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Conference Chair

Victor Chang
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Brief Bio
Prof. Victor Chang is an Associate Professor (Reader), Director of Ph.D. (June 2016 – May 2018) and Director of MRes at International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China, since June 2016. He is also a very active and contributing key member at Research Institute of Big Data Analytics (RIBDA), XJTLU. He's an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Liverpool and Visiting Researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. Previously he worked as a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, UK, for 3.5 years. Within 4 years, he completed Ph.D. (CS, Southampton) and PGCert (Higher Education, Fellow, Greenwich) while working for several projects at the same time. Before becoming an academic, he has achieved 97% on average in 27 IT certifications. He won a European Award on Cloud Migration in 2011, IEEE Outstanding Service Award in 2015, best papers in 2012 and 2015, the 2016 European award: Best Project in Research, 2016 SEID Excellent Scholar, Suzhou, China, Outstanding Young Scientist award in 2017, 2017 special award on Data Science, 2017 and 2018 INSTICC Service Awards and numerous awards since 2012. He is a visiting scholar/Ph.D. examiner at several universities, an Editor-in-Chief of IJOCI & OJBD journals, Editor of FGCS, Associate Editor of TII, founding chair of two international workshops and founding Conference Chair of IoTBDS http://www.iotbd.org and COMPLEXIS http://www.complexis.org since Year 2016. He was involved in different projects worth more than £12.5 million in Europe and Asia. He has published 3 books as sole authors and the editor of 2 books on Cloud Computing and related technologies. He gave 16 keynotes at international conferences. He is widely regarded as one of the most active and influential young scientist and expert in IoT/Data Science/Cloud/security/AI/IS, as he has experience to develop 10 different services for multiple disciplines. He is founding conference chair for IoTBDS, COMPLEXIS and FEMIB to build up and foster active research communities globally. ... More >>


Program Co-Chairs

Muthu Ramachandran
Leeds Beckett University
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Muthu Ramachandran is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. He has extensive research coupled with teaching background and experiences on software and systems engineering methods and lifecycle and is an expert in SOA, Cloud, and security.

Robert Walters
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Robert John Walters is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. His research interests include middleware, distributed computing, hypermedia and graphical formal modelling language. He is supervising a few PhD students specializing in Cloud Computing.

Gary Wills
University of Southampton
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
Dr. Gary Wills is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He graduated from the University of Southampton with an Honours degree in Electromechanical Engineering, and then a PhD in Industrial Hypermedia Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy. He is also a visiting associate professor at the University of Cape Town and a research professor at RLabs. Gary's research centres around Secure System Engineering, focusing on Industrial systems, Cloud and IoT.

Víctor Méndez Muñoz
Mind the Byte & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB

Brief Bio
Dr. Víctor Méndez Muñoz has a main background in big data management and distributed systems. He participated in scientific international projects in physics and bioinformatics like AGATA, LHCb, ENRM and EISCAT, collaborating with several more. Currently, he is Head of Software Development at Mind the Byte, a bioinformatics company specializing in computational drug discovery using a pay-per-use SaaS platform (Software as a Service). He also works in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) as a part time professor. He holds the program chair in INSTICC conferences in the fields of cloud computing, big data, complexity and the internet of things, as well as editorial collaboration in some journals of high impact. ... More >>


Scientific Advisory Board

Schahram Dustdar
Vienna University of Technology

Brief Bio
Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science and head of The Distributed Systems Group at the TU Wien, Austria. From 2004-2010 he was also Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, and on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). Dustdar an IEEE Fellow (2016), a recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009), and the IBM Faculty Award (2012). Dustdar is an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, where he is also the chairman of the Informatics Section. More information at: http://dsg.tuwien.ac.at/Staff/sd ... More >>

Hamido Fujita
Iwate Prefectural University

Brief Bio
Dr. Hamido Fujita, is a professor at Iwate Prefectural University(IPU), Iwate, Japan. He is the director of Intelligent Software Laboratory. He worked at Tohoku University as visiting Professor on late eighties, and then joined University of Tokyo, RCAST as Associate Professor, and then he moved to Canada, as visiting Professor at the University of Montreal. Then after he joined Iwate Prefectural University (IPU), Faculty of Software and Information Science, Iwate, Japan, as professor and head of Information System Division. He is directing at IPU two laboratories, Intelligent Software Laboratory and Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Also, he is the founder of SOMET organization. He has supervised Ph.D students jointly with University of Laval, University Technology, Syndey(UTS), He is also Professor at the University of Laval, Quebec, Canada supervising Graduate Studies students, he was a visiting Professor at the University of Paris_1, Sorbonne, 2003~2004. He worked as opponent for Stockholm University, Sweden co-supervised students. He also worked with UTS Sydney, Australia, co-supervised Ph.D students. He published books in IOS press. He guest edited several special issues on International Journal of Knowledge based systems, Elsevier where he is editor in this journal. He is currently heading a Virtual Medical Doctor project supported by Ministry of Interior and communication of Japan, and a project related to Mental Cloning as an intelligent user interface between human user and computers, supported by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), of Japan. ... More >>

Roy Cecil
IBM Portugal

Brief Bio
Roy Cecil is a specialist in Big Data and Database technologies at IBM Portugal based in Lisbon. He has 17 years of industry experience in various capacities including software development, software performance engineering and solutions architecture. At IBM he has contributed to DB2 pureScale in the areas of high availability, scalability and engineered systems. He has also contributed to several industry leading benchmarks including the world’s first 100 TB Spark-SQL TPC-DS benchmarks.

Chung-Sheng Li
United States

Brief Bio
Chung-Sheng Li is currently the director of the Commercial Systems Department, PI for the IBM Research Cloud Initiatives, and the executive sponsor of the Security 2.0 strategic initiative. He has been with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since May 1990. His research interests include cloud computing, security and compliance, digital library and multimedia databases, knowledge discovery and data mining, and data center networking. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 journal and conference papers and received the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Multimedia in 2003. He is both a member of IBM Academy of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received BSEE from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1984, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and 1991, respectively. ... More >>


Publicity Chair

Anna Kobusinska
Poznan University of Technology

Brief Bio
Anna Kobusinska received her M.Sc. and PhD degrees in computer science from Poznan University of Technology, in 1999 and 2006, respectively. She currently works as an Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Computing Systems, Institute of Computing Science, Poznan University of Technology, Poland. Her research interests include large-scale distributed systems, service-oriented and cloud computing. She focuses on distributed algorithms, Big Data analysis, replication and consistency models, as well as fault-tolerance, specifically checkpointing and rollback recovery techniques.
She has served and is currently serving as a PC member of several international conferences and workshops. She is also author and co-author of many publications in high quality peer reviewed international conferences and journals. She participated to various research projects supported by national organizations and by EC in collaboration with academic institutions and industrial partners.