15 May 2017

9.30 AM - 1.00 PM
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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

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The Live Webcast will be available from 10.00 AM (GMT +8) on Monday, 15th May 2017.

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Technologies have no doubt demonstrated the potential to transform and reshape how we live, whether or not this is good or not is another debate. The fundamental change happened in the 20th century with the introduction of electricity & internet, but in the 21st century the focus and concern is steering towards AI.

The original aim of AI development was to reduce manpower, increase productivity and automation function in various industries. Now AI is used in each and every company where machines are involved and it encompasses technologies like machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing (NLP), computer vision, machine reasoning, and strong AI.

The rise of AI is something to watch out for in 2017. Its implementations are already apparent in Uber’s use of driverless cars in Pittsburg, USA in 2016, and Tesla’s new models equipped with the hardware for full autonomy. Meanwhile, revenue growth of Artificial Intelligence has increased from USD150 billion in 2010 to USD250 billion in 2015 and its annual growth more than doubled from 20 to 55 percent. This clearly shows the significance of AI and the huge scope it offers for development in the future.

The 7th WIEF-UiTM Global Discourse on Artificial Intelligence will showcase AI’s role in bringing the massive shifts in how people perceive and interact with technology and machines. The Global Discourse will also provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange new ideas between academicians, researchers, professionals, industrialists and students.

Venue: Conference Hall 1, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre


9.30 AM Arrival of Guests & Registration
10.00 AM Welcoming Remarks by Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid bin Mohd Noordin, Chairman, WIEF Education Trust & Chairman, Board of Advisors, Higher Education Leadership Academy
10.15 AM Speech by the Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation
10.30 AM Artificial Intelligence and the Future

Panel Speakers:
Prof. Zyed Zalila, President and CEO, R&D Director, Intellitech & Professor of Fuzzy Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, UTC Sorbonne University, France

Prof. Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, Director, Institute for Media Innovation, School of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof. Dr. Ir. A. Nijholt, Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands & Global Research Fellow, Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Johor, Malaysia

Karamjit Singh, Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Digital News Asia

12.30 PM Question and Answer Session
1.00 PM Lunch/Informal Networking
(Venue: Conference Hall 2, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre)
End of Global Discourse
Professor Dr Anton Nijholt

Global Research Fellow
Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Johor

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Professor Anton Nijholt’s main research interests focus on entertainment computing, affect, humor and brain-computer interfacing. He has written and edited various books and his recent ones are on playful interfaces, social collective intelligence, brain-computer interaction and ‘playable cities’.

He acted as Programme Chair and General Chair of the main large international conferences on entertainment computing, multimodal interaction, affective computing, faces & gestures, virtual agents, computational humor and computer animation. Professor Nijholt’s recent keynote talks have been on humour engineering in smart environments, the future of brain-computer interaction and smart material interfaces.

He is not only the Chief Editor of the specialty section Human-Media Interaction of Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Digital Humanities, and Frontiers in ICT, but also the Co-Editor of Springer Series Gaming Media and Social Effects. A Global Research Fellow at the Imagineering Institute in Johor Bahru, Professor Nijholt continues his investigations in playful and urban interfaces in smart cities.

He received his PhD from Holland in computer science from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.


Professor Zyed Zalila

President and CEO
R&D Director
Intellitech & Professor of Fuzzy Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence
UTC Sorbonne University

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Professor Zyed Zalila began his research as a UTC graduate in Fuzzy Theory in 1989, under the supervision of Professor Arnold Kaufmann, one of the forerunners of Fuzzy Logic. With a PhD from UTC in fuzzy mathematics, he has been teaching fuzzy theory and its applications since 1993 in the same university. In 1990, he applied his research in fuzzy systems to invent the concept of ”virtual driver”: the ADAS for an autonomous vehicle which he designed in partnership with Renault are operational on open road.

He later founded Intellitech in 1998, dedicating it to the design of intelligent decision systems, which incorporate the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence. He spearheaded Intellitech’s strategy in 2003 to create the xtractis® robots, and aims to propound a universal professional solution for automatic discovery of predictive decision-making systems from data, requiring no computer programming and offering better predictive reliability compared to open source techniques.

He has directed numerous research in fuzzy mathematics and their applications and is the co-inventor of 9 ADAS patented in 15 countries, and in 2000 of xpark!® the first worldwide operational automatic parking system. He is also the co-inventor of the successive generations of the Augmented Fuzzy AI-based-xtractis® robot, whose rights are protected worldwide.


Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann

Institute for Media Innovation
School of Computer Science and Engineering
Nanyang Technological University

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Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is a multiple award-winning computer graphics scientist and among the recent awards are the Humboldt Research Award in Germany and Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Human Computer Communications Society in Toronto in 2012.

A member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, she is also Director of the Institute for Media Innovation, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Founder and Director of MIRALab, which is an interdisciplinary lab in Human Computer Animation at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her fields of research are specifically on social robots, mixed realities and medical simulation.

She is Editor-in-Chief of The Visual Computer Journal, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds and Associate Editor of many other scientific journals. Along with her PhD students, Professor Nadia has published over 500 papers and books on virtual humans and social robots.

She developed the robot Nadine in Singapore, like herself, Nadine is able to speak, recognise people as well as gestures, express not just moods but also emotions and remember actions. When asked why had she created Nadine, Professor Nadia replied it is because, ‘I am quite interested to model humans and understand their behaviour and show a result on virtual humans or social robots.’

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