WIC 2014 Panelists

Monday, August 11; 16:00-18:00; Auditorium.

Computational Challenges for Brain Science and Medicine

Richard Frackowiak is head of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Université de Lausanne (UNIL & CHUV) and a titular professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. His interest is in human brain structure and function relationships in health and disease. He is highly cited with an h-index is 153 and has been awarded the Ipsen, Wilhelm Feldberg and Klaus Joachim Zulch prizes. Formerly Foundation Professor of Cognitive Neurology at University College London, Director of the Department of Cognitive Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, Wellcome Trust Principal Clinical Research Fellow, Dean-Director of the Institute of Neurology and Vice-Provost of UCL, he founded the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience (FIL) in 1994. MA and MD Cambridge, DSc London University, he holds an honorary doctorate from Liege University and an honorary professorship from UCL. He is a Fellow of the Academies of Medical Sciences of the UK, France, Belgium and the Academia Europaea and is a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine USA and the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is past president of the British Neuroscience Association and the European Brain and Behaviour Society and editor-in-chief of NeuroImage.

Piotr Bogorodzki is the professor in Division of Medical and Nuclear Electronics, Institute of Radioelectronics, Warsaw University of Technology. Reviewer of the IEEE Transactions of Medical Imaging and expert in FP7 European Information and Communication Technology (ICT) grants. Research interest: neuroimaging data analysis and MRI methodology development.

Karl Friston is a theoretical neuroscientist and authority on brain imaging. He invented statistical parametric mapping (SPM), voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and dynamic causal modelling (DCM). These contributions were motivated by schizophrenia research and theoretical studies of value-learning – formulated as the dysconnection hypothesis of schizophrenia. Mathematical contributions include variational Laplacian procedures and generalized filtering for hierarchical Bayesian model inversion. Friston currently works on models of functional integration in the human brain and the principles that underlie neuronal interactions. His main contribution to theoretical neurobiology is a free-energy principle for action and perception (active inference).
Friston received the first Young Investigators Award in Human Brain Mapping (1996) and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999). In 2000 he was President of the international Organization of Human Brain Mapping. In 2003 he was awarded the Minerva Golden Brain Award and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006. In 2008 he received a Medal, Collège de France and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York in 2011. He became of Fellow of the Society of Biology in 2012 and received the Weldon Memorial prize and Medal in 2013 for contributions to mathematical biology.

Thomas Heinis is a lecturer (assistant professor) at Imperial College, UK. His research focuses on scalable data management algorithms for large-scale scientific applications. Thomas is a part of the "Human Brain Project" and works with neuroscientists to develop the data management infrastructure necessary for scaling up brain simulations. Prior to joining Imperial, Thomas was a post-doctoral researcher in the data-intensive applications and systems (DIAS) group at EPFL. He completed his Ph.D. in the Systems Group at ETH Zurich, where he pursued research in workflow execution systems as well as data provenance. He has served as member of several program and organization committees and as reviewer for many conferences and journals, particularly in the database field.

Part of Ferath Kherif’s previous research work was dedicated to the study of language processing using neuroimaging techniques (Structural, fMRI and DTI). Large parts of his previous and current research consist of developing and applying multivariate methods. These tools are the continuation of the methods implemented in the Multivariate toolbox (MM, Multivariate method toolbox) that I wrote for SPM. There is growing interest in the combinatorics of distributed processing that defines cognitive anatomy. Put simply, it may be important, in neuropsychology and rehabilitation, to know which different combinations of brain areas can support a specific cognitive process. Ferath’s main interest in neuroimaging lies in the study of inter-individual differences: the understanding of the nature and extent of inter-subject variation is critical for understanding the neural basis of cognitive processes in normal and abnormal populations. His overarching goal is to provide new tools for a more accurate and comprehensive investigation of neural processes in both normal and clinical populations.

Ning Zhong is currently head of Knowledge Information Systems Laboratory, and a professor in Department of Life Science and Informatics at Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan. He is also director and an adjunct professor in the International Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC) Institute, Beijing University of Technology, China.
Prof. Zhong's present research interests include Web Intelligence (WI), Brain Informatics (BI), Data Mining, Granular Computing, and Intelligent Information Systems. In 2000 and 2004, Zhong and colleagues introduced WI and BI as new research directions, respectively. Currently, he is focusing on "WI meets BI" research with three aspects: (1) systematic investigations for complex brain science problems; (2) BI studies based on WI research needs; and (3) new information technologies for supporting systematic brain science studies. The synergy between WI and BI advances our ways of analyzing and understanding of data, information, knowledge, wisdom, as well as their interrelationships, organizations, and creation processes, to achieve human-level Web intelligence reality. In 2010, Zhong and colleagues extended such a vision to develop Wisdom Web of Things (W2T) as a holistic framework for computing and intelligence in the big data era.

Tuesday, August 12; 16:00-18:00; Auditorium.

Web 25th Anniversary - History and Perspectives

Chengqi Zhang has been a Professor in Information Technology at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) since December 2001. He has been the Director of the UTS Priority Investment Research Centre for Quantum Computation & Intelligent Systems since April 2008. He has been Chairman of the Australian Computer Society National Committee for Artificial Intelligence since November 2005. He has been elected as the founding Chair of Steering Committee of International Conference on Knowledge Science, Engineering, and Management since 2006.
Prof. Zhang obtained his Bachelor degree from Fudan University in 1982, Master degree from Jilin University in 1985, Ph.D. degree from The University of Queensland in 1991, followed by a Doctor of Science (DSc – Higher Doctorate) from Deakin University in 2002, all in Computer Science.
Prof. Zhang’s research interests mainly focus on Data Mining and its applications. He has published more than 200 research papers, including a number of papers in the first-class international journals, such as Artificial Intelligence, IEEE and ACM Transactions. He has published seven monographs and edited 16 books. He has delivered 14 keynote/invited speeches at international conferences. He has attracted eleven Australian Research Council grants. Due to his outstanding research achievements, he had been awarded 2011 NSW Science and Engineering Awards in Engineering, Information and Communications Technology category.

Stefan Decker is a full professor at the National University of Ireland and the director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) in Galway. Prof. Decker obtained in 1995 M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern (awarded with distinction). From 1995 to 1999 he worked towards a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe (awarded 2002 with distinction). From 1999-2002 he worked as a Postdoc and Research Associate at the Computer Science Department of Stanford University and established one of the first Semantic Web research groups. From July 2002 to July 2005, he worked as a Computer Scientist and Research Assistant Professor at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, USA. In October 2003 Prof Decker moved to Ireland to help to set up a new Research Institute concerned with the Semantic Web. Since July 2006 Prof Decker is full professor and director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute.
 His current research interests include the Semantic Web, metadata, ontologies and semi-structured data, web services, and applications for Digital Libraries, Knowledge Management, Information Integration and Peer-to-Peer technology. He published around 80 papers as books and journal, book, conference, and workshop contributions. He co-organized around 35 scientific workshops and conferences and has edited several special issues of scientific journals. He was editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Web Semantics, editorial committee member of the Electronic Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (ETAI) (the Semantic Web), the Journal on Internet Research and the Journal on Web Intelligence and Agent Systems (WIAS) and is recognized as one of the most widely cited Semantic Web scientists. His dissertation work was quoted as one of the inspirations for the DARPA DAML program, which span the Semantic Web effort.

Piotr Ejdys is the President of the Board and one of the company’s creators. He has managed Gemius for more than 12 years already.
A strong advocate of a professional – private and family life balance, which is, as he himself puts it, not easy to obtain, but certainly worth aiming at. Balance is also the value which he promotes in the company – balance between the interests of company’s employees, clients and owners. Thanks to it, long-term development and profits for all interested parties are possible.
He graduated from the faculties of computer science and mathematics at the University of Warsaw.

Jiming Liu is Chair Professor in Computer Science and Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) of Faculty of Science at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). He is the Director of Centre for Health Informatics and the Co-Founder of Joint Research Laboratory for Intelligent Disease Surveillance and Control, a partnership between Computer Science Department at HKBU and National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD) in the Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (China CDC). He was the Head of Computer Science Department in 2003-2011. Jiming received his M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, having obtained Master of Arts from Concordia University and B.Sc. from East China Normal University. He was a Professor and the Director of School of Computer Science at University of Windsor, and before 1994, worked as a Senior Research Officer at Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), as a Software Engineer at Virtual Prototypes Inc. (VPI) (now Presagis), and as a Research Associate at Knowledge Engineering Technology Inc. (KENTEK) in Canada.