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.

Sandra Biedron

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Dr. Biedron

Sandra G. Biedron (M'96, SM'03) received her Ph.D. in Accelerator Physics from Lund University, Sweden in 2001. In 2018 she received the IEEE NPSS Award on Particle Accelerator Science and Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the SPIE and a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.

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Sandra G. Biedron is a Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Since 2002, she has served as the Managing Member of a research and development company Element Aero and since 2016, the Managing Member of a data and physical security firm. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Lund University in Sweden. She leads many research projects and recently served as Deputy Lead Engineer for the Integration and Test of an Innovative Naval Prototype through a Boeing contract. Formerly she was the Department of Defense project office director and a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory and was an associate director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute. Dr. Biedron served as a technical and management consultant on the successful FERMI free-electron laser project at Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy). Her interests are many and include particle accelerator systems, laser systems, the use of artificial intelligence in controls, modelling, and prediction of complex systems, sensors and detectors, and applications of these technologies in science, security and defense. She recently served as a co-leader of the security and defense portion of the Accelerators for America’s Future publication sponsored by the Department of Energy, the follow-on support information for a report requested by the Senate, and a subsequent DOE report on high power lasers. She also has served on a National Academies committee and report. Dr. Biedron is an active member of several professional societies. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the SPIE, and a member of the Italian Optical Society (SIOF). She has served on a variety of international program and organizing committees and has organized a number of conferences, workshops, and plenary sessions. She serves as a reviewer for several journals and is on the Editorial Board for the American Physical Society’s Physical Review Accelerators and Beams and IEEE’s Access. She recently served as a Senior Guest Editor of IEEE’s Transactions on Nuclear Science and as an Associate Editor of IEEE Photonics. She serves as a technical reviewer on projects worldwide. Dr. Biedron has myriad archival and conference papers and technical documents, holds a U.S. patent, has an international patent pending, and holds an international trademark. Further, she served on a NATO panel for sensors and electronics. In 2010 she was presented a Letter of Commendation by the Chief of Naval Research for her technical efforts and in 2013 she was honored with the George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award for the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. In 2018, she received the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s Particle Accelerator Science and Technology award. In her civic time she, among other things, curates historical items once belonging to or associated to Enrico Fermi.

Kevin Bowyer

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

About Dr. Bowyer

Kevin Bowyer (S’77-M’80-SM’92-F’98) received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

He is currently Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA.

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His research interests are in the general areas of computer vision, pattern recognition, data mining and biometrics. He has contributed intellectual and technical support for a number of government-sponsored “challenge programs” in biometrics, including the Face Recognition Grand Challenge, the Iris Challenge Evaluation, the Face Recognition Vendor Test and the Multiple Biometrics Grand Challenge. He has also been active in data mining research, especially the development of classifier ensemble techniques for problems that exhibit “extreme” characteristics, such as a high imbalance between classes, unusually large training data, or noise in the class labels.

Dr. Bowyer is an IAPR Fellow.

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.

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.