Keynote Speakers


Prof. Robert Minasian, FIEEE, FOSA
The University of Sydney, Australia

Ultra-wideband microwave photonic signal processing

Professor Minasian is a Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is also the Director of the Fibre-optics and Photonics Laboratory. His research has made key contributions to microwave photonic signal processing. He is recognized as an author of one of the top 1% most highly cited papers in his field worldwide. Professor Minasian has contributed over 345 research publications, including Invited papers in the IEEE Transactions and Journals, and Plenary and Invited papers at leading international conferences. Professor Minasian was the recipient of the ATERB Medal for Outstanding Investigator in Telecommunications, awarded by the Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the Optical Society of America.


Prof. Liyanage C De Silva, Dean, Faculty of Integrated Technologies
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Bird Sound Classification using Audio Data

Professor Liyanage C De Silva has received BSc Eng(Hons) degree from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka in 1985, MPhil degree from The Open University of Sri Lanka in 1989, MEng and PhD degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1992 and 1995 respectively. He was with the University of Tokyo, Japan, from 1989 to 1995. From April 1995 to March 1997 he has pursued his postdoctoral research as a researcher at ATR (Advanced Telecommunication Research) Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan. In March 1997 he has joined The National University of Singapore as a Lecturer where he was an Assistant Professor till June 2003. He was with the Massey University, New Zealand from 2003 to 2007. Currently he is a Professor of Engineering and the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Technologies (FIT) at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

Liyanage’s current research interests are Internet of Things (IoT) Neural Network Applications, Image and Speech Signal Processing (in particular multi modal emotion recognition and speech emotion analysis), Digital Communication (CDMA, OFDMA etc.), Information theory (source coding), Pattern recognition and understanding (biometric identification), Multimedia signal processing, and Smart Sensors (Smart environments for security, eldercare and energy efficiency). Liyanage has published over 170 technical papers in these areas in international conferences, journals and Japanese national conventions and holds three US, one Brunei and one Japanese national patents. The Japanese national patent was successfully sold to Sony Corporation Japan for commercial utilization. Liyanage’s works have been cited as one of the pioneering work in the bimodal (audio and video signal based) emotion recognition by many researchers. His papers so far have been cited by more than 2600 times (according to with an h-index of 20.


Prof. Ruili Wang
Massey University, New Zealand

Pedestrian and traffic sign detection for autonomous vehicles

Dr. Ruili Wang is Professor of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence, Chair of Research, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Massey University (Albany Campus), New Zealand.

He is an Associated Editor or Member of Editorial Boards of several journals, such as Knowledge and Information Systems (Springer), Health Information Science and Systems (Springer), Applied Soft Computing (Elsevier), and Complex and Intelligent Systems (Springer). His research interests include Speech Processing (e.g., Maori Speech Recognition, Speech Emotion), , Image Processing and Big data.


Assoc. Prof. Waleed Habib Abdulla
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Audio Watermarking for Digital Media Copyrights Protection

Waleed H. Abdulla holds a PhD Degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Auckland. He was the Vice President- Member Relations and Development (APSIPA) for two terms. He has been a Visiting Researcher/Collaborator with Tsinghua University, Siena University (Italy), Essex University (UK), IDIAP (Switzerland), TIT (Japan), ETRI (Korea), HKPU (Hong Kong). He has published more than 150 refereed publications. He is member of Editorial Boards of six journals. He supervised over 25 postgraduate students. He is a recipient of many awards and funded projects exceeding $1M and was awarded JSPS, ETRI, and Tsinghua fellowships. He received Excellent Teaching Awards for 2005 and 2012. He is a Member of APSIPA and Senior Member of IEEE.

 Prof. Luis Anido-Rifón
University of Vigo, Spain

Machine Learning, Serious Games and Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

Luis Anido-Rifón has a Telecommunication Engineering degree with honors (1997) and a Telecommunication Engineering Ph.D. with honors (2001) from the University of Vigo. Since 2009 he is a Full Professor with the Telematics Engineering Department and serves as Director of the Innovation in Education Unit of the University of Vigo.

His current areas of work focus on the application of ICT for the provision of e-services. Highlights include e-learning, e-government, educational technology standards and specifications, the semantic web, service customization and interactive TV applications. Within the scope of standardization of educational technologies, it is worth mentioning that he is technical secretary of the AENOR CTN71 SC36 group, representing Spain in CEN TC353 and ISO JTC1 SC36, director of the CEN Learning Technology Standards Observatory (LTSO) and author of five CEN Workshop Agreements CWA). He has received awards as the lead author of works presented at the prestigious World Wide Web Conference organized by the W3C in its 2001 editions (Highlight Paper) and 2002 (Best Paper Education Track). Other prizes received have been: Young Researchers Prize of the Royal Galician Academy of Sciences, Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis of the Official College of Telecommunication Engineers, Extraordinary Prize of Doctorate and End of Career Award of the Ministry of Education, etc.


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