Keynote Speakers

  Keynote speaker 1: Internet of Hyperconnected Things
samee  Samee U. Khan received a PhD in 2007 from the University of Texas. Currently, he is the Department Head and the James W. Bagley Chair Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Mississippi State University (MSU). Before arriving at MSU, he was Cluster Lead (2016-2020) for Computer Systems Research at National Science Foundation and the Walter B. Booth Professor at North Dakota State University. His research interests include optimization, robustness, and security of computer systems. His work has appeared in over 400 publications. He is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and ACM Computing Surveys.

Abstract: With every passing year, we are exponentially increasing our capabilities to connect devices that assist us in myriad of applications ranging from healthcare to manufacturing; from logistics to monitoring; and from social services to education. These connections have now reached the phenomenon of hyperconnectivity, fueling our desire to consume data to make informed decisions. This unprecedented growth comes with many systems related issues, such as security, scalability, reliability, and manageability. In this talk, we will focus on highlighting some of these challenges further.

  Keynote speaker 2: Innovative and Smart Services Engineering in Next Generation Networks
Sami Yangui
is an Associate Professor with Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA), Toulouse, France. He is member of the CNRS LAAS research team. His research interests include distributed systems and architectures, service-oriented computing and Internet of Things. He is working on different aspects related to these topics, such as cloud/fog computing, network functions virtualization and content delivery networks. He is involved in different European and International projects, as well as, standardization efforts. He published several scientific papers in high ranked conferences and journals in his field of research. He is IEEE Member and he served on many program and organization committees of International conferences and workshops, as well as, guest editor in several journals such as Future Generation Computer Systems journal edited by Elsevier and IEEE Access.

Keywords: 5G, Cloud Computing, DevOps, Edge Computing, Network Function Visualization, Service-oriented Computing

 Keynote speaker 3: The emerging role of deep learning in multimodality medical imaging
ziad   Professor Habib Zaidi is Chief physicist and head of the PET Instrumentation & Neuroimaging Laboratory at Geneva University Hospital and faculty member at the medical school of Geneva University. He is also a Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), Adjunct Professor of Medical Physics and Molecular Imaging at the University of Southern Denmark, Adjunct Professor of Medical Physics at Shahid Beheshti University and visiting Professor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He is actively involved in developing imaging solutions for cutting-edge interdisciplinary biomedical research and clinical diagnosis in addition to lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate courses on medical physics and medical imaging. His research is supported by the Swiss National Foundation, private foundations and industry (Total 8.3 M US$) and centres on hybrid imaging instrumentation (PET/CT and PET/MRI), deep learning for various imaging applications, modelling medical imaging systems using the Monte Carlo method, development of computational anatomical models and radiation dosimetry, image reconstruction, quantification and kinetic modelling techniques in emission tomography as well as statistical image analysis, and more recently on novel design of dedicated PET and PET/MRI scanners. He was guest editor for 12 special issues of peer-reviewed journals dedicated to Medical Image Segmentation, PET Instrumentation and Novel Quantitative Techniques, Computational Anthropomorphic Anatomical Models, Respiratory and Cardiac Gating in PET Imaging, Evolving medical imaging techniques, Trends in PET quantification (2 parts), PET/MRI Instrumentation and Quantitative Procedures and Clinical Applications, Nuclear Medicine Physics & Instrumentation, and Artificial Intelligence and serves as founding Editor-in-Chief (scientific) of the British Journal of Radiology (BJR)|Open, Deputy Editor for Medical Physics, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, International Journal of Biomedical Imaging, Clinical and Translational Imaging, American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Brain Imaging Methods (Frontiers in Neuroscience & Neurology), Cancer Translational Medicine and the IAEA AMPLE Platform in Medical Physics. He has been elevated to the grade of fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE and the AAPM and was elected liaison representative of the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) to the World Health Organization (WHO) and member of the International Medical Physics Certification Board (IMPCB) and the Imaging Physics Committee of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) in addition to being affiliated to several International medical physics and nuclear medicine organisations. He is developer of physics web-based instructional modules for the RSNA and Editor of IPEM’s Nuclear Medicine web-based instructional modules. He is involved in the evaluation of research proposals for European and International granting organisations and participates in the organisation of International symposia and conferences. His academic accomplishments in the area of quantitative PET imaging have been well recognized by his peers and by the medical imaging community at large since he is a recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the prestigious 2003 Bruce Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award given by the Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences Technical Committee of the IEEE, the 2004 Mark Tetalman Memorial Award given by the Society of Nuclear Medicine, the 2007 Young Scientist Prize in Biological Physics given by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), the prestigious (100’000$) 2010 kuwait Prize of Applied sciences (known as the Middle Eastern Nobel Prize) given by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) for "outstanding accomplishments in Biomedical technology", the 2013 John S. Laughlin Young Scientist Award given by the AAPM, the 2013 Vikram Sarabhai Oration Award given by the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India (SNMI), the 2015 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield Award given by the British Institute of Radiology (BIR), the 2017 IBA-Europhysics Prize given by the European Physical Society (EPS) and the 2019 Khwarizmi International Award given by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST). Prof. Zaidi has been an invited speaker of over 160 keynote lectures and talks at an International level, has authored over 700+ publications (he is the senior or first author in a majority of these publications), including 330 peer-reviewed journal articles

in prominent journals (ISI-h index=49|64 Web of Science™|Google scholar, >15’400+ citations), 340 conference proceedings and 41 book chapters and is the editor of four textbooks on Therapeutic Applications of Monte Carlo Calculations in Nuclear Medicine, Quantitative Analysis in Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Molecular Imaging of Small Animals and Computational anatomical animal models.

Keynote speaker 4: Artificial intelligence, gender gap issues and talent

KARINA GIBERT is a Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Degree and PhD in Computer Engineering with specialisations in Computational Statistics and Artificial Intelligence. Postgraduate in University Teaching. Head of the research centre in Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDEAl) (feb 2021-). Expert of the Catalonia.AI governmental strategy (Oct 2018-) writing the Catalan AI Strategy (Gencat, approved on 02/28/2020). Vice-Dean of Presidency for equality and ethics of the Official Professional College of Computer Engineering of Catalonia (COEINF) (June 2020-) and former Vice-Dean of Big Data, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (2017-2020-). Founder of the COEINF Gender Commission for the Gender Gap in Computer Engineering (May 2018-), member of the Intercollegiate Gender Commission (2019-) and other gender commissions. Elected board member of the Intl Environmental Modeling and Software Society (IEMS, from July 2016). Advisor to the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of the European Commission (September 2019-) on Artificial Intelligence ethics and to the Spanish Senate. Consultant to the WHO Department of Mental Health February 2008- Aug 2010 for the conceptualisation of mental health systems in Lamic at countries. Director of the INSESS-COVID19 project to discover the impact of COVID19 on social vulnerabilities. Scientific director of the TopSecretRosies project. Researcher on the AI4EU, Gavius, GasTurbines (with Siemens) projects. Very active in research and scientific production and with long experience in the social use of technology in areas such as health, welfare, environment, and sustainability.

Awards and distinctions: Finalist of European Social Services Awards 2021 for the INSESS-COVID19 project. Honourable Mention in the Creu Casas Award, womens to change the world, Institute of Catalan Studies 2021. donaTIC (WomenTIC) 2018 Award in the academic/researcher category (Gencat, December 2018). HackingBullipedia Award (Nov 2013), related to the famous chef Ferran Adrià, with the project GENESIS: Intelligent decision support for creative through Evolutive analysis, Award for the best European eHealth project in the EU to the K4Care project (February 2010) for the high-quality standards achieved. HARPS 2010 v8: 28 highly accessed paper distinction. Elected Fellow of IEMS (July 2007)

Abstract: A brief overview of Artificial Intelligence is provided, analyzing the current situation of the discipline in real applications. Also, the gender gap issues in the area will be analyzed an some initiatives launched in Catalonia to bridge the gender gap from different perspectives will be presented. Among them, the gender commissions donesCOEINF (from the Official Professional College on Informatics engineerin), the donesIAcat (from Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence), both founded by the author, and the program Top Secret Rosies, oriented to generate female talent on AI is also described.