Yu-Kai Wang, Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Australia Artificial Intelligence Institute
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Jeanne is the Co-founder and CEO of beingAI, the world’s first transmedia AI beings™ company creating autonomous virtual beings who build long-term engagement and trust with people anywhere, anytime, across devices and media platforms. The company aims to bring humanness into digital experiences to promote positivity and social good—to help us thrive.
Jeanne has over 25 years of experience in business management and technology marketing. She is the former CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Hanson Robotics, the creator of Sophia the Robot, and held marketing leadership roles at Dell, Cisco, Danaher, and Apple, where she was the product and business manager responsible for launching Apple’s most groundbreaking products in the region. She started her career as a Group Management Trainee at John Swire & Sons, rotating through shipping, aviation, and retail assignments.
Jeanne is active in non-profit work and is the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of The Cathy Ann Hall Sphere Foundation, a social impact network addressing 12 humanitarian issues with lifestyle gamification and web3 solutions, a Founder of Nama Institute, seeking to gamify the learning wisdom, and a Volunteer of Himalayan Consensus Institute, an NGO involved in social enterprise development and climate protection. She is also an angel investor and advisor of several startups.
Jeanne has a Ph.D. degree in integrated and holistic health, an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a certified yoga instructor and a life-long student of yoga philosophy, having completed Georg Feuerstein’s five-year Traditional Yoga Studies course.
Wei-Yu Chiu is currently an Associate Professor of electrical engineering with National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His research interests include multiobjective optimization and reinforcement learning, and their applications to control systems, robotics, and smart energy systems. He was a workshop speaker giving talks about reinforcement learning and smart energy systems at Asian Control Conference in 2017 and 2019. He was the recipient of the Youth Automatic Control Engineering Award bestowed by Chinese Automatic Control Society in 2016, the Outstanding Young Scholar Academic Award bestowed by Taiwan Association of Systems Science and Engineering in 2017, the Erasmus+Programme Fellowship funded by European Union (staff mobility for teaching) in 2018, and Outstanding Youth Electrical Engineer Award bestowed by Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineering in 2020. He is a Subject Editor of IET Smart Grid.
received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2000. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and the Academic Code Administrator in the School of Graduate Studies. He was a Visiting Scholar with Harvard University in fall 2015, and was an Associate with the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences from September 2015 to December 2016. His research interests include multi-agent networks, distributed control, optimization, and sampled-data systems. Prof. Aghdam is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Chair of the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Systems Journal, and was an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, IEEE ACCESS, IET Control Theory and Applications, and the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a member of the Technical Program Committee of a number of conferences, including the IEEE Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and the IEEE Multiconference on Systems and Control. He was a member of the Review Panel/Committee for the NSF, Italian Research and University Evaluation Agency, Innovation Fund Denmark Projects, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ECE Evaluation Group. He was the 2014–2015 President of IEEE Canada and Director (Region 7), IEEE, Inc., and was also a member of the IEEE Awards Board for this period. He is a recipient of the 2009 IEEE MGA Achievement Award and 2020 IEEE Canada J. M. Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Dr. Aghdam was a member of the IEEE Medal of Honor Committee for 2017–2019 and is currently the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Medals Council.
Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET is Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000. She is currently Vice President Publications of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is currently a Vice President of the IET and is a past President of the Engineering Professor Council, the representative body for engineering in higher education.
Guoping Lu received the B.S. degree from the Department of Applied Mathematics, Chengdu University of Science and Technology, China, in 1984, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Mathematics, East China Normal University, China, in 1989 and 1998, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Nantong University, Jiangsu, China. His research interests include singular systems, multiagent systems, and networked control.