Key Speakers-2016

(Now with Ecuador!)

-Pablo Estevez (Universidad de Chile, President of IEEE-CIS)

-Fabio Gonzalez (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

 -Cesare Alippi (Politecnico di Milano – Italy)

-G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy (Clemson University – USA)

-Gary Yen (Oklahoma State University – USA)

-Fernando Buarque (University of Pernambuco – Brazil)



***Short-Bio of Speakers ***

Pablo A. Estévez


Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Chile, and Millennium Institute of Astrophysics, Chile

President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2016-2017)

Pablo A. Estévez (M’98–SM’04) received his professional title in electrical engineering (EE) from Universidad de Chile, in 1981, and the M.Sc. and Dr.Eng. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He is a Full Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile, and former Chairman of the EE Department in the period 2006-2010.

Prof. Estévez is one of the founders of the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics (MAS), Chile, which was created in January 2014. He is currently leading the Astroinformatics/Astrostatistics group at MAS. He has been an Invited Researcher with the NTT Communication Science Laboratory, Kyoto, Japan; the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France, and a Visiting Professor with the University of Tokyo.

Prof. Estévez is the President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) for the term 2016-2017. He has served as IEEE CIS Vicepresident of Members Activities, Member-at-Large of the IEEE CIS ADCOM, CIS Distinguished Lecturer and as an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL NETWORKS AND LEARNING SYSTEMS.

Prof. Estévez served as conference chair of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), held in July 2016, in Vancouver, Canada, and he is serving as general co-chair of the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, WCCI 2018, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

His current research interests include big data, neural networks, self-organizing maps, information theoretic-learning, time series analysis, and advanced signal and image processing. One of his main topics of research is the application of computational intelligence techniques to astronomical datasets and EEG signals.

For more information visit (CNN interview in Spanish)



Fabio A. González. PhD.

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia


Fabio A. Gonzalez is a Full Professor at the Department of Computing Systems and Industrial Engineering at the National University of Colombia, where he leads the Machine Learning, Perception and Discovery Lab (MindLab). He earned a Computing Systems Engineer degree and a MSc in Mathematics degree from the National University of Colombia in 1993 and 1998 respectively, and a MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Memphis, USA, in 2003.  His research work revolves around machine learning, information retrieval and computer vision, with a particular focus on the representation, indexing and automatic analysis of multimodal data (data encompassing different types of information: textual, visual, signals, etc.).



Cesare Alippi, PhD.

Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland


 CESARE ALIPPI received the degree in electronic engineering cum laude in 1990 and the PhD in 1995 from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Currently, he is a Full Professor of information processing systems with the Politecnico di Milano. He has been a visiting researcher at UCL (UK), MIT (USA), ESPCI (F), CASIA (RC), USI(CH), A*STAR (SIN), UKobe (JP).

Alippi is an IEEE Fellow, Vice-President education of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, member of the Board of Governors of the International Neural Networks Society, Associate editor (AE) of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, past AE of the IEEE-Trans Instrumentation and Measurements, IEEE-Trans. Neural Networks, and member and chair of other IEEE committees.

In 2016 he received the INNS Gabor award and the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems outstanding paper award; in 2004 the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Young Engineer Award; in 2011 has been awarded Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; in 2013 he received the IBM Faculty Award.

Among the others, Alippi was General chair of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) in 2012, Program chair in 2014, Co-Chair in 2011 and General chair of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2014.

Current research activity addresses adaptation and learning in non-stationary environments and Intelligent embedded systems.

Alippi holds 5 patents, has published in 2014 a monograph with Springer on “Intelligence for embedded systems” and (co)-authored about 200 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

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G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy, PhD, MBA, FIET, FSAIEE, SMIEE

Clemson University, USA


G. Kumar Venayagamoorthy is currently the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Power Engineering and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Automotive Engineering with Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. He is also the Founder and Director of the Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems Laboratory ( with Clemson University. He is an Honorary Professor with the School of Engineering, University of KwaZulu–Natal, Durban, South Africa. Dr. Venayagamoorthy’s interests are in the research, development and innovation of advanced computational methods for smart grid operations, including intelligent sensing and monitoring, power system optimization, stability and control, and signal processing. He has published ~ 500 refereed technical articles. His publications are cited over 11,000 times with a h-index of 53. Dr. Venayagamoorthy has been involved ~ 70 sponsored projects in excess of $10 million. He has received several awards from professional societies and institutions for his contributions to research and professional activities.

Dr. Venayagamoorthy is involved in the leadership and organization of many conferences including the General Chair of the Annual Power System Conference (Clemson, SC, USA) since 2013, and Pioneer and Chair/co-Chair of the IEEE Symposium of Computational Intelligence Applications in Smart Grid (CIASG) since 2011. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE PES Working Group on Intelligent Control Systems, and the Founder and Chair of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Task Force on Smart Grid. Dr. Venayagamoorthy is a Senior Member of the IEEE and International Neural Network Society, and a Fellow of the IET, UK, and the SAIEE. He has served as an Editor/Guest Editor of several IEEE and Elsevier journal.



Gary G. Yen, Regents Professor, FIEEE, FIET

Oklahoma State University, USA

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Gary G. Yen received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1992.  He is currently a Regents Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University.  His research interest includes intelligent control, computational intelligence, evolutionary multiobjective optimization, conditional health monitoring, signal processing and their industrial/defense applications.

Gary was an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and IEEE Control Systems Magazine during 1994-1999, and of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics and IFAC Journal on Automatica and Mechatronics during 2000-2010.  He is currently serving as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics.  Gary served as Vice President for the Technical Activities, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2004-2005 and is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, 2006-2009.  He was the President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2010-2011 and is elected as a Distinguished Lecturer for the term 2012-2014.  He received Regents Distinguished Research Award from OSU in 2009, 2011 Andrew P Sage Best Transactions Paper award from IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, 2013 Meritorious Service award from IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and 2014 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Excellence Teaching award.  Currently he serves as the chair of IEEE/CIS Fellow Committee and General Co-Chair of 2016 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence to be held in Vancouver, Canada.  He is a Fellow of IEEE and IET.



Fernando Buarque de Lima Neto. DICPh.D

University of Pernambuco, Brazil


Fernando Buarque de Lima Neto has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from University of London (2002), Diploma of Imperial College London on Artificial Neural Networks (2002), Masters in Computer Science from Federal University of Pernambuco (1998) and a degree in Computer Science Catholic University of Pernambuco (1990). He also studied Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience and Administration. In 2012 he was at INRIA (Paris-Rocquencourt) as ‘Professeur invité’ and in 2015 he was on sabbatical leave at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. He is Associate Professor at the University of Pernambuco, IEEE Senior Member, Humboldt Fellow and Accredited Researcher by the Brazilian Council of Research. Currently, he has three international appointments with: Texas A&M (Adjunct Professor), Florida Tech (Graduate Faculty) and University of Johannesburg (Visiting Professor). His current research focuses at: (1) Computational Intelligence (Evolutionary, Social and Hybrid Metaheuristics), (2) Complex and Stochastic Modeling/Simulation, and (3) Intelligent and Semiotic Decision Support Systems. For the past 15 years he leaded or was member of projects funded by CNPq, CAPES, FINEP, FACEPE, Petrobras, South African HESA, European Community Programs, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation among others. Fernando Buarque is member of several scientific organizations among them the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), the Brazilian Society of Computational Intelligence (SBIC, past president), the Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS) and the Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (IEEE- SMC). In recent years he has committed himself to internationalization hence he co-chaired/steered several international conferences such as BRICS-CCI 2013 (Recife-Brazil), BRICS-CCI 2015 (Beijin-China), LA-CCI 2014 (Bariloche-Argentina),  LA-CCI 2015 (Curitiba-Brazil), IEEE LA-CCI2016 (Cartagena-Colombia) among others.