Keynote Speaker


Prof. Jaap van den Herik
Leiden University, the Netherlands
Fellow of the European AI community (EurAI)

Biography: Jaap van den Herik studied mathematics (with honours) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received his PhD degree at Delft University of Technology in 1983. In 1984 he was visiting professor at the McGill School of Computer Science in Montreal. Thereafter, he was subsequently affiliated with Maastricht University (1987-2008), Tilburg University (2008-2016) as a full professor of Computer Science and with Leiden University as part time professor of Computer Science and Law (since 1988). 

He is the founding director of IKAT (Institute of Knowledge and Agent Technology) and TiCC (Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication) and was supervisor of 82 PhD researchers.

At Leiden University, Van den Herik was affiliated with the department of Computer Science (now LIACS) between 1984 and 1988. He became professor of Computer Science and Law in 1988, at the Center for Law in the Information Society (eLaw). Furthermore, he was Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) from 2014 to 2019. In 2014 he founded the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS) together with Joost Kok and Jacqueline Meulman. From January 2019 he continues his work at the Mathematical Institute of the Leiden University. 

Van den Herik’s research interests include artificial intelligence, intelligent legal systems, big data and social innovation. In 2012, he received an ERC Advanced Grant together with Jos Vermaseren (PI, Nikhef) and Aske Plaat, for the research proposal “Solving High Energy Physics Equations using Monte Carlo Gaming Techniques.” Van den Herik received a Humies Award in 2014, for his work on chess programming together with Omid E. David, Moshe Koppel, and Nathan S. Netanyahu. 

Van den Herik has been active in many organizations and advisory boards, such as the Belgian Netherlands Association of AI (honorary member), JURIX (honorary chair), the CSVN (honorary member), the ICGA, ToKeN, Catch, the consortium BiG Grid, and Legal Delta. Furthermore, he is a fellow of the European AI community (EurAI), and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Currently he employs with the LCDS team mates initiatives in The Hague to start an Executive Master on Legal Technologies.

Prof. John MacIntyre
University of Sunderland, UK

Biography: John MacIntyre is Professor of Adaptive Systems and Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Sunderland. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, a Chartered Engineer, and a Member of the British Computer Society. He holds a BSc (Bachelor of Science) First Class Honours in Combined Science (Computer Science and Physiology) from the University of Sunderland, 1993; and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) based on his work in Neural Networks and Condition Monitoring, also from the University of Sunderland, 1996.

His research covers the application of intelligent systems and artificial intelligence and adaptive computing techniques (eg neural networks, genetic algorithms, fuzzy logic, neuro-fuzzy systems, case-based reasoning and hybrid systems) to real-world problems. He founded the University’s Centre for Adaptive Systems in 1995, and was Director of the Centre from 1995 to 2005. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed papers and provided keynote talks to conferences and events around the world, including the 2019 Smart China Expo, which was opened by President Xi Jinping.

Since 1996 John has held the post of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neural Computing and Applications, published by Springer, which publishes applied work in neural computing and related techniques. The journal is now one of the leading publications in this field, with an Impact Factor of 4.6.

More recently his work has included consideration of how the technological developments and applications of A.I. require moral and ethical frameworks, in order to ensure that the dangers often associated with A.I. can be minimized or avoided.

Prof. Nafiz Arica
Bahcesehir University, Turkey

Biography: Nafiz Arica received the BSc degree from the Turkish Naval Academy in 1991. He worked for the Navy as communications and combat officer for four years. In 1995, he joined the Middle East Technical University (METU) where he received both MSc and PhD degrees in computer engineering. His thesis was awarded the thesis of the year in 1998 at METU. He conducted research as a postdoctoral associate both at the Beckman Institute of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL and at the Department of Information Science of Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. From 2004 to 2013 he worked as a faculty member of Computer Engineering Department at the Turkish Naval Academy, Istanbul. He is now working as Professor in Computer Engineering Department at Bahcesehir University. He also holds the position of dean at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

The general theme of his research is to develop intelligent systems with a focus on “seeing”. In accordance with this ultimate goal, his research interests include various subjects in Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Autonomous Agents. During his research career, he has worked on many problems that have real-world applications in these areas. In particular, the problems, he has addressed covers image/object representation and classification, deep learning, human activity analysis, detecting and tracking moving objects for video surveillance, facial expression analysis. In addition he has studied on simulation and modeling of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight paths, and path planning algorithms.

For his research, he combines the rigor of basic sciences with the innovative and practical aspects of engineering. His general goal in research is to develop novel techniques based on probabilistic models and engineering approaches. He pursues his research based on three pillars: analysis of real world problems, development of computational models and experimentation on large set of real data.