Biography

Jianhua MA received his B.S. and M.S. degrees of Communication Systems from National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China, in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and the PhD degree of Information Engineering from Xidian University, China, in 1990. He has joined Hosei University since 2000, and is currently a professor at Digital Media Department in the Faculty of Computer and Information Sciences. Previously, he had worked for 7 years at NUDT, 3 years at Xidian University, and 5 years at the University of Aizu in Japan, respectively. He is teaching the courses of Java Programming, Digital Communication and Networks, Introduction to Multimedia, Multimedia Database, Communication Network and the Internet, Project A/B, and Research Seminars of Advanced Web and Ubiquitous Computing. He is a supervisor of doctor and master students.

From 1983 to 1990, his research fields were the error-control coding techniques applied to digital HF and mobile communications, and secure systems in computer data, audio and video transmissions. During 1991-1993, he was leading a project of an intelligent speech computing system, including speech analysis, recognition, synthesis, encryption and codec. In 1994-1996, he was devoted to multimedia synchronization modeling with QoS, hyperworld modeling and one-to-many interface, and realtime bump-mapped shading and fuzzy-object generating algorithms for high performance graphics ASIC. In 1997-1999, his research was focused on multimedia technologies, networks, intelligent agents and distribued collaborative systems as well as their applications in cyberworlds including virtual university, e-learning community and other e-business over the Internet. During this period, he and his laboratory developed a variety of web systems including University21 (an integrated e-educational system), VCR (Virtual Collaborative Room) with context awareness, Internet-based audio/video conferencing, and an open agent architecture for managing heterogeneous intelligent agents in an e-community. From 2000 his research has been extended to mobile systems, peer-to-peer (P2P) communications, and ubiquitous/pervasive computing. Representative systems or prototypes developed by his laboratory between 2000-2003 were a mobile phone based construction management system, a mobile multi-agent environment, a P2P shared web browser, a P2P proactive group revision system, a ubiquitous network program testing system, and TOMSCOP, a groupware platform atop JXTA for supporting P2P shared cyber application development. Since 2003 his main researches have been devoted to what he called smart worlds (SW) filled with smart/intelligent ubiquitous things or u-things including three kinds of essential elements: smart object, smart space/hyperspace and smart system, which are based on his vision of the future ubiquitous intelligence (UI) or pervasive intelligence (p, PI) to solve the crucial problems caused by intelligence pervasion due to fast progresses of semi-conductors, MEMS, NEMS, embedded devices, ubiquitous computers, pervasive networks, universal services, etc. A unique project, called UbicKids, is under research to challenge a series of novel issues Towards Smart World and Ubiquitous Intelligence.

He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ubiquitous Computing and Intelligence (JUCI) and international Journal of Mobile Multimedia (JMM), and an Assistant Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications (JPCC). He is an Area Editor of the International Journal of Computer Processing of Oriental Languages (JCPOL), an Associated Editor of of the International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (JDET), and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing (IJWMC). He has edited the 10 international journal special issues as a guest editor. He organized the 6th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems (DMS’99) as PC Co-Chair, the 1st International Conference on Cyber Worlds (CW’02) as one of founders and PC Co-Chair, and the 18th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networks and Applications (AINA’04) as a General Co-Chair. He organized the 1st International Workshop on Ubiquitous Smart Worlds (USW’05) held at Taiwan in March 2005 based on his smart world and ubiquitous intelligence vision. He has severed many other international conferences/workshops as various chairs and committee members. He initialized and coordinated five international workshops of  ICaM02, MDEST02, XMLinDM02, CANS02 and MSEAT02 at San Francisco in 2002. He is a foundation member of the International Consortium of Macro University, a federation of virtual universities started from 1999.

Dr. Ma is a member of IEEE and ACM. He has published more than 100 academic papers in journals, books and conference proceedings. He was awarded as the Excellent Graduated Student by NUDT in 1982. He received the Annual Excellent Paper Awards from China Information Theory Society, Electronics Society, and Association of Hunan Science and Technology in 1985, 1986 and 1991, respectively. He received the Best Paper Award from the 2000 International Conference on Information Society in the 21st Century: Emerging Technologies and New Challenges, and the Highly Commended Paper Award from the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications. He received the Certificate of Appreciation from IEEE Computer Society in 2004.