Keynote Speakers (listed alphabetically)

Speech Title: Secure Scheduling for Barrier Coverage

Ding-Zhu Du received his M.S. degree in 1982 from Institute of Applied Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He worked at Mathematical Sciences Research Institutea, Berkeley in 1985-86, at MIT in 1986-87, and at Princeton University in 1990-91. He was an associate-professor/professor at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota in 1991-2005, a professor at City University of Hong Kong in 1998-1999, a research professor at Institute of Applied Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1987-2002, and a Program Director at National Science Foundation of USA in 2002-2005. Currently, he is a professor at Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas.

In 1998, he received CSTS Prize from INFORMS (a merge of American Operations Research Society and Institute of Management Science) for research excellence in the interface between Operations Research and Computer Science. In 1996, he received the 2nd Class National Natural Science Prize in China. In 1993, he received the 1st Class Natural Science Prize from Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1992, the proof of Gilbet-Pollak conjecture was selected by 1992 Year Book of Encyclopaedia, Britannica, as the first one among six outstanding achievements in mathematics in 1991.

Speech Title: Data Usability: An Aspect of Big Data Research

Jianzhong Li is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Harbin Institute of Technology, China. He worked in the Department of Computer Science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in USA, as a scientist, from 1986 to 1987 and from 1992 to 1993. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, from 1991 to 1992 and from 1998 to 1999. His research interests include massive data intensive computing and wireless sensor networks.

He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, such as VLDB Journal, Algorithmica, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, SIGMOD, SIGKDD, VLDB, ICDE, INFOCOM. His papers have been cited more than 15000 times. He has been involved in the program committees of major computer science and technology conferences, including SIGMOD, VLDB, ICDE, INFOCOM, ICDCS, CIKM and WWW. He also served on the editorial boards for distinguished journals, including IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and refereed papers for varied journals and proceedings.

Speech Title: Beyond AlphaGo: Opportunities and Challenges for both IT and non IT Majors

An internationally renowned scholar, Professor Wei Zhao has been serving as the eighth Rector (i.e., President) of the University of Macau since 2008. Before joining the University of Macau, Professor Zhao served as the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S., Director for the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the U.S. National Science Foundation, and Senior Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. Professor Zhao completed his undergraduate studies in physics at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China, in 1977, and received his MSc and PhD degrees in Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983 and 1986, respectively. During his academic career, he has also served as a faculty member at Shaanxi Normal University, Amherst College, the University of Adelaide, Texas A&M University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.