Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury
University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh
Mr. Qayum Reza Chowdhury
Board of Trustees
University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh
Professor Dr. Saifur Rahman
Talk Title: Energy Efficiency and the Role of IoT in a Smart City Connected Community
Biography: Professor Dr. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2016 and 2017, and will be the president for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.
Dr. Fahmida N. Chowdhury
Talk Title: Careers at the Rapidly Shifting Human-Technology Frontier: Global Engagement, Local Impact
Biography: Dr. Fahmida N. Chowdhury is a Program Director in the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining NSF in 2008, she was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA, where she held the W. Hansen Hall and Mary O. Hall Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering. She also held academic positions at the Michigan Technological University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Dr. Chowdhury has been active in IEEE for many years; she served on the editorial boards of two IEEE Transactions: on Control Systems Technology and on Neural Networks. She was an elected member of the IEEE Control System Society's Board of Governors, and also IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's AdCOM. As a Fulbright Scholar she taught a postgraduate course in BUET in 2001, and she served at the US Embassy in Dhaka as an Embassy Science Fellow in 2013. Her research interests include complex systems modeling and analysis, non-traditional applications of dynamic systems theory, and detection of abnormal conditions (faults) in dynamic systems. She has deep interest in international science, technology and educational collaborations, science and engineering diplomacy, and serving society through humanitarian technologies and policy-level engagements.
Professor Alamgir Hossain
Talk Title: AI for Innovation, Transformation and Automation
Biography: Professor Alamgir Hossain is currently serving as the Director of the IT Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Prior to this he also served in the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (as head of Computational Intelligence Group), University of Bradford, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Dhaka (as head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering). He has extensive research experience in computational intelligence, digital diagnosis, cyber security, mobile enabled expert systems and real-time algorithm design. Professor Hossain has led many large EU funded projects as an International lead investigator, worth over 16 million pound. With a publication in Nature, he has published over 300 refereed research articles, contributed in 12 books, received the "F C Williams 1996" award for an IET journal (UK), Lifetime achievement award (Channel S, London) and 'Best Paper Awards' for five conference papers (CSBio2010, IEEE CIS2012, SKIMA 2012, PACBB 2013 & SKIMA 2014). For further details of his publications, please explore: Google Scholar.
Professor Dr Parvez Haris
Biography: Professor Parvez Haris holds the Chair of Biomedical Science at De Montfort University (Leicester, United Kingdom) where he is also the Head of Research for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Parvez completed his PhD at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (University of London) in 1989. His PhD supervisor was one of the leading British Scientists, Professor Dennis Chapman FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society), who was the founder of Biocompatibles International Plc (a medical design technology company). After completion of his PhD, Parvez carried out research for seven years as a post-doctoral research fellow (partly funded by the Wellcome Trust), at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London. At the end of his post-doctoral fellowship, he joined De Montfort University as a lecturer in 1996. His research training by Professor Dennis Chapman FRS helped him to engage in both basic and applied research and develop as a truly interdisciplinary scientist. His research interests cover different areas of bioscience including bioinformatics, biochemistry and biophysics. He uses diverse spectroscopic techniques for bioanalysis of elements and molecules in biological systems and their role in health and disease including cancer, diabetes etc Parvez has published over two hundred scientific articles and has co-edited five books and his work has been cited over 5,000 times. His publications have appeared in leading scientific journals including Nature Biotechnology where he published a paper on the development of a novel antimicrobial strategy. He is a pioneer in the application of FTIR spectroscopy and is internationally respected for his work in this field. His group has developed a database of protein spectra to aid proteomics research which will be made publically available later in 2017. He is developing a bioinformatics platform for analysis of protein structural data that will be valuable for researchers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research. Furthermore, his research group was the first to demonstrate a correlation between high intake of rice and exposure to arsenic which was subsequently proven through a study on over 18,000 Bangladeshis in a paper he co-authored that was published in PLOS One. He has developed a biomaterial based method for removal arsenic from water. His research findings have been used by major national and international organisations including the UN WHO/FAO, Public Health England, UK Food Standards Agency and so on.
Parvez has successfully supervised post-doctoral scientists and many PhD students and is a mentor to early career researchers in his University. He has acted as examiner of PhD students in Universities in UK, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has chaired the validation of undergraduate and master level degree courses and leads the doctoral training programme in allied health sciences at De Montfort University. He is the Head of the Biomedical and Environmental Health Research Group and manages a large group of laboratory based researchers, early career scientists and PhD students . At De Montfort University, Parvez has several important organisational roles in relation to research. For example, he is actively involved in the preparations for the next UK Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021) and has the responsibility of co-ordinating research impact within the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. Parvez has received numerous awards for his contribution in research and teaching including an "OSCAR" award for excellence in research and innovation by his University and Editor of the Year Award by the Biochemical Journal (the oldest journal in the field of Biochemistry and for which he was one of the Editors for many years). He has secured research funding from major organisations including the European Union, EPSRC, BBSRC, the British Council etc. He has numerous editorial roles in scientific journals and learned societies including the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry where he is treasurer of the Protein and Peptide Science Group. He serves on the committees of various national and international organisations including the Royal Society (Newton Advanced Fellowship). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH).
Dr. Mohammad A. Karim
Fellow - IEEE, IET, OSA, SPIE, IoP
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA
Dr. Mohammad S. Alam
Fellow - IEEE, IET, OSA, SPIE, IoP, IS&T, and IAPR
Dean, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering
Texas A&M University - Kingsville, USA