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Professor Michael Pecht has a B.S. in Acoustics (Physics Department), an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a professional engineer, an IEEE Fellow, an ASME Fellow, an SAE Fellow, and an IMAPS Fellow. He is a world-renowned expert in strategic planning, design, test, IP, and risk assessment of electronic products and systems. In 2011, he received the University of Maryland’s Innovation Award for his new concepts in risk management. 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. He previously received the European Micro and Nano-Reliability Award for outstanding contributions to reliability research, 3M Research Award for electronics packaging, and the IMAPS William D. Ashman Memorial Achievement Award for his contributions in electronics analysis. He served as Chief Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Reliability for eight years, was Chief Editor for Microelectronics Reliability for seven years, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology, and on the advisory board of IEEE Spectrum. He is the founder and 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$6 million per year. The CALCE Center received the NSF Innovation Award in 2009. He is currently a Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland. He has written more than 20 books on product reliability, development, use, and supply chain management and over 500 technical articles. He has also written a series of books of the electronics industry in China, Korea, Japan, and India. He consults for 22 international companies.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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 a Professor of electrical and computer engineering with Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA, where she teaches and conducts research. She was a visiting scientist/engineer at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, USA (1999-2000). 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.
CHERUVU SIVA KUMAR
Indian Institute of Technology
Cheruvu Siva Kumar (M’12) was born in India in 1966. He received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Manufacturing Science and Engineering in 1987 and the doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1995, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
He is currently a faculty member of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He works primarily in the area of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and also in areas of CAD-CAM and Computer Networks. He worked briefly in the manufacturing industry in 1987 and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Science and Technology Agency (now JSPS) at AIST (formerly Electro Technical Laboratory), Tsukuba, Japan, in 1999. His research areas span control of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, flexure-based micro-grippers, humanoid robots, and direct digital manufacturing of metals using additive processes and in computer networks.
Dr. Kumar is a member of professional international organizations, namely IEEE, ASME, and AUVSI. In India he is serving in national bodies as an expert member in the Marine Systems panel of the Naval Research Board, as an advisor for the Additive Manufacturing Society of India, and member of a telecom engineering center working group on QoS networks. He has over 50 archived publications in international journals, conferences, and book chapters and has filed two patents.
Fujitsu Laboratories, Ltd.
Hideo Kuwahara (M’79-SM’93-F’06-LF’14) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from the University of Tokyo, in 1972, 1974, and 1984, respectively.
He is a Fellow of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. headquartered in Japan. He joined Fujitsu in 1974 and has since enjoyed a long career in optical communications R&D, including high speed TDM, coherent, optical amplifier, and WDM technologies. From 2000 to 2003, he led the Photonics Networking Lab, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., Richardson, TX, USA. He was a Board Member of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. from 2004 through 2006. In his current position, he leads the direction of photonics technologies R&D at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
In Japan, Dr. Kuwahara is a Fellow of the IEICE (Institute of Electronics, Information and Communications Engineers), where he served as director of finance, and he is currently serving as an auditor. He received the IEICE Achievement Award in 1998. In 2007, he was General Co-Chair of OECC (Opto-Electronics and Communications Conference), and a member of the International Advisory Committee. He also is an active participant in the OITDA (Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association of Japan) and received the Sakurai Memorial Award in 1990. He has participated in some government related committees and activities in Japan. In China, he served as a guest professor position at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications from 2008 to 2012.
KHALED BEN LETAIEF
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Khaled Ben Letaief (S’85-M’90-SM’97-F’03) received the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, in 1990.
He is currently Dean of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong. He has over 450 IEEE papers, 13 US patents, and six technical contributions to IEEE standards. He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications-Wireless Communications Series.
Dr. Letaief was instrumental in organizing IEEE flagship conferences (e.g., WCNC’07, ICC’08; ICC’10). He is the recipient of six teaching awards and nine IEEE Best Paper awards. He is Fellow of IEEE, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and recipient of 2007 IEEE ComSoc Publications Exemplary Award. He has received the 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award, 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award, and 2011 IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award. He served IEEE in many functions including Chair of the 2008 IEEE TA/MGA Visits Program; IEEE ComSoc Vice President for Conferences; ComSoc and VT Fellow Evaluation Committees; IEEE TAB/PSPB Products & Services Committee; and member of IEEE PSPB.
JOSÉ M. F. MOURA
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
José M. F. Moura (S’71–M’75–SM’90–F’94-LF’12) received the Electrical Engineering degree from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal, and the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA.
He is a University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, USA; was on the faculty at IST; and has been Visiting Professor at MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA. In 2010, he was elected University Professor at CMU. His interests include statistical and algebraic signal and image processing. He directs a large education and research partnership between Carnegie Mellon and nine Universities in Portugal. He founded at Carnegie Mellon two research institutes, the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research and the Information and Communications Technologies Institute.
Dr. Moura is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Member of the Academy of Sciences of Portugal. He received the Signal Processing Society (SPS) Technical Achievement Award and the Meritorious Service Award from SPS; he was awarded by CMU the 2008 Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award for Contributions to Engineering Education and the 2007 CIT Outstanding Research Award. He received in 2006 an IBM Faculty Award.
Geelong, Vic, Australia
Saeid Nahavandi (M’92-SM’07) received B.Sc. (Honors), M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Control Engineering from Durham University, Durham, UK in 1985, 1986, and 1991, respectively.
He then joined Massey University, Palmerstown North, New Zealand, where he taught and led research in robotics and intelligent systems. In 1998, he joined Deakin University, Geelong, Vic, Australia, where he currently holds the titles of Alfred Deakin Professor and the Chair of Engineering. He is the director for the Center for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin University with 60 researchers.
Prof. Nahavandi has been an active researcher in the area of intelligent systems since the late 1980s. He received the Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award in 1994 and won the title of Young Engineer of the Year in 1996. He has carried out industry-based research with companies and organizations such as ABB, Air-International, Australian Defence Force, BNP, Boeing, Bosch, FESTO, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Nissan, Omron, Pacifica, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, and Vestas.
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Ali Pezeshki (S’95–M’05) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 1999 and 2001, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA, in 2004.
In 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Colorado State University. From January 2006 to August 2008, he was a postdoctoral research associate with The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Since August 2008, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University. Since October 2012, he is also an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Colorado State University. His research interests are in statistical signal processing and coding theory and their applications to distributed sensing, active/passive sensing, and bioimaging.
Axel Richter (S’82-M’85-SM’02) received the Dr. Ing. degree in micro electro mechanical systems from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
He is a Senior Technical Manager and Engineering Management consultant. He has served as Technical Director within large multinational companies like Invensys and ABB and is also active as Consultant and Interim Manager in the areas of product and software development, engineering and R&D. He holds over 20 patents and was a distinguished researcher at the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany.
University of Ferrara
Gianluca Setti (S’94-M’97-SM’02F’06) received the Dr.Eng. degree (honors) and the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1992 and in 1997, respectively.
Since 1997, he has been with the School of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy, where he is currently a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He held several positions as Visiting Professor/Scientist at EPFL (2002, 2005), UCSD (2004), IBM (2004, 2007), and at the University of Washington (2008, 2010). He is also a permanent faculty member of ARCES, University of Bologna (2001-present). He co-authored three books,12 book chapters and over 200 journal papers and conference contributions.
Dr. Setti is (co)recipient of the 2004 IEEE CAS Society Darlington Award, Best Paper Award at ECCTD, 2006, Best Student Paper Award at EMCZurich, 2005, and at ISCAS, 2011, as well as the Best Italian Ph.D. Thesis Award in Neural Networks, 1997. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Mohammad Shahidehpour (S’79–M’81–SM’86–F’01) is Bodine Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA. He is the Principal Investigator of over $40 million projects on smart grid research and development.
He received the IEEE Burke Hayes Award for his research on hydrokinetics, Edison Electric Institute’s Power Engineering Educator Award, Innovation Award from the Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads, Technologist of the Year Award from the Illinois Technology Association, and IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2012. He is a Research Professor at North China Electric Power University in Beijing, Technical University of Denmark, and Sharif University of Technology in Iran, and King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Shahidehpour received an Honorary Doctorate in 2009 from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He was the Chair of the Transactions Committee of the IEEE Technical Activities Board (2004-2006) and a member of the IEEE Fellow Committee (2003-2006). He has held many positions in the IEEE Power and Energy Society, including Distinguished Lecturer (2004-present); Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Power System Operations Committee (2003-2009); Chair of the Prize Paper Awards Committee (2002-2007); Chair of the Operation Methods Subcommittee (1996-1998); and Vice President of Publications (2008-2011). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID and was Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS (1995-2008).
Bing Sheu (S’81-M’85-SM’91-F’96) received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA.
He taught at University of Southern California from 1985 to 1998 and became Full Professor in 1997. He moved to industry in 1999 and joined TSMC in 2006 as a Director at R&D. He was the original creator of the BSIM (Berkeley Short-channel IGFET Model) that was widely used in microelectronics industry.
Dr. Sheu is an IEEE Fellow, 1998 Senior Fulbright Scholar from US Information Agency, and Honorary Chair Professor at National Chiao Tung University and at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He is co-recipient of IEEE Transactions on Very Larege Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems Best Paper Award in 1995, IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award in 1997, and recipient of IEEE CAS Society Golden Jubilee Award in 2000, IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award in May 2004, and Education Contribution Award from Ministry of Education (Taiwan) in 2006.
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
University of Naples Federico II
Bruno Siciliano (M’91–SM’94–F’00) is Professor of Control and Robotics, and Director of the PRISMA Lab in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy.
His research interests include force and visual control, human-robot interaction and service robotics. He has co-authored seven books, 70 journal papers, 170 conference papers and book chapters. He has delivered 100 invited lectures and seminars at institutions worldwide, and he has been the recipient of several awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and IFAC. He has served on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals and has been chair of program and organizing committees of several international conferences. He is CoEditor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics, and of the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology. His group has been granted twelve European projects in the last five years.
He has held several positions in the Robotics and Automation Society, including Administrative Committee Member (1996-1999, 2005-present), Vice-President for Publications (1999), Vice-President for Technical Activities (2000-2003), Distinguished Lecturer from (2004-2007), and Fellow Evaluation Committee Member (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010). He has served as President-Elect (2006-2007), President (2008-2009), Junior Past President (2010-2011) and is currently the Society Senior Past-President.
MARWAN A. SIMAAN
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL, USA
Marwan A. Simaan (S’69-M’72-SM’79-F’88-LF’12) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (UI), Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, in 1972.
His academic experience includes faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA. His industrial experience includes research appointments and consultancies with Bell Labs, Shell, Gulf Oil, and ALCOA. At Pitt (1976-2008), he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department and held the position of Bell of PA/Bell Atlantic Professor of Electrical Engineering. At UCF (2008-present), he served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and holds the position of Florida 21st Century Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Dr. Simaan served on numerous professional committees and editorial boards and received several awards including three best papers awards, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from ECE at UI (1995), and a Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the College of Engineering at UI (2008). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a member of NAE, a Life Fellow of IEEE, and Fellow of ASEE and AAAS.
State University of New York Buffalo
Buffalo, NY, USA
Satrajit Sinha received the M.B.B.S. degree from the Medical College Kolkata, Kolkata, India. He received the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Houston, Houston, TX, USA, under the supervision of Dr. Benoit de Crombrugghe.
He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, with Dr. Elaine Fuchs, where he developed his interest in epithelial biology, especially skin keratinocytes. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. His research interest is in transcriptional control mechanisms of epithelial cell development and differentiation. His laboratory utilizes biochemical and genetic approaches and genome-wide interrogation techniques to answer fundamental questions about differentiation of progenitor/stem populations and to examine molecular consequences of altered expression of transcription factors.
Dr. Sinha serves on the editorial board of journals and is a reviewer for several NIH study sections, and his research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Nanyang Technological University
Ah-Hwee Tan (M’04-SM’04) received the Ph.D. degree in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, and the B.S. (First Class Honors) and M.S. degree in Computer and Information Science from the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
He is an Associate Professor and the Head of Division of Software and Information Systems at the School of Computer Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NYU), Singapore. Prior to joining NTU, he was a Research Manager at A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research I2R, leading the Text Mining and Intelligent Agents groups. His research interests include cognitive and neural systems, intelligent agents, machine learning, and text mining.
Dr. Tan has published more than 120 technical papers and six patents and has successfully commercialized a suite of business-intelligence technologies. He serves on the editorial boards of Applied Intelligence, Journal of Database Management, and Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. He is a member of ACM and INNS and a Senior member of IEEE.
Applied Physics Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA
Edward Tunstel (S’92-M’96-SM’99-F’12) received B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC, USA, in 1986 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, in 1996.
He is a Senior Roboticist at the Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, and also served as its Space Robotics & Autonomous Control Lead. He leads and performs robotics and autonomy R&D for national security and space applications. He spent 18 years at NASA JPL where he was a Senior Robotics Engineer and Advanced Robotic Controls Group Lead focusing on Mars rover technology development and missions, including engineering and analysis team leadership roles for autonomous navigation and control capabilities. Research includes robot navigation, control and systems engineering, yielding over 130 publications and recognition via awards and media coverage.
He is a Fellow of IEEE and member of AIAA and NSBE, currently serving on several editorial boards of international engineering journals. He has held several positions with the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society including the Vice President for Systems Science and Engineering (2010-2014), Vice President for Conferences and Meetings (2008-2009), and Board of Governors, Member-At-Large (2006-2008). He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CYBERNETICS and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL; for which he was also an Associate Editor (2006-2010).
FAWWAZ T. ULABY
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Fawwaz T. Ulaby (M’68-SM’74-F’80-LF’09) received the B.S. degree in physics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1964, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA, in 1966 and 1968, respectively.
He is the Leith Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He previously served as Vice President for Research of the university for seven years.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of AAAS, and serves on several national scientific boards and commissions, including the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies. He has directed large, interdisciplinary NASA projects and served as the founding Director of the NASA Center for Space Terahertz Technology. He has authored 15 books, published some 700 scientific papers, and supervised 115 graduate students. He was the recipient of the NASA Achievement Award (1990), the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), the 2002 William Pecora Award-a joint recognition by NASA and the Department of the Interior, and most notably, the 2006 Thomas Edison Medal. In 2011, he received the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OAS Science and Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2012, he was awarded the IEEE Education Medal. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE (2000-2006), President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, member of the IEEE Publications Board (2000-2006), and General Chair of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (1981 and 1987).
MARIA ELENA VALCHER
Department of Information Engineering
Università degli Studi di Padova
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. 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.
King of Prussia, PA, USA
Chonggang Wang (S’99-M’04-SM’09) received the Ph.D. degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), Beijing, China in 2002. He is currently a Senior Staff Engineer with InterDigital Communications, King of Prussia, PA, USA. Prior to that, he held various research positions with NEC Laboratories America, AT&T Labs Research, University of Arkansas, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, respectively. His current research focuses on Internet of Things (IoT), mobile cloud computing and future Internet R&D activities including technology development and standardization. He (co-)authored more than 100 journal/conference articles and book chapters.
Dr. Wang is the co-founder and inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT-J).
Johns Hopkins University
Chongqing University, China
Arizona State University East
Nanyang Technological University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Jo Yew Tham
Institute for Infocomm Research
Universita di Udine
Georgia State University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Louisiana State University
Nanyang Technological University
University of Cincinnati
University of Arkansas
Shenzhen University, China
Harbin Institute of Technology
National Taiwan University
Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
University of Southampton
Institute for Infocomm Research
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kingdee International Software Group
The University of Sheffeld
Nanyang Technological University
University of Texas at Arlington
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