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Joy Laskar

Maja Systems

Milpitas, California, USA


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, USA


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, Canada


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.

Shengtao Li

Xi’an Jiaotong University

Xi'an, Shaanxi, China


Professor, State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment

About Professor Li

hengtao Li received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China, in 1990. He was a Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor of XJTU in 1990, 1993, and 1998, respectively. He was a Research Fellow at Waseda University, Japan, in 1996, and was also a Senior Visiting Scholar at University of Southampton, UK, in 2001. From 1993 to 2003, he was a deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulating and Power Equipment (SKLEIPE) at XJTU. Since 2003, he has been an executive deputy director of SKLEIPE. Since 2013, he has been a deputy dean of the Department of Electrical Engineering at XJTU. He was awarded a Distinguished Young Scholar of China by the National Science Foundation in 2006.

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His research interests include dielectrics and their application, insulating materials, and electrical insulation.

Qilian Liang

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, Texas, USA


Distinguished University Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

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, USA


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).

Michael G Pecht

University of Maryland

College Park, Maryland, USA


Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering)

About Professor Pecht

Prof Michael Pecht (25,000+ citations, 70+ H-Index) has a BS in Physics, an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS and PhD in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Professional Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, an SAE Fellow and an IMAPS Fellow. He served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Access for six years, as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Reliability for nine years, and editor-in-chief of Microelectronics Reliability for sixteen years. He has also served on three U.S. National Academy of Science studies, two US Congressional investigations in automotive safety, and as an expert to the U.S. FDA. He is the Director of CALCE (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) at the University of Maryland, which is funded by over 150 of the world’s leading electronics companies at more than US$6M/year. He is also a Chair Professor.

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He has written more than twenty books on product reliability, development, use and supply chain management.  He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan and India. He has written over 700 technical articles and 10 patents. In 2015 he was awarded the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Award for visionary leadership in the development of physics-of-failure-based and prognostics-based approaches to electronics reliability. He was also awarded the Chinese Academy of Sciences President's International Fellowship. In 2010, he received the IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award for his innovations in the area of prognostics and systems health management.  In 2008, he was awarded the highest reliability honor, the IEEE Reliability Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mugen Peng

Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications

Beijing, China


Professor with the School of Information and Telecommunications

About Dr. Peng

Mugen Peng received the Ph.D. degree in communication and information systems from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Beijing, China, in 2005. Afterward, he joined BUPT, where he has been a Full Professor with the School of Information and Communication Engineering since 2012. During 2014, he was also an academic visiting fellow at Princeton University, USA. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed IEEE journal papers and over 200 conference proceeding papers.

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His main research areas include wireless communication theory, radio signal processing, cooperative communication, self-organization networking, heterogeneous networking, cloud communication, and Internet of Things. He was a recipient of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Heinrich Hertz Prize Paper Award, the 2014 IEEE ComSoc AP Outstanding Young Researcher Award, and the Best Paper Award in the JCN 2016, IEEE WCNC 2015, IEEE GameNets 2014, IEEE CIT 2014, ICCTA 2011, IC-BNMT 2010, and IET CCWMC 2009.

He is currently or has been on the Editorial/Associate Editorial Board of the IEEE ACCESS, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Communications Magazine, IET Communications, and China Communications. He received the Second Class Prize of National Technology Invention Award in China in Dec. 2018.

Yi Qian

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska, USA


Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Dr. Qian

Yi Qian is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining UNL, he worked in the telecommunications industry, academia, and the government. Some of his previous professional positions include serving as a senior member of scientific staff and a technical advisor at Nortel Networks, a senior systems engineer and a technical advisor at several start-up companies, an assistant professor at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and a senior researcher at National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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His research interests include information assurance and network security, network design, network modeling, simulation and performance analysis for next generation wireless networks, wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks, smart grid communication networks, broadband satellite networks, optical networks, high-speed networks and the Internet. He is serving on the editorial boards for several international journals and magazines, including serving as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine.

Zhihua Qu

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida, USA


Pegasus Professor, SAIC Endowed Professor, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Dr. Qu

Zhihua Qu (M'90, SM'93, F'10) received his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1990. Since then, he has been with the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where he is currently Pegasus Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the SAIC Endowed Professor and the Director of FEEDER Center (one of three DoE-funded national centers on distributed technologies and smart grid). Dr. Qu's areas of expertise are systems and control, with applications to energy and power systems, autonomous vehicles and robotics.

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His most recent work focuses upon cooperative control of networked systems, distributed optimization and game algorithms, and resilient networked controls. In energy systems, his research covers dynamic stability of distributed power systems, anti-islanding control and protection, distributed VAR compensation, optimization and control. In robotics and autonomous vehicles, his research deals with control of nonholonomic systems, real-time path planning, and tele-operated systems.

He is currently or has been on the Editorial/Associate Editorial Board of the IEEE ACCESS, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Communications Magazine, IET Communications, and China Communications. He received the Second Class Prize of National Technology Invention Award in China in Dec. 2018.