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Toronto, Canada, Oct 11-14, 2020


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker-01

Shankar Sastry
Thomas Siebel Professor of Computer Science
Departments of EECS, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley

SPEECH TITLE: Digital Transformation of Societal Scale Systems
ABSTRACT: Opportunities abound for the development of new technologies and business models to address some of the most pressing problems of society. Most notably,  the integration of IoT, Data Analytics and Machine Learning and Cloud Computing into societal scale infrastructures, such as energy, transportation, communications and financial systems. Of course, the issues of transforming societal systems is accompanied by issues of economic models for transformation, privacy, (cyber)security and fairness considerations. Indeed, the area of “mechanism design” for societal scale systems is a key feature in transitioning the newest technologies. Mechanism Design has traditionally been in the domain of economics; however, the rich interplay of cognitive science, machine learning, and privacy and cybersecurity makes for the creation of a new and rich discipline, which we are calling Digital Transformation.  In this talk, I will present an intellectual framework for designing Digital Transformation of Societal Systems, combining elements of learning, game theory, cybersecurity and utility based privacy. I will motivate the methods through a number of test applications.


S. Shankar Sastry is currently the Thomas Siebel  Professor of Computer Science and the faculty director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He has faculty appointments in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering. From 2007-2018 he was the Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering. From 2004 to 2007 he was the Director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology in the Interests of Society) an interdisciplinary center spanning UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. He has served as Chairman, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley from January, 2001 through June 2004. From 1999-Feb 2001, he was the Director of the Information Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Sastry received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was on the faculty of MIT as Asst. Professor from 1980-82 and Harvard University as a chaired Gordon Mc Kay professor in 1994. His areas of personal research are resilient cyber physical systems, mechanism design and incentive theory for the digital transformation system of complex societal scale systems network, cybersecurity,,  autonomous  robotic systems (especially unmanned aerial vehicles), computer vision, nonlinear and adaptive control, control of hybrid and embedded systems. Most recently he ran, as PI, a ten year NSF Science and Technology Center (with multi-university partners), TRUST (Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technologies) and its successor  five year center, FORCES (Foundations of Resilient Cyber Physical Systems).

He has coauthored over 650 technical papers and 10 books, including Adaptive Control: Stability, Convergence and Robustness (with M. Bodson, Prentice Hall, 1989) and A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation (with R. Murray and Z. Li, CRC Press, 1994), Nonlinear Systems: Analysis, Stability and Control (Springer-Verlag, 1999), and An Invitation to 3D Vision:  From Images to Models (Springer Verlag, 2003) (with Y. Ma. S. Soatto, and J. Kosecka)., and Generalized Principal Component Analysis (Springer Verlag, 2016 with R. Vidal and Y. Ma). Dr. Sastry served as Associate Editor for numerous publications, including: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control; IEEE Control Magazine; IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems; the Journal of Mathematical Systems, Estimation and Control; IMA Journal of Control and Information; the International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing; Journal of Biomimetic Systems and Materials, the  IEEE Proceedings.  Dr. Sastry was elected into the National Academy of Engineering in 2001, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in 2004.  He  received the President of India Gold Medal in 1977, the IBM Faculty Development 1983, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985 and the Eckman Award of the of the American Automatic Control Council in 1990, the Ragazzini Award for Distinguished Accomplishments in teaching in 2005, an M. A. (honoris causa) from Harvard in 1994, Fellow of the IEEE in 1994, the distinguished Alumnus Award of the Indian Institute of Technology in 1999, the International House at UC Berkeley, and the David Marr prize for the best paper at the International Conference in Computer Vision in 1999,  an honorary Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in 2008, a Ph.D.  Honoris causa from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2016, and a Laurea Dottorato honoris causa from Politecnico di Torino in 2018, and the Berkeley Citation in 2018.    He has been a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2002-5 and the Defense Science Board in 2008 among other national boards. He has been on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the National Science Foundation, Engineering Directorate, Lockheed Martin Corporation and the United Nations Secretary General, and the World Economic Forum Global Development Council.  He is currently on the corporate boards of C3 IoT, HCL Technologies, and Lexmark Corporation. He is on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Interwest LLC, Eriksholm, Oticon, (Denmark).  He has supervised over 65 doctoral students and over 50 MS students to completion.  His students occupy leadership roles on the faculties of many major universities in the United States and abroad.

Keynote Speaker-02

Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
Director of MIRALab / C.U.I.
University of Geneva, Switzerland

SPEECH TITLE: Humanoid social robots: what’s new and what’s next?
ABSTRACT: In his book on politics, Aristotle was dreaming to have statues and objects that express life and replace slaves. Later on, Leonardo da Vinci created some mechanical automatons that could move and serve people. In the 18th Century,  various automatons were produced with fantastic appearance and they were able to sing, write or bow. Last Century gave birth to the first robots guided by software. These robots were able to interact with speech and do actions. And more recently, realistic social humanoid robots can interact and recognize people and analyse emotions.
What are these companions robots? What can they do in reality? What is their future? Why are they useful for Society? Our presentation will show several case studies including  demos of  Nadine social robot.  A discussion will follow:


Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is the Founder and Director of MIRALab, an interdisciplinary lab in Human Computer Modelling, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She also serves as a Director and adjunct Professor at the Institute for Media Innovation in Singapore. Her research domains are Social Robots, Virtual Humans, Mixed Realities and Digital Human Modelling. In Singapore, she has developed the robot Nadine alike of herself that is able to speak, recognize people and gestures, express mood and emotions, and remember actions.
All over her career, she has received several artistic and scientific Awards, as for example, the 2012 Humboldt Research Award, the Eurographics Career Award,  and two Doctor Honoris Causa (from University of Hanover in Germany and from the University of Ottawa in Canada). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Visual Computer Journal published by Springer and is a Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW).

Keynote Speaker-03

Grady Booch
IBM Fellow
Chief Scientist for Software Engineering

SPEECH TITLE: What Does It Mean to be Human?
ABSTRACT: In The Human Use of Human Beings, Norbert Wiener observed that we are now in “a special period in the history of the world”. Little did he know just how far the field of cybernetics has progressed since his time – and yet how much further we have to go. In this keynote, we will reflect back on the assumptions and expectations of cognitive systems in the age of Wiener and von Neumann, and then we’ll explore the landscape of the present. Along the way, we’ll enumerate the advances as well as the failures of the field, and then project to the future, with some observations as to the trajectory of contemporary research and its implications for the individual, for society, and for civilization.


Grady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM’s research and development for embodied cognition. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software. Grady was also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM and IEEE Fellow, has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS, and was recently named an IEEE Computer Pioneer. He is currently developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience.



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