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Prof. C. L. Philip CHEN, Ph.D,
Dean and Chair Professor
Faculty of Science and Technology
University of Macau, Macau, China
Keynote Title:
Broad Learning (宽度学习): An effective and efficient incremental learning without the need for deep structure
In recent years, deep learning caves out a research wave in machine learning. With outstanding performance, more and more applications of deep learning in pattern recognition, image recognition, speech recognition, and video processing have been developed.

The talk is to introduce “Broad Learning” – a very fast and accurate learning without deep structure. Without stacking the layer-structure, the designed neural networks expand the neural nodes laterally and update the weights of the neural networks incrementally when additional nodes are needed and when the input data entering to the neural networks continuously. The designed network structure and learning algorithm are perfectly suitable for modeling and learning big data environment. Experiments indicate that the designed structure and algorithm out-perform existing structures and learning algorithms.

Dr. Chen is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, Macau, China and a Chair Professor of the Department of Computer and Information Science since 2010. He worked at U.S. for 23 years as a tenured professor, a department head and associate dean in two different universities.

Dr. Chen’s research areas are in systems, cybernetics and computational intelligence. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS. He was the President of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) (2012-2013). Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems (2014-). He has been an Associate Editor of many IEEE Transactions, and currently he is an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Trans on Cybernetics, IEEE/CAA Automatica Sinica, and several IEEE Transactions. He is also a Fellow of CAA and Fellow of HKIE and an Academician of International Academy of Systems and Cybernetics Science (IASCYS). He was the Chair of TC 9.1 Economic and Business Systems of IFAC and was an ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Education, USA) Program Evaluator for Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering programs.

Dr. Chen he received Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award in 2016 from his alma mater, Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1988; after he received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1985.

Prof. M. Jamal Deen, Ph.D,
President – Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada
Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada
McMaster University, Canada
Keynote Title:
Smart Sensors and IoT - Research, Trends and Opportunities
Several of the grand challenges in engineering for current and future societal needs require smart sensors and possibly Internet-of-Things (IoTs). For example, in the health area, smart sensing systems with internet connectivity are required for screening, diagnostics and monitoring of a variety of diseases and illnesses for the health of well-being of individuals. Using these screening, diagnostics and monitoring systems, it will be feasible to catch diseases in their very early stages, which in turn will significantly impact treatment and outcomes. In the health area, we will discuss major healthcare issues related to aging, and several examples of smart sensor systems. These sensor systems will be for determining walking signals, sleep management and customization to an individual’s needs, a living diary, a smart home server that serves as the “brain” of a smart medical home, the architecture of a smart medical home, and an example of a smart medical apartment we have developed. We will also discuss some E-health collaborative projects for measuring blood oxygenation level, remote temperature monitoring, and long-term blood glucose measurements. In the final part of the presentation, we will discuss what are the trends and opportunities in smart sensors and IoTs. This will include various high-impact applications of smart sensors, the pervasiveness of smart phones and their feasible applications in sensing and monitoring, what are some healthcare market drivers, the growing demand for personal health and wellness monitoring systems, IoTs, and wearable technologies. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the applications of smart sensors and IoT in a futuristic healthcare smart home, and what are some important research issues in sensors, home networks, autonomic systems and healthcare in the context of a smart medical home.

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is Distinguished University Professor, Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, and Director of the Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory, McMaster University. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes more than 500 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited), two textbooks on “Silicon Photonics- Fundamentals and Devices” and ”Fiber Optic Communications: Fundamentals and Applications”, 6 awarded patents that have been used in industry, and 13 best paper/poster/presentation awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards and honors. As an undergraduate student at the University of Guyana, Dr. Deen was the top ranked mathematics and physics student and the second ranked student at the university, winning the Chancellor’s gold medal and the Irving Adler prize. As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society for more than a decade. His awards and honors include the Callinan Award as well as the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society; the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers), the Fessenden Medal and the Ham Education Medal, all from IEEE Canada IEEE Canada In addition, he was awarded the three honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, professionalism and service. Dr. Deen has also been elected Fellow status in ten national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada - The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (the highest honor for academics, scholars and artists in Canada), IEEE, APS (American Physical Society) and ECS (Electrochemical Society). Currently, he is serving as the elected President of the Academy of Science, The Royal Society of Canada.

Prof. Victor C. M. Leung, Ph.D,
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering
Fellow of IEEE
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
Keynote Title:
Internet of Moving Things as Enabler of Industry 4.0
The “Internet of Things” (IoT), which interconnects cyber-physical systems and smart devices to the Internet to enable many new services and applications such as smart grids, intelligent transportation, e-health, smart homes, smart factories, and smart cities are becoming an important part of the global telecommunications infrastructure. The marriage of IoT with intelligent moving things, referred as “Internet of Moving Things” (IoMT) in this presentation, promises to revolutionize logistics and manufacturing, and could very well be a key enabler of the emerging Industry 4.0. For IoMT to maintain its connectivity to the global Internet while the things at the end points are moving, wireless communications capability is indispensable. We shall start the presentation by giving an overview of the architecture of IoT, and describing several key wireless communication standards that support short range and long range machine-type communications, while considering how mobility impacts communication performance. We shall study several use cases of IoMT, highlighting those that are promising in industrial environments. We conclude by proposing an ICT framework for Industry 4.0 enabled by IoMT, and suggest some research directions to realize this framework.

Prof. Victor C. M. Leung is a Professor and holder of the TELUS Mobility Research Chair in Advanced Telecommunications Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 1981, Victor started his professional career as a Senior Member of Technical Staff and satellite system specialist at MPR Teltech Ltd. in Burnaby, Canada. He began his academic life in 1988 when he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Lecturer in the Department of Electronics. He has been a faculty member at UBC since 1989. Victor's research interests are in the areas wireless networks and mobile systems. Working with many talented students and collaborators, he has co-authored more than 950 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 33 book chapters, and co-edited 11 book titles. Several of his papers had been selected for best paper awards.

Victor is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society in 2008-2012. He has been serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications Series on Green Communications and Networking, IEEE Access, Computer Communications, and several other journals, and has previously served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Communications Series, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Computers, and Journal of Communications and Networks. He has guest-edited many journal special issues, and provided leadership to the organizing committees and technical program committees of numerous conferences and workshops. He was a recipient of the IEEE Vancouver Section Centennial Award and 2012 UBC Killam Research Prize.

Prof. Bohu Li, PhD
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
Fellow of the China Computer Federation (CCF)
Honorary Dean, School of Automatic Science and Electrical Engineering, Beihang University (BUAA)
Beihang University (BUAA), P. R. China
Beijing Simulation Center, P. R. China
China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp. (CASIC)
Keynote Title:
Smart Manufacturing Cloud--A kind of Intelligent Manufacturing system in “Internet+ Artificial Intelligence+ Big Data+” Era
Based on research &practice of authors’ team (Team of Research and Applications on Cloud Manufacturing) since 2009, the report introduces the connotation of the smart cloud manufacturing and the architecture, typical technical characteristics, body of knowledge, body of software knowledge/tech., body of standard knowledge/tech., body of evaluation knowledge/tech., body of supporting knowledge/tech., the implement principle, Chinese characteristics and benefits of the smart cloud manufacturing system. In addition, the current status of cloud technologies, applications and industry are briefly introduced.

The interpretation of the “Internet +Artificial Intelligence+ Big Data+” era is presented. Moreover, the discussion proposes that smart manufacturing cloud is an embodiment and extension of cloud computing in the manufacturing sector. It’s a kind of intelligent manufacturing system in “Internet + Artificial Intelligence + Big Data+” era.

A prototype of smart manufacturing cloud named as "Astronautics Cloud” including private cloud, public cloud and international cloud developed by author's team is introduced. Then, some application cases which have been successfully implemented on the "Astronautics Cloud" are described.

Finally, further development of the smart manufacturing cloud are presented from the aspects of innovation system construction and the collaborative development of "technology, application and industry".

Professor Bohu Li was the director of Beijing Institute of Computer Application &Simulation Technology and the first director of Beijing Simulation Center, the Vice President of the science &technical committee of the Second Academy of China Aerospace Science & Industry well as the dean of the School of Automatic Science and Electrical Engineering in BUAA. He was also a member of the council of directors of Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS). He served as a member of editorial board of the international journal “Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory” (SIMPAT), the first president of Federation of Asian Simulation Societies (ASIASIM).In addition, he was a member of expert committee of Automation Area and the director of expert committee of Contemporary Integrated Manufacturing System (CIMS) Subject in Chinese National High Technology Research and Development Plan (863 Plan).

He is currently the honorary dean of the School of Automatic Science and Electrical Engineering in BUAA, and serves as the adviser of Beijing Simulation Center and the adviser of the science &technical committee of China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp.. In addition, he is the co-president of Chinese Association for System Simulation (CASS), the vice director of Manufacturing Committee in Chinese Society of Automation (CSA), and a Fellow of the China Computer Federation (CCF). He is the co-chief-editor of the international journal “International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing” (IJMSSC). In the fields of simulation and manufacturing informatization, he got 1 first class scientific award and 3 second class scientific awards from China State, and 16 scientific awards from the Chinese Ministries. In addition, he authored or co-authored 280 papers, 13 books and 4 translated books. In 2012, He got the SCS Life time Achievement Award (SCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame)of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. His recent research is focused on the modeling and simulation of complex system, high performance simulation computer system, cloud simulation, cloud manufacturing, smart Manufacturing and smart city.

Dr. Qianjin Liu
Chief Technology Officer, ABB China
Keynote Title:
Digitalization of industries: challenges and opportunities (preliminary)
Modern industry is deeply impacted by ever-increasing device connectivity, computing capability and wide-band communication. The major challenge to the industrial players is to transform their currently business operation with intranet to internet, and then tap value out of such explosive data into their daily business.

This presentation will introduce ABB newly released digital platform-ABB Ability and its global practice toward this effort.

Qianjin graduated from Wuhan Univ in 1996 and received master & PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua in 2002. He also holds a management diploma from CEIBS.

He joined ABB (China) Ltd in 2003 as a R&D engineer and took different technical management positions in R&D. Presently he is the Director of Corporate Research and Chief Technology Officer of ABB China. His technical interest included Power electronics, Renewable and smart grid etc.

Prof. Branka Vucetic, Ph.D,
Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
Fellow of IEEE
ARC Laureate Fellow
Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications at the University of Sydney, Australia
Keynote Title:
Wireless Communication Networks for the Industrial Internet of Things
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is ushering in a fourth wave of the industrial revolution, and will have the power to transform industrial automation and manufacturing. While traditional wired communication technologies have played a crucial role in industrial monitoring and control over the past few decades, they are inadequate to meet the highly dynamic and stringent demands of emerging IIoT applications, primarily due to the rigidity of access to wired infrastructure. Wireless technology, through its increased pervasiveness, has the potential to revolutionise the industry by introducing a completely new class of applications. While present day wireless technologies made some preliminary inroads in the metering and monitoring domains, they still have severe limitations especially when real-time, reliable distributed control and protection operations are concerned, due to their high latencies and insufficient reliability. For current high performance networked control, fiber-optic wired networks are exclusively used as their latencies are significantly lower than those in wireless networks. Wireless systems, however, provide flexible access, are easy and cost-effective to deploy, extend and maintain.

In order to facilitate wireless connectivity in industrial monitoring and control, it is imperative to develop new theories, mechanisms and technologies for wireless networks with consistently ultralow latencies and ultrahigh reliability.

In this talk I will present the state-of-the art wireless technologies for industrial internet use cases and outline the gap between their current and required performance. I will describe the main standardisation activities to overcome this gap and recent results in wireless communications research at Sydney University Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications.

Professor Branka Vucetic is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Telecommunications Physics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications at the University of Sydney. Professor Branka Vucetic is recognised internationally for her leadership in general wireless communications research. She is a Fellow of IEEE which recognises her contributions in channel coding theory and its applications in wireless communication systems. She has made international impact by her publications, research training, academic and industry collaborations.

Professor Vucetic was recently awarded one of China's top honours - the Chinese Government Friendship Award. The award is given by the China’s central government for continuous and sustained cooperation in education, science, technology, management, sports and culture. Professor Vucetic's received the award for her long-term cooperation with Chinese tertiary institutions and her contribution to furthering education, science and technology.

Professor Vucetic was also named as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an independent body of 800 eminent Australian engineers and scientists.

Dr. Xinguo Zhang
President of Beijing Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
Vice Chairman of the Board of Chinese Society of Aeronautics & Astronautics (CSAA)
Associate Fellow of AIAA
Senior Executive Vice President R&D and CIO of Aviation Industry Corporation of China(AVIC)
President of Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE)
Keynote Title:
Enterprise System Analysis, Modeling and Simulation
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Xinguo Zhang has been working for more than 30 years in AVIC. He has rich experience in control system engineering, complex system engineering. He has played a leadership role in the innovation and transformation of architecture centric/model based system engineering and intelligent manufacturing in AVIC .

His publications included The New Wave of Scientific Management and Theory and Application of Maturity Model in Defense Materiel System Engineering. He translated and published books entitled System Engineering Handbook(INCOSE) and Survey of Model-Based Systems Engineering(MBSE) Methodologies(INCOSE).

Prof. Yuan-Ting Zhang, Ph.D,
IAMBE Fellow, IEEE Fellow and AIMBE Fellow
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Past Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine
Past Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Key Lab for Health Informatics of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dept. of EE at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Keynote Title:
Health Convergence in the Era of Industry 4.0: Challenges and Opportunities
Health convergence requires not only interdisciplinary research across multiple scales in the biological hierarchy from molecular, cell, organ to system; but also the integration of science, engineering, technology and medicine with the ultimate goal of translation to practical use for human health. This talk will focus on the convergence aspects of wearable/flexible 'MINDS' sensing and multi-modal imaging for the early prevention of acute cardiovascular diseases. Using the atherosclerotic plaque assessment and wearable unobtrusive BP estimation as application examples, this talk will attempt to illustrate that the health convergence approaches should allow the practice of 8-Ps medicine that is precise, pervasive, predictive, preventive, personalized, participatory, preemptive, and patient-centralized.

Prof. Yuan-Ting Zhang is the founding Director of the Key Lab of Health Informatics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS) and the Chief Scientist of CAS Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology. He was the Director of the Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering and the first Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was the Sensing System Architect in Health Technology at Apple. Prof. Zhang was the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE TITB and IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. He served as Vice Preside of IEEE EMBS. Prof. Zhang is currently the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, co- Chair for EMBC'17 in Korea, Chair of 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Advanced Health Informatics, and Chair of IEEE Award Committee in Biomedical Engineering. Prof. Zhang won a number of international awards including the IEEE-SA leadership and contribution award for developing a new standard IEEE 1708 and IEEE-SA 2014 Emerging Technology Award. Prof. Zhang is IAMBE Fellow, IEEE Fellow and AIMBE Fellow.



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