ISSSR 2024 Executive Panel

Are Intelligent Systems Also More Reliable?


Systems have become more intelligent with artificial intelligence techniques that make use of data-driven approaches and machine-learning methods developed in recent years. They have greatly improved the system performance and enhanced system safety. However, as the system is also become more complex, it is unclear if they have really helped in improving system reliability. This panel with experts from different fields of reliability research and applications, will discuss this issue. Hopefully, some conclusions will be drawn on how research could be carried out in the direction of enhancing system reliability as well.


Professor Min Xie (City University of Hong Kong, China / IEEE Fellow)'s avatar
Moderator: Professor Min Xie (City University of Hong Kong, China / IEEE Fellow)

Panelists (Alphabetical Order):

* Professor Wenhua Chen (Former Vice President, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University)
* Professor Yuanshun Dai (Dean, Southwest Jiaotong University)
* Dr. Liming Ren (Dean, China Astronautics Standards Institute)


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Professor Min Xie China

Chair Professor, Department of Advanced Design and Systems Engineering

City University of Hong Kong
IEEE Fellow

Min Xie has been a Chair Professor at City University of Hong Kong since 2011. He joined National University of Singapore in 1991 as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Research Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. from Linkoping University, Sweden in 1987. Prof Xie has carried out extensive research in reliability, quality control, and systems engineering. He has published over 300 journal papers and 10 books, including “Software Reliability Modelling”, “Weibull Models”, “Computing System Reliability” etc. His recently co-authored book, “Cyber-Physical Distributed Systems: Modeling, Reliability Analysis and Applications”, was published by Wiley. He has advised over 60 Ph.D. students, now working in industry or academia on different continents. Prof Xie has been a fellow of IEEE since 2006 and was recently elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Professor Wenhua Chen China

Former Vice President

Zhejiang Sci-Tech University

Dr. Wenhua Chen was Former Vice President of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Director of the Academic Committee of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, and Chair of the Science and Technology Association of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University. He is a recipient of the “Ten Thousand Talents Plan” in Zhejiang Province. Dr. Chen was also the Executive Director of the China Society of Mechanical Engineering and Chair of the Council of Reliability Engineering Branch. He has engaged in long-term basic research and engineering applications in the reliability design, accelerated testing, life prediction, and safety assessment of electromechanical products, forming distinctive features and advantages in the theory and methods of comprehensive stress accelerated life testing. Dr. Chen has led many projects, including 17 national-level scientific research projects sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation, the National Defense 973 Program, the 863 Program, and the National Defense Technology Foundation. He also received one first-class and one special prize, seven second prizes, and eight third prizes at the provincial and ministerial levels. He has received 87 invention patents and published 223 journal papers. Last, Dr. Chen received one first prize for national teaching achievements, one first prize, and one second prize for provincial-level teaching achievements.

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Professor Yuanshun Dai China

Dean, School of Computing and Artificial Intelligence

Southwest Jiaotong University

Dr. Dai is a Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) and Dean of the School of Computing and Artificial Intelligence at SWJTU. Dr. Dai’s research mainly focuses on Reliability Modeling and Optimization for Large-Scale Networking Systems (LSNS). He has published about 200 articles, where there are 4 books, 128 journal papers including 58 IEEE/ACM Transactions papers, and 40 conference papers including 2 Best Paper Awards. He has been continuously elected as “Chinese Most Cited Researchers” in the field of “Safety, Risk, Reliability, and Quality” by Elsevier from 2015 to 2019. He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability and is also on the editorial boards of several journals. Dr. Dai was also invited as a Keynote Speaker for IEEE ISORC’05, ChinaSoft’11, ICCT’12, iThings’16, and DASC’19, etc.

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Dr. Liming Ren China


China Astronautics Standards Institute

Dr. Liming Ren is a professor and the dean of China Astronautics Standards Institute. He obtained his doctoral degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University. For many years, he has been consistently engaged in aerospace reliability, maintainability, and safety assurance, developed multiple product assurance technologies such as Sneak Circuit Analysis (SCA) and Worst Case Analysis (WCA), and made significant contributions to the success of major aerospace projects.