Advisory Board


zdjecieProfessor Ngoc Thanh Nguyen (Ph.D., D.Sc.) is a titled professor granted by the President of Poland and a full professor of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, and is the Head of Information Systems Department in the Faculty of  Computer Science and Management. His scientific interests consist of knowledge integration methods, collective intelligence, and intelligent technologies for conflict resolution, inconsistent knowledge processing, multi­agent systems, and E­learning methods. He has edited more than 30 special issues in international journals, 52 books and 35 conference proceedings. He is the author of 5 monographs and more than 350 other publications. Professor Nguyen serves as Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Information and Telecommunication (Taylor&Francis), Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence (Springer) and Vietnam Journal of Computer Science (Springer). He is also an Associate Editor of several prestigious international journals. He was a Genral Chair or Program Chair of more than 30 international conferences. He has been serving as an expert for Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Ministry of Regional Development of  Poland in evaluating R&D projects. He is also an expert of European Commission in evaluation  research projects, an expert of Slovakia Research Agency, an expert for Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council  of Canada. He has given 18 plenary and keynote speeches for international conferences and invited lectures in many countries. In 2009 prof. Nguyen was granted of title Distinguished Scientist of ACM. He was also a Distinguished Speaker of IEEE and ACM. He serves as the Chair of IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Computational Collective Intelligence. In ISI Web of Science he has more than 850 citations with index H equal to 17. He has been the leader of 15 research grants including 5 international projects. Now he is serving as a member of Management Committee representing Poland in Cost Action IC1302 KEYSTONE, for which he is also as a co-chair of a working group.

Homepage: http://www.ksi.pwr.edu.pl/staff/nguyen/


advisory hwangDr. Dosam Hwang is a full professor of the Department of Computer Engineering at Yeungnam University in Korea, whose research interests mainly include Natural Language Processing, Ontology, Knowledge Engineering, Information Retrieval and Machine translation. Prof. Hwang has once served as the Head of Yeungnam University’s Computer Engineering Department for five years between 2005 and 2009. He has also held a position as a principal researcher at KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology) and as an invited professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology).

Prof. Hwang has so far been not only a chair of several international conferences, but also a committee member of many international organizations as well. More specifically, for example, he has been the Assistant Secretary of ISO/TC37/SC4 for language resource management since 2005, and the Secretary of Korean TC for ISO/TC37/SC4 at the same time. In 2006, Prof. Hwang was the Director of Korean Society for Cognitive Science (KSCS), and for the Korean Information Science Society (KISS), he has been serving as the Society’s Director and the Mentor of a knowledge engineering study group since 2007.

In addition to this, Prof. Hwang has also participated in several Korean national research projects such as a project on machine translation system (1985-1990), the national IT ontology infrastructure and technology development project called “CoreOnto (2006-2009)”, and “Exobrain (2013-2014)”, the project focused on the construction of deep knowledge base and question-answering platform. Prof. Hwang is now in charge of an intelligent service integration based on IoT Big Data as part of Korea’s another principal national research project “BK+ (2014 ~ present)”.

In recognition of his such great commitment and contribution to the relative fields of study, Prof. Hwang has been honored as a Distinguished Researcher of KIST in 1988 by Korea’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and awarded a prize for Good Conduct from Kyunghee High School in 1973.

Homepage: http://lp.yu.ac.kr/~dshwang/


vossen 11866 150x200Gottfried Vossen is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Muenster in Germany, a Fellow of the German Computer Science Society, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Waikato Management School in Hamilton, New Zealand. He received his master´s and Ph.D. degrees as well as the German habilitation in 1981, 1986, and 1990, resp., all from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany. He is the European Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Information Systems - An International Journal, and has held visiting positions at various universities in Germany and abroad. His research interests include conceptual as well as application-oriented problems concerning databases, information systems, process modeling, and various forms of Web 2.0 applications, cloud computing, big data, as well as implications. He has been member in numerous program committees of international conferences and workshops. He is an author or co-author of more than 200 publications, and an author, co-author, or co-editor of more than 20 books on databases, business process modeling, the Web, e-commerce, cloud computing, and computer architecture.

Homepage: https://www.wi.uni-muenster.de/department/dbis/people/gottfried-vossen


advisory PEDRYCZWitold Pedrycz (IEEE Fellow, 98) is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He received MSc, PhD and DSci, all from the Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland, in 1977, 1980, and 1984, respectively. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2009 Dr. Pedrycz was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Witold Pedrycz has been a member of numerous program committees of IEEE conferences in the area of fuzzy sets and neurocomputing. In 2007 he received a prestigious Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a recipient of the IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, and a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, fuzzy modeling and Granular Computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, fuzzy control, pattern recognition, knowledge-based neural networks, relational computing, and Software Engineering. He has published numerous papers in this area. He is also an author of 15 research monographs covering various aspects of Computational Intelligence, data mining, and Software Engineering.

Dr. Pedrycz is intensively involved in editorial activities. He is an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer).  He currently serves on the Advisory Board of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a member of a number of editorial boards of other international journals.

Homepage: http://www.ece.ualberta.ca/~pedrycz/


Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

picture5Manuel Núñez holds a Doctorate degree in Mathematics/Computer Science, obtained in 1996, and a Master degree in Economics, obtained in 2002. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Systems and Programming of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics of Brunel University, UK.

During the years 2004 and 2005 he was collaborating, as an economist, with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Project Coordinator in Ukraine. In particular, he was in charge of the LEaD project (Local Economic Development through improving business infrastructure for SMEs).

His research is circumscribed to use formal methods in different application areas. Currently, he is mainly working in the area of formal methods for testing complex systems. He is also working on the use of formal methods in user modeling, with an emphasis on collective intelligence.

Manuel Núñez has been teaching, for almost 25 years, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. During these years, he has taught courses at all the University levels (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate). He has focused on programming courses and on the use of mathematics and formal methods in Computer Science.

He is a member of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Computational Collective Intelligence, a member of the Board of Directors of the Tarot Summer School on Software Testing, a member of the A-MOST Workshop Steering Committee and was a member of the ICTSS Steering Committee for the period 2009-2012. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence and of the Journal of Universal Computer Science, and a member of the Review Board of the International Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering. In addition, he has served in more than 120 Program Committees of international events in Computer Science. He has published more than 130 papers in international scientific journals and meetings.

Homepage: http://antares.sip.ucm.es/manolo/


advisory hongTzung-Pei Hong received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University in 1985, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science and information engineering from National Chiao-Tung University in 1992. He served at the Department of Computer Science in Chung-Hua Polytechnic Institute from 1992 to 1994, and at the Department of Information Management in I-Shou University from 1994 to 2001. He was in charge of the whole computerization and library planning for National University of Kaohsiung in Preparation from 1997 to 2000 and served as the first director of the library and computer center in National University of Kaohsiung from 2000 to 2001, as the Dean of Academic Affairs from 2003 to 2006, as the Administrative Vice President from 2007 to 2008, and as the Academic Vice President in 2010. He is currently a distinguished professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, and a joint professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. He got the first national flexible wage award from Ministry of Education in Taiwan

He has published more than 500 research papers in international/national journals and conferences and has planned more than fifty information systems. He is also the board member of more than forty journals and the program committee member of more than five hundred conferences. His current research interests include knowledge engineering, data mining, soft computing, management information systems, and www applications.

Homepage: http://tphong.nuk.edu.tw/index.php/en/


School of Engineering
The University of Newcastle, Australia 

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Prof. Edward Szczerbicki has had very extensive experience in the area of intelligent systems development over an uninterrupted 35 year period, 25 years of which he spent in the top systems research centers in the USA, UK, Germany, and Australia. In this area he contributed to the understanding of information and knowledge management in systems operating in environments characterized by informational uncertainties and dynamics. He has published 300+ refereed papers which attracted close to 1600 citations over the last 10 years. His DSc degree (1993) and the Title of Professor (2006) were gained in the area of information science for his international published contributions. The research of prof. Szczerbicki contributes significantly to the area of smart information use in modeling and development of intelligent systems. Ten years ago, prof. Szczerbicki and his research team coined and introduced to the international knowledge engineering community the concept of Decisional DNA. Prof Szczerbicki’s academic experience includes ongoing positions with Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland; Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland; The University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; and The University of Newcastle, Newcastle Australia.



advisory KASABOVProfessor Nikola Kasabov is Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and DVF of the RAE and the SICSA UK. He is the Director of the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), at AUT, Auckland. He holds a Chair of Knowledge Engineering at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. Kasabov is a Past President and Governor Board member of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) and also of the Asia Pacific Neural Network Society (APNNS). He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Evolving Systems and serves as Associate Editor of Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions, Information Science, Applied Soft Computing and other journals. Kasabov holds MSc and PhD from the TU Sofia, Bulgaria. His main research interests are in the areas of neural networks, intelligent information systems, soft computing, bioinformatics, neuroinformatics. He has published more than 600 publications that include 12 books, 180 journal papers, 80 book chapters, 28 patents and numerous conference papers. His work has been cited more than 11,000 times, with a H-index of 47. He has extensive academic experience at various academic and research organisations in Europe and Asia, including: TU Sofia, University of Essex, University of Otago, Advisor Professor at the  Shanghai Jiao Tong University and NTT University Vietnam, Visiting Professor at ETH/University of Zurich and RGU Scotland. Prof. Kasabov has received the APNNA ‘Outstanding Achievements Award’, the INNS Gabor Award for ‘Outstanding contributions to engineering applications of neural networks’, the EU Marie Curie Fellowship, the Bayer Science Innovation Award, the APNNA Excellent Service Award, the RSNZ Science and Technology Medal, and others. He has supervised to completion 38 PhD students. More information of Prof. Kasabov can be found on the KEDRI web site: http://www.kedri.aut.ac.nz.


SheraliZeadally 2017Sherali Zeadally is an Associate Professor in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA. He has been a faculty at various universities in the United States over the last 20 years. To date, he has published around 290 refereed publications including 174 peer-reviewed journal papers. He has co-edited/co-authored 6 books. He currently serves as an associate editor/editorial board member for over 30 peer-reviewed international journals. He is the recipient of 5 best paper awards and he is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IET Wireless Sensor Systems published by IET, United Kingdom. He has guest-edited over 30 Special issues of refereed international journals. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards for his outstanding, teaching, and professional service activities in the last two decades. He has received multiple competitive fellowships and prestigious visiting professorship awards from various world-renowned universities. He received his bachelor degree in Computer Science from University of Cambridge, England in 1991 and his doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Buckingham, England in 1996. He conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology, United Kingdom and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, United Kingdom. More details can be found on him at http://www.uky.edu/~sze223/


citationsLe Thi Hoai An earned her PhD with Highest Distinction in Optimization in 1994, and her Habilitation in 1997 both from university of Rouen, France. From 1998 to 2003 she was Associate Professor at the National Institute for Applied Sciences, Rouen. Since 2003 she is Full Professor at the University of Paul Verlaine – Metz (which becomes University of Lorraine in 2012). She is currently Director of Laboratory of Theoretical & Applied Computer Science, university of Lorraine and serving as Exceptional Class Professor. She is the author/co-author of more than 200 journal articles, international conference papers and book chapters, the co-editor of 5 books and 10 special issues of international journals, and supervisor of 26 PhD theses. She is Chair of Scientific Committee and Chair of Organizing Committee as well as member of Scientific Committee of numerous International Conferences, and leader of several regional/national/international projects. Her research interests include Numerical Analysis, Optimization and Operations Research and their applications in Information Systems and Industrial Complex Systems in various fields such as, Data Mining and Machine Learning, Telecommunication, Transportation, Supply Chain and Management, Finance, Bioinformatics, Image Analysis, Cryptology, Security & Reliability. She is the co-founder (with Pham Dinh Tao) of DC programming and DCA, an innovative approach in nonconvex programming and global optimization. These theoretical and algorithmic tools, becoming now classic and increasingly popular, have been successfully applied by researchers and practitioners all the world over to model and solve their real-world smooth/nonsmooth nonconvex programs, especially in the large-scale setting.

Homepage: http://www.lita.univ-lorraine.fr/~lethi/


Hoang PhamHoang Pham  is a Distinguished Professor and former Chairman (2007-2013) of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also a co-founding member and an Associate Director of theRutgers Center for Information Assurance. Dr. Pham has been served as Editor-in-Chief, Editor, Associate Editor, Guest Editor and board member of many journals. He is the Editor ofSpringer Book Series in Reliability Engineering, the Editor ofWorld Scientific Book Series on Industrial and Systems Engineering, and has served as Conference Chair and Program Chair of over 30 international conferences and workshops. Dr. Pham is the author or coauthor of 6 books and has published over 135 journal articles, and edited 10 books includingSpringer Handbook in Engineering Statistics andHandbook in Reliability Engineering. Dr. Pham has delivered over 30 invited keynote and plenary speeches at many international conferences. His numerous awards include the 2009 IEEE Reliability SocietyEngineer of the Year Award. Dr. Pham is a Fellow of the IEEE and IIE.

Homepage: http://ise.rutgers.edu/hoang-pham


hamidoHe is professor at Iwate Prefectural University (IPU), Iwate, Japan, as a director of Intelligent Software Systems. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge-Based Systems, Elsevier of impact factor (3.058) for 2013 (Journal Citations Report (JCR) released by Thomson Reuters on July 28th 2014). This has made his journal in Rank 15 among 122 SCI Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence top Journals.

He received Doctor Honoris Causa from O’buda University in 2013, and a title of Honorary Professor from O’buda University, Budapest, Hungary in 2011. He received Distinguished Honorary scholar from University of Technology Sydney, Australia on 2012. On March 2013, he received distinguished visiting professor position from National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan for two years. He received Honorary Professor from the University of Xi’an of Post & Telecommunications, China. He is Adjunct professor to Stockholm University, Sweden, University of Technology Sydney, National Taiwan Ocean University and others.

He has supervised PhD students jointly with University of Laval, Quebec, Canada; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; Oregon State University (Corvallis), University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France and University of Genoa, Italy, VU university Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has four registered international Patents in Software System and Several research projects with Japanese industry and partners. He is vice president of International Society of Applied Intelligence. He has given many keynotes in many prestigious international conferences on intelligent system and subjective intelligence.

Homepage: http://www.fujita.soft.iwate-pu.ac.jp/


Kuo Ming ChaoKuo-Ming Chao obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from Sunderland University, UK in 1993 and 1997 respectively. From 1997, he worked at Engineering Design Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne University as research associate for more than 3 years before he joined Coventry University as senior lecturer in 2000. Between 2007 and 2008, he joined British Telecom Research Lab as short term research fellow. His research interests include the areas of intelligent agents, service-oriented computing, cloud computing and big data etc. as well as their applications such as energy efficiency management and green manufacturing etc.

He has over 150 refereed publications in books, journals, conference proceedings. He is a co-founder and managing editor of Service-Oriented Computing and Applications: A Springer Journal to promote Service-Oriented Computing. He is a member of editorial broad for a number of international journals. In addition he is involved a number of EU-funded projects as coordinator or work pack leader. He serves a number of international conferences by taking different responsibilities such as general chair for 10th IEEE ICEBE, 2010 IEEE conference CEC, programme chair for 9th ICEBE, 2009 CEC and 2005 CSCWD, Track Chair for 2010-2012 AINA and others.

Homepage: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/researchers/kuo-ming-chao/


A Min Tjoa Portraits CDG 316kA Min Tjoa is full professor at the Vienna University of Technology at the Institute for Software Technology and Interactive Systems. He was guest professor at the University of Zurich, the Technical University in Lausanne, Czech Technical University in Prague, National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo) and the University of Kyushu.

He was the president of the Austrian Computer Society   from 1999 to 2003.

Since 2008 he has been the Austrian delegate at the Committee of Science and Technology Development (CSTD) of the United Nations. He has been elected to Vice-Chairperson of UN-CSTD for 2015/16, 2016/2017, 2017/2018.He is the chairman of the Austrian National Competence Center for Excellent Technologies (COMET- Competence Center for Excellent Technology) in the field of IT-Security. Since 2012 he has been member of the Executive Committee and Honorary Secretary of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP). He is the chairperson of the IFIP-Working  Group “Enterprise Information Systems”. He has been the Vice-President of Infoterm (International Information Center for Terminology) since 2010.

Since March 2017 he is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Austrian Excellence Center for Software located in Upper Austria (Software Competence Center Hagenberg).

His main research interests are in Business Intelligence, Semantic Web, IT-Security & Privacy, Linked Open Data and Environmental Informatics.

He has been awarded the Honorary Doctoral degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Czech University of Technology in Prague for his research work in the area of databases and artificial intelligence and the Honorary Professor title from Hue University, Vietnam.

He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles in journals and conferences.

Homepage: https://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/amin.tjoa

DR. CAO DAC HIEN - Secretary

advisory hienDr. Cao Dac Hien received his BSc. degree in radio physics from the National University in 1967, and his Ph.D. degree in nuclear physics from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna – Russian Federation in 1982.

He served at the Ministry of Science and Technology and then at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology from 1967 to 2004. He held the position of Head ofLaboratory of nuclear electronics from 1982 to 1987.

From 2004 to 2008, he had served as Dean of Faculty of electronic technology in Ho Chi Minh City Industrial University.

He has been teaching at all the University levels (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate).

Dr. Hien serves as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nguyen Tat Thanh University and Assistant Editor of Vietnam Journal of Computer Science (Springer).

He is a member of the Vietnam Automation Association (VAA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Consultable Association for Science Technology and Management (HASCON).

He has published more than 30 research papers in international/ national journals.

His current research interests include electronics, automation and consulting for research and training.

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