Keynote Speakers

  • Bjorn W. Schuller
  • Ching Yao Chan
  • Fumitoshi Matsuno
  • Mark Liao

Bjorn W. Schuller
University of Augsburg


Björn W. Schuller received his diploma, doctoral degree, habilitation, and Adjunct Teaching Professor in Machine Intelligence and Signal Processing all in EE/IT from TUM in Munich/Germany. He is Full Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Head of GLAM at Imperial College London/UK, Full Professor and Chair of Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing at the University of Augsburg/Germany, co-founding CEO and current CSO of audEERING – an Audio Intelligence company based near Munich and in Berlin/Germany, and permanent Visiting Professor at HIT/China amongst other Professorships and Affiliations. Previous stays include Full Professor at the University of Passau/Germany, and Researcher at Joanneum Research in Graz/Austria, and the CNRS-LIMSI in Orsay/France. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Golden Core Awardee of the IEEE Computer Society, Fellow of the BCS, Fellow of the ISCA, President-Emeritus of the AAAC, and Senior Member of the ACM. He (co-)authored 900+ publications (30k+ citations, h-index=83), is Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Digital Health and was Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing amongst manifold further commitments and service to the community. His 30+ awards include having been honoured as one of 40 extraordinary scientists under the age of 40 by the WEF in 2015. He served as Coordinator/PI in 15+ European Projects, is an ERC Starting Grantee, and consultant of companies such as Barclays, GN, Huawei, or Samsung.

Ching Yao Chan
University of California at Berkeley


Dr. Ching-Yao Chan is Co-Director of Berkeley DeepDrive (BDD), a research consortium focused on computer vision and AI technologies, with applications for autonomous driving and robotics. Dr. Ching-Yao Chan is also a Program Manager at California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology). PATH has been a pioneering organization in the field of intelligent transportation systems. More information about Dr. Chan can be found here.

Fumitoshi Matsuno
Kyoto University


Fumitoshi Matsuno received the Dr. Eng. degree from Osaka University in 1986. In 1986, he joined the Department of Control Engineering, Osaka University. Since 2009, he has been a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science, Kyoto University. He is the Vice-President of the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ) and the NPO Int. Rescue System Institute, and served the President of the Institute of Systems, Control, and Information Engineers (ISCIE). His research interests include robotics, swarm intelligence and control of nonlinear and distributed parameter systems etc. He received awards, including the Best Paper Awards in 1986 from ISCIE, in 2001, 2006 and 2017 from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE), in 2013 from the Information Processing Society of Japan, in 2018 from the RSJ, and the Prize for Academic Achievement from Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) in 2009. He is a General Chair of International Symposium of Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS) 2021 and Asian Control Conference (ASCC) 2021. He also served as a General Chair of IEEE SSRR2011, IEEE/SICE SII2011, SWARM2015, and SWARM2017 etc. He is a Fellow Member of SICE, JSME, and RSJ.

Mark Liao
Academia Sinica


Mark Liao received his Ph.D degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1990. In July 1991, he joined the Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and currently, is a Distinguished Research Fellow and Director. He has worked in the fields of multimedia information processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, multimedia protection, and artificial intelligence for more than 30years. He has been appointed as an Honorary Chair Professor of National Chiao-Tung University since 2016.He received the Young Investigators' Award from Academia Sinica in 1998; the Distinguished Research Award from the National Science Council in 2003, 2010and 2013; the Academia Sinica Investigator Award in 2010; and the TECO Award from the TECO Foundation in 2016. His professional activities include: President, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society of Taiwan (2006-08); Editorial Board Member, ACM Computing Surveys (2018 –present), IEEE Signal Processing Magazine(2010-13); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing(2009-13), IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (2009-12) and IEEE Transactions on Multimedia (1998-2001). He has been a Fellow of the IEEE since 2013.