Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada (IEEE Life Fellow)

Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Life Fellow) is Professor 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. Dr. Pedrycz is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of  several awards including Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, 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, Granular Computing, and Machine Learning, among others. Professor Pedrycz serves as 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).


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. KWONG Tak Wu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (IEEE Fellow)

Sam Kwong received his B.Sc. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and Ph.D. from Fernuniversität Hagen, Germany. Before joining the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), he was a Diagnostic Engineer with Control Data Canada. He was responsible for designing diagnostic software to detect the manufacturing faults of the VLSI chips in the Cyber 430 machine. He later joined Bell-Northern Research as a Member of Scientific Staff working on the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) project. Kwong is currently Chair Professor at the CityU Department of Computer Science, where he previously served as Department Head and Professor from 2012 to 2018. Prof Kwong joined CityU as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering in 1989. Prof. Kwong is currently the associate editor of leading IEEE transaction journals, including IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics.

Kwong is actively engaged in knowledge exchange between academia and industry. In 1996, he was responsible for designing the first handheld GSM mobile phone consultancy project at the City University of Hong Kong, one of the largest. He has filed 19 US patents, of which 11 have been granted. Kwong has a prolific research record. He has co-authored three research books, eight book chapters, and over 300 technical papers. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited more than 23,000 times with an h-index of 67. He has been the distinguished lecturer of IEEE SMCS since 2018 and delivers two DL lectures yearly to promote IEEE SMC Society and cutting-edge cybernetics technology. He also frequently delivers keynote speeches in IEEE supported conferences. In 2014, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow for his contributions to optimization techniques in cybernetics and video coding.

Kwong’s involvement in the multiple facets of IEEE has been extensive and committed throughout the years. For IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), he serves as Hong Kong SMCS Chapter Chairman, Board Member, Conference Coordinator, Membership Coordinator and Member of the Long Range Planning and Finance Committee, Vice President of Conferences and Meetings, Vice President of Cybernetics. He led the IEEE SMC Hong Kong Chapter to win the Best Chapter Award in 2011 and was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award for his contributions to SMC 2015. He was the President-Elect of the IEEE SMC Society in 2021. Currently, he serves as the President of the IEEE SMC Society.


Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Assaf Schuster, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel (ACM Fellow / IEEE Fellow)

Prof. Assaf Schuster of the Computer Science Department at the Technion is a leading researcher who published over 250 papers in the areas of Machine Learning, AI, Cyber Security, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Scalability, Big data, Complex Event Streams, and others. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE.


Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Shuanghua Yang, Southern University of Science and Technology, China (IEEE Senior Member / IET Fellow)

Shuang-Hua Yang received the B.S. degree in instrument and automation and the M.S. degree in process control from the China University of Petroleum (Huadong), Beijing, China, in 1983 and 1986, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in intelligent systems from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1991. He is currently the Head of Department of Computer Science at University of Reading , UK, and the director of the Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Safety and Security for Next Generation of Industrial the Southern University of Science and Technology, China. His research interests include cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, wireless network-based monitoring and control, and safety-critical systems. He is a fellow of IET and InstMC, U.K. He was awarded a Doctor of Science, degree, a higher doctorate degree, in 2014 from Loughborough University to recognize his scientific achievement in his academic career. He was awarded the 2010 Honeywell Prize by the Institute of Measurement and Control in the UK in recognition of his contribution to home automation research. He is also an Associate Editor of IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory and Applications.