Keynote Speeches

Listed in alphabetical order of surname

Prof. Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA

Prof. Francisco Herrera, University of Granada, Spain

Prof. Y. Thomas Hou (Tom Hou), Virginia Tech, USA

Dr. Anand Prasad, NEC Corporation, Japan

Prof. Yang Xiang, Deakin University, Australia

Prof. Laurence T. Yang, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

Mr. Tatu Ylönen, SSH Communications Security, USA

Prof. Elisa Bertino

IEEE Fellow
Purdue University, USA

BIO: Elisa Bertino is professor of computer science at Purdue University, and serves as Director of the CyberSpace Security Lab (Cyber2SLab). She is also an adjunct professor of Computer Science & Info tech at RMIT in Melbourne. Prior to joining Purdue in 2004, she was a professor and department head at the Department of Computer Science and Communication of the University of Milan. She has been a visiting researcher at the IBM Research Laboratory (now Almaden) in San Jose, at the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, at Rutgers University, at Telcordia Technologies. Her recent research focuses on database security, digital identity management, policy systems, and security for web services. She is a Fellow of ACM, of IEEE, and AAAS. She received the IEEE Computer Society 2002 Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Computer Society 2005 Kanai Award, and the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contributions Award. She is currently serving as EiC of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

Prof. Francisco Herrera

EiC of Information Fusion
University of Granada, Spain

BIO: Francisco Herrera received his M.Sc. in Mathematics in 1988 and Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1991, both from the University of Granada, Spain. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Granada. He has been the supervisor of 36 Ph.D. students. He has published more than 290 papers in international journals. He is coauthor of the books “Genetic Fuzzy Systems: Evolutionary Tuning and Learning of Fuzzy Knowledge Bases" (World Scientific, 2001) and "Data Preprocessing in Data Mining" (Springer, 2015).

He currently acts as Editor in Chief of the international journals "Information Fusion" (Elsevier) and “Progress in Artificial Intelligence (Springer). He acts as an area editor of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems and associated editor of the journals: IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Information Sciences, Knowledge and Information Systems, Advances in Fuzzy Systems, and International Journal of Applied Metaheuristics Computing; and he serves as a member of several journal editorial boards, among others: Fuzzy Sets and Systems, Applied Intelligence, Information Fusion, Knowledge-Based Systems, Evolutionary Intelligence, International Journal of Hybrid Intelligent Systems, Memetic Computation, and Swarm and Evolutionary Computation.

He received the following honors and awards: ECCAI Fellow 2009, IFSA Fellow 2013, 2010 Spanish National Award on Computer Science ARITMEL to the "Spanish Engineer on Computer Science", International Cajastur "Mamdani" Prize for Soft Computing (Fourth Edition, 2010), IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System Outstanding 2008 Paper Award (bestowed in 2011), and 2011 Lotfi A. Zadeh Prize Best paper Award of the International Fuzzy Systems Association, 2013 AEPIA (Spanish Association of Artificial Intelligence) Award to a scientific career in Artificial Intelligence (September 2013), 2014 University of Jaen Award "Natural de Jaén" (January 2015), and IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System Outstanding 2012 Paper Award (bestowed in 2015).

His current research interests include bibliometrics, soft computing, computing with words in decision making, information fusion, evolutionary algorithms, evolutionary fuzzy systems, biometrics, data preprocessing, imperfect data, imbalanced classification, data science, biometrics, cloud computing and big data.

Prof. Y. Thomas Hou (Tom Hou)

IEEE Fellow
Bradley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, USA

BIO: Tom Hou is the Bradley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. His research interests are to develop innovative solutions to complex cross-layer optimization problems in wireless networks. He is particularly interested in exploring new limits of network performance by exploiting advances at the physical layer and other new enabling technologies.

Prof. Hou was named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to modeling and optimization of wireless networks. He has published two textbooks: Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks: Principles and Practices (Academic Press/Elsevier, 2009) and Applied Optimization Methods for Wireless Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2014). The first book has been selected as one of the Best Readings on Cognitive Radio by the IEEE Communications Society. Prof. Hou’s research was recognized by five best paper awards from the IEEE and two paper awards from the ACM. He holds five U.S. patents.

Prof. Hou was an Area Editor of IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications (Wireless Networking area), and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series, and IEEE Wireless Communications. Currently, he is an Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. He is the Steering Committee Chair of IEEE INFOCOM conference and a member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society.

Dr. Anand Prasad

3GPP SA3 Chair
NEC Corporation, Japan

BIO: Anand R. Prasad, Dr. & ir. (MScEngg) from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, is Chief Advanced Technologist, Executive Specialist, at NEC Corporation, Japan, where he leads the mobile communications security activity. Anand is the chairman of 3GPP SA3, founder chairman of the GISFI Security & Privacy group and member of the governing body / council member of GISFI and TSDSI. He has 20+ years of experience in networking, wireless and mobile communications product design, development and business development in companies around the globe.

Anand has published 6 books and authored 50+ peer reviewed papers in international journals and conferences. Two of the books he co-authored on security are “Security in Next Generation Mobile Networks SAE/LTE and WiMAX”, published by River Publishers, and “Security for Mobile Networks and Platforms”, published by Artech House. He is a series editor for standardization book series and editor-in-chief of the “Journal of ICT Standardization” published by River Publishers.

He is recipient of the 2014 ITU-AJ “Encouragement Award: ICT Accomplishment Field” and the 2012 (ISC)² “Asia Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) Award as a Senior Information Security Professional”. Anand is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP).

Prof. Yang Xiang

Director, Centre for Cyber Security Research
Deakin University, Australia

BIO: Pro. Yang Xiang received his PhD in Computer Science from Deakin University, Australia. He is the Director of Centre for Cyber Security Research, Deakin University. His research interests include network and system security, data analytics, distributed systems, and networking. In particular, he is currently leading his team developing active defense systems against large-scale distributed network attacks. He is the Chief Investigator of several projects in network and system security, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). He has published more than 200 research papers in many international journals and conferences, such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, IEEE Transactions on Information Security and Forensics, and IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. Two of his papers were selected as the featured articles in the April 2009 and the July 2013 issues of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. Two of his papers were selected as the featured articles in the Jul/Aug 2014 and the Nov/Dec 2014 issues of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. He has published two books, Software Similarity and Classification (Springer) and Dynamic and Advanced Data Mining for Progressing Technological Development (IGI-Global). He has served as the Program/General Chair for many international conferences such as SocialSec 15, IEEE DASC 15/14, IEEE UbiSafe 15/14, IEEE TrustCom 13, ICA3PP 12/11, IEEE/IFIP EUC 11, IEEE TrustCom 13/11, IEEE HPCC 10/09, IEEE ICPADS 08, NSS 11/10/09/08/07. He has been the PC member for more than 60 international conferences in distributed systems, networking, and security. He serves as the Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Security and Communication Networks (Wiley), and the Editor of Journal of Network and Computer Applications. He is the Coordinator, Asia for IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Distributed Processing (TCDP). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Prof. Laurence T. Yang

St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

BIO: Dr. Laurence T. Yang got his BE in Computer Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Victoria, Canada. He is a professor at School of Computer Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, as well as at Department of Computer Science of St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. His research includes parallel and distributed computing, embedded and ubiquitous/pervasive computing, and big data.

He has published around 260 peer-reviewed international journal papers in the above areas of which 45% are on top IEEE/ACM Transactions and Journals; others are mostly published at Elsevier, Springer and Wiley. He has been involved actively in conferences and workshops as a program/general/steering conference chair and numerous conference and workshops as a program committee member. He served as the vice-chair of IEEE Technical Committee of Supercomputing Applications (2001-2004), the chair of IEEE Technical Committee of Scalable Computing (2008-2011), and the chair of IEEE Task force on Ubiquitous Computing and Intelligence (2009-2013). He was in the steering committee of IEEE/ACM Supercomputing conference series (2008-2011), and was in the National Resource Allocation Committee (NRAC) of Compute Canada (2009-2013), as well as the scientific committee chair (2012-2013) for Engineering, Mathematics and Computing Science of Compute Canada. He was the vice-chair (2014) and now the chair (2015) of IEEE Canada Atlantic Section.

In addition, he is the editors-in-chief of several international journals. He is serving as an editor for many top international journals such as IEEE Systems, Information Sciences (Elsevier), Information Fusion (Elsevier), Future Generation Computer Systems (Elsevier) and Big Data Research (Elsevier). He has been acting as an author/co-author or an editor/co-editor of more than 25 books from well-known publishers. The book “Mobile Intelligence” from Wiley 2010 received an Honorable Mention by the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards). He has won several Best Paper Awards (including IEEE Best and Outstanding Conference Awards); one Best Paper Nomination; Distinguished Achievement Award, 2005, 2011; Canada Foundation for Innovation Award, 2003. He has been invited to give around 32 keynote talks at various international conferences and symposia.

Mr. Tatu Ylönen

SSH Communications Security, USA

BIO: Tatu is the CEO at SSH Communications Security. After founding SSH Communications Security in 1995, he grew the company to $20 million in sales and 190 employees in five years, and led the company to a public listing on NASDAQ OMX Nordic in 2000. He is an experienced entrepreneur with significant technical achievements:

  • Developed the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol for secure remote access and SFTP for file transfers.
  • Implemented the original free SSH client and server, which later became OpenSSH.
  • Developed patented NAT Traversal technology, which is now included in most major smartphones, computers, and 3G/4G telecom equipment.

Tatu has authored several IETF standards and NIST IR 7966, and is the inventor in 30+ US and international patents, including several essential patents on major telecommunications standards. Prior to his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Tatu has held various roles including COO and CTO, and is also a Board Member at the company.

Tatu holds a Master of Science degree from Aalto University, Finland.

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