Professor and Associate Director,
Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World,
University of Florida, USA

Title: Trustworthy AI: Explanation and Exploitation


My T. Thai is a University of Florida (UF) Research Foundation Professor, Associate Director of UF Nelms Institute for the Connected World, and a Fellow of IEEE. Dr. Thai’s current research interests include Trustworthy AI, Blockchain, and Optimization. The results of her work have led to 7 books and 350+ publications in highly ranked international journals and conferences, including several best paper awards from the IEEE, ACM, and AAAI. The two latest ones are AAAI 2023 Distinguished Papers Award and ACM Web Science 2023 Test-of-Time Award. Dr. Thai received many recognitions, including UF Research Foundation professorship, IoT Term Endowed professorship, NSF CAREER Award, and DTRA Young Investigator Award. Among many professional activities, Dr. Thai currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization, EiC of the IET Blockchain journal, and book series editor of Springer Optimization and Its Applications.

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, the emergence of AI presents both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges. Central to the successful integration of AI into various facets of society is the concept of trustworthiness. In this keynote talk, we delve into the multifaceted dimensions of Trustworthy AI, focusing particularly on the pivotal roles of explanation and exploitation. We underscore the importance of transparency and interpretability in AI systems, examining diverse explanation techniques and their implications across various domains. We further elucidate the ethical dilemmas inherent in AI’s exploitation, particularly focusing on security vulnerabilities associated with explainable AI.

Chief Security Officer,
Huawei Middle East & Central Asia, UAE

Title: Safeguarding the usage of AI in the intelligent world


Aloysius is an award-winning C-level executive. He is currently the Chief Security Officer for Huawei Middle East & Central Asia based in Dubai, the UAE covering 21 countries geographically and 57 countries functionally globally. As a co-Founder and Managing Director of Cloud Security Alliance APAC, the Worldwide Head for Security for Vodafone Global Enterprise, a Security Practice Leader with PwC Singapore and a Technical Staff Member with DSO National Laboratories of Singapore, Aloysius had been delivering direct business values in strategic, complex, multi-year and multi-million-dollar technology and cyber program for Global 500 organizations worldwide, while managing large multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team spread across 6 regions and 4 major time zones fulfilling business requirements under highly heterogeneous and demanding environment, many a time building up the business from scratch for the past 25 years.

An active community leader, Aloysius have supported many security movement and cultivated numerous security groups over the past 30 years. He was a Board Member with ISC2, the world’s largest information security non-profit organization, a Board Director for globally respected UK based not-for-profit think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies (CSCIS) and sits on various boards and committees all over the world doing his part to elevate the cybersecurity industry and contributes towards capacity building for various nation states, professional bodies and inter-governmental organizations, towards the extent that he was the first to define cybersecurity in the first publication of ISO/IEC 27032 Guidelines for Cybersecurity.

Aloysius’s professional opinions and viewpoints are highly valued by major media globally such as the BBC, Times, Wall Street Journal, ZDNet, CIO-Asia, IDC, BankInfoSecurity, Xinhua News, Phoenix News, CCTV, The Hindu, The Times of India, The Daily Star, China Times, Digitimes, UDN, Economics Daily News, SCMP, The Nation, Bangkok Post, Zaobao, Today, The Straits Times, ChannelNewsAsia, Gulf Business News, Al Bawaba, Zawya, Khaleej Times, The National, Eye of Riyadh, Al Wathaq, Al Jafr, ITP News, Edge,  CXO Insights and MSN News.

When you look at the UAE National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031 and Huawei’s vision for Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent World, AI will bring new capabilities to a hoist of industry and new opportunities for the world. However with new digital technologies, new cyber challenges will be emerge that need to be addressed. Huawei shares a view of this world with the publication of our Global Industry Vision, where in this presentation we are going to focus on today’s world and share some of our insights on addressing on how we can help to safeguard the usage of AI in the Intelligent Digital World that we will envision and build together with your vision of the new digital frontier, where in security we do more and our business advantage is dependent on the effective harnessing of the strength of security.

Associate Professor & Lee Kong Chian Fellow at the School of Computing and Information Systems,
Singapore Management University, Singapore

Title: Privacy Enhancing Technologies for IoT and Decentralized Systems: Approaches and Challenges


Guomin Yang is an Associate Professor & Lee Kong Chian Fellow at the School of Computing and Information Systems, Singapore Management University. He completed PhD in Computer Science from City University of Hong Kong, and then worked at the Temasek Lab, National University of Singapore, and University of Wollongong, before joining SMU in 2022. His research interests are applied cryptography and privacy enhancing technologies. He has published over 180 research papers at highly ranked cybersecurity venues. In 2015, he received the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. He is on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing and the Theoretical Computer Science journals, and was a program co-chair of ACISP 2018 & 2022.

Due to the fast evolving of computer and communications technologies and the increasing demand for user and data privacy, privacy enhancing technologies have gathered a lot of attention and been extensively studied by the cybersecurity community. This talk will review the challenges in building privacy-preserving solutions for IoT and decentralized systems from trust, privacy, usability, and accountability perspectives, followed by some recent proposals aiming to address those challenges. The talk will also discuss some gaps between the theoretical advancements and practical applications of the new technologies.