Ram Adapa

Electric Power Research Institute

Palo Alto, California, USA

Technical Executive in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector

About Dr. Adapa

Ram Adapa (S’82-M’85-SM’90-F’12) received the B.S. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India, the M.S. degree from IIT Kanpur, India, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, all in electrical engineering.

He is a Technical Executive in the transmission and substations area with the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector.

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His research activities focus on high voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission, flexible ac transmission systems, fault current limiters, dynamic circuit ratings to increase transmission capacity, and transmission system reliability performance metrics.

He joined EPRI in 1989 as a Project Manager in the Power System Planning and Operations program. Later, he became Product Line Leader for Transmission, Substations, and Grid Operations, where he developed the research portfolio and business execution plans for the grid operations and planning areas, a portfolio that focused on the needs of a deregulated utility environment.

Some of the tools in this portfolio included market restructuring, transmission pricing, ancillary services, and security tools to maintain the reliability of the grid.

Before joining EPRI, he was with the Systems Engineering Department, Cooper Power Systems as a Staff Engineer.

He has been honored several times by the IEEE for his outstanding contributions to the profession. He has authored or co-authored over 125 technical papers and is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an Individual Member of CIGRE, a Technical Advisor of IEC TC115-HVdc Transmission Standards Development, and a Registered Professional Engineer.

Anuradha Annaswamy


Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Founder and Director, Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering

About Dr. Annaswamy

Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy is Founder and Director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her research interests span adaptive control theory and its applications to aerospace, automotive, and propulsion systems as well as cyber physical systems such as Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and Smart Infrastructures. Her current research team of 15 students and post-docs is supported at present by Air-Force Research Laboratory, Boeing, Ford-MIT Alliance, Department of Energy, and NSF.

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Dr. Annaswamy is an author of over 100 journal publications and 250 conference publications, co-author of a graduate textbook on adaptive control, and co-editor of several cutting edge science and technology reports including Systems & Control for the future of humanity, research agenda: Current and future roles, impact and grand challenges (Annual Reviews in Control, 2016), Smart Grid Control: Overview and Research Opportunities (Springer, 2018), and Impact of Control Technology (IoCT-report 2011 and 2013). She has supervised over 25 PhD students and 40 MS students, many of whom have won Best Student Paper awards at conferences. She has been invited to give a number of plenary lectures at international conferences such as IEEE Systems and Man Cybernetics (2018) and IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (2018).

Dr. Annaswamy has received several awards including the George Axelby (1986) and Control Systems Magazine (2010) best paper awards from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), the Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF (1992), the Hans Fisher Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technische Universität München (2008), the Donald Groen Julius Prize from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (2008). Dr. Annaswamy has been elected to be a Fellow of the IEEE (2002) and IFAC (2017). She received a Distinguished Member Award and a Distinguished Lecturer Award from IEEE CSS in 2017.

Dr. Annaswamy is actively involved in IFAC, IEEE, and IEEE CSS. She has served as General Chair of the American Control Conference (2008) as well as the 2nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems (2018). She is Deputy Editor of the Elsevier publication Annual Reviews in Control (2016-present). She has been a member of IEEE Fellows Committee and the IEEE CSS Outreach Committee, and is the Chair of IEEE Smart Grid Meetings and Conferences. In IEEE CSS, she has served as Vice President of Conference Activities (2015-16) and Technical Activities (2017-18), and will serve as the President in 2020.

Nirwan Ansari

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark, New Jersey, USA

Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Professor Ansari

Nirwan Ansari is Distinguished Professor of ECE at NJIT. He authored Green Mobile Networks: A Networking Perspective (IEEE-Wiley, 2017) with T. Han, and co-authored two other books. He has also (co-)authored more than 550 technical publications, over 250 published in widely cited journals/magazines. He has guest-edited a number of special issues covering various emerging topics in communications and networking. He has served on the editorial/advisory board of over ten journals.

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His current research focuses on green communications and networking, cloud computing, and various aspects of broadband networks. He has frequently been delivering keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, tutorials, and invited talks. Some of his recognitions include several Excellence in Teaching Awards, a few best paper awards, the NCE Excellence in Research Award, the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, and Purdue University Outstanding ECE Award. He has also been granted 37 U.S. patents.

Jun Cai

Concordia University, Canada

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Professor and the PERFORM Centre Research Chair

About Professor Cai

Jun Cai received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2004. From June 2004 to April 2006, he was with McMaster University, Canada, as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellow. From July 2006 to December 2018, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada, where he was a full Professor and the NSERC Industrial Research Chair. Since January 2019, he has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Canada, as a full Professor and the PERFORM Centre Research Chair.

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His current research interests include edge/fog computing, ehealth, radio resource management in wireless communication networks, and performance analysis. Dr. Cai served as the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair for IEEE GreenCom 2018; Track/Symposium TPC Co-Chair for the IEEE VTC-Fall 2020, 2019, 2012, IEEE CCECE 2017, IEEE Globecom 2010, and IWCMC 2008; the Publicity Co-Chair for IWCMC 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020; and the Registration Chair for QShine 2005. He also served on the editorial board of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IET Communications, and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing. He received the Best Paper Award from Chinacom in 2013, the Rh Award for outstanding contributions to research in applied sciences in 2012 from the University of Manitoba, and the Outstanding Service Award from IEEE Globecom 2010.

José Capmany

Universitat Politecnica de Valencia

València, Spain

Director of the Research Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia (iTEAM)

About Professor Capmany

José Capmany was born in Madrid, Spain, he received the Ingeniero de Telecomunicacion degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in 1987 and the Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UPM (1991) and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the Universidad de Vigo. Since 1991 he is with the Departamento de Comunicaciones, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), where he started the activities on optical communications and photonics, founding the Photonics Research Labs Group (www.prl.upv.es). Since 1996 he is a Full Professor in Photonics and Optical Communications. From 2005 to 2016, he was the Director of the Research Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia (iTEAM) at UPV (www.iteam.upv.es).

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His research activities and interests cover a wide range of subjects related to optical communications including microwave photonics (MWP), integrated optics, optical signal processing, and more recently quantum cryptography and quantum-photonic information processing.

He has published over 550 papers in international refereed journals and conferences. He is the author of 15 patents. He was the general chair of the 41st European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) held in Valencia in 2015 and of the IEEE International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics in 2009. He has been a member of the Technical Program Committees of over 50 international conferences in the field of photonics including ECOC, the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), the Integrated Optics and Optical Communications Conference (IOOC), CLEO Europe, and the Optoelectronics and Communications Conference (OECC). Professor Capmany is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He is also a founder and chief innovation officer of the spin-off company VLC Photonics (www.vlcphotonics.com) dedicated to the design of photonic integrated circuits and EPHOOX (www.ephoox.com) dedicated to MWP instrumentation. Professor Capmany is the 2012 King James I Prize Laureate on novel technologies, the highest scientific distinction in Spain, for his outstanding contributions to the field of microwave photonics and in 2016 he was awarded an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. He was a member of the IEEE Photonics Society Board of Governors (2008-10) and a distinguished lecturer for the 2013-14 term, an associate Editor of IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2010-2016) and the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology (2016-2018). He is the new Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

Babu Chalamala

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Manager of the Energy Storage Systems Department

About Dr. Chalamala

Babu Chalamala (S’96–M’96–SM’00–F’14) is Manager of the Energy Storage Systems Department at Sandia National Laboratories.

Prior to joining Sandia in August 2015, he was a Corporate Fellow at SunEdison (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials) for five years, where he led R&D and product development in grid scale energy storage.

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Before that, he founded two startup companies commercializing large format lithium batteries and digital x-ray sources. Earlier, as a research staff member at Motorola, Research Triangle Institute, and Texas Instruments, he made contribution to the development of materials and device technologies for flat panel displays, vacuum microelectronics, and flexible electronics. He received his B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University and his PhD degree in Physics from the University of North Texas. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Academy of Sciences St Louis, a Life Member of the Electrochemical Society, and a Member of the Materials Research Society. As chair of the IEEE Photonics Society Technical Committee on Displays, he was instrumental in launching the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology. He has been an active member of the Materials Research Society for twenty years and served as General Chair of the 2006 MRS Fall Meeting. He was a guest editor of the MRS Bulletin, Proceedings of the IEEE, and the IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, and served on the editorial boards of the Proceedings of the IEEE and IEEE Access. He is the recipient of the 2015 James Eads Award of the Academy of Sciences St Louis.

Kun-Shan Chen

Guilin University of Technology

Guangxi, China


About Dr. Chen

Kun-Shan Chen (S’86-M’92-SM’98-F’07) received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1990. From 1992-2014, he was a professor at the National Central University, Taiwan. Since 2014, he has been with the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. In 2019, he joined Guilin University of Technology as a full-time professor, where his research interests include electromagnetic wave scattering and emission, microwave remote sensing theory and modeling, system measurements and calibration, and more recently, intelligent signal processing and data analytics for radar.

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He has authored and co-authored over 150 referred journal papers, contributed 10 book chapters, co-author (with A. K. Fung) of “Microwave Scattering and Emission Models for Users”, Artech House, 2010, author of “Principles of Synthetic Aperture Radar: A System Simulation Approach,” CRC Press, 2015, co-editor (with X. Li, H. Guo, X. Yang) of “Advances in SAR Remote Sensing of Ocean”, CRC Press, FL, USA, 2018. His academic activities include as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Special Issue on Remote Sensing for Major Disaster Prevention, Monitoring and Assessment (2007), Guest Editor for the Proceedings of IEEE Special Issue on Remote Sensing for Natural Disaster (2012), IEEE GRSS Adcom member (2010-2014), a founding chair of the GRSS Taipei Chapter, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing since 2000, as founding Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (2008-2010). He serves as guest editors of the special issue of Data Restoration and Denoising of Remote Sensing Data, and special issues of Radar Imaging Theory, Techniques, and Applications, both for Remote Sensing, and was Co-Chair of Technical Committee for IGARSS 2016 and IGARSS2017. He served as a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the IEEE from 2014 to 2019.

M. Jamal Deen

McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Distinguished University Professor

About Dr. Deen

Dr. M. Jamal Deen (Fellow ’02) is a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster University, Canada. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Western Reserve University for research work sponsored and used by NASA, Cleveland. He was awarded four honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, professionalism and service.

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He is elected to Fellow status in twelve national academies and professional societies including the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences (India), IEEE, Electrochemical Society and the American Physical Society. He served as the elected President of the Academy of Science, RSC (2015-2017). Most recently, he was elected to the Order of Canada (July 2018), the highest civilian honor awarded by the Government of Canada.

John W. Evans


Washington, DC, USA

Program Executive, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

About Dr. Evans

Dr. John W. Evans is currently a Program Executive at NASA HQ, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance in Washington, DC, where he is leading agency policy development and research programs for Reliability and Maintainability and managing the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program.

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Dr. Evans’ current research initiatives are promoting the application of Model Based Systems Engineering to the assurance disciplines, across the NASA Centers, as well as fostering the development of advanced Reliability and Maintainability methods. He has been a consultant in systems and reliability engineering to major companies worldwide, having worked throughout Asia and Europe.

Dr. Evans holds the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has authored many technical publications and 3 books. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.

Shaikh Anowarul Fattah

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

About Dr. Fattah

Shaikh Fattah received Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Canada and was a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, USA. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from BUET, Bangladesh, where he is now Professor, Department of EEE and Director, INPE.

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He has published 180 international journal/conference papers. He served as TPC/Organizing/General Chair and delivered keynote/invited talks in several IEEE conferences. He received IEEE MGA Achievement Award-2016 and IEEE R10 HTA Outstanding Volunteer Award-2017 and numerous academic and professional awards. He is Editor of IEEE PES Enews, Associate Editor of IEEE Access and CSSP. He was the Chair of IEEE Bangladesh Section and now Chair of IEEE EMBS, RAS, SSIT and Vice-Chair of IEEE IAS and SPS chapters. He served IEEE EAB and SIGHT committees. He is Education Chair of IEEE HAC and member of various committees in IEEE PES, SSIT, and Region-10. He is a Senior Member, IEEE and Fellow, IEB.