Keynote & Plenary Speakers
Prof. WANG Jun, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
FIEEE, FIAPR, BEng (DLUT), MEng (DLUT). PhD (CWRU)
Speech Title: Collaborative Neurodynamic Optimization Approaches to Distributed, Global and Multiple-objective Optimization (Abstract)
Biography: Jun Wang is a Chair Professor of Computational Intelligence in the Department of Computer Science at City University of Hong Kong. Prior to this position, he held various academic positions at Dalian University of Technology, Case Western Reserve University, University of North Dakota, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also held various part-time visiting positions at US Air Force Armstrong Laboratory, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a Changjiang Chair Professor. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and an M.S. degree in systems engineering from Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. He received his Ph.D. degree in systems engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. His current research interests include neural networks and their applications. He published about 200 journal papers, 15 book chapters, 11 edited books, and numerous conference papers in these areas. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. He also served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1999-2009), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and its predecessor (2003-2013), and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part C (2002–2005), as a member of the editorial advisory board of International Journal of Neural Systems (2006-2013), and a member of the editorial board of Neural Networks (2012-2014) as a guest editor of special issues of European Journal of Operational Research (1996), International Journal of Neural Systems (2007), Neurocomputing (2008, 2014, 2016), and International Journal of Fuzzy Systems (2010, 2011). He was an organizer of several international conferences such as the General Chair of the 13th International Conference on Neural Information Processing (2006) and the 2008 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, and a Program Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (2012). He has been an IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Distinguished Lecturer (2010-2012, 2014-2016). In addition, he served as President of Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA) in 2006 and many organizations such as IEEE Fellow Committee (2011-2012); IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Awards Committee (2008, 2012, 2014), IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Board of Directors (2013-2015), He is an IEEE Fellow, IAPR Fellow, and a recipient of an IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award and APNNA Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011, Natural Science Awards from Shanghai Municipal Government (2009) and Ministry of Education of China (2011), and Neural Networks Pioneer Award from IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2014), among others.
Prof. Tarek M. Sobh, University of Bridgeport, USA
(Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, and Dean of the School of Engineering – Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering)
Speech Title: Recent Advances in Robotics, Automation and Sensing (Abstract)
Biography: Professor Tarek M. Sobh received the B.Sc. in Engineering degree with honors in Computer Science and Automatic Control from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1988, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Dean of the School of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Bridgeport (UB), Connecticut; the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control (RISC) laboratory; the Founder of the High-Tech Business Incubator at UB (CTech IncUBator), and a Professor of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
He was Vice President from 2008-2014, Vice Provost from 2006-2008, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Director of External Engineering Programs, Interim Chairman of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and Chairman of the Department of Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport. He was an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Bridgeport from 1995-1999, a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Utah from 1992-1995, and a Research Fellow at the General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania from 1989-1991. He was the Founding Chairman of the Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems Technical Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 1992-1999, and the Founding Chairman of the Prototyping Technical Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 1999-2001.
Prof. Tasos Dagiuklasis, London South Bank University, UK
(Head of Computer Science and Informatics)
Speech Title: Technology Enablers for 5G Networks (Abstract)
Biography: Prof. Tasos Dagiuklasis a leading researcher and expert in the fields of Internet and multimedia technologies for smart cities, ambient assisted living, healthcare, and smart agriculture. He is the leader of the newly established SuITE (Smart Internet Technologies) research group at LSBU, where he also acts as the Head of Division in Computer Science.
Tasos received his Engineering Degree from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1989. He completed an MSc at the University of Manchester in 1991 and a PhD at the University of Essex-UK in 1995, all in Electrical Engineering. He has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, project and technical manager, coordinator and focal person of more than 20 internationally research and development and capacity training projects. with total funding of approximately £5m from different international organisations.
His research interests include open-based networking (software-defined network, network function virtualisation), FTV, 3DV, media optimisation across heterogeneous networks, quality of experience, virtual reality/augmented teality technologies and Cloud infrastructures and services. He has published more than 150 papers in these fields. His research has received more than 1150 citations by researchers (Google Scholar).
He has served as Vice-Chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Multimedia Communications Technical Committee (MMTC) Quality of Experience Working Group, and as Key Member for IEEE MMTC MSIG and 3DRPC WGs.
Prof. Solom (Abdelsalam) Heddaya, Partner Architect, Big Data Infrastructure at Microsoft, Greater Seattle Area, USA
Speech Title: Hyper-concentration of Data and Computation in the Cloud: Technical, Economic and Social Aspects (Abstract)
Biography: Prof. Solom Heddaya has been a professor, entrepreneur, engineering manager and architect of computer systems. As a professor of Computer Science for nearly a decade at Boston University, he worked on log-structured replicated file systems, on distributed shared memory for parallel computing, and on Internet-scale caching. The latter project spun-off InfoLibria, Inc., of which he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. InfoLibria was the premier developer of distributed system appliances, that backbone ISPs deployed to deliver “rich web apps” with high quality and low cost, from the Internet’s edge. Solom joined Microsoft at Partner level fifteen years ago. He spent half that time improving all aspects of Windows reliability, by enhancing failure measurement, detection, diagnosis, tolerance, recovery and repair. In the second half, he alternately managed, or was architect for, Cosmos, an internal big data system that combines hundreds of thousands of servers to store many exabytes of data, and to power the analytics that underly all of Microsoft’s largest online services (Azure, Bing, Office, Skype, Windows, XBox, etc.).
Solom’s academic work was funded by NSF grants, and his entrepreneurial work by significant venture capital from the likes of Microsoft and Nortel. The results were recognized by numerous industry and internal Microsoft awards. Solom is a co-inventor of over a dozen patents in various areas of computer systems. Recent publications he co-authored include Hydra in USENIX NSDI 2019.
Solom holds a B.Sc. (First Class Honors) in Computer Engineering & Automatic Control from Alexandria University and a Ph.D. In Computer Science from Harvard University.
Prof. Magne Jørgensen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Speech Title: What can - and should - Software Engineering Learn from Psychology? (Abstract)
Biography: Magne Jørgensen received the Diplom Ingeneur degree in Wirtschaftswissenschaften from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1988 and the Dr. Scient. degree in informatics from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 1994. He is a professor of software engineering at the University of Oslo and a member of the software engineering research group at the Simula Research Laboratory. He has 10 years industry experience as a consultant and manager. His research interests include software estimation, uncertainty assessments in software projects, expert judgment processes, and learning from experience.
Magne Jørgensen works as a researcher at Simula Research Laboratory and a professor at the University of Oslo. Previously, he worked with software development, estimation, and process improvement in the telecom and insurance industry. He is one of the founders of evidence-based software engineering and teaches this to students and software professionals.
His current main research interest is effort estimation, bidding processes, outsourcing, and software development skill assessments.
Prof. Christopher Nwosisi, The College of Westchester & Pace University New York, USA
Speech Title: Test Case to Identify/ Mitigate Cyber Security Vulnerabilities (Abstract)
Biography: Dr. Nwosisi graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Hunter College of CUNY, a diploma of Application Design from Columbia University, an M.S. degree in Management of Technology from Polytechnic University, and a D.P.S. in Computing from Pace University. At all of these institutions, he was awarded a number of honors for academic excellence and for unusual achievement in basic research. Currently, he is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineer Computer Society (IEEE).
He has served as Research Chair, Education Chair, Membership Chair, Certification Systems Professional Coordinator, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for System Management (ASM) - New York Chapter. He has also served as a member of the Planning Committee, Treasurer, Secretary and a member of the executive committee for the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineer Computer Society (IEEE) - New York Chapter.
Dr. Nwosisi was an outstanding communicator in his over 20-year tenure in vascular surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York (USA). He was an outstanding research coordinator as a result of his outstanding ability to communicate with various members of the research team at all levels within the organization. Much of this research dealt with the underlying mechanisms of computing to predict bypass graft patency, abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture, deep venous thrombosis, vascular laboratory workflow and patient centered care in healthcare systems.
During his tenure at Montefiore Medical Center and the several years immediately following it, Dr. Nwosisi engaged in a large number of clinical research projects, numbering more than 250+. Almost all of these projects resulted in presentations at important international, national and regional meetings. Most of these projects resulted in the publication of over 200 articles in major peer-reviewed journals. .
To date, Dr. Nwosisi has been the foundation for allowing the research team at Montefiore Medical Center to author or co-author various vascular textbooks, review articles, book chapters, and new research ideas changing the treatment options of patients afflicted with vascular disease.
In addition, Dr. Nwosisi is a charismatic teacher and mentor who is admired and respected by his trainees/colleagues at the college level, medical/nursing/administrative level, medical/surgical resident level and physician level. He is a most articulate speaker who presents extremely well at international, national and regional conferences. He is a talented researcher and computer technologist who is commonly asked to tackle complex research problems in members of our faculty and by other physicians.
Dr. David Daqing Chen, London South Bank University, UK
Speech Title: Deep Learning and Lip Reading Systems Development (Abstract)
Biography: Dr Daqing Chen's main professional expertise and research interests are in the areas of business intelligence, data mining, intelligent information processing, and SAS system.
Dr Chen joined the University in July 1999. Prior to this, Daqing worked as a Research Fellow in the System, Electronics and Information Laboratory, IRESTE, University of Nantes, Nantes, France (June 1998 - July 1999), a Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (December 1997 – June 1998), and as a Post-doctoral Researcher and then an Associate Professor at the National Key Laboratory of Radar Signal Processing, Xidian University, Xian, China (February 1994 – November 1997).
Dr Chen is currently the Pathway Leader for BSc and HND Business Intelligence. He is also the leader of the Public Analytics research group.
Prof. Naoko Fukami, Director of Research Station, Cairo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Promotion Society (JSPS)
Speech Title: JSPS Program and Islamic Geometry of Muqarnas through the history of Islamic Architecture (Abstract)
Biography: Naoko Fukami is a Director of Research Station, Cairo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Promotion Society (JSPS) since 2015. She makes a project of Revitalization and Sustainability of Communities in Historic Cairo, supported by TOYOTA Fund from 2016 to 2018. She obtained her M.Sc from Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1981 about Islamic Architecture in Daccan from the 14th to 17th century, and Ph.D from Yokohama National University in 1998 about Muqarnas, its origin and development. She was a Visiting Professor Institute of Oriental Culture from 1999 to 2001, University of Tokyo, making the Digital Archive: by the Mission for Indian History and Archaeology, University of Tokyo in 1959-1962. She was a Professor, Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University from 2012 to 2014, she joined the project of Islam and Multiculturalism. Her books are NHK Project of Asian Historical Cities, Recollected Isfahan, “Isfahan-The Dream of Oasis”, pp169-199, NHK Publication, 2002, “The World of Islamic Architecture”, Kodansha Genndai-Shinsho, 2005 “World history in Islamic Architecture”, Iwanami Shoten, 2013, etc.