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2021 Plenary Speakers

Speaker I

Prof. Juan Manuel Corchado, University of Salamanca, Spain
Speech Title: Devel
AI: learning through experience

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence revived in the last decade. The need for progress, the growing processing capacity and the low cost of the Cloud have facilitated the development of new and powerful computer systems.

This keynote will examine the evolution of intelligent computer systems over the last years, underscoring the need for human capital in this field, so that further progress can be made. In this regard, learning about AI through experience is a big challenge, but it is possible thanks to tools such as, which enable anyone to develop AI systems; knowledge of programming is no longer necessary.

Furthermore, this talk will look at today’s algorithms in Big Data processing, Deep Learning and Convolutional Networks, which offer great efficiency, transforming the way we work and opening new horizons. Thanks to them, we can now analyse data and obtain extraordinary solutions to today’s problems. Nevertheless, our success is not entirely based on algorithms, it also comes from our ability to follow our “gut” when choosing the best combination of algorithms for an intelligent artefact. It's about approaching engineering with a lot of knowledge and tact. This involves the use of both connectionist and symbolic systems, and of having a full understanding of the algorithms being used.  

Moreover, the keynote points to the importance of both historical and real-time data in addressing today’s problems. We must fully comprehend the problem, its time evolution, as well as the relevance and implications of each piece of data, etc. It is also important to consider development time, costs and the ability to create systems that will interact with their environment, will connect with the objects that surround them and will manage the data they obtain in a reliable manner.


Biography: Prof. Juan Manuel Corchado is a Full Professor with Chair at the University of Salamanca. He was the Vice President for Research from December 2013 to December 2017 and the Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Chosen twice as the Dean of the Faculty of Science, he holds a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He is the Director of BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology), which was founded in 2000, and also the director of the Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute.

J.M. Corchado has been a Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015 and Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan. He has served as a Member of the Advisory group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). He has also been President of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Spanish Chapter and the academic coordinator of the Institute of Digital Art and Animation of the University of Salamanca. Juan M. Corchado has also been a researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain), and at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He also oversees Master´s Degrees in: Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z Systems, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management and Smart Cities and Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca. M. Corchado is the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed journal papers and 200 conference papers. He is also the co-author of numerous book chapters and several books. He has been the president of science and organization committees at over 30 international conferences, such as IEEE GlobeCom, Fusion, ACM SAC, PAAMS, DCAI, KMO, and ICUWB. He has led over 120 research projects (both national and international) in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Sentiment Analysis, etc.

Speaker II

Prof. Yanjiao Chen, Zhejiang University, China

Biography: Yanjiao Chen received her in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2010 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in January 2015. During May 2015 to April 2016, Dr. Chen has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto. Dr. Chen is currently a Bairen Researcher in the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University. From May 2016 to Dec. 2020, Dr. Chen worked as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Wuhan University. Her research interests include wireless network resource allocation, Internet-of-Things and network security. She served on the editorial board of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. She also served as TPC member for IEEE INFOCOM, ICNP, IWQoS, Globecom and so on.


Speaker III

Assoc. Prof. Eric C.K. Cheng, The Education University of Hong Kong, China

Biography: Dr. Eric Cheng is a specialist in educational management, knowledge management and Lesson Study. He is currently associate professor of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction of the Education University of Hong Kong. He is now serving as a school manager of Pentecostal Yu Leung Fat Primary School, C.C.C. Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School and E.L.C.H.K. Lutheran Secondary School. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (IJEAPS), a visiting scholar of Nagoya University, Aichi University of Education and Budapest Metropolitan University, an external examiner of The Open University of Hong Kong on the Master of Education programme and doctoral thesis examiner of Nottingham University on Doctor of Education program.

Eric earned his Doctor of Education in education management from the University of Leicester. His publication covers the areas of school management, Learning Study and knowledge management. He is the author of an academic book entitled Knowledge Management for School Education published in 2015 by Springer.

Eric has been successful in launching more than 10 research and development projects with external and competitive funds in the capacity of Principal Investigator (PI). He is a PI of a Research Grants Council GRF funded project. He was a PI of University Grants Committee funded Communities of Practices project, Quality Education Fund project, and Standing Committee on Language Education and Research project.

He received the Knowledge Transfer Project Award from HKIEd in 2014-15, Scholarship of Teaching Award in 2013-14 and Knowledge Transfer publication Awards in 2012-13 form Faculty of Human Development of HKIEd.

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