Second Keynote Speaker Prof. Dr. Adnan Khashman gave his speech.
Prof. Dr. Adnan Khashman was born in Amman, Jordan, where he completed his elementary and secondary education in the military college of King Faisal II. He then moved to England and studied his GCE A’Levels at Davies’s College in Brighton in 1986, and obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree with honors in Electronic & Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 1991. His MSc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering were obtained in 1992 and 1997, respectively, from the University of Nottingham in England. Until 1998 he worked in a private company in London as a software developer. In 1998 he moved to Northern Cyprus to start working with Near East University in Nicosia until 2014. During then, he climbed up the academic ladder from Assistant Professor in 1998 to full Professor in 2009. He also held several administrative duties including Chairman of the Computer Engineering Department, Chairman of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Vice-Dean of Engineering Faculty, and finally Dean of Engineering Faculty. He also founded the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at the same university and directed it between 2001-2014. Furthermore, during 2009-2010 he was a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Open University in Patras, Greece. From 2010 till 2013 he was a part-time Professor at the European University of Lefke. Since 2014 he moved to the British University of Nicosia and served as the Vice-Rector and the Founding Dean of Engineering Faculty. Currently, he continues in the British University of Nicosia as the Dean of Engineering Faculty, as well as the Founding Director of the Centre of Innovation for Artificial Intelligence (CiAi). His current research interests include emotion modeling in neural networks and their engineering applications, intelligent systems and their emerging applications, image processing, and pattern recognition. Prof. Dr. Khashman is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a reviewer for many journals. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific publications including 44 SCI-index papers.
Artificial Emotions in Machines
The idea of machines having emotions sounds like science fiction, however, a few decades earlier the idea of machines with intelligence seemed also like fiction, but today we are developing intelligent systems with successful outcomes in various applications. We have always overlooked the emotional factor during machine learning and decision making; perhaps due to our inability to comprehend emotions artificially. However, it is quite conceivable nowadays to artificially model certain emotions and use them to enhance machine learning. In this seminar, a brief review of modeling artificial emotions will be presented. Additionally, our work on “creating” affective machines with emotions including the EmNN, iEmNN, and the DuoNN emotional neural models will be described. This will be followed by a general discussion with the participants on Artificially Emotional & Intelligent Systems.