Distinguished Lectures

ICNC 2019 features 4 Distinguished Lectures, which are OPEN to ALL attendees of the conference and workshops.

Yiran Chen (IEEE Fellow)
Professor, Duke University, USA.

Title: An introduction of machine learning acceleration and neuromorphic computing
Time: 13:30 - 15:30, Monday February 18, 2019

Abstract:

Fast growth of the computation cost associated with training and testing of deep neural networks (DNNs) inspired various acceleration techniques. Reducing topological complexity and simplifying data representation of neural networks are two approaches that popularly adopted in deep learning society However, the practical impacts of hardware design are often ignored in these algorithm-level techniques, such as the increase of the random accesses to memory hierarchy and the constraints of memory capacity. On the other side, the limited understanding about the computational needs at algorithm level may lead to unrealistic assumptions during the hardware designs. In this talk, we will discuss this mismatch and show how we can solve it through an interactive design practice across both software and hardware levels. We will also introduce some efforts that spent on searching for bio-inspired computing model as well as the emerging post-CMOS circuitry for improving computational efficiency of machine learning and neuromorphic computing applications.

Biography:

Yiran Chen received B.S and M.S. from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2005. After five years in industry, he joined University of Pittsburgh in 2010 as Assistant Professor and then promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, held Bicentennial Alumni Faculty Fellow. He now is a tenured Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University and serving as the director of NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for Alternative Sustainable and Intelligent Computing (ASIC) and co-director of Duke Center for Evolutionary Intelligence (CEI), focusing on the research of new memory and storage systems, machine learning and neuromorphic computing, and mobile computing systems. Dr. Chen has published one book and more than 350 technical publications and has been granted 93 US patents. He serves or served the associate editor of several IEEE and ACM transactions/journals and served on the technical and organization committees of more than 50 international conferences. He received 6 best paper awards and 12 best paper nominations from international conferences. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER award and ACM SIGDA outstanding new faculty award. He is the Fellow of IEEE.


Schahram Dustdar (member of Academia Europaea, IEEE Fellow)
Professor, TU Wien, Austria

Title: TBD
Time: 16:00 - 18:00, Monday February 18, 2019

Abstract:
TBD

Biography:

Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science and head of The Distributed Systems Group at the TU Wien, Austria. From 2004-2010 he was also Honorary Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Computing Science at the University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology and on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). Dustdar is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009), the IBM Faculty Award (2012), an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, and an IEEE Fellow (2016).


Min Song (IEEE Fellow)
Professor and Chair, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Title: TBD
Time: 10:00 - 12:00, Monday February 18, 2019

Abstract:
TBD

Biography:

Min Song joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology as professor and chair in July 2018. Before joining Stevens, he was the David House professor, chair of the computer science department and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Tech from 2014 to 2018. He was also the founding director of the Michigan Tech Institute of Computing and Cybersystems. Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Min served as program director with the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2010 to 2014. Min’s current research interests are in the areas of cognitive radio networks, Internet of Things and cyber physical systems, mobile computing, network security, artificial intelligence, and wireless communication networks. Over the course of his career, Min has published more than 160 technical papers and held various leadership positions. He also served as the IEEE Communications Society director of conference operations, member of the board of governors (2016-2017) and as journal editor and conference chair on several initiatives. Min was the recipient of NSF CAREER award in 2007. He is an IEEE Fellow.


Liuqing Yang (IEEE Fellow)
Professor, Colorado State University, USA

Title: TBD
Time: 10:00 - 12:00, Thursday, February 21, 2019

Abstract:
TBD

Biography:

Dr. Liuqing Yang received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 2004. She is presently a Professor with Colorado State University. Her general interests are in signal processing with applications to communications, networking and power systems - subjects on which she has published more than 290 journal and conference papers, 3 book chapters and 3 books. Dr. Yang became an IEEE Fellow in 2014. She was the recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) award in 2007, the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2009, the Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICUWB'06, ICCC'13, ITSC'14, Globecom'14, ICC'16, and WCSP'16. She is currently serving as the editor in chief for IET Communications.