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Mehrdad Saif

University of Windsor

Windsor, Ontario, Canada


Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

About Dr. Saif

Mehrdad Saif received his B.S. degree in 1982, the M.S. degree in 1984, and PhD in 1987, all in electrical engineering. During his graduate studies, he worked on research projects sponsored by NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center, as well as Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program (CAMP). In 1987, he joined the School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University (SFU) in suburb of Vancouver. From 2002 to 2011, he was the Director of the School of Engineering Science at SFU and oversaw a major expansion of that School. In 2004, he articulated the vision of starting the mechatronic systems engineering program at SFU’s Surrey campus. He planned and rolled out the program at both graduate and undergraduate levels in 2007. From 1993 to 1994, Saif was a Visiting Scholar with the General Motors North American Operation R&D Center, Warren, MI, USA, where he was a member of the Powertrain Control Group, Electrical and Electronics Research Department and worked on engine control and on-board engine diagnostic problems. He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, since July 2011. In this role, he has overseen the expansion of Faculty of Engineering programs into such areas as aerospace engineering, engineering management, bachelor of engineering technology, mechatronics and others.

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His research interests include systems and control; estimation and observer theory; model-based fault diagnostics; computational intelligence applications to condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostic; and application of these areas to automotive, power, autonomous systems, and other complex engineering systems.

He has published about 300 refereed journal and conference papers plus an edited book in these areas, and has a Google h-index of 37. Dr. Saif has been a consultant to a number of industries and agencies, such as GM, NASA, B.C. Hydro, Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, and others. He served two terms (1995, 1997) as the Chairman of the Vancouver Section with the IEEE Control Systems Society, and is currently a member of the editorial board of the IEEE ACCESS and the IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL. Dr. Saif is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), as well as a Fellow of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is also a registered professional engineer in Ontario.

Ali Serpengüzel

Koç University

Istanbul, Turkey


Professor of Physics

About Dr. Serpengüzel

IEEE Senior Member (2000), Member (1993); Founding member and VP of Turkish Chapter of IEEE Photonics Society (PS) (1999); Co-chair, IEEE PS Annual Meeting Electro-Optical Sensor and Systems Conference (2009); Committee Member, IEEE PS Annual Meeting Photodetectors, Sensors, Systems and Imaging Committee (2009 - ); SPIE Fellow (2006); OSA Senior Member (2014); Sigma-Xi Member (1994); Editor SPIE Proceedings on Photonics Materials, Devices, and Applications (2005-2011); Editorial Board Member, WSPC Journal of Modern Physics B, Modern Physics Letters B (2008-); BS EEE Bogaziçi University (1987); BS Physics Bogaziçi University (1987); PHD Applied Physics, Yale University (1992); Professor of Physics, Founding Director of Microphotonics Research Laboratory, Koç University (1999 - ).

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Levent Sevgi

Okan University

Istanbul, Turkey


Professor with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department

About Dr. Sevgi

Levent Sevgi (M’99-SM’02-F’09) received his Ph.D. from Istanbul Technical University and Polytechnic Institute of New York, in 1990.

Since September 2014, he has been a Professor with the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department of Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Okan University.

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Levent Sevgi (M’99-SM’02-F’09) received his Ph.D. from Istanbul Technical University and Polytechnic Institute of New York, in 1990 under Prof. Leopold B. Felsen’s advisory. He has been with Istanbul Technical University (1991–1998), TUBITAK-MRC, Information Technologies Research Institute (1999–2000), Weber Research Institute/Polytechnic University in New York (1988–1990), Scientific Research Group of Raytheon Systems, Canada (1998 – 1999), Center for Defense Studies, ITUV-SAM (1993 –1998, 2000–2002), Doğuş University (2011-2014), and University of Massachusetts (UMASS Lowell) (2012 - 2013). Since September 2014, he has been with Okan University, Istanbul.

He is the author or co-author of nearly 180 journal and 150 international conference papers. He has several books in English and Turkish. His two books "Complex Electromagnetic Problems and Numerical Simulation Approaches" and "Electromagnetic Modeling and Simulation" were published by the IEEE Press - Wiley in 2003 and 2014, respectively.

Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu

NASA-JPL California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California, USA


Chief Engineer, Mobility and Robotics Systems Section

About Dr. Trebi-Ollennu

Dr. AshiteyTrebi-Ollennu is the Chief Engineer of Mobility and Robotics Systems Section, Product Delivery Manager, for the InSight Mars Mission Instrument Deployment System, Instrument Deployment System operations Team Chief and Technical Group Supervisor of Robotics Systems Group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, where he has been since 1999. He was born in Accra, Ghana. He received his Ph.D. degree in control systems from Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, United Kingdom in 1996 and B.Eng. (Hons) from Queen Mary College, University of London, U.K. in 1991. He was a research scholar at Institute of Complex Engineered Systems, Carnegie Mellon University.

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He received the 2008 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2007 Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Region 6, 2007 Sir Monty Finniston Achievement Medal from Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., 2010 Specialist Silver Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. and The 21st Century Trailblazer Award in Systems Engineering from the U.S.A. National Society of Black Engineers, at the 2012 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a recipient of over a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U. K., and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. Senior Member IEEE RAS and IEEE SMC. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as a Guest Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine, Special Issue on Mars Exploration Rovers (June 2006). Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has been on PhD committees at the Robotic Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Leung Tsang

The University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

About Dr. Tsang

Leung Tsang was born in Hong Kong. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He was a Professor of Electrical Engineering with the University ofWashington, Seattle, from 1983 to 2014, and was the Department Chair from 2006 to 2011.

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From 2001 to 2004, he was on leave from the University of Washington and was a Professor Chair with the Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong.

He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has authored four books, including Theory of Microwave Remote Sensing and Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves in volumes 1, 2, and 3.

His current research interests are in microwave remote sensing, waves in random media, computational electromagnetics, signal integrity, and plasmonics.

Maria Elena Valcher

Università degli Studi di Padova

Padova, Italy


Full Professor of Control Theory

About Dr. Valcher

Maria Elena Valcher (M’03-SM’03-F’12) received the M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in systems engineering, both from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1991 and 1995, respectively.

From November 1994 to October 1998, she was Assistant Professor in the Automatic Control area in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Padova.

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From November 1998 to October 2001, she was Associate Professor of System Theory on the Engineering Faculty, University of Lecce, Italy. From November 2001 to December 2004 she was Associate Professor of System Theory at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Padova. She is currently Full Professor of Control Theory at the University of Padova.

Dr. Valcher has been the author/co-author of about 65 papers that have appeared in international journals, about 80 conference papers and some book chapters. Her research interests include multidimensional systems theory, polynomial matrix theory, behavior theory, convolutional coding, fault detection and observer design, delay-differential systems, switched systems and positive systems.

Ge Wang

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York, USA


Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

About Dr. Wang

Ge Wang is the Clark & Crossan Endowed Chair Professor and the Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA. He authored the pioneering paper on the first spiral/helical cone-beam/multi-slice CT algorithm in 1991 and ~100 papers on this topic since then. Currently, there are over 100 million medical CT scans yearly with a majority in the spiral/helical cone-beam/multi-slice mode. He pioneered the area of bioluminescence tomography. His group published the first papers on interior tomography and omni-tomography (“all-in-one”) to acquire diverse datasets simultaneously (“all-at-once”) with CT-MRI as an example. In 2016, he published the first perspective on deep tomographic imaging, as a roadmap for this new frontier of machine learning. His results were featured in Nature, Science, and PNAS, and recognized with academic awards.

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He wrote over 450 peer-reviewed journal publications, receiving a high number of citations. His team has been in collaboration with world-class groups and continuously well-funded. His interest includes x-ray CT, MRI, optical molecular tomography, multimodality fusion, artificial intelligence and machine learning for medical imaging. He is the Lead Guest Editor of the five IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging Special Issues, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Biomedical Imaging, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. Medical Imaging, IEEE Access, IEEE Trans. Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences, Medical Physics, and other journals. He is Fellow of the IEEE, SPIE, OSA, AIMBE, AAPM, and AAAS.

Andreas Weisshaar

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon, USA


Professor and Director of Center for Design of Analog-Integrated Circuits

About Dr. Weisshaar

Andreas Weisshaar received the Diplom-Ingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis in 1986 and 1991, respectively. In 1991, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (now School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) at Oregon State University, where he is a Full Professor. He also serves as Director of the Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits (CDADIC). From April 2008 to August 2011 he served as Program Director for Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems at the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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Prof. Weisshaar’s current research interests include integrated passive RF/microwave circuits and components, electronic packaging, and wireless communications. Prof. Weisshaar is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Weihua Zhuang

University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Full Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

About Dr. Zhuang

Weihua Zhuang received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Dalian Maritime University, China, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

In October 1993, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo.

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Weihua Zhuang received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Dalian Maritime University, China, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, all in electrical engineering. In October 1993, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in July 1997, and then to Full Professor in July 2002. Since May 2010, she has been a Tier I Canada Research Chair in wireless communication networks. Her current research focuses on resource allocation and QoS provisioning in wireless networks, and on smart grid.

Dr. Zhuang is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC).

Enrico Zio

Mines ParisTech (France), Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Paris, France, Milano, Italy


Director of the Chair on Systems Science and the Energetic Challenge of the Foundation Electricite' de France at CentraleSupélec, France, full professor and President of the Alumni Association at Politecnico di Milano

About Professor Zio

Enrico Zio has a MSc degree in nuclear engineering from Politecnico di Milano, 1991 and in mechanical engineering from UCLA, 1995; Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from Politecnico di Milano and MIT in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Director of the Chair on Systems Science and the Energetic Challenge of the Foundation Electricite' de France at CentraleSupélec, France, full professor and President of the Alumni Association at Politecnico di Milano, distinguished guest professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, adjunct professor at University of Hong Kong, Beihang University and Wuhan University, China and Co-Director of the Center for Reliability and Safety of Critical Infrastructures and the Laboratory on Risk Science and Egnineering, Beijing, China, Eminent Scholar at Kyungyung Hee University, Korea.

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Research on the modeling of the failure-repair-maintenance behavior of components and complex systems, for the modeling and analysis of their reliability, maintainability, safety, vulnerability, resilience characteristics, by Monte Carlo simulation methods, artificial intelligence techniques and optimization heuristics.