Keynote Speakers

Prof. Alexandre Dolgui
Professor of Engineering Cybernetics and Computer-Aided Production Management, in charge of the automatic, productive and computer department, IMT Atlantique, LS2N, France
(IEEE Fellow Member)

Biography :
Alexandre Dolgui (M’14) received the Dr.Habil. degree from the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France, in 2000, the Ph.D. degree in engineering cybernetics and computer-aided production management from the Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Institute of Engineering Cybernetics, Minsk, Belarus, USSR, in 1990, and the M.Sc./Engineer degree in automated systems of data processing and management (with Hons.) from Minsk Radioengineering Institute, Belarus, in 1983.,He is a Distinguished Professor and the Head of the Automation, Production, and Computer Sciences Department, IMT Atlantique (formerly Ecole des Mines de Nantes), Nantes, France. His research focuses on manufacturing line design, production planning, and supply chain optimization. His main results are based on the exact mathematical programming methods and their intelligent coupling with heuristics and metaheuristics algorithms. He is the co-author of five books, the co-editor of 16 books or conference proceedings, the author of 202 refereed journal papers, 24 editorials, and 28 book chapters, as well as more than 380 papers in conference proceedings.,Mr. Dolgui is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Production Research; an Area Editor of Computers and Industrial Engineering; an Associate Editor of the Journal Européen des Systèmes Automatisés; a past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (2005–2008), the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2006–2009), and Omega International Journal of Management Science (2009–2012); and a Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (2009–). He is a member of the editorial boards for 25 other journals, including the International Journal of Production Economics . He is a fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management, a Member of the Board of the International Foundation for Production Research, a former Chair of IFAC TC 5.2 Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control, and a member of the IFIP WG 5.7 Advances in Production Management Systems and of IEEE System Council Analytics and Risk Technical Committee. (Based on document published on 20 December 2017).

Prof. Helen Karatza
Professor Emeritus, Department of Informatics Aristotle, University of Thessaloniki, Greece
(IEEE Senior Member)

Biography :
Helen Karatza is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she teaches courses in the postgraduate and undergraduate level and carries out research. Dr. Karatza's research interests include Fog and Cloud Computing, Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems, Resource Allocation and Scheduling and Real-time Distributed Systems. Dr. Karatza has authored or co-authored about 230 technical papers and book chapters including five papers that earned best paper awards at international conferences. She is senior member of IEEE, ACM and SCS, and she served as an elected member of the Board of Directors at Large of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. She served as Chair and Keynote Speaker in International Conferences. Dr. Karatza is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Journal “Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory”. She was Editor-in-Chief of “Simulation Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International”, Associate Editor of “ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation” and Senior Associate Editor of the “Journal of Systems and Software” of Elsevier. She served as Guest Editor of Special Issues in International Journals. More info about her activities/publications can be found in

Prof. Manuel Graña Romay
University of the Basque Country, Computational Intelligence Group, San Sebastian, Spain
(IEEE Senior Member)

Manuel Graña Romay received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU), Donostia, Spain, in 1982 and 1989, respectively. His current position is a Full Professor (Catedrático de Universidad) with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Department of the Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU) since 1998, where he acted as head of department in the period 2005-2007. He is the head of the Computational Intelligence Group (Grupo de Inteligencia Computational), which has been recognized as excellent research group by the Basque Government with continuous specific funding since 2005, last grant for the period 2019 - 2021. The research group has carried out over 30 national funded research projects, three European Commission funded projects, and some private company research contracts. The research works in the group spread over a great variety of topics, including applications of artificial intelligence and computational intelligence to linked multicomponent robotic systems, reinforcement learning, medical image in the neurosciences, multimodal human computer interaction, remote sensing image processing, content based image retrieval, lattice computing, semantic modeling, data processing, classification, and data mining. He has been advisor for over 35 PhD Thesis, editor of more than 20 books of proceedings and collections of works on monographic topics, editor of more than 15 special issues in journals, and co-author of more than 200 journal papers (ISI indexed journals). He is associated editor of Neurocomputing, Information Fusion, Computational Intelligence and Neurosciences, Frontiers in Big Data, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision.

Prof. Omar Bouattane
Professor of Parallel Computing and Image Processing, Director of ENSET, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco

Biography :
M. Professor Omar BOUATTANE has received his PhD from the University Hassan II of Casablanca, in Parallel Computing and Image processing (2001). He currently serves as a full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at ENSET of Mohammedia. His research topics are various and large in multiple domains of high performance computing, parallel image processing and electrical engineering, particularly in renewable energy and smart grids. Since 2012, He was the head of the laboratory of Signals, Distributed Systems and Artificial Intelligence. He has registered 07 international PCT patents and published over than 70 papers in distinguished scientific journals and more than 100 papers in international conferences. He supervised and delivered more than 15 PhD theses. Pr. Bouattane is actively involved in international and European Union funded research program: H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 “CybSPEED: Cyber Physical Systems for PEdagogical Rehabilitation in Special EDucation” No 777720. Also, He worked closely in national research programs with IRESEN under the grant “Green INNO Project / UPISREE”. He led with UMASS in USA a powerful academic program of linkage for entrepreneurship achievement for industrial innovation, under the grant with HED and USAID. His research activities are drive usually with international collaborations and very closed to industries. Actually, his new research projects interest to integrate Medical imaging and pattern recognition in the Cyber-Physical Systems for Pedagogical Rehabilitation in Special Education.
(IEEE Member)