Keynote Speakers

Anne James

Professor and Head of Computing and Technology,
Nottingham Trent University,
Nottingham, UK
Anne James is Professor and Head of Computing and Technology at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Previously she was Professor of Data Systems Architecture at Coventry University. She obtained her BSc degree at Aston University, UK and her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton UK. Specialising in data processing and semantic analysis, the research interests of Professor James are in the general area of creating distributed and intelligent systems to meet new challenges, particularly in the area of cyber security. Examples of current projects are the development of enhanced methods for detection of biometric identity fraud, the construction of new methods for Cloud forensics, the use of block chain  technology in public key infrastructure, and natural language processing for document content analysis. Professor James has successfully supervised 30 research degrees and has published around 200 papers in peer reviewed journals or conferences.


Srikanta Patnaik

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
 SOA University,
Bhubaneswar, India  
Dr. Srikanta Patnaik is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, India. He has received his Ph. D. (Engineering) on Computational Intelligence from Jadavpur University, India in 1999 and supervised 15 Ph. D. Theses and more than 50 Master theses in the area of Computational Intelligence, Soft Computing Applications and Re-Engineering. Dr. Patnaik has published around 100 research papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He is author of 2 text books and 15 edited volumes and few invited book chapters, published by leading international publisher like Springer-Verlag, Kluwer Academic, etc.. Dr. Patnaik was the Principal Investigator of AICTE sponsored TAPTEC project “Building Cognition for Intelligent Robot” and UGC sponsored Major Research Project “Machine Learning and Perception using Cognition Methods”. He is the Editors-in-Chief of International Journal of Information and Communication Technology and International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics published from Inderscience Publishing House, England and also Editors-in-chief of Book Series on “Modeling and Optimization in Science and Technology” published from Springer, Germany. He is also Series Editor of the book series of “Automation, Control and Robotics” published from River Publication, Netherland.


Ir. Dr. Karl Ng

Director, Data Economy Division
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
 As Director of the Data Economy Division, Dr Karl leads MDEC’s efforts in getting numerous organizations to leverage on the power of data to make strategic business decisions, improve operational competences and drive revenue growth to create a new and innovative business models and at national level contribute towards the well being of citizens. The Data Economy endeavour includes driving the impact of key technologies such as Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Internet of Things (IoT) via a two-pronged strategy of growing the local supply of such solutions via industry development programs and while carrying out digital transformation on the demand side. He holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and MBA with Distinction and Doctor of Business Degrees from Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is also a Chartered and Professional Engineer. He sits in advisory board of several universities in Malaysia and has served as judge in international Entrepreneurship and Innovation awards including EY Entrepreneur of the Year Malaysia since 2001.