Prof. Sumi Helal
Lancaster University, UK | Finland Distinguished Professor | IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow

Dr. Sumi Helal, is professor and Chair in Digital Health at Lancaster University, UK, where he leads interdisciplinary research initiatives in digital health in both the School of Computing and Communications (Faculty of Science and Technology) and the Division of Health Research (Faculty of Health and Medicine). As Director of Lancaster University’s Center on Digital Health and Quality of Life Technologies, he leads several active projects on Connected Health Cities, Healthy New Towns design and implementation, suicide prevention using cybernetics and analytics, Airport Accessibility for the hearing impaired, and intelligent primary care GP-Patient interactions. He is a board member and lead of the digital health infrastructure and strategies in the Fylde Whyndyke Garden Village – one of ten NHS England Healthy New Towns development project (a 1400-unit, green grass development which provides for a unique opportunity to embed health elements, by design, in public areas, neighborhoods, and the town community hub (school, wellness center and health care facility), to promote health and wellbeing, active and healthy living and ageing, prevent illnesses and improve people’s quality of life.
Before joining Lancaster, Prof Helal was a Computer & Information Science and Engineering Professor at the University of Florida, USA, and Director of its Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory. He co-founded and directed the Gator Tech Smart House, a real-world deployment project that aimed at identifying key barriers and opportunities to make the Smart Home concept a common place (creating the “Smart Home in a Box” concept). His active areas of research focus on architectural and programmability aspects of the Internet of Things, and on pervasive/ubiquitous systems and their human-centric applications with special focus on smart spaces, proactive health/wellness, patient empowerment and e-coaching, and assistive technology in support of personal health, aging, disabilities, and independence. Professor Helal served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computer (2015-2018), the Computer Society’s flagship and premier publication. He currently serves as member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society, and Chair of its Magazine Operational Committee. Professor Helal is a Boilermaker (Ph.D., Purdue University, class of 1991), Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the IET, and a 2020 IEEE Computer Society President-Elect nominee.


Prof. T.C. Edwin CHENG
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

T. C. Edwin Cheng received the B.Sc. degree in industrial engineering (first-class Hons.) from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 1979, the M.Sc. degree in industrial management from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K., in 1980, and the Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees in operations research from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., in 1984 and 2007, respectively.,He is the Dean of the Faculty of Business, the Fung Yiu King–Wing Hang Bank Professor in business administration, and the Chair Professor of management with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He has previously taught in Canada, U.K., and Singapore. His research interests include operations management and operations research. He has published more than 680 papers in journals such as California Management Review, the Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, MIS Quarterly , Operations Research, Organization Science, and Production and Operations Management. He has co-authored 14 books published by Chapman and Hall, McGraw-Hill, and Springer.,Prof. Cheng received the Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers, USA, in 1992, and the Croucher Award (the top research award in Hong Kong) in 2001. He was elected Academician of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences in 2016. He was named one of the “Most Cited Scientists” in all fields, in business and economics, in computer science, and in engineering over the period 2007–2017 by the ISI Web of Science in 2017. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a seasoned Management Consultant. He has over the years secured more than HK$50 million in research funding from both public and private sectors to support his diverse research programs. (Based on document published on 7 December 2017).


Prof. Kun-Huang Huarng

National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan

Prof. Kun-Huang Huarng received Ph.D. in Texas A&M University, Texas, U.S.A. (1993). He is Professor of Product Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Vice President of National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan; Associate Editor in Journal of Innovation & Knowledge; Editor-in-Chief in International Journal of Business Economics; Associate Editor in Journal of Business Research; Founder Governor of Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA). Also, he is Life Fellow of International Society of Management Engineers and received Outstanding Service Award in the Literati Network 2008 Awards for Excellence, Emerald (2008).