KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Prof. Luiz Moutinho

Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr. Luiz Moutinho is professor of BioMarketing and Futures Research at the DCU Business School, Dublin City University, Ireland. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 1982. He has been a Full Professor for 25 years and held posts at a great number of schools starting in the UK and the US, as well as a Visiting Professorship in several universities in China, Lithuania, New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, Cyprus and Hungary. Between 1987 and 1989 he was the Director of the Doctoral Programmes at the Confederation of Scottish Business Schools and at the Cardiff Business School between 1993 and 1996. He was Director of the Doctoral Programme in Management at the University of Glasgow between 1996 and 2004, and until 2015 held the Foundation Chair of Marketing at that university. He is the founding Editor of the Journal of Modelling in Management (JM2) and has another 4 Associate Editorships as well as being in the Editorial Boards of another 46 international academic journals. His areas of research interest also encompass bio-marketing, neuroscience in marketing, evolutionary algorithms, human-computer interaction, the use of artificial neural networks in marketing, modelling consumer behaviour, marketing futurecast and tourism and marketing. Other primary areas of Professor Moutinho's academic research are related to modelling processes of consumer behaviour. He has developed a number of conceptual models over the years in areas such as tourism destination decision processes, automated banking, supermarket patronage, among other areas. He has over 130 articles published in refereed academic journals, 27 books, more than 5,600 academic citations, an h-index of 37 and an i10-index of 116.

Prof. Xin-She Yang

Middlesex University, UK

Xin-She Yang obtained his DPhil in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He then worked at Cambridge University and National Physical Laboratory (UK) as a Senior Research Scientist. Now he is Reader in Modelling and Optimization at Middlesex University, an elected Bye-Fellow at Cambridge University and Adjunct Professor at Reykjavik University (Iceland). He is the Chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management. He has given many keynote talks at over 20 international conferences such as IEEE Mendel'12 (Czech Republic), BIOMA'12 (Slovenia), EU/ME'14 (Turkey), ICCS'15 (Iceland), SIBGRAPI'15 (Brazil), OIPE'16 (Italy), ISCBI'16 (Switzerland), BDIOT'17 (UK) and HS'17 (Spain). He has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 20 books with over 26000 academic citations. He is on the prestigious list of both 2016 and 2017 Clarivate Analytics/Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers.

Title: "Optimization and Algorithms -- Inspiration from Nature"

Abstract: Algorithms inspired by Nature have become effective tools for solving challenging optimization problems concerning engineering designs, data mining, computational intelligence and industrial applications. Algorithms based on characteristics of ants, bats, bees, birds, cuckoos, fireflies and others have demonstrated their flexibility and effectiveness. However, many challenging issues still exist. This talk highlights some of the recent developments, applications, key issues and future research directions.


INVITED SPEECHES

Assoc. Prof. Alexandra I. Cristea

Warwick University, UK

Dr. Cristea is Associate Professor (Reader), Coordinator and Co-founder of the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems group. She recently finished her term as the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Faculty of Science and Director of Graduate Research. Her research includes user modelling and personalisation, semantic web, social web, authoring, with over 250 papers on these subjects (over 3300 citations on Google Scholar, h-index 28). Especially, her work on frameworks for adaptive systems has influenced many researchers and is highly cited (with the top paper with 221 citations and growing). Similarly influential is her pioneering work on adaptation languages, Dr. Cristea being one of the first to propose them (with the top paper with 175 citations and growing). Since then, work in these new research areas has spread. She is within the top 50 researchers in the world in the area of educational computer-based research according to Microsoft Research. Dr. Cristea has been highly active and has an influential role in international research projects. She is experienced in running research projects and has led various projects - Newton funded workshop on Higher Education for All ('14-'18), Santander funded Education for disadvantaged pupils ('14-18'), Warwick-funded project APLIC ('11-;12), EU Minerva projects ALS (06-09) and EU Minerva ADAPT ('02-'05); as well as participated as university PI in several EU FP7 projects - BLOGFOREVER ('11-'13), GRAPPLE ('08- '11), PROLEARN ('07) and as co-PI in the Warwick-funded Engaging Young People with Assistance Technologies ('13-'15) also featured by the BBC. She has been organizer of workshops, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She is executive peer reviewer of the IEEE LTTF Education Technology and Society Journal and she is co-editor of the Advanced Technologies and Learning Journal. She has given keynote and invited talks in various countries, e.g., Brazil, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Japan, Finland, Romania, etc. She acted as UNESCO expert for adaptive web-based education at a high-level (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes) meeting of East European countries, as well as EU expert for H2020, FP7, FP6, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, a HEA fellow, IEEE Senior Member and IEEE CS member.

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