Syed Imtiaz Ahmed
Syed Imtiaz Ahmed

President, Signal Stream Inc, Canada

Talk Title: Firmware Engineering and Firmware Development for overseas clients. Establishment of Firmware Export industries in Bangladesh.
Firmware is the software that drives all modern electronic systems. Firmware Engineering is further specialization within the CSE, EEE, Telecom, Robotics and Instrumentation Engineering education. Firmware encompasses System Engineering, ML, AI, Control System Automation, Digital Signal Processing and much more. There is an acute shortage of experienced Firmware Development Engineers in North America, Europe & Japan. Firmware Engineers are highly paid, and as much as $ 330K per year salary. Firmware development is mainly programming for code that is to execute from the Flash memory of the computer chip. The Firmware Industry is a mental-labor industry.that can be part of the growing Software Export Industry in Bangladesh. Firmware Export from Bangladesh can potentially generate over a billion dollars in revenue”.
Mr. Syed Imtiaz Ahmed is a Canadian citizen and President Signal Stream Inc, that he established in October 2001, as a federally registered Canadian company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He also opened a branch of Signal Stream Inc, New York, USA as a C-Corporation. Mr. Ahmed graduated from BUET in 1975 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He obtained Master of Engineering Degree in Telecommunications from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. His company, Signal Stream Inc provides engineering services to Defense Research and Development Canada, (DRDC) and product development consulting services to large multinational companies in America and Canada in use of single and multicore processor software and firmware development for ST Micro (STM32), Texas Instrument (TI), Infineon, Aurix 297, and NXP. Engineering services includes Firmware for Power Systems, Automatic Control Systems, Medical Instrumentation, Oil & Gas Exploration Instrumentation, Automotive Autonomous vehicles, Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS), Cable and Radio and Wireless communication, Antenna Design, Transmission Lines, 4G LTE and 5G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LORA and IoT. Mr. Ahmed has over 40 years of industry experience in new product and multi-processor-based systems development, such as for Air Traffic Control (ATC). Mr. Ahmed started his career in 1978, as a Control Engineer at General Electric Company (GEC), Stafford, UK where he developed the first in history firmware for 1800 Mega Watt Power Station at Dinorwic, North Wales, UK. Before establishing his company, Mr. Ahmed worked as Senior and Principal Engineer in UK, France and in USA in Washington, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Texas, and Massachusetts, in companies like GEC, NCR, Sperry Aerospace, Transport Canada Aviation, JDS Uniphase, Logitech, Verizon Wireless, Honeywell, Cyberonics, Halliburton. He assisted Hitachi in Michigan, USA in the development of Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and Automotive Transmission Control Module (TCM). Presently, Mr. Ahmed is providing Firmware Engineering expertise to Hitachi Astemo, Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA in the development of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) for use in driverless autonomous vehicles. Mr. Ahmed is married and has two sons, one Electrical Engineer and another Mechanical Engineer.

Mr. Ahmed may be contacted via email:

Ekhlas Uddin Ahmed
Ekhlas Uddin Ahmed

Current Designation: Chief Technical Officer (CTO), BdREN (Bangladesh Research and Education Network)
Email:, Mobile: +8801711500046

Talk Title: BdREN emerging as Researchers’ Heaven in Bangladesh.
Emerging as an offshoot of HEQEP (Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project) of Ministry of Education, BdREN started its journey in January 2019, as Govt. owned autonomous trust dedicated for creating a research friendly eco-system in Bangladesh. BdREN started its journey serving only Universities, both Public and Private, but later expanded its operational horizon to colleges including Medical Colleges and Research Institutes. BdREN is constantly striving for adding more and more digital services in its portfolio so as to make life easier for Bangladeshi Researchers and Educationist. Some of the flagship initiatives in this direction includes, Global Free Educational Roaming named – ‘eduroam’, Federated access to e-journals and e-books with single sign-on method, High Performance Computing and hosting facility in its large data center, Deploying Learning Management System, etc. Some upcoming services includes University Management System (UMS), Block-chain based Certificate Verification, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Research Repository, etc. BdREN is working hard to establish herself as ‘Default home of choice for Bangladeshi Researchers and Educationists’.
Ekhlas Uddin Ahmed is an Ex-Cadet of Rajshahi Cadet College. He graduated at BUET in EEE and did his MBA from IBA- Dhaka University. Now he is pursuing Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from same institute. Besides, he is ‘Lean Six Sigma’ Certified in Process Engineering from Motorola University. Before joining BdREN, Ekhlas worked in few Organizations in different capacities, like: GM and Head of Network Quality in Grameenphone, CTO in Banglalion, Head of Service Assurance in Akash DTH and CEO in Mango Teleservices Ltd, summing up 27 years of professional career. Ekhlas’ major expertise lies in: Radio Network Planning and Optimizing, Telco Network Quality Management, End-to-End Customer Experience Management, Process Engineering, Project Management and Leadership. He obtained 360° view of Triple Play services serving all relevant industries of Telephony, Internet and Television, both in wireless and in wired mode. Ekhlas launched 1st commercial TD-LTE in Bangladesh as CTO of Banglalion. Now, in BdREN he is focusing on horizontal and vertical expansion of digital services suitable for researchers and educationists.