Plenary Speakers

Carlos Castillo-Chavez Ph.D.

“Mathematical and Computational Models: Lessons learned for mitigating pandemics and bioterrorism”


He is a Regents Professor of Mathematical Biology at Arizona State University and the executive director of the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute, and Institute for Strengthening the Understanding of Mathematics and Science as well as the founding director of the Mathematical, Computational Modeling Sciences Center at the same university.

He study mathematics by applying to the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, where he graduated in 1976, with dual degrees in math and Spanish literature. He continued his MS in Mathematics at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1984). Prior to moving to Arizona State University in 2004, he spent 18 years as a professor at Cornell University. He has published scientific articles, and books, and served on panels and committees for organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Mathematical Society.

His research interests as a mathematical epidemiologist relate to the mechanisms underlying the spread of disease, and their containment (prevention of spread) and elimination. A 2006 editorial at Arizona State University, a year after his arrival there, described him as one of the most prominent mathematicians in the country, an expert in epidemiological modelling, and among the top research contributors to literature on the progression of diseases. He is acclaimed for his work on enhancing prospects for academic success and providing research opportunities for underrepresented groups in mathematics and biology.

Awards & recognitions

He has won awards by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mentor Award and Fellow (2007), the Stanislaw M. Ulam Distinguished Scholar by the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2003), the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)Distinguished Scientist Award (2001), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (1997), and the Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award from the National Science Foundation and the Office of the President of the United States (1992–1997).[13] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carlos Castillo-Chavez to the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science for the period 2010-2012.

Rafael Esteban Bello-Pérez Ph.D.

“Conjuntos Aproximados (Rough Sets) y sus Aplicaciones”

Rafael Bello
Dr. Rafael Esteban Bello-Pérez

His major degree is on Mathematical Cybernetics, and he is Doctor on Mathematical Sciences. His main interests are artificial intelligence, rough sets, computing, approximate reasoning and mathematics.

He is the current Director of the Center for Studies on Informatics of the Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de las Villas – Cuba (UCLV) from September 2006. He is the coordinator of the Ph.D. program on Computing of the UCLV from 2003, and the Joint Ph.D. program on Soft Computing between the Universidad de Granada and the UCLV from 2008.

Member of the “Comité Académico de la Maestría en Ciencia de la Computación y del Colectivo de la carrera de Licenciatura en Ciencia de la Computación” of the UCLV.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the UCLV from 1989, been ratified on all electoral processes; from May 2008 he is the President of the Scientific Policies Comision  of the Scientific Committee of the UCLV. Vicepresident of the National Council for Thesis defenses of the Ph.D. degrees on Mathematics and Computing, by agreement of the National Council of Scientific Degrees of the Republic of Cuba from March 2004.

Vicepresident of the National Council for Thesis defenses of the Ph.D. degrees on Automation and Computing, by agreement of the National Council of Scientific Degrees of the Republic of Cuba from November 2009.

He is Titular Professor of the Cuban Academy of Sciences from 2002. He is also member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) from 2004.

Roman Neruda Ph.D.

“Meta-learning for Data Mining: The process of learning to learn better”

Roman Neruda Ph.D. in TEDx Prague
Roman Neruda Ph.D. in TEDx Prague

He is Mgr., Charles University in Prague, theoretical computer science, 1991, and CSc (PhD equiv.), Academy of Sciences of the CR, Prague, theoretical informatics, 1998

His main interests include computational intelligence, meta-learning, evolutionary computation, neural networks, adaptive agents, applications in data mining, and robotics.

He is actually a researcher at the Institue of Computer Science of the Czech Republic (AS CR) since 1991. He was PhD student, research fellow, scientific deputy (1999-2004), research in computational intelligence and multiagent systems.

He is also lecturer, teaching courses on Evolutionary Algorithms, Multiagent systems, Neural networks, supervising master students, 9 PhD students in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University since 1993.

He was graduate research assistant, developing applied evolutionary machine learning model for MasterCard in Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA 1995-1996.

He has more than 150 publications, including 3 books in Czech, 18 journal papers, 2 LNCS editorships, 100 citations in WOS.

He has worked in different projects and cooperation such as Carnegie-Mellon University, USA, (K. Sycara, joint projects), Koblenz Universitaet, Germany (G. Beuster, joint projects), University of California, Chico, USA (R. Renner, joint projects), University of St. Etienne, France (D, Pearson, joint project), Georgetown University (P. Kainen, member of joint projects) Edinburgh University, UK (HPC Europa travel grants). 4 Czech Science Foundation projects, 2 Grant agency of the Academy of Sciences of the CR projects, 1 Ministry of education of the CR project.

He has cooperated as Editorial board for different Journals such as: Computing (Elsevier, 2010-2011), Human-Centric Computing (Springer, since 2012), Neural Network World (ICS AS CR). Program committees: ICANN (co-chair in 2008), CEC, ICANNGA (proc. co-editor in 2003), MEDES, ICIC, NNW (chair 2000), ITAT (steering committee), and the Academy of Sciences popularization board (since 2010), PhD committees of Charles University in Beirut.

Heriberto García Reyes Ph.D.

“Simulation Sytems”

IISE ponente

PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Florida International University, United States. He is the director of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Technological Institute of Monterrey,

He is specialized in modeling, analysis and process improvement in the supply chain, logistics and decision making. He has taught courses of Simulation, Operations Research, Logistics Systems, Methods of Optimization for Decision Making, Production Management and Evaluation at ITESM, Modeling for Decision Making, Statistics in Organizations, Management Value Chain in EGADE, and matters Management Value Chain and Modeling for Decision Making at the Military School of Engineering in Bolivia Paz and headquarters of the MBA In Panama. He has also taught the course of Engineering Economy at Florida International University. As a teacher has accumulated more than 1500 hours of training in teaching and learning strategies, teaching and professional expertise in the area.

PhD Garcia is coauthor of the book Simulation and Analysis Systems Promodel.

David Namhyun Chung Ph.D.

DANE e-government

“Internet of Things”

David Namhyun

2007-2014 Expert Adviser in E-government and Information Security management System (ISMS) & Personal Information Management System (PIMS) work for NIPA(National IT Promotion Agency) & NIA(National Information Agency) provides solution consulting(BRP Business Process Re-engineering, ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning, ISP-Information Strategic Planning, SCM-Supply Chain Management), Government project auditing(Public supervision) and software development.

2001~2007, McDATA Systems Technology, Country Manager & Disaster Recovery Specialist in Denver, CO Manipulated Finance banks consolidate project with Storage Area Networking in Disaster Center (Remote Area) Leadership and Ownership for Ministry of Security and Public Administration – Storage Area Networking with Heterogeneous Servers and Storages Carried on Enterprise Storage Networking, Small & Medium Business level coverage also, heterogeneous Management Software, and IP Routing Solutions to Systems Integrators : Project Based 1993~2001, Sun Microsystems (Oracle), Systems Engineering Director Managed Solution based business model and Telco, Finance, Manufacturing and Public(Government) Industries with Sun Servers/ Storage/ iPlanet Software/OEM from Java. Develop & Promoted 3-tier Systems and Networking Environment with CISCO, IBM and EMC in U.S.A. Gave lectures Micro Processor class as an adjunct Professor in Daejon University ( Year 1998~1999

1985~1992, EDS Korea (LG-CNS) ERP Consultant and Systems Developer Planning & Analysis Manufacturing Processing Re-organization consulting for LG Communications, LG Electronics, KIA Motors and LG Semiconductors with EDS America. Develop Software systems of Finance Accounting, Import & Export management processing.

1981~1984, Korea Air Force, Logistic Supply Officer Managed the building up systems of Supply Chain Management Retired from Air Force Supply Planning Officer as Lieutenant

Graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ U.S.A. , Master of Science (Computer Science)

Areas of Interest/Expertise and Types of Services Provided
e-Government & Information Security management