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Prof. MengChu Zhou, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department , New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark , USA

Title: Internet of Things: Recent Advances and Applications

Abstract: About 200 years ago, Industrial Revolution, in which muscle power from both human and animals was replaced by mechanical power, accelerated productivity and economic growth sharply. Started in 1950, Internet Revolution that relied on computing, communication and networking technologies increased productivity and propelled the global economy even more sharply than Industrial Revolution did. What is the next “revolution” that will bring a new wave of productivity gain? Our answer is “Internet of Things (IoT)” also called “Industrial Internet”. It consists of intelligent devices, intelligent systems, and intelligent decisioning that allow the physical world of machines, facility, fleets and networks to more deeply merge with the connectivity, big data and analytics of the digital world.  With IoT, all things in the world link and communicate with each other. They have their identities, physical attributes, and interfaces. They are seamlessly integrated into the information network such that they become active participants in business, information and social processes wherever and whenever needed and proper. They can interact among themselves and with the environment by exchanging data and information ‘sensed’ about the environment, while reacting autonomously to the events by triggering actions and creating services with or without direct human intervention. What are the proper architectures for such IoT? How can one implement them? What are the technical challenges? What are the existing applications showing the promise of IoT? This talk intends to answer these questions and lead the audience to an exciting field of IoT and their various applications including environmental monitoring, intelligent transportation systems and smart grids.

Short Bio: Dr. MengChu Zhou is currently Professor of The Key Laboratory of Embedded System and Service Computing, Ministry of Education, Tongji University , Shanghai , China and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He is the Director of the MS Program in Power and Energy System and Area Coordinator of Intelligent Systems at NJIT. His research interests are in Petri nets, sensor networks, big data, web service, semiconductor manufacturing, transportation and energy systems.  He has over 480 publications including 11 books, 220+ journal papers (majority in IEEE Transactions), and 18 book-chapters.  Dr. Zhou has led or participated in over 50 research and education projects with total budget over $12M, funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, NIST, New Jersey Science and Technology Commission, and industry. He is the founding Editor-in-Charge of IEEE Book Series on Systems Science and Engineering. He is currently Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part A, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is a founding co-chair of IEEE International Conferences on Networking, Sensing and Control. He served General and Program Chairs for many international conferences including IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics and IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering. He was the recipient of many awards including CIM University-LEAD Award by Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Perlis Research Award and Fenster Innovation in Engineering Education Award by NJIT, Humboldt Research Award for US Senior Scientists by Humboldt Foundation, Germany , and Outstanding Contributions Award, Distinguished Lecturership and Franklin V. Taylor Memorial Best Paper Award of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is a life member of Chinese Association for Science and Technology-USA and served as its President in 1999. He is Fellow of IEEE and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Dr. Thomas FroeseProf. Thomas Froese , Dept. of Civil Engineering , University of British Columbia , Vancouver , BC , Canada

Title: Trends in Information and Communication Technologies for Construction: P ast, Present and Future

Abstract: Building Information Models (BIM), and related developments in information and communication technologies are making headway in their adoption and, some would say, transformation of the construction industry.  This presentation reviews these technologies from the perspective of technology adoption trends. It reviews the history that has brought us to the current technological capabilities, provides an overview of the current levels of adoption of these technologies, and presents a few observations about what the near future may hold in store for the adoption of BIM.

Short Bio: Dr. Thomas Froese, Ph.D., PEng, is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver , Canada .  His research and teaching interests are in construction management and computer applications. Thomas is a leading authority on information technology for the construction industry, particularly systems integration through the use of industry data standards.  He has been involved in research and development of computer tools for construction since 1986, has authored over 140 papers and reports on the subject.  He has founded two companies, consulted on several national and international projects involving databases, CAD, and web-based systems for the construction industry, and has participated in data standards efforts such as the Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs).  Thomas originally studied Civil Engineering at UBC before obtaining his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1992


http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4632973678019722&pid=15.1Prof. Kuo-Ming Chao , Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University , Coventry , UK

Title: Sharing Summarised Semantic Data Rather Than Just Data

Abstract: To enable a group of multiple disciplinary computer software systems to effectively and efficiently collaborate is an important task for applications such as cooperative designs, energy efficiency monitoring system, real-time collaborative mechatronic control systems, e-learning, and enterprise computing etc.  With the cost reduction of the hardware for storing data and the need of maintaining the vast amount of data generated from simulation tools, social media and sensors for decision making, to retrieve the right information and to share appropriate knowledge at right time among the participants is a challenging task. On-line Analytical Processing, OLAP, is an effective tool to summarize vast structured data into concise data cubes with multiple dimensions for business intelligence and decision making. Semantic OLAP was developed in the research communities is to process the linked data which is a form of web data representation with semantics increasingly gaining its popularity over the Internet. The introduction of OLAP has increased the efficiency of data retrieval and data management, but it does not address the issues of information and knowledge sharing. In this talk, these issues will be reviewed with examples and a new OLAP framework which could bridge the gaps and increase the sharing among different OLAPs will be presented with a case study.  This talk will also share delegates with recent research findings from some ongoing EU-funded projects.

Short Bio: Dr. Kuo-Ming Chao is a Professor of Computing at Coventry University , UK . His research interests include the areas of intelligent agents, service-oriented computing, cloud computing and big data etc as well as their applications such as energy efficiency management and green manufacturing etc. He has over 150 referee red publications in books, journals, conference proceedings. Dr  Chao is a author of  Agent-based Service-Oriented Computing published by Springer which includes a number of comprehensive and advanced topics in the area. He is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Service-Oriented Computing and Applications: A Springer Journal to promote SOC. Dr Chao is a member of editorial broad for a number of international journals. In addition he is involved a number of EU funded projects as coordinator  or work pack leader such as GREENet, CLEM, CASES, DEHEMS, and CASSANDRA etc. Dr Chao serves a number of international conferences by taking different responsibilities such as general chair for 10th IEEE ICEBE, 2010 IEEE conference CEC, program chair for 9th ICEBE, 2009 CEC and 2005 CSCWD, Track Chair for 2010 - 2012 AINA etc.