Professor Junbin Gao
The University of Sydney, Australia

Talk Title: Clustering on Manifolds
Abstract: The geometry of a given space characterizes the proximity between data and plays a key role in machine learning. The traditional methods of simply and naively treating data spaces as "flat" Euclidean’s may not offer desired effect in variety of learning tasks. In this talk, I would like to report some of my recent research on clustering tasks over manifolds and try to give an introduction to the state-of-the-art learning on manifolds. The focus will be on the low-rank representation (LRR) models on the Grassmann manifold and the curves manifold used in learning tasks from computer vision and time series.
Biography of the Speaker: Professor Junbin Gao is the Professor of Big Data Analytics in the Business School at the University of Sydney. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor in Computing Science in the School of Computing and Mathematics and the deputy Director of Centre for Research in Complex Systems (CRiCS) at Charles Sturt University. Professor Junbin Gao has been a Guest/Visiting Professor in Beijing University of Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and a reviewer for a number of national and international funding bodies. His main research interests include machine learning, data mining, Bayesian learning and inference, and image analysis. His research has been supported by ARC DP grants and two larger industrial grants. Professor Gao is the author of over 120 journal articles on a wide range of topics from machine learning and numerical optimisation. His research on non-linear dimensionality reduction was featured by the newspaper The Australian in 2014.

M. Rafiqul Islam, PhD, MIEEE, FMATT
Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia.

Biography of the Speaker: Dr Rafiqul Islam is the academic staff member in the School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia. He has been leading the Cybersecurity Research Group at CSU since 2014. Dr Islam has now over 18 years of teaching and research experience in different Universities both in Australia and overseas. He has developed a strong background in leadership, sustainability, collaborative research in the area of IT Security, Network Security and Cybersecurity using mixed research methodology. He has a strong publication record and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed research papers in different reputed International journals and International conference proceedings. He has been involved, as general chair, the member of organising committee & TPC, in a number of International conferences and acting as a member of the editorial team of different Journals. His professional activities recognised both nationally and internationally through achieving various rewards such as professional excellence reward, research excellence award, best faculty award, leadership award, best thesis award etc.