Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Sunil Vadera, University of Salford, UK

Sunil Vadera is a Professor of Computer Science and the Head of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP). 
He gained a first class BSc(Hons) in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Salford in 1982, receiving three best student prizes. Following graduation, he began his career as a Research Assistant and progressed to a Lectureship in Computer Science in 1984. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester in the area of Formal Methods of Software Development which was awarded in 1992. He was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 1997 and to a Chair in Computer Science in 2000. 
Sunil was chair of the British Computer Society Academic Accreditations Committee with responsibility for professional accreditation of all UK University programmes in Computer Science from January 2007 to December 2009. 

His research is driven by the desire to close the gap between theory and practice in Artificial Intelligence, with expertise in the areas of Bayesian networks, decision tree learning, credit assessment and planning. His research has included work on:
(a) Bayesian Networks on sensor validation with colleagues from the Mexican Instituto de Electricas
(b) Research on the development DUST-EXPERT a system that advises on the relief venting of explosions in chemical processes for the Health and Safety Executive in the UK.
(c) Use of cost-sensitive machine learning for credit rating of sub-prime loans, helping to improve financial inclusion, which was selected by ESRC as an example of the impact of research:
(d) a British Gas funded project applying data mining to SMART meter data with a view to understanding energy consumption behaviour
He is currently working on the FP7 SEEDS: Self learning Energy Efficient builDings and open Spaces project  with partners from Europe.  The project aims to apply machine learning methods with a view to reducing energy consumption in buildings.  Details of the project can be found at:
Sunil was chair of the UK BCS Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Symposium held in Salford in 2009,  General Chair of the IFIP conference on Intelligent Information Processing in 2010 and his research has been published in some of the leading outlets, including the Computer Journal, ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data, ACM Computing Surveys, Expert Systems Journal, Foundations of Science, and IEEE Transactions of Power Systems.  A selection of the papers are available for downloading from

Speech Title: A Tour of Cost-Sensitive Decision Tree Learning abstract/Prof. Marat Akhmet‘ speech.pdf

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Marat Akhmet, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Marat Akhmet is a professor of mathematics at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) known for his research on the chaos and bifurcation theory in differential equations and hybrid systems with applications in physics, neural networks, biology, medicine and economics . Born in Kazakhstan, he studied at Aktobe State University. He received his doctorate in 1984 at Kiev University . He has been awarded a Science Prize of TUBITAK (Turkey, 2015), for best achievments in scientific research. He is an author of four books: "Principles of Discontinuous Dinamical Systems", Springer, 2010, "Nonlinear Hybrid Continuous Discrete-Time Models", Atlantis Press (Springer), 2011, "Neural networks with Discontinuous Impact Activations," Springer, 2014, and "Replication of Chaos in Neural Networks, Economics and Physics", Springer&HEP, 2015. His has solved the Second Peskin conjecture for Integrate-and-fire biological oscillators, has introduced and developed theory of differential equations with piecewise constant argument of generalized type, many aspects of discontinous dynamical systems. The last decade his main subject of research is input-output analysis of chaos and irregular behavior of hybrid neural networks.

Speech Title: Synchronization of integrate-and-fire oscillators and neural networks abstract/Prof. Marat Akhmet‘ speech.pdf

Plenary Speaker I

Prof.Yoshifumi Manabe, Kogakuin University, Japan

Yoshifumi Manabe was born in 1960. He received his B.E., M.E., and Dr.E. degrees from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 1983, 1985, and 1993, respectively. From 1985 to 2013, he worked for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. From 2001 to 2013, he was a guest associate professor of Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University. Since 2013, he has been a professor of the Faculty of Informatics, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include distributed algorithms, cryptography, game theory, and graph theory. Dr. Manabe is a member of ACM, IEEE, IEICE, IPSJ, and JSIAM.

Speech Title: Fair Allocation Problems abstract/Prof.Yoshifumi Manabe's speech.pdf

Plenary Speaker II

Prof. Andrea Deaconescu, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

Andrea Deaconescu is a full professor at Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management. She obtained her PhD in Industrial Engineering at Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania in 2005 and an MA in Information Science at the University of Central England at Birmingham, UK. Her main fields of competence are Robust Design of Manufacturing Systems and Communication Management.She is the author of ten books and over 100 scientific papers.Prof. Andrea Deaconescu is a member of a series of professional and scientific associations and acted as visiting professor at Bremen University, Germany, ENSAM Cluny, France and the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

Speech Title: Decision Support System Based on Robust Design Methods abstract/Prof. Andrea' speech.pdf

Plenary Speaker III

Prof. Tauha Hussain Ali, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan

Speech: Conflict Management: A Case of Construction Industry in Developing Countries

Prof. Tauha Hussain Ali has been working in Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET), Pakistan, since 1996. In addition to his expeditions of academic positions, he has remained engaged on various administrative positions. At the moment, he is working as Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and also as Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University and Focal Person, of Student Financial Aid Office and University Advancement Endowment Fund, a project of Higher Education Commission, Pakistan, with the collaboration of Promotion of Education in Pakistan (PEP), USA. Prior to this, he has remained Registrar of the University from September-2009 to August-2016. He has act as member / secretary Senate, Syndicate, Academic Council and other statutory bodies. He has strong experience to deal with Statutory Bodies' Meetings, Administrative / Legal Matters, Student Affairs, Employment Affairs, University Security, Transport, Public Relations, Sports and others.
He has been awarded an opportunity of Higher Education Commission HEC-BC Leadership Training Program for Senior Administrators of HEIs to visit Leicester UK in 2013. He has also traveled widely and visited higher education institutions of developed world including UK, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Italy, Belgium, France.
He has to excel in his academic and management experience and to add value to the present education system. His dedication, management, academic and research expertise at the Mehran University of Engineering & Technology can be utilized in this direction for being one of the top performers of the organization.
He started his career as Site Engineer in the L&M International Construction Company, Singapore in 1995. Thereafter, He joined Mehran university of Engineering & Technology as Research Assistant Demonstrator in 1996.He feels pleasure to describe himself as an Civil engineer with management science experience in diversified fields such as Construction Safety & Health Management, Project Management, Building Construction, Behavior based Safety, Environmental Studies, Computer Application & System Optimization, Project Appraisal, Supervision & Management, Policy, planning and Implementation of programs and strategies etc.
He did his Bachelors in Civil Engineering discipline from Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, and Masters in Project Management from National University of Singapore. Thereafter, He did PhD in Construction Health & Safety Management from Griffith University, Australia.
His research interest areas includes Project Management, Project Risk Management, Safety and Health Management, Behaviour based safety, Job hazard analysis, Monitoring safety perceptions and attitudes, Safety performance measurement, Safety culture and climate, Job stresses risk analysis in construction projects, Higher Education and Leadership in education.

The ICIME will be held in Barcelona during Oct. 9-11, 2017

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