12/12/2016 22:00:19

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Ajith Abraham



Ajith Abraham received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Calicut in 1990, the M.S. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science (artificial intelligence) from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 2001. He is currently the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Bennett University, India. Prior to this, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, FLAME University, Pune, and the Founding Director of the Machine Intelligence Research Laboratories (MIR Labs), USA, a Not-for-Profit Scientific Network for Innovation and Research Excellence, connecting industry and academia. He works in a multi-disciplinary environment with a focus on artificial intelligence in health care applications. During the last 25 years, he has authored/co-authored more than 1,400+ research publications with more than 56,000 academic citations (H-index is more than 112 as per Google Scholar). He has given more than 200 plenary lectures and conference tutorials (in more than 20 countries). He was the Chair of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Technical Committee on Soft Computing (which has over more than 200 members), from 2008 to 2021. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (EAAI), from 2016 to 2021. He serves/served on the editorial board for over 15 international journals indexed by Thomson ISI. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Computer Society Representing Europe, from 2011 to 2013.



Prof. Paulo Leitão

Paulo Leitão is Full Professor at Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Department of Electrical Engineering, and coordinator of CeDRI – Research Centre in Digitalization and Intelligent Robotics. His research interests are in the field of intelligent and reconfigurable systems, cyber-physical systems, multi-agent systems, digital twin, Internet of Things, factory automation and holonic systems. He participate / has participated in several national and international research projects, e.g. under the EU FP7, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe frameworks, and Networks of Excellence. He is member of the International Program Committee (IPC) of several scientific events, and served as general co-chair of several international conferences, namely IFAC IMS’10, HoloMAS’11, IEEE ICARSC’16, SOHOMA’16 and IEEE INDIN’18. He has published 10 books and more than 350 papers in high-ranked international scientific journals and conference proceedings (per-review). He is co-author of three patents and received ten paper awards at international scientific conferences.

He is Senior member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), past Chair of the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, member of the IEEE IES Administrative Committee (AdCom), and chair of the established IEEE 2660.1 standard.