Prof. Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow)
University of Alberta, Canada
Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow, 1998) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and 2019 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society. His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data science, pattern recognition, data science, knowledge-based neural networks, and control engineering. He has published papers in these areas. He is also an author of 21 research monographs and edited volumes covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence, data mining, and Software Engineering. Dr. Pedrycz is vigorously involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Co-editor-in-Chief of Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer) and J. of Data Information and Management (Springer). He serves on an Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of international journals.
Keynote Speaker II
Prof. Xudong Jiang (IEEE Fellow)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Xudong Jiang received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), and the Ph.D. degree from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany. From 1986 to 1993, he was a Lecturer with UESTC, where he received two Science and Technology Awards from the Ministry for Electronic Industry of China. From 1998 to 2004, he was with the Institute for Infocomm Research, A-Star, Singapore, as a Lead Scientist and the Head of the Biometrics Laboratory, where he developed a system that achieved the most efficiency and the second most accuracy at the International Fingerprint Verification Competition in 2000. He joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, as a Faculty Member, in 2004, and served as the Director of the Centre for Information Security from 2005 to 2011. Currently, he is a professor in NTU. Dr Jiang holds 7 patents and has authored over 150 papers with over 40 papers in the IEEE journals, including 11 papers in IEEE T-IP and 6 papers in IEEE T-PAMI. Three of his papers have been listed as the top 1% highly cited papers in the academic field of Engineering by Essential Science Indicators. He served as IFS TC Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society from 2015 to 2017, Associate Editor for IEEE SPL from 2014 to 2018, Associate Editor for IEEE T-IP from 2016 to 2020 and the founding editorial board member for IET Biometrics form 2012 to 2019. Dr Jiang is currently an IEEE Fellow and serves as Senior Area Editor for IEEE T-IP and Editor-in-Chief for IET Biometrics. His current research interests include image processing, pattern recognition, computer vision, machine learning, and biometrics.
Keynote Speaker III
Prof. Sunil Vadera (BCS Fellow)
University of Salford, UK
Sunil Vadera is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Salford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP). He has held many leadership roles including as Dean of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering, Head of Computer Science, Associate Dean of Research, and Director of Informatics Research Institute. He was Chair and Vice Chair of British Computer Society (BCS) Accreditations Committee from 2007 to 2010 which has responsibility for accreditation of the UK degrees in Computing. Sunil was awarded the UK BDO best Indian Scientist and Engineer in 2014 and the Amity Research Award for AI & Neural Networks in 2018. Sunil gained a first class BSc(Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Salford in 1982, receiving three best student prizes. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester in the area of Formal Methods of Software Development which was awarded in 1992. Following graduation, he began his career as a Research Assistant and progressed to a Lectureship in Computer Science in 1984. He was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 1997 and to a Chair in Computer Science in 2000. Sunil has served as an external examiner for several institutions including Loughborough University, Liverpool University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, London Southbank University and Middlesex University. He has also carried out reviews of Computer Science departments in Universities in Jordan, Algeria, China, India and Sri Lanka.
Invited Speaker I
University of Nottingham, UK
Dr. Milena Radenkovic obtained the Dipl. Ing. (BSc and MSc) degree in Electric and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nis, Serbia, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, U.K. Her main research interests span areas of intelligent mobile and disconnection tolerant networking, complex temporal graphs, self organised security and distributed predictive analytics with applications to autonomous vehicles, mobile social networks, mobile clouds, smart manufacturing and telemetry. Dr. Milena Radenkovic have been awarded multiple EPSRC and EU grants for my research and published over 80 papers in premium conference and journal venues such as Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Multimedia and ACM Multimedia. She was among the first people in Europe to start working on Disruption/Delay Tolerant Networks and have a research project funded. See Kevin Fall's slides on DTN people and projects at ACM Mobihoc 2006. She is interested in a number of open research questions such as improving energy efficiency, designing new and more efficient data dissemination and routing protocols and new adaptive security and privacy techniques for data tranmission in challenging enviroments. She has over 10 years of experience in technology products, solutions and services, new business development, strategic planning, budget management, advising and consultancy for companies including training, coaching and presentations.
Invited Speaker II
Prof. Bivas Mitra is a faculty member (since April 2013) in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, India. Prior to that, he worked briefly (Aug. 2012-March 2013) with Samsung Electronics, Noida as a Chief Engineer. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Kharagpur under the supervision of Prof. Niloy Ganguly and Prof. Sujoy Ghose. He did his first postdoc (May 2010-June 2011) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France and second postdoc (July 2011-July 2012) at the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. He is also associated with the Complex Networks Research Group (CNeRG), IIT Kharagpur, India. Prof. Bivas Mitra has been involved in many international conferences as organizing committee/program committee such as: SmartSensing 2020, IndoSys 2019, IEEE NetSciCom 2016 etc. And he also served/serving as Journal Reviewers in Physical Review E, Europhysics Letters (EPL), IEEE Transaction on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering and many other IEEE journals. His research endeavour broadly revolves around Systems sensing and mining & Social and complex networks mining. Most of his research projects are funded by grants from DST, MHRD, NetApp, TCS Innovation Lab, Huawei, DAAD etc.