12 December, 2016

Plenary Speakers SOCO’17

Dr Hujun Yin

Hujun Yin received BEng and MSc degrees from Southeast University (formerly Nanjing Institute of Technology) in 1983 and 1986 respectively, and PhD degree from University of York in 1996. He jointed the University of Manchester (UMIST before the merge) in 1996 as a Post-Doc Research Associate. He was appointed Lecturer in 1998 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2003. His other previous employments include Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer at Tongji University, Shanghai from 1986 till 1991. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College.

He gave a plenary talk to HAIS 2008 and was a Tutorial Speaker at WCCI 2008 (Title: Nonlinear Dimensionality Reduction and Data Visualisation). He was the chair of Special Session on Principal Manifolds and Data Visualisation at IJCNN 2007. An organiser of Biologically Inspired Information Fusion Workshop, Surrey, 22-23 August 2006. A talk on “The Self-Organising Maps for Data Visualisation and Manifold Mapping” to Workshop on Principal Manifolds, Leicester, 24-26 August 2006. He  was  an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (2006-2009) and has been a member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Neural Systems (since 2005). More information can be found and some publications can be downloaded from http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/hujun.yin

Mr Félix Barrio

D Félix Antonio Barrio Juárez holds a Masters in Software and Systems Engineering and a University Expert Diploma in Management and Administration of Information and Technologies from the University of Alcalá and a Doctorate in Science and Technology Management from the University of Salamanca. He has worked as an assessor for the National Agency for Assessment and Forecasting. A former Fulbright scholar, he has held several management positions at the Universities of Burgos, León and Salamanca. Between March 2007 and October 2014 he was Programs Manager at the National Institute of Communication Technologies, a dependent entity of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Since October 2014, he has been with the Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute, a dependent entity of the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda, where he is Head of Industry, Talent Development and R&D Support programmes.He has delivered various postgraduate seminars at different universities and teaches on several Masters programmes in IT Governance and Information Security Management Systems. He is a member of several technical standardization committees of AENOR and in 2014 he coordinated the translation into Spanish of the ISO 27000 family of standards on Security Technologies.

Dr José Luis Verdegay

José Luis Verdegay received the M.S. degree in mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in sciences from the University of Granada, Granada, Spain, in 1975 and 1981, respectively. He is a full Professor at Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (DECSAI),University of Granada, Spain, Director of the Models of Decision and Optimization (MODO) Research Group, Coordinator of the Master on Soft Computing between University of Granada and “Universidad Central Marta Abreu de las Villas (Cuba)”  and Delegate of the Rector for ICT in University of Granada. He has published eleven books and more than 250 scientific and technical papers in leading scientific journals, and has been Advisor of 13 Ph.D. dissertations. He has served on many international program committees and has attended numerous national and international conferences, congresses, and workshops. He has been Principal Researcher in a variety of national and international research and educational projects. He is currently involved in a research project on “Co-operative Metaheuristics and Soft Computing.” He has a long experience in the evaluation of the quality of academic institutions. He has been member and President of a number of committees with the European Training Foundation and the Spanish Ministry of Education. He also is a member of the Editorial Board of several international leading journals. He has been Chairman of DECSAI (1990–1994), President of the Spanish Association for Fuzzy Logic and Technologies (1990–1996), Advisor for Intelligent Technologies of the Spanish Science Inter-Ministry Commission (1995–1996), and Director of International Affairs at the University of Granada (1996–2000). His current scientific interests are Soft Computing, fuzzy sets and systems, decision support systems, metaheuristic algorithms, nature inspired systems, and bioinformatic.