Speech Title: Sematic Scene Segmentation with Shape-Variant Context (Click here for abstract)


Prof. Xudong Jiang received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and received the Ph.D. degree from Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany. From 1986 to 1993, he worked as Lecturer at UESTC where he received two Science and Technology Awards from the Ministry for Electronic Industry of China. He was a recipient of the German Konrad-Adenauer Foundation young scientist scholarship. From 1993 to 1997, he was with Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany as scientific assistant. From 1998 to 2004, He worked with the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*Star, Singapore, as Senior Research Fellow, Lead Scientist and appointed as the Head of Biometrics Laboratory where he developed an software that achieved the fastest and the second most accurate fingerprint verification in the International Fingerprint Verification Competition (FVC2000). He joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as a faculty member in 2003 and served as the Director of the Centre for Information Security from 2005 to 2011. Currently, Dr Jiang is a tenured Association Professor in Nanyang Technological University. Dr Jiang has published over 120 research papers, including 20 papers in top IEEE journals: TPAMI, TIP, TSP and SPM, which are well-cited on Web of Science. He is also an inventor of 7 patents (3 US patents).

Speech Title: Data Mining in Education: A Predictive Model for Student Success (Click here for abstract


Dr. Jin Wang is a Professor of Operations Research and a Director of the Data Science Lab at Valdosta State University, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree from the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University in 1994. His research interests include Data Mining, Machine Learning, Big Data, Modeling and Optimization, Supply Chain, Portfolio Management, Computer Simulation, and Applied Statistics. He has more than 30 years collegiate teaching experience at Purdue University, Florida State University, Auburn University, and Valdosta State University. Dr. Wang has been active in professional research activities. He has authored or co-authored many research papers in the referred journals and conference proceedings. He was invited as a keynote speaker and the conference chair for several Data Science, Big Data, Management Science, and Education conferences. He is an editor-in-chief and department editor of the research journals. He has participated as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator in several research projects funded by federal or industrial agencies, including the National Science Foundation, General Motors, and the National Science Foundation of China. He was invited as a panel member at the National Science Foundation Workshop. Dr. Wang also served as a consultant for financial firms. His analytical mixture of normal method for simulating market data and the two-stage portfolio optimization algorithm have made a great impact in both academic field and finance industry.

Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelgawad Central Michigan University, USA

Speech Title: How the Internet of Things will Change our Future Education (Click here for abstract)


Dr. Ahmed Abdelgawad received his M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and 2011 and subsequently joined IBM as a Design Aids & Automation Engineering Professional at Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In Fall 2012 he joined Central Michigan University as a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor. In Fall 2017, Dr. Abdelgawad was early promoted as a Computer Engineering Associate Professor. He is a senior member of IEEE. His area of expertise is distributed computing for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), data fusion techniques for WSN, low power embedded system, video processing, digital signal processing, Robotics, RFID, Localization, VLSI, and FPGA design. He has published two books and more than 78 articles in related journals and conferences. Dr. Abdelgawad served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals, including IEEE WF-IoT, IEEE ISCAS, IEEE SAS, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Communications Magazine, Springer, Elsevier, IEEE Transactions on VLSI, and IEEE Transactions on I&M. He severed in the technical committees of IEEE ISCAS 2007, IEEE ISCAS 2008, and IEEE ICIP 2009 conferences. He served in the administration committee of IEEE SiPS 2011. He also served in the organizing committee of ICECS2013 and 2015. Dr. Abdelgawad was the publicity chair in North America of the IEEE WF-IoT 2016/18/19 conferences. He was the finance chair of the IEEE ICASSP 2017. He is the TPC Co-Chair of I3C'17, the TPC Co-Chair of GIoTS 2017, and the technical program chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2018. He was the keynote speaker for many international conferences and conducted many webinars. He is currently the IEEE Northeast Michigan section chair and IEEE SPS Internet of Things (IoT) SIG Member. In addition, Dr. Abdelgawad served as a PI and Co-PI for several funded grants from NSF.