Keynote & Plenary Speakers for IWPR 2018

Speaker I

Prof. Dr. Xiaoyi Jiang, University of Munster, Germany


Speaker II

Prof. Pedro Furtado, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Pedro Furtado is Professor at University of Coimbra UC, Portugal, where he teaches courses in both Computer and Biomedical Engineering. He has more than 25 years experience in both teaching, doing research and supervising industry projects. He has a broad interest in computer science subjects, with the main focus being on performance and scalability qualities of systems, and more recently also on image recognition for medical applications. Pedro did a lot of research in data warehousing and analytics, bigdata, data mining, and image recognition for medical applications. He also worked in assistive technologies, applying image recognition and mobile technologies to healthcare scenarios. Pedro has about 200 papers published in international conferences and journals, books published and several research collaborations with both industry and academia. In the last years, Pedro has spent time as visiting scholar in some of the most prestigious universities in the world, and collaborating with non-profit institutions. Besides a PhD in Computer Engineering from U. Coimbra (UC) (2000), Pedro Furtado also holds an MBA from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (UCP) (2004).

Speaker III

 Prof. Kin Choong Yow, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Yow Kin Choong 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 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in March 2013, where he is presently an Associate Professor in the EECS Department. Prior to joining GIST, he was a Professor at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), P.R. China (2012-2013), and Associate Professor at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore (1998-2012). 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.

Yow Kin Choong’s research interest is in Ambient Intelligence which includes passive remote sensing such as Computer Vision, wireless communications such as Ad hoc and Sensor Networks, and computational intelligence such as Fuzzy-Neuro Inference Systems. He 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), etc.

Speaker IV

Prof. Julian FIERREZ, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

Julian Fierrez received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in telecommunications engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 2002 he has been affiliated with the Biometric Recognition Group (ATVS), first at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and since 2004 at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where he is currently an Associate Professor. From 2007 to 2009 he was a visiting researcher at Michigan State University in USA under a Marie Curie fellowship. His research interests include general signal and image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics, with emphasis on signature and fingerprint verification, multi-biometrics, biometric databases, system security, and forensic applications of biometrics. Dr. Fierrez is actively involved in multiple EU projects focused on biometrics (e.g. TABULA RASA and BEAT), has attracted notable impact for his research (more than 6,000 citations with h-index = 42 in Google Scholar), and is the recipient of a number of distinctions, including: Best Paper Awards at AVBPA 2003, ICB 2006, ICPR 2008, and ICB 2015; Best PhD Thesis Award in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2005-2007 by the IAPR Spanish liaison (AERFAI), EBF European Biometric Industry Award 2006, EURASIP Best PhD Award 2012,  Medal in the Young Researcher Awards 2015 by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Miguel Catalan Award to the Best Researcher under 40 in the Community in Madrid in the general area of Science and Technology.

Speaker V

Prof. Kin Hong Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof. Wong Kin Hong is an Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received a PhD from the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. His major research interest is in 3-D computer vision especially in pose estimation, structure from motion and tracking. He has investigated and developed many useful techniques in computer vision such as the four-point pose estimation algorithm and Kalman-trifocal pose estimation methods which are useful in many application areas such as automatic driving and virtual reality. He is also interested in pattern recognition, embedded applications, and computer music.

Speaker VI

Prof. Aythami Morales, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain






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