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Aura Ganz

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA


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, USA


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.

Dmitry Goldgof

University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida, USA


Distinguished University Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

About Professor Goldgof

Dmitry Goldgof is an educator and scientist working in the area of Medical Image Analysis, Image and Video Processing, Computer Vision and AI, Ethics and Computing, Bioinformatics and Bioengineering. Research interests are related to two broad thrusts. First is in the area of biomedical image analysis and machine learning with application in MR, CT, PET and microscopy images, radiomics and bioinformatics. Second thrust is the area of video motion analysis with biometrics, surveillance and biomedical applications.

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Dr. Goldgof is Distinguished University Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Goldgof has graduated 29 Ph.D. and 45 MS students, published over 100 journal and 200 conference papers, 20 books chapters and edited 5 books (over 10,000 citations). Professor Goldgof is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IAPR, a Fellow of AAAS and a Fellow of AIMBE.

Venu Govindaraju

University of Buffalo

Buffalo, New York, USA


Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development

About Dr. 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.

Josep M. Guerrero

Aalborg University

Aalborg, Denmark


Professor, Department of Energy Technology

About Professor Guerrero

Josep M. Guerrero received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark.

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His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, smart metering and the internet of things for AC/DC microgrid clusters and islanded minigrids. Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for a number of IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He published more than 300 journal papers in IEEE journals. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was awarded by Thomson Reuters as Highly Cited Researcher. In 2015 elevated to IEEE Fellow.

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.

Professor Weihua Jiang

Nagaoka University of Technology

Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan


Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

About Professor Jiang

Weihua Jiang graduated from National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China, in 1982, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Applied Physics. He received his Master Degree in Plasma and Nuclear Fusion Engineering from Institute of Atomic Energy, Beijing, China, in 1985 and his PhD in Energy and Environment Engineering from Nagaoka University of Technology, Nagaoka, Japan, in 1991, respectively. He started working for Nagaoka University of Technology in April 1991 where he is now a full Professor on Electrical Engineering.

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Dr. Jiang served on the Administrative Committee of IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) in 2014~2017. He has six years of experience as Senior Editor for IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science during 2012~2017. He received IEEE-NPSS Kenneth Germeshausen Award in 2018. He has been IEEE Fellow since 2014.

Okyay Kaynak

Bogazici University

Istanbul, Turkey


Professor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

About Dr. Kaynak

Fellow, B.Sc. 1969, Ph.D. 1972, (University of Birmingham, UK). From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions within the industry, both in and outside of Turkey. In 1979, he joined Bogazici University, Istanbul. He has served as the chair of Computer Engng. and EEE Departments and as the Director of Biomedical Engineering Institute. Currently, he is an Emeritus Professor and the holder of UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics. He has hold long-term visiting professor/scholar positions at various institutions in Japan, Germany, U.S., Singapore and China.

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His current research interests are in the fields of intelligent systems and digital transformation. He has authored three books and edited five. Additionally, more than 400 papers carrying his name have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings.

Hulya Kirkici

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama, USA


Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Dr. Kirkici

Hulya Kirkici (S’89-M’89-SM’97) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, in 1981 and 1984, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY, in 1990.

She is currently Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL, USA, where she teaches and conducts research.

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Previously, she was a visiting scientist/engineer at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA (1999-2000) and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA (1993-2016). Her research interests are in electrical insulation and high-frequency dielectric breakdown in space and aerospace environments, cold plasmas, repetitive pulsed power, and high-voltage engineering. She has published numerous journal and conference papers and given invited talks in these related topics (in the USA, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and China).

Dr. Kirkici is a member of American Physical Society (APS), Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and American Association of University Women (AAUW). She was the President of IEEE DEIS (2009 and 2010), members of the TAB Finance and IEEE Conferences Committees (2011 and 2012), and has been the IEEE PSPB Treasurer since 2012.

She received the Presidential Faculty Fellowship by President Clinton in 1995, the National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship in 1994, and the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award in 2000.

She is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, the Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media, the African Robotics Network, the Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics, the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative, Hybrid Wisdom Labs, and the Moxie Institute.