Keynote & Plenary Speakers


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (香港理工大学)  

Biography: Professor Jiannong Cao is a chair professor of the Department of Computing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the director of the Internet and Mobile Computing Lab in the department. Before joined The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1997, he has been on faculty of computer science in James Cook University and The University of Adelaide in Australia, and the City University of Hong Kong. Professor Cao is currently an adjunct professor ofSun Yat-Sen University. He also held several adjunct and visiting positions, including an adjunct chair professor of Central South University; an adjunct professor of National University of Defense Technology, Northeastern University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Northwest Polytechnic University, and Beijing Jiaotong University; a guest professor of Shenzhen University; a visiting research professor in the National Key Lab for Novel Software Technology, Nanjing University of China; a visiting fellow in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore; a visiting scholar of the Institute of Software at Chinese Academy of Science, and Peking University Overseas Scholar Lecture Program.
Professor Cao’s research interests include parallel and distributed computing, wireless networks and mobile computing, big data and cloud computing, pervasive computing, and fault tolerant computing. He has co-authored 5 books in Mobile Computing, co-edited 9 books, and published over 500 papers in major international journals and conference proceedings (including top journals IEEE Network, TC, TMC, TPDS, TWC, TDSC, JSAC, TCOM, TSE; ACM TOSN, TOIT, TAAS; and PMCJ, TON, JPDC, and top conferences INFOCOM, ICNP, PERCOM, WWW, DSN, ICDCS, SRDS).  


Prof. Hayato YAMANA

Waseda University, JAPAN 

Biography: Hayato YAMANA received his Dr. Eng. degree at Waseda University in 1993. He began his career at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL) of the former Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), and was seconded to MITI's Machinery and Information Industries Bureau for a year in 1996. He was subsequently appointed Associate Professor of Computer Science at Waseda University in 2000, and has been a professor since 2005. From 2003 to 2004, he was IEEE Computer Society Japan Chapter Chair. Since 2015, he has been director of IPSJ (Information Processing Society of Japan) and vice chairman of information and communication society of IEICE (the institute of electronics, information and communication engineers). At Waseda University, he has been deputy Deputy Chief Information Officer and WasedaX project director since 2015. His research area is big data analysis. Currently, his group engages in Japanese government funded project called “Secure Data Sharing and Distribution Platform for Integrated Big Data Utilization - Handling all data with encryption.” For more information, please refer to  


Prof. Hongwei Du

California State University, East Bay, USA (加州州立大学东湾校区)  

Biography: Professor Hongwei Du is the Coordinator of Information Technology Management Program in the College of Business and Economics at California State University, East Bay. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Florida Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and a M.S. in System Engineering from Beijing Institute of Automation. His works have been published in the California Journal of Operations Management, the European Journal of Information Systems, the International Journal of Innovation and Learning, the International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, the International Journal of Information and Decision Science, the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, the Journal of Economic Studies, and the International Review of Business Research Papers.  


Prof. Jianhua Zhang

East China University of Science and Technology, China (华东理工大学)  

Biography: Jianhua Zhang earned his PhD (Dr.-Ing.) degree in Electrical Engineering from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany in 2005. Between 1999 and 2002 he was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China. Afterwards he worked as Guest Scientistand Research Assistant at Technische Universität Dresden and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, both in Germany, for three years. Between 2005 and 2006 he was a PostdoctoralResearch Associate at The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. He has been a Full Professor and Head of Intelligent Systems Research Group at School of Information Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, since Feb. 2007. In July 2017he joined VEKIA(Lille, France), a leading French software company that pioneered the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to supply chainoptimization, as its Scientific Director (Directeur Scientifique) and Head of Machine Learning Research Lab. He held the position of Visiting Professorship at Technische Universität Berlinand Max Planck Institute for Dynamicsof Complex Technical Systems, Germany, for one year from 2008until 2015.
Dr Zhang’s research interests encompass computational intelligence, intelligent systems and control, machine learningand pattern recognition, data-driven modelingand control, intelligent data analysis, biomedical signal processingand big data analysis, human-machine systems, brain-machine interaction, neuroengineering, and neuroergonomics. So far he has published 4 books, 10 book chapters and over 130 peer-reviewed journal and conference papersin those fields. He won a Full PhD Scholarship from German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2002, Chinese governmentalScholarship and Senior Research Fellowship from China Scholarship Council in 2001 and 2012 respectively, and Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Germany, in 2011. He was the recipient of Pujiang Talent Award by Shanghai Science and Technology Commission in 2007 and the top 1% engineering scientists in the world by Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) in 2017.
Dr Zhang currently chairs the IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) Technical Committee (TC4.5)on Human Machine Systems. He isan active member of three other IFAC TCs (Large-Scale Complex Systems, Biological & Medical Systems, and Transportation Systems), CAA (Chinese Association of Automation) TC on Hybrid Intelligence, and USERN Advisory Board. He serves as an Associate Editorfor the scientific journal Frontiers in Neuroscience(sect. Neural Technology) and is on the Editorial Board of two other journals, Cognitive Neurodynamics(Springer) and Cognition, Technology & Work (Springer). He served as IPC(International Program Committee) Co-Chair for the 2013 IFAC Symposium on Large-Scale Systems(Shanghai, China)and 2016 IFAC Symposium on Human-Machine Systems (Kyoto, Japan), andIPC Chair for the 2019 IFAC Symposium on Human-Machine Systems (Tallinn, Estonia). He was Technical Associate Editor for 19th(Milan, Italy) and20th(Toulouse, France)IFAC World Congress. He was an invited Keynote/Plenary Speaker for several international conferences (including EEA2016, AIST2016, EEEIS2016, ICEEIE2016, and FSDM2016).  


Prof. Simon Fong(方正天教授)

University of Macau, Macau SAR(澳门大学)  

Biography: Dr. Simon Fong graduated from La Trobe University, Australia, with a 1st Class Honours BEng. Computer Systems degree and a PhD. Computer Science degree in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Simon is now working as an Associate Professor at the Computer and Information Science Department of the University of Macau. He is also one of the founding members of the Data Analytics and Collaborative Computing Research Group in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Prior to joining the University of Macau, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to his academic career, Simon took up various managerial and technical posts, such as systems engineer, IT consultant and e-commerce director in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore. Some companies that he worked before include Hong Kong Telecom, Singapore Network Services, AES Pro-Data and United Oversea Bank, Singapore. Dr. Fong has published over 290 international conference and peer-reviewed journal papers, mostly in the area of intelligent applications and data-mining. Currently, he is the Intl. Coordinator (Asia-Pacific Region) of INNS-India Regional Chapter.