Keynote Speakers

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Note: The keynote lectures will take place as part of the technical sessions of the congress. You can check the program HERE and register to attend the congress HERE.



“The convergence of smart people and cyborgs to make innovation for making resilient and smart cities”

This talk offers a panoramic view of how the convergence of smart people and the cyborg trend by human implant technologies could push and accelerate innovations for accelerating the conversion of our cities into resilient and smart cities. Managers of cities must be prepared for the next pandemic or an electric blackout that could make the Internet shut down, and the known implications for financial services, online education, e-government services and so on. Today people are not so affordable to collaborate making a reality for “smart people” or even there is huge opposition to adopting the enhancement of human capabilities through the human implant technologies for being “cyborgs” to accelerate innovation for having resilient cities. But do not forget that nowadays COVID, wars and the tremendous change in geopolitics teach us that “what yesterday seemed to be impossible today is reality and what today seems to be for granted it could change tomorrow.

Prof. José Ignacio Castillo Velázquez – ADVNETLAB -Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM)

Castillo has been working for 26 years in IT&C industries (Datacenter Dynamics, RedUno-TELMEX, IFE, DICINET), as well as in private and public universities as a professor (UACM, UDEFA, BUAP, UPAEP, UTM) participating in more than 100 national and international projects. He is a tenured Professor& Researcher at Electronics & Telecommunications Dep. with Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México UACM where he coordinates the Advanced Networking Laboratory (ADVNETLAB) and the Diploma on Corporative Networks. Castillo is an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Lecturer. As a professor, he has lectured more than 136 graduate and undergraduate courses, and written journal and conference papers, 3 books, 1 software development, and technical reports. He is also a referee for magazines and conferences and has organized national and international conferences and seminars. He had offered more than 136 keynotes, invited talks, and wrote more than 100 divulgation articles for magazines and newspapers. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electronic Sciences (95), completed with honours, and his M.Sc. degree in Semiconductor Devices (98) both from the Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico.

“Fuzzy computing and decision-making in real-world applications”

The thought process involved in the act of decision making is a complex array of streaming possibilities in which a person selects or discards information made available from diverse sources. In doing so, one is led by a meaningful analysis of available information and optimal selection out of several apparently equi-efficient decisions. Since Zadeh (1965) published the fuzzy set theory as an extension of classic set theory, it has been widely used in many fields of application, such as pattern recognition, data analysis, system control, etc. In this speech, we develop and apply similarity measures between various higher-order fuzzy sets and their applications under a fuzzy environment.

Prof. Dr Sunny Joseph Kalayathankal – Jyothi Engineering College, India

Prof. Dr Sunny Joseph Kalayathankal received the MSc. degree from Kerala University (Kerala, India) in 1986, BEd from Calicut University in 1987, MPhil from Kerala University in 1993 and PhD in Mathematics from Kerala University in 2010, MCA from Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2002, M.Tech IT from Karnataka State Open University in 2013 and PhD in Computer Science under Bharathiar University in 2018. He is currently working as a Principal (Professor & Dean of Research) at Jyothi Engineering College Affiliated with APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Thrissur, Kerala India and has almost 35 years of teaching and 16 years of research experience. He has published more than 91 papers in the areas of Fuzzy modelling and decision making, Graph theory and Applied Mathematics. He has served as Keynote and invited speaker at various National and International conferences. He is the reviewer of the Iranian Journal of Fuzzy System, International Journal of Fuzzy Systems and Journal of Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation.


“WAY2AGE: A Voice Assisstant to examine Cognitive impairment using Azure Cognitive Services”

Early diagnosis of cognitive impairment is crucial to slow the progression of the disease. In this way, healthcare workers rely on a careful medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, among others. Given that language can be used as an early marker of cognitive decline, virtual assistants (VAs) are an innovative emerging tool. By providing the volume of data needed in health counselling, better treatment monitoring and cost optimisation are expected. Thus, the overall objective of WAY2AGE is to provide healthcare professionals with voice-based screening techniques for cognitive impairment in the elderly analysed by natural language processing. This work proposes a prototype called WAY2AGE, tested on a sample of 20 elderly people. The results, although preliminary, seem to show a relationship between speech length and scores on traditional screening tools.

PhD. Carmen Moret Tatay, Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir, Spain

Degree in Psychology, PhD cum laude in Mathematics, and PhD cum laude in Health Science. She is a lecturer and researcher at the Catholic University of Valencia, San Vicente Mártir, performing at the same time coordination of international relations of the Faculty of Psychology and the research group MEB Lab (Mind, Emotion and Behavioral Research Laboratory) at the same University. In addition, she is member of the panel of evaluators and external experts of different national grants. Researcher with many research stays in the USA, Brazil, Italy, and France.

“High-impact scientific journals search for the publication of scientific articles in engineering”

Scientific research has become one of the pillars of development for emerging economies in the quest to generate more outstanding technological capabilities and innovation mechanisms. In engineering, there is a solid academic and social commitment to disseminate research findings in various alternatives that promote the appropriation of knowledge. Scientific journals have positioned themselves as one of the most accepted routes to spread contributions to knowledge. They have a high reach through the Internet and wide dissemination among the international academic community. However, to correctly choose the journal in which an article will be published, several elements that we will address in this talk must be taken into account. The three main components of the decision will be discussed: thematic affinity, journal indexing, and response time. The fundamental aspects of the main databases worldwide (WOS and Scopus) and the basic elements when submitting a scientific article to a journal of global impact will be socialized. Finally, the main aspects taken into account by international reviewers in the field of engineering will be outlined.

PhD. Alejandro Valencia Arias, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Colombia

Ph.D. in Engineering – Industry, and Organizations from the National University of Colombia, Master in Systems Engineering from the National University of Colombia, and Engineering Administrator from the National University of Colombia. Editor in chief of CEA Journal (Colombia) indexed in Latindex, Redalyc, EBSCO, and DOAJ. He has been head of a research center. Visiting Professor at the University of Chiapas – Mexico. Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano (ITM). Recognized as Senior Researcher by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Colombia). Categorized as a researcher in RENACYT (Peru) in the Carlos Monge Medrano category. Level: I. He has 75 articles published in Scopus journals and a HIndex of 30 in Google Scholar. Among his lines of research are: Agent-based Simulation, System Dynamics, Technology Adoption Models, Knowledge Management, Market Research, and Technological Entrepreneurship. He has participated as a speaker in academic events in Japan, Turkey, China, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, the United States, Spain, and Poland.

“IEEE Standards: COVID-era Learning Technologies Powering Innovation and Standards Education Programs”

During recent times, several changes have occurred in our workforce and educational programs due to the COVID pandemic, and the broad spectrum of social distancing measures all over the world. Such social distancing and travel restriction elements also created a huge challenge in education and career development in the workplace. The wide-reaching effects were felt in all levels of education, from child-care to grad-school programs and beyond. In our case, when dealing with publication of international standards, and more specifically, the development of educational programs, the challenge was real and impromptu; switching from face-to-face to remote learning was needed on the flip of a coin, and even though, there were eLearnings before the pandemic, those educational programs were meant to supplement other activities and face-to-face experiences. In this context, this talk provides some eLearning and mobile applications developed or improved during COVID pandemic times related to curriculum content programs based on IEEE Standards, and perhaps codes and standards from other organizations as well; and how this content adds value to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing educational programs. The conference will also highlight some of the lessons learned from the pandemic, what have we learned, unlearned and relearned. Other relevant content includes detailed information regarding the standards development processes, and how value-added content can boost the career development of those in many engineering and technical fields. The standards and the content in this speach could be useful to STEM and other innovation fields such as patents, intellectual property, legal, and more. Therefore, not only engineers, but other professionals could benefit from this proposal.

Ernesto Vega Jánica, IEEE Standards Association Senior Manager, Opportunities Development Business Development & Alliance Management, E.U.A.

Ernesto works at IEEE Standards Association as their Senior Manager of Development Opportunities. He leads the development of products related to their standards, such as manuals, educational programs, mobile applications, and more. He is an electrical engineer and was recently recognized as the 2017 Fire Protection Engineer of the Year by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), New Jersey Chapter; and received the 2011 Tyco Patent Award as the author of a patent application on visual fire alarm notification devices. Mr. Vega Jánica has authored multiple technical papers and international presentations in the fields of engineering as well as optimization modeling applications. Vega Jánica, a graduate of the University of Maryland, is also a mathematics enthusiast. His research on multiple number systems has led him to humanitarian and STEM endeavours. Mr. Vega Jánica is also an international standards instructor and author of mathematics books for children using Latin American Indian tribal number systems.


“Robotic neuro-rehabilitation”

This speech addresses a neuro-robot system developed at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES)/Brazil, which is used for lower-limb rehabilitation of post-stroke patients. The system is composed of different technologies, such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), which is a non-invasive, painless brain stimulation therapy that uses direct electrical currents to stimulate specific parts of the brain; Brain-Computer Interface (BCI based on Motor Imagery (MI), which is used to allow a direct communication pathway between the brain’s electrical activity and an external device (robot); a Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) to stimulate the motor rehabilitation through a virtual environment and an avatar riding a tricycle; and a Robotic Monocycle, which is used to execute real pedaling movements according to the MI produced by the patient. All this system was validated with post-stroke patients of a Rehabilitation Center in Brazil. Videos regarding tDCS application, training with the VRE and BCI as well as the automatic pedaling of the robotic monocycle through MI are shown. Also, results pre- and post-experiments are presented, in addition to the motor evaluation of patients (before and after the intervention) regarding the number of pedaling (rpm), and the 10-meter walk test (time and number of steps).

PhD. Teodiano Freire Bastos, Universidade Federal do Spírito Santo, Brazil

Dr. Teodiano Freire Bastos-Filho received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo (UFES, Brazil) in 1987, his Specialist degree in Automation from Instituto de Automática Industrial (Madrid, Spain) in 1989, and his Ph.D. degree in Physical Science (Electricity and Electronics) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1994. He was Postdoc Fellow at the University of Alcalá (Spain, 2005) and at RMIT University (Australia, 2012). He is currently a full professor at UFES, teaching and doing research at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Postgraduate Program in Electrical Engineering, Postgraduate Program in Biotechnology, and Doctorate Program of the Northeast Network of Biotechnology (RENORBIO). His current research interests are signal processing, rehabilitation robotics, assistive technology for people with disabilities, and bioinformatics. He has participated in 44 research projects (and he was the main coordinator of 34 out of them) and organized 12 international conferences (CBEB2020, IWAT2019, IWAT2015, ISSNIP/BRC2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010, IWSSIP2010, BIODEVICES 2010, 2009 and 2008, IBERDISCAP2006 and 2003) and 3 national conferences (CBEB2020, SBAI1997, CBA2016), and he is member of four editorial boards (Scientific Reports – Nature, Polytechnica, Advances in Data Science and Adaptive Analysis – ADSAA, Journal of Medical Engineering, and Ingenious), and reviewer of several Journals (JMBE, JNER, Robotica, RAS, Sensors, Muscle & Nerve, etc), and Conferences (IEEE, ISSNIP/BRC, ICRA, Biodevices, etc). He has published more than 800 works: 138 in Journals (IEEE, Sensors and Actuators, Sensor Review, etc.), 603 in Conferences (IEEE, IFAC, etc.), 4 scientific books, 9 books of conference,s and 53 chapters of books. His h-index is 29 in Google Scholar, 23 in Scopus, and 17 in Web of Science. He holds nine invention patents: one international invention patent and eight national invention patents, and has developed 18 products/processes without patent registration, and he was awarded 24 national and international prizes. He has supervised 7 Post-Doc Fellows, 36 Ph.D. Thesis, 56 MSc Thesis, 49 Undergraduate and 50 scientific initiation student works. Currently, he is supervising 9 Ph.D., 6 MSc, 2 undergraduate, and 1 scientific initiation student. His full Curriculum Vitae is available at:


This talk presents an overview of several imaging modalities that can be used, either combined or in separated, for strengthening diagnosis and monitoring health issues. To illustrate, we start with a common application which integrates 3D computer tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance images (MRI) images, leading to 3D reconstruction for manufacturing orthoses and prosthesis by 3D printing. The next frontier leads us to 3D bioprinting materials for health purposes. For example, the generation of 3D models of circulatory systems for helping the inspection of intracranial aneurisms (IA) and the respective surgeons training, based on the maneuvering of specific tools (such as clips and coils) in a more realistic way. Additionally, the use of 3D scanning systems for generating 3D body geometries, which can be combined with inner images of the body (CT, MRI, among other anatomical images). Also, the generation of 3D facial models for assisting inspection of facial phenotypes of rare genetic syndromes. Expanding this approach with other imaging modalities, the functional images can be included, such as infrared thermography and scintigraphy. In this way it is possible to go at the next level, which is the combination of different imaging modalities, leading us to our proposed method, called 3D THERMO-SCAN. The future of this research intends to use additional methods for helping further imaging segmentation, decisions making and differentiation between normal vs pathological images, by using other computational tools, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networks.


Mauren has a PhD in Medical Physics and Bioengineering from the University College London (UCL) – United Kingdom; also, a master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering and Informatics (with focus in Biomedical Engineering) from “Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR)” – Brazil; and she has an undergraduate degree (Bachelor and Teaching level) in Physics from the “Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)” – Brazil. Currently she is with the Graduate Program in Health Technology (PPGTS) of the “Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR)” – Brazil, as an Associate Professor. Her main research interests are 3D multimodality imaging modelling, 3D images reconstruction/fusion (from CT and MRI medical images), Infrared thermography images, Optical tomography (OT), Metrology and 3D modelling (from camera-based systems, 3D scanners and photogrammetry approaches). She has experience working with different background research groups (including both technical, engineering and medical teams), providing versatile researches, which enable performing transfer knowledge and achieving skills in different environments/scenarios.

“Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy for characterizing materials in agribusiness”

This talk will address the use of Terahertz band radiation, a relatively new technology that is at most 30 years in development. It was born in the late 80’s and is still in its early stages of research at both fundamental and applied levels. For example, a simple search in SCOPUS with the word “Teraherz” yields only 139 scientific papers in the last 3 decades, indicating that there is still much to be studied. This technology has shown to have interesting applications for the non-destructive analysis of various materials, although there is still a need to study its use in other areas, such as food (Cruz, 2020). THz spectroscopy is emerging as a suitable methodology to investigate the dynamic properties of organic molecules relevant to life sciences this because it can detect the collective low frequency vibrational modes of biomolecules (Charkhesht et al., 2018), it has been widely used to study the spectroscopic characteristics of a variety of materials, such as semiconductors, biomolecules, liquids and pharmaceuticals in the spectral region ranging from 0.1 to 10 THz. THz spectra combined with multivariate classification is the strategy used to estimate materials linked to samples from the agro-industrial sector.

Jimy Oblitas Cruz, National University of Cajamarca, Peru

Jimmy Oblitas works in the area of university education, research and technology transfer, leading efforts in R+D+i. Agroindustrial Engineer, with Master studies in Microbiology and Food Technology, PhD candidate in Agricultural and Food Science and Technology at the University of Lleida in Spain; with 45 published scientific articles (SCOPUS and WOS), 2 book chapters and 4 granted patents; in topics related to spectroscopy, image processing in agribusiness and data processing using Machine learning and Deep learning with more than 20 years of academic life, currently dedicated to research linked to the Center for Advanced Research in Agroengineering of the Universidad Privada del Norte in Peru and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, has been Keynote and invited speaker at several national and international conferences and reviewer for several international journals.


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Note: The keynote lectures will take place as part of the technical sessions of the congress. You can check the program HERE and register to attend the congress HERE.

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