University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Yongsheng Ma joined the faculty of engineering, University of Alberta in 2007, and has been a full professor since 2013. Dr. Ma is a member of ASEE, SME, SPE and an Alberta registered Professional Engineer. He teaches Capstone Design Projects, Engineering Informatics, Engineering Economics and Manufacturing Processes. His main research areas include e-Manufacturing, feature-based design and manufacturing modeling, CADCAM, ERP process modeling and product lifecycle management. Dr. Ma received his B.Eng. from Tsinghua University, Beijing (1986), both M.Sc. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) from UMIST, UK. In 2000-2007, he was a faculty with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Dr. Ma publishes actively in top international journals and conferences, especially in the field of Semantic Modeling for Product and Process Engineering. Dr. Ma had been an associate editor of IEEE Transaction of Automation Science and Engineering (2009-2013). Since 2012, he has served as an editor of Advanced Engineering Informatics. Due to his fruitful collaboration with a Canadian manufacturer, in 2012, he won the prestigious ASTech award sponsored by Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation. Dr. Ma started his career as a polytechnic lecturer in Singapore (1993); and then a senior research fellow and group manager (1996-2000) at Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology. Dr. Ma also served in department selection committee (2012), faculty nominating (2009-2011) and evaluation committees (2011). Dr. Ma had been a member of General Faculty Council (GFC) and a university senator from July, 2013 to July, 2016.
Vincent Ng received the B.Sc. degree in mathematics and computing science from the Simon Fraser University, Canada in 1982. He later studied in the University of Waterloo, Canada, and received his M. Math degree there in 1986. In 1994, he received his Ph.D. degree from Simon Fraser University. At present, he is an associate professor in the Department of Computing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In PolyU, he received a number of awards in teaching and professional services. Dr. Ng is now the director of the Joint PolyU/IBM Enterprise Data Analytics Laboratory. His research interests include databases, data analytics and bioinformatics. He has many publications in academic journals and international conferences including Neurocomputing, Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, ACM Transactions on Computing Education, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Journal of Computers in Biology and Medicine, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence Tools, IEEE TKDE, Mathematical Biosciences, and Journal of Clinical Oncology. Besides teaching and research, Dr. Ng is active in consultancy work and professional services. He received several awards from PolyU for his contributions in the consultancy area. He has been working with different government units in the HKSAR, such as the Securities and Futures Commission, Social Welfare Department, the Immigration Department, the Department of Justice, the Police Department, the Employment and Manpower Bureau, QEF, and the Civil Service Training and Development Institute. In the professional community, he has been the chairman of the Information Technology Division of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, a board member of The Hong Kong Institute for IT Professional Certification, and has organized a number of international conferences.