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Dr. Saifur Rahman
Dr. Saifur Rahman

IEEE Life Fellow;
2022 IEEE President-Elect, 2023 IEEE president;
Past President, IEEE PES, 2018 AND 2019;
Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical And Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA;
Founding Director, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA.

Professor 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 2022 IEEE President-elect and was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 150 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. He has conducted several energy efficiency, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. More info: https://www.saifurrahman.org/

Tom Coughlin
Tom Coughlin

President, Coughlin Associates
2024 IEEE President
Past-President IEEE-USA, Past Director IEEE Region 6

Keynote Title: Is there anything that isn’t software?

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst and business/ technology consultant. He has over 40 years in the data storage industry with engineering and senior management positions. Coughlin Associates consults, publishes books and market and technology reports and puts on digital storage and memory-oriented events. He is a regular contributor for forbes.com and M&E organization websites. He is an IEEE Fellow, 2024 IEEE President, Past-President IEEE-USA, Past Director IEEE Region 6 and Past Chair Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section, and is also active with SNIA and SMPTE. For more information on Tom Coughlin go to www.tomcoughlin.com.

Kathleen A. Kramer
Kathleen A. Kramer

Professor, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA
IEEE President-Elect 2024

Keynote Title: Evolving Cyber Systems in Avionics

Kathleen A. Kramer is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. She has contributed as a Member of Technical Staff at several companies, including ViaSat, HP, and Bell Communications Research. She served as Director of Engineering (2004-2013), providing academic leadership for all the university’s engineering programs. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE AESS and current officer of the society. She is recognized as a Fellow of ABET for her contributions advancing the accreditation criteria for cyber security, mechatronics, and graduate programs. She received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering with a second major in physics from Loyola Marymount University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from CalTech. Her leadership roles include service as Chair of the 2023 IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Innovating Funding Models, IEEE Secretary and Chair of Governance (2019-21), IEEE AESS Vice President (2016-18), and IEEE Director of Region 6 (2017-18). She has been a dedicated volunteer and colleague, within the SPS, and with and across IEEE technical communities, especially WIE, Young Professionals, and Students.

Dr. Luis Kun
Dr. Luis Kun

IEEE Life Fellow;
Distinguished Prof. Emeritus of NSA, National Defense University
President, IEEE SSIT (2023-24)

Keynote Title: SDGs in Bangladesh: From Climate Change Effects in Its Healthcare & Public Health System to the Social Implications of AI

In a world where Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the centerpiece to all facets of life, most users are unaware of the social implications of using AI. How can the world better address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Climate Change is the single biggest health threat currently facing humanity and the impacts are already harming health through air pollution, disease, extreme weather events, forced displacement, food insecurity and pressures on mental health. Every year, environmental factors alone take the lives of around 13 million people. Extreme weather events in addition are causing greater damage than ever before (i.e., stronger: winds, hurricanes, tornados, monsoons) which affects both physical and mental health. With the daily increase in both world population and urbanization, the world faces many different risks from a large number of interconnected vulnerabilities that are generated simultaneously. A third of Pakistan is under water for months now, affecting 33 million people and there is no dry land where to drain it. Not only there is no possibility of agriculture production which can cause food insecurity in many other nations, but all type of potential diseases including: cholera, malaria and dengue from bacteria and the billions of mosquitos, are creating a public health nightmare for authorities. Meanwhile in East Africa, 22 million people are at risk of famine due to drought and in the US farmers and ranchers have to make decision in respect to what to plant and or to get rid of their cattle because of droughts and no water available for those purposes. Increased water levels in our oceans are causing people to flee from coastal areas to more secure ones, mostly urban areas. Forced migration increases population density which in turn increases the possibilities of spreading infectious diseases.

Dr. Luis Kun is the 2022 IEEE President Elect for the Society for Social Implications of Technology and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of National Security (CHDS/NDU). Born in Montevideo, he graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Uruguay and holds a BSEE, MSEE, and PhD degree in BME, all from UCLA. He is an IEEE Life Fellow, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. He is the founding Editor in Chief of Springer’s Journal of Health and Technology 2010-2020. He spent 14 years at IBM and was the Director of Medical Systems Technology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. As Senior IT Advisor to AHCPR, he formulated the IT vision and was the lead staff for High Performance Computers and Communications program and Telehealth. In July 1997, he was an invited speaker to the White House and was largely responsible for the first Telemedicine Homecare Legislation signed by President Clinton in August 1997. As a Distinguished Fellow at the CDC and an Acting Chief IT Officer for the National Immunization Program, he formulated their IT vision on 10/2000. Dr. Kun received many awards including: AIMBE’s first-ever Fellow Advocate Award in 2009; IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award with a citation, “For exemplary contributions in the inception and implementation of a health care IT vision in the US.” In 2009, he was named “Professor Honoris Causa” by Favaloro University, (Argentina) and “Distinguished Visitor” by City of Puebla, Mexico in 2013. He served as the IEEE Distinguished Visitor for the CS and as a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) for the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) and SSIT where he chairs the DL Program since 2016. Since 2014, he serves as an Honorary Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at the School of Engineering of the University (UDELAR) in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received the Medal of Merit in October, 2016 in Mexico by the National Unit of Engineering Associations and was named Visiting Professor by the National Technological University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2017.

Jyotika Athavale
Jyotika Athavale

2024 President, IEEE Computer Society
Director, Silicon Lifecycle Management & RAS Architecture, Synopsys

Keynote Title: Technology trends and challenges for reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS)

This talk will discuss the resiliency challenges for SOCs, and optimizing SOC health using prognostics, test and analytic solutions, utilized for managing silicon lifecycle (SLM) for improving quality and yield; and also address aging and degradation challenges for improved RAS and functional safety.

Jyotika Athavale is the 2024 President of the IEEE Computer Society. She is an experienced leader and influencer in emerging technologies and international standardization initiatives. She was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022. She chairs the IEEE P2851 Standard on Functional Safety interoperability. Jyotika is Director, Silicon Lifecycle Management & RAS architecture at Synopsys. Prior to Synopsys, she was Lead Technologist, Functional Safety Architecture at NVIDIA. Prior to NVIDIA, Jyotika was Principal Engineer (Director) at Intel Corporation leading corporate-wide RAS and Functional Safety architectures. She also serves as a Distinguished Visitor of the worldwide IEEE Computer Society, overseeing overall IEEE-CS programs and operations. Jyotika leads and influences several international standardization initiatives. She chairs the IEEE P2851 family of standards on Functional Safety interoperability which has WG membership from over 30 companies. For her leadership in international safety standardization for IEEE P2851, Jyotika was awarded the 2023 IEEE SA Standards Medallion. And for her leadership in service, she was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022. She was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by her alma-mater VJTI. Jyotika has authored patents and many technical publications in various international conferences and journals. She has pioneered & chaired international workshops and conferences in the field of dependable technologies.

Honggang Wang, Ph.D.
Honggang Wang, Ph.D.

IEEE Fellow;
Professor and Founding Chair
Department of Graduate Computer Science and Engineering
Katz School of Science and Health
Yeshiva University

Keynote Title: AIoT for Wireless Health

Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) for Wireless health is becoming a popular research area where the Internet, sensing, wireless communications, and intelligent techniques (e.g., AI and data analytics)  are used to support digital health applications. AIoT systems, such as smart wearable systems with various types of biomedical sensors, are the critical infrastructures of wireless health and provide an opportunity to address issues in rapidly increasing digital health applications. However, there are significant challenges in this area, such as improving the performance of wearables, analyzing large and continuous biophysiological data streams collected from biomedical sensors, building predictive models, and data transmission, especially in mobile and wireless environments. In this lecture, I will introduce our related studies.

Honggang Wang is a professor and Chair of Graduate Computer Science and Engineering Department at Katz School of Science and Health, Yeshiva University. His recent research interests include Artificial Intelligence and its applications to digital health and autonomous vehicles, 5G/6G communications and cybersecurity. He has produced high-quality publications in prestigious journals and conferences in his research areas, winning six prestigious best paper awards. He is an alumnus of the National Academic Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering program. He serves as the steering committee and founding co-chair of the IEEE/ACM Conference on Connected Health (CHASE), a leading international conference in connected health. He served as the Editor in Chief (EiC) of IEEE Internet of Things Journal (2020 -2022). He was the past Chair (2018-2020) of IEEE Multimedia Communications Technical Committee and IEEE eHealth Technical Committee (2020-2021). He was named an IEEE Fellow for his contribution to IoT and multimedia applications. He is a fellow of Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA).

Manfred "Fred" J. Schindler
Manfred "Fred" J. Schindler

Consultant Newtonville, Massachusetts, USA
Vice President, IEEE Technical Activities Board, Past Division IV Director
Past IEEE MTT President

Keynote Title: Supporting Technical Communities with IEEE

IEEE is a complex organization. The organization and how it fits together will be described. This will also provide insights into how to work with IEEE to better serve you and your community’s technical needs. IEEE’s mission is to advance technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE does that by working with technical communities around the globe and across a wide range of technologies.

Fred Schindler has spent his career in industry working on RF, microwave and mm-wave semiconductors, leading the development of advanced RF semiconductor technology and products for commercial and defense applications. He is currently an independent consultant and is Chief Technology Officer of Anlotek Ltd., an RF technology company. Previously he worked as Engineering Director at Qorvo and RFMD, where he founded its Boston Design Center. He also worked as Engineering Manager at IBM, ATN-Microwave and Raytheon. Fred earned a BSEE from Columbia University in 1979 and an MSECE from UMass-Amherst in 1983. He holds 11 patents and has published over 40 technical articles. He has been active in the IEEE, MTT-S, TAB, PSPB and IEEE Conferences since 1990, including service as MTT President, Chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee and Chair of the International Microwave Conference. He has contributed a column on Microwave Business to IEEE Microwave Magazine since 2011. Fred Schindler is IEEE Vice-President-elect Technical Activities, past Division IV Director, past Chair of the IEEE Conferences Committee. He served as President of IEEE MTT Society in 2003 and General Chair of the International Microwave Symposium in 2009. He is active in several boards and committees in IEEE and the MTT. He currently works as an independent consultant and is CTO of Anlotek Ltd. Previously he has led engineering organizations at Qorvo, RFMD, IBM, ATN Microwave and Raytheon, focused on RF semiconductors. He is an IEEE Fellow and his MicroBusiness column has appeared in IEEE Microwave Magazine since 2011.

Mike Hinchey
Mike Hinchey

Head, Department of CSIS, University of Limerick, Ireland
Director-Elect of IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors

Keynote Title: Is there anything that isn’t software?

In this rapidly changing world, evolving technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Mobile Computing are combining to disrupt traditional models and radically change how we live, work, and interact. More importantly, these technologies change the way we live and do business: the world’s largest bookstore is a Cloud Computing provider, and the largest fleet of cars in the world is operated by an app provider. Areas such as healthcare have been transformed dramatically, with better analysis, imaging, detection, diagnosis, treatment, robot-assisted surgery, and even significant advances in sharing health records. We eagerly await the day when cars, buses, trucks, and railways are self-driven, and Industry 4.0 is already upon us, and of course we claim the use of AI in just about everything. All of these advances are entirely dependent on software. We ask the question: is there anything that isn’t software?

Professor Mike Hinchey is Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where he was previously Head of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and Director of Lero-the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, a national research centre headquartered at the University of Limerick. He is Past President of IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing (www.ifip.org) and Past Chair of the IEEE UK & Ireland Section. He is Director-elect of IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and serves on IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. Prior to joining University of Limerick, Professor Hinchey was the Director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory. In 2009, he was awarded NASA’s Kerley Award as Innovator of the Year and is one of only 36 people recognized in the NASA Inventors Hall of Fame. Professor Hinchey holds a B.Sc. in Computer Systems from University of Limerick, an M.Sc. in Computation (Mathematics) from University of Oxford and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. Professor Hinchey is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Engineering Professional, Chartered Mathematician and Chartered Information Technology Professional, as well as a Fellow of the IET, British Computer Society, Engineers Ireland, and Irish Computer Society, of which he is also Past President. He is Editor-in-Chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering: a NASA Journal and Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society. In 2018, he became an Honorary Fellow of the Computer Society of India and was the SEARCC Global ICT Professional of the Year 2018. Website: https://www.ul.ie/scieng/professor-mike-hinchey/a>