Prof. Volker Skwarek, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Germany
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Bio: Prof. Volker Skwarek is Professor for
Embedded Systems at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His
previous assignments included management positions in major automotive
companies, leading departments for electronics development and research
His research interests focus on ultra-low-power IoT-systems and their data security using Blockchain and Distributed Ledger like systems. Apart from general research topics about generic use case descriptions for blockchains, software frameworks for legally binding smart contracts, trust transfer between blockchains and blockchain-enabled operating system, he and his team work on practical applications for blockchain-sensor-connections in professional industrial environments. Prof. Skwarek holds multiple patents, has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and co-authored 2 books. He is part of several reviewing boards of international blockchain and distributed ledger journals. Additionally Prof. Skwarek holds 4 national and international prices for research and education. Additionally he is very active in national and international standardization of blockchain and distributed ledger systems. He holds a convenor position in ISO TC 307 for WG 3 “Smart Contracts”.
Prof. Sheng-Uei Guan, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Speech Title: Opportunities and Challenges in Information Communications Technology (Download Abstract)
Bio: Steven Guan received his M.Sc. & Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a Professor and the Director for Research Institute of Big Data Analytics at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). He served the head of department position at XJTLU for 4.5 years, creating the department from scratch and now in shape. Before joining XJTLU, he was a tenured professor and chair in intelligent systems at Brunel University, UK. Prof. Guan has worked in a prestigious R&D organization for several years, serving as a design engineer, project leader, and department manager. After leaving the industry, he joined Yuan-Ze University for three and half years. He served as deputy director for the Computing Center and the chairman for the Department of Information & Communication Technology. Later he joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at National University of Singapore as an associate professor. Prof. Guan’s research interests include: machine learning, intelligent systems, computational intelligence, big data analytics, data mining, personalization, modeling, security, networking, electronic commerce, mobile commerce, coding theory, and pseudorandom number generation. He has published extensively in these areas, with 130+ journal papers and 180+ book chapters or conference papers. He has chaired and delivered keynote speeches for 30+ international conferences and served in 170+ international conference committees and 20+ editorial boards.