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Plenary Lecture

Prof. John Macintyre

Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom

Short Biography: I have worked at the University of Sunderland since 1992, having graduated from the University with a First Class Honours Degree in Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology). I then went on to complete a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focussing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance, which was awarded in 1996.

During the 1990s I established a research centre – the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence. The Centre undertook many projects working with and for external organisations in industry, science and academia, and for three years ran the Smart Software for Decision Makers programme on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry.

I have successfully supervised in PhDs in fields ranging from neural networks, hybrid systems, and bioinformatics through to lean manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and business and maintenance strategies.

I went on to become Associate Dean, and then Dean, of the School of Computing and Technology, covering Computer Science and Engineering; in 2008 I became the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, and in 2010 Pro Vice Chancellor of the University.

I am, and have, been a member of many regional, national and international organisations linked to my own research or professional areas, or on behalf of the University.

Since 1996 I have been the Editor-in-Chief of Neural Computing & Applications, an international scientific peer reviewed journal published by Springer Verlag.

Prior to entering academia I worked in industry including several years working overseas on major civil and structural engineering projects, developing and implementing new computerised planning systems.

Research areas: My own research covers the application of intelligent systems and artificial intelligence and adaptive computing techniques (eg neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, neurofuzzy systems, case-based reasoning and hybrid systems) to real-world problems. I have applied these techniques in a number of different domains including engineering, medical diagnostics, image processing, and bioinformatics. I have also worked on developing techniques for data mining and knowledge discovery, as well as new techniques for pre-processing data in preparation for analysis or classification by neural networks.

My own PhD was entitled “Condition Monitoring and Neural Networks” and investigated the use of neural computational methods for pattern recognition, fault diagnosis and classification of various types of sensor data from industrial machinery. This led me on to work on a number of projects which extended this work, including the development and implementation of condition monitoring and predictive maintenance systems; the analysis of condition monitoring data; and the maintenance of industrial machinery, including business and maintenance strategies.

I have also worked on the development of techniques in bioinformatics (ie the application of computing in biological sciences) – for example, looking at image processing and pattern recognition in proteomics linked to drug discovery. Other projects have included applications in case based reasoning, data mining, commercial data analysis (including financial forecasting and market research) and fault diagnosis. Latterly I have become involved in work on lean manufacturing, business process re-engineering, and business and organisational strategy development, and I am currently supervising a PhD in this area.

Prof. Hojjat Adeli

Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (IEEE), Honorary Professor, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, Member, Polish and Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Elected corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering

Title: Machine Learning: A Key Ubiquitous Technology in the 21st Century

Abstract: Machine learning (ML) is a key and increasingly pervasive technology in the 21st century. It is going to impact the way people live and work in a significant way. In general, machine learning algorithms simulate the way brain learns and solves an estimation/recognition problem. They usually require a learning phase to discover the patterns among the available data, similar to the humans. An expanded definition of ML is advanced as algorithms that can learn from examples and data and solve seemingly interactable learning and unteachable problems, referred to as ingenious artificial intelligence (AI). Recent and innovative applications of ML in various fields and projects currently being pursued by leading high-tech and industrial companies such as Boeing, Google, IBM, Uber, Baidu, Facebook, and Tesla are reviewed. Then, machine learning algorithms developed by the author and his associates are briefly described. Finally, examples are presented in different areas from health monitoring of smart highrise building structures to automated EEG-based diagnosis of various neurological and psychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, the Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and autism spectrum disorder.

Short Bio: Hojjat Adeli received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976 at the age of 26. He is currently an Academy Professor at The Ohio State University where he held the Abba G. Lichtenstein Professorship for ten years. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journals Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering which he founded in 1986 and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering which he founded in 1993. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Neural Systems since 2005. He has been an Honorary Editor, Advisory Editor, or member of the Editorial Board of 144 research journals. He has authored over 600 research and scientific publications in various fields of computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, and medicine, including 16 ground-breaking high-technology books. He is the recipient of over sixty five awards and honors including five Honorary Doctorates, and Honorary Professorship at several Asian and European Universities. He is a member of Academia Europaea, a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Science, a Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE, AIMBE, and American Neurological Association. He was profiled as an Engineering Legend in the journal Leadership and Management in Engineering, ASCE, April 2010, by a noted biographer of legendary engineers.

Prof. Antonis Argyros

Professor and Chair, Computer Science Department, University of Crete
Researcher, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)

Title: Human-Centered Computer Vision: Core Components and Applications

Abstract: Computer vision is an area of artificial intelligence aimed at developing technical systems capable of perceiving the environment through image and video processing and analysis. In this talk, we mainly focus on human-centered computer vision, that is, computer vision for capturing aspects of human presence such as the geometry and motion of the human body, as well as for recognizing human actions, behavior, intentions and emotional states. Such technologies may constitute a fundamental building block for the development of a variety of applications in almost all aspects of human life (health, security, work, education, transportation, entertainment, etc.). In this special area, we give specific examples of our research activity and highlight the significant boost achieved due to the exploitation of state of the art machine learning techniques and deep neural networks. We also give examples of applications developed based on these technologies in the field of robotics and ambient intelligence environments.

Short Bio: Antonis Argyros is a Professor of Computer Science at the Computer Science Department (CSD), University of Crete (UoC) and a researcher at the Institute of Computer Science (ICS), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. His current research interests fall in the areas of computer vision and pattern recognition, 3D reconstruction, image motion and tracking, with emphasis on human body pose and shape analysis and recognition of human activities and gestures. He is also interested in applications of computer vision in the fields of robotics and smart environments. In these areas, he has published more than 180 papers in scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings, and has delivered several invited and keynote talks in international events, universities and research centers. Antonis Argyros has served as a general co-chair of ECCV’10, as a Program Co-chair of IEEE FG’20, ICVS’19, as a co-founder and co-organizer of the HANDS’15, ’17, ’18, ’19 series of workshops, and as an Area Chair/Area Editor/Associate Editor of several editions for top vision, robotics and signal processing conferences (ICCV, ECCV, BMVC, ICPR, ICRA, IROS, EUSIPCO). He serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the IET Image Processing journal and as an Area Editor for the Computer Vision and Image Understanding Journal (CVIU). He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters journal, as a reviewer in more than 35 journals and as a TPC member of more than 70 conferences in computer vision, computer graphics, robotics and related disciplines. Since 1999, Antonis Argyros he has been involved in more than 30 European and national RTD projects on computer vision, pattern recognition, image analysis and robotics.

Prof. Peter Tino

School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK

Title: TBA

Abstract:  TBA

Short Bio: Peter Tiňo is a Professor of Complex and Adaptive Systems at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of over 160 research articles in the areas of dynamical systems, machine learning, natural computation and fractal geometry. Peter has been awarded three outstanding Journal Paper of the Year awards and the Head of School’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Professor Tiňo is a co-supervisor of ECOLE, an Innovative Training Network (ITN) for early stage researchers (ESRs) funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No.766186. It is based on novel synergies between nature inspired optimisation and machine learning. The training programme will be targeted at the automotive industry and ESRs employed on the program will be provided with the transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in emerging and rapidly developing industrial areas.

Please follow the link below to find out more about Professor Tiňo’s work:

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Prof. Dr.ir. Johan Suykens

KU Leuven, ESAT-Stadius and Leuven.AI Institute

Title: Deep learning and Kernel Machines

Abstract:  Over the last decades, with neural networks and deep learning, several powerful architectures have been proposed, including e.g. convolutional neural networks (CNN), stacked autoencoders, deep Boltzmann machines (DBM), deep generative models and generative adversarial networks (GAN). On the other hand, with support vector machines (SVM) and kernel machines, solid foundations in learning theory and optimization have been achieved. Within this talk, we outline a unifying picture and show several new synergies, for which model representations and duality principles play an important role. A recent example is restricted kernel machines (RKM), which connects least squares support vector machines (LS-SVM) to restricted Boltzmann machines (RBM). New developments on this will be shown for deep learning, generative models, multi-view and tensor based models, latent space exploration, robustness and explainability.

Short Bio: Johan A.K. Suykens was born in Willebroek Belgium, May 18 1966. He received the master degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and the PhD degree in Applied Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, in 1989 and 1995, respectively. In 1996 he has been a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Fund for Scientific Research FWO Flanders and is currently a full Professor with KU Leuven. He is author of the books “Artificial Neural Networks for Modelling and Control of Non-linear Systems” (Kluwer Academic Publishers) and “Least Squares Support Vector Machines” (World Scientific), co-author of the book “Cellular Neural Networks, Multi-Scroll Chaos and Synchronization” (World Scientific) and editor of the books “Nonlinear Modeling: Advanced Black-Box Techniques” (Kluwer Academic Publishers), “Advances in Learning Theory: Methods, Models and Applications” (IOS Press) and “Regularization, Optimization, Kernels, and Support Vector Machines” (Chapman & Hall/CRC). In 1998 he organized an International Workshop on Nonlinear Modelling with Time-series Prediction Competition. He has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (1997-1999 and 2004-2007), the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (1998-2009), the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (from 2017) and the IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (from April 2020). He received an IEEE Signal Processing Society 1999 Best Paper Award, a 2019 Entropy Best Paper Award and several Best Paper Awards at International Conferences. He is a recipient of the International Neural Networks Society INNS 2000 Young Investigator Award for significant contributions in the field of neural networks. He has served as a Director and Organizer of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Learning Theory and Practice (Leuven 2002), as a program co-chair for the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks 2004 and the International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications 2005, as an organizer of the International Symposium on Synchronization in Complex Networks 2007, a co-organizer of the NIPS 2010 workshop on Tensors, Kernels and Machine Learning, and chair of ROKS 2013. He has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant 2011 and 2017, and has been elevated IEEE Fellow 2015 for developing least squares support vector machines. He is currently serving as program director of Master AI at KU Leuven.

Eunika Mercier-Laurent

Lyon III University, Jean Moulin, IAE/MODEME Department, France

Title: How can Artificial Intelligence efficiently support Sustainable Development?

Abstract: This talk considers the multiple role AI may play in sustainability. Actually, sustainable development is among the greatest challenges for humanity. Sustainability and development are apparently opposite. The current efforts to face the Planet Crisis by separate actions generate less impact than expected. Artificial Intelligence approaches and capacity of available technologies are underexplored. Eco-innovation actions focus mainly on smart transportation, smart use of energy and water and waste recycling but do not consider the necessary evolution of behaviors and focus. The trendy Digital transformation follows mostly traditional approaches. The concepts such as Smart, Intelligent, Innovative, Green or Wise City invented to promote existing technology transform the IT market. Most of offers consist in data processing with statistical/optimization methods. But AI can do better – the AI approaches and techniques combined with adequate thinking may help innovating the way of facing Planet Crisis.

Short Bio: Eunika Mercier-Laurent is electronic engineer, PhD in computer science, expert in artificial intelligence, associate researcher with University of Reims Champagne Ardennes and Professor at EPITA International Masters and SKEMA.She has over 15 years of involvement with IFIP including the Chair position of Technical Committee 12 on Artificial Intelligence since 2019 and Chair of WG 12.6 (AI for Knowledge Management). She was elected representative of TC12 in France in 2018.Her teaching and MOOC includes Knowledge Management & Innovation powered by AI, Ethical Development of AI Systems, Innovation Ecosystems and Innovation Week Challenges. After working as researcher in INRIA, computers designer and manager of innovative AI applications with Groupe Bull, she founded Global Innovation Strategies devoted to all aspects of Knowledge Innovation. Among her research topics are: Knowledge and Eco-innovation Management Systems, methods and techniques for innovation, knowledge modelling and processing, complex problem solving, AI for sustainability, eco-design and impacts of artificial intelligence. She is President of Innovation3D, International Association for Global Innovation, expert for EU programs, member of Managing Body of the EU K4I (https://www.knowledge4innovation.eu) and author of over hundred scientific publications and books. Among the last “The Innovation Biosphere, Planet and Brains in Digital Era” and Intelligence in energy (co-authored with G. Kayakutlu).

Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Management, Complex Systems, Innovation Ecosystems