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September 22, 2015
In This Week's Issue
Environmental Factors in Physically Active Leisure

Presented by Toni Liechty, Phd

Assistant Professor, Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Thursday, September 24th at 4:00 pm

3019 Khan Annex


Hosted by the Parks and Environment Behavior Research Group


Special IFP Seminar

October 1, 2015


3:00-4:00 pm, 2269 (Tower Room) Beckman Institute


Title:    FoodLog: a multimedia tool for healthcare applications


Professor Kiyo Aizawa, University of Tokyo


Our daily food is an emerging target for multimedia. Health care field is paying considerable attention on dietary control, which requires that individuals record what they eat. We developed and made publicly available a novel smartphone application, that is, FoodLog, a multimedia food recording tool that allows users to take photos of their meals and to produce textual food records. Unlike conventional smartphone-based food recording tools, it allows users to employ meal photos to help them to input textual descriptions based on image retrieval. In this talk, we will talk about the outline of FoodLog, analysis and evaluation of the data, its deployment in health care field, and some features of big food recording data captured by a year-long operation of FoodLog App.



Prof. Kiyoharu Aizawa, Received the B.E., the M.E., and the Dr. Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering all from the University of Tokyo, in 1983, 1985, 1988, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Engineering of the University of Tokyo. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Illinois from 1990 to 1992.


His research interest is in image processing and multimedia applications.  He is one of the pioneers of life logging fields, and very recently he is focusing on multimedia food logging for dietary assessment. The outcome of his research, FoodLog, is made available to general public.


He received the 1987 Young Engineer Award and the 1990, 1998 Best Paper Awards, the 1991 Achievement Award, 1999 Electronics Society Award from IEICE Japan, and the 1998 Fujio Frontier Award, the 2002 and 2009 Best Paper Award, and 2013 Achievement award from ITE Japan. He received the IBM Japan Science Prize in 2002. 


He is currently on Editorial Board of IEEE Trans. Image Processng, ACM TOMCCAP, Journal of Visual Communications and Image Representation, , APSIPA Transactions on Signal and Information Processing, and  International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval. He served as the Editor in Chief of Journal of ITE Japan, an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. CSVT and IEEE Trans. Multimedia. He has served a number of international and domestic conferences; he was a General co-Chair of ACM Multimedia 2012.

$165,000 for Fellowship at “Nexus of Health Science, Policy, and Politics”

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is designed to provide a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, D.C.

The program provides an opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Exceptional candidates from academic faculties and nonprofit healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants may have backgrounds in the disciplines of allied health professions, the biomedical sciences, dentistry, economics or another social science, health services organization and administration, medicine, nursing, public health, social and behavioral health, or health law. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Up to seven grants of up to $165,000 will be made in 2016. Each fellow will receive a salary of up to $104,000 for his/her Washington stay (September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017), plus fringe benefits or a fellowship stipend.

Optional applicant Web conference calls will be held on October 6 (11:00 a.m., EDT), and November 5 (2:00 p.m., ET). Registration is required.

The complete call for applications, conference call registration information, and application instructions are available at the RWJF website: Complete RFP.


Deadline: November 12, 2015 @ 3 p.m. EST

Mid-Career Faculty Release-Time Program (MFRP)

We invite you to alert appropriate mid-career faculty to consider applying to the Mid-Career Faculty Release-Time Program (MFRP) for release time to be taken in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.  The MFRP is designed to provide support to tenured associate professors who would benefit from concentrated time to advance their research or creative work.  It is restricted to associate professors who have been in-rank for at least six years, and provides the successful applicants with one semester of teaching release to pursue their scholarly activities.  MFRP recipients will be selected on the basis of the potential impact and feasibility of the planned work, with particular attention paid to how the release time will advance the recipient's scholarly career.  We anticipate to make 2-3 awards in this cycle.


The MFRP supports faculty research and creative work in all fields.  Preference will be given to faculty who have had no teaching release for the purpose of research, including sabbaticals, in the two academic years prior to their proposed release semester, but exceptional cases with more recent release time will be considered.


The program description and the application form can be found at


The application form and materials are to be filled out by the applicant and then submitted to the unit Executive Officer.  As part of the application we are asking the unit EO to provide a letter of support explaining why a semester of teaching release will advance the candidate¹s case toward promotion to full professor and to include a statement that the applicant¹s department is willing to grant the requested teaching release (in exchange, the department will be compensated $12,000).  The completed application is to be submitted by the EO to the Provost Office by November 2, 2015.