ACAI 2021 Speakers


Prof. Yi-Bing Lin, AAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and IET Fellow
Winbond Chair Professor, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
Chair Professor, China Medical University
Chair Professor, Asia University
Chair Professor, National Cheng Kung Univeristy

Biography: Yi-Bing Lin is Winbond Chair Professor of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) and the lifetime chair professor of NCTU. He received his Ph.D. degree of Computer Science from the University of Washington, Settle, USA, in 1990. From 1990 to 1995 he was a Research Scientist with Bellcore. He then joined NCTU in Taiwan, where he remains. In 2010, Lin became a lifetime Chair Professor of NCTU, and during2011-2013, the Senior Vice President of NCTU. During 2014 - 2016, Lin was Deputy Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan. During 2016-2019, Lin was Vice Chancellor, University System of Taiwan (for NCTU, NTHU, NCU, and NYM).

Lin is an Adjunct Research Fellow, Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica. He serves on the boards of directors in several companies including Information Technology Total Services and National Applied Research Laboratories. He serves on the editorial board of IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology. Lin is the author of the books Wireless and Mobile Network Architecture (Wiley, 2001), Wireless and Mobile All-IP Networks (John Wiley,2005), and Charging for Mobile All-IP Telecommunications (Wiley, 2008). Lin received numerous research awards including 2005 NSC Distinguished Researcher, 2006 Academic Award of Ministry of Education and 2008 Award for Outstanding contributions in Science and Technology, Executive Yuen, 2011 National Chair Award, and TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences, 2011 (The World Academy of Sciences). He is in the advisory boards or the review boards of various government organizations including Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Lin is AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and IET Fellow.


Prof. Nikolaos Freris
Professor of Computer Science
Vice Dean of the International College
University of Science and Technology of China, China

Biography: Nick Freris is Professor in the School of Computer Science at USTC, and Vice Dean of the International College. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2005, and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the M.S. degree in Mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively. His research lies in AIoT/CPS/IoT: machine learning, distributed optimization, data mining, wireless networks, control, and signal processing, with applications in power systems, sensor networks, transportation, cyber security, and robotics. Dr. Freris has published several papers in high-profile conferences and journals held by IEEE, ACM, and SIAM. He holds three patents and two patent applications. His research has been sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Anhui Dept. of Science and Technology, Tencent, and NSF, and was recognized with the National High-level Talent award, the USTC Alumni Foundation Innovation Scholar award, and the IBM High Value Patent award. Previously, he was with the faculty of NYU and, before that, he held senior researcher and postdoctoral researcher positions at EPFL and IBM Research, respectively. Dr. Freris is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE, and a member of CCF and SIAM.


Prof. Tan, Ying
Peking University, China

Biography: Tan, Ying is a professor in the Department of Machine Intelligence, School of EECS, Peking University and has served as a PhD advisor and the Director of Computational Intelligence Laboratory. He is the inventor of Fireworks Algorithm (FWA). He obtained his B.Eng. from Electronic Engineering Institute in 1985, and M.Eng. from Xidian University in 1988, and Ph.D. from Southeast University in 1997, respectively. His research interests include computational intelligence, swarm intelligence, machine learning and data mining, and information security application. Dr. Tan has published 6 monographs by Morgan Kaufmann (Elsevier), Springer, Wiley & IEEE, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, IGI Global and Science Press, respectively, and published more than 260 research papers, and most of them are published in top-tier journals and conferences, such as IEEE TEC, TNN, TKDE, TCyb, TIFS, TITS, and CVPR and AAAI. In addition, he authored/co-authored more than 10 books and 12 chapters in book. He has served as a Leading Editor to coordinate and edit more than twenty volumes of Springer LNCS books. He got four invented patents of China. He was awarded a National 2nd-Class Natural Science Prize of China in 2009. He is/was the founder and general chairs of ICSI conferences since 2010. He is a general chair of DMBD2016-2017, ICMEB2017 and ICMEB2017. He was the program chair of IEEE WCCI’2014, ISNN2008 and ICACI2012, and publicity chair of IEEE SSCI’2016, etc. Dr. Tan is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics (2013-), IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (2015-) and IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (2017-), International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research (IJSIR), International Journal of Artificial Intelligence (IJAI), etc. He was an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part B Cybernetics (2011-2013). He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computational Intelligence and Pattern Recognition (IJCIPR). Dr. Tan has also served as the leading Guest Editors for several famous referred Journals including IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Information Science, natural computing, Neurocomputing, etc.



Prof. Xiaodong Liu, Head of Intelligence-Driven Software Engineering Research Group
Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Biography: Prof X. Liu received his PhD in Computer Science from De Montfort University and joined Napier in 1999. He is currently leading the Software Systems research group in the SoC, Edinburgh Napier University. He was the director of Centre for Information & Software Systems. Prof Liu is an active researcher in software engineering with internationally excellent reputation and leading expertise, focusing on its emerging themes including pervasive systems (Internet of Things), services-oriented architecture, evolution of cloud services, and intelligence-driven software engineering. He has meanwhile a successful track record of teaching in a number of software engineering courses which are widely informed by his research activities. He has led 10 externally funded projects as the PI, and published over 120 papers in established international journals and conferences, 5 book chapters and 3 research handbooks. He is the inventor of 1 patent registered in UK and USA and the founder of a spin-out company. He has been the chair, co-chair or PC member of a number of IEEE and IASTED International Conferences. He is the editorial board member of 4 international journals and editor of 3 research books and 2 journals special issues. He is a senior member of IEEE Society and a member of British Computer Society.


Prof. Jixin Ma, Director of the Centre for Computer and Computational Science
University of Greenwich, U.K

Biography: Dr Jixin Ma is a Professor in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, at the University of Greenwich, U.K. He is the Director of the Centre for Computer and Computational Science, and the Director of School’s PhD/MPhil Programme. Dr Ma is also a Visiting Professor of Beijing Normal University, Auhui University, Zhengzhou Light Industrial University, and City University of Macau.
Professor Ma obtained his BSc and MSc of Mathematics in 1982 and 1988, respectively, and PhD of Computer Sciences in 1994. His main research areas include Artificial Intelligence, Software Engineering and Information Systems, with special interests in Temporal Logic, Temporal Databases, Reasoning about Action and Change, Case-Based Reasoning, Pattern Recognition, Graph Matching and Information Security. He has been a member of British Computer Society, American Association of Artificial Intelligence, ICIS/IEEE, and Special Group of Artificial Intelligence of BCS. Professor Ma has been the Editor of several international journals and international conference proceedings, and Program Chair/Invited Keynote Speakers of many international conferences. He has published more than 150 research papers in international journals and conferences.


Assoc. Prof. Feng-Jen Yang
Florida Polytechnic University, USA

Biography: Dr. Feng-Jen Yang received the B.E. degree in Information Engineering from Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan, in 1989, the M.S. degree in Computer Science from California State University, Chico, California, in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, in 2001, respectively. Currently, he is teaching and conducting researches at the Florida Polytechnic University. Besides the currently academic career, he also has highly regarded prior research experiences. He once was a research assistant at the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), Taoyuan, Taiwan, from 1989 to 1993, as well as an engineer at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Hsinchu, Taiwan, from 1995 to 1996. His research areas include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Expert Systems, and Simulated Biological Intelligence. He had also been awarded with research grants from ACM SIGCSE and Seed Grants from Florida Polytechnic University.


Assoc. Prof. Kin-Choong Yow
University of Regina, Canada

Biography: Kin-Choong Yow obtained his B.Eng (Elect) with 1st Class Honours from the National University of Singapore in 1993, and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK in 1998. He joined the University of Regina in September 2018, where he is presently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to joining UofR, he was an Associate Professor in the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Republic of Korea, (2013-2018), Professor at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), P.R. China (2012-2013), and Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (1998-2013). In 1999-2005, he served as the Sub-Dean of Computer Engineering in NTU, and in 2006-2008, he served as the Associate Dean of Admissions in NTU. Kin-Choong Yow’s research interest is in Artificial General Intelligence and Smart Environments. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is a higher form of Machine Intelligence (or Artificial Intelligence) where the intelligent agent (or machine) is able to successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. Kin-Choong Yow has published over 80 top quality international journal and conference papers, and he has served as reviewer for a number of premier journals and conferences, including the IEEE Wireless Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Education. He has been invited to give presentations at various scientific meetings and workshops, such as the CNET Networks Event (2002) as well as the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Launch (2003). He is also a member of the IEEE, ACM, and the Singapore Computer Society (SCS). His pioneering work in Mobile and Interactive Learning won the HP Philanthropy grant in 2003 for applying Mobile Technologies in a Learning Environment. Only 7 awards were given to the 21 Asia Pacific Countries who were invited, and his project was the only one from Singapore to win it. Also, in 2003, he was one of the only 2 Singaporeans to be awarded participation to the ASEAN Technology Program on Multi Robot Cooperation Development held in KAIST, Korea. He was the winner of the NTU Excellence in Teaching Award 2005, and he won the Most Popular SCE Year 1 lecturer for 4 consecutive years 2004-2007. He has led numerous student teams to National and International victories such as the IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition (CSIDC) (2001), the Microsoft Imagine Cup (2002, 2003 and 2005), and the Wireless Challenge (2003).