Prof. Nikola Kasabov
IEEE Fellow, INNS Fellow and RSNZ Fellow

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
IICT, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
ISRC, University of Ulster, the UK



Biography: Professor Nikola Kasabov is Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the INNS College of Fellows, DVF of the Royal Academy of Engineering UK. He is the Founding Director of the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Auckland and Professor at the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Kasabov is the 2019 President of the Asia Pacific Neural Network Society(APNNS) and Past President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS). He is member of several technical committees of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE (2012-2014). He is Editor of Springer Handbook of Bio-Neuroinformatics, Springer Series of Bio-and Neuro-systems and Springer journal Evolving Systems. He is Associate Editor of several journals, including Neural Networks, IEEE TrNN, Tr CDS, Information Sciences, Applied Soft Computing. Kasabov holds MSc and PhD from TU Sofia, Bulgaria. His main research interests are in the areas of neural networks, intelligent information systems, soft computing, bioinformatics, neuroinformatics. He has published more than 620 publications highly cited internationally. He has extensive academic experience at various academic and research organisations in Europe and Asia, including: TU Sofia Bulgaria; University of Essex UK; University of Otago, NZ; Advisory Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and CASIA China, Visiting Professor at ETH/University of Zurich and Robert Gordon University UK, Honorary Professor of Teesside University, UK.Prof. Kasabov has received a number of awards, among them:Doctor Honoris Causa from Obuda University, Budapest; INNS AdaLovelace Meritorious Service Award; NN Best Paper Award for2016; APNNA ‘Outstanding Achievements Award’; INNS Gabor Awardfor ‘Outstanding contributions to engineering applications of neural networks’; EU Marie Curie Fellowship; Bayer Science Innovation Award; APNNA Excellent Service Award; RSNZ Science and Technology Medal; 2015 AUT Medal; Honorable Member of theBulgarian, the Greek and the Scottish Societies for ComputerScience. More information of Prof. Kasabov can be found from:




Prof. Fabrice Labeau

McGill University, Canada


Biography: F. Labeau is the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) at McGill University. His research interests are in applications of signal processing. He has (co-)authored more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in these areas.
At McGill, he has held different administrative positions, including Graduate Program Director, Acting Department Chair, Associate Dean (Faculty Affairs) and Acting Dean. He is currently the Planning Chief for the University’s Emergency Operations Center.
As Deputy Provost, he leads a team of 600 employees offering all student services at the University. He is the Director of Operations of STARaCom, an interuniversity research center grouping 50 professors and 500 researchers from 10 universities in the province of Quebec, Canada.
He is Senior Past President of the IEEE Sensors Council, former President (2014-2015) of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, and a former chair of the Montreal IEEE Section. He was or will be General co-chair for IEEE ICIP 2021, IEEE ICIP 2025, IEEE GlobalSIP 2019, IEEE SENSORSSENSORS, IEEE EPEC 2019, URSI GASS 2017 and IEEE VTC 2016-Fall. He was a TPC co-chair for IEEE 5G World Forum 2021, IEEE CCECE 2018, IEEE ICIP 2015, IEEE VTC 2012-Fall, IEEE VTC 2006-Fall.
He was a recipient in 2015 and 2017 of the McGill University Equity and Community Building Award (team category), of the 2008 and 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and of the 2017 W.S. Read Outstanding Service Award form IEEE Canada. He was recognized in 2018 “Ambassadeur Accrédité” for the Montreal Convention Center.