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Conference Reports

by Yutaka Hata, Koichi Tanno,
and Tadahiko Murata

T

he 2018 IEEE International
Conference on Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics (SMC 2018)
will be held 7-10 October at Seagaia Convention Center in Miyazaki,
Japan. The Science Council of Japan
(SCJ) and the IEEE Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) are
cohosting this year's conference. The
SCJ describes itself on its website as
"the representative organization of
the Japanese scientist community
ranging over all fields of sciences subsuming humanities, social sciences,
life sciences, natural sciences, and
engineering" (http://www.scj.go.jp/en/
index.html). It is our great privilege
and honor to host SMC 2018 with
the SCJ and the 30 Japanese scientific societies that are cooperating in
the conference.
At SMC 2018, we plan to incorporate several innovative components
in the program, including poster presentations, the Women in Engineering
Workshop, and the Brain-Machine
Interface Workshop. The conference
theme is "The Making of a HumanCentered Cyber World." We are working to provide an excellent opportunity to vigorously discuss how to make
a human-centered cyber world in our
rapidly changing lives by fusing artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, and
the Internet of Things.
About Miyazaki
Miyazaki is a bright and sunny city.
Along a beautiful beach northeast of
the city stands a vast array of international resorts. The city is located
in the central part of Miyazaki Prefecture and is the rail terminal city
for southeastern Kyushu as well as
the government and economic capital

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IEEE SMC 2018 in
Miyazaki, Japan

Center, which provides space for
international conventions.
Miyazaki Prefecture is referred to as a mythological place.
It is known not only by its warm
weather but also because of its
mythological stories. In mythology, Miyazaki is known as the
birthplace of the descendants
of the gods. There are many stories that are written in the oldest Japanese extant chronicle
called the Kojiki. Some of these
tales have been made into movies, television dramas, and stage
performances.
In the mythology, it is said that
the father, grandfather, and great
grandfather of the first emperor
of Japan, Jimmu Emperor, were
all born in Miy a z a k i f r o m
de scenda nts of gods. Other
famous stories written in the
Kojiki describe a pond for a purification ceremony called MisoThe Takachiho gorge. (Photo courtesy
gi, nea r Seagaia, Takachiho,
of the Miyazaki Convention Bureau.)
which was the first place of the
gods' descendants, Yamasachiof the prefecture. The warm weather,
hiko and Umisachihiko at Aoshima,
with an average temperature of 17 °C
among others. Miyazaki hosts all of
and 2,103 h of daylight a year, allows
the shrines that were written about in
phoenix and palm trees to grow everythe Kojiki.
where, giving the city the atmosphere
In the western part of Miyazaki,
of a bright resort.
there is a city called Miyakonojo, which
The conference venue, Seagaia Reis a producer of traditional bows and
sort, is located on Hitotsuba Beach,
wooden swords. The bows have been
the northeastern part of the city. The
constructed since the Heian era. Curresort has a golf course, tennis courts,
rently, its bow production is 90% of the
a zoo, and the Seagaia Convention
overall traditional bow production in
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