Keynote Speakers



Prof. Yongfeng Huang
Tsinghua University, China

Yongfeng Huang is a full professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He served as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Information Cognition and Intelligent Systems. Prof. Huang received the Ph.D. degree in CSE from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2000. In 2002 he joined Tsinghua University as a faculty after post-doctorial work in NGN Lab of Tsinghua University. He is an active researcher in Information System Theory and Engineering. Prof. Huang has published 200+ papers in Top Journals and International Conferences, including SCIENCE,IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering,AAAI, ACL et al.


Prof. Shigeru Katagiri

Doshisha University, Japan

Shigeru Katagiri received a B. E. degree in electrical engineering and M. E. and Dr. Eng. degrees in information engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, in 1977, 1979, and 1982, respectively. From 1982 to 1986, he worked at Electrical Communication Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT), Tokyo, Japan, where he was engaged in speech recognition research. From 1986 to 1998, he was with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR), Kyoto, Japan. At ATR, he worked on various speech-related research issues that included speech recognition and spoken language acquisition. From 1999 to 2006, he worked with NTT Communication Science Laboratories (CS Labs), Kyoto, Japan, where he was engaged in a wide range of machine learning research, and he also served as several management functions that included Director of the NTT CS Labs. Since 2006, he has been with Doshisha University, and currently he is a Professor at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Dr. Katagiri has published more than 260 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters. For his academic achievement, eight awards and titles have been presented; they include the 22nd Sato Paper Award of the Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ), the 27th Sato Paper Award of the ASJ, the 1993 IEEE Signal Processing Society Senior Award, IEEE Fellow (2001), and NTT R&D Fellow (2002). Dr. Katagiri has continuously contributed to various IEEE functions that include the followings: Chair (1999-2000) of the Technical Committee on Neural Networks for Signal Processing, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (1994-1997), Member-at-Large of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board-of-Governors (2003-2005), Member of the IEEE Flank Rosenblatt Award Committee (2004-2007), Chair of the IEEE James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award Committe (2016-2017), Chair of the IEEE Kansai Section (2011-2012), Program Chair of the 1996 IEEE Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing, and General Co-Chair of the 2011 IEEE Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing. In addition to the IEEE services above, Dr. Katagiri also plays a key role in various academic functions, such as holding the positions of Action Editor of the Neural Networks (2000-2006), Associate Editor of the IEICE Transaction D-II (1997-2001), Chair of the ASJ Kansai Section (2005), and Member of the Science Council of Japan (2006-2014). His recent research focuses on training method development for pattern recognizers, specially such discriminative training methods as Minimum Classification Error training.


Prof. Chin-Chen Chang

Feng Chia University, Taiwan

Professor C.C. Chang obtained his Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from National Chiao Tung University. He's first degree is Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and master degree is Master of Science in computer and decision sciences. Both were awarded in National Tsing Hua University. Dr. Chang served in National Chung Cheng University from 1989 to 2005. His current title is Chair Professor in Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, Feng Chia University, from Feb. 2005.
Prior to joining Feng Chia University, Professor Chang was an associate professor in Chiao Tung University, professor in National Chung Hsing University, chair professor in National Chung Cheng University. He had also been Visiting Researcher and Visiting Scientist to Tokyo University and Kyoto University, Japan. During his service in Chung Cheng, Professor Chang served as Chairman of the Institute of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Dean of College of Engineering, Provost and then Acting President of Chung Cheng University and Director of Advisory Office in Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
Professor Chang's specialties include, but not limited to, data engineering, database systems, computer cryptography and information security. A researcher of acclaimed and distinguished services and contributions to his country and advancing human knowledge in the field of information science, Professor Chang has won many research awards and honorary positions by and in prestigious organizations both nationally and internationally. He is currently a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of IEE, UK. On numerous occasions, he was invited to serve as Visiting Professor, Chair Professor, Honorary Professor, Honorary Director, Honorary Chairman, Distinguished Alumnus, Distinguished Researcher, Research Fellow by universities and research institutes. He also published over 1,100 papers in Information Sciences. In the meantime, he participates actively in international academic organizations and performs advisory work to government agencies and academic organizations.

Prof. Yen-Wei Chen

Ritsumeikan University, Japan (full professor)

Zhejiang Lab, China (adjunct professor)

Zhejiang University, China (adjunct professor)

Yen-Wei Chen received the B.E. degree in 1985 from Kobe Univ., Kobe, Japan, the M.E. degree in 1987, and the D.E. degree in 1990, both from Osaka Univ., Osaka, Japan. He was a research fellow with the Institute for Laser Technology, Osaka, from 1991 to 1994. From Oct. 1994 to Mar. 2004, he was an associate Professor and a professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Univ. of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. He is currently a professor with the college of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He is also an adjunct professor with the College of Computer Science, Zhejiang University, China and Zhejiang Lab, China. He was a visiting professor with the Oxford University, Oxford, UK in 2003 and a visiting professor with Pennsylvania State University, USA in 2010.

His research interests include medical image analysis, computer vision and computational intelligence. He has published more than 300 research papers in a number of leading journals and leading conferences including IEEE Trans. Image Processing, IEEE Trans. SMC, Pattern Recognition. He has received many distinguished awards including ICPR2012 Best Scientific Paper Award, 2014 JAMIT Best Paper Award, Outstanding Chinese Oversea Scholar Fund of Chinese Academy of Science. He is/was a leader of numerous national and industrial research projects.

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