Blockchain and Multimedia Data Science (BMDS) Seminar Program

2021 April 26 (Edmonton)
April 27 (China)
April 27 (Edmonton)
April 28 (China)
April 28 (Edmonton)
April 29 (China)
April 29 (Edmonton)
April 30 (China)
Monday (Edmonton)
Tuesday (China)
Tuesday (Edmonton)
Wednesday (China)
Wednesday (Edmonton)
Thursday (China)
Thursday (Edmonton)
Friday (China)
Start Time 8 PM Edmonton (10 AM China)
20min Opening
1) Dean, UA Faculty of Science
2) CEO, WhiteMatrix
Moderator: Irene Cheng
20min Blockchain Keynote
CEO, WhiteMatrix
20min Data Science Keynote
Bruce Matichuk, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO (Health Gauge)
Moderator: Irene Cheng
1hr “Industrial Opportunities” Distinguished Panel
(Canada, China and international)
1) Neha Raj, VP|Senior product Manager, Citi Bank Toronto, Canada
2) Jun Yu, Partner, A&T Capital
3) Shuangshuang Aaron Liu, lead engineer, BestBuy Marketplace R&D
4) Carlos, CPO, Nanopay Corporation
Moderator: Nasim Hajari
5min 5min 5min
45min Blockchain Intro
CTO, WhiteMatrix
45min BMDS Applications I
Where Blockchain Meets Interactive Multimedia
Prof, Wei Cai, Chinese University of HK-SZ
Moderator: Shuyi Zhang
45min Blockchain & AI Blockchain
-empowered Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning and the
Trusted Computing
Prof Zehua Wang ECE,
The University of British Columbia.
Moderator: Shuyi Zhang
2hr Multimedia Program student projects final competition with Q&A
1) Canadian wildfires data visualization for comprehensive analysis
2) Flight Data Analysis and Visualization
3) Interactive 2D & 3D Visualization for COVID-19 with Data Analysis
4) Realistic Face Animation from Video
5) Flow based Video Matting
6) Video Classification based on Automatic Content Detection
7) Social Media based Cryptocurrency Sentiment Analysis Prediction and Visualization
8) Internet of Drones Approach for Real-time Image Streaming for Surveillance and Inspection
Moderator: Irene Cheng
5min 5min 5min
45min Data Science Intro
Marchin Mizianty, PhD
VP, Data Science (AltaML)
Moderator: Irene Cheng
45min AI: CV & ML
Prof. Anup Basu, PhD
(University of Alberta)
Moderator: Alvin Sun
45min BMDS Applications II
Data-Enabled Multimedia Research Meets BlockChain
Xinyao Sun, University of Alberta
Moderator: Irene Cheng
End Time 10 PM Edmonton Noon China


CEO, White Matrix
CTO, White Matrix
Multimedia Program Director

Invited Speakers

April 26
Opening Speech
Dr Matina Kalcounis Rueppell, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
April 26
Data Science Intro
Dr Marcin Mizianty, VP Data Science, AltaML, holds a PhD in Software Engineering and Intelligent Systems from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an MSc in Applied Computing Science from AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland. He has published over 30 scientific, peer-reviewed publications and has over a decade of practical academic and industry experience with Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics. Marcin has a passion for building and growing high performing Data Science teams, and for managing and coordinating Data Science and Big Data products. Currently, he is leading Data Science initiatives at AltaML as VP of Data Science. Marcin is also highly involved in Edmonton’s Data Science community, has co-founded the Edmonton DS meetup, and is teaching Data Science at North Alberta Institute of Technology.
April 27
BMDS Applications I
Wei Cai, Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen.
Dr. Wei Cai is currently an assistant professor of Computer Engineering, School of Science and Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. He is serving as the director of the Human-Cloud Systems Laboratory, as well as the director of the CUHK(SZ)-White Matrix Joint Metaverse Laboratory. Wei received Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Eng. from The University of British Columbia (UBC), Seoul National University and Xiamen University in 2016, 2011 and 2008, respectively. Before joining CUHK-Shenzhen, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems (WiNMoS) Laboratory at UBC. He has completed research visits at Academia Sinica (Taiwan), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and National Institute of Informatics, Japan. Dr. Cai has co-authored more than 50 journal and conference papers in the area of cloud computing, edge computing, interactive multimedia and blockchain systems. He is serving as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He was a recipient of the 2015 Chinese Government Award for the Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, the UBC Doctoral Four-Year-Fellowship from 2011 to 2015, and the Brain Korea 21 Scholarship. He also received the best student paper award from ACM BSCI2019 and the best paper awards from CCF CBC2018, IEEE CloudCom2014, SmartComp2014, and CloudComp2013.

April 27
Dr. Anup Basu received the Ph.D. degree in CS from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He originated the use of foveation for image, video, stereo, and graphics communication in the early 1990s; an approach that is now widely used in industrial standards. He pioneered the active camera calibration method emulating the way the human eyes work and showed that this method is far superior to any other camera calibration method. He pioneered a single camera panoramic stereo, and several new approaches merging foveation and stereo with application to 3D TV visualization and better depth estimation. His current research applications include multi-dimensional image processing and visualization for medical, consumer and remote sensing applications, multimedia in education and games, and robust wireless 3D multimedia transmission. He has been a Professor with the CS department at UofA since 1999. He has also held the following positions: Visiting Professor, University of California, Riverside, 20032004; Guest Professor, Technical University of Austria, Graz, in 1996; Director, Hewlett-Packard Imaging Systems Instructional Laboratory, UofA, 1997 to 2000. He has also been an NSERC, iCORE and Castle Rock Research Chair, and is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association.
April 28
Data Science Keynote
Dr. Bruce Matichuk received his BSc. (1986), M.Sc. (2007), and Ph.Dc (2008-2011) from the University of Alberta with a research focus on Artificial Intelligence. Bruce has worked as a founder of several AI based companies including Celcorp, Poynt, Salu Design Group (Health Gauge) and Aidant Intelligent Technology. Bruce’s systems have been installed at many fortune 500 companies including Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Holiday Inn, American Airlines and others. Research interests include biometric estimation with Neural Nets, image recognition, behavior analysis and intelligent agents. Bruce has published patents and research papers in AI and regularly provides talks on the emergence of AI Systems.
Bruce is currently the CTO and Co-Founder of Health Gauge and also the CTO of AIML Innovation Inc. (CSNX:AIML), a public company focusing on AI/ML products.
April 28
Blockchain & AI
Dr. Zehua Wang obtained his Ph.D. degree in electronic and computer engineering from UBC, University of British Columbia, Canada in 2016 and stayed on to do postdoctoral research. From 2017 to 2019, he served as the chief scientist of RightMesh in Canada. During his tenure, the company was commended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Wang Zehua is currently a research professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, The University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Wang is the first professor in UBC who designed and offered two blockchain courses at UBC, including Foundation of Blockchain and Blockchain Software Engineering. He currently supervises several master and doctoral students. His research interests include privacy preserving machine learning, state channel technology, and decentralized authentication and authorization.
Topic: Blockchain-empowered Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning and the Trusted Computing
April 28
BMDS Applications II
Xinyao (Alvin) Sun, Ph.D. Candidate, is the Tech Lead of the Remote Sensing Research Team at MRC, and Research Advisor for White Matrix Inc. Xinyao received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in 2017 and 2015 respectively. Before his Ph.D. study, Xinyao had over 5-year freelance experience in industrial applications as a full-stack software developer on mobile and HCI applications. He conducted an internship with TCL Research America, San Jose in 2015, where he used Drone technology as an intermediator in an indoor environment. He is the first contributor in 4 US patents relating to Computer Vision, Human Body Detection and Face Verification. He co-founded Bi.Link & Inc, which is blockchain-based startups in Shanghai, providing a digital asset management platform that had helped customers earn $1.5 million profit in 2018. The company also built a decentralized digital asset lending and exchange system that hosted on Ethereum and EOS public Blockchains. His current research focuses on using Deep Learning and Signal Processing techniques to accelerate the satellite signal processing pipeline for Wide Area Monitoring from aerospace. His proposed DeepInSAR model has been successively operationalized (by 3vGeomoatic Inc. Vancouver) to serve clients worldwide. He is also mentoring Multimedia Program projects on computational consensus blockchain, smart contract automation, decentralized financial system and cross-chain security.
April 29
Neha Raj is a Product Management professional with a deep interest in emerging technologies. She is VP at Citi Bank and manages products for the Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory division.
Previously she has worked as Delivery Manager at nanopay Corporation (2019 Blockchain Company of the year). Prior to nanopay, she worked for HSBC and Bank Of America in product development and commercialization.
Neha is an Engineer and a Business Graduate and likes wearing multiple hats at work. In the last 10 years, she has worked as a Software Developer, Business Analyst, Scrum Master, Client Delivery Manager, Commercialization Manager and Product Manager.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, and has recently picked up coloring as an activity to beat the pandemic blues.

April 29
Carlos Garcia (Chief Payment Operations Officer at nanopay Corporation)
Carlos leads the strategy and execution of nanopay’s global network expansion, directly connecting to payments ecosystems and/or via partnerships, ensuring the alignment of company controls across all products and functions are compliant with all required regulations and policies. He also manages the daily core functions as partner integration and production systems, payment operations, customer success and Fraud/AML teams.
Prior to joining nanopay, Carlos was a Senior Manager for Deloitte working on the Payments Modernization team. Before Deloitte, Carlos spent 12 years at Western Union Company, as Vice President of Technology Delivery and Operations for Americas and Europe, responsible for developing an omnichannel network responsible for 80 % of the business revenue.
Carlos holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the FGV Business School of São Paulo, Brazil, and several compliance, security, ethics, and technical training courses offered through Western Union and Deloitte University.

April 29
Jun Yu obtained his MBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and B.S. in Physics from University of Science and Technology of China. Currently, he is the Investment Director in Ant Group and Managing Director of A&T Capital. From 2013 to 2017, he served as Director of Strategic Development Department in Renren Inc. and Senior Investment Director in Fosun Group, led the investments in SoFi, Snowball Finance, GoGoVan. From 2018 to 2019, he served as Investment Director of OKEx and founding partner of OK Capital, led the investments in Ankr, Celer and Certik.

April 29
Shuangshuang Aaron Liu is a University of Alberta alumni back in 2011. He was working in different IT industries companies such as IBM, Blackberry, EMC^2, Intuit, and Electronic Arts. Reaching areas through fin-tech to cloud gaming to e-commerce. As a tech-lead, he mentored different levels of developers from coop students to senior engineers. Now, he is a lead engineer at BestBuy Marketplace R&D.
April 29
Panel Moderator
Assistant Professor (from 2021 July), Concordia University at Edmonton. Dr. Nasim Hajari is current a Postdoc for the Multimedia Program.