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Conference Chair

Joaquim Filipe
Polytechnic Institute of Setubal / INSTICC

Brief Bio
Joaquim B L Filipe is currently a Coordinator Professor of the School of Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (EST-Setúbal), Portugal. He got his PhD at the School of Computing of Staffordshire University, U.K, in 2000.
His main areas of research involve Artificial Intelligence and Multi-Agent System theory and applications to different domains, with an emphasis on social issues in activity coordination, especially in organizational modelling and simulation, where he has been actively involved in several R&D projects, including national and international programs. He represented EST-Setúbal in
several European projects.
He has over 200 publications, including papers in conferences and journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He started several conference series, sponsored by INSTICC and technically co-sponsored or in cooperation with major International Associations.
He took part in over 100 conference and workshop program committees and he is on the editorial board of a Springer book series.
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ECTA Program Chair

Niki van Stein
Leiden University

Brief Bio
Niki van Stein is a researcher in the Natural Computing Group of LIACS and manager of the applied data science lab. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Leiden University in 2018. Niki's research interests are in explainable AI for optimization and machine learning, global (Bayesian) optimization and neural architecture search.


FCTA Program Chair

Francesco Marcelloni
University of Pisa

Brief Bio
FRANCESCO MARCELLONI is full professor of Data Mining and Machine Learning at the University of Pisa. His main research interests include explainable artificial intelligence, federated learning, data mining for big data and streaming data, sentiment analysis and opinion mining, genetic fuzzy systems, and fuzzy clustering algorithms. He has co-edited three volumes, four journal special issues, and is (co-)author of a book and of more than 250 papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings. Recently, he has received the 2021 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper award and the 2022 IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding Paper award. He serves as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (IEEE), Information Sciences (Elsevier), Soft Computing (Springer), and is on the editorial board of a number of other international journals. He has coordinated various research projects funded by both public and private entities. He has also coordinated two Erasmus+ KA2 projects. ... More >>


NCTA Program Co-Chairs

H. K. Lam
King's College London
United Kingdom

Brief Bio
H. K. Lam is a Reader from the Department of King's College London. His research interests include intelligent control, computational intelligence and machine learning. He has served as a program committee member, international advisory board member, invited session chair and publication chair for various international conferences and a reviewer for various books, international journals and international conferences. He was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs and is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IET Control Theory and Applications, In ternational Journal of Fuzzy Systems, Neurocomputing and Nonlinear Dynamics; and guest editor for several international journals. Besides, he is on the editorial board of many internal journals. He was named as a highly cited researcher and is an IEEE fellow.

He is a coeditor of two edited volumes: Control of Chaotic Nonlinear Circuits (World Scientific, 2009) and Computational Intelligence and Its Applications (World Scientific, 2012), and author/coauthor of three monographs: Stability Analysis of Fuzzy-Model-Based Control Systems (Springer, 2011), Polynomial Fuzzy Model Based Control Systems (Springer, 2016) and Analysis and Synthesis for Interval Type-2 Fuzzy-Model-Based Systems (Springer, 2016).
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Marie Cottrell
Université Paris1

Brief Bio
Pr. Marie Cottrell was born in Béthune (France) 1943. She was a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Sèvres, and received the Agrégation de Mathématiques degree in 1964 ( with 8° place), and the Thèse d'Etat (Modélisations de réseaux de neurones par des chaînes de Markov et autres applications) in 1988.

From 1964 to 1967, she was a High School Teacher. From 1967 to 1988, she was successively an Assistant and an Assistant Professor at the University of Paris and at the University of Paris-Sud (Orsay), except from 1970 to 1973, on which she was a Professor at the University of Habana, Cuba. From 19
89 to 2012, she was a full Professor at the University Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne. Since 2012, she is a Professor Emeritus.

She is a permanent invited professor at the University of Havana, a life member of the IEEE Society, an honorary member of the Cuban Society of Mathematics and Computation, an Honorary Doctor of the Aalto University School of Science and Technology and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Habana.

Her research interests include stochastic algorithms, large deviation theory, machine learning and computational intelligence, theory and algorithms for artificial neural networks, linear and non linear exploratory data analysis, non linear forecasting methods. Since 1986, her main work deals with artificial and biological neural networks, Kohonen maps and their applications in data analysis.

She is the author of about 140 publications in this field. She is regularly solicited as referee or international conference program committee member. She organized several international conferences. She was in charge of the laboratory SAMM (Statistics, Analysis, Multidisciplinary Modelization) at the University Paris 1 until 2012.
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