Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computing
Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London, UK

PProfessor of Artificial Intelligence

Title : "Human-centric Intelligent Computing : Challenge Accepted"

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 ISCA, President-Emeritus of the AAAC, and Senior Member of the ACM. He (co-)authored 900+ publications (30k citations, h-index=80), 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.



Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Universita' della Svizzera italiana

Title : "Lifelong learning"

Ergodicity, stationarity and time invariance are common assumptions we make in order to design models and solutions to problems. As a consequence, it does not come as a surprise that most of machine learning techniques assume those hypotheses for the process generating the data, e.g., as it happens in the classification and prediction cases. Moreover, these amenable assumptions are so widely –and implicitly- accepted that sometimes we even forget that they might not hold in the practice, most likely in the long run, as time proceeds and our data become datastreams.

The ability to detect a change (concept drift) and react accordingly is hence a major achievement for intelligent learning machines and constitutes one of the hottest modern research topics in machine learning. This ability allows the machine for actively tuning the application to maintain high performance, changing online the operational strategy, detecting and isolating possible occurring faults to name a few relevant tasks.

The talk will focus on Lifelong learning starting from Learning in non-stationary environments, by introducing both passive and active approaches. The active approach will be deepened by introducing triggering mechanisms based on Change point methods and Change detection tests. Finally, the just-in-time detect&react mechanism is introduced where, following a detected change, the intelligent system immediately reacts with a strategy depending on the available information.


CESARE ALIPPI received the degree in electronic engineering cum laude in 1990 and the PhD in 1995 from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Currently, he is a Professor with the Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy and Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland. He is a visiting professor at the University of Kobe, Japan, the University of Guangzhou, China and Consultant Professor at the Northwestern Polytechnic in Xi’An, China. He has been a visiting researcher at UCL (UK), MIT (USA), ESPCI (F), CASIA (RC), A*STAR (SIN). Alippi is an IEEE Fellow, Member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Board of Governors member of the International Neural Network Society, Board of Directors member of the European Neural Network Society, Past Vice-President education of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society , past associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging topics in computational intelligence, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, the IEEE-Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements , the IEEE-Transactions on Neural Networks. In 2018 he received IEEE CIS Outstanding Computational Intelligence Magazine Award , the 2016 Gabor award from the International Neural Networks Society and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems Paper Award ; in 2013 the IBM Faculty award ; in 2004 the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Young Engineer Award. Current research activity addresses adaptation and learning in non-stationary environments, graph learning and Intelligence for embedded, IoT and cyber-physical systems . He holds 8 patents, has published one monograph book, 7 edited books and about 200 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.


Modar Alaoui

Founder and CEO at Eyeris, Palo Alto, California, USA

Title : "Applied Vision AI Inside Autonomous Vehicles: A Deep Dive On In-cabin Sensing Enabled With AI Chips"

Modar is a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence (AI) technology entrepreneur and a leading figure in computer vision AI for human behavior understanding, modeling and prediction. He is currently the founder and CEO of Eyeris, a leader of in-vehicle scene understanding AI inside autonomous and Highly-Automated Vehicles (HAVs). Modar also serves as an advisor to the the Khronos Group’s Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF). Modar combines over a decade of experience in computer vision and applied human-centric AI for a wide range of enterprise applications. His work focuses on bridging human-machine interaction with predictive invisible interfaces through body, face, object and surface analysis. He is a frequent speaker, keynoter and author on “human-centric ambient intelligence” as the next frontier in AI. Modar graduated from Concordia University Montréal, with a concentration on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU) using artificial intelligence technologies. He is a winner of several international technology and innovation awards and has been featured on Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, Time magazine, CNBC, Reuters, Fast Company and many major media publications spanning over 12 different languages for his work.