Keynote Speakers

1. Prof. Mohamad Yusoff Alias (Multimedia University, Malaysia)
2. Prof. Andrew Rohl (Curtin University, Australia)
3. Prof. Ved Ram Singh (National Physical Laboratory, India)
4. Prof. Robert Kooij (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore)





1. Prof. Mohamad Yusoff Alias (Multimedia University, Malaysia)

Mohamad Yusoff Alias obtained the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical Engineering) degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in May 1998. He then received his Ph.D. degree in December 2004 from the School of ECS, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University in Malaysia. His research interests cover the field of wireless communications especially in OFDM, multiple antenna system, multiuser detection, genetic algorithms in communications, multimedia applications and visible light communications. He has published 45 international journals, 65 conference papers and a book chapter. He has also completed more than 20 research funded projects and has graduated 5 Ph.D. and 11 masters by research students. In addition, he has been appointed for more than 30 times as external examiners for masters and Ph.D. theses from Malaysian and international universities. Prof. Yusoff is also active in IEEE especially in IEEE Malaysia Communication and Vehicular Technology Joint Chapter. He has held several positions in the chapter since 2006. He is also the counselor for IEEE Multimedia University Student Branch since its establishment in 2008. The student branch has been quite active and has been recognized as the best student branch in the Asia Pacific Region (Region 10) in 2018.

Title: The Future Trend of Cellular Technology: Towards 5G and Beyond

Abstract: Lately, there has been a lot of interest in the next generation mobile broadband technology which is the fifth generation (5G) on this series of wireless communication. Although this more superior technology is not expected to be readily available soon, a lot of standardization and testing has been carried out throughout the world. The main attraction of the 5G is of course in terms of transfer speed which should be significantly faster. Even though the current 4G Long-Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) is already capable to deliver high speed, 5G is expected to deliver even more than 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) which will make downloading a full movie within just a few seconds. 5G will also give higher capacity towards connecting more devices together to empower new applications such as autonomous cars and Internet of Things (IoT). This aim of this talk is to introduce the concepts of 5G wireless network. The preparation for the launch of this technology has already resumed and we need to learn on what kind of new technologies will be deployed and how this technology will affect the existing networks and terminals. Throughout the talk, we will discuss the different types of requirements for the 5G ambience. We will also look at some of the related deployment of 5G such as 5G Internet, quality of service support, cognitive radio, the use of TV white space, green flexible radio frequency as well as small cell network.





2. Prof. Andrew Rohl (Curtin University, Australia)

Andrew Rohl is a leading expert in the application of supercomputing and computer simulation technologies in materials chemistry with more than 135 published papers to his name. He has a D. Phil. from the University of Oxford and undertook post-doctoral studies at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London, where he used supercomputers to solve important problems for the oil industry. Returning to Perth in 1996, he used supercomputing to solve problems of relevance to the mineral processing industry. In 2004, Professor Rohl became the Executive Director of iVEC and developed a successful partnership across five institutions to provide major advanced computing facilities for all Western Australian researchers. This culminated in the $80 million Pawsey Centre, a world-class purpose-built data centre at Technology Park that housed the largest research supercomputer in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2012, Professor Rohl returned to his substantive role as Professor of Computational Science at Curtin and has recently become the inaugural director of the Curtin Institute for Computation, where he now leads a team of ten data scientists and computational specialists solving multidisciplinary problems.

Title: Data Science is an Enabler for Leading Research

Abstract: Data science is increasingly seen as an essential tool for all research, regardless of discipline. Furthermore, many problems require multidisciplinary teams that provide a combination of strong computing, statistical and domain expertise. At Curtin, we have formed the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC), which brings our expertise in simulation, modelling, data analytics and visualisation together to tackle difficult and multidisciplinary problems. The institute currently employs ten data scientists/computational specialists that work directly with researchers to employ cutting edge digital tools and techniques to solve their research problems. Over the past three years the projects undertaken have fallen into the following areas: blockchain, web and analytics, machine learning, visualisation, HPC and embedded systems, and finally infrastructure and services. In this presentation, some of these projects will be described and their impact on research elucidated.





3. Prof. Ved Ram Singh (National Physical Laboratory, India)

Prof. (Dr) V.R.Singh, Ph.D. (Electrical Engg), IIT-Delhi and Life Fellow- IEEE and LF-IETE, LF-IE-I, LF-ASI/USI and LF-IFUMB/WFUMB, has over 37 years of research-cum-teaching experience in India and abroad (Univ of Toronto-Canada, KU Leuven- Belgium, Korea Univ, South Korea, TU-Delft, Netherlands, PTB-Germany, Univ of Surrey-UK, and others). He has been at National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, as a Director-grade-Scientist/ Head of Instrumentation, Sensors & Biomedical Measurements and Standards, as well as lately Distinguished Professor. He has over 350 papers, 250 talks, 260 conference papers, 4 books, 14 patents and 30 consultancies to his credit. Under his guidance, 35 PhD scholars have earned PhD degree while others are working with him. He is the Mentor/Advisor of PDM University.

Dr. Singh has been the Associate Editor of IEEE Int Sensor Journal (2010-2016), Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements and Regional Editor of Int Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (IJBET). Apart from this, he is on Editorial/Reviewer Boards of other journals. like Sensors & Actuators (Switzerland), IEEE Trans on Engg in Med and Biology , J Computers in Electrical Engg (USA), J.Instn Electr Telecom Engrs, J.Instn Engrs -India, Ind J Pure & Appl Physics, J.of Instrm Soc Ind, J. Pure & Appl Ultrasonics, J. Life Science Engg, etc. He is the recipient of awards by INSA (Ind Natnl Sci Academy) 1974, NPL 1973, Thapar Trust 1983, ICMR (Ind Council of Med Res) 1984; Japan Soc. Ultr in Medicine 1985, Asian Federation of Societies of Ultasound in Medicine & Biology 1987, IE-I (Institution of Engineers- India) 1988/ 1991, IEEE-EMBS 1999, Sir CV Raman Award of ASI( Acoust Soc of India), 2018 and IEEE-2010/2011/2014, for his outstanding contributions. Presently, he is the IEEE-EMBS-DL (Distinguished Lecturer) and INSA-DL.

He has served as Guest Editor of Special Issues of JASI on Physical Acoustics and Utrasonics (2016-17) and Medical Acoustics (2017-18) as well as on IETE Technical Review journal on Transducers (2002). He is the Chair of IEEE-EMBS/IMS-Delhi Chapter, President of Acoustical Society of India and Vice President of Ultrasonic Society of India and has been the Vice President of Instrumentation Soc of India, Vice-President of IFSUMB, Secretary of IEEE India Council and the Chairman of IEEE-Delhi Section. Dr. Singh is a Member of IEEE Standards Association. He was also Council Member of WFUMB (Australia) Ultrasound Safety and Standards. He has served as the Chair or a Member of BIS Committee on Electro-Medical Committee in the past and presently, he is the Chairman of BIS-MHD-15 Committee. He has been the session chair, plenary/keynote/ invited speaker and on advisory boards of world congresses and national/international conferences, world over. Recently, he has been the conference organizer of WESPAC-2018, Nov 10 to 15, New Delhi.

His main areas of interest are biomedical instrumentation, biomedical standards, computer modeling and simulation, sensors and transducers, biomedical ultrasonic/medical acoustics, POCT devices, neuro-sensors/implants, nano-cancer-technology, cancer hyperthermia, tissue characterization, lithotripsy, WSN and u-health care engineering.

Title: ADVANCED SMART SENSOR SYSTEMS FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE WITH THE NEED OF BIOMEDICAL STANDARDS

Abstract: As is aware, there is a rapid progress in science and technology, day by day, resulting in to good and fast industrial growth but on the other hand, this is causing a big health problem to the mankind. The environment is getting worse. The serious problem is that the pollutants cause even deadly diseases like cancer. The pollutants in the form of solid waste, liquids and gases, cause ill effects on human health. Although, newer and newer sensors and devices have been developed for various industrial, scientific and biomedical applications. However, new smart systems are still required to be developed for quick reliable diagnosis of a disease and appropriate treatment in time. In the present talk, advanced smart sensor systems are presented for better health care. Design and development of such smart systems are described in detail. Main emphasis is placed on smart nano-sensor systems and smart nano-bio-enviro systems to monitor pollutants and to control the environmental problems at global level for better sustainability. Cancer nanotechnology and therapeutic treatment of deep seated brain tumors with focused ultrasound are presented, as case studies here. In order to have precision measurements, there is a need of good biomedical standards. Development aspects of such smart communication systems are presented.





4. Prof. Dr. Robert Ernst Kooij (Singapore University of Technology and Design)

Robert Kooij has a background in mathematics: he received his PhD degree cum laude at Delft University of Technology, in 1993. From 1997 until 2003 he was employed at KPN, the largest telecom operator in the Netherlands. Since 2003 he was employed at TNO, the Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research. In 2011 he became Principal Scientist, conducting and managing research on Critical ICT Infrastructures. Since 2005, Robert is part-time affiliated with the Delft University of Technology, at the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. Since 2010 he is a part-time full professor with the chair “Robustness of Complex Networks”. In 2016 prof. Kooij relocated to the TNO South-East Asia office in Singapore. As of April 2018 he is a principal research scientist at the SUTD, working on cybersecurity for critical infrastructures.

Title: Research at iTrust, the Centre for Research in Cyber Security in Singapore

Abstract: Our society nowadays depends critically on the proper functioning of a variety of cyber-physical systems, such as the power grid, water distribution networks and transportation networks. The introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in such systems has brought phenomenal opportunities for controlling and monitoring these networks, but it also made the networks vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Therefore, research and education in cyber security for cyber-physical systems is an important matter. To contribute to this field, iTrust, the Centre for Research in Cyber Security at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, designed and built three cyber-physical testbeds, which are replicas of real-life CPS. These testbeds are: Secure Water Treatment (SWaT), Water Distribution (WaDi) and Electric Power Intelligent Control (EPIC). In addition iTrust established an IoT Lab. In this presentation I will give an overview of the research that is conducted at iTrust. Next I will discuss in detail a recent study on the optimal placement of water quality sensors in water distribution networks. Strategies for optimal sensor placement were already known in case of perfect water quality sensors, i.e. sensors that always detect a contamination. We will show that the optimal placement changes if it is assumed that the water quality sensors are imperfect. The imperfection of water quality sensors was shown through experiments conducted at the WaDi testbed.
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