Conference Speakers


Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Zhongfei (Mark) Zhang, Binghamton University, USA (IEEE Fellow)

Zhongfei (Mark) Zhang is a Professor of Computer Science at State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. He directs the Multimedia Research Laboratory at Binghamton. He has a B.S. (cum laude) in Electronics Engineering, an M.S. in Information Science, both from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. When he was in the graduate school, he also worked as an Intern student at NEC Research Institute, Inc. at Princeton, NJ, and as a technical consultant at Applied Artificial Intelligence, Inc. (formerly Amerinex Artificial Intelligence, Inc.) at Amherst, MA. He was a research scientist at the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition and was in the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, both at SUNY Buffalo, before he joined the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at SUNY Binghamton in the Fall of 1999. He also holds many visiting positions including Air Force Research Laboratory in US, Microsoft Research Asia in China, Chuo University and Waseda University in Japan, Carnegie Mellon University in US, and University of Lille 1 in France. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic papers in leading international journals and conferences and several invited papers and book chapters, has edited or co-edited two books, has published two monographs, has served as reviewers or program committee members for many international journals and conferences, and has served as grant review panelists for several governmental and private funding agencies including NSF and NASA. His research is supported by federal and state governments, noticeably including NSF, AFOSR, and AFRL. He is associate editors and guest editors for several international journals. He is an IEEE Fellow.



Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Ling Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (IEEE Fellow)

Prof. Dr. Ling Liu is a full professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology and an elected IEEE Fellow. She directs the research programs in Distributed Data Intensive Systems Lab (DiSL). Her current research interests are centered on data and intelligence powered computing, such as artifical intelligence, machine learning, knowledge discovery and data mining, big data systems and analytics. Concretely, she is interested in developing innovative and efficient learning algorithms and systems for multi-modality of data, as well as algorithms and optimizations for improving performance, availability, security, privacy, trust of data and intelligence powered computing systems and applications, such as cloud and edge computing, distributed computing, Internet of smart things, Mobile computing and location based services, wireless and sensor networked computing, peer to peer and blockchain computing. Prof. Liu has published over 300 international journal and conference articles with high citations at Google scholar. Prof. Dr. Liu is a recipient of IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2012) and an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor award from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. Her research group has been a recipient of the best paper awards from numerous top venues, including ICDCS 2003, WWW 2004, 2005 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award, IEEE Cloud 2012, IEEE ICWS 2013, Mobiqutious 2014, APWeb 2015, IEEE/ACM CCGrid 2015, IEEE Symposium on Big Data 2016, IEEE Edge 2017 and IEEE IoT 2017. Prof. Dr. Ling Liu has served as a general chair or a PC chair of numerous IEEE and ACM conferences in data engineering, very large databases, Big data, and distributed computing fields, and most recently, co-PC chair of the 2019 International Conference on World Wide Web. Prof. Liu has been on editorial board of over a dozen international journals, and served as the Editor In Chief of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing (2013-2016). Currently, Prof. Liu is the Editor in Chief of ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT). Prof. Dr. Liu's current research is primarily sponsored by NSF, IBM and Intel.


Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Ishfaq Ahmad, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA (IEEE Fellow)

Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Systems at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) which he joined in 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, New York, U.S.A., in 1992 and 1987, respectively. He has authored 260-plus publications that include books, papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, related to software for supercomputing systems, parallel optimization algorithms, digital video compression and analysis, assistive technologies and sustainable computing. Professor Ahmad has received numerous international research awards, including five best research paper awards at leading conferences and top-tier journals. Dr. Ahmad’s research, with career-wide funding exceeding $13 million, is sponsored by government agencies and several companies. Aside from being the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, he has served as an editor of six others journals, chaired over 20 conferences, and delivered more than 150 talks. He has been a senior visiting scientist at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s new Journal Discover Internet-of-Things, with an editorial board of researchers from around the world. Dr. Ahmad is also a Fellow of the IEEE


Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Hong Zhu, Oxford Brookes University, UK

I studied computer science and software at Nanjing University from 1978 to 1987 under the supervision of Prof. Jiafu Xu. I obtained my BSc degree in Computer Software, MSc degree in Computer Science and PhD degree in Computer Science from Nanjing University, China, in 1982, 1984 and 1987, respectively. I worked at Nanjing University as a Lecturer from August 1987 to December 1988, Associate Professor from January 1989 and then Full Professor from March 1996 and then Supervisor of PhD Students until November 1998. From October 1990 to December 1994, I was a research fellow at Brunel University and the Open University, UK, while on leave from Nanjing University. I joined Oxford Brookes University, UK, in November 1998 as a Senior Lecturer in Computing and became a Professor of Computer Science in October 2004. I now chair the Applied Formal Methods Research Group of the Department of Computing and Electronics. I am a member of British Computer Society, ACM, IEEE Computer Society, China Computer Federation, and China Artificial Intelligence Association. My research interests are in the area of software engineering including software development methodology, software testing, agent technology, automated software development tools, etc. I won a number of prizes in China for my research works, which include the Premier’s Award of Distinguished Young Scientists in China awarded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 1996, and Chang Jiang Scholar Professorship by the Ministry of Education of China, 2000.


Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Pascal Lorenz, University of Haute-Alsace, France

Pascal Lorenz received his M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Nancy, France. Between 1990 and 1995 he was a research engineer at WorldFIP Europe and at Alcatel-Alsthom. He is a professor at the University of Haute-Alsace, France, since 1995. His research interests include QoS, wireless networks and high-speed networks. He is the author/co-author of 3 books, 3 patents and 200 international publications in refereed journals and conferences. He was Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine Editorial Board (2000-2006), IEEE Networks Magazine since 2015, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology since 2017, Chair of IEEE ComSoc France (2014-2020), Financial chair of IEEE France (2017-2022), Chair of Vertical Issues in Communication Systems Technical Committee Cluster (2008-2009), Chair of the Communications Systems Integration and Modeling Technical Committee (2003-2009), Chair of the Communications Software Technical Committee (2008-2010) and Chair of the Technical Committee on Information Infrastructure and Networking (2016-2017). He is associate Editor for International Journal of Communication Systems (IJCS-Wiley), Journal on Security and Communication Networks (SCN-Wiley) and International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA-Elsevier). He is senior member of the IEEE, IARIA fellow and member of many international program committees. He has organized many conferences, chaired several technical sessions and gave tutorials at major international conferences. He was IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer Tour during 2013-2014.


Plenary Speaker II

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Keong Ng, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore

Dr. Andrew Ng is an Associate Professor with Singapore Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and serves on the committees of various local and international professional engineering institutions, such as Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE). He is a Senior Member of IEEE and IES; a Consultant and Advisor to startups and multinational corporations; and a Guest Editor of a special issue of an international journal. In addition, Dr. Ng is a Principal Investigator of several grants amounting to more than SGD 1 million. He holds one international patent and has over 25 publications as both first and corresponding author. His research and development innovations have also garnered him several prestigious awards, such as Outstanding Researcher Award, Teaching Excellence Award, Amity Researcher Award, Young Investigator Award, and National Instruments Editor’s Choice Engineering Impact Award. Furthermore, Dr. Ng has been a keynote and an invited speaker at various international conferences. He has also been frequently quoted and interviewed by news media on railway transportation issues and current affairs.