IEEE ICSC 2018
Dr. Henrik I. Christensen is a Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Diego. He is also the director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics. Prior to UC San Diego he was the founding director of Institute for Robotics and Intelligent machines (IRIM) at Georgia Institute of Technology (2006-2016). Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. The research is performed within the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory. He has published more than 350 contributions across AI, robotics and vision. His research has a strong emphasis on "real problems with real solutions". A problem needs a theoretical model, implementation, evaluation, and translation to the real world. He is actively engaged in the setup and coordination of robotics research in the US (and worldwide). Dr. Christensen received the Engelberger Award 2011, the highest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the "Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011" with 3 other colleagues at Georgia Tech. Dr. Christensen is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Aalborg University 2014. He collaborates with institutions and industries across three continents. His research has been featured in major media such as CNN, NY Times, BBC, ...
Malicious actors are omnipresent in online social and crowdsourced platforms – vandals on Wikipedia, bots on Twitter, and trolls on various platforms all play a major role in degrading the quality of open information and free discussion on the web.
This talk will focus on the role of semantics and its relationship with networks in order to classify users on Twitter as bots and users on Wikipedia as vandals. In the context of Twitter bots, this talk will discuss the DARPA Twitter Bot Challenge and subsequent research. In the context of Wikipedia, Professor will also discuss the vandal early warning system (VEWS) and its role in identifying vandals as early as possible. Time permitting, this talk will discuss malicious actors in other online networks such as Slashdot and/or on e-commerce sites such as Flipkart. The talk reflects joint work with many students and colleagues.
V.S. Subrahmanian is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Digital International Government who has developed data-driven algorithms and predictive analytics together for a variety of problems relating to counter-terrorism, cyber-security, and industry. He developed some of the first algorithms to capture the semantics of probabilistic logics and multivalued logics, and applied them to the study of the behavior of terrorist groups, yielding numerous forecasts of real world events. In the context of semantic computing, he developed some of the first disk-based query engines to query massive RDF triple stores, some of the first parallel algorithms to process subgraph matching queries, and some of the first probabilistic subgraph matching algorithms. More recently, he has developed algorithms and techniques to predict which actors are malicious and which ones are benign in a host of online platforms including Twitter, Slashdot, Wikipedia, and Flipkart. He led the team that won DARPA’s 2015 Twitter Bot Challenge in the SMISC program. He has written over 300 refereed papers and (co-) authored 6 books. Prof. Subrahmanian serves on the editorial boards of journals such as _Science, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems & Technology. ACM Transactions on Computational Logic_, and more. In addition, he is the editor in chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems. A fellow of both AAAI and AAAS, he has delivered numerous invited talks and keynote addresses.
Toshio Fukuda graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1971 and received the Master of Engineering degree and the Doctor of Engineering degree both from the University of Tokyo, in 1973 and 1977, respectively, while he studied at Graduate School of Yale University in 1973-1975. He joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in Japan in 1977, while he was a research Scientist at University of Stuttgart in 1979-1981, the Science University of Tokyo in 1981, and then joined Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan in 1989.
He is currently one thousand talented foreign Professor at BIT. He is Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University, having worked as Professor of Dept. of Micro and Nano System Engineering and Dept. of Mechano-Informatics and Systems, Nagoya University, Japan and as director of Center for Micro and Nano Mechatronics. He has been working as Professor of Shenyang University of Technology, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Science, Russell Springer Chaired Professor at UC Berkeley, Seoul National University, Advisory Professor of Industrial Technological Research Institute and etc. He is mainly engaging in the research fields of intelligent robotic system, micro and nano robotics, bio-robotic system, and technical diagnosis and error recovery system.
He was the President of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (1998-1999), Director of the IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2001-2002), the Founding President of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (2002-2005), Region 10 Director (2013-2014) and is Director-elect, IEEE Division X, Systems and Control (2016). He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/ASME Trans. Mechatronics (2000-2002).
He was the Founding General Chairman of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) held in Tokyo (1988). He was Founding Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics Technology and Social Impacts (ARSO, 2005), Founding Chair of the IEEE Workshop on System Integration International (SII, 2008), Founding Chair of the International Symposium on Micro-Nano Mechatronics and Human Science (MHS, 1990-2012).
He has received many awards such as IEEE Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award (1997), IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000) , IEEE Robotics and Automation Pioneer Award (2004), IEEE Transaction Automation Science and Engineering Googol Best New Application Paper Award (2007), George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation (2009), IEEE Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award (2010). He received the IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies (2011), Friendship Award of Liaoning Province PR China (2012), Friendship Award of Chinese Government (2014), IROS Distinguished Service Award (2015), Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from Japanese Government (2015).
A key technical challenge for realizing the “Internet of Everything (IoE)” is that the network consists of things (both devices and humans) which are heterogeneous, yet need to be interoperable. In other words devices and people need to interoperate in a seamless manner. This requires the development of standard terminologies (or ontologies) which capture the meaning and relations of objects and events. Creating and testing such terminologies will aid in effective recognition and reaction in a network-centric situation awareness environment. In this talk, I will provide a unified framework for Internet of Everything, and then discuss the role of ontologies. I will also discuss how category theory, a branch of abstract mathematics, provides a firm conceptual foundation for enabling semantic interoperability.
Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. Sriram has co-authored or authored more than 250 publications, including several books. Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. Sriram received several awards including: an NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989); ASME Design Automation Award (2011); ASME CIE Distinguished Service Award (2014), and the Washington Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Career in Engineering Sciences Award (2015). Sriram is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, IEEE and Washington Academy of Sciences, a member (life) of ACM, a and a member (life) of AAAI. Sriram has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.