Prof. KWONG Sam Tak Wu

Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China

IEEE Fellow, US National Academy of Innovators Fellow
Hong Kong Academy of Engineering and Sciences Fellow

Biography: Professor KWONG Sam Tak Wu is the Chair Professor of Computational Intelligence, and concurrently as Associate Vice-President (Strategic Research) of Lingnan University. Professor Kwong is a distinguished scholar in evolutionary computation, artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, and image/video processing, with a strong record of scientific innovations and real-world impacts. Professor Kwong was listed as one of the top 2% of the world’s most cited scientists, according to the Stanford University report. He was listed as one of the most highly cited scientists by Clarivate in 2022 and 2023. He has also been actively engaged in knowledge transfer between academia and industry. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2014 for his contributions to optimization techniques in cybernetics and video coding. He was the President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) in 2021-23. Professor Kwong has a prolific publication record with over 350 journal articles, and 160 conference papers with an h-index of 83 based on Google Scholar. He is currently the associate editor of many leading IEEE transaction journals. He is a fellow of the US National Academy of Innovators. and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering and Sciences.

Speech Title: Creating a Better Future: Harnessing AI for Social and Environmental Responsibility

Abstract: In this talk, I will explore the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges facing our world today. With its ability to analyze vast amounts of data, identify patterns, and make predictions, AI has the potential to revolutionize fields such as healthcare, education, and climate science.
However, as AI becomes more powerful and ubiquitous, it is also raising important ethical and social questions. How can we ensure that AI is used for the greater good, rather than contributing to inequality and injustice? How can we ensure that the benefits of AI are shared fairly across society, rather than concentrated among a small group of wealthy individuals and corporations?
In this talk, the speaker will delve into various questions related to AI applications and their positive impact on society and the environment. The talk will draw on examples of specific AI applications that are already making a difference. For instance, the underwater instance segmentation, which is the process of detecting and segmenting objects in underwater images. This technology has the potential to improve underwater exploration, marine conservation, and disaster response efforts.
Another example is image reconstruction based on compressive sensing. This technique allows for the reconstruction of high-quality images from a limited amount of data, which can be particularly useful in applications such as medical imaging or remote sensing. The third topic is the low night image enhancement, which is a technology that enhances images taken in low-light conditions. This can improve the accuracy and effectiveness of applications such as surveillance, transportation safety, and security.
By exploring these and other examples of AI applications, the talk aims to demonstrate the potential of AI to make a positive impact on society and the environment, and to inspire further innovation in
Ultimately, this talk will aim to inspire and empower attendees to think critically about the role of AI in shaping our future, and to explore ways in which they can harness this powerful technology to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world.


Prof. Naoyuki Kubota

Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Director of Community-centric Systems Research Center, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
Representative Director of the Tokyo Biomarker Innovation Research Association, Japan

Biography: Naoyuki Kubota is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, the Graduate School of Systems Design, and director of Community-centric Systems Research Center, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan. He is the representative director of the Tokyo Biomarker Innovation Research Association, Japan. He received a doctoral degree from Nagoya University, Japan, in 1997. He was a Visiting Professor at University of Portsmouth, UK, Seoul National University, and others. His current interests are in the areas of topological intelligence, coevolutionary computation, spiking neural networks, robot partners, and informationally structured space. He has published more than 600 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in the above research areas. He received the Best Paper Award of IEEE IECON 1996, IEEE CIRA 1997, and so on. He was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems from 1999 to 2010, Editorial Board Member of Advanced Robotics from 2004 to 2007, Editorial Board Member of Journal of Advanced Computational Intelligence and Intelligent Informatics since 2004, the IEEE CIS Intelligent Systems Applications Technical Committee, Robotics Task Force Chair from 2007 to 2014, Editor of ROBOMECH Journal since 2012, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, Japan Chapter Chair from 2018 to 2021, IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing Steering Committee Member since 2019, and others.

Speech Title: Topological Intelligence and Coevolutionary Computation

Abstract: Recently, artificial intelligence for digital twin has been discussed in various research fields. We often need topological features and structures from given or measured big data, when we perform multiscale and multi-physics simulations on real-world phenomena in the cyber world based on digital twin. Therefore, we proposed the concepts of topological twin and topological intelligence. The goal of topological twin is to (1) extract topological structures implicitly hidden in the real world, (2) hidden reproduce them in the cyber world, and (3) simulate and analyze phenomena of the real world in the cyber world. Digital twin and Topological twin are used complementarily, not exclusively. While we need to deal with the physical dynamics at the microscopic level, we need to deal with spatiotemporal qualitative relationships between objects, people, culture, experience, and knowledge at the macroscopic level. Furthermore, we need the mesoscopic integration method that connects microscopic and macroscopic topological features and structures. Thus, the topological twin plays the essential role in extracting and connecting the structures hidden in the real world from the multiscopic point of view. Especially, the coevolution between multiscopic topological features is very important to deal with the learning and searching in topological twin. Therefore, topological intelligence is used for inference, learning, search, and prediction based on topological and graphical data. In this talk, I first introduce the concepts of topological twin and topological intelligence. Then, I explain various types of topological clustering methods and graph-based methods related with topological intelligence. Furthermore, I discuss the role of coevolutionary computation in topological intelligence. Next, I show several experimental results of topological intelligence for trailer living laboratory, robot partners, multi-legged robots, and mobility support robots. Finally, I discuss the applicability and future directions of topological intelligence.


Prof. Amir H. Gandomi

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

ARC DECRA Fellow, Highly Cited Researcher award (top 1% publications and 0.1% researchers)

Biography: Amir H. Gandomi is a Professor of Data Science and an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney. He is also affiliated with Obuda University at Budapest as a Distingushed Professor. Prior to joining UTS, Prof. Gandomi was an Assistant Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology and a distinguished research fellow at BEACON center, Michigan State University. Prof. Gandomi has published 400+ journal papers and 14 books which collectively have been cited 50,000+ times (H-index = 100+). He has been named as one of the most influential scientific minds and received the Highly Cited Researcher award (top 1% publications and 0.1% researchers) from Web of Science for six years. In the recent most impactful researcher list, done by Stanford University and released by Elsevier, Prof Amir H Gandomi is ranked as the 28th most impactful researcher in the AI and Image Processing subfield in 2022! He has received multiple prestigious awards for his research excellence and impact, such as the 2023 Achenbach Medal and the 2022 Walter L. Huber Prize, the highest-level mid-career research award in all areas of civil engineering. He has served as associate editor, editor, and guest editor in several prestigious journals. Prof Gandomi is active in delivering keynotes and invited talks. His research interests are data analytics and global optimisation (big) in real-world problems in particular.

Speech Title: Evolutionary and Swarm Intelligence for Real-World Problems

Abstract: Artificial Intelligence has been widely used during the last two decades and has remained a highly-researched topic, especially for complex real-world problems. Evolutionary and swarm Intelligence (ESI) techniques are a subset of artificial intelligence, but they are slightly different from the classical methods in the sense that the intelligence of EI comes from biological systems or nature in general. The efficiency of ESI is due to its significant ability to imitate the best features of nature, which have evolved through natural selection over millions of years. The central theme of this presentation is ESI techniques and their application to complex geomechanical problems. On this basis, first, I will talk about an automated learning approach called genetic programming. Applied evolutionary learning will be presented, and then their new advances will be mentioned. Here, some of my studies on big data analytics and modelling using ESI and genetic programming, in particular, will be presented. Second, ESI will be presented, including key applications in the optimisation of complex and nonlinear systems. It will also explain how such algorithms have been adopted for geotechnical and mechanical engineering and how their advantages over the classical optimisation problems are used in action. Optimisation results of large-scale and many objective problems will be presented to show the applicability of ESI. Finally, heuristics that are adaptable to ESI will be explained and can significantly improve the optimisation results.