Issue 54 : March, 2016
SMC Technical Committee on:
“Interactive and Wearable Computing and Devices”

Interactive devices refer to any physical and tangible entity with which both human users and other
devices or machines can interact. This new SMC Technical Committee (TC) focuses on those
devices that human users can wear, such as smart watches, health monitoring electronics, smart
glasses, head mounted stereo display, exoskeletons, body worn sensors, etc. An interactive and
wearable device (IWD) usually provides multimodal interfacing, sensory, and/or even
actuating/motoring capabilities in addition to wearability, smartness, data input, communication and
data recording and analysis. There are many potential applications, particularly in healthcare,
wellness, consumer electronics, entertainment, Smart-* (home, buildings, factory, port, city) and
military. With the recent availability of products on the market, such as Google Glasses, Apple
iWatch, Shimmer wearable sensors, and many other more, IWD continues to attract the interest of
both research communities and industry sectors and is expected to grow rapidly on the horizon.
IWD coupled with computing and systems is very multi-disciplinary and the research frontiers
include user interface, multimodal interaction, smart sensors and actuators, body area networks,
mobile computing, ambient intelligence, communications, user safety, security, minimization, and
others. These research fields and applications fall well within the scope of the SMC Society and
there is a large population of researchers working in these areas. The SMC society did not have a
technical committee focusing on this emerging, but important area. There are in fact no other
existing technical committees that are dedicated or closely relevant to the interactive and wearable
computing and devices. So, there is indeed no overlap with other existing TCs. Thus, the
establishment of this new TC will provide a new platform for the researchers and industry sectors
in interactive and wearable computing and devices to get together, collaborate and exchange their
research ideas, results and applications, advancing the research and prompting the application,
and in the meantime, attracting more researchers in the relevant fields to join the TC and SMC

Our vision is to foster the international collaboration, advancing the state-of-the-art and prompting
the research, development, and innovative applications of interactive and wearable computing and
devices. The mission is to bring together researchers and designers and provide a venue for the
TC members and the communities-at-large in the areas of interactive and wearable computing and
devices to exchange ideas and results, to identify new research fields and technology trends, and
to explore opportunities for research collaboration and/or partnerships.

The TC currently includes more than 80 members from 20 different countries. The first meeting of
the new TC will be held during IEEE SMC 2015 in Hong Kong in October. In this meeting, we will
discuss about several initiatives to promote the TC. First of all, we intend to launch the foundation
of an annual international conference on "Interactive and Wearable Computing and Devices
(IWCD)", which will be the main TC conference where all the TC members and interested people
can meet and present their work. Moreover, the TC will foster the organization of special issues in
top-level journals, special sessions in IEEE conference (specifically IEEE SMC), industry
workshops to facilitate academic and industry knowledge transfer, and the participation to
standardization bodies related to IWCD.

The web page of the TC is at:

Dr. Peter X. Liu (SMC Senior Member) received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees
from Northern (Beijing) Jiaotong University, China in 1992 and 1995, respectively,
and Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2002. He has been
with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
since July 2002 and he is currently a Full Professor. He holds the Canada
Research Chair in Interactive Network Computing and Teleoperation.  Dr. Liu has
published more than 250 research articles.  He has served as an Associate
Editor for several journals including IEEE Access, IEEE Transactions on
Cybernetics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on
Automation Science and Engineering and some others. He received a 2007
Carleton Research Achievement Award, a 2006 Province of Ontario Early
Researcher Award, a 2006 Carty Research Fellowship, the Best Conference
Paper Award of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and
Automation, and a 2003 Province of Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award. He
has served in the Organization Committees of numerous conferences including
being the General Chair of the  2011, 2010, 2008 IEEE International Workshop on
Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications, and the General Chair
of 2005 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation.  Dr. Liu
is a licensed member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (P.Eng), a senior
member of IEEE, and a fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC).

Dr. Giancarlo Fortino (SMC Senior Member) received the Laurea (B.S and M.S)
and Ph.D in computer engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 1995
and 2000, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor of Computer
Engineering (since 2006) with the Department of Informatics, Modeling,
Electronics and Systems (DIMES), University of Calabria. He holds the Italian
scientific national habilitation for Full Professor. After he was nominated high-end
foreign expert in China, since 2015 Dr. Fortino is Adjunct Professor of Computer
Engineering at the Wuhan University of Technology (China). He is also Adjunct
Senior Research Fellow at Italian National Research Council. He authored more
than 250 publications in journals, conferences, and books. He has been awarded
with the 2014 Andrew P. Sage Best IEEE SMC Transactions. His research
interests include distributed computing, wireless sensor networks, body area
networks and wearable computing, agent-based computing, Internet of Things,
cloud computing, multimedia networks and computing. He is founding editor of
the Springer Book Series on “Internet of Things: Technology, Communications
and Computing” and currently serves as associate editor in the editorial board of
IEEE Trans. on Affective Computing, IEEE Trans. on Human-Machine Systems,
Information Fusion, Engineering Application of Artificial Intelligence, Journal of
Network and Computer Applications. He guest edited more than 20 special
issues in int’l journals, chaired more than 40 int’l conference/workshops, and was
member of more than 300 IPCs of int’l conferences/workshops. He is co-
authoring the book “Wearable Systems and Body Sensor Networks: From
Modeling to Implementation” by Wiley. He is co-founder and CEO of Sensyscal
S.r.l., a spin-off of University of Calabria, engaged in advanced applied research
and development of sensor-based systems. Dr. Fortino is a licensed member of
the Professional Engineers of Cosenza (P.Eng) and a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Mehmet Rasit Yuce (SMC Senior Member) received the M.S. degree in
Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville,
Florida in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering
from North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC in December 2004. He
was a post-doctoral researcher in the Electrical Engineering Department at the
University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005. He was a Senior Lecturer in the
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Newcastle,
New South Wales, Australia until Jul 2011. In July 2011, he joined the
Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash
University, Australia. His research interests include wireless implantable
telemetry, wearable sensor design, wireless body area network (WBAN), bio-
sensors, integrated circuit technology dealing with digital, analog and radio
frequency circuit designs for wireless, biomedical, and RF applications. Dr. Yuce
has published more than 100 technical articles in the above areas and received a
NASA group achievement award in 2007 for developing an SOI transceiver. He
received a best journal paper award in 2014 from the IEEE Microwave Theory and
Techniques Society (MTTS). He received a research excellence award in the
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle in 2010.
He received the prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship award
in 2013. He is an author of the books: Wireless Body Area Networks published in
2011 and Ultra-Wideband and 60 GHz Communications for Biomedical
Applications published in 2013. He is a senior member of IEEE. He is an
associate editor for IEEE Sensors Journal and a guest editor for IEEE Journal of
Biomedical and Health Informatics in 2014. He has been a technical committee
member of many IEEE conferences in the areas of medical sensors, wireless
wearable sensors and body area networks.

Dr. Dongyi Chen received his Ph.D. degree in from Chongqing University, China
in 1997. Since then, he has been with the University of Electronic Science and
Technology of China.  He is now a Full Professor of Automation Engineering and
the Director of the Research Center for Mobile Computing.  Dr. Chen was a
postdoctoral research fellow with University of Toronto, Canada from 1998 to
1999. From 2002 to 2005, he was a visiting professor at the GVU Center of
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Chen is a pioneering researcher in
wearable computing in China. He has led a number of very important national
research projects and initiatives in China, and his research results have been
widely covered by important Chinese media, such CCTV, People’s Daily, and
Science and Technology Daily. He was a Co-Chair of the first and second
editions of the China-Germany Wearable Computing Symposium. He was also
the General Chair of China Wearable Computing Conference (WEARABLE 2013
and 2014) and the Conference Chair of the 2015 China Wearable Computing
Conference/ 2015 Symposium on Wearables and Challenges in Medicine.  Dr.
Chen’s research interests include mobile computing, wearable computing,
human-man interface, augmented virtual reality, wireless sensor networks, and
body sensor networks.
Peter X. Liu, Ph.D., P.Eng., FEIC
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 CANADA
Phone: +1(613) 520-2600 ext. 1774
Fax: +1(613) 520-5727
Email: [email protected]
Giancarlo Fortino, Ph.D. P.Eng.
Professor of Computer Engineering
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Modellistica, Elettronica e Sistemistica (DIMES) Università della Calabria.
Via P. Bucci, cubo 41C, Rende (CS), ITALY
Fax: +39.0984.494713
email: [email protected]
Mehmet Rasit Yuce, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University
Melbourne, 14 Alliance Lane, Clayton Campus, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61  3 9905 3932
Fax: +61  3 9905 3454
Email: [email protected]
Dongyi Chen, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Research Center for Mobile Computing
School of Automation Engineering
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
Phone: +86-28-61830313
Fax: +86-28-61830313
Email: [email protected]

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