Keynote Speaker I


Prof. Ian Robert McAndrew

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,UK

Speech Title:Innovation, what do we mean and how does this apply to AI and UAV?

BioProf. Ian R. McAndrew PhD is a mechanical engineer that has worked in education for over 25 years. His teaching and research has been globally, starting in London and now with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has taught in over 20 countries and published with many academics from all over the world. He is currently the Department Chair for Graduate Studies in the college of Aeronautics, where he is responsible for 6 Masters degrees and over 3000 students. He has 5 degrees, also a qualified Electrical engineer and FRAeS. He has supervised over 25 PhDs and has almost 50 peer reviewed publications. His current research is in aerodynamics and low speed flight. He is a keen supporter of conferences as this is where junior researchers can develop their skills for a life in research.

Dr. Ian McAndrew FRAeS is a Tenured Faculty and Full professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has worked in academia for over 27 years and lectured globally. Currently his research is in the area of low speed aerodynamics for UAVs. He has more than 55 journal and conference publications and almost 30 successful PhD supervisions. He is frequently invited to deliver Keynote speeches and is the Chair of several International Conferences. Additionally, he is the editor or assistant editor in chief of several International Journals.

Keynote Speaker Ⅱ


Prof. King Ngi Ngan

Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speech Title: 3D Morphable Model and its Applications

Bio: King N. Ngan (F’00) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Loughborough University in U.K. He is currently a chair professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was previously a full professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the University of Western Australia, Australia. He has been appointed Chair Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology, Chengdu, China, under the National ThousandTalents Program since 2012. He holds honorary and visiting professorships of numerous universities in China, Australia and South East Asia. Prof. Ngan served as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Journal on Visual Communications and Image Representation, EURASIP Journal of Signal Processing: Image Communication, and Journal of Applied Signal Processing.  He chaired and co-chaired a number of prestigious international conferences on image and video processing including the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, and served on the advisory and technical committees of numerous professional organizations.  He has published extensively including 3 authored books, 7 edited volumes, over400 refereed technical papers, and edited 9 special issues in journals. In addition, he holds 15 patents in the areas of imageideo coding and communications. Prof. Ngan is a Fellow of IEEE (U.S.A.), IET (U.K.), and IEAust (Australia), and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2006-2007.

Invited speaker I


Dr. Spot Srigrarom,Singapore 

Associate Professor, Aerospace Systems,University of Glasgow Singapore.

Speech title:Development of UGS vision-based navigation and guidance design for UAVs for waypoint tracking and collision avoidance

Bio: Dr. Spot is currently working at University of Glasgow Singapore in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology, as an associate professor in Aerospace Systems. Prior to this, he worked for the Boeing commercial airplane company in Seattle during his graduate study. Before joining UGS-SIT, Dr. Spot was at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and SIM University. He was a visiting professor at MIT, Univ. of Toronto, National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), Konkuk University (Korea) and Kasetsart Univ. (Thailand). He is an associate editor of Journal of Unmanned Systems Technology (JUST). He has published about 40 journal and 30 conference papers (as of 2012). His research areas are: - Unsteady Aerodynamics, Flapping Wing MAV, Bio-inspired Fluid Mechanics Flying/Swimming studies, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Micro Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Vision-based Navigation, Swarming of UAVs, Rotary Wing Aerodynamics, Blade designs, Wind/tidal turbine designs for renewable energy, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Aero-/Hydro-elasticity, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Finite Element Analyses (FEA) applications for industrial/practical problems.

Invited speaker 


Prof. Kamesh  Namuduri

University of North Texas, USA

Speech Title: Aerial Base Stations for Enabling Cellular

Bio: Kamesh Namuduri is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas. He is serving as the chair for the IEEE P1920.1 standards working group for “Aerial Networks and Communications”. Over the past few years he co-organized a series of workshops on “Airborne Networking and Communications” in conjunction with AIAA, AUVSI, and ACM Conferences. Over the past few years, he has been leading a public safety action cluster working towards the development of “Deployable Communication Systems”. This living laboratory project has been demonstrated during the Global City Teams Challenge Exhibitions during 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

Plenary Speaker I


Dr. Gerald Schaefer

Loughborough University, UK

Speech Title: Fast compressed domain image retrieval

Bio: Gerald Schaefer gained his PhD in Computer Vision from the University of East Anglia. He worked at the Colour & Imaging Institute, University of Derby (1997-1999), in the School of Information Systems, University of East Anglia (2000-2001), in the School of Computing and Informatics at Nottingham Trent University (2001-2006), and in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University (2006-2009) before joining the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough University.

His research interests are mainly in the areas of colour image analysis, image retrieval, physics-based vision, medical imaging, and computational intelligence. He has published extensively in these areas with a total publication count exceeding 450. He is/was a member of the editorial board of more than 20 international journals, has reviewed for over 140 journals and served on the programme committee of more than 400 conferences. He has been invited as keynote or tutorial speaker to numerous conferences, is the organiser of various international workshops and special sessions at conferences, and the editor of several books, conference proceedings and special journal issues. 

Plenary Speaker 


Prof. Carlos Ramos

Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP/IPP), Portugal

Speech Title: Computer Vision in the Artificial Intelligence boom era

Bio: Carlos Ramos was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1963. He got his 5-years graduation from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1986 and the PhD degree from the same university in 1993. In 2001 he got the “agregação” (academic career maturity top level). Between 1986 and 1995 Carlos Ramos was Assistant and Professor at the University of Porto and worked in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Computer Vision. In 1993, after his PhD, Carlos Ramos joined the Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP-IPP), as Coordinator Professor, where we created GECAD, a Research Centre oriented for Intelligent Systems areas. He was responsible for more than 20 national and international R&D projects. He published more than 300 papers in scientific conferences and more than 60 in international scientific journals. Currently his main interests of activity are centered in Ambient Intelligence field. His publication “Ambient Intelligence: the next step for AI” is one of the 3 most cited publications of Ambient Intelligence field on the last 10 years. In March 2010 Carlos Ramos was appointed as Vice-President of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He assumes the responsibility for the R&D, Innovation and Internationalization areas. 

Plenary Speaker 


Prof. Goreti Marreiros

Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP),Portugal

Speech Title: Social Signal Processing: Computer Vision and Affective Computing

Bio: Goreti Marreiros is graduated in Computer Science since 1995, have a master in Information Management (2002) both from the Porto University, and a PhD in Informatics-Artificial Intelligence from Minho University (2008). Since 1997 she is a professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ISEP). Goreti Marreiros is also researcher and sub-director of GECAD – Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development, having participating in over 25 research projects, and actually she is coordinating 4 research projects. In the last years she has taught and been responsible for a number of courses on Decision Support Systems, Multiagent Systems and on Artificial Intelligence at the graduate and postgraduate level. She is currently working in applying Artificial intelligence techniques (e.g. multi-agent systems, knowledge based systems, knowledge discovery techniques) to the creation of smart environments. Since 2002 she authored more than 100 scientific publications, 50 of which in international journals and books. Along these years she has been participating in renowned international conferences as member of the Program Committee, as Program Chair or reviewer. She has been also keynote speaker in several conferences and guest editor and/or member of editorial board of scientific international journals. She is also vice-president of APPIA – Portuguese Association of Artificial Intelligence.