Prof. Alfonso Farina

Consultant to Electronic Division, Leonardo SpA – Roma, Italy
Title: Artificial Intelligence and Data Fusion Techniques applied to Space-based Global Maritime Surveillance. A look to deep learning and information from heterogeneous sensors

Biography: Alfonso Farina (FREng, FIET, LFIEEE, Fellow of EURASIP, EurASc) received the Doctoral – Laurea - Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome, Rome, Italy, in 1973. From 1974 to 2014, he covered several technical and management positions in the Aerospace sector. From 1979 to 1985, he was also a Professor of Radar Techniques with the University of Naples, Italy. He is currently a Visiting Professor with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London and with the Centre of Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber at Cranfield University, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society and a Distinguished Industry Lecturer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society (Jan 2018-Dec 2019). He is a Consultant for Leonardo S.p.A. “Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division” (Rome). He has authored or co-authored more than 800 peer-reviewed technical papers and books and monographs (published worldwide), some of them also translated into Russian and Chinese. He received the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications for “Continuous, Innovative, Theoretical, and Practical Contributions to Radar Systems and Adaptive Signal Processing Techniques” (2010). IEEE Signal Processing Society Industrial Leader Award (2018). Christian Hülsmeyer Award from the German Institute of Navigation (DGON) (2019). IEEE AESS Pioneer Award (2020). Honorary chair of IEEE RadarConf 2020, Florence.

Prof. Francesco Buccafurri

Full Professor of Computer Science at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Title: Internet Censorship Resistance

Biography: Francesco Buccafurri is a full professor of computer science at the University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy. In 1995 he took the PhD degree in computer science at the University of Calabria. In 1996 he was visiting researcher at the database and knowledge representation group of Vienna University of Technology. His research interests include cybersecurity and privacy, social networks, deductive-databases, knowledge-representation and non-monotonic reasoning, model checking, data compression, data streams, agents, P2P systems. He has published more than 160 papers in top-level international journals and conference proceedings. He serves as a referee for international journals, and he is a member of a number of conference PCs. Francesco Buccafurri is Associate Editor of Information Sciences (Elsevier) and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; he is included in the editorial board of a number of other international journals and played the role of PC chair and PC member in many international conferences. He is a member of the IEEE computer society.

Dr. Pierre Philippe Mathieu

Head of the Φ-lab Explore Office, Earth Observation Future Systems Department, European Space Agency (ESA), Italy
Title: The rise of AI for Space

Biography: Pierre-Philippe Mathieu is heading the Φ-lab Explore Office (within the Earth Observation Future Systems Department) at the European Space Agency (ESA) in ESRIN (Frascati, Italy). Pierre-Philippe spent 20+ years working in the field of environmental modelling, weather risk management and remote sensing. He has a degree in mechanical engineering, an M.Sc from University of Liege (Belgium), a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and a Management degree from the University of Reading Business School (UK).

Prof. Carlos A. Coello Coello

Investigador Cinvestav 3F, CINVESTAV-IPN, Depto. de Computacio, Mexico City, MEXICO 0736
Title: Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization and The Quest for Reproducibility

Biography: Carlos Artemio Coello Coello received a PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University (USA) in 1996. His research has mainly focused on the design of new multi-objective optimization algorithms based on bio-inspired metaheuristics (e.g., evolutionary algorithms), which is an area in which he has made pioneering contributions. He currently has more than 550 publications, including more than 160 journal papers and 50 book chapters. He has published a monographic book and has edited 3 more books with publishers such as World Scientific and Springer. He has supervised 22 PhD theses (including 3 in Argentina) and 48 Masters thesis (including one in France). Several of the PhD theses that he has supervised, have received awards in national competitions. He has also received (with his students) several “best paper awards” at different international conferences. He is also the only Latin American who has been awarded (twice) the“outstanding paper award” of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. His publications currently report 61,490 citations in Google Scholar. According to Scopus, Dr. Coello has 22,725 citations, excluding self-citations and citations from all his co-authors. His h-index is 95, according to Google Scholar, 67 according to Scopus and 63 according to the ISI Web of Science. In the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016 developed by Elsevier, he appears as one of the 300 most highly cited scientists in the world in “Computer Science”, occupying the first place in Mexico.
He has received several awards, including the National Research Award (in 2007) from the Mexican Academy of Science (in the area of exact sciences), the 2009 Medal to the Scientific Merit from Mexico City's congress, the Ciudad Capital: Heberto Castillo 2011 Award for scientists under the age of 45, in Basic Science, the 2012 Scopus Award (Mexico's edition) for being the most highly cited scientist in engineering in the 5 years previous to the award and the 2012 National Medal of Science in Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Mexico's presidency (this is the most important award that a scientist can receive in Mexico). He also received the Luis Elizondo Award from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in 2019. Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, "for pioneering contributions to single- and multiobjective optimization techniques using bioinspired metaheuristics", of the 2016 The WorldAcademy of Sciences (TWAS) Award in “Engineering Sciences”, and of the 2021 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award. Since January 2011, he is an IEEE Fellow. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation.
He is Full Professor with distinction (Investigador Cinvestav 3F) at the Computer Science Department of CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico.