Keynote Speakers

Prof. Arumugam Nallanathan, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Biography: Arumugam Nallanathan (S’97–M’00–SM’05–F’17) is Professor of Wireless Communications and Head of the Communication Systems Research (CSR) group in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London since September 2017. He was with the Department of Informatics at King’s College London from December 2007 to August 2017, where he was Professor of Wireless Communications from April 2013 to August 2017 and a Visiting Professor from September 2017. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore from August 2000 to December 2007. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Systems, 5G and beyond Wireless Networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Molecular Communications. He published nearly 500 technical papers (including more than 200 IEEE journal papers) in scientific journals and international conferences. He is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Awards presented at the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2016 (ICC’2016), IEEE Global Communications Conference 2017 (GLOBECOM’2017) and IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2017 (VTC’2017). He is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and a Senior Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. He was an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2006-2011), IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2006-2017) and IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He served as the Chair for the Signal Processing and Communication Electronics Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society and Technical Program Chair and member of Technical Program Committees in numerous IEEE conferences. He received the IEEE Communications Society SPCE outstanding service award 2012 and IEEE Communications Society RCC outstanding service award 2014. He has been selected as a Web of Science (ISI) Highly Cited Researcher in 2016.

Prof. Seppo J. Sirkemaa, University of Turku, Finland

Biography: Seppo Sirkemaa works at Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku. His office is at University Consortium of Pori. Dr Sirkemaa holds a Ph.D. and a master degree in information systems science from the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. Dr Sirkemaa has worked at various academic positions, as professor of information systems management and as a research professor at Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. Dr Sirkemaa has been the vice director of Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Pori Unit during 2003–2008. He has acted as professor in Entrepreneurship at University of Turku. Dr Sirkemaa has participated in several national and international research projects. He has also been active with conferences, for example as conference chair of numerous International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology (ICCSIT) -series conferences. He is active reviewer for several scientific academic journals and committee member of international conferences. Dr Sirkemaa has published over 100 academic publications. His research interests include Information Systems Management, Information Technology Management, Electronic Business / eBusiness, Electronic governance / eGovernance, Information Technology in Learning, Digital Learning Environments.



Prof. Davy Monticolo, University of Lorraine, France

Biography: Davy Monticolo is a professor in the ERPI Laboratory, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France. He teaches Knowledge Engineering, Web Intelligence and Agile Project Management at the Department of Innovation and Industrial Engineering. He got his HDR in December 2015 at the University of Lorraine and he received his Ph.D. (2008) in the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbélaird (France). His research interests are: Web Intelligence, Multi-Agents Systems, Knowledge Engineering and Modeling, Semantic Web and Ontologies used to design knowledge based systems. He is a member of the board of the French Research Association to promote Artificial Intelligence (AFIA). He is also the chair of the IEEE International Workshop KARE (Knowledge Acquisition Reuse & Evaluation) in conjunction with the SITIS conference since 2008.


Prof. Youmin Zhang, Concordia University, Canada

Biography: Prof. Youmin Zhang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China, in 1983, 1986, and 1995, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering and the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His current research interests include condition monitoring, health management, Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD), and Fault-Tolerant Control Systems (FTCS), cooperative Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) of single and multiple unmanned aerial/space/ground/surface vehicles and their applications to forest fires, pipelines, power lines, environment, natural resources and natural disasters monitoring, detection, and protection by combining with remote sensing techniques; dynamic systems modeling, estimation, identification, advanced control techniques and signal processing techniques for diagnosis, prognosis, and health management of safety-critical systems, renewable energy systems and smart grids, and intelligent manufacturing processes. He has authored 4 books, over 500 highly cited journal and conference papers, and book chapters.He is a Fellow of Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Technical Committee for several international and national scientific societies. He has been invited to deliver plenary and tutorial talks at international conferences/workshops and research seminars worldwide for over 100 times. He is an Editor-in-Chief, an Editor-at-Large, an Editorial Board Member, and Associate Editor of several international journals. He has served as General Chair, Program Chair, Program Vice Chair, and IPC Member of several international conferences. In view of his outstanding research works, he has been awarded as a Concordia University Research Fellow Award in 2018 in the Strategic Research Cluster 'Technology, Industry and the Environment'.