The Human Layer in Decision-Making in Networked Environments
Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Ioannis Stavrakakis. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
This talk will highlight how self-awareness and other human-related attributes impact on the networking landscape, regarding networked content management as well as resource selection in distributed collective awareness set ups. The first part will discuss issues and strategies that factor in behavioural aspects in classical networking problems, such as cooperative content caching/placement and forwarding. The second part will discuss the broad problem of resource selection/decision-making in competitive, distributed, networked environments that can lead to a “tragedy of the commons” effect. Emerging collective awareness/intelligence environments in smart cities (such as those implemented by mobile, smart-phone-carrying networked users) can on one hand facilitate resource discovery and, on the other hand, they create counter-productive congestion phenomena. The talk will explore decision-making in such environments, factoring in uncertainties and biases in (human-driven) decision making, also pointing to potential “less is more” phenomena.
Prof. Ioannis Stavrakakis (IEEE Fellow) (http://cgi.di.uoa.gr/~istavrak/) is Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and his Ph.D. in the same field from University of Virginia, USA. He served as Assistant Professor in CSEE, University of Vermont (USA), 1988-1994; Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in Northeastern University, Boston (USA), 1994-1999; Associate Professor of Informatics and Telecommunications, in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), 1999-2002; and as Professor since 2002. Teaching and research interests are focused on resource allocation protocols and traffic management for communication networks, with recent emphasis on: peer-to-peer, mobile, ad hoc, autonomic, delay tolerant and future Internet networking. His research has been published in over 210 scientific journals and conference proceedings and funded by NSF, DARPA, GTE, BBN and Motorola (USA) as well as Greek and European Union (IST, FET, FIRE) funding agencies. He has served repeatedly in NSF and EU-IST research proposal review panels and been involved in the TPC and organization of numerous conferences sponsored by IEEE, ACM, ITC and IFIP societies. He has served as chairman of IFIP WG6.3 and officer for IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Communications (TCCC). He is an associate editor for the Computer Communications journal and has served in the editorial board of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, ACM/Kluwer Wireless Networks and Computer Networks Journals. He has served as Head of the Communications and Signal Processing Division and Deputy Head of his Department. He is currently Head of his Department and Director of Graduate Studies.
Affective Multi-Modal User Interfaces
Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Maria Virvou. Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece
Affective features in user interfaces had been overlooked for many years in computer science until quite recently. As such, the research area of affective user interfaces is relatively new. Nevertheless, it has been explored with high intensity in the recent years. However, the area involves several problems that are not yet well understood and requires the combination of many up-to-date research advances in visual-facial processing, audio-lingual processing as well as cognitive reasoning, neural networks and other decision making mechanisms. This talk will focus on presenting approaches that combine different modalities in user interfaces such as keyboard, mouse, microphone, cameras, and animated agents in order to perform affect recognition and affect generation in a variety of multi-modal user interfaces ranging from virtual reality games to mobile educational applications. Reasoning mechanisms will be discussed and fusing approaches will be presented.
Prof. Maria Virvou (http://www.unipi.gr/faculty/mvirvou/) was born in Athens, Greece. She received a B.Sc. Degree in Mathematics from the University of Athens, Greece, a M.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the University of London (University College London), U.K. and a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex, U.K.
She is a FULL PROFESSOR, HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT and DIRECTOR OF POST- GRADUATE STUDIES in the Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece. She is also EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of the SpringerPlus Journal (Springer) for the whole area of Computer Science. Additionally, she is an ASSOCIATE EDITOR of the Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS) Journal (Springer) and MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL BOARD of the International Journal on Computational Intelligence Studies (Inderscience). She has been CO-FOUNDER and GENERAL CO-CHAIR of the yearly conference series of KES-Intelligent Interactive Systems and Services, which aims at promoting research in the area of interactive multimedia and major applications such as e-learning and m-learning. She has been the GENERAL CHAIR / PROGRAM CHAIR of over twenty (20) International Conferences. For the year 2013, she is GENERAL CHAIR / PROGRAM CHAIR of five (5) INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES. She has been the PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR or CO-INVESTIGATOR of over 15 national / international research projects. She is the Director of a research lab. She has supervised 12 Ph.D. theses which have been completed successfully and she is currently supervising 6 Ph.D. students and 10 post-doctoral researchers. Moreover, she has supervised more than 100 M.Sc. theses in the area of Computer Science and 100 final year undergraduate dissertations. Her research interests are in the area of Computers and Education, Artificial Intelligence in Education, user and student modeling, e-Learning and m-Learning, Knowledge-Based Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction.
Professor Virvou is the sole author of five (5) books in Computer Science and AUTHOR/CO-AUTHOR of over 300 research papers published in international journals, books and conference proceedings. According to Microsoft Academic Search by Microsoft (http://academic.research.microsoft.com/ ), she is ranked in the top 100 authors in the broad area of Computer Education and the area of “User Interface” out of 58000 authors worldwide. According to the same academic search, she is ranked as the top first author in the area of “student model” and “authoring tools”. Additionally, she is ranked in the top ten authors in the area of “Intelligent Tutoring Systems” and “GUI (Graphical User Interface)” out of 28075 authors worldwide and she is ranked in the top 100 in the recent area of emotion recognition. Her article "Combining software games with education: Evaluation of its educational effectiveness” EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, Journal of International Forum of Educational Technology & Society and IEEE Learning Technology Task Force, 8 (2): 54-65 APR 2005 is included in the top ten full-length articles of the whole Journal. She was a co-recipient of the Best Applications paper award of the 29th Annual International Conference of the British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, UK, December 15-17, 2009.