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Hulya Kirkici

University of South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama


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.

Joy Laskar

Maja Systems

Milpitas, California


Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer

About Dr. Laskar

Joy Laskar received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Laskar is currently the Senior Vice President/CTO of Maja Systems and a partner at Anayas360, an advisory group in Silicon Valley.

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Joy Laskar received his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (with Physics and Math Minors) from Clemson University and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently the Senior Vice President/CTO of Maja Systems and a partner at Anayas360, an advisory group in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Laskar has held various faculty positions at the University of Hawaii and most recently at Georgia Tech. While a Georgia Tech, he was the Schlumberger Chair in Microelectronics, and founded one of the largest mixed-signal design centers in the United States.

Dr. Laskar’s technical expertise and research contributions are at the intersection of Radio Frequency Electronics, Analog Electronics and Electromagnetics. He has co-founded 5 start-up companies that have transferred results of his research to commercialization. Additionally, Dr. Laskar has co-authored 5 textbooks, more than 600 peer-reviewed papers, more than 50 patents, and is the major advisor for 41 Ph.D students.

Gianluca Lazzi

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California


Provost Professor of Ophthalmology and Electrical Engineering

About Dr. Lazzi

Gianluca Lazzi (S’94–M’95–SM’99–F’08) received the Dr.Eng. degree in electronics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, in 1998.

He is a Provost Professor of Ophthalmology and Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California.

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Gianluca Lazzi, PhD, MBA, is a Provost Professor of Ophthalmology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He was previously a USTAR Professor and the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Utah from 2009-2017. His research work has been sponsored by several US federal agencies, including the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy (DOE). He has made significant contributions to the fields of bioelectromagnetics, liquid metal electronics, antennas, wireless electromagnetics, magnetic neurostimulation, and computational neuroscience.

For the past 16 years, he has been working on several research aspects toward the development of an artificial retina to restore partial vision to the blind. Dr. Lazzi is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the AIMBE. He has published over 200 papers in journals, conference proceedings, and books. His research work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, the Economist, MSNBC, MIT Technology Review, and several others.

Victor Leung

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Dr. Leung

Victor C. M. Leung is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the TELUS Mobility Research Chair at the University of British Columbia.

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Victor C. M. Leung is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the TELUS Mobility Research Chair at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His research is in the broad areas of wireless networks and mobile systems. He has co-authored more than 1000 technical papers in archival journals and refereed conference proceedings, several of which had won best-paper awards. He has contributed to the editorial boards of more than twenty journals, guest edited more than 30 journal special issues/sections, and provided leadership to the technical program committees and organizing committees of numerous international conferences.

Dr. Leung received the 1977 APEBC Gold Medal, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships from 1977-1981, a 2011 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2017 Canadian Award for Telecommunications Research, the 2017 ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize and the 2017 Systems Journal Best Paper Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Qilian Liang

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, Texas


Distinguished University Professor

About Dr. Liang

Qilian Liang is a Distinguished University Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington. He received his PhD degree from University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering in 2000.

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Qilian Liang is a Distinguished University Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He received his PhD degree from University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering in 2000.

Prior to joining the faculty of UTA in 2002, he was a Member of Technical Staff in Hughes Network Systems Inc at San Diego, California. His research interests include wireless sensor networks, wireless communications, signal processing, computational intelligence.

Dr. Liang has published more than 300 journal and conference papers. He received 2002 IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems Outstanding Paper Award, 2003 U.S. Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2007, 2009, 2010 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Award, 2012 UTA College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, 2013 UTA Outstanding Research Achievement Award, and was inducted into UTA Academy of Distinguished Scholars in 2015. Dr. Liang is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Jian-Yu Lu

The University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio


Professor with the Department of Bioengineering

About Dr. Lu

Jian-Yu Lu (S’86-M’88-SM’99-F’08) received the B.S. degree in 1982 from Fudan University, Shanghai, China; the M.S. degree in 1985 from Tongji University, Shanghai, China; and the Ph.D. degree in 1988 from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

He was a postdoctoral research fellow from 1988-1990 at Mayo Clinic/Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, USA. Dr. Lu became a full professor at The University of Toledo (UT), Toledo, OH, USA, in 1997 and an adjunct professor in College of Medicine in 1998.

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Before joining UT, he was an associate professor at Mayo Clinic. His research interests are in medical ultrasound.

Dr. Lu served as the President of IEEE UFFC Society from 2014-2015, EIC of IEEE Transactions on UFFC from 2002-2007, General Chair of 2008 IEEE IUS, TPC Chair of 2001 IEEE IUS, and an Elected AdCom member of IEEE UFFC-S from 2009-2011.

Dr. Lu is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).