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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


Vice President for Research and Economic Development

About Dr. Govindaraju

Venu Govindaraju serves as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University at Buffalo. He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. A recognized authority in the field of Pattern Recognition, Govindaraju has received peer honors such as the IAPR/ICDAR Outstanding Achievements (2015), Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT Kharagpur (2014), the IEEE Technical Achievement Award (2010), MIT Global Indus Technovator Award (2004), and fellowships from the major professional societies such as AAAS, ACM, IAPR, IEEE, and the SPIE. He is also a member of the National Academy of Inventors (2015).

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Dr. Govindaraju received his Bachelor's degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and his Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo. He has served on the editorial boards of several premier journals including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Biometrics Council Compendium. Dr. Govindaraju is credited with major conceptual and practical advances his field, holding four patents and authoring six books and about 450 refereed publications. He has given over a hundred invited talks, keynotes, plenaries and seminars at prestigious venues including influential think tanks such as the Science and Technology Investment committee of the National Academy of Sciences. Govindaraju has an extraordinary sponsored funding record in support of his research. He has had continuous funding from the National Science Foundation (2002-20) and high-risk/high-reward grants from agencies such as DARPA and iARPA. Additionally, Dr. Govindaraju has advised 44 doctoral students.

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.

Abbas Jamalipour

University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia


Professor of Ubiquitous Mobile Networking

About Professor Jamalipour

Abbas Jamalipour is the Professor of Ubiquitous Mobile Networking at the University of Sydney, Australia, and holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan 1996. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2007), Institute of Electrical, Information, and Communication Engineers (IEICE 2010), and the Institution of Engineers Australia (2004), an ACM Professional Member, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

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He has authored nine technical books, eleven book chapters, over 450 technical papers, and five patents, in wireless communications. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards as well as 15 Best Paper Awards. In the past he has had positions of the Editor-in-Chief IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE VTS Mobile World, and been the IEEE Communications Society Vice-President Conferences, IEEE Vehicular Technology Executive Vice President and Fellow Evaluation Committee Chair, among many other positions. He also serves on several editorial board of IEEE journals.

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.

Lina Karam

Lebanese American University

Beirut, Lebanon


Dean of Engineering

About Dr. Karam

Dr. Lina Karam, Fellow of the IEEE, is the incoming Dean of Engineering at the Lebanese American University starting January 2020. She is also a Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, and the Director of the Image, Video & Usability Research Laboratory at Arizona State University. She is the President of PICARIS, LLC, a consulting company, and serves as expert consultant in patent litigation. She received the B.E. degree in computer and communications engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1989 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1995, respectively. She served as the Computer Engineering Graduate Program Chair and as Computer Engineering Director for Industry Engagement at ASU. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing.

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Her industrial experience includes image and video compression development at AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, multidimensional data processing and visualization at Schlumberger, and collaboration on signal processing, computer vision, machine learning, automated mobility, image/video processing, compression, and transmission projects with industries including Intel, Google, Qualcomm, NTT, Motorola, General Dynamics, and NASA. She has over 230 technical publications and she is an inventor on 7 issued US patents. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, ASU Chapter. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER, NASA Technical Innovation, Intel Outstanding Researcher, the IEEE Phoenix Section Outstanding Faculty Awards, and IEEE Region 6 Award. Dr. Karam was featured on FOX 10 News (October 30, 2018) and in the Phoenix Business Review Journal’s news article on self-driving cars. She is a founder of the Automated Mobility Alliance. She helped in establishing the World’s First Visual Innovation Award in 2016 and more recently the Multimedia Star Innovator Award awarded for the first time at IEEE ICME 2019. She served on the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Strategic Planning Committee, the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s (SPS) Board of Governors, the IEEE Circuits and Systems’ Fellow Evaluation Committee, the IEEE SPS Conference Board, and on the editorial boards of several high-impact journals. She served as General Co-Chair of IEEE ICME 2019, General Chair for IEEE ICIP 2016, Technical Program Chair for IEEE ICIP 2009, and General Chair for the 2011 IEEE DSP/SPE Workshops. She co-founded the international QoMEX conference. She is currently serving on the IEEE SPS Publication Board, IEEE SPS Award Board, and as a member of the IEEE SPS Image, Video & Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee, and of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s DSP Technical Committee.

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.