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International Advisory Board 

The POB2 Advisory Board consists of members representing both science and industry.

Prof. Andrzej Bargieła, University of Nottingam, UK

Andrzej Bargieła graduated from the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science at the Silesian University of Technology in 1978, obtained a PhD at the University of Durham (UK) in 1984 and a habilitation (Readership) at Nottingham Trent University (UK) in 1992. In 1996 he obtained the title of professor (UK) and in 2005 the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him the title of professor of technical sciences. In 2007, Professor Bargieła moved to the University of Nottingham and took the position of the head of the Computer Science Department (UNMC) (2007-2010) and then the Director of Internationalization (UNUK).
Professor Bargieła's scientific activity focuses on Computational Intelligence, processing granular information, and modeling and simulating systems with uncertainty. Professor Bargieła worked as Visiting Professor at: University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), University of Alberta (Canada), Helsinki University of Technology (Finland) and University of Bari (Italy) and served as President of the European Council for Modeling and Simulation in the years (2002-2006) and (2010-2012).

Jarosław Czaja, Future Processing CEO, Poland

Jarosław Czaja is the founder of Future Processing (FP) – IT outsourcing company, and CEO of Autonomous Systems – which develops autonomous driving technology. Jarosław obtained the master's degree in Computer Science in 2003 at the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology. He also spent a year at Nottingham Trent University in Great Britain as part of a student exchange on the Erasmus project.
Finalist of the prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year" competition organized by EY in 2013, awarded in the "500 managers" Puls Biznesu ranking, promoting the best Polish entrepreneurs, speaker at numerous conferences and industry events.

Prof. Cesar Ignacio Garcia-Osorio, University of Burgos, Spain

César Ignacio García-Osorio received his BS and ME degrees in Computing from Universidad de Valladolid (Spain) in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He got his PhD from University of Paisley (now University of the West of Scotland) in 2005 for a thesis about Data Mining and Visualization. His current research interests include instance selection, big data, data mining, and visualization. At present is an associate professor at Universidad de Burgos (Spain) in the Computing Department where he teaches “Intelligent Systems”, “Languages Processors” and “Unsupervised Learning”.
He is the coordinator of the ADMIRABLE research group (Advanced Data MIning Research And Business intelligence/Big data/Bioinformatics LEarning). He has been the principal researcher in several regional and national projects about fundamental and applied machine learning research and the coordinator of the doctoral programs: “Engineering Research” (courses 2009/2010 to 2012/2013) and “Industrial Technologies and Civil Engineering” (since July 2015). He is currently a member of the Senate and the Governing Council of the University of Burgos.

Dr Michael Hayball, Technical Director, Feedback Medical Ltd, UK

Mike is currently the Technical Director of British company Feedback Medical Ltd. In the past, he played a key role in the design and development of the Cadran and TexRAD platforms used for medical image analysis. He started his career as a medical physicist in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, UK, where he worked on heart imaging systems. In 2001 he founded the company Cambridge Computed Imaging Ltd (now Feedback Medical Ltd) and cooperated with companies Kodak, GE, and Siemens. Mike has extensive experience in design and implementation of innovative image processing and analysis systems on the medical market.

Prof. Janusz Kacprzyk, IBS PAN, Poland

Professor Janusz Kacprzyk is an outstanding specialist in the field of fuzzy logic and decision support systems. He also works with evolutionary programming and neural networks. His experience and the fact that he has been associated with the Silesian University of Technology for many years make him an extremely valuable member of the Council.

Prof. Aleks Kwiliński, The London Academy Science and Business, UK

Economist and entrepreneur. Research interests - information economy, artificial intelligence, cognitive technologies, blockchain, technological systems, strategic management, sustainable development.

Prof. Jean-Charles Lamirel, Université de Strasbourg, France

Prof. Jean-Charles Lamirel is both lecturer since 1997 and invited Sea-Sky Full Professor at DUT University of Dalian China since 2016. He got his PhD in 1995 and his Research Accreditation in 2010. He is currently teaching Information Science and Computer Science at the University of Strasbourg and achieving his research at the INRIA-LORIA laboratory of Nancy (France). His main domains of research are Machine Leaning Models, Neural Networks, Textual Data Mining, Scientometrics and Social Networks Analysis. His research issued in an important scientific production: more than 50 invited conferences, organizer of 4 international conferences and of more than 20 special sessions in international conferences, main author of more than 165 publications in international conferences and journals. He committee member of the main conferences in Data Mining, like ICDM or ICTAI. He is one of the three foreign members of CAASP (Speciality Committee of Science of Science and Discipline Construction) in China.

Dr. habil. Bertrand Le Saux, Senior Scientist, European Space Agency, Italy

Dr. Bertrand Le Saux (M.Eng 1999, M.Sc 1999 both at INP Grenoble, PhD 2003
University of Versailles/Inria Rocquencourt, Habil. 2019 University of
Paris-Saclay) is a scientist with the European Space Agency (ESA), at
ESRIN Phi-Lab, in Frascati, Italy. He is working on data-driven techniques
for visual understanding, with a background in machine learning and
computer vision. He's interested in tackling practical problems that arise
in Earth observation, to bring solutions to current environmental and
societal challenges.
He has been a research scientist at CNR Pisa (IT, 2004), University of
Bern (CH, 2005), ENS Cachan (FR, 2006-2007) and ONERA (FR, 2008-2020).
From 2015 to 2019, he was co-chair then chair of the Image Analysis and
Data Fusion Technical Committee of the IEEE GRSS. Currently, he is an
associate editor of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (GRSL).
He is also a co-organiser of the annual CVPR/EarthVision workshop series.
Visit http://blesaux.github.io for more information.

Prof. Zbigniew Michalewicz, University of Adelaide, Australia

Zbigniew Michalewicz is the Chief Scientist of Complexica, an Artificial Intelligence software company that helps large organisations sell more products and services, at a higher margin, through the use of automated analytics. He is also Emeritus Professor at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide and holds Professor positions at the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. He has published over 300 articles and 15 books; these include a monograph Genetic Algorithms + Data Structures = Evolution Programs (3 editions, a few translations), Adaptive Business Intelligence, the scientific bestseller How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics (2 editions, a few translations). Other books include Handbook of Evolutionary Computation, Winning Credibility: A guide for building a business from rags to riches, Puzzle-Based Learning: An Introduction to critical thinking, mathematics, and problem-solving, A Guide to Teaching Puzzle-based Learning, and the very recent (2021) The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: Real-world applications for revenue and margin growth.

Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada

Witold Pedrycz is Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Computational Intelligence in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is also with the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. He is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, IEEE Life Fellow, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
His main research directions involve Computational Intelligence, Granular Computing, knowledge discovery, data science, knowledge-based neural networks, and control engineering. Prof. Pedrycz is vigorously involved in editorial activities. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Information Sciences and WIREs Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. As a graduate of the Silesian University of Technology, professor is still closely associated with our university.

Prof. Zbigniew Raś, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Dr. Zbigniew Ras is a Professor of Computer Science and KDD Laboratory Director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He also holds professorship position at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw, Poland. His PhD degree is from University of Warsaw and DSc Degree (Habilitation) from the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2012, he was awarded National Professorship Title by the President of Poland. Dr. Ras' areas of expertise include Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Recommender Systems, Health Informatics, Granular Computing, Music Information Retrieval, and Art. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent Information Systems (Springer) and a member of several Editorial Boards at other journals. He is the author of 350+ publications and the editor/author of more than 50 books published by Springer and North Holland. He received many awards including Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award and Alcoa Foundation Outstanding Faculty Award, both at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Ras received competitive grants and contracts from NSF, DOD/ARO, ONR, SAS, ORNL, DOE, and IBM.

Prof. Anatoly Sachenko, Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine

Anatoliy Sachenko was graduated from L'viv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine, 1968, and got PhD Degree from L'viv Physics and Mechanics Institute, 1978, and Doctor of Technical Sciences Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute, Russia, 1988. He is currently Professor and Head of Department for Information Computer Systems and Principal Investigator of Research Institute for Intelligent Computer Systems, West Ukrainian National University, and a part-time Professor, Department of Informatics, Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland, and he has been Affiliate Professor, University of New Hampshire, USA.
Areas of Research Interest: Distributed Sensor Networks, Computational Intelligence in Applications, Cyber Security, Wireless Sensor Networks, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition, Education in Computer Science and Engineering, IT Project Management. He published more than 570 papers, 213 publications are indexed by WoS and Scopus and he was a supervisor of 21 supported DSc and PhD Thesis’s. He is a General Chairman of regular IEEE IDAACS Conferences, since 2001 and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal for Computing, and International Journal of Information Engineering and Electronic Business. He got more than 70 patents of a former Soviet Union and Ukraine and he is a Honored Inventor of Ukraine since 1991. He is the IEEE Life Senior Member, , and Vice-Chair of I&M / Computational Intelligence Joint Societies Chapter, IEEE Ukraine Section.

Dr Jan Winkler, Atkins SNC-Lavalin, Denmark

Dr. Jan Winkler is a Head of Structural Health Monitoring in Atkins SNCL responsible for computer vision-based monitoring and digital asset management. Jan is also a Chair of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) TG 5.10 focusing on monitoring and inspection of infrastructure. He is a co-founder of an award-winning startup Digital Engineering Solutions (DES) developing revolutionary tools for AEC market. Dr Winkler was a visiting researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and published a number of articles in respected international journals. He acts as an external lecturer & censor at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and a reviewer for International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering Journal.

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