Keynote Speaker


Prof. Alexey Vinel

Halmstad University, Sweden

Alexey Vinel is a Professor with the School of Information Technology, Halmstad University, Sweden (since 2015). Also he is a Professor II with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway (since 2018). He received the Ph.D. degree from the Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Moscow, Russia, in 2007. His research interests include vehicular networking, cooperative intelligent transportation systems and autonomous driving. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


Speech TItle: Vehicular Platooning: A Concise Introduction


Abstract: We focus on platooning which is a linking of vehicles on highways in convoy through wireless communications for the sake of safer, cleaner and more efficient transportation. Ultra-reliable low-latency inter-vehicular communication protocols are key enabler for platooning. We explain the state-of-the of this technology from the vehicular networking perspective. We outline open issues in ITS-G5/DSRC and 5G/LTE standards to be resolved in order to support platoons.


Prof. Roberto Montemanni

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Roberto Montemanni is full professor of operations research at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He also acts as an external research advisor at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Lugano, Switzerland. He obtained a Laurea degree in Computer Science from the University of Bologna, Italy and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Glamorgan, UK. He has been administrating grants for millions of Euros and leading basic and applied research projects both at national and international levels. His main research interests are in the fields of mathematical modeling, algorithms and machine learning, with applications mainly in transportations, logistics and bioinformatics.


Speech TItle: Machine Learning and Optimisation in Logistics


Abstract: Machine Learning has recently emerged as a powerful Artificial Intelligence tool able to bring substantial practical contributions in the most disparate sectors. This success is mainly due to the advances in ad-hoc computer architectures of the last few years and to the huge amount of data nowadays available.
Machine Learning methods have the ability to automatically learn and improve tasks from experience, being often able to detect patterns/properties/strategies otherwise difficult to spot. On several tasks these methods have been shown to outperform human experts.
Logistics and transportation are not exempt by such an Artificial Intelligence-driven revolution. In this talk we will highlight some new developments, presenting examples where classic optimisation problems arising in the aforementioned fields benefit from Machine Learning techniques. In particular, we will present new algorithmic ideas, where standard solving methods, that follow strategies devised by humans, are hybridised with Machine Learning techniques. The resulting methods will be shown to have a great potential, especially for online optimisation in logistics. Future perspectives will be finally discussed.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Mahmoud Shafik

Principal Technology Investigator at University of Derby, UK

Professor Mahmoud Shafik is an international expert who has made a personal distinction and international leadership recognition, in the field of Intelligent Mechatronics Systems and Technology, with more than 20-years industrial applied research experience in Mechatronics Systems Hardware and Software, Precision Engineering, 3D Smart Actuators for Autonomous Vehicle, Robotic Systems and Machine Vision, Electric Cars: Steer-by-wire, Sustainable Rail Transport Infrastructure, Innovation for Sustainable Engineering, Control and instrumentation, Cancer Treatment using CVD Diamond Radio Therapy Technology, Information Technology for Blind and Visually Impaired people, Chronic Diseases ICT Technological Solutions, Assisted Living Technology, AD-HOC Wireless Technology, TeleHealth, Telecare, CO2 and Climate Change, Electro-Rheological Fluid Micro Actuators Technology, and Software Tools.

Professor Shafik has been leading several industrial applied research projects from European Commission and UK Research Council, of a budget of several millions of Euro’s and have made a great economic and social impact in his area of expertise in UK and EU, as a whole. His research work has brought many innovative outcomes that have been used commercially by a number of Small to Medium and Large enterprise organisations around the world. This includes: Intersurgical Ltd – UK, Veslatec Oy – Finland, Semelab plc. – UK, PTW Freiburg – Germany, Neotek – France, Kirchmayer Handel & Consulting GmbH – Austria, Spectrum Telecom Installations Ltd – Ireland, Diamond Materials GmbH – Germany, Fireworks International Ltd – UK, Pirotecnia Oscense SA – Spain, Total Motion Systems Ltd –UK, Micromech Limited – UK, Smart Technology Ltd – UK, Audi -Germany, Ford – UK, Schlumberger – France, Nissan – Japan and Rolls Royce - UK.

Professor Shafik has been supervising and external examiners for a number of PhD and MSc research students, across Europe and has a number of industrial notes and several publications in international/world leading journals and conferences. He has also a number of patents in his areas, of industrial applied research and sustainable technology.

Professor Shafik is a visiting professor for a few universities in EU and Middle East. He is co-leading investigator of BHIMASENA Research and Development Network-url: http://bhimasena.unsysdigital.com/index.php/testimonials/35-testimonials-2/102-mahmoud-shafik. He is also the Principal Technology Investigator of the University of Derby and hold the position of A/Professor (Reader) within the Collage of Engineering and Technology-url: http://www.derby.ac.uk/staff/mahmoud-shafik/.

Professor Shafik is the founder of International Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics-url: http://ojs.unsysdigital.com/index.php/ijrm and serving as an editorial board member of a few International Journals. He has been also serving as a Knowledge Transfer Expert for the UK-Egypt Technology/Knowledge Transfer Network.

For more information of Professor Shafik profile, career, achievements and selected publications please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mahmoud-shafik-ph-d/7/237/60 & https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mahmoud_Shafik.


Speech TItle: New Generation of Healthcare Connected Devices: Towards Digital Healthcare and Greater Patient Care

Abstract: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) evolution offers a great networking platform solution for digital healthcare service overall the world. This conveys the must to evolve devices within the sector to allow device-to-device communication, real time update, connecting patients, carers and service providers. These ultimately aiming at a closed loop healthcare, real time diseases prevention, lifestyle management and greater patient care. Devices in intensive care are the most challenging ones, as they do not have common inter-operational protocol, which limits their digital solution reliability, flexibility and efficiency. The main intention of this talk is to share the state-of-the-art of our original approach of developing a smart generation of artificial humidification devices for intensive care medical applications. As maintaining the humidity of 40.0 mg/l H2O within human system is a critical factor of healthy organs. During surgery and inside the intensive care units, the patient’s upper airway tract is bypassed to assist breathing and enable controlled delivery of medical gases and medications, thus artificial means must be used for humidification. The state-of-the-art of existing technology in use concludes that there are two main devices: active and passive device. Though passive device is the preferred one, as it is easy to use at low costs. It is not suitable for more than 24-hour use, due to device cavity design, airflow structures and patterns, limitations of HME materials performance and overall efficiency. A radical design has been developed that overcome these teething issues and offers an optimised cavity design. It also grants new generation of humidification devices, that allows the integration of arrays of smart sensors and atomisation units. These units can be incorporated with the necessary near-real-time embedded and wireless protocols that allows data collection, transfer and interoperate in ad-hoc bases using Internet of Things (IoT). The collected data can be processed and relevant intelligent algorithms can be deployed using edge computing technology to ensure certain actions taken place when health condition warnings arise. The talk is to conclude with some of the high-tech challenges and prevailing conventions that still facing the digital healthcare industry, urgent need for the deployment of new generation of smart devices, a secure data communication, storage systems using machine deep and cognitive learning technology.


Invited Speaker


Prof. José Paulo Lousado
Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal

José Paulo Lousado is a researcher at Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal, he received his PhD in Informatics Engineering from DETI / University of Aveiro, and Master's Degree in Science, Technology and Innovation Management from DEGEI / University of Aveiro. Have a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics / Informatics from the University of Beira Interior - Covilhã. Since 2003 - Adjunct Professor at the Superior School of Technology and Management of Lamego (ESTGL) - Instituto Superior Politécnico de Viseu, Portugal, where he currently teaches curricular units of Analysis and Design of Systems, Introduction to Programming, Management of Software Projects , Engineering Project Management, Database Management Systems, Database Systems and Multimedia Techniques in Tourism. He was a member of the research team and is Project Leader for project INFO PATHS - NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-023623 (Funded by the European Union). His areas of interest are Programming, Systems Analysis, Ubiquitous and pervasive systems, bioinformatics and e-learning.
He is currently President of the Management of the School of Technology and Management of Lamego, having been president of the Technical-Scientific Council and also of the Pedagogical Council.
He is the author of several scientific articles in the area of information systems development, having participated in several specialty conferences. He was the Chairman of ICTSST'19, an international conference on Applied Technologies in the areas of tourism and social protection. OrcidID: rcid.org/0000-0002-5757-5441

Speech TItle: Indoor Monitoring System for Senior Citizens with Alzheimer’s Or Mental Illnesses

Abstract: Actually, the development of increasingly powerful systems and information technologies capable of monitoring in real time the vital signs and the location of people are providing significant changes in the functions that Social Solidarity Institutions (IPSS) have in society, from simple treatment of disabling diseases and palliative care, to prevention and monitoring of users, promoting their mobility, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of institutionalized people. The main objective of the system presented here is to monitor the elderly or with problems within institutions through the acquisition and treatment of data and information related to their location and health status, in a discrete and non-intrusive way, through information and communication. So, that both the institution and the family members can monitor in real time the status of the users they have under their responsibility. Considering that the systems focused on the monitoring and data management of people are in great evolution, that pervasive and ubiquitous computing is present in our daily life, with the present work we hope to contribute positively to the improvement of the quality of life of the users of the social solidarity institutions, especially in the senior population, with special attention to people suffering from psychological pathologies such as Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.