Keynote sPeakers

Prof. Milos Manic, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Professor Milos Manic is performing research and teaching in area of artificial intelligence applied to energy, human- machine interfacing, cyber security, and intelligent control systems. He is a Professor with Computer Science Department and Director of Modern Heuristics Research Group at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience. Prof. Manic is an IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Officer and is a member of various standing and technical committees and boards of this Society.  He has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications - 11 book chapters, 26 journals (17 in journals with Impact Factor (IF) >6.0), 6 IEEE Transactions Editorials, and over 120 conference papers. Professor Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

Prof. Michele Della Ventura, Music Academy 'Studio Musica', Italy

Michele Della Ventura, professor of Music Technology, is a learning expert, researcher and instructional designer.
His research interests include correlation between music and mathematics with a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence research in the field of computer-aided analysis of tonal music; intelligent systems; enhancing teaching and learning with technology; assessment for learning and strategies and models for the effective integration of technology into the curriculum at all academic levels.
He is the author of several articles presented at many conferences and published in international science magazines and high school textbooks (also featured at the International Book Salon of Turin in 2012).
He proofreads articles and is a member of scientific committees in International Conferences.
He was invited as keynote speaker to International Conferences in Italy, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Romania, Singapore, Spain, UK, US (Baltimora, Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Washington).
Michele Della Ventura has also consulted on Big Data and Semantic Technology projects in Italy. Some of the projects include indexation of the symbolic level of musical text.
He is currently involved in several researches related to technology supported learning for dyslexic students, learning through the use of social media and handheld technologies in a CLIL classroom and technology supported student music analysis and composition.
He teaches Music Informatics in University courses at Music Academies and Conservatories and Musical Technologies in Music High Schools.

Dr. Hui Yu, University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom

Hui Yu is a Reader with University of Portsmouth. His main research interest lies in visual computing and big data analysis, particularly in understanding and sensing the visual world human related issues with semantic interpretation. It involves and develops knowledge and technologies in vision, machine learning, virtual reality, brain-computer interaction and robotics. Dr. Yu's research work has led to many awards and successful collaboration with worldwide institutions and industries. He has done many projects supported by EPSRC, ESRC, Royal Academy of Engineering, EU-FP7 and industries. He has extensive contributions to the international research community with organizing and chairing many international research conferences and summer schools. He is also Associated Editor of IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems journal and Neurocomputing journal.

Speech Title: Wild Facial Data Processing and Virtual Reality Application
: Human related analysis has been an active research field for its wide applications. With the advancement in sensing system and computing technologies, many methods have been explored for human motion analysis in the wild, especially human action, facial and gaze analysis. Although the majority of this research has been conducted on 2D images, there are a significantly increasing demands for static and dynamic 3D analysis due to the improved performance on capturing the various visual cues. In this talk we will address the recent techniques in 2D/3D sensing systems, recognition and virtual reality application development. And the challenges of this research field will also be addressed.