Keynote Speakers

Yuanchun Shi
Tsinghua University, China

Bio: Prof. Yuanchun Shi is a Changjiang distinguished professor of the Department of Computer Science, the director of HCI & Media Integration Institute. Her research interests include pervasive computing, human computer interaction, distributed multimedia processing and e-learning. Prof. Shi has publications in IEEE Pervasive Computing, IJHCS, TPDS, TKDE, ACM CHI, MM, UIST, etc.  She has won 2 National Science and Technology Advancement Awards and many best paper awards. Prof. Shi received all her PhD, MS and BS in Computer Science from Tsinghua University.

Title: Interpreting user input intention in natural human computer interaction

Abstract:  Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is about information exchange between human and computers. Interaction between users and computers occurs at the User Interface (UI). Now, computers become pervasive, they are embedded in everyday things and UIs are the main value-added competitive advantages. UIs should be more natural for users. NUI (natural user interface) expands forms beyond formal input devices like the mouse and keyboard to more and more natural forms of interaction such as touch, speech, gestures, handwriting, and vision. Unlike speech, handwriting and vision, which have been researched for decades and put into practical use recently, touch and gestures are interaction tasks related, and yet lack of study. This talk will introduce methods of modeling user input action based on data with the random noise for fast touch input and natural gestures.

Ana Paiva
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Bio: Prof. Ana Paiva is a  Full Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering, IST (“Instituto Superior Técnico”) from the University of Lisbon and coordinator of GAIPS – “Intelligent and Social Agents Group” at INESC-ID.  She investigates the creation of AI and complex systems using an agent-based approach, with a particular focus on social agents. Her primary research interests are in the fields of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Affective Computing, Virtual Agents and Human-Robot Interaction. Her most recent work focuses on the affective and social elements present in the interactions between humans and robots more specifically on how to engineer natural and positive relationships with social robots.

For the past twenty years she has served in the organization of numerous international conference and workshops (including, AAMAS, HRI, ACII), and (co-)authored over 200 publications in refereed journals, conferences and books

Title: Robots that listen to people's hearts: the role of emotions in the communication between humans and social robots

Barry Smyth
University College Dublin, Ireland

Bio: Prof. Barry Smyth (BSc, PhD, Hon. DTech(RGU), MRIA) is a scientist and entrepreneur. He holds the DIGITAL Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Barry's research interests cover a broad range of topics, including artificial intelligence, case-based reasoning, and recommender systems. Barry is also an entrepreneur. He co-founded ChangingWorlds and HeyStaks, based on research from his lab, and he currently serves as a board member and/or advisor for a number of AI-related start-ups.