BigSurv20 Keynote Speaker

Albert Salah

The organizers of BigSurv20 are excited to announce that Dr. Albert Ali Salah, Professor of Social and Affective Computing in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences at Utrecht University, will give the keynote address at this year’s conference.

Dr. Salah’s research focuses on the development of computational systems that can interpret and model social and affective signals, and thus exhibit and understand human behaviour. His research comprises technologies that enable systems to analyze and use the rich social and affective signals emitted by humans and other intelligent systems. This involves the perception, representation, and modeling of social and affective signals in their proper context.

Example applications include smart healthcare systems that monitor patients for physical and cognitive wellbeing, robots that interact with children in educational scenarios, multimedia retrieval systems that model affective states of the users and evaluate emotional valence of content. Dr. Salah was also the scientific coordinator of the Data for Refugees (D4R) Challenge, a mobile data challenge to improve the living conditions of refugees.

Dr. Salah received his Master’s and PhD degree at Boğaziçi University in Turkey. After his PhD, he spent several years as a researcher at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the University of Amsterdam, before returning again to Boğaziçi University as an associate professor. After a one-year sabbatical at Nagoya University in Japan, Salah has now returned to the Netherlands to fulfill his current position as Professor of Social and Affective Computing.

Dr. Salah’s address will cover the intersection of big data and computer science and their implications for the future of survey research. The talk is sure to be lively and engaging – you will not want to miss it!