Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Graham Kendall (The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), Malaysia)

graham kendall Professor Graham Kendall is the Provost and CEO of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). He is also a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Nottingham. He has been in Malaysia since August 2011 and was previously the Vice-Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange. He is a Director of MyResearch Sdn Bhd, Crops for the Future Sdn Bhd. and Nottingham Green Technologies Sdn Bhd. He was awarded a BSc (Hons) First Class in Computation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK in 1997 and received his PhD from The University of Nottingham (School of Computer Science) in 2000. Professor Kendall is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS). He has published over 90 refereed journal papers (the vast majority in ISI ranked journals) and over 230 peer reviewed papers in total. He has edited 11 books and authored almost 20 book chapters. He is currently an Associate Editor of ten journals and the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Computational Intelligence and AI in Games. As a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham he is a member of the Automated Scheduling, Planning and Optimisation Group (ASAP) in the School of Computer Science. His research interests include Operations Research, Scheduling, Logistics, Vehicle Routing, Meta- and Hyper-heuristics, Evolutionary Computation and Games.

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Prof. Dr. Masafumi Nishimura (Shizuoka University - Hamamatsu Campus, Japan)

nishimura Masafumi Nishimura received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Biophysical Engineering from Osaka University in 1981 and 1983, and his Dr. of Engineering degree from Toyohashi University of Technology in 1998. In 1983 he joined the IBM Japan Science Institute and worked in speech recognition area. Since 2003, he had been a Senior Technical Staff Member of IBM and a Manager of the Speech Technology Group at the IBM Research - Tokyo, Japan. In 2014, he moved to the Shizuoka University as a Professor of Informatics. His research interests include speech signal processing, robust speech recognition, statistical language modeling, expressive speech synthesis, emotion detection and speech analytics. Dr. Nishimura became Editor of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers Transactions in 2010. He received the SIG Research Award from the Information Processing Society of Japan in 1998, and the Prize for Outstanding Technological Development in Acoustics from the Acoustical Society of Japan in 1999. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, the IEICE and the IPSJ, and a Member of the ASJ and the JSAI.

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