Keynote Speakers

    Francis Chin
    Hang Seng Management College and University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Bio sketch
        Professor Chin received his B.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in 1972, and his M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University in 1974, 1975, and 1976, respectively. Prior to joining The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 1985, he had taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of California, San Diego; the University of Alberta; the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and the University of Texas at Dallas
        Professor Chin was the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at HKU and was the founding Head of the Department from its establishment until December 31, 1999. From 2002 until July 31, 2006, he had served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Since 2007, Prof Chin has been serving as an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
        Professor Chin has served as conference chairman and a member of the program committee of numerous international workshops and conferences. He is currently serving as Managing Editor of the International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science and is a member of the editorial boards of Current Bioinformatics, Information Processing Letters, the Computer Processing of Oriental Languages and the Chinese Journal of Advanced Software Research.
        Professor Chin has served on many government policy and advisory committees and in 1998 acted as the Project Leader of a study commissioned by the Select Committee appointed by the Legislative Council to inquire into the circumstances leading to the problems surrounding the commencement of the operation of the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok (CLK). During 2001, he was seconded to serve as the (interim) CEO of the Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited.
        Professor Chin's research interests include design and analysis of algorithms, on-line algorithms, and bioinformatics including Motif-finding (Motif discovery) and De Novo genome assembly (IDBA). In 2002 at the age of 54, he discovered the challenge of marathon running and has finished one marathon and five half-marathons.
    Peter Eades
    University of Sydney, Australia

    Bio sketch
        Peter Eades graduated with a PhD from the Australian National University in 1977. Since then he has held positions at the Univertsity of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, as well as a number of visiting positions. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney.
        His main research interest is Graph Drawing, that is, algorithms for the visualization of networks and graphs. His work in Graph Drawing has been cited in a number of disparate disciplines: Bioinformatics and Microbiology, Sensor Networks, Computer Architecture, Management Science, Sociology, Pure Mathematics and Statistics, Law, and Cybersecurity.
    Etsuji Tomita
    The University of Electro-Communications, Japan

    Bio sketch
        Etsuji Tomita received his B. Eng. and Dr. Eng. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Then he was with the faculties of Tokyo Institute of Technology, and was appointed Associate Professor and subsequently Professor at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Japan. He was also Professor at the Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University. He is presently Professor Emeritus at UEC Tokyo and is with the Advanced Algorithms Research Laboratory (AARL), UEC Tokyo. He served as the Chair of the department of Information and Communication Engineering, and the founding Head of AARL at UEC Tokyo.
        His research interests include design and analysis of computer algorithms, combinatorial optimization and its application to practical problems, algorithmic learning theory, and automata and formal language theory.
        His academic contributions include Program Committee Chair of Algorithmic Learning Theory (ALT) 2005, Conference Chair of International Colloquium on Grammatical Inference (ICGI) 2006, and Program Committee Co-Chair of International Workshop on Algorithms and Computation (WALCOM) 2015, Guest Editor of Theoretical Computer Science, Journal of Discrete Algorithms, and Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications, Editor of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) and Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), Director of IPSJ, and Chair of Computer Science Domain of IPSJ. He is presently an editor of ISRN Discrete Mathematics, American Journal of Operations Research, and Industrial Engineering and Management.
        He was awarded Theoretical Computer Science (TCS) Top Cited Article 2005-2010, TCS Top Cited Article 2006 (in TCS Top Cited Articles 1975-2014), and was given Yonezawa Award of IECE, the Funai Information Technology Prize, and the Contribution Award of SIG Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving of IPSJ. He is a Fellow of IEICE and IPSJ.