Prof. Witold Pedrycz

University of Alberta, Canada

IEEE Life Fellow

Biography : Witold Pedrycz (IEEE Life Fellow) is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Pedrycz is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of several awards including Norbert Wiener award from the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, IEEE Canada Computer Engineering Medal, a Cajastur Prize for Soft Computing from the European Centre for Soft Computing, a Killam Prize, a Fuzzy Pioneer Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and 2019 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society.
His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, Granular Computing, and Machine Learning, among others.
Professor Pedrycz serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (Wiley), and Co-editor-in-Chief of Int. J. of Granular Computing (Springer) and J. of Data Information and Management (Springer).

Prof. Rajkumar Buyya

University of Melbourne, Australia

IEEE Fellow
Foreign Fellow of Academia Europaea
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory

Biography: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He has authored over
850 publications and seven textbooks including "Mastering Cloud Computing" published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. Dr. Buyya is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=162, g-index=360, and 142,800+ citations). He has been recognised as a "Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher" for seven times since 2016, "Best of the World" twice for research fields (in Computing Systems in 2019 and Software Systems in 2021/2022/2023) as well as "Lifetime Achiever" and "Superstar of Research" in "Engineering and Computer Science" discipline twice (2019 and 2021) by the Australian Research Review.

Software technologies for Grid, Cloud, and Fog computing developed under Dr.Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 50+ countries around the world. Manjrasoft's Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received "Frost New Product Innovation Award". He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Software: Practice and Experience, a long-standing journal in the field established 50+ years ago. He has presented over 700 invited talks (keynotes, tutorials, and seminars) on his vision on IT Futures, Advanced Computing technologies, and Spiritual Science at international conferences and institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. He has recently been recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Europe. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome:


Prof. Yi-Cheng Zhang

University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Member of The Academy of Europe (Academia Europaea)

Biography : Professor Yi-Cheng Zhang is a senior professor at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He is a member of the First Academic Committee of Alibaba Research Institute, and an expert of the China Information Society 50 People Forum. He has published more than 250 papers in top international journals such as RPL, PNAS, and Physics Reports, and have been cited over 32,000 times on Google Scholar, with an h-index of 65. He has authored four academic books published by Oxford University Press and has undertaken multiple international projects under the European Union's 7th Framework Programme. His major academic contribution includes the famous KPZ (Kardar-Parisi-Zhang) equation, which is one of the three major works for which his mentor, Professor Giorgio Parisi, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2021. The Austrian mathematician Martin Haire also received the Fields Medal in 2014 for his outstanding contributions to the solution of the KPZ equation. In addition, Professor Zhang has made pioneering and foundational contributions in various fields of information sciences and complex sciences, such as Minority Game, Econophysics, and Information Physics. His research achievements have not only had a wide academic impact internationally but have also been widely applied in industries. He is one of the few top scientists who have made significant contributions in both the academic and industrial sectors.


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