Professor Dr. Adrian David Cheok AM
Thomas Heinrich Musiolik
Thomas Heinrich Musiolik was born in Poland and raised in Berlin, Germany. He studied International Business and International Management (Marketing and Communication) at the universities of Breda (Netherlands) and Berlin (Germany). He is currently a doctoral student at the Berlin University of the Arts, visiting doctoral researcher at the Imagineering Institute (Malaysia) and Co Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Transactions on Leading-edge Synergistic Robots“, hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is Lecturer for Digital Brand Management, Digital Experience, Multisensory Experience and Online Communication at German, Swiss, Austrian, South American and Polish universities. He is also expert for the European Commission and reviewer for scientific publishers and journals (for example, Marketing Review St. Gallen) and author of several books and articles in journals specializing in Marketing & Communication. Thomas is also a scientific ambassador of Brain City Berlin.
Since 2011, he has been investigating the functions of the brain and the influence of digital media. The goal of his work is to understand the customer needs and to map these findings in a dynamic model and to integrate them into the digital space, as a fully automated interface. The result would be automated and perfect experiences. He is also researching the societal changes that are emerging in the context of digitization. The aim of his work is to better understand the digitization and its effects on the human brain and make it usable as an benefit for the society.
Personally and as a scientist he stands for clear decisions, infectious ideas and the permanent questioning of the status quo.
Dr. David Levy
Dr. David Levy studied Pure Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics at St. Andrews University, Scotland, from where he graduated with a B.Sc. degree. He taught practical classes in computer programming at the Computer Science Department of Glasgow University, before moving into the world of business and professional chess playing and writing. (He wrote more than thirty books on chess.) He was selected to play for Scotland in six World Student Team Chess Championships (1965-1970) and in six Chess Olympiads (1968-1978). In 1968 and 1975 he won the Scottish Chess Championship. He was awarded the International Master title by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, in 1969, and the International Arbiter title in 1976.
The development of David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence started with computer chess, which was a logical combination of his addiction to chess and his work in the field of computing. In 1968 he started a bet with four Artificial Intelligence professors, including John McCarthy who in 1955 had coined the phrase “Artificial Intelligence”, that he would not lose a chess match against a computer program within ten years. He won that bet, and another one for a further five years, succumbing only twenty-one years after making the first bet, and then to a forerunner of the program that defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997. David was first elected President of the International Computer Chess Association (ICCA) in 1986, and after a gap from 1992 to 1999 was elected once again, a position he has held since then (the association now being named the International Computer Games Association (ICGA)).
Since 1977 David has led the development of more than 100 chess playing and other microprocessor-based programs for consumer electronic products. He still works in this field, leading a small team of developers based mainly in the UK.
David’s interest in Artificial Intelligence expanded beyond computer games into other areas of AI, including human-computer conversation. In 1994 he brought together a team to investigate pragmatic solutions to the problem, resulting in his winning the Loebner Prize competition in New York in 1997. He won the prize again in 2009.
David’s achievements in the associated field of Social Robotics include founding international conferences on the subject, and being a co-organizer of six such conferences between 2007 and 2017. He has published a primer on A.I., Robots Unlimited. His fiftieth book, Love and Sex with Robots, was published in November 2007, shortly after he was awarded a PhD by the University of Maastricht for his thesis entitled Intimate Relationships with Artificial Partners.
David has had a lifelong interest in organising mind sports events, and was one of the organisers of the World Chess Championship matches in London (1986 and 1993), as well as the World Checkers Championship match between the human champion and a computer program (1992 in London and 1994 in Boston), in addition to dozens of computer chess championships and similar events. In 1989 he inaugurated the Computer Olympiad, for competitions between computer programs playing thinking games, which has since become an annual event. David also created the Mind Sports Olympiad, in which human players compete at more than 30 different strategy games and other “mind sports”.
His hobbies include classical music, and he has recently started playing chess again after a long gap away from active play. He lives in London with his wife and their cat.
Professor Dr. Alixei Dingli
Alexiei Dingli is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Head of the Department of AI at the University of Malta. He has been conducting research and working in the field of AI for the past two decades. His work was rated World Class by international experts and won various prizes including the Semantic Web Challenge, the first prize by the European Space Agency, the e-Excellence Gold Seal award, the first Prize in the Malta Innovation Awards and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) award for Creativity amongst others. He has published several peer reviewed papers and books in the field. He is also involved in various AI projects with local and international organisations. The Government of Malta appointed him on the Malta. AI task- force aimed at making Malta one of the top AI countries in the world.
Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Mixed Reality, Industry 5.0, Smart Cities
Professor Dr. Mei Lin Fung
Mei Lin Fung is the Co-founder, along with Vint Cerf, of the People Centered Internet (PCI) and is an Organizer for PCI. She is also an external advisor to the Stanford Center for Population Health Science, a member of the Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum Internet for All and Vice Chair for Internet Inclusion at the IEEE Internet Initiative.
Interests: Artificial Intelligence, CRM, Health, Engineering, Smart Home, Technologies
Professor Dr. Schlomo Dubnov
Shlomo Dubnov is a Professor in UCSD Computer Music and is an affiliate faculty in Computer Science and Engineering. He graduated from the Rubin Music Academy in Jerusalem in composition and holds a doctorate in computer science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the prestigious Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Talpiot program. Prior to joining UCSD, he served as a researcher at the world-renowned Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM), in Paris, and headed the multimedia track for the Department of Communication Systems Engineering at Ben-Gurion University, in Israel. In UCSD Dr. Dubnov conducts numerous research and creative projects on applications of Artificial Intelligence for music, entertainment and learning technologies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves as a Lead Editor for ACM Computers in Entertainment. He is currently a director of the Center for Research in Entertainment and Learning at UCSD’s Qualcomm Institute and teaches in the Music and Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts programs. He was a visiting Professor in KEIO University in Japan and University of Bordeaux, France. As a concerned academic, Dr. Dubnov has been active in free speech and anti-BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanctions) forums, serving on board of several academic non- profit organizations working to build an international community of scholars dedicated to promoting academic integrity that hold to a standard of academic free speech, where any view that wishes to be heard must also submit to rational, empirically-grounded criticism. He has published editorials on the topic and contributed to a book on Anti- Zionism on campus published by Indiana University Press.
His Royal Highness Prince Akinwale Ojomo
Consultant, Centre for Management Development (CMD), MBA. Consulting in global banking operations, developmental consulting, diaspora marketing, employee volunteering programmes, globalization, faith-based initiatives and youth empowerment. With Citigroup, Chams and Center for Management Development; led projects implementation to create jobs in Nigeria through entrepreneurship. Currently, via the Diaspora Innovation Institute, with partnership with Lagos Business School championing initiative to mobilize African diaspora back to their home countries to support engagement and participation in political, economic and social spheres. Chief Convener, African Diaspora Conferences. Author. Recipient, US President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award.
Actor, Artist, Author, Cannabis Activist, Chef, Filmmaker, If-I-don’t-know-it-I-can-l
Mother-Tongue level in English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Neapolitan, Spanish.
Associate Professor Dr. Nesimi Ertugrul
Assoc. Professor Dr. Nesimi Ertugrul received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the M.Sc. degree in electronic and communication engineering in 1985 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. Since 1994, Dr. Ertugrul has been with The University of Adelaide, Australia, where he is currently an Associate Professor.
Dr. Ertugrul leads the Power Electronics and Electrical Machines research group in the School of EEE, and is a member of the Centre of Energy Technologies at the University, where I actively involve and contribute to various projects.
Some of his initiatives include the development of first computer aided electrical machines teaching laboratory, and the establishment of Autonomous Vehicles Research Laboratory. Furthermore, he has established “Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Bank” and is leading the South Australia node of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.
Dr. Ertugrul is a keen supporter of electric energy for all, and low-cost energy for disadvantaged communities and for future industries. He is at the forefront of microgrid and battery applications research and his primary research activities are in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy systems and their integration into the existing grid structure. He has been highly instrumental with a long term vision to develop reliable energy sources with industry. Dr. Ertugrul has a significant experience in sensors, sensing, signal conditioning, specifically in the areas of power quality and condition monitoring.
Associate Professor Dr. Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya
Associate Professor Dr. Wan Ahmad Jaafar Wan Yahaya is a Director of Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia (PTPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. He holds a PhD degree in Educational Multimedia from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and Master of Education (Computer in Education) from the University of Manchester. Currently, he is teaching graduate and undergraduate students in instructional multimedia and persuasive technology. He also supervises PhD and Master students from Malaysia and foreign countries. Dr Wan Jaafar is a consultant for several projects in the multinational companies as well as many private universities and colleges. He is also involved in the study of ICT initiatives in Malaysian schools as well as in Cambodia and Indonesia. His specialities are also associated with the use of instructional multimedia and innovation to enhance teaching and learning. Several invention and innovation projects won the gold award and special award in the International University Carnival on e-Learning (IUCEL), International Innovation, Design and Articulation (i-IDEA), Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE), International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design & Technology Exhibition (ITEX), International Conference and Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) and International Exhibition of Invention of Geneva competition.
William “Bill” Yeager is an American engineer. He is best known for being the inventor of a packet-switched, “Ships in the Night,” multiple-protocol router in 1981, during his 20-year tenure at Stanford’s Knowledge Systems Laboratory and the Stanford University Computer Science department. The code was licensed by upstart Cisco Systems in 1987 and comprised the core of the first Cisco IOS.
He is also known for his role in the creation of the IMAP mail protocol. In 1984 he conceived of a client/server protocol, designed its functionality, applied for and received the grant money for its implementation. In 1985 Mark Crispin was hired to work with Bill on what became the IMAP protocol. Along with Mark, who implemented the protocols details and wrote the first client, MMD, Bill wrote the first Unix IMAP server. Bill later implemented MacMM which was the first MacIntosh IMAP client. Frank Gilmurray assisted with the initial part of this implementation.
At Stanford in 1979 Bill wrote the ttyftp serial line file transfer program, which was developed into the MacIntosh version of the Kermit protocol at Columbia University. He was initially hired in August 1975 as a member of Dr. Elliott Levanthal’s Instrumentation Research Laboratory. There, he was responsible for a small computer laboratory for biomedical applications of mass spectrometry. This laboratory, in conjunction with several chemists and the Department of inherited rare diseases in the medical school, made significant inroads in identifying inherited rare diseases from the gas chromatograph, mass spectrometer data generated from blood and urine samples of sick children. His significant accomplishment was to complete a prototype program initiated by Dr. R. Geoff Dromey called CLEANUP. This program “extracted representative spectra from GC/MS data,” and was later used by the EPA to detect water pollutants.
From 1970 to 1975 he worked at NASA Ames Research Center where he wrote, as a part of the Pioneer 10/11 mission control operating system, both the telemetry monitoring and real time display of the images of Jupiter. After his tenure at Stanford he worked for 10 years at Sun Microsystems.
At Sun as the CTO of Project JXTA he filed 40 US Patents, and along with Rita Yu Chen, designed and implemented the JXTA security solutions. As Chief Scientist at Peerouette, Inc., he filed 2 US and 2 European Union Patents. He has so far been granted 20 US Patents 4 of which are on the SIMS High Performance Email Servers which he invented and with a small team of engineers implemented, and 16 on P2P and distributed computing. In the Summer of 1999 under the guidance of Greg Papadopoulos, Sun’s CTO, and reporting directly to Carl Cargill, Sun’s director of corporate standards, he led Sun’s WAP Forum team with the major objective, “… to work with the WAP Forum on the convergence of the WAP protocol suite with IETF, W3C and Java standards.”
Bill received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964; his master’s degree in mathematics from San Jose State University, San Jose, California, in 1966; and completed his doctoral course work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1970. Then decided to abandon mathematics for a career in software engineering and research to the skepticism of his thesis advisor because Bill thought the future was in computing.
Associate Professor Mark Winands
Mark Winands is an Associate Professor at the Department of Data Science & Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Artificial Intelligence from the Department of Computer Science, Maastricht University in 2004. His research interests include heuristic search, machine learning and games. He regularly serve on program committees of major AI and computer games conferences. He is an editor-in-chief of the ICGA Journal and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. He is author of various game playing programs, most notably his Lines of Action program MIA, successfully competing at ICGA tournaments. Mark researched on Proof-Number Search, and introduced Enhanced Forward Pruning, which applies Forward Pruning Techniques, such as Null Move Pruning and Multi-Cut.
Professor Yorick Wilks
Professor Yorick Wilks is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute at Balliol College.
He studied math and philosophy at Cambridge, was a researcher at the Stanford AI Laboratory, and was Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Following this, he moved back to the United States for ten years to run a successful, AI laboratory in New Mexico—the Computing Research Laboratory (CRL)—established by the state of New Mexico as a center of excellence in AI in 1985. His own research group at CRL was rated among the top five in the US in its area by the lab’s International Advisory Board, and it became totally self-supporting with grants by 1990.
In 1993 he took up a chair of AI at the University of Sheffield, and became founding Director of the Institute of Language, Speech and Hearing (ILASH). Since then he has raised over $50 million in grants from UK research councils and the European Community, and the Sheffield Natural Language Processing Research Group constitutes a major UK group in the area.
Professor Wilks has led numerous UK, US and EC initiatives, including the UK-government funded Interdisciplinary Research Centre AKT (2000-2006) on active knowledge structures on the web (www. aktors.org). He has published numerous articles and nine AI books, including “Electric Words: dictionaries, computers and meanings” (1996 with Brian Slator and Louise Guthrie) and “Machine Translation: its scope and limits,” in 2008. His most recent book is “Close Encounters with Artificial Companions” (2010).
He is a Fellow of the American and European Associations for Artificial Intelligence and on the boards of some fifteen AI-related journals. He designed CONVERSE, a dialogue system that won the Loebner prize in New York in 1997, and he was the founding Coordinator of the EU 6th Framework COMPANIONS project on conversational assistants. A Companion keeps track of detailed knowledge of its owner as well as the wider world; its current major implementation is as an elicitor and organizer of personal knowledge and digital records, but the general concept is being adapted to learning, health and travel environments. His Companion-based work continues at IHMC as a part of the Tampa VA Smart Home initiative.
Yinglan Tan is a Singaporean businessman and writer. He was a venture partner with Sequoia Capital till June 2017. He is the author of The Way Of The VC – Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board. and “Chinnovation – How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World”, both published by John Wiley & Sons and New Venture Creation – Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century – An Asian Perspective, published by Mcgraw-Hill.
Yinglan Tan founded Insignia Venture Partners in 2017, an early stage technology venture fund focusing on Southeast Asia. Prior to founding Insignia Venture Partners, Yinglan was Sequoia Capital’s first hire and Venture Partner in Southeast Asia. He sourced multiple investment opportunities for Sequoia including Tokopedia, Go-jek, Traveloka, Carousell, Appier, Dailyhotel, Pinkoi and 99.co. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital, Yinglan was a member of the elite Singapore Administrative Service, where he served in a variety of positions in the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (where he was part of a team that managed a S$360 million fund for innovation and enterprise), Ministry of Trade and Industry (where he was the deskhead for Economic Development Board Investments portfolio), and Ministry of Defence (where he was the recipient of the National Innovation and Quality Circle Award). He had previously been the founding Director of 3i Venturelab (China) at INSEAD, a joint-venture between private equity firm 3i (LSE:III) and INSEAD. Yinglan was also the Special Assistant to the Chief Economic Advisor of the World Bank, as a Milton and Cynthia Friedman Fellow.
Tan has been named as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader (2012–2017) and served as a Selection Committee Member on the WEF Technology Pioneers (2015 – 2017), and WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011 – 2014) and he is an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore and serves on the Strategic Research Innovation Fund Investment Committee at Nanyang Technology Uni.
Professor Jaap van den Herik
Professor Jaap van den Herik studied mathematics (with honours) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 1983. In 1984 he was visiting professor at the McGill School of Computer Science in Montreal. Thereafter, he was subsequently affiliated with Maastricht University (1987– 2008) and Tilburg University (2008-2016) as full professor in Computer Science. He is the founding director of IKAT (Institute of Knowledge and Agent Technology) and TiCC (Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication) and was supervisor of 71 PhD researchers.
At Leiden University, Van den Herik was affiliated with the department of Computer Science (now LIACS) between 1984 and 1988. He became professor of Computer Science and Law in 1988, at the Center for Law in the Information Society (eLaw). Since 2012, he has also been a fellow professor at the Centre for Regional Knowledge Development (CRK), for the supervision of PhD students. Furthermore, he has been part of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) since 2014, where he c0-founded the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS.
Van den Herik’s research interests include artificial intelligence, intelligent legal systems, big data and social innovation. In 2012, he received an ERC Advanced Grant together with Jos Vermaseren (PI, Nikhef) and Aske Plaat, for the research proposal “Solving High Energy Physics Equations using Monte Carlo Gaming Techniques.” Van den Herik received a Humies Award in 2014, for his work on chess programming.
Van den Herik is active in many organizations and advisory boards, such as the Belgian Netherlands Association of AI, JURIX, the International Computer Games Association, ToKeN, Catch and the consortium BiG Grid. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for AI (ECCAI), member of TWINS (the research council for sciences of the KNAW) and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.
Yair Goldfinger Co-Founded AppCard, Inc. in 2011 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He. Co-Founded Dotomi, Inc. in 2003 and served as its Chief Technology Officer and as a Director of Jajah Inc. He serves as Advisor of Talenthouse, Inc and an Advisor to the Board of Volicon, Inc. He has deep technology expertise in creating personal, relevant and timely one-to-one messaging channels. He was also Co-Founder of Odysii Inc. (also known as Odysii Ltd.) and of Mirabilis/ICQ the world’s first Internet-wide instant messaging service, which was acquired by AOL in 1998. He served as Vice President of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Mirabilis/ICQ. He serves as the Chairman of the Board at Strategy Runner (US) Limited, as Chairman of Medipower Overseas Public Company Limited, and has been its Non-Executive Director since 2008. He is a Director of PicScout Inc and PicApp Technologies Ltd, as a Director at FiTracks, The Consumer Media Group, Inc., and Silent Communication Ltd. He was granted the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award in 2005. Mr. Goldfinger holds a BA in Math and Computer Science from the University of Tel Aviv.
Kasun Thejitha Karunanayaka PhD
Kasun received his Ph.D in Electrical & Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore. His Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology is obtained from University Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Currently Kasun is working as the Deputy Vice Director and Senior Research Fellow in Imagineering Institute, Malaysia. He served as a software engineer in Sri Lankan IT industry before he moves into academic research.
Interests: Augmented and Virtual reality, Multisensory Communication, Magnetic User Interfaces, Robotics, Embedded Systems
Dr. Sasa Arsovski