Speaker Bio:

Dr. Ryu is currently a director in Android Automotive at Google and leading global partner engineering teams to work closely with OEM partners to innovate in-car experience with Android platforms and connected services. Before joining Google, he was VP of Engineering in the automotive business unit and VP of R&D in the corporate software center in LG Electronics (2014 – 2019). He also worked 11 years in IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as a research manager leading various system software research for supercomputing, cloud computing, and scalable systems (2004 – 2014). He started his career in academia as an assistant professor in computer science and engineering at Arizona State University (2001 – 2004). He received his PhD and MS in computer science from the University of Maryland in 2001 and 1997 and BS in computer engineering from the Seoul National University in 1995. He served in various leadership positions for professional communities including IEEE, KOCSEA, and KSEA and published over 50 papers in premier journals and conferences.

Talk title: Android for cars
Abstract: The automotive industry is being dramatically transformed to face the new era of transportation through autonomy, electrification, and connectivity. This talk presents how Google will build a safe and seamless connected experience in every car.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Cyrus Shahabi is a Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Spatial Sciences; Helen N. and Emmett H. Jones Professor of Engineering; the chair of the Computer Science Department; and the director of the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He was co-founder of two USC spin-offs, Geosemble Technologies and Tallygo, which both were acquired, in July 2012 and March 2019, respectively. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1989 and then his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in May 1993 and August 1996, respectively. He authored two books and more than three hundred research papers in databases, GIS and multimedia with more than 12 US Patents. 

Dr. Shahabi has received funding from several agencies such as NSF, NIJ, NASA, NIH, DARPA, AFRL, NGA and DHS as well as several industries such as Chevron, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NCR, NGC and Oracle. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS) from 2004 to 2009, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE) from 2010-2013 and VLDB Journal from 2009-2015. He is currently the chair of ACM SIGSPATIAL for the 2017-2020 term and also on the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS) and ACM Computers in Entertainment. He is the founding chair of IEEE NetDB workshop and also the general co-chair of SSTD’15, ACM GIS 2007, 2008 and 2009. He chaired the founding nomination committee of ACM SIGSPATIAL for its first term (2011-2014 term). He has been PC co-chair of several conferences such as APWeb+WAIM’2017, BigComp’2016, MDM’2016, DASFAA 2015, IEEE MDM 2013 and IEEE BigData 2013, and regularly serves on the program committee of major conferences such as VLDB, SIGMOD, IEEE ICDE, ACM SIGKDD, IEEE ICDM, and ACM Multimedia. 

Dr. Shahabi is a fellow of IEEE, and a recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award in 2009, the 2003 U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award in 2002, and the 2001 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for Information and Telecommunications. He was also a recipient of the US Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) faculty fellowship award in 2011 and 2012, an organizer of the 2011 National Academy of Engineering “Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering” program, an invited speaker in the 2010 National Research Council (of the National Academies) Committee on New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and a participant in the 2005 National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering” program.

Title: Transportation Data, Applications & Research for Smart Cities

In this talk, I first introduce the Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC), a data science research center at USC that focuses in data-driven solutions for real-world applications. IMSC is motivated by the need to address fundamental Data Science problems related to applications with major societal impact. Towards this end, I delve into one specific application domain, Transportation, and discuss the design and development of a large-scale transportation data platform and its application to address real world problems in Smart Cities.  I will then continue covering some of our fundamental research in this area, in particular: 1) traffic forecasting and 2) ride matching.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Li Xiong is a Professor of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics at Emory University. She held a Winship Distinguished Research Professorship from 2015-2018. She has a Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MS from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS from the University of Science and Technology of China, all in Computer Science. She and her research lab, Assured Information Management and Sharing (AIMS), conduct research on algorithms and methods for big data management, data privacy and security, in the context of spatiotemporal and health data.  She has published over 120 papers and received five best paper awards. She currently serves as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), program co-chair for ACM SIGSPATIAL 2018, 2020 and 2021, program vice-chair for IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE) 2020, and on many program committees for data science and data security conferences. Her research is supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), National Institute of Health (NIH), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  She is also a recipient of Google Research Award, IBM Smarter Healthcare Faculty Innovation Award, Cisco Research Award, AT&T Research Gift, and Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship. She is an ACM distinguished scientist.

Title: Enabling Health Data Science with Differential Privacy

The accelerated adoption of electronic health records (EHR) provides enormous opportunities for data-driven health research.  One of the critical challenges in such data use is to ensure appropriate privacy protection of human subjects. Even aggregated information or machine learning models trained from the data can be used to infer sensitive information in the original data.  In this talk, I will give an overview of the statistical differential privacy framework and its applications for privacy-preserving health data science. I will present several case studies using EHR including: 1) learning frequent temporal patterns in the centralized setting, 2) discovering phenotypes using tensor factorization in the federated setting across multiple sites. I will discuss the feasibility of the solutions while outlining their limitations and open challenges.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Yoonsuck Choe is a Corporate Vice President at Samsung Research Artificial Intelligence Center (2017-present), and a Professor and Director of the Brain Networks Laboratory at Texas A&M University (2001-present). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 and 2001, respectively, and his B.S. degree in computer science from Yonsei University in 1993. His research interests are in neural networks and computational neuroscience, and he published over 100 papers on these topics, including a research monograph on computations in the visual cortex. He served as program chair and general chair for IJCNN (2015 and 2017, respectively), and served on the editorial board of the INNS journal Neural Networks and IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Machines.

Title: AI Research Activities at Samsung Research

In this talk, I will briefly discuss on-going AI-related research activities at the Samsung Research AI Center. Samsung Research (SR), established in 2018, is a premier research organization for Samsung Electronic’s SET (end-product) division. The SR AI center conducts research in vision, language, big data, and machine learning, contributing to current and future Samsung products and services. SR AI center also coordinates research efforts at Samsung’s 6 global AI centers (Cambridge, Moscow, Toronto, New York, Montreal, and Silicon Valley).

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Chan-Mo Park was the 4th President of Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH).  After retiring from POSTECH in 2007 Prof. Park served as a Special Advisor on S & T to the President of Republic of Korea (ROK) before he assumed a Chancellor position with Pyongyang University of Science & Technology (PUST), a unique private and international university in DPRK since October 2010.

Prof. Park received his B.S. degree from Seoul National University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Maryland, College Park. He earned an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Maryland University College in 2001 in recognition of his scholarly achievements and distinguished service.  

Dr. Park’s experience includes professorships in Computer Science both in U.S.A. and Korea. His research interests are Computer Graphics, Virtual Reality, System Simulation and Science Diplomacy.  For the past several years, he has been involved with research activities concerning IT development in DPRK including a joint research with Pyongyang Informatics Centre (PIC) for 7 years. 

Dr. Park was decorated by ROK with the National Order of Camellia in 1986 for his contributions to the advancement of S & T in Korea and received the Teacher of the Year Award from The Catholic University of America in 1987. In June 2005 he was decorated by ROK with the Blue Stripes Order of Service Merit for his contributions on IT development in Korea and collaborations with DPRK. Prof. Park also received the International Alumnus Award from the University of Maryland, College Park in April 2009 for providing significant leadership to another country’s educational, cultural, social and economic development. In November 2018 Chancellor Park received the Dosan Education Award from Dosan Academy in Seoul, Korea for his contribution to the Advancement of Science and Technology in Korea, Manpower development and Inter-Korean Collaboration on Information Technology.

Title: Current Status of ICT and Computer Education in DPRK

DPRK which used to be called a hermit country has been changing slowly after Kim Jong Un took over in 2011. In particular scientists and engineers are considered very important in their economic development and Kim Jong Un carried out many projects for the scientists and engineers such as establishing Future Scientists Street, Sci-Tech Complex and Ryomyong Street. In this presentation recent changes in DPRK are introduced before current status of ICT and computer education is discussed. 

Due to poor economic conditions and various restrictions hardware technology in DPRK is behind advanced countries but software technology is well developed because of their strong background on mathematics and basic sciences. For example Silver Star computer Go game won the first prizes in the world-wide computer Go game competitions for several years and various teams of college students won the first prizes in the International software competitions. DPRK government initiated National Program Competition and Exhibition in 1990 and has been holding it every year even during the period of ‘March of Suffering’. Although DPRK is capable of providing Internet service to their people technically general people are restricted to use Intranet for political reasons. Foreigners and selected people in DPRK are allowed to use Internet. 

Computer education starts from the 3rd grade in an elementary school in DPRK. Those who are interested in computers can join one of the computer clubs in the extra curricula organizations such as Mangyongdae School Chldren’s Palace. DPRK established secondary schools for gifted talents in computer skills that teach higher level subjects. Computer science education in universities is similar to that of Western countries. In this presentation computer science education in some of the prestigious universities including KISU, KUT and PUST will be described.