In 2014, the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative created two working groups on Energy and ICT. The ICT Working Group is comprised of 12 leading engineers from all walks of life, including academia, industry, and former government officials. The group meets virtually on a monthly basis and in person several times a year to develop technical policy statements and other documents (e.g., white papers, responses to consultations, etc.) on a wide range of issues with the aim of informing policy makers at the technical level on key topics in the ICT realm.
Through this Working Group, European IEEE members are able to participate in peer-selected volunteer groups that develop public policy position statements and may engage in or organize policy-related events.
Bhaskar Choubey is the chair of analogue circuits and image sensors at Siegen University. Until 2018, he was an Associate Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Somerville College. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. For his research on image sensors and MEMS, he was awarded the 2011 Early Career Achievement Gold award by the IEEE Sensors Council. In addition, he has been awarded the Myril B Reed best paper award in IEEE MWSCAS, Raymond Davies award by the Society of imaging science and technology, Scatcherd scholarship to work at the Max Planck Institute of Brain Research, Frankfurt, and International Visiting Fellowship to Sydney University. His research interests are in CMOS image sensors, M/NEMS,, nonlinear dynamics and psychophysics. He is currently an associate editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal.
Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumann is Scientific Director at OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology, in Oldenburg, Germany. She holds a full professorship for Business Administration at Jade University and is Adjunct Professor for Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. She obtained her doctoral degree, a master’s degree in Business Administration (Production Management, Business Informatics & Operations Research), a master’s in English & Philosophy from Paderborn University, and a diploma in Economics from Trent Polytechnic Nottingham (now The Nottingham Trent University).
She worked for Bertelsmann, Germany’s largest media conglomerate, in various positions including Director of their Content Management Competence Center. Her professional experience also covers project management and consulting services for SMEs in IT Strategy, Quality Management, and Smart Manufacturing.
Prof. Baumann has been on the board of scientific organizations, is editorial board member of several journals, reviews for various journals and conferences, and is evaluator and rapporteur of the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 program. Her research is interdisciplinary, involving either changes in business models due to new technologies or the strategic exploitation of network structures.
Samina Husain received her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree in 1987 from Concordia University, Montreal, and her executive MBA in “Management of Technology” in 2008 from University of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.
She brings 25+ years of industry experience in various technology domains: from standards development, satellite systems, software products, telecom infrastructure, broadcast solutions, and consumer electronics. Her industry roles vary from customer operations to project management in North and South America and Europe.
She is an IEEE Senior member; elected Adcom member for the Broadcast Technology Society (BTS); appointed committee member for the Future Directions Committee (FDC); and a BTS liaison to the Women in Engineering committee.
Ansgar Koene is a Senior Research Fellow at the Horizon Institute for Digital Economy Research (University of Nottingham). He has a multidisciplinary research background, having worked and published on topics ranging from bio-inspired robotics, AI, and computational neuroscience to experimental human behavior/perception studies. He holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience.
Within Horizon Ansgar is co-investigator on the EPSRC funded UnBias and ReEnTrust projects where he leads the stakeholder engagement work bringing together regulatory organizations, industry, NGOs, and academics to development policy, design, and education recommendations. He is also delivers Policy Impact for Horizon through submission of evidence to UK parliamentary inquiries, reports for the European Parliament, and other policy engagements.
Ansgar chairs the IEEE P7003 working group for developing a Standards for Algorithmic Bias Considerations, which is part of the Global Initiative on Ethics for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.
Dr. Leandros A. Maglaras received the B.Sc. degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, M.Sc. in Industrial Production and Management from University of Thessaly in 2004, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Volos, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. In 2018 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Intrusion Detection in SCADA systems from University of Huddersfield. He is the Director of the National Cyber Security Authority of Greece and a part-time Senior-Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Informatics at De Montfort University, UK. He serves on the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals such as IEEE Access and Wiley Journal on Security & Communication Networks. He is an author of more than 100 papers in scientific magazines and conferences and is a Senior member of IEEE.
Mark Mattingley-Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree with Joint Honours in Computing and Electronics, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree on the subject of Code Division Multiple Access Local Area Networks from the University of Durham, combined with 33 years' experience in the commercial exploitation of technology and research.
As a Principal at IBM he is specialized in the identification, nurturing, and development of technological innovation, with a primary focus on big data analytics, neuromorphic computing, and quantum computing for IBM's Cloud and Cognitive Business Unit. He has developed several new business areas and transferred these into IBM’s daily services and solutions business. He is an active member of IBM’s worldwide patent assessment team and the IBM Student Admissions and Supervision program. Since its inception in 2017, he has been a leading member of IBM’s Quantum Ambassador team, responsible for raising awareness of Quantum Computing and developing business opportunities.
He currently teaches human and machine learning at the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. He was a member of staff at the University of Frankfurt where he taught Cognitive Science and Media Anthropology, at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim where he taught Intercultural Management and IT Management, and the Ludwig-Maximilian's University in Munich where he taught Analytical Methods.He is a director of the Frankfurt Institute for New Media and a senior member of IEEE, having founded the German chapter of the Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. He is a director of the big data working group at BITKOM, the German IT and Telecommunication Industry Association.
Managing Director (FM Tech Consult). Senior Advisor (Atlantic Organization for Security) and Chairman of the NIAG Study Group 233 on Human Machine Teaming (artificial intelligence, machine learning).
European Commission official (18 years of service). First assignment: development of EU radio spectrum policy, notably for 3G communications. Last responsibilities: Deputy Head of Unit, Cloud & Software (DG CNECT), and previously, as Deputy Head of Unit, Networked Electronic Media (DG INFSO). Contributed to the launch of the EU Cloud Computing Strategy and to the preparation of EU legislation on Free Flow of Non-Personal Data.
General Manager (NEC Europe) from 1990 to 2000. Project Manager (ERA Technology) from 1986 to 1990. Visiting Professor (University College London) in 1985. ITU Fellow and Fulbright Scholar with the US Telecommunications Training Institute (COMSAT Laboratories; Hughes Aircraft and Rockwell International). Ph.D., University College London in 1981.
Abbas Omar received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Doktor-Ing. degrees in electrical engineering in 1978, 1982, and 1986, respectively. He has been professor of electrical engineering since 1990 and director of the Chair of Microwave and Communication Engineering at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, since 1998. He joined the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi as a Distinguished Professor in 2012 and 2013 as an organizer of the research activities for the oil and gas industry in this area. In 2014 and 2015 he chaired the Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron, OH, USA. Dr. Omar authored and co-authored more than 450 technical papers extending over a wide spectrum of research areas. His current research fields cover the areas of microwave, magnetic-resonance, and acoustic imaging, microwave and millimeter-wave material characterization, phased arrays and beamforming, massive MIMO, indoor positioning, subsurface tomography and ground penetrating radar, and field theoretical modeling of microwave systems and components. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Massimo Panella was born in Rome, Italy, in 1971. He received in 1998 the five-year Dr.Eng. degree with Honors in Electronic Engineering and in 2002 the Ph.D. in Information and Communication Engineering, both from University of Rome "La Sapienza." He is currently Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and Machine Learning at the Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications of University of Rome "La Sapienza."
The research activities of Panella pertain to circuit theory, machine learning, computational intelligence, and quantum computing for modeling, optimization, and control of complex systems in both supervised and unsupervised learning problems. Panella has published more than 100 papers and is currently IEEE Senior member, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, Subject Editor of Electronics Letters (IET) and, formerly, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems. In 2018, he founded the academic startup “Machine Learning Solutions,” where he is Leader for R&D activities.
Jarno Tanskanen is an Adjunct Professor of biomedical signal processing and a Project Manager of a Horizon 2020 FET Proactive project in the Computational Biophysics and Imaging Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology, Tampere University (TAU), Finland. He received an M.Sc. in technical physics in 1995, and Lic.Tech. and D.Sc. (Tech.) degrees in signal processing and communications technology in 1998 and 2000, respectively, from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. From 2001 to 2004, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Kuopio, Finland. He joined TAU in 2005 where he has taught courses on neuroinformatics and processing of physiological signals, and acted as a project manager for several research projects, including an EU FP7 FET Open project. His main research interests are in the analysis of neuronal network function and in methods to extract more information from biomedical signals.
Ray is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing in Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. Ray graduated with honors in Electronic Engineering from University of Limerick, Ireland, and began his career in industry as software engineer with LM Ericsson, Software and Systems Engineering Limited, and Siemens before joining the lecturing staff in the school of computing DCU in 1995, where he currently is a Funded Researcher at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. He is a Senior member of IEEE and has won three Invent Project Awards for Industry Engagement. Ray is also Digital Leader with World Economic Forum (2018, 2019), Chair of Standards Expert Group for StandICT.eu (European Commission Project), International Standards Organisation ISO/IEC JTC1 SC42 AI Standards Editor, Steering Committee Member for European Commission Joint Initiative on Standardisation and Member of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies.