Keynote speakers – CPSIoT 2021
Prof. Ioannis Pitas
Title: Privacy Protection, Ethics, Robustness and Regulatory Issues in Autonomous Systems
Abstract: One of the most important challenges of the present decade in Autonomous Systems and CPS is the accommodation of ethics, trustworthiness, reliability and robustness issues related to embedded intelligence. This lecture is divided in 3 sections. First, we will overview the typical regulatory, data security and privacy protection issues and restrictions that should be considered when designing modern CPS, e.g., autonomous cars or drones. Second, we will describe private data de-identification algorithms (e.g., face de-identification), discussing the differences between traditional, GAN-based and adversarial-attack-based privacy protection methodologies. Finally, the presentation will focus on Autonomous Systems and CPS AI robustness. Slight imperceptible changes to sensorial data (e.g., images captured by a CPS camera) that may be crafted by adversaries or even be produced by environmental noise, lead to a dramatic decrease of performance, especially in deep learning-based trained classification models. We will present modern AI neural network training schemes that alleviate this threat, by focusing on enhancing the robustness of CPS classification systems against adversarial treats.
Prof. Ioannis Pitas (IEEE fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, EURASIP fellow) received the Diploma and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece. Since 1994, he has been a Professor at the Department of Informatics of AUTH and Director of the Artificial Intelligence and Information Analysis (AIIA) lab. He served as a Visiting Professor at several Universities.
His current interests are in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, autonomous systems, intelligent digital media, image/video processing, human-centred computing, affective computing, 3D imaging and biomedical imaging. He has published over 1000 papers, contributed in 47 books in his areas of interest and edited or (co-)authored another 11 books. He has also been member of the program committee of many scientific conferences and workshops. In the past he served as Associate Editor or co-Editor of 9 international journals and General or Technical Chair of 4 international conferences. He participated in 71 R&D projects, primarily funded by the European Union and is/was principal investigator in 42 such projects. Prof. Pitas lead the big European H2020 R&D project MULTIDRONE: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com” claiming to be https://multidrone.eu/. He is AUTH principal investigator in H2020 R&D projects Aerial Core and AI4Media. He is chair of the Autonomous Systems Initiative MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com” claiming to be https://ieeeasi.signalprocessingsociety.org/. He is head of the EC funded AI doctoral school of Horizon2020 EU funded R&D project AI4Media (1 of the 4 in Europe). He has 32200+ citations to his work and h-index 85+ (Google Scholar).