Invited Speaker I

Broad Learning: A paradigm shift in discriminative incremental learning

Dr. C. L. Philip Chen
Member of Academy of Europe (AE), European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA)
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems

In recent years, deep learning carves 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 complete paradigm shift in discriminative learning and a very fast and accurate learning without deep structure. The broad learning system (BLS) utilizes the power of incremental learning. That is without stacking the layer-structure, the designed neural networks expand the neural nodes broadly 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 incremental 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. Several BLS variations that cover existing deep-wide/broad-wide structures and their regression performance over function approximation, time series prediction, face recognition, and data modelling will be discussed.

Dr. Chen’s research areas are in systems, cybernetics and computational intelligence. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AAAS, and IAPR. He was the President of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) (2012-2013), where he also has been a distinguished lecturer for many years and received Outstanding Service Awards 4 times. 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, and IEEE/CAA Automatica Sinica. He was the Chair of TC 9.1 Economic and Business Systems of IFAC (2015-2017). He is also a Fellow of CAA and Fellow of HKIE and an Academician of International Academy of Systems and Cybernetics Science (IASCYS).
In addition, he is an ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Education, USA) Program Evaluator for Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering programs. University of Macau’s Engineering and Computer Science programs receiving HKIE’s accreditation and Washington/Seoul Accord is his utmost contribution in engineering education for Macau as the former Dean. During his deanship, the engineering and computer science programs have been ranked at world top 200 in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university ranking. The computer science program is also ranked at world top 175 in the US News and World Report global university ranking. Dr. Chen won the Norbert Wiener Award of IEEE Systems and Cybernetics Science in 2018. Dr. Chen 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.

Invited Speaker II

Cross-Space Crowd Sensing: Concepts, Technologies, and Practices

Dr. Zhiwen Yu
School of Computer Science
Northwestern Polytechnical University

Crowd sensing is a new sensing paradigm that uses individual sensing capability to accomplish complex social sensing tasks. Human beings live and communicate in both cyber and physical spaces. Crowd sensing can be realized by actively recruiting participants in the cyber space and also opportunistically collecting crowd footprints in the cyber space. We propose a new concept named Cross-Space Crowd Sensing that aims at combining the different sensing capabilities in both cyber and physical spaces, and also fusing human implicit intelligence in understanding the sensory data. In this talk, I will introduce the definition of cross-space crowd sensing, main research challenges, and present our early works in this area.

Dr. Zhiwen Yu is currently a professor of the School of Computer Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. He has worked as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow at Mannheim University, Germany from Nov. 2009 to Oct. 2010, a research fellow at Kyoto University, Japan from Feb. 2007 to Jan. 2009, and a post-doctoral researcher at Nagoya University, Japan in 2006-2007. His research interests cover ubiquitous computing, mobile social networks, and human-computer interaction. He has served as an associate/guest editor for a number of international journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, IEEE Communications Magazine, and ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology. He is the General Co-Chair of SmartCity 2016, CPSCom 2015, General Chair of UIC 2014, the Program Chair of EUC 2013, HumanCom 2012, and UIC 2010, the Vice Program Chair of PerCom 2015, the Workshop Chair of UbiComp 2011. He has published around 150 scientific papers in refereed journals and conferences, e.g., ACM Computing Surveys, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TMC, IEEE THMS, ACM TKDD, UbiComp, PerCom, etc. Zhiwen Yu is a senior member of IEEE, a distinguished member of CCF (China Computer Federation) and the vice chair of CCF Pervasive Computing Technical Committee. He received the CCF Young Scientist Award in 2011, the CPSCom'13/GPC'12/AMT'12/UIC'09 best paper awards, the Humboldt Fellowship in 2008, and the CCF Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2006. He got the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2017.