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Past IVPAI Keynote Speakers

Prof. Lei Xu

Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong
Fellow of IEEE, IAPR Fellow, European Academy of Sciences

Bio: Emeritus Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Zhiyuan Chair Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU); Chief Scientist, SJTU AI Research Institute; Director of Neural Computation Research Centre in Brain and Intelligence Science-Technology Institute, Shanghai ZhangJiang National Lab; Completed Ph.D thesis at Tsinghua Univ by the end of 1986, joined Peking Univ as postdoc in 1987 and associate professor in 1988, became postdoc and visiting scientist in Finland, Canada and USA (including A.Yuille team in Harvard and M. Jordan team in MIT) during 1989-93. Joined CUHK as senior lecturer in 1993, professor in 1996, chair professor since 2002. Served as EIC and associate editors of several academic journals, e.g., including Neural Networks (1995-2016), IEEE Tr. Neural Networks (1994-98). Taken various roles in academic societies, e.g., INNS Governing Board (2001-2003), the INNS award committee (2002-2003), and the Fellow committee of IEEE Computational Intelligence society (2006-2007), and European Academy of Sciences scientific committee (2014-2017). Received several national and international academic awards, including 1993 National Nature Science Award, 1995 Leadership Award from International Neural Networks Society (INNS) and 2006 Asia Pacific Neural Network Society (APNNS) Outstanding Achievement Award. Elected to Fellow of IEEE in 2001; Fellow of Intl. Association for Pattern Recognition in 2002 and of European Academy of Sciences in 2003.

Prof. Mohamad Sawan

Polytechnique Montreal
FIEEE, FCAE, FEIC

Bio: Dr. Sawan has made outstanding contributions in bridging microelectronics into biomedical engineering to build smart medical devices dedicated to improve the quality of human life. For more than a decade his research has been directed towards designing and building wireless implantable microsystems to restore lost sensory ability or functions of body organs through monitoring and low-current stimulation. The medical applications of these microsystems have won Dr. Sawan worldwide visibility and recognition and multiple honors and awards. In particular, he was recently elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the most prestigious honor aspired to by Canadian engineering researchers, and a Fellow of the IEEE, the most prestigious honor aspired to by worldwide electrical engineers. Dr. Sawan was awarded the Medal of Honor from the President of Lebanon for his outstanding achievements, and the J. A. Bombardier Award for research innovation and technology transfer.

Prof. Licheng Jiao

Xidian University, China
IEEE fellow

Bio: Licheng Jiao (SM'89) received the B.S. degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, in 1982, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China, in 1984 and 1990, respectively. From 1990 to 1991, he was a postdoctoral Fellow in the National Key Laboratory for Radar Signal Processing, Xidian University, Xi'an, China. Since 1992, Dr. Jiao has been a Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at Xidian University, Xi'an, China, Currently, he is the Dean of the Electronic Engineering School and the Director of the Key Lab of Intelligent Perception and Image Understanding of Ministry of Education of China at Xidian University, Xi'an, China. In 1992, Dr. Jiao was awarded the Youth Science and Technology Award. In 1996, he was granted by the Cross-century Specialists Fund from the Ministry of Education of China. And he was selected as a member of the First level of Millions of Talents Project of China from 1996. In 2006, he was awarded the First Prize of Young Teacher Award of High School by the Fok Ying Tung Education Foundation. From 2006, he was selected as an Expert with the Special Contribution of Shaanxi Province. Dr. Jiao is a Senior Member of IEEE, member of IEEE Xi'an Section Execution Committee and the Chairman of Awards and Recognition Committee, vice board chairperson of Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence, councilor of Chinese Institute of Electronics, committee member of Chinese Committee of Neural Networks, and expert of Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council.

Prof. Xin Yao

Southern University of Science and Technology, China
IEEE fellow

Bio: Xin Yao is a Chair Professor of Computer Science at the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, and a part-time Professor of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK. His major research interests include evolutionary computation, ensemble learning and search-based software engineering. His work won the 2001 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award; 2010, 2015 and 2017 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Awards; 2010 BT Gordon Radley Award for Best Author of Innovation (Finalist); 2011 IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks Outstanding Paper Award; and many other best paper awards. He received a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2012 and the IEEE CIS Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award in 2013. He was recently selected to receive the 2020 IEEE Frank Rosenblatt Award.

Prof. James Kwok

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
IEEE Fellow

Bio: James Kwok is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is an IEEE Fellow. Prof Kwok received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Hong Kong and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He then joined the Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University as an Assistant Professor. He returned to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is now a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He served/is serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Neurocomputing, International Journal of Data Science and Analytics (JDSA), Governing Board Member, and Vice President for Publications of the Asia Pacific Neural Network Society (APNNS). He also served/is serving as Area Chairs of major machine learning / AI conferences including NIPS (2015,2016,2018), ICML (2015-2019), IJCAI (2017,2018), AAAI (2019) and ECML (2011,2012).

Prof. Shyi-Ming Chen

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow, IFSA Fellow

Bio: Shyi-Ming Chen received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, in June 1991. He is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. From August 2007 to July 2010, he was the Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Jinwen University of Science and Technology, New Taipei City, Taiwan. From August 2011 to July 2012, he was the Vice President of the National Taichung University of Education, Taichung, Taiwan. Professor Chen is an IEEE Fellow, an IET Fellow and an IFSA Fellow. He was the President of the Taiwanese Association for Consumer Electronics (TACE) from December 2008 to December 2012 and from December 2014 to December 2016. He was the President of the Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) from January 2005 to January 2009. He has published more than 510 papers in referred journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2001 Distinguished Talented Person Award for Distinguished Contributions in Information Technologies, the 2002 Distinguished Electrical Engineering Professor Award granted by the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering (CIEE), the 2008 Distinguished Engineering Professor Award granted by the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE), and the 2013 Distinguished Contributions Award of the Taiwanese Association for Consumer Electronics (TACE). He is an Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Granular Computing (Published by Springer) and is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of Applied Intelligence. He was a 2014 Fellows Evaluation Committee Member of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society.

Prof. Jianguo Ma

Guangdong University of Technology, China
IEEE fellow

Bio: He received his B.Sc. degree from Lanzhou University, China, in 1982 and his doctoral degree in engineering from Duisburg University, Germany. His research interests are RFICs and RF-integrated systems for wireless microwave electronics and terahertz microelectronic systems, as well as the Internet of Things. In these areas, he has published more than 300 technical papers and four books, has six U.S. patents granted, and has 30 filed/granted China patents. Dr. Ma served as associate editor of IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters from January 2003 to December 2005. He was a member of the IEEE University Program Ad Hoc Committee from 2010 to 2012. He has also served on the editorial board of Proceedings of the IEEE since January 2013. He was named Changjiang Professor by the Ministry of Education of China and also awarded the Distinguished Young Investigator prize by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Prof. Peter Bradley Shull

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Bio: Prof. Shull received a PhD and MS degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, USA in 2012 and 2008. Now, he is working with the School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China as the Associate Professor. He is the director of the Wearable Systems Lab. His laboratory develops wearable systems to explore principles of human movement and movement modification. We combine robotic, haptic, biomechanics, and machine learning principles to create unique sensors, real-time models, sensor fusion algorithms, and novel feedback devices. We focus on human movement in laboratories, in clinics, and in natural environments such as a home or office. Our target applications are in medicine such as osteoarthritis and stroke and athletics such as basketball and running.

Prof. Andre Rosendo

Shanghaitech University, China

Bio: Andre Rosendo received his B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering at UFBA, Brazil, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Information Science at Hokkaido University (2011) and Osaka University (2014) under the fully funded MEXT scholarship. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge from 2015 until 2017, and is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of the Living Machines Laboratory. His research interests are related to evolutionary robotics, soft manipulation and robotic locomotion. Robots are increasingly present in our lives, and they must be safe to interact with humans while also being capable of adapting to our world. Andre's research combines walking robots capable of intelligently creating themselves, with safe humans/environment interactions through soft materials. His research output was recognized by one special with Discovery Channel, two IEEE Spectrum articles (here and here), and online articles (ENG, FRA, ITA, GER, CHI, POR, RUS, etc.). He has published more than 30 scientific papers in more than 10 IEEE conferences, was a program committee for MOD 2017, a keynote speaker for ICINCO 2017, and currently holds an Erdos number of 5. He was a Guest Editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine and a referee for Science Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE Trans. on Mechatronics, IEEE Intl. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, and IEEE Intl. Conf. on Automation and Robotics.

Other IVPAI Invited Speakers

Mr. Tao Luo, Cambricon, CEO
Mr. Lei Chen, PPDAI Group Inc., VP, Head of Decision Science
Mr. Zhongqin Wu, Baidu
Mr. Xiaojian Chen, UCloud, VP
Mr. Wenming Shao, iFLY TEK, VP
Prof. Rongxing Li, Tongji University, China. ASPRS Fellow, ASCE Fellow
Dr. Xiaowei Ding, VoxelCloud, CEO
Prof. Feng Gao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Mr. Zhan Liu, Gold Wood Learning, CEO
Prof. Wei Chen, Fudan University, China. Director Center for Intelligent Medical Electronics (CIME)
Prof. Dongrui Wu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Prof. Mingyi He, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. APSIPA TMcmt Chair
Prof. Youquan Liu, Chang'an University, China
Prof. Chen Gong, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
Prof. Ke Tang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China