Prof. Akira Hirose of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, who serves as a Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) MICE Ambassador, and his bidding team made a successful presentation to host WCCI 2024 in Yokohama, Japan.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the presentations to decide the host city for the 2024 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence were conducted online on July 8, 2021, with the members of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS) present. Japan’s team, campaigning for Yokohama, could win the bid, defeating teams campaigning for Australia, China, and the Czech Republic. This was a result of being highly rated for the advanced level of research accumulated for many years in the field of Computational Intelligence, the passion of the bid committee members, the conference vision, Yokohama’s potential as a convenient host city, and the public–private collaboration.
WCCI is an international conference on Computational Intelligence (CI), which has as its basis neural networks, fuzzy logic, and evolutionary computation. IEEE CIS holds this flagship conference globally once every two years. Japan will become a WCCI host country for the first time by holding the event in Yokohama in 2024 in view of its successful bid. The country had, in fact, attempted to invite WCCI 2022 but unfortunately lost the bid to Padova, Italy, and eventually won out on the second attempt.
Top-level researchers specializing in CI, including some in Artificial Intelligence (AI), will come to Japan from home and abroad to join WCCI 2024. They will share the latest information and deepen discussions during the event, which is expected to contribute not only to the progress of AI/CI-related science technologies that will play a key role in bringing a bright future to humankind but also to the prosperity of businesses such as robotics and e-commerce.
JNTO, in collaboration with Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau, played an important part in this successful bid. JNTO assisted Professor Akira Hirose, the general chair of the IEEE WCCI 2024 Organizing Committee, in his campaign to host the event. Having experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, we all know how valuable it will be to finally meet in person and exchange ideas and knowledge at international congresses. We will be preparing for WCCI2024 to ensure the safety and security of all those traveling to Yokohama. We look forward to welcoming you to Japan, in June 2024!