Plenary Lecture

Plenary Lecture

Science for Life or Live for Science, Take the RFID System and e-Learning for Example

Assistant Professor Ming-Shen Jian
Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering
National Formosa University
Yunlin County, Taiwan

Abstract: Today, many researcher and scholars propose various algorithms, theories, and systems via proposals, papers, and presentations. Every year, there are more than thousands papers proposed in different conferences or journals. In addition, there are many graduates from universities and research institute. However, how many algorithms or systems are realistic or realized is an interesting question. In the world, many companies claim that their products or technologies come from human nature. In fact, there are huge differences between the technologies proposed and implemented. It also makes the graduates work on the job with less relation to the researches they did.
Due to the location, culture, and behavior habits, the researches implemented in the laboratory may not be suitable for people or satisfy the requirements at the specific location. To enhance the feasibility of the research or algorithms, considering the distance between laboratory and reality is important. Sometimes, researchers or students implement the technologies just because that they suppose to. In fact, the end users or general users of the technologies services should be the most important targets that the researchers have to take into account. In other words, how to encourage people to adopt the technologies or make people interest in these technologies is important. An acceptable or interesting technology may have the chance to be realizable or implemented by business model.
The RFID system today is general. However, even there are many researchers who proposed their ideas or papers, the technologies implemented around us are only a few. Some researches present that the RFID system can achieve some functions and capabilities. Most RFID systems until now still work as the identification key of the guard systems or monitoring applications. Some new RFID applications work as one method or type of payment such as metropolitan rapid transportation card. The ideas in the laboratory may be good and efficient but are not realized or accepted in the life. In other words, some or more conditions and limitations such as the cost, the behavior, the procedure, even the demand of these ideas should be carefully considered.
Another famous application: e-learning has been considered and implemented for a long time. Most researchers in this area know or completely understand one of the standards: SCORM. It is a procedure or standard process for an engineer to implement a e-learning material or system. Many papers, applications, or systems are proposed and realized. However, the e-learning system which is really interesting for students or is are based on the content, even there are many researchers who propose the possible and new structure or applications year by year. Researchers and engineers pay too much attention to the technologies themselves than to take the users or students into account. In other words, the proposed systems or applications may force the people to conform to the systems. It means that the users just can follow the technical procedure made by the engineer even they are not technical staffs.
Engineers or researchers provide the new and better technologies or systems to general users. The more important issue is: "Are these technologies, algorithms, and applications needed by users?" In addition, some questions about science should be also considered: 1) Is it provided to improve the life and to be completely better than the original function or application, sometimes even can instead of the original one, 2) Does it provide another choice or function for users dealing with the original application, or 3) Does it encourage users changing their original habits or suiting the new technology? To make the science or technology useful and beneficial for users, "User" should be the most important factor.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Ming-Shen Jian is an assistant professor at the Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering of the National Formosa University in Yunlin County, Taiwan from 2009. He received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering of the National Sun Yet-Sen University in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, in 2007. He got his B.S. degree in Electronic and Control Engineering of the National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, in 2000.
He was the consultant of the International Semiconductor Technology Ltd. and International Megatrend Smart Technology Ltd. (2007~2008) and an assistant professor at the Dept. of Computer Science and Communication Engineering in Shu Te University in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan (2008). His current research interests are in the area related to Integration of RFID system, e-learning and game for learning, and cloud computing.

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