ICDIS 2018

C.-C. Jay Kuo, PhD

Director of the Media Communications Laboratory,

University of Southern California 


Speech Title 
Why and Why Not Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs)?

Dr. C.-C. Jay Kuo received his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. He is now with the University of Southern California (USC) as Director of the Media Communications Laboratory and Dean’s Professor in Electrical Engineering-Systems. His research interests are in the areas of digital media processing, compression, communication and networking technologies. Dr. Kuo was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security in 2012-2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation in 1997-2011, and served as Editor for 10 other international journals. Dr. Kuo received the 1992 National Science Foundation Young Investigator (NYI) Award, the 1993 National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow (PFF) Award, the 2010 Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year Award, the 2010-11 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies, the 2011 Pan Wen-Yuan Outstanding Research Award, the 2014 USC Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2016 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2016 IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award, the 2016 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society John Choma Education Award, the 2016 IS&T Raymond C. Bowman Award, and the 2017 IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award. Dr. Kuo is a Fellow of AAAS, IEEE and SPIE. He has guided 140 students to their Ph.D. degrees and supervised 25 postdoctoral research fellows. Dr. Kuo is a co-author of 260 journal papers, 900 conference papers, 30 patents and 14 books.


Gregory Conti, PhD

Director of Research at IronNet Cybersecurity


Speech title

The Weaponization of Information

Gregory Conti ran West Point's cybersecurity research and education programs for almost a decade and is currently Director of Research at IronNet Cybersecurity. He holds a PhD in computer science and served as a faculty member in West Point’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for thirteen years. He is the author of "Security Data Visualization" (No Starch Press), "Googling Security" (Addison-Wesley) and the forthcoming "On Cyber” (Kopidion Press) as well as over 70 articles and papers covering cyber warfare, online privacy, usable security, and security data visualization. Greg has served as Officer in Charge of a forward deployed expeditionary cyber team, acted as a Senior Advisor in the US Cyber Command Commander's Action Group, co-created US Cyber Command's flagship Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course (JACWC), and served as the founding Director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point. He has spoken at numerous security conferences, including Black Hat, DEF CON, HOPE, ShmooCon, RSA, and the NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict and numerous academic conferences. His work can be found at www.gregconti.com and @cyberbgone.


Tao Li, PhD

Professor, School of Computer Science
Florida International University


Speech title

System Event Mining: Algorithms and Applications

Tao Li received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Department of Computer Science, University of Rochester in July 2004.  His research interests are in data mining, information retrieval and computing system management.  He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award (2006-2010) and multiple IBM Faculty Research Awards. In 2009, he received FIU’s Excellence in Research and Creativities Award. In 2010, he received IBM Scalable Data Analytics Innovation Award. He received the inaugural Mentorship Award from the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU in 2011.  He is currently an associate editor of ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (ACM TKDD), IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE TKDE), and Knowledge and Information System Journal (KAIS). More information about him can be found at http://www.cs.fiu.edu/~taoli