Distinguished Speakers

Prof. Charles Ling
Charles Ling is a Tenured Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Science Distinguished Research Professor, at University of Western Ontario in Canada.  He is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering.  He obtained his Msc and PhD from University of Pennsylvania.  He is a world-leading researcher in machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, data analytics and applications.  He has published over 160 research papers, many in top-tier journals and international conferences, with over 6,500 citations by Google Scholars.  He has received numerous awards, recognitions, and fundings for his research achievements.  In addition, he is Founder and CEO of GoHealthNow, which creates a platform for diabetes care using data analytics and AI.   In China, he is an Expert in the “Thousand Talents Program”, and holds Adjunct positions in several universities and institutes, including the Dean of the AI Research Institute of Soochow University.  He is the Editor In Chief of CMC (Computers, Materials & Continua), an SCI Journal, and he is/was Associated Editor of IEEE TKDE, ACM TIST, and so on.  For more info, visit cling.csd.uwo.ca.

Prof. Mauro Barni
Mauro Barni received the Electronics Engineering degree from the University of Florence, in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree in informatics and telecommunications in 1995. He has carried out his research activity for over 20 years at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics of the University of Siena, where he works as Full Professor. During the last two decades, he has been studying the application of image processing techniques to copyright protection and authentication of multimedia, and the possibility of processing signals that have been previously encrypted without decrypting them (digital watermarking, multimedia forensics, and signal processing in the encrypted domain). Lately, he has been working on theoretical and practical aspects of adversarial signal processing. He participated in several national and European research projects on diverse topics, including computer vision, multimedia signal processing, remote sensing, digital watermarking, and IPR protection. He has authored or coauthored about 300 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings, totalling more than 12 thousand citations with an h-numebr of 54 according to Scholar Google search engine. He is the author of five patents in the field of digital watermarking and image authentication. He has coauthored the book Watermarking Systems Engineering: Enabling Digital Assets Security and Other Applications (Dekker Inc., 2004). He was the Funding Editor of the EURASIP Journal on Information Security and the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION FORENSICS AND SECURITY. He was the Chairman of the IEEE Information Forensic and Security Technical Committee from 2010 to 2011 and the Technical Program co-Chair of ICASSP 2014. He was appointed as a DL of the IEEE SPS from 2013 to 2014. He is a member of EURASIP and a fellow of IEEE. He was the recipient of the 2016 Individual Technical Achievement of EURASIP.

Prof. Nei Kato
Nei Kato is a full professor and the Director of Research Organization of Electrical Communication(ROEC), Tohoku University, Japan. He has been engaged in research on computer networking, wireless mobile communications, satellite communications, ad hoc & sensor & mesh networks, smart grid, IoT, Big Data, and pattern recognition. He has published more than 400 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is the Vice-President (Member & Global Activities) of IEEE Communications Society(2018-2019), the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology(2017-), and the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Sendai Chapter. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network Magazine (2015-2017), a Member-at-Large on the Board of Governors, IEEE Communications Society(2014-2016), a Vice Chair of Fellow Committee of IEEE Computer Society(2016), and a member of IEEE Communications Society Award Committee (2015-2017). He has also served as the Chair of Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee (2010-2012) and Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee (2014-2015) of IEEE Communications Society. His awards include Minoru Ishida Foundation Research Encouragement Prize(2003), Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award from the IEEE Communications Society, Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee(2005), the FUNAI information Science Award(2007), the TELCOM System Technology Award from Foundation for Electrical Communications Diffusion(2008), the IEICE Network System Research Award(2009), the IEICE Satellite Communications Research Award(2011), the KDDI Foundation Excellent Research Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Distinguished Service Award(2012), IEICE Communications Society Best Paper Award(2012), Distinguished Contributions to Disaster-resilient Networks R&D Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan(2014), Outstanding Service and Leadership Recognition Award 2016 from IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee, Radio Achievements Award from Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (2016), IEEE Communications Society Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award(2017) and Best Paper Awards from IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM/WCNC/VTC. Nei Kato is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Communications Society and Vehicular Technology Society. He is a fellow of IEEE and IEICE.

Prof. Yunhao Liu
Yunhao Liu, ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow, Chang Jiang Chair Professor at Tsinghua University. He is serving as the Editor-in-Chief for ACM Transactions on Sensor Network. Yunhao received his BS degree in Automation Department from Tsinghua University in 1995, and an MS and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Yunhao is the recipient of the IOT Young Achievement Award from the China Computer Federation (2016), the ACM Presidential Award (2013), China National Natural Science Award (2012), the NSF China Distinguished Young Scholar Award (2011) and the Hong Kong Best Innovation and Research Award the Grand Prize (2007). Yunhao has authored/co-authored three books and more than 200 research papers. He received 4 Best Paper Awards in international leading conferences including ACM MobiCom and has over 20,000 citations (h-index of 60+)..

Prof. Jianfeng Ma
Professor Jianfeng Ma received the Ph.D degree from Xidian University, China in 1995. He has been a professor in Department of Computer Science and Technology, Xidian University since 1998. He was the special engaged professor of the Yangtze River scholar in China. His research interests include cryptology, network security, data security and so on. Currently, He is the director of “Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Network and System Security”, the fellow of Chinese Institute of Electronics, the academic committee member of “State Key Laboratory of Integrated Services Networks”, the council member of CCF, the editor of “SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences”, “Journal on Communications” “Chinese Journal of Computers” and so on.
He has published over 400 technical papers at premium international journals and conferences, which include over 200 papers published in IEEE and ACM journals or conferences, like IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, INFOCOM, SIGMOD, ESORICS and so on. Besides, he owns over 70 granted patents and develops over 10 prototype systems including wireless access, cloud computing, trust computing and so on. Especially for the “Qin Cloud” DB, it has won the golden prize in the national innovation & entrepreneurship competition. He also won National Technology Invention Awards in 2013 for his contribution on heterogeneous network security.


Additional speakers will be confirmed at future dates