Prof. Shuang-Hua Yang is an Associate Dean of Graduate School and a chair professor in Computer Science at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). He spent over 20 years in the UK Higher Education Institutions before joining SUSTech. He joined Loughborough University in 1997 as a research assistant, and progressing to a research fellow in 1999, a lecturer in 2000, a senior lecturer in 2003, a professor in 2006, and Head of Department of Computer Science in 2014. His educational history originated in China where he received a BSc in 1983, an MSc in 1986, both from the Petroleum University and a PhD in 1991 from Zhejiang University. He was awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree, a higher doctorate degree, in 2014 from Loughborough University to recognize his scientific achievement in his academic career. He is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) since 2014, a fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control since 2005, and a senior member of IEEE since 2003. He was selected as a national Thousand Talent Scheme expert in China in 2016. He was awarded the 2010 Honeywell Prize by the Institute of Measurement and Control in the UK in recognition of his contribution to home automation research. He was the author of four research monographs and over 200 academic journal papers. His research interests focus on Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical System, Wireless Sensor networks and Safety Critical Systems.
Prof. Dr Lili Yang is a Reader in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK. She has conducted a significant amount of research both independently and working in team. As the principal investigator she has led more than 12 projects and carried out 4 projects as co-investigator, which were funded by European Commission, EPSRC, DTI, Natural Environment Research Council, British Council, British Royal Society and industries such as BAE Systems etc. The total budget has reached to over £4 million. She has published over 85 journal and conference papers, produced some books. Her recent publications appear in the top journals such as Information Systems Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Changes, to be named. She was invited by the UK Cabinet Office to give a presentation to their staff in London. She talked her research outcomes by invited on BBC Radio. Her research has generated great impact to the research community in the whole world.
Simon Fong graduated from La Trobe University, Australia, with a 1st Class Honours BEng. Computer Systems degree and a PhD. Computer Science degree in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Simon is now working as an Associate Professor at the Computer and Information Science Department of the University of Macau. He is a co-founder of the Data Analytics and Collaborative Computing Research Group in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Prior to his academic career, Simon took up various managerial and technical posts, such as systems engineer, IT consultant and e-commerce director in Australia and Asia. Dr. Fong has published over 373 international conference and peer-reviewed journal papers, mostly in the areas of data mining, data stream mining, big data analytics, meta-heuristics optimization algorithms, and their applications. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Network and Computer Applications of Elsevier, IEEE IT Professional Magazine, and various special issues of SCIE-indexed journals.