Keynote Speeches
Prof. Cheng-Lin Liu
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Director of NLPR; IEEE and IAPR Fellow

Cheng-Lin Liu is a Professor at the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR), Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, and is now the director of the laboratory. He received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, the M.E. degree in electronic engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China, the Ph.D. degree in pattern recognition and intelligent control from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, in 1989, 1992 and 1995, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and later at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology from March 1996 to March 1999. From 1999 to 2004, he was a research staff member and later a senior researcher at the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include pattern recognition, image processing, neural networks, machine learning, and especially the applications to character recognition and document analysis. He has published over 200 technical papers at prestigious international journals and conferences. He won the IAPR/ICDAR Young Investigator Award of 2005. He is an associate editor-in-chief of Pattern Recognition Journal, an associate editor of Image and Vision and Computing, International Journal on Document Analysis and Recognition, and Cognitive Computation. He is a Fellow of the IAPR and the IEEE.

Prof. David Zhang
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

IEEE and IAPR Fellow

Prof. David Zhang graduated in Computer Science from Peking University. He received his MSc in 1982 and his PhD in 1985 in Computer Science from the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), respectively. From 1986 to 1988 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tsinghua University and then an Associate Professor at the Academia Sinica, Beijing. In 1994 he received his second PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He is a Chair Professor since 2005 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he is the Founding Director of the Biometrics Research Centre (UGC/CRC) supported by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 1998. He also serves as Visiting Chair Professor in Tsinghua University, and Adjunct Professor in Peking University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, HIT, and the University of Waterloo. He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Image and Graphics (IJIG); Founder and Series Editor, Springer International Series on Biometrics (KISB); Organizer, the 1st International Conference on Biometrics Authentication (ICBA); Associate Editor of more than ten international journals including IEEE Transactions and so on. So far, he has published over 20 monographs, 400 international journal papers and 40 patents from USA/Japan/HK/China. According to Google Scholar, his papers have got over 42,000 citations and H-index is 93. He was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering by Thomson Reuters in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Professor Zhang is a Croucher Senior Research Fellow, Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Computer Society, and a Fellow of both IEEE and IAPR.


Plenary Speeches
Prof. Linlin Shen
Shenzhen University, China
Director of Computer Vision Institute and China-UK Joint Research Lab for Visual Information Processing

Prof. Linlin Shen is currently a professor at Computer Science and Software Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China. He is also a Honorary professor at School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK. He serve as the director of Computer Vision Institute and China-UK joint research lab for visual information processing. He received the B.Sc. degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K. He was a Research Fellow with the University of Nottingham, working on MRI brain image processing. His research interests include deep learning, facial recognition, analysis/synthesis and medical image processing. Prof. Shen is listed as the Most Cited Chinese Researcher by Elsevier. He received the Most Cited Paper Award from the journal of Image and Vision Computing. His cell classification algorithms were the winners of the International Contest on Pattern Recognition Techniques for Indirect Immunofluorescence Images held by ICIP 2013 and ICPR 2016.

Prof. Laurent Heutte
University of Rouen, France
Co-director of LITIS lab

Laurent Heutte (b. 1964) is a Full Professor in Computer Engineering and Control System at the University of Rouen, France. He is a member of LITIS research lab and a member of NormaSTIC, FR CNRS 3638. From 2006 to 2015, he has been head of the "Document and Machine Learning" research group in LITIS and is currently co-director of the lab. His research interests cover all areas of pattern recognition and machine learning, with a focus on statistical techniques, classifier ensembles and random forests, applied to handwriting recognition and analysis, historical document image analysis and retrieval, and biomedical data classification. He has been managing several european and international research projects in these fields. He has authored or co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed papers.
Prof. Heutte has been a Governing Board member of IAPR from 2006 to 2010 and has been actively involved in the organizing committe or program committee of many IAPR international conferences (ICPR, ICDAR, SSPR, ICFHR, ICPRAM, CIARP, MCPR...). He is a Field Chief Editor of "Statistics, Optimization & Information Computing", International Academic Press, an Editorial Board member of "Pattern Recognition" and "Pattern Recognition Letters", Elsevier, and an Editorial Advisory Board member of "Recent Patents on Computer Science", Bentham Science.



Assoc. Prof. Chaoyang Chen
Wayne State University, USA

Director of Robotic Rehabilitation Laboratory

Dr. Chaoyang Chen has more than 22 years of research experience focused on understanding orthopaedic biomechanics, nerve signal processing for proprioception and pain, bio-electrical signal processing for medical robot control, and carbon nanotube multi-electrode arrays (CNT-MEA) for human machine interface. He received his M.D. in Medicine from Fujian Medical University, China in 1987, and Master of Surgery degree from Beijing Medical University, China in 1990, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Wayne State University (WSU), USA (1995-1998). He practiced clinical orthopaedic surgery in Fujian Medical University Affiliated First Hospital and conducted photo-elasticity biomechanical studies of spine fracture (1990-1994). In 1994, he was selected as International Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Lumber Spine, Seattle, WA. Then he joined the Department of BME, WSU in Detroit, MI, where he started in research on neurophysiology and robotic rehabilitation engineering. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and the Director of Robotic Rehabilitation Laboratory, Department of BME, WSU. He has won several academic awards from orthopaedic research society and car crash research society.


Invited Speeches
Assoc. Prof. Qijun Zhao
Sichuan University, China

Qijun Zhao is currently an associate professor in the College of Computer Science at Sichuan University. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in computer science both from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He worked as a post-doc research fellow in the Pattern Recognition and Image Processing lab at Michigan State University from 2010 to 2012. His research interests lie in biometrics, particularly, face perception and affective computing, with applications to intelligent video surveillance, public security, healthcare, and human-computer interactions. Dr. Zhao has published more than 50 papers in academic journals and conferences, and participated in many research projects either as principal investigators or as primary researchers. He is a reviewer for many renowned field journals and conferences. He served as a program committee co-chair in organizing the 11th Chinese Conference on Biometric Recognition (CCBR2016) and the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis (ISBA).