Committee on Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Invited Talks


"Generative and Discriminative Learnings: A Fuzzy Restricted Boltzmann Machine and a Novel Broad Learning System"
C. L. Philip Chen, FIEEE and FAAAS
Dean and Chair Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, Macau, China

Dr. Chen is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, Macau, China and a Chair Professor of the Department of Computer and Information Science since 2010. He worked at U.S. for 23 years as a tenured professor, a department head and associate dean in two different universities.
Dr. Chen’s research areas are in systems, cybernetics and computational intelligence. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS. He was the President of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS) (2012-2013). Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems (2014-). He has been an Associate Editor of many IEEE Transactions, and currently he is an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Trans on Cybernetics, and IEEE/CAA Automatica Sinica. He is the Chair of TC 9.1 Economic and Business Systems of IFAC. He is also a Fellow of CAA and Fellow of HKIE and an Academician of International Academy of Systems and Cybernetics Science (IASCYS). In addition, he is an ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Education, USA) Program Evaluator for Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering programs.
Dr. Chen he received Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Award in 2016 from his alma mater, Purdue University, West Lafayette, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1988, after he received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1985.

In recent years, deep learning caves out a research wave in machine learning. With its outstanding performance, more and more applications of deep learning in pattern recognition, image recognition, speech recognition, and video processing have been developed. This talk will introduce a fuzzy generative deep learning algorithm and a novel broad learning systems. A fuzzy generative learning -- Fuzzy Restricted Boltzmann Machine (FRBM) -- is developed by replacing real-valued weights and bias terms with symmetric triangular fuzzy numbers (STFNs) or Gaussian fuzzy numbers and corresponding learning algorithms. A theorem is concluded that all FRBMs with symmetric fuzzy numbers will have identical learning algorithm to that of FRBMs with STFNs. The second part of the talk is to discuss a very fast and efficient discriminative learning -- "Broad Learning". Without stacking the layer-structure, the designed neural networks expand the neural nodes broadly and update the weights of the neural networks incrementally when additional nodes are needed and when the input data entering to the neural networks continuously. The designed network structure and learning algorithm are perfectly suitable for modeling and learning big data environment. Experiments results in MNIST and handwriting recognition and NORB database indicate that the proposed BLS significantly outperforms existing deep structures in learning accuracy and generalization ability.


"Spiking Neural Networks and Brain-like Artificial Intelligence "
Nikola Kasabov, FIEEE, FRSNZ (Web Page)
Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Professor Nikola Kasabov is Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and DVF of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He is the Director of the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute (KEDRI), Auckland. He holds a Chair of Knowledge Engineering at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology. Kasabov is a Past President and Governor Board member of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) and also of the Asia Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA). He is a member of several technical committees of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE CIS (2012-2014). He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Evolving Systems and has served as Associate Editor of Neural Networks, IEEE TrNN, IEEE TrFS, Information Science, Applied Soft Computing and others. Kasabov holds MSc and PhD from the TU Sofia, Bulgaria. His main research interests are in the areas of neural networks, intelligent information systems, soft computing, bioinformatics, neuroinformatics. He has published more than 600 publications that include 15 books, 200 journal papers, 80 book chapters, 28 patents and numerous conference papers. He has extensive academic experience at various academic and research organisations in Europe and Asia, including: TU Sofia, University of Essex, University of Otago, Advisor- Professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Guest Professor at ETH/University of Zurich. Prof. Kasabov has received numerous Awards, including: APNNA Outstanding Achievements Award; INNS Gabor Award; EU Marie Curie Fellowship; Bayer Science Innovation Award, RSNZ Science and Technology Medal; Honorary Member of the Bulgarian Academic Computer Society; and others. He has supervised to completion 42 PhD students. More information of Prof. Kasabov can be found on the KEDRI web site:

The current development of the third generation of artificial neural networks - the spiking neural networks (SNN) along with the technological development of highly parallel neuromorphic hardware systems of millions of artificial spiking neurons as processing elements, makes it possible to create truly brain-like artificial intelligence (AI) [1,2]. The talk first presents some principles of SNN and deep learning in evolving SNN (eSNN). It then introduces a brain-inspired SNN architecture called NeuCube which is designed for the creation of brain-like AI systems [3,4] ( The talk demonstrates how SNN and NeuCube in particular can be used to develop large scale AI applications for efficient learning and processing of multimodal, multidimensional and temporal data, including [5]: EEG data for brain computer interfaces; fMRI data; personalised modelling [6]; environmental and ecological streaming data; audio-visual information processing and other. The talk discusses briefly implementation of SNN on various platforms, including: PC; GPUs; highly parallel neuromorphic hardware platforms such as SpiNNaker [7] and the INI/ETH Zurich chip and DVS [8,9]. The created brain-like AI systems are not only significantly more accurate and faster than the once created by the use of traditional machine learning methods, but they lead to a significantly better understanding of the data and the processes that generated it. Future directions are pointed towards a further integration of principles from the science areas of computational intelligence, bioinformatics and neuroinformatics [10,11].

1. EU Marie Curie EvoSpike Project (Kasabov, Indiveri):
2. Schliebs, S., Kasabov, N. (2013). Evolving spiking neural network-a survey. Evolving Systems, 4(2), 87-98.
3. Kasabov, N. (2014) NeuCube: A Spiking Neural Network Architecture for Mapping, Learning and Understanding of Spatio-Temporal Brain Data, Neural Networks, 52, 62-76.
4. Kasabov, N., Dhoble, K., Nuntalid, N., Indiveri, G. (2013). Dynamic evolving spiking neural networks for on-line spatio- and spectro-temporal pattern recognition. Neural Networks, 41, 188-201.
5. Kasabov, N. et al (2015) A SNN methodology for the design of evolving spatio-temporal data machines, Neural Networks, in print.
6. Kasabov, N., et al. (2014). Evolving Spiking Neural Networks for Personalised Modelling of Spatio-Temporal Data and Early Prediction of Events: A Case Study on Stroke. Neurocomputing, 2014.
7. Furber, S. et al (2012) Overview of the SpiNNaker system architecture, IEEE Trans. Computers, 99.
8. Indiveri, G., Horiuchi, T.K. (2011) Frontiers in neuromorphic engineering, Frontiers in Neuroscience, 5, 2011.
9. Scott, N., N. Kasabov, G. Indiveri (2013) NeuCube Neuromorphic Framework for Spatio-Temporal Brain Data and Its Python Implementation, Proc. ICONIP 2013, Springer LNCS, 8228, pp.78-84.
10. Kasabov, N. (ed) (2014) The Springer Handbook of Bio- and Neuroinformatics, Springer.
11. Kasabov, N (2018) Spiking Neural Networks and Brain-like Artificial Intelligence, Springer, 2018