Keynote speakers

Concetto Spampinato is an assistant professor at the University of Catania in Italy, and, since October 2016 affiliated with the Center for Research in Computer Vision, University of Central Florida (USA). In 2014 he created and currently leads the Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision Laboratory (PeRCeiVe Lab) within the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Catania. His research interests include mainly computer vision, statistical machine learning and deep learning (mainly for image classification and video object segmentation), medical image analysis, multimedia and vision, with a recent - particular focus on human-computation systems, which include gamification, visual-knowledge ontology modelling and physiological measurements related to human visual systems.He has been part of the organization of the several conferences and workshops in the computer vision and multimedia field as well as guest-editing special issues of high-quality computer vision (e.g., Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Pattern Recognition Letters, etc.) and multimedia journals (Multimedia Systems, MTAP, etc.). He is member of IEEE, CVF and IAPR.

Professor John K. Tsotsos is currently the Distinguished Research Professor of Vision Science at York University, where he also holds the NSERC Tier I Canada Research Chair in Computational Vision. He holds Adjunct appointments in the departments of Computer Science and of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He was Director of the highly respected Centre for Vision Research at York University from 2000 to 2006. His research efforts span the areas of computer vision, computational neuroscience, human vision, artificial intelligence and robotics. He is recipient of the 2006 Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society Award for Research Excellence and Service and of the 1st President’s Research Excellence Award by York University in 2009. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences, Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences in 2010. Prior to joining York University in 2000, he was Professor and Associate Chair of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he began his academic career in 1980. While there, he was also appointed to the Division of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine and was Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research from 1985-1995. He has published over 300 papers, six of which have received distinctions. His most recent research monograph, "A Computational Perspective on Visual Attention," was published by The MIT Press in 2011.
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