Committee

GENERAL CHAIR

PROF. ADRIAN DAVID CHEOK

Adrian David Cheok, who was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) with First Class Honors in 1992 and an Engineering PhD in 1998.  He is Director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, and Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City, University of London.

He is Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore. He was formerly Full Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design and Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore. He has previously worked in real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing in Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Japan.

He has been a keynote and invited speaker at numerous international conferences and events. He was invited to exhibit for two years in the Ars Electronica Museum of the Future, launching in the Ars Electronica Festival 2003 and 2017. His works “Human Pacman”, “Magic Land”, and “Metazoa Ludens”, were each selected as one of the world’s top inventions by Wired and invited to be exhibited in Wired NextFest 2005 and 2007.

He was awarded the Hitachi Fellowship, the A-STAR Young Scientist of the Year Award, and the SCS Singapore Young Professional of the Year Award. He was invited to be the Singapore representative of the United Nations body IFIP SG 16 on Entertainment Computing and the founding Chairman of the Singapore Computer Society Special Interest Group on Entertainment Computing. He was awarded an Associate of the Arts award by the Singapore Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. He is a Fellow in Education, World Technology Network. He was awarded a Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics. He received the C4C Children Competition Prize for best interaction media for children, the Integrated Art Competition Prize by the Singapore Land Transport Authority, Creativity in Action Award, and a First Prize Nokia Mindtrek Award. He received a First Prize in the Milan International InventiON competition. He received an SIP Distinguished Fellow Award which honors legendary leaders whose illustrious lives have positively influenced lives across generations and communities around the globe. He was awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. This honor is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognize and acknowledge the top young leaders from around the world for the professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. He was awarded “Honorary Expert” by Telefonica and El Bulli, the number one restaurant in the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), an organisation which is committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. His research on smell interfaces was selected by NESTA as Top 10 Technologies of 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Awards by University of Adelaide, in recognition of his achievements and contribution in the field of Computing, Engineering and Multisensory communication. In 2017, he entered the elite list of The h-Index for Computer Science, a list that contains only the top 0.06% of all computer scientists in the world. In 2018, he was awarded Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Remote kissing gadget ‘Kissenger’ was selected to the Top 100 Science Spinoffs.

He is Editor in Chief of the academic journals: Advances in Robotics and Automation, Transactions on Edutainment (Springer), ACM Computers in Entertainment, and Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots, and Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. He is Associate Editor of Advances in Human Computer Interaction, International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Journal of Recent Patents on Computer Science, The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management (IJEntTM), Virtual Reality (Springer-Verlag), International Journal of Virtual Reality, and The Journal of Virtual Reality and Broadcasting.

PROGRAM CHAIR

DR. SAŠA ARSOVSKI

Having more then tweny-years experience as an IT developer. Receive PhD on the department for Applied Computer Science and Informatics, Faculty of Technical Science, University Novi Sad, Serbia He build and implemented a large number of information systems. Since 2004 he have been working as an independent associate for the development of ICT in the Guarantee Fund of AP Vojvodina and as visiting Professor on the International University in Novi Pazar, Serbia and as Visiting Professor on the Faculty for Economy and Management, Novi Sad, Serbia. Received an award by the Union of ICT Societies of Serbia (JISA, DISKOBOLOS 2009) for contributing to the development of ICT. Author and co-author of more than twenty research papers published in peer-reviewed international conferences and international journals. Member of the board of International reviewers at the “Informing Science Institute”, USA.

STEERING COMMITTEE

 

Adrian David Cheok (Steering Committee Chair, Founder of ACE conference)

Adrian David Cheok, who was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia, graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic) with First Class Honors in 1992 and an Engineering PhD in 1998.  He is Director of the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, and Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing at City, University of London.

He is Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab, Singapore. He was formerly Full Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design and Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore. He has previously worked in real-time systems, soft computing, and embedded computing in Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs, Japan.

He has been a keynote and invited speaker at numerous international conferences and events. He was invited to exhibit for two years in the Ars Electronica Museum of the Future, launching in the Ars Electronica Festival 2003 and 2017. His works “Human Pacman”, “Magic Land”, and “Metazoa Ludens”, were each selected as one of the world’s top inventions by Wired and invited to be exhibited in Wired NextFest 2005 and 2007.

He was awarded the Hitachi Fellowship, the A-STAR Young Scientist of the Year Award, and the SCS Singapore Young Professional of the Year Award. He was invited to be the Singapore representative of the United Nations body IFIP SG 16 on Entertainment Computing and the founding Chairman of the Singapore Computer Society Special Interest Group on Entertainment Computing. He was awarded an Associate of the Arts award by the Singapore Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. He is a Fellow in Education, World Technology Network. He was awarded a Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics. He received the C4C Children Competition Prize for best interaction media for children, the Integrated Art Competition Prize by the Singapore Land Transport Authority, Creativity in Action Award, and a First Prize Nokia Mindtrek Award. He received a First Prize in the Milan International InventiON competition. He received an SIP Distinguished Fellow Award which honors legendary leaders whose illustrious lives have positively influenced lives across generations and communities around the globe. He was awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. This honor is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognize and acknowledge the top young leaders from around the world for the professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. He was awarded “Honorary Expert” by Telefonica and El Bulli, the number one restaurant in the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), an organisation which is committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. His research on smell interfaces was selected by NESTA as Top 10 Technologies of 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Awards by University of Adelaide, in recognition of his achievements and contribution in the field of Computing, Engineering and Multisensory communication. In 2017, he entered the elite list of The h-Index for Computer Science, a list that contains only the top 0.06% of all computer scientists in the world. In 2018, he was awarded Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Remote kissing gadget ‘Kissenger’ was selected to the Top 100 Science Spinoffs.

He is Editor in Chief of the academic journals: Advances in Robotics and Automation, Transactions on Edutainment (Springer), ACM Computers in Entertainment, and Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots, and Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. He is Associate Editor of Advances in Human Computer Interaction, International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Journal of Recent Patents on Computer Science, The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal, International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management (IJEntTM), Virtual Reality (Springer-Verlag), International Journal of Virtual Reality, and The Journal of Virtual Reality and Broadcasting.

 

Baharuddin bin Aris, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Baharuddin Aris received his B.Sc. & M.Sc. at Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. at The Robert Gordon University. His research & innovations and publications focus mainly on computer and communication technology applications in entertainment & education since being appointed as a lecturer in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia IUTM) 30 years ago. In the middle of 1990’s, he started applying theories such as Andragogy & Captology in the development of Multimedia & Internet-based materials. His research interest on Human Computer Ineraction has expanded to Internet-based Multisensory Technology. Besides being a Professor in Multimedia & Internet-based Learning, he was appointed as an academic administrator more than 20 years as Head of Department, Deputy Dean, Director/Dean of Centre and Dean of Faculty. Professor Baharuddin Aris other leadership contributions include Chairman (Directory of Experts in Engineering and Computing Education Research), Past Chairman (Malaysian Education Dean Council), Past Chairman (Malaysian Higher Education Teaching and Learning Council), Past Vice-President (Malaysian Educational Technology Association), Past Task Force Leader (UTM New Academia Learning Innovation such as Collaborating with MIT and Harvard) and Past
Editor-in-Chief (ASEAN Journal of Engineering Education).

 

Jasni Dolah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Jasni Dolah is a Senior Lecturer and currently attached to Design & New Media Technology Section at the School of the Art, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He obtained his certificate, diploma and degree in Computer Graphic Design from Wanganui Polytechnic, New Zealand in 1994 and completed his master degree in Visual Communication & New Media from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 2006. After 2 years joining Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2010, he pursued his PhD study in Educational Multimedia and completed within 2 years and 8 month. He has taught courses in History of New Media, Seminar & New Media Thinking, Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, Digital Video Production 1, Digital Video Production 2, Explorative Video, Research Methodology and New Media Design & Technology Project at undergraduate level and post graduate level. He is currently supervising 10 PhD and 2 Master students in the fields of Educational Multimedia, Webs Application & Development, Mobile Learning, Visual Communication & New Media Design, Computer Graphics Design, Motion Graphics and Video Editing. With his extensive experienced (17 years) in industry namely in multinational companies such as TV3, ASTRO, MRCB, Dr Jasni has been appointed as the expert panel for the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) in the areas of Creative Multimedia, Animation, Visual Communication and New Media Design for the past of 9 years. He has presented numerous papers at local and international conferences. His publications have appeared in Journal of Procedia Journal of Social and Behavioural Science, Turkish Online Journal of Education Technology, Electronic Journal of Computer Science and Information Technology (eJCSIT) and IEEEXplore Journal. Beside his normal duty, Dr. Jasni was co-founder and a Conference Chair for 1st International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2014) and 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016) which was held in 2014 and this coming September 2016. He also served as a main technical committee for the 4th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia (PASEA2016) and 6th International Conference on Local Knowledge (ICLK2016). He also served as a Founding Authors and Editor-in-Chief for Malaysian Journal of Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKAJOURNAL). Currently Dr Jasni doing sabbatical attachment at Imagineering Institute, Nusajaya, Malaysia in the areas of Educational Multimedia, Augmented Reality in Learning Environment, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Digital Visual Communication and New Media Arts Technology.

 

Chamari Edirisinghe

Chamari is a Research Fellow at Imagineering Institute, Iskandar Malaysia. She has obtained her PhD from the National University of Singapore. She has a wide multidisciplinary background with current research interests in man-machine symbiosis and social relations, user perceptions, and developing sustainable solutions towards engaging city spaces. Her education expands over archaeology, anthropology, museum and archival management, heritage interpretation, and social relations in decision making. She has a working experience closer to 10 years in various capacities and collaborations. Chamari has an extensive list of publications in internationally acclaimed conferences and journals. Currently, her research focus is on user perception and behavioural intentions towards personal robots in different environments.

 

Bosede Edwards

Bosede is a Research Fellow at the Imagineering Institute, Malaysia where she leads on-going blue-sky research on the future of education, learning spaces and classroom stakeholders. She has a background in the sciences with a Bachelor in Chemistry and Masters in Organic Chemistry. She is also an educator and professional teacher with a PGD in Education, and Masters and PhD in Educational Technology. She is a researcher in educational media, learning technologies and technology-aided instruction. Her current work covers virtual learning spaces, robotics and artificial intelligence in education and she is an initiator and leader of several multidisciplinary research activities related to technology-enhanced instruction. She brings her passion for education and excellent writing and editorial skills to bear on her work as an author of both academic and non-academic materials as well as her service as a reviewer, and member of the editorial board of academic journals. Bosede is also a founding editor of three peer-reviewed journals covering education, science and engineering, and social science & humanities. She is passionate about teaching, training, and research, and she has served in diverse capacities on the steering committees of international conferences and as a convener of several research forums. Her research plans covers culture- and gender-sensitive classrooms and pedagogies and girl-child/women education advocacy. Bosede maintains an extensive network within African academic and research communities. She is a recipient of several awards including the International Doctoral Fellowship, Best Postgraduate Student and Academic Excellence Awards of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is also a recipient of the recent IEEE Frontiers in Education Faculty Fellow Award at FIE 2018 in San Jose, California

Nesimi Ertugrul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nesimi Ertugrul received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the M.Sc. degree in electronic and communication engineering in 1985 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. Since 1994, Dr. Ertugrul has been with The University of Adelaide, Australia, where he is currently an Associate Professor.

Dr. Ertugrul leads the Power Electronics and Electrical Machines research group in the School of EEE, and is a member of the Centre of Energy Technologies at the University, where I actively involve and contribute to various projects.

Some of his initiatives include the development of first computer aided electrical machines teaching laboratory, and the establishment of Autonomous Vehicles Research Laboratory. Furthermore, he has established “Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank” and is leading the South Australia node of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.

Dr. Ertugrul is a keen supporter of electric energy for all, and low-cost energy for disadvantaged communities and for future industries. He is at the forefront of microgrid and battery applications research and his primary research activities are in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy systems and their integration into the existing grid structure. He has been highly instrumental with a long term vision to develop reliable energy sources with industry. Dr. Ertugrul has a significant experience in sensors, sensing, signal conditioning, specifically in the areas of power quality and condition monitoring.

 

Yair Goldfinger

Yair Goldfinger Co-Founded AppCard, Inc. in 2011 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He. Co-Founded Dotomi, Inc. in 2003 and served as its Chief Technology Officer and as a Director of Jajah Inc. He serves as Advisor of Talenthouse, Inc and an Advisor to the Board of Volicon, Inc. He has deep technology expertise in creating personal, relevant and timely one-to-one messaging channels. He was also Co-Founder of Odysii Inc. (also known as Odysii Ltd.) and of Mirabilis/ICQ the world’s first Internet-wide instant messaging service, which was acquired by AOL in 1998. He served as Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Mirabilis/ICQ. He serves as the Chairman of the Board at Strategy Runner (US) Limited, as Chairman of Medipower Overseas Public Company Limited, and has been its Non-Executive Director since 2008. He is a Director of PicScout Inc and PicApp Technologies Ltd, as a Director at FiTracks, The Consumer Media Group, Inc., and Silent Communication Ltd. He was granted the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award in 2005. Mr. Goldfinger holds a BA in Math and Computer Science from the University of Tel Aviv.

 

Jaap van den Herik

Jaap van den Herik studied mathematics (with honours) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 1983. In 1984 he was visiting professor at the McGill School of Computer Science in Montreal. Thereafter, he was subsequently affiliated with Maastricht University (1987- 2008) and Tilburg University (2008-2016) as full professor in Computer Science. He is the founding director of IKAT (Institute of Knowledge and Agent Technology) and TiCC (Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication) and was supervisor of 71 PhD researchers.

At Leiden University, Van den Herik was affiliated with the department of Computer Science (now LIACS) between 1984 and 1988. He became professor of Computer Science and Law in 1988, at the Center for Law in the Information Society (eLaw). Since 2012, he has also been a fellow professor at the Centre for Regional Knowledge Development (CRK), for the supervision of PhD students. Furthermore, he has been part of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) since 2014, where he c0-founded the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS.

Van den Herik’s research interests include artificial intelligence, intelligent legal systems, big data and social innovation. In 2012, he received an ERC Advanced Grant together with Jos Vermaseren (PI, Nikhef) and Aske Plaat, for the research proposal “Solving High Energy Physics Equations using Monte Carlo Gaming Techniques.” Van den Herik received a Humies Award in 2014, for his work on chess programming.

Van den Herik is active in many organizations and advisory boards, such as the Belgian Netherlands Association of AI, JURIX, the International Computer Games Association, ToKeN, Catch and the consortium BiG Grid. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for AI (ECCAI), member of TWINS (the research council for sciences of the KNAW) and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

 

David Levy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Levy studied Pure Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, from where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree. He taught practical classes in computer programming at the Computer Science Department of Glasgow University, before moving into the world of business and professional chess playing and writing. (He wrote more than thirty books on chess.) He was selected to play for Scotland in six World Student Team Chess Championships (1965-1970) and in six Chess Olympiads (1968-1978). In 1968 and 1975 he won the Scottish Chess Championship. He was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in 1969, and the International Arbiter title in 1976.

The development of David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence started with computer chess, which was a logical combination of his addiction to chess and his work in the field of computing. In 1968 he started a bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors, including John McCarthy who in 1955 had coined the phrase “Artificial Intelligence”, that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet, and another one for a further five years, succumbing only twenty-one years after making the first bet, and then to a forerunner of the program that defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. David was first elected President of the International Computer Chess Association (ICCA) in 1986, and after a gap from 1992 to 1999 was elected once again, a position he has held since then (the association now being named the International Computer Games Association (ICGA)).

Since 1977 David has led the development of more than 100 chess playing and other microprocessor-based programs for consumer electronic products. He still works in this field, leading a small team of developers based mainly in the UK.

David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence expanded beyond computer games into other areas of AI, including human-computer conversation. In 1994 he brought together a team to investigate pragmatic solutions to the problem, resulting in his winning the Loebner Prize competition in New York in 1997. He won the prize again in 2009.

David’s achievements in the associated field of Social Robotics include founding international conferences on the subject, and being a co-organizer of six such conferences between 2007 and 2017. He has published a primer on A.I., Robots Unlimited. His fiftieth book, Love and Sex with Robots, was published in November 2007, shortly after he was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners.

David has had a lifelong interest in organising mind sports events, and was one of the organisers of the World Chess Championship matches in London (1986 and 1993), as well as the World Checkers Championship match between the human champion and a computer program (1992 in London and 1994 in Boston), in addition to dozens of computer chess championships and similar events. In 1989 he inaugurated the Computer Olympiad, for competitions between computer programs playing thinking games, which has since become an annual event. David also created the Mind Sports Olympiad, in which human players compete at more than 30 different strategy games and other “mind sports”.

His hobbies include classical music, and he has recently started playing chess again after a long gap away from active play.  He lives in London with his wife and their cat.

 

Prince Akinwale Ojomo 

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Consultant, Centre for Management Development (CMD), MBA. Consulting in global banking operations, developmental consulting, diaspora marketing, employee volunteering programmes, globalization, faith-based initiatives and youth empowerment. With Citigroup, Chams and Center for Management Development; led projects implementation to create jobs in Nigeria through entrepreneurship. Currently, via the Diaspora Innovation Institute, with partnership with Lagos Business School championing initiative to mobilize African diaspora back to their home countries to support engagement and participation in political, economic and social spheres. Chief Convener, African Diaspora Conferences. Author. Recipient, US President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award.

 

Eliahu Gal-Or 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actor, Artist, Author, Cannabis Activist, Chef, Filmmaker, If-I-don’t-know-it-I-can-learn-it, Inventor, Peace-Pursuer, Rehabilitation Researcher, Self-educated, Self-employed since age 12, Social Justice Activist/Entrepreneur, Social Media Guru, Songwriter, Suicide Prevention Activist, World Traveler.

Mother-Tongue level in English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Neapolitan, Spanish.

 

Dragica Radosav

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragica Radosav is a Dean and full time professor at Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin”, University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and visiting (full) professor at University Dzemal Bijedic, Faculty of Information Technology, (Bosnia and Herzegovina), for Software Engineering. She graduated on  Department of Informatics as the best student of the whole University of Novi Sad. Her M.Sc. and Ph.D. were in area of Information Technologies. The main subjects of her basic, master and doctoral studies were: Software Engineering, Web Authoring Systems, Geographic Information Systems and Methodology of Scientific Research. She participated in 27 scientific-research projects (as member or leader) and was the author / co-author of 11 university textbooks, over a hundred works at international conferences and in scientific journals, lecturer for many university books, member of the program committee of the international conferences and magazines, mentor for several hundred graduate papers and a mentor on numerous  master’s and doctoral dissertations, in Serbia and BiH. She is also a member of the National Petroleum Committee of the World Petroleum Council and actively cooperates with the Ukhta State Technical University (UTSU), in the Komi Republic of Russia. Her basic motto of work is: “Only the professor whom surpassed his students is successful!”.

 

 

Yinglan Tan

Yinglan Tan is a Singaporean businessman and writer. He was a venture partner with Sequoia Capital till June 2017. He is the author of The Way Of The VC – Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board. and “Chinnovation – How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World”, both published by John Wiley & Sons and New Venture Creation – Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century – An Asian Perspective, published by Mcgraw-Hill.

Yinglan Tan founded Insignia Venture Partners in 2017, an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia.  Prior to founding Insignia Venture Partners, Yinglan was Sequoia Capital’s first hire and Venture Partner in Southeast Asia. He sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Traveloka, Carousell, Appier, Dailyhotel, Pinkoi and 99.co. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Yinglan was a member of the elite Singapore Administrative Service, where he served in a variety of positions in the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (where he was part of a team that managed a S$360 million fund for innovation and enterprise), Ministry of Trade and Industry (where he was the deskhead for Economic Development Board Investments portfolio), and Ministry of Defence (where he was the recipient of the National Innovation and Quality Circle Award). He had previously been the founding Director of 3i Venturelab (China) at INSEAD, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD. Yinglan was also the Special Assistant to the Chief Economic Advisor of the World Bank, as a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow.

Tan has been named as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader (2012–2017) and served as a Selection Committee Member on the WEF Technology Pioneers (2015 – 2017), and WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011 – 2014) and he is an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore and serves on the Strategic Research Innovation Fund Investment Committee at Nanyang Technology University.

 

Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor Dr Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya is a Director of Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia (PTPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. He holds a PhD degree in Educational Multimedia from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and Master of Education (Computer in Education) from the University of Manchester. Currently, he is teaching graduate and undergraduate students in instructional multimedia and persuasive technology. He also supervises PhD and Master students from Malaysia and foreign countries. Dr Wan Jaafar is a consultant for several projects in the multinational companies as well as many private universities and colleges. He is also involved in the study of ICT initiatives in Malaysian schools as well as in Cambodia and Indonesia. His specialities are also associated with the use of instructional multimedia and innovation to enhance teaching and learning. Several invention and innovation projects won the gold award and special award in the International University Carnival on e-Learning (IUCEL), International Innovation, Design and Articulation (i-IDEA), Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE), International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design & Technology Exhibition (ITEX), International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) and International Exhibition of Invention of Geneva competition.

 

Yorick Wilks (Senior Research Scientist)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor. Yorick Wilks is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at Balliol College.

He studied math and philosophy at Cambridge, was a researcher at the Stanford AI Laboratory, and was Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Following this, he moved back to the United States for ten years to run a successful, AI laboratory in New Mexico—the Computing Research Laboratory (CRL)—established by the state of New Mexico as a center of excellence in AI in 1985. His own research group at CRL was rated among the top five in the US in its area by the lab’s International Advisory Board, and it became totally self-supporting with grants by 1990.

In 1993 he took up a chair of AI at the University of Sheffield, and became founding Director of the Institute of Language, Speech and Hearing (ILASH). Since then he has raised over $50 million in grants from UK research councils and the European Community, and the Sheffield Natural Language Processing Research Group constitutes a major UK group in the area.

Professor Wilks has led numerous UK, US and EC initiatives, including the UK-government funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre AKT (2000-2006) on active knowledge structures on the web (www.aktors.org). He has published numerous articles and nine AI books, including “Electric Words: dictionaries, computers and meanings” (1996 with Brian Slator and Louise Guthrie) and “Machine Translation: its scope and limits,” in 2008. His most recent book is “Close Encounters with Artificial Companions” (2010).

He is a Fellow of the American and European Associations for Artificial Intelligence and on the boards of some fifteen AI-related journals. He designed CONVERSE, a dialogue system that won the Loebner prize in New York in 1997, and he was the founding Coordinator of the EU 6th Framework COMPANIONS project on conversational assistants. A Companion keeps track of detailed knowledge of its owner as well as the wider world; its current major implementation is as an elicitor and organizer of personal knowledge and digital records, but the general concept is being adapted to learning, health and travel environments. His Companion-based work continues at IHMC as a part of the Tampa VA Smart Home initiative.

In 2008 Dr. Wilks was awarded the Zampolli Prize at the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-08) in Marrakech, and the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Lifetime Achievement Award at ACL-08 in Columbus, Ohio. In 2009 he was awarded the Lovelace Medal by the British Computer Society, and elected a Fellow of the ACM.

William Yeager

William “Bill” Yeager is an American engineer. He is best known for being the inventor of a packet-switched, “Ships in the Night,” multiple-protocol router in 1981, during his 20-year tenure at Stanford’s Knowledge Systems Laboratory and the Stanford University Computer Science department. The code was licensed by upstart Cisco Systems in 1987 and comprised the core of the first Cisco IOS.

He is also known for his role in the creation of the IMAP mail protocol. In 1984 he conceived of a client/server protocol, designed its functionality, applied for and received the grant money for its implementation. In 1985 Mark Crispin was hired to work with Bill on what became the IMAP protocol. Along with Mark, who implemented the protocols details and wrote the first client, MMD, Bill wrote the first Unix IMAP server. Bill later implemented MacMM which was the first MacIntosh IMAP client. Frank Gilmurray assisted with the initial part of this implementation.

At Stanford in 1979 Bill wrote the ttyftp serial line file transfer program, which was developed into the MacIntosh version of the Kermit protocol at Columbia University. He was initially hired in August 1975 as a member of Dr. Elliott Levanthal’s Instrumentation Research Laboratory. There, he was responsible for a small computer laboratory for biomedical applications of mass spectrometry. This laboratory, in conjunction with several chemists and the Department of inherited rare diseases in the medical school, made significant inroads in identifying inherited rare diseases from the gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer data generated from blood and urine samples of sick children. His significant accomplishment was to complete a prototype program initiated by Dr. R. Geoff Dromey called CLEANUP. This program “extracted representative spectra from GC/MS data,” and was later used by the EPA to detect water pollutants.

From 1970 to 1975 he worked at NASA Ames Research Center where he wrote, as a part of the Pioneer 10/11 mission control operating system, both the telemetry monitoring and real time display of the images of Jupiter. After his tenure at Stanford he worked for 10 years at Sun Microsystems.

At Sun as the CTO of Project JXTA he filed 40 US Patents, and along with Rita Yu Chen, designed and implemented the JXTA security solutions. As Chief Scientist at Peerouette, Inc., he filed 2 US and 2 European Union Patents. He has so far been granted 20 US Patents 4 of which are on the SIMS High Performance Email Servers which he invented and with a small team of engineers implemented, and 16 on P2P and distributed computing. In the Summer of 1999 under the guidance of Greg Papadopoulos, Sun’s CTO, and reporting directly to Carl Cargill, Sun’s director of corporate standards, he led Sun’s WAP Forum team with the major objective, “… to work with the WAP Forum on the convergence of the WAP protocol suite with IETF, W3C and Java standards.”

Bill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964; his master’s degree in mathematics from San Jose State University, San Jose, California, in 1966; and completed his doctoral course work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1970. Then decided to abandon mathematics for a career in software engineering and research to the skepticism of his thesis advisor because Bill thought the future was in computing.

ORGANISING CHAIR

Emma Yann Zhang

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Abolarinwa J. Adegboyega, Federal University of Technology
Basak Senova, NOMAD
Chek Tien-Tan, University of Technology, Sydney
Cristina Portalés, Universitat de València
Doerner, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences
Eduardo Dias, CITI – FCT/UNL
Hirokazu Kato, NAIST, Japan
M. Carmen Juan, University Institute of Control Systems and Industrial Computing
Mageswaran Sanmugam, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Nyagwarimam O. Ali, Nile University
Olakunle Elijah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Richard I. Adeyemi, University of Pretoria
Soon Fook Fong, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Stephen Bassi Joseph, University of Maiduguri, Borno
Syed Najmuddin Syed Hassan, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
Teresa Chambel, LaSIGE, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon
Yongsoon Choi, Sogang University