​​The Fourth International Conference on Industrial Informatics - Computing Technology, Intelligent Technology, Industrial Information Integration 

Shantou, China  

December 18-19, 2020

Invited Speech


Local landscape



Lijie Li, PhD, Professor

Swansea University​

Title: Strain modulated nanomaterials with applications electronic 

          and photonic systems


       With rapid development of communication systems such as 5G, the demand for superior performance electronic and photonic devices has been extremely high. Traditional devices might not meet the request of the fast grow of the communication technologies. With this context, many international researchers have turned their research and development focuses onto nanoscale materials and devices particularly with unprecedented discoveries on the topological effects and superconductivities. In this talk, a brief review on the state-of-the-art of the nanoscale materials and devices modulated with mechanical strains, which potentially demonstrate promising improvements on electronic and photonic properties is presented. As well as discussions on the applications of those strain modulated nanomaterials and devices will be made on this conference. The presentation is expected to serve as a stimulator to promote future novel research and development on this ever-intriguing topic.


       Prof. Lijie Li (SMIEEE, FIET, FHEA) received the Ph.D. degree in MEMS from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K., in 2004. He is currently working in Swansea University. His research interests are in developing MEMS transducers, energy harvesting devices, semiconductor materials and devices, piezotronics, optical and radio frequency (RF) MEMS devices and systems. Moreover, he is interested in first principle study of nanodevices and nanomaterials, as well as machine learning techniques with applications in transducers. 

  • The bird's-eye view of Shantou University
  • Nan’ao  Island
  • Nan'ao Bridge
  • Zhongshan Pavilion
  • Shantou Coastal Corridor
  • Lotus Pond
  • Gentleman Sculpture Group
Haibin Zhu, PhD,Full Professor

Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics

Founding Director of Collaborative Systems Laboratory

member of the University Budget Plan committee, Arts and Science Executive Committee, 

and the Research Committee, Nipissing University, Canada

Title: From Group Role Assignment (GRA) to GRA with Constraints

        (GRA+) and GRA with Multiple Objectives (GRA++) 


      Role-Based Collaboration (RBC) has been proposed as an emerging and promising approach to facilitating collaboration. It utilizes roles as underlying mechanisms to support collaboration by taking advantage of roles. It is divided into several phases: role negotiation, role assignment, and role play.

    Role assignment can be categorized into three phases: agent evaluation, group role assignment, and role transfer. Agent evaluation rates the qualification of an agent for a role. It requires a check on the capabilities, experiences, and credits of agents based on role specifications. Qualifications are the basic requirements for possible role-related activities. It is a fundamental yet difficult problem that requires advanced methodologies, such as information classification, data mining, pattern search, and match. Group role assignment (GRA) initiates a group by assigning roles to its members or agents to achieve its highest performance. Administrators must conduct it by thinking of the issues brought in by the assignment.

    In dealing with GRA, there are many constraints we need to consider. These constraints come from future role execution, including conflicts, cooperation, limitations, preferences, and feasibility. Solutions to the GRA with constraints (GRA+) problems can be more easily applied to industrial applications. After more constraints are discussed, multiple objective problems are revealed for GRA and GRA+. Such problems are called GRA with Multiple Objectives (GRA++)

    This talk introduces the concepts of Role-Based Collaboration and the E-CARGO (Environment – Classes, Agents, Roles, Groups, and Objects) model, clarifies the group role assignment problems (GRA, GRA+, and GRA++) by examples and formalizations, discusses the solutions, and presents the recent research results. 

     He received B.S. degree in computer engineering from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, China (1983), and M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1997) degrees in computer science from the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), China. He was a visiting professor and a special lecturer in the College of Computing Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA (1999-2002) and a lecturer, an associate professor and a full professor at NUDT (1988-2000). He has published over 200 research works including over 20 IEEE Transactions articles, five books, five book chapters, three journal issues, and three conference proceedings. 
     He is a senior member of IEEE and is serving as co-chair of the technical committee of Distributed Intelligent Systems of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society, member of the SSE Technical Activity Committee, the Conferences and Meetings Committee, and the Electronic Communications Subcommittee of IEEE SMC Society, Associate Editor (AE) of IEEE Transactions on SMC: Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems, IEEE SMC Magazine, and IEEE Canada Review. He has been an active organizer for the annual IEEE Int’l Conf. on SMC since 2003, as Special Session Chair, Tutorial Chair, Area Co-Chair, Social Media Co-Chair, Web Co-Chair, Poster Co-Chair, Session Chair, and Special Session Organizer. He is the Publication Chair for the 1st IEEE Int’l Conf. of Human-Machine Systems, Rome, Italy, April 4-6, 2020 (postponed) and a Poster Co-Chair for the annual IEEE SMC Conference, Toronto, Canada, Oct. 6-9, 2020, was the Program Chair for 16th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Networking, Sensing and Control, Banff, AB, Canada, May 8-11, 2019. He is a PC Chair for 17th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, Dalian, China, May 6-8, 2020 (postponed), and was a PC Chair for 17th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, Whistler, BC, Canada, June 27- 29, 2013. He also served as PC members for 120+ academic conferences. His new monograph “E-CARGO and Role-Based Collaboration: Modelling and Solving Problems in the Complex World” will be published in April 2021 by IEEE and Wiley.     
     He is the founding researcher of Role-Based Collaboration and Adaptive Collaboration. He has offered over 70 invited talks on collaboration topics internationally, e.g., Canada, USA, China, UK, Germany, Turkey, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. His research has been being sponsored by NSERC, IBM, DRDC, and OPIC.   
     He is the receipt of the meritorious service award from IEEE SMC Society (2018), the chancellor’s award for excellence in research (2011) and two research achievement awards from Nipissing University (2006, 2012), the IBM Eclipse Innovation Grant Awards(2004, 2005), the Best Paper Award from the 11th ISPE Int’l Conf. on Concurrent Engineering (ISPE/CE2004), the Educator’s Fellowship of OOPSLA’03, a 2nd class National Award for Education Achievement(1997), and three 1st Class Ministerial Research Achievement Awards from China (1997, 1994, and 1991). 
      His research interests include Collaboration Theory, Technologies, Systems, and Applications, Human-Machine Systems, CSCW (Computer-Supported Cooperative Work), Multi-Agent Systems, Software Engineering, and Distributed Intelligent Systems.