Xin-She Yang obtained his DPhil in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He then worked at Cambridge University and National Physical Laboratory (UK) as a Senior Research Scientist. Now he is Reader in Modelling and Optimization at Middlesex University, an elected Bye-Fellow at Cambridge University and Adjunct Professor at Reykjavik University (Iceland). He is the Chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management. He has given many keynote talks at over 20 international conferences such as IEEE Mendel'12 (Czech Republic), BIOMA'12 (Slovenia), EU/ME'14 (Turkey), ICCS'15 (Iceland), SIBGRAPI'15 (Brazil), OIPE'16 (Italy), ISCBI'16 (Switzerland), BDIOT'17 (UK) and HS'17 (Spain). He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 20 books with over 32000 citations. He has been on the prestigious list of Clarivate Analytics/Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Adrian Hopgood is Full Professor of Intelligent Systems and Director of Future & Emerging Technologies at the University of Portsmouth in the UK. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University and at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and a committee member for the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence. Professor Hopgood has extensive experience in both academia and industry. He has worked at the level of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor in four universities in the UK and overseas, and has enjoyed scientific roles with Systems Designers (now part of Hewlett-Packard) and the Telstra Research Laboratories in Australia. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and its practical applications. He has supervised 19 PhD projects to completion and published more than 100 research articles. His text book "Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists” has been published in three editions and is ranked as a bestseller.
Since 2000, Paolo Terenziani is Full Professor at the Institute of Computer Science of DISIT, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy. The research activity of Paolo Terenziani has begun in 1987 and it concerns mainly the field of Artificial Intelligence, and specifically the areas of knowledge representation and automatic reasoning (with particular attention to representation and reasoning with temporal constraints), the fields of Temporal Databases and of Medical Informatics. Regarding these topics Paolo Terenziani has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, books, conference proceedings and workshops (in particular, he has achieved ten publications on the IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering in the last five years). Since 1997, Paolo Terenziani leads the GLARE project, in collaboration with the hospital San Giovanni Battista in Turin, for developing a prototype of a domain-independent software system for the acquisition, representation and execution of clinical guidelines. Since 2015 Paolo Terenziani is in the board of AIME (Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Europe). As early as in 1998, for his research activity, he won the “Artificial Intelligence Prize” from Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence. He has won “distinguished\best” paper awards in several international conferences, including AMIA 2012, Chicago, USA, November 2012 (more than 1000 submissions).
I have worked at the University of Sunderland since 1992, having graduated from the University with a First Class Honours Degree in Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology). I then went on to complete a PhD in applied artificial intelligence, focussing on the use of neural networks in predictive maintenance, which was awarded in 1996. During the 1990s I established a research centre – the Centre for Adaptive Systems – at the University, which became recognised by the UK government as a Centre of Excellence for applied research in adaptive computing and artificial intelligence. The Centre undertook many projects working with and for external organisations in industry, science and academia, and for three years ran the Smart Software for Decision Makers programme on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry. I have successfully supervised in PhDs in fields ranging from neural networks, hybrid systems, and bioinformatics through to lean manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and business and maintenance strategies. I went on to become Associate Dean, and then Dean, of the School of Computing and Technology, covering Computer Science and Engineering; in 2008 I became the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, and in 2010 Pro Vice Chancellor of the University. I am, and have, been a member of many regional, national and international organisations linked to my own research or professional areas, or on behalf of the University. Since 1996 I have been the Editor-in-Chief of Neural Computing & Applications, an international scientific peer reviewed journal published by Springer Verlag. Prior to entering academia I worked in industry including several years working overseas on major civil and structural engineering projects, developing and implementing new computerised planning systems.