Keynote speaker I


Prof. Cristina Botella

Clinical Psychology, Universitat Jaume I, Instituto Salud Carlos III, Spain

Title: Using ICT devices for improving the Clinical Psychology field Cristina Botella Ph.D. Universitat Jaume I (Spain)

Abstract:  At the moment, it is possible to state that the use of different ICT tools in the field of Clinical Psychology is already well established. Several reviews and meta-analyses have shown that Virtual Reality techniques have proven to be effective in improving psychological treatments. The same can be said about Internet-based CBT treatment programs, numerous meta-analyses have supported their effectiveness. Each of these approaches has a number of advantages and disadvantages; however, they are two completely separate areas of work. This talk will analyze the challenges and opportunities offered by each of these research fields with respect to Clinical Psychology and will argue for the urgent need to converge.

Bio.: Dr. Cristina Botella is a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at Jaume I University (Spain) since 1992. Her main line of research is the psychopathology and treatment of various psychological disorders, and the use of ICTs to promote health and wellbeing. She has been principal investigator in more than 50 research projects, and she has published over 300 papers in national and international journals. Prof. Botella is funder and director of the Psychology and Technology Laboratory, LabPsiTec, (www.labpsitec.es) which is pioneering the worldwide adaptation of various applications based on ICTs including treatment of various psychological disorders using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and the Internet. Dr. Botella is part of the Editorial Board of more than 20 scientific journals and serves as a referee for more than 40 international scientific organizations. 

Keynote Speaker II



Prof. Ian Robert McAndrew

Capitol Technology University, Maryland, USA

Speech Title: The role of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing is Vision Systems for Unmanned Vehicles in Hostile Conditions

Abstract: vision systems are developing rapidly and have added greatly to many applications. Drones (unmanned vehicles) are changing their role in military applications and this research discusses how and why they need changing to offer real applications needed for drones. In particular how swarm drones need additional support for vision systems to be robust.

Bio: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering; M.Sc. in Manufacturing MA in Education; Pg.D. in Education Training; B.A. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering; B.A. in Production Engineering A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. Dr. McAndrew spent 12 years in the industry as a designer before entering academia. He has over 25 years of teaching experience in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Far East. He has supervised many PhD students and published extensively for over 20 years. He is the author of several books and Editor of several international Journals. Currently, he is a full professor at Capitol Technology University. His research interests are in Aerodynamics and cybersecurity of aviation systems, which he has published 60 peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has presented at many Conferences and believes these are critical research meetings for those that are new to research and the experienced to mentor the next generation.

Keynote Speaker III


Prof. ZHANG, Dapeng David, Presidential Chair Professor

Chinese Univ Hong Kong (SZ); Emeritus Prof., Hong Kong Polytech University China

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Bio.:  David Zhang graduated in Computer Science from Peking University. He received his MSc in 1982 and his Ph.D. in 1985 in both Computer Science from the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), respectively. From 1986 to 1988 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tsinghua University and then an Associate Professor at the Academia Sinica, Beijing. In 1994 he received his second Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has been a Chair Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he is the Founding Director of Biometrics Research Centre (UGC/CRC) supported by the Hong Kong SAR Government since 2005. Currently, he is a Presidential Chair Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen). He also serves as Visiting Chair Professor at Tsinghua University and HIT, and Adjunct Professor in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Peking University, National University of Defense Technology, and the University of Waterloo. He is both Founder and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Image & Graphics (IJIG) (http://www.worldscinet.com/ijig/ijig.shtml) and Springer International Series on Biometrics (KISB)(http://www.springer.com/series/6191); Organizer, the first International Conference on Biometrics Authentication (ICBA); and Associate Editor of more than ten international journals including IEEE Transactions and so on. Over the past 30 years, he has been working on pattern recognition, image processing, and biometrics, where many research results have been awarded and some created directions, including palmprint recognition, computerized TCM, and facial beauty analysis, are famous in the world. So far, he has published over 20 monographs, 400 international journal papers, and 40 patents from USA/Japan/HK/China. He has been continuously listed as a Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering by Clarivate Analytics (formerly known as Thomson Reuters) in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, respectively(http://highlycited.com). He has also ranted about 80 with H-Index 103 at Top 1000 Scientists for international Computer Science and Electronics(http://www.guide2research.com/scientists). Professor Zhang is a Croucher Senior Research Fellow, Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Computer Society, and a Fellow of both IEEE and IAPR.