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Keynote Lectures

Implants and Cultures
Kevin Warwick, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Biosignal-based Cognitive Systems
Tanja Schultz, Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL), University of Bremen, Germany

User Acceptance of Internet of Things (IoT) Services and Applications
Anastasios Economides, University of Macedonia, Greece


Implants and Cultures

Kevin Warwick
Coventry University
United Kingdom

Brief Bio

Kevin Warwick is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University, England, where he is responsible for the University’s research portfolio. His own main research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. Due to his research which involved himself as a self-experimenter he is frequently referred to as the world’s first Cyborg. Kevin was born in Coventry, UK and left school to join British Telecom, at the age of 16.  At 22 he took his first degree at Aston University, followed by a PhD and research post at Imperial College, London.  He subsequently held positions at Oxford, Newcastle, Warwick and Reading Universities before joining Coventry.

Kevin is a Chartered Engineer who has published well over 600 research papers and his experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) both by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. Kevin has also been awarded 8 Honorary Doctorates by UK Universities and an Honorary Doctorate from Saints Cyril & Methodius University, Skopje. He was presented with The Future of Health Technology Award in MIT, was made an Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, and  received The IEE Senior Achievement Medal, the IET Mountbatten Medal and in 2011 the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine.  In 2000 Kevin presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled “The Rise of the Robots”.

In this presentation a look is taken at several different Physiological Computing Systems in which either implant technology is involved or biological structures are cultured and linked to a computer network. Consideration is given to cyborg technology using neural implants, deep brain stimulation for medical diagnosis and treatment and the use of permanent magnet stimulation for sensory extension. Finally neural cultures will be discussed when placed within a robot body.



Biosignal-based Cognitive Systems

Tanja Schultz
Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL), University of Bremen

Brief Bio

Tanja Schultz received her doctoral and diploma degree in Informatics from University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2000 and 1995 respectively and successfully passed the German state examination for teachers of Mathematics, Sports, and Educational Science from Heidelberg University, in 1990.
She joined Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2000 and up to now holds a position as Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute. From 2007 to 2015 she was a Full Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany before she accepted an offer from the University of Bremen in April 2015. Since 2007, Tanja Schultz directs the Cognitive Systems Lab, where her research activities focus on human-machine communication with a particular emphasis on multilingual speech processing and human-machine interfaces. Together with her team, she investigates the processing, recognition and interpretation of biosignals, i.e. human signals such as speech, motion, muscle and brain activities to enable human interaction with machines in an intuitive and efficient way.
Tanja Schultz received several awards for her work, such as the FZI award for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis (2001), the Allen Newell Medal for Research Excellence from Carnegie Mellon (2002), the ISCA best journal award for her publication on language independent acoustic modeling (2002) and on Silent Speech Interfaces (2015), the Plux Wireless award (2011) for the development of Airwriting, the Alcatel-Lucent Research Award for Technical Communication (2012), the Google Research Award and the Otto-Haxel Award (2013), as well as several best paper awards. She is the author of more than 280 articles published in books, journals, and proceedings, and is regularly invited as panelist and keynote speaker.  Tanja Schultz serves as a member for numerous conference committees, as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions (2002-2004), as an Associate Editor for ACM TALLIP (since 2013), as editorial board member of Speech Communication (since 2001), and currently serves as elected president of the International Speech Communication Association ISCA.


Cognitive technical systems are envisioned to interact naturally with humans and to dynamically adjust to changing situations and demands. As a prerequisite, it requires cognitive systems to automatically capture, recognize and interpret the physical and mental activities of humans, their intentions and needs. Recent advances in sensor and device technologies, such as miniaturized body-worn sensors in combination with integrated, mobile and ubiquitous devices, allow to capture a wide range of Biosignals corresponding to physical and mental activities, i.e. muscle and brain activity at large.
In my talk I will present ongoing research at the Cognitive Systems Lab (CSL), where we explore Biosignal-based cognitive systems to improve human-machine interaction as well as machine-mediated human communication. Several applications will be described such as Silent Speech Interfaces that rely on articulatory muscle movement captured by electromyography to recognize and synthesize silently produced speech, Brain-to-text interfaces that use brain activity captured by electrocorticography to recognize speech and brain computer interfaces based on near infrared spectroscopy and electroencephalography to determine users' mental states, such as task activity, memory, cognitive workload and attention. We hope that our research will lead to of cognitive systems, which are completely aware of the users' needs and provide an intuitive, efficient, robust, and adaptive input mechanism to interaction and communication.



User Acceptance of Internet of Things (IoT) Services and Applications

Anastasios Economides
University of Macedonia

Brief Bio

Prof. Anastasios A. Economides is Full Professor on Computer Networks and Telematic Applications at the University of Macedonia (, Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born and grew up in Thessaloniki, Greece. He received the Dipl.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Holding a Fulbright and a Greek State Fellowship, he received the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the Electrical Engineering - Systems department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. At graduation, he received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the University of Southern California.
He is the director of CONTA (COmputer Networks and Telematic Applications – Laboratory and has been Chairman of the Information Systems Postgraduate Program (2008-14). His current research interests include IoT technology, socio-economics, applications, technology-enhanced learning and smart services (e.g. E-Culture, E-Tourism, E-Government). He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has over 2000 citations (
He has been a Visiting Professor at several Universities (e.g. Univ. of Southern California, Univ. Oberta de Catalunya, Univ. Pompe Fabra). He has been the plenary speaker in International Conferences, on the editorial board of several International Journals, and on the program committee of many International Conferences. He is an IEEE Senior member. Finally, he has been the principal investigator of 10 funded projects and participated in 30 funded projects.

Internet of Things (IoT) is the worldwide Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure that will support ubiquitous services among interacting beings, objects, data and applications. In IoT, everyone and everything (humans, animals, plants, wearables, appliances, vehicles, machines, etc.) will carry sensors and/or actuators that will be interconnected via networks. Various services and applications that will use the communicated information will support users and organizations. 
Alongside the development of technology, user behavior, social, cultural and economic issues should be investigated. Thus, a cross-disciplinary approach should be employed to tackle uncertainties regarding the launch onto the market of profitable applications and services. 
However, little attention has been given to the user behavioral and organizational issues that are necessary for the acceptance, adoption and usage of these IoT services and applications by the users and organizations. It is not clear which of these services and applications will be accepted, and what are the factors that will affect their acceptance. This keynote speech presents an introduction to IoT services and applications as well as factors that could affect their acceptance.