Prof. Shahram Latifi, IEEE Fellow
University of Nevada,

Biography: Shahram Latifi, an IEEE Fellow, received the Master of Science egree in Electrical Engineering from Fanni, Teheran University, Iran in 1980. He received the Master of Science and the PhD degrees both in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Latifi is the director of the Center for Information and Communication Technology (CICT) at UNLV. He has designed and taught graduate courses on Bio-Surveillance, Image Processing, Computer Networks, Fault Tolerant Computing, and Data Compression in the past twenty years. He has given seminars on the aforementioned topics all over the world. He has authored over 200 technical articles in the areas of image processing, biosurveillance, biometrics, document analysis, computer networks, fault tolerant computing, parallel processing, and data compression. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, DOE, Boeing, Lockheed and Cray Inc. Dr. Latifi was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (1999-2006) and Co-founder and General Chair of the IEEE Int'l Conf. on Information Technology. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada.



Prof. Ho-Jin Choi
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST),
South Korea

Biography: Dr. Ho-Jin Choi is currently a professor in the School of Computing at KAIST, Daejeon, Korea. In 1982, he received a BS in Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1985, an MSc in Computing Software and Systems Design from Newcastle University, UK, and in 1995, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College, London, UK. From 1982 to 1989, he worked as a senior engineer for Data Communications Co. of Korea (DACOM), Seoul, Korea, and between 1995 and 1996, as a post-doctoral researcher at IC-PARC, Imperial College, London. From 1997 to 2002, he worked as an assistant professor in the School of Electronics, Information Communication, and Computer Engineering at Korea Aerospace University, Korea, then from 2002 to 2009, an associate professor in the School of Engineering at Information and Communications University (ICU), Korea, and since 2009 he has been with the Dept. of Computer Science at KAIST. Between 2002 and 2003, he visited Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, USA, and has been serving as an adjunct professor of CMU for the program of Master of Software Engineering (MSE) in the Institute for Software Research (ISR). Between 2006 and 2008, he served as the Director of Institute for IT Gifted Youth at ICU. Since 2010, he has been participating as the vice-director in the Systems Biomedical Informatics National Core Research Center at the Medical School of Seoul National University. Currently, he serves as a member of the boards of directors for the Software Engineering Society of Korea, for the Computational Intelligence Society of Korea, and for Korean Society of Medical Informatics. His current research interests include artificial intelligence, data mining, software engineering, and biomedical informatics.