The Organization Committee of "The 2009 Future Challenge: Intelligent Vehicles and Beyond" (FC'09) held the Preparatory Meeting in Xi'an

In accordance with the implementation requirements of “Cognitive Computing of Visual and Auditory Information”, a Major Research Plan (MRP) of National Natural Science Funds Commission (NSFC), the steering group of experts of this MRP and relevant NSFC departments held the preparatory meeting of the 2009 Future Challenge: Intelligent Vehicle and Beyond (FC’09) in Academic Communication Center of XJTU from April 5 to 6, 2009.

Among the attendees are Prof. Zhaotian Zhang (Vice-Director of Department of Information Sciences), Prof. Wenling Zhang (Division Director), and Prof. Chenghong Wang (Division Director) from NSFC, and Prof. Nanning Zheng (leader of the steering group of experts), Prof. Qianshun Chang, Prof. Dewen Hu, Prof. Jingyu Yang, Prof. Chengqing Zong and Prof. Jingmin Xin from the steering group of experts of the MRP. Another 13 representatives from Key Funding Projects and Fostering Projects are also present. These projects are all related to the integration and verification platform of unmanned vehicle and supported financially from NSFC in 2008. In order to get fully prepared for the competition of FC’09, the organization committee also invited the chairman of program committee of 2009 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium, Prof. Feiyue Wang from the Institution of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, to the meeting. Another 15 people attended the meeting on invitation. They are Prof. Yaonan Wang from Hunan University; Prof. Huiyan Chen from Beijing Institute of Technology; Associate Prof. Ming Yang form Shanghai Jiaotong University; deputies from the administrative committee of Xi’an Chanba Ecological District; Prof. Shuming Tang form Shandong University of Science and Technology; Prof. Wending Gong, Prof. Yuehu Liu and Prof. Jianru Xue from Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Developing the verification platform of unmanned vehicle which can detect the natural environment and make decision based on intelligent behavior is one of the overall objectives of “Cognitive Computing of Visual and Auditory Information”. For this reason, the steering group of experts and relevant NSFC departments believes that we should take advantage of China’s first undertake of 2009 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV’09) and decide a meeting on the research development about the projects financially supported by Major Research Plan last year be held during June 3 and 5 along with the first national unmanned vehicles competition - The 2009 Future Challenge: Intelligent Vehicles and Beyond (FC’09).

Prof. Chenghong Wang highlighted that the integration and verification platform of the unmanned vehicle is not only of great importance for the realization of the overall scientific targets of MRP but also plays an important role in attracting further attention from both the academic and industry circles, and thus it can promote and drive the development of fundamental research in information science. In addition, the key funding projects of unmanned vehicle verification platform supported financially by NSFC in 2008 must take part in the competition. In this way, the cognitive computing module of visual and auditory information, as well as the innovation and development of the key technologies and the verification platform will be greatly enhanced by way of competition, which will further ensure the realization of the overall scientific goals of the MRP.

Prof. Nanning Zheng (the Group Leader of the steering group of experts, also the General Chair of the 2009 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium) gave a brief introduction about the MRP, the preparation work of this meeting and the goal and content of the competition. He pointed out that the main aim of the MRP is to gather and promote the overall strength of visual and auditory information processing domestically, especially to successfully develop and submit the verification platform of unmanned vehicle which can reflect the overall targets of the MRP, and to realize the automatic operating of the unmanned vehicle in a complicated environment and road situations based on the processing of visual and auditory information. He also emphasized that the content and rules of the competition should reach certain difficulty to reflect and embody the requirements and standard of MRP. He also suggested that the competition should be held regularly, which can gather the competitive domestic institutes and corporations.

Prof. Jingmin Xin also introduced the MRP logo design at the meeting. The attendees extended discussion of the seven elaborately designed logos and proposed their amendments. In particular, Prof. Feiyue Wang introduced the generalization and impact of the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium and the organizational work of this symposium and its contributions to the research of key technologies of integration platform of unmanned vehicle.

The meeting focused on the organization and implementation of the competition and laid down the rules of “Fair, Just and Transparent”. It also discussed and past the list of members of the organization committee, technical committee and the group in charge of making the competition rules. During the meeting, all the attendees carried out a field survey of the competition ground (Chanba Ecological District, Xi’an) and discussed the repair work of the tracks.

The success of the meeting has laid a solid foundation of the competition and the workshop on the research development to be held this June. Moreover, the implementation of the MRP is of great significance to the development of information science in China.

 
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