Kyoto University - Hong Kong Baptist University Joint Workshop on Field Informatics


Prof. Jiming Liu

Chair Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University

Jiming Liu is the Chair Professor of Department of Computer Science at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Hong Kong. Prof. Liu received Bachelor of Science from East China Normal University, Shanghai, Master of Arts from Concordia University, and Master of Engineering and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal. Before 1994, he had worked in the IT industry (e.g., Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), Virtual Prototypes Inc. (VPI), and Knowledge Engineering Technology Inc. (KENTEK) in Canada).

Prof. Liu's present research interests include multi-agent autonomy-oriented computing (AOC) paradigm, self-organizing/decentralized systems, Web intelligence (WI), and real-world complex systems/complex networks related problems (e.g., health and health systems, extreme events, and energy/sustainability management). His previous research focused on autonomous agents and multi-agent systems (AAMAS), robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). He has contributed to the scientific literature in those areas. His work on AOC and nature-inspired computing (NIC) was highlighted in Science, October 2006, in Editors' Choice, and the work on adaptive user interface was referenced in Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century outlined by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He has given Keynote Talks at ICNC'08-FSKD'08, AWIC'07, RSEISP'07, RSKT 2006, AMT'06, and AWIC'05, and Invited Plenary Talks at KES'05, MMAS 2004, ISMIS'03, and IJCAI'03, among others. Prof. Liu received the President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work at HKBU in 2007. He was named 2011 IEEE Fellow for contributions to web intelligence and multi-agent autonomy-oriented computing.

Prof. Liu has served professional communities in various capacities, e.g., Editor-in-Chief of Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2005-2009), IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B (2009-), and Computational Intelligence (2007-) etc., Editorial Board Member of several other journals, General (Co-)Chair or Program (Co-)Chair of international conferences (IHI'12, ISMIS'12, ICDM'06, WI/IAT'05, EEE'04, IDEAL'03, WI/IAT'01, and IAT'99 etc.), Chair of IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics (TCII) (2010-), IEEE Computer Society Fellows Committee Member (2011), Co-Director of Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC), Member of Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Engineering Panel (2004-2010), and Member of Hong Kong Young Scientist Award Selection Panel (2002-).

Prof. Toru Ishida

Professor, Kyoto University

Toru Ishida has been a professor of Kyoto University since 1993.
His academic paths include visiting scientist/professor positions at Columbia University, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Le Laboratoired' Informatique de Paris 6, Pierre et Marie Curie, University of Maryland,Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Tsinghua University and Hong Kong Baptist University. He is a fellow of IEEE, IPSJ, and IEICE since 2002, 2005, and 2008.
His research interest lies with autonomous agents and multiagent systems, and he has been working on this theme for more than twenty years. He is a co-founder of MACC/JAWS (Japanese), PRIMA (Asia/Pacific) and ICMAS/AAMAS (International), conferences on autonomous agents and multiagent systems. He served as a program co-chair of the second ICMAS, a chair of the first PRIMA, and a general co-chair of the first AAMAS.
He was also an editor-in-chief of Journal on Web Semantics (Elsevier) and an associate editor of IEEE PAMI, and Journal on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Springer).
He has also started workshop/conference on Digital Cities and Intercultural Collaboration. In 2006, he began the Language Grid project. Department of Social Informatics, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University takes on the role as the Language Grid Operator.