Keynote Speakers


Prof. Memorial University
Memorial University, Canada

Neil Bose has been VP Research at Memorial University since November 2017. Prior to this, he served as principal of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), the national institute for maritime education, training, research and consultancy at the University of Tasmania. Dr. Bose was also a professor of maritime hydrodynamics at the AMC. From 2009 to 2011, he was director of the AMC’s National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. He joined the college in May 2007 as the manager of the Australian Maritime Hydrodynamics Research Centre. Before his move to Tasmania, Dr. Bose was a long-standing and respected member of Memorial University’s research community. He came to Memorial in May 1987 as an assistant professor in the naval architectural engineering program. In his time at Memorial, Dr. Bose served as director of the Ocean Engineering Research Centre, chair of ocean and naval architectural engineering program and, in 2003, was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Offshore and Underwater Vehicles Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Bose received an honorary degree from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, the oldest technical educational institution in Bulgaria. Dr. Bose obtained his B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1978 and his PhD, also from Glasgow, in 1982. Dr. Bose was appointed to the NRC Council in June 2018.

Marine Pollution and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Applications in Delineation of Oil Spills  

Abstract: Marine pollution is a global problem that has severe adverse environmental and socio-economic impacts. Oil spills are one form of pollution; further chemical run-off and plastics in the ocean are others. Climate change and severe degradation of our ecosystem are some of the outcomes from this pollution. Increased risks, the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the MV Wakashio in Mauritius, spills off Newfoundland in 2018 and 2019, have broadened the gap between the potential need for oil spill countermeasures and current response capabilities. Information about oil and other pollution in the water column is critical to understanding of subsurface plume behavior which in turn enables timely and effective mitigation. Following the Gulf of Mexico blowout, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were successfully used to characterize submerged oil that was trapped at a depth of approximately 1200 m and provided a comprehensive analysis of the impacted areas. In our research AUV capabilities are being advanced specifically for the understanding of marine pollution and response. An innovative adaptive mission planning approach for discontinuous patchy plumes made up of non-soluble oil droplet clouds or other potential items of interest such as micro-plastics, is being researched to improve performance of AUVs and their onboard sensors in delineating subsurface plumes. Using adaptive sampling, the AUV autonomously modifies its mission path in real-time based on features of the plumes detected by on-board sensors. Hence the AUV path is concentrated within the areas of interest and in information-rich areas identified by the sensors, optimizing the AUV response. The target community of our research includes regulators, marine pollution agencies, oil spill response organizations, the offshore petroleum industry, AUV manufacturers, operators and oceanographers.


Prof. Fabio Tosti
University of West London, UK

Professor Fabio Tosti received the M.Sc. Engineering degree (cum laude) in Infrastructure and Transportation Engineering and the Ph.D. degree (Hons.) in Civil Engineering with European Doctorate Label (excellent rating) from Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering and the Deputy Head of the Faringdon Centre for Non-Destructive Testing, University of West London, London, U.K. A registered professional engineer, Professor Tosti is a Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and the Higher Education Academy. His research interests include the development of new algorithms, methodologies and numerical models for geoscience applications, and the non-destructive and remote sensing assessment, repair, and maintenance of civil engineering infrastructures. He has over 170 research publication records in international journals, conferences, and books. He is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering (IJPE), Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI) and the Journal of Railway Engineering, and a member of the editorial board of Remote Sensing and Frontiers in Remote Sensing. Professor Tosti served as an Organiser, a Panel Member (Scientific), and the Session Chair for several international conferences and held a supervisory role at the international project European Cooperation in Science and Technology TU1208 Action, titled “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar.” He was the General Co-Chair of the 2nd International Workshop on Signal Processing Techniques for Ground Penetrating Radar Applications (SPT4GPRA 2020) in 2020 (TSP – IEEE Conference Record #49548). In 2017, he was a recipient of the Early Career Scientists Award from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) for “his outstanding contribution to the development of new GPR methodologies in geosciences and civil engineering”. Additionally, he holds the post of Convener at the EGU General Assembly for sessions on NDT methods and data fusion. He has served as an Associate Editor and a Managing Guest Editor for numerous international journals.



Prof. Yungcheol Byun
Jeju National University, South Korea

Dr. Yungcheol Byun is a full professor at the Computer Engineering Department (CE) at Jeju National University (http://www.jejunu.ac.kr). His research interests include the areas of Pattern Recognition & Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Pattern-based Security, Home Network and Ubiquitous Computing, u-Healthcare, and RFID & IoT Middleware System. He directs the Machine Laboratory at the CE department. Recently, he studied at University of Florida as a visiting professor from 2012 to 2014. He is currently serving as a director of Information Science Technology Institute, and other academic societies. Outside of his research activities, Dr. Byun has been hosting international conferences including CNSI (Computer, Network, Systems, and Industrial Engineering), ICESI (Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid, and Information Technology), and serving as a conference and workshop chair, program chair, and session chair in various kinds of international conferences and workshops. Dr. Byun was born in Jeju, Korea, and received his Ph.D. and MS from Yonsei University (http://www.yonsei.ac.kr) in 1995 and 2001 respectively, and BS from Jeju National University in 1993. Before joining Jeju National University, he worked as a special lecturer in SAMSUNG Electronics (http://www.samsung.com) in 2000 and 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was a senior researcher of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI, https://etri.re.kr/eng/main/main.etri). He was promoted to join Jeju National University as an assistant professor in 2003.


Prof. Akashi Shigeo
Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan

Shigeo Akashi was certified as a Ph.D. holder by Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1987 and he is now a professor at Tokyo University of Science. He was the chair professor at the Department of Information Sciences at this university from 2015 through 2016. He was also an visiting researcher at Rome II University in 1994 and was an associate professor at Southern Illinois University in 2000. As for the academic and educational activities, he has been a member of Experts Committee Leading Scientific Education for Japanese Senior High Schools authorized by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology attached to Japanese Government since 2016. He is interested in the interdisciplinary research area ranging from applied mathematics through information sciences. As for the research activity on applied mathematics, in 2003, he solved the analytic function version of Hilbert's 13th problem, which was known as an open problem derived from the 13th problems belonging to the 23 problems which was introduced by Professor David Hilbert in 1900 and would play important roles in directing mathematics in the future. Since his research work on Hilbert's 13th problem proved to be related to the theory of data compression, he was nominated as an invited speaker in Asian Mathematical Conference 2013, which is the second largest international conference on mathematics and was held in Korea in 2013. Moreover, he was a member of Scientific Committee for Asian Conference on Nonlinear Analysis and Optimization which was officially approved as a satellite international conference of International Congress of Mathematicians 2014. As for the research activity on information science, he has been being certified as Distinguished Cisco Certified Active Instructor Approved by Cisco Networking Academy since 2012, which is administrated by Cisco Systems. Moreover, he was awarded 2018 APSCIT Fellowship by Asia Pacific Society for Computing and Information Technology. His joint research work with RKC Instruments Co. Ltd., namely the largest company in all Japanese companies producing temperature-measuring instruments, which is named as "An algorithm for discriminating the inside of a closed curve from the outside" was accepted as Patent ID.4760768 by Japan Patent Office attached to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry attached to Japanese Government in 2011.

Invited Speaker


Assoc. Prof. Ali Kashif Bashir
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK


Ali Kashif Bashir is Associate Professor at the Department of Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. He is also with Visual Research Intelligent Center, University of Electronics Science and Technology of China (UESTC) as an Honorary Professor and Chief Adviser; with University of Science and Technology, Islamabad (NUST) as an Adjunct Professor, and with University of Guelph, Canada as Special Graduate Faculty. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of IEEE Industrial Electronic Society, member of ACM, and Distinguished Speaker of ACM. He received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Korea University, South Korea. He has authored over 200 research articles; and received over 3 Million USD funding as PI and Co-PI from research bodies of South Korea, Japan, EU, UK and Middle East. His research interests include internet of things, wireless networks, distributed systems, network/cyber security, network function virtualization, machine learning, etc. He is serving as the Editor-in-chief of the IEEE FUTURE DIRECTIONS NEWSLETTER. He is also serving as area editor of KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems; associate editor of IEEE Internet of Things Magazine, IEEE Access, Peer J Computer Science, IET Quantum Computing, and Journal of Plant Disease and Protection. He is leading many conferences as a chair (program, publicity, and track) and had organized workshops in flagship conferences like IEEE Infocom, IEEE Globecom, IEEE Mobicom, etc.