Cyber-Physical Society

Prof. Hai Zhuge
Institute of Computing Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Date: 6th March 2012 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: North N104B

Natural physical space provides material basis for the generation and evolution of human beings and civilization. The progress of human society has created the cyber space. With the rapid development of information technology, the cyber space is connecting the physical space, social space and mental space to form a new space -- Cyber-Physical Society.  Beyond the scope of the Cyber-Physical Systems and Web of Things, the Cyber-Physical Society concerns not only the cyber space and the physical space but also humans, knowledge, society and culture. It is a new environment that connects nature, cyber space and society under certain rules.
The cyber-physical society is a multi-dimensional complex space that generates and evolves diverse subspaces to contain different types of individuals interacting with, reflecting or influencing each other directly or through the cyber, physical, socio and mental subspaces. Versatile individuals and socio roles coexist harmoniously yet evolve, provide appropriate on-demand information, knowledge and services for each other, transform from one form into another, interact with each other through various links, and self-organize according to socio value chains. It ensures healthy and meaningful life of individuals, and maintains a reasonable rate of expansion of individuals in light of overall capacity and the material, knowledge, and service flow cycles.
Human beings will live and develop in the Cyber-Physical Society in the near future.  Exploring the Cyber-Physical Society concerns multiple disciplines and will go beyond Bush's and Turing's ideals since traditional machines and the cyber space are limited in ability to implement it.   Research objects and conditions of many disciplines will be changed.  Methodologies in respective disciplines are not suitable for researching and developing the environment. Multi-disciplinary study will lead to breakthrough in sciences, technologies, engineering and philosophy.
This seminar introduces the architecture, distinguished characteristics, scientific issues, principles, super-links, semantics, computing model, and closed loops of the Cyber-Physical Society.  The relevant philosophical issues will be discussed.

About the speaker:
Hai ZHUGE  is a professor at the Institute of Computing Technology of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was the Chief Scientist of the China National Semantic Grid Research Project, a prestigious project of the National Basic Research Program of China (3 million US$).  He is the chief scientist and the former director of the Key Lab of Intelligent Information Processing of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the founder of the China Knowledge Grid Research Group, which has hosted over 30 young researchers and research students (among which 7 have become full or associate professors).
He makes systematic contribution to the Knowledge Grid area on establishing its methodology, Resource Space Model, Semantic Link Network model, and Knowledge Flow Network model. He has established a systematic adaptive complex semantic space model and a set of scalable distributed semantic networking platform for dynamic knowledge sharing. The Cyber Physical Society is one of his major research interests.
His monographs The Knowledge Grid and The Web Resource Space Model are the first books in respective areas. He is the author of over ninety papers appeared mainly in leading international conferences and journals such as Computational Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Computer, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, Decision Support Systems, Information and Management and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
He was the top scholar in the systems and software engineering field during 2000-2004 according to the assessment reports of the Journal of Systems and Software.  The citation of his paper has been in the top 1% within the Knowledge Grid area since 2000 according to Thomson ISI's Essential Science Indicators. His work was cited by many experts such as Tim Berners-Lee, Ian Foster, Wendy Hall, James A. Hendler, Geoffrey Fox, Nigel Shadbolt, Carole Goble and Karl Aberer as well as top journals and conferences such as ACM TOSEM, ACM SIGMIS Databas, ACM TAAS, IEEE TSE, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TSMC, JPDC, WWW, ICSE and ISWC.
He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and a Senior Member of IEEE.