Keynote Speakers

Prof. Yiu-ming Cheung(IEEE Fellow)

Hong Kong Baptist University

Yiu-ming Cheung is currently a Chair Professor (Artificial Intelligence) of the Department of Computer Science, Dean of Institute for Research and Continuing Education (IRACE), and Associate Director of Institute of Computational and Theoretical Studies in Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). He received PhD degree from Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000, and then joined the Department of Computer Science at HKBU in 2001. He is an IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, IET Fellow, AAIA Fellow, and British Computer Society (BCS) Fellow. He is the Awardee of RGC Senior Research Fellow with receiving a fellowship grant of HK$7.8 million over a period of 60 months. Since 2019, he has been ranked the World’s Top 1% Most-cited Scientists in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing by Stanford University for five consecutive years. He was elected as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2020, and named a Chair Professor of Changjiang Scholars Program by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for the dedication and exceptional achievements in his academic career. Also, he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence.
His research interests include machine learning and visual computing, as well as their applications in data science, pattern recognition, multi-objective optimization, and information security. He has published over 250 articles in the high-quality conferences and journals, including TPAMI, TNNLS, TIFS, TIP, TMM, TKDE, TCYB, CVPR, IJCAI, AAAI, and so on. His four co-authored papers have been selected as ESI Highly Cited Papers (i.e. listed in Top 1% globally in the corresponding discipline). Moreover, he has been granted one Chinese patent and two US patents. Subsequently, the underlying technique of his eye-gaze tracking patent has been successfully applied to develop the first mobile app for fatigue driving detection. It turns out that, selected from 1000 new inventions and products of 700+ competition teams from 40 countries, he was awarded two most prestigious prizes: (1) the Gold Medal with Distinction (i.e. the highest grade in Gold Medals) and (2) Swiss Automobile Club Prize, in the 45th International Exhibition of Invention, Geneva, Switzerland, on March 29-April 2, 2017, in recognition of his innovative work. Also, he was the Gold Award Winner of Hong Kong Innovative Invention Award in the Seventh Hong Kong Innovative Technologies Achievement Award 2017. In addition, he won the Gold Medal with Congratulations of Jury (i.e. the highest grade in Gold Medals) and the Award of Excellence from Romania, respectively, at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018 with his invention “Lip-password: Double Security System for Identity Authentication”. He was the recipient of: (1) 2023 APNNS Outstanding Achievement Award, (2) Best Research Award of Department of Computer Science at HKBU in 2011 and 2021, respectively, (3) 2022-23 Faculty Research Excellence Paper Award in HKBU, (4) Best in Theoretical Paper Award in WI-IAT’2020, (5) Best Paper Awards in SEAL’2017, ISICA’2017, ICNC- FSKD’2014, and IEEE IWDVT’2005, respectively, and (6) Best Student Paper Award in ISMIS’2018.
He is the Founding Chairman of IEEE (Hong Kong) Computational Intelligence Chapter and the Chair of Technical Community on Intelligent Informatics (TCII) of IEEE Computer Society. He has served in various capacities (e.g., Organizing Committee Chair, Program Committee Chair, Program Committee Area Chair, and Financial Chair) at several top-tier international conferences, including IJCAI’2021, ICPR’2020, ICDM’2017 & 2018, WCCI’2016, WI-IAT’2012, ICDM’2006 & WI-IAT’2006, to name a few. He is an Associate Editor of several prestigious journals, including IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (2014-2020), Pattern Recognition, Pattern Recognition Letters, Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), and Neurocomputing, as well as the Guest Editor in several international journals. Currently, he is an Engineering Panel member of Research Grants Council, Hong Kong, a member of assessment panel of Enterprise Support Scheme (ESS) under the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), and a Fellow Evaluation Committee member of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and IEEE Computer Society, respectively.


Prof. Cheng-Zhong XU (IEEE Fellow)

University of Macau, China

Dr. Cheng-Zhong Xu is a Chair Professor of Computer Science and the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau. He was also a Chief Scientist of key project on “Internet of Things for Smart City” of Ministry of Science and Technology of China and key project on “Intelligent Driving” of Macau SAR. He was the Director of Institute of Advanced Computing and Digital Engineering, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prior to these, he was in the faculty of Wayne State University, USA. Dr. Xu's research interest is mainly in the areas of parallel and distributed systems, cloud and edge computing, and data-driven intelligent applications. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers on these topics and awarded more than 120 patents. Dr. Xu was the Chair of IEEE Technical Committee of Distributed Processing. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Nanjing University and his Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong in 1993. He is an IEEE fellow.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Chinthaka Premachandra

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Chinthaka Premachandra (Senior Member, IEEE) was born in Sri Lanka. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Mie University, Tsu, Japan, in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, in 2011. From 2012 to 2015, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan. From 2016 to 2017, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, where he was an Associate Professor, from 2018 to 2022. In 2022, he was promoted to a Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, where he is currently the Manager of the Image Processing and Robotic Laboratory. His research interests include AI, UAV, image processing, audio processing, intelligent transport systems (ITS), and mobile robotics.
He is a member of IEEE, IEICE, Japan; SICE, Japan; RSJ, Japan; and SOFT, Japan. He received the IEEE SENSORS LETTERS Best Paper Award from the IEEE Sensors Council in 2022 and the IEEE Japan Medal from the IEEE Tokyo Section in 2022. He also received the FIT Best Paper Award and the FIT Young Researchers Award from IEICE and IPSJ, Japan, in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He has served as a steering committee member and an editor for many international conferences and journals. He is the Founding Chair of the International Conference on Image Processing and Robotics (ICIPRoB), which is technically co-sponsored by IEEE. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (R-AL) and IEICE Transactions on Information and Systems.


Assoc. Prof. Maizatul Akmar Ismail

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Dr. Maizatul Akmar Ismail is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia. Her academic qualifications were obtained from Universiti Malaya (UM) for her Bachelor's and Ph.D. degree, and the University of Putra Malaysia for her master's. At present, she has more than twenty years of teaching experience since she started her career as a lecturer at the Universiti Malaya. Maizatul was involved in various research, leading to the publication of several academic papers in the areas of Information Systems specifically on Educational Technology, Recommender Systems, and Data Mining. She has been actively publishing more than 70 conference papers at renowned local and international conferences. A number of her works were also published in reputable international journals. Maizatul has participated in many competitions and exhibitions to promote her research works. She has been appointed as Competition Judges for several innovation competitions. To date, she has successfully supervised 10 Ph.D. and 23 Masters's students to completion. She hopes to extend her research beyond Information Systems in her quest to elevate the quality of teaching and learning.

Assoc. Prof.Pengfei Chen

Sun Yat-sen University, China

Pengfei Chen is an associate professor at the School of Computer Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Doctoral Supervisor, recipient of the Guangdong Provincial Outstanding Youth Fund, and Yat-sen Scholar. He received the first Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of the Shaanxi Computer Society in 2020, and the only Best Paper at the IEEE ISSRE 2022 conference. The main directions are: cloud computing, operating systems, intelligent operations and maintenance (AIOps), software reliability, software defined networks, etc. In recent years, he has published over 80 papers in international conferences such as FSE, ICSE, ASE, WWW, ICPP, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE DSN, IEEE ISSRE, and journals such as IEEE TNNLS, IEEE TDSC, IEEE TSC, IEEE TCC, etc. He has also served as a reviewer for multiple international journals and conferences. He undertaken over 20 projects, including national key research and development projects, big data center projects, National Natural Science Foundation of China general and youth projects, as well as science and technology projects in Guangdong Province and Guangzhou City. In addition, he has also carried out school enterprise cooperation projects with companies such as Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, and WeChat, and have implemented some of the research results in these companies.