia). It implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences (Merriam-Webster). Compared with computational intelligence (CI) or artificial intelligence (AI), the goal of AC is less ambitious. AC is very important for solving many practical problems and in fact is the most fundamental ability for any living being to survive. Without being aware, a system may never become intelligent. Moreover, awareness can make computation towards the goal of CI or AI more efficient by shedding of irrelevant possibilities. AC would lead an efficient way for realizing word-based computing.

The goal of this TC is to study AC formally, and establish AC as a new research field with a unique theoretical foundation to encompass a large set of problems, rather than considering different applications separately and independently in an ad-hoc manner. By studying all kinds of AC related problems in a unified framework, we can gain insight about aware systems and the mechanism of awareness existing in different living beings. To reach this goal, we provide a platform for researchers, engineers, and scientists to discuss and exchange ideas, opinions, and the latest results to consolidate this emerging new field. We will organize special sessions in SMC annual conferences, and continue to organize the International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST) under the support of the IEEE SMC Society.


  • Jayanta Basak, IBM India, India
  • Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Cedric Bornand, University of Applied Sciences HES-SO, Switzerland
  • Basabi Chakraborty, Iwate Prefectural University, Japan
  • Rung-Ching Chen, Chao-Yang University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Shuxue Ding, The University of Aizu, Japan
  • Takeshi Furuhashi, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Joydeep Ghosh, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Xuedong Gao, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Aboul Ella Hassanien, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Runhe Huang, Hosei University, Japan
  • Yo-Ping Huang, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Cheng-Hsiung Hsieh, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan
  • Jun-ichi Imai, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Zhaohui Jiang, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Chia-Feng Juang, National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan
  • Robert Kozma, The University of Memphis, USA
  • Setsuya Kurahashi, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Ohbyung Kwon, Kyunghee University, Korea
  • Sam T. Kwong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Changhua Li, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China
  • Shaozi Li, Xiamen University, China
  • Qing Li, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Hsien-Chou Liao, Chao-Yang University of Science of Technology, Taiwan
  • Chin-Teng Lin, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan
  • Yong Liu, The University of Aizu, Japan
  • Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan
  • Kurosh Madani, University Paris-EST/Paris 12, France
  • Yusuke Manabe, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Dugki Min, Konkuk University, Korea
  • Chrystopher L Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Incheon Paik, The University of Aizu, Japan
  • Yan Pei, University of Aizu, Japan
  • Zhishun She, Glyndwr University, United Kingdom
  • Jungpil Shin, The University of Aizu, Japan
  • Kenji Sugawara, Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Yi Sun, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Hideyuki Takagi, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Tomohiro Takagi, Meiji University, Japan
  • Kay Chen Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Wallace Tang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Ruch Thawonmas, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
  • Jhing-Fa Wang, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • Leon S.L. Wang, National University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Zhelong Wang, Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Sen Wu, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Guangyou Xu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Simon X. Yang, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Neil Y. Yen, The University of Aizu, Japan
  • Yixin Yin, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Hong Zhang, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Baoyong Zhao, University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

Advisory Board

  • Sankar K. Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, India
  • Yasuji Sawada, Tohoku Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Paul J. Werbos, The University of Memphis, USA
  • Jacek M. Zurada, University of Louisville, USA

Recent Activities


  • Sponsor the 8th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST 2017) in Taichung, Taiwan, Nov. 8-10 2017
  • Technically support the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics (CYBCONF-2017), Exeter, UK, June 21-23, 2017
  • Technically support 2017 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA), Savannah, GA, USA, March 27-31, 2017


  • Organizing special session on “Computational Awareness (SS:06),” IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC-16), Budapest, Hungary, October 9-12, 2016
  • Organizing special session on “Awareness Computing”, International Conference on Machine Learning and Cybernetics (ICMLC 2016), Juju, South Korea, July 10-13, 2016
  • Technically support the 3rd Multidisciplinary International Social Network Conference (MISNC 2016), New Jersey, USA, Aug. 15-17, 2016
  • Technically support the 10th International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering (CME 2016), Okayama, Japan, Aug. 4-6, 2016


  • Editing special issue on Emergence in Large-scale Ubiquitous Contexts Analysis,” International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, INDERSCIENCE Publishers
  • TC Chairs co-authored an introductory paper of Technical Committee on Awareness Computing in IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine, vol. 1, no. 3 in 2015 that is entitled “Awareness in Brain, Society, and Beyond: A Bridge Connecting Raw Data to Perception and Cognition.”




Join Us

In the past few years, many papers have been published in context-aware, location-aware, and power-aware computing, and the number of papers has been increasing steadily. Besides context, location, and power, there are many other important Awareness Computing (AC) applications that need serious investigation. For example, a computing system should be aware of the intention of the users to provide real customized services; the system should be aware of the risks or dangers, and provide warning to the user(s) when necessary; the system should be aware of the chances or opportunities for the human user to get more profit; and so on.

Join us to work together and promote this emerging field. The Awareness Computing TC aims to organize conferences related to AC. We strive to create different awareness systems that may not be as intelligent as the human being, but can make our lives more comfortable, more exciting, and happier. Interested researchers are encouraged to visit the Awareness Computing TC website for more details.

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