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Aura Ganz

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, Massachusetts


Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of the 5G Mobile Evolution Laboratory

About Professor Ganz

Aura Ganz (M’88-SM’90-F’08) is a Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Director of the 5G Mobile Evolution Laboratory with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She has more than 25 years experience in research and development of wireless and sensor networks, system architecture design, and software on mobile platforms.

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This work resulted in more than 250 journal and conference publications in highly respected refereed journals (the IEEE, IEE, ACM, Kluwer, and Elsevier) with multiple papers that won best paper awards. This research was continuously funded by federal agencies, such as NSF, NIH, ARO, AFOSR, and DARPA, state agencies, such as MassDOT, and industry, such as Microsoft, Intel, and EMC.

She was selected to serve on leading roles in many professional conferences and workshops.

Amitava Ghosh

Nokia Networks

Buffalo Grove, Illinois


Head of North America Radio Systems Research with the Technology and Innovation Office

About Dr. Ghosh

Amitava Ghosh (M’86-SM’06-F’15) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

He joined Motorola in 1990. Since joining Motorola, he worked on multiple wireless technologies starting from IS-95, CDMA-2000, 1xEV-DV/1XTREME, 1xEV-DO, UMTS, HSPA, 802.16e/WiMAX/802.16m, enhanced EDGE, and 3GPP LTE.

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He is currently the Head of North America Radio Systems Research with the Technology and Innovation Office, Nokia Networks. He is working on 3GPP LTE-advanced and 5G technologies.

He has co-authored the book entitled Essentials of LTE and LTE-A. He has 60 issued patents and numerous external and internal technical papers.

His research interests are in the area of digital communications, signal processing, and wireless communications.

Venu Govindaraju

University of Buffalo

Buffalo, New York


Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development

About Mr. Govindaraju

Venu Govindaraju, UB Vice President for Research and Economic Development and SUNY Distinguished Professor, is a recognized authority in the field of Pattern Recognition. Founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, he is credited with major conceptual and practical advances in the field.

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He has written six books and 425 refereed publications and has advised/graduated 37 doctoral students. Dr. Govindaraju is a well-funded researcher, having received continuous sponsorship from the National Science Foundation for the past 15 years (2002-17) in addition to support from several federal and state agencies as well as industry. Dr. Govindaraju has achieved a career total of nearly $70M in sponsored funding for which he served as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. Noted for his successes in research, education and innovative thinking, he is a Fellow of the AP Academy of Sciences (India), NAI, SPIE, AAAS, ACM, IEEE, IAPR and IETE.

Melinda Hodkiewicz

University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia


Professor in the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

About Dr. Hodkiewicz

Melinda Hodkiewicz received her Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia in 2004.

She is currently the BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at the University of Western Australia and leads the System Health Laboratory.

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Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz is the BHP Billiton Fellow for Engineering for Remote Operations at the University of Western Australia (UWA). She has a BA(Hons) in Metallurgy and Science of Materials from Oxford University in 1985, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia in 2004. Between these dates she worked in industry in Operations and Maintenance roles. She now leads the System Health Laboratory at UWA and works in the areas of Asset Health, Maintenance and Safety.

She is a Chartered Engineer (UK), a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Asset Management Council. Between 2012 and 2015 she represented Australia on the ISO Committee PC251 responsible for ISO 55000-2 Asset Management and chaired the Standards Australia committee. In 2016 she was awarded the MESA Medal, a lifetime achievement award for services to Asset Management.

Christopher James

University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom


Chair in Healthcare Technology

About Dr. James

Christopher James was born in Malta. He received the B.Elec.Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Malta in 1992 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1997.

He was a postdoctoral research fellow in the EEG Department, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, from 1997 to 1998 and a postdoctoral research fellow (1998-2001), and then Lecturer (2001-2003) with the Neural Computing Research Group of Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

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From 2004 to 2010, he was a Reader in Biomedical Signal Processing at the University of Southampton, UK. He now has a chair in Healthcare Technology at the University of Warwick, UK and is Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare.

He is immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Healthcare Technology Network, is on the IET TPN Steering Committee and has advised IET on Healthcare Technology matters for the Faraday Lectures, and has presented for IET at outreach activities. He represents the IET on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s UK Biomedical Engineering focus committee.

Professor James is Series Editor for the Biomedical Signals and Systems book series of Artech House Publishers; Editor in Chief of the Open Medical Informatics Journal. He has instigated and organizes the PGBIOMED series of biomedical engineering student conferences which have taken place from 2003 to date.