Keynote Speakers


Prof.Dr. Dawei Song 

The Open University, UK

Professor Dawei Song received his Ph.D. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000. He is currently a Professor at Tianjin University, China, and also a Professor of Computing at The Open University, UK, since 2012. Prior to these appointments, he worked as a Professor of Computing since 2008 at the Robert Gordon University, UK, where he remains as an Honorary Professor since 2012. He has also worked as a Senior Lecturer and Research Director at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University, UK, during 9/2005-10/2008; and as a Research Scientist (since 9/2000) and Senior Research Scientist (since 5/2002) at the Cooperative Research Centre in Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology, Australia.

His main research interest focuses on novel formal models (particularly quantum theory inspired models) for information retrieval, user interaction and cognition; and knowledge discovery from large-scale textual and multimodal information. He has published papers regularly in prestigious journals (e.g., ACM TOIS, ACM TIST, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TNNLS) and top conferences (e.g., over 20 on SIGIR, CIKM, ACL, IJCAI, and WWW). He was Secretary of the British Computer Society (BCS)’s Information Retrieval Specialists Group (IRSG) in 2008-2011, Steering Committee Chair of the Asia Information Retrieval Societies (AIRS) Conference in 2013. He has served as an Area Chair for ACM SIGIR2014 and SIGIR2015, Program Committee co-Chair of the International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR2009) and Asia Information Retrieval Societies Conference (AIRS2009), General Chair of the International Symposium on Quantum Interactions (QI2011) and ACM International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR2018).


Dr. Dzahar Mansor

National Technology Officer,
Microsoft Malaysia.

Dr. Dzaharudin Mansor is the National Technology Officer (“NTO”) for Microsoft Malaysia. As the NTO, Dzahar drives the engagement with key national technology stakeholders, which include academics, policymakers & advisors, and interest groups with the intention to builds trust while contributing to national development. 

Dr. Dzahar joined Microsoft in 2005 and has more than 31 years of professional experience in ICT and telecommunications. He started his career as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, La Trobe University, and moved on to as an R&D engineer at Telecom Australia Research Laboratories in Melbourne. On returning to Malaysia, he joined Celcom as an R&D manager and left the company as the Vice President for R&D and IT divisions. He subsequently worked at HP in Singapore, Vsource (M) Sdn. Bhd. and Object Innovations (M) Sdn. Bhd. in R&D, operations, business, as well as leadership positions. 


Prof. Dr. Ghazali Bin Sulong

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Ghazali Bin Sulong received his BSc. in Statistics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1979, and  M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computing from University of Wales, United Kingdom in 1982 and 1989 respectively. His academic career has begun since 1982 at Universiti  Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). In Jan. 1999, he was promoted as a full Professor of Image Processing at Faculty of Computing, UTM. Since July 2016 he was seconded at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. He has successfully supervised 75 postgraduates (2 Postdoc. 37 PhD and 46 MSc), and has authored/co-authored of more than 180 technical papers for journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. His current research interests include Biometric – fingerprint identification, face recognition, ear recognition, iris verification, handwriting recognition; Digital forensic – writer identification, image and video forgeries recognition, signature verification, image encryption, watermarking and steganography; Medical imaging (MRI, CT and Mammogram) – tumor detection, segmentation, 3D visualization and volume calculation; Image retrieval; Vehicle  tracking; Human activities recognition.

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Halimah Badioze Zaman

Head of ICT Cluster, National Professor Council, Malaysia

Professor Dato’ Dr Halimah Badioze Zaman received her Ph.D. from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, in 1983. She joined Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1983 and was one of the founders of the Faculty of Information Science and Technology, UKM. She became  the Founding Head of Department of Information Science and later Deputy Dean of Research and Development Affairs of the Faculty from 2002-2005. She became a full Professor in Multimedia Technology since 1999. In July 2005-August 2007, she became Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Engineering, Tamkang University, Taiwan and Guest Writer at Chengchi National University, Taiwan. She is also currently a conjoint Professor at Newcastle University, Australia, and Honorary Professor at Nottingham University, UK and Malaysia Campus. She became the Founding Director of the first Computer Science and Information Technology Centre of Excellence in UKM called Institute of Visual Informatics (IVI) since 2010. She is very active in research in the field of computer science and ICT specifically in Visual Informatics. She was responsible for the creation of the ICT niche in UKM, and is Lead Scholar and Head of the Visual Informatics Research Group. She has worked extensively in the areas of visual informatics namely, multimedia software development, virtual reality, augmented reality, virtual learning, virtual Islamic banking, various virtual, haptic and voice recognition systems for the special population: such as the visually impaired, the physically ill patients as well learners of down syndrome, dyslexia, deaf and autism. She is also active in the field of visualization of big data and data analytics. She has links with colleagues in similar field from various universities globally such as  Cambridge University (UK), Newcastle University (UK), Kingston University (UK), Imperial College London (UK), Tamkang University (Taiwan), Chiou Tung University (Taiwan), Asia University (Taiwan), National Taipei University (Taiwan), RMIT University, (Auatralia), dan Uppsala University (Sweden).

 She was awarded the ICT Excellent Teacher Award in 2005 by MNCC, KTAK, MOSTI and Maxis. She has also won many research and innovation awards for her research both nationally and Internationally. In December 2008, she won a gold medal and the outstanding Special World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Award for one of her inventions; MgSysVisi, a browser for the Visually impaired in Seoul, Korea. In August 2009, she won  a gold medal and the Special RamRais Award for Best ICT  Invention at ITEX 2009 for her product called HiCORE (Holistic Islamic Banking System). In December 2009, she won the National Innovation Award (Anugerah Inovasi Negara)2009 bestowed by Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). She has supervised more than 42 successful PhD candidates in the research areas mentioned earlier. She holds many positions at both national and international levels. She is currently Head of the ICT Cluster, National Professor’s Council or Majlis Profesor Negara; She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) in the Engineering and Computer Sciences Discipline, since June  2009;  Chairman of the Expert Working Group on Computer Science and ICT, National Science Research Council (NSRC); Chairman of the Expert Working Group on Technology and Innovation Ecosystem, National Information Technology Council (NITC); member of the task force on the formation of the Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia (BCPM). Currently she is also,   Honorary Professor in Computer Science, at  University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, and Fellow at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).She is also President of the Malaysian Information Technology Malaysia (MITS). 


Prof. Dr. Tarek El-Ghazawi

ECE Professor and Director

Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technology (IMPACT)

The George Washington University, U.S.A

Tarek El-Ghazawi is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The George Washington University, where he leads the university-wide Strategic Academic Program in High-Performance Computing. He is the founding director of The GW Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technologies (IMPACT) and a founding Co-Director of the NSF Industry/University Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC). El-Ghazawi’s research interests include high-performance computing, computer architectures, reconfigurable, embedded computing and computer vision. He is one of the principal co-authors of the UPC parallel programming language and the first author of the UPC book from John Wiley and Sons. He has received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from New Mexico State University in 1988. El-Ghazawi has published close to 250 refereed research publications in this area. El-Ghazawi has received many national and international awards and recognition. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was selected as a Research Faculty Fellow at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies, Toronto. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, a recipient of the Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovations a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt research award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and a recipient of the GW SEAS Distinguished Researcher Award. 


Prof. Emer. Dato’ Dr. Tengku Mohamad bin Tengku Sembok

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International),

National Defence University of Malaysia

Tengku Mohd obtained his B.Sc(Hons) in Computer Science from Brighton Polytechnic in 1977, MS from Iowa University in 1981, and PhD from Glasgow University in 1989. His current appointment is as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International Affairs) in the National Defence University of Malaysia. His areas of specialization are information retrieval, AI, NLP and multimedia course-ware. He has held several academic posts at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and International Islamic University prior to his current post. He is a Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia, a Fellow of British Computer Society, and a fellow of Malaysian Science Association.