Keynote speaker for IEMTRONICS 2021

Prof. Mark Arthur Reed

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, USA

Bio: Mark Arthur Reed is an American physicist and professor at Yale University. He coined the term quantum dots, for demonstrating the first zero-dimensional electronic device that had fully quantized energy states. Reed does research in electronic transport in nanoscale and mesoscopic systems, artificially structured materials and devices, molecular electronics, biosensors and bioelectronic systems, and nanofluidics. He is the author of more than 200 publications, has given over 75 plenary and over 400 invited talks, and holds 33 U.S. and foreign patents on quantum effect, heterojunction, and molecular devices. He was the Editor in Chief of the journal Nanotechnology (2009-2019), is the present Editor in Chief of the journal Nano Futures, and holds numerous other editorial and advisory board positions.

Reed received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1983. He worked at Texas Instruments from 1983 to 1990, where he demonstrated the first quantum dot device. He has been at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1990, where he holds the Harold Hodgkinson Chair of Engineering and Applied Science. Notable work there includes the first conductance measurement of a single molecule, the first single molecule transistor and the development of CMOS nanowire biosensors.
Reed has been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the World. His awards include; Fortune Magazine “Most Promising Young Scientist” (1990), the Kilby Young Innovator Award (1994), the Fujitsu ISCS Quantum Device Award (2001), the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science (2002), Fellow of the American Physical Society (2003), the IEEE Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology (2007), Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2009), and a Finalist for the World Technology Award (2010).

Prof. Nicholas Bambos

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Management Science, Stanford University, USA

Bio : Nick Bambos is a Professor at Stanford University, having a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Management Science & Engineering. He heads the Network Architecture and Performance Engineering research group at Stanford, conducting research in wireless network architectures, the Internet infrastructure, packet switching, network management and information service engineering, engaged in various projects of his Network Architecture Laboratory (NetLab). His current technology research interests include high-performance networking, autonomic computing, and service engineering. His methodological interests are in network control, online task scheduling, queueing systems and stochastic processing networks.

He has graduated over 20 Ph.D. students, who are now at leadership positions in academia (Stanford, CalTech, Michigan, GaTech, NYU, UBC, etc.) and the information technology industry (Cisco, Broadcom, IBM Labs, Qualcomm, Nokia, MITRE, Sun Labs, ST Micro, Intel, Samsung, TI, etc.) or have become successful entrepreneurs. From 1999 to 2005 he served as the director of the Stanford Networking Research Center, a major partnership/consortium between Stanford and information technology industries, involving tens of corporate members, faculty and doctoral students. He is now heading a new research initiative at Stanford on Networked Information Service Engineering.

He is on the Editorial Boards of several research journals and serves on various international technical committees and review panels for networking research and information technologies. He has been serving on the boards of various start-up companies in the Silicon Valley, consults on high technology development and management matters, and has served as lead expert witness in high-profile patent litigation cases in networking and computing.

Prof. Sanjay Lall

Professor,  Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Bio: Sanjay Lall is Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Information Systems Laboratory and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He received a B.A. degree in Mathematics with first-class honors in 1990 and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in 1995, both from the University of Cambridge, England. His research group focuses on algorithms for control, optimization, and machine learning. From 2018 to 2019 he was Director in the Autonomous Systems Group at Apple. Before joining Stanford he was a Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Department of Control and Dynamical Systems, and prior to that he was a NATO Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. He was also a visiting scholar at Lund Institute of Technology in the Department of Automatic Control. He has significant industrial experience applying advanced algorithms to problems including satellite systems, advanced audio systems, Formula 1 racing, the America’s cup, cloud services monitoring, and integrated circuit diagnostic systems, in addition to several startup companies. Professor Lall has served as Associate Editor for the journal Automatica, on the steering and program committees of several international conferences, and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is the author of over 130 peer-refereed publications.

Prof. Krishna Saraswat

Rickey/Nielsen Chair Professor, Stanford University, USA

Bio : Saraswat is working on a variety of problems related to new and innovative materials, structures, and process technology of silicon, germanium and III-V devices and interconnects for VLSI and nanoelectronics. Areas of his current interest are: new device structures to continue scaling MOS transistors, DRAMs and flash memories to nanometer regime, 3-dimentional ICs with multiple layers of heterogeneous devices, metal and optical interconnections and high efficiency and low cost solar cells.

Prof. Fakhri Karray

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada

Bio: Prof. Fakhri Karray is the Loblaws Research Chair Professor in Artificial Intelligence in the department of electrical and computer engineering and is the founding co-director of the Waterloo AI Institute. He is the co-author of a textbook on applied artificial intelligence: Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems Design, Addison Wesley Publishing, 2004. He has authored extensively in his field of research (whether applied or theoretical), and has been issued 20 patents (US registered). He is the Associate Editor (AE) of the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning, and served as AE for the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. He also serves on the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal of Information Fusion, International Journal of Robotics and Automation, the Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems, and the Journal of Advances in Artificial Intelligence. Recent work of Fakhri and his research team’s work on deep learning-based driver behaviour recognition and prediction has been featured on The Washington Post, Wired Magazine, Globe and Mail, CBC radio and Canada’s Discovery Channel. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the President of the Association for Image and Machine Intelligence. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE and is a Fellow of the Kavli Frontiers of Science (a major research and symposium program of the US National Academy of Sciences)

Recent areas of research include:

Operational artificial intelligence and machine learning
Predictive analytics with application to virtual care
Multi-sensor data fusion
Cognitive robotics and autonomous machines
Smart mobility and big data analytics
Concept extraction and natural speech understanding

Prof. Raafat R. Mansour

Professor, Canada Research Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, Canada

Bio: Dr. Mansour is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo and holds Tier 1 – Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Micro-Nano Integrated RF Systems. He held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) for two terms (2001-2005) and (2006-2010). Prior to joining the University of Waterloo in January 2000, Dr. Mansour was with COM DEV Cambridge, Ontario, over the period 1986-1999, where he held various technical and management positions in COM DEV’s Corporate R&D Department. Professor Mansour holds 37 US and Canadian patents and more than 380 refereed publications to his credit. He is a co-author of a 23-chapter Book published by Wiley and has contributed 6 chapters to four other books.
Since joining the University of Waterloo in 2000, Professor Mansour has graduated 37 Ph.D, 32 M.Sc students and trained 14 Postdoctoral Fellows. His students hold key positions in academia and industry, including 5 holding faculty positions. Professor Mansour founded the Centre for Integrated RF Engineering (CIRFE) at the University of Waterloo It houses a clean room and a state-of-the-art RF test and characterization laboratory. Professor Mansour has acted as a catalyst for ideas inspiring the next generation of Waterloo entrepreneurs to bring their work to market. Out of research carried out in his research Lab at the University of Waterloo, Professor Mansour and his graduate students co-founded two companies: AdHawk Microsystem and Integrated Circuit Scanning Probe Instruments (ICSPI-Corp)
Professor Mansour is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). He was the recipient of the 2014 Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Engineering Medal for Research and Development and the 2019 IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal Award.

Prof. David Campbell

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, USA

Bio: Professor David K. Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry from Harvard College in 1966, Part III Mathematics Tripos, with distinction, from Cambridge University in 1967, and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics and applied mathematics from Cambridge in 1970. He has pioneered the systematic study of inherently nonlinear phenomena throughout physics. The central theme of his work is the role of nonlinear excitations—solitons—in novel states of matter. His contributions span many distinct subfields of physics from high-energy field theory to condensed matter. Professor Campbell is a leader in the emerging field of nonlinear science. His influential overview articles and his direction of the flagship journal Chaos, of which he was the founding editor, have established key interdisciplinary organizing principles—the paradigms of solitons, chaos, and patterns—and have played a seminal role in defining the research agenda in nonlinear science.

Steven J. Davis

Founder, Golem Labs, USA

Bio : Steve Davis received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the City College of New York, and a master’s degree of Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in 1968, specializing in information theory and signal processing. His started his career doing research and development of highly compressed speech communication systems used in aircraft and later in deep space voice communications. He then was recruited by General DataComm Industries in 1978 to convert the original Bell modems and line interface devices, from mechanical logic devices to miniaturized solid state modems. This was achieved using custom integrated circuits with analog and digital elements on the same substrate.

Steve then in 1983, moved on to Warner Communications to be the chief technologist in implementing the first two-way interactive cable network for Warner Cable. After the completion of the system, Steve headed west to be director of the Atari Advanced Research Lab , located on the Burbank Studio lot. Here the first LAN network was developed for home computers using the Atari 800 device. An interactive video disk system was presented in Paris showing how the combination of video and a consumer computer could be used to create unique experiences. This work was part of the many projects Mr. Alan Kay directed.
Steven then started his own venture, Golem Labs . At Golem Labs a wireless games and data systems were developed using FM Sub Carrier technology. Steve has since moved on to bring several conceptual systems to reality. Navigation devices used in tunnels, hand held IED jamming, focused energy beams , wireless watering controllers, miniature ferrite antenna systems, planar antennas, and stealth communication under a DARPA contract. Presently Steve is consulting on secure cloud computing systems, and on secure handheld financial devices that are Quantum proof.
He holds 14 patents.

Dr. Bonita Bhaskaran

Principal Engineer, NVIDIA, USA

Bio : With 13+ years of VLSI Design industry experience, Dr. Bonita Bhaskaran have worked cross-functionally on a few high-visibility projects @NVIDIA. A strong believer of “Where there is a will, there is way”, she has not let impediments stop her in solving tough engineering problems. During her career span, a diverse background in Asynchronous Design, Design for Test, Signal Integrity, Power Integrity and Low Power VLSI has honed her skills as a Domain Expert in Low Power DFT.


Specialties – DFT, ATPG Tools, Verification, Silicon Power Measurements, Die-Pkg Co-Simulation, On-Chip Power Integrity

Prof. Sean Follmer

Department of  Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University, USA

Bio : Sean Follmer is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University. His Research in Human Computer Interaction, Haptics, and Human Robot Interaction explores the design of novel tactile physical interfaces and novel robotic devices. Dr. Follmer directs the Stanford Shape Lab and is a faculty member of the Stanford HCI Group. He is a core faculty member of the Design Impact masters program focusing on innovation and human centered design at Stanford.

Dr. Follmer received a PhD and a Masters from the MIT Media Lab in 2015 and 2011 (respectively) for his work in human-computer interaction, and a BS in Engineering with a focus on Product Design from Stanford University. His talk featured on was named one of the best science and tech TED talks of 2015 and has been viewed more than 1.4 million times. He has received numerous awards for his research and design work such as Best Paper Awards and nominations from premier conferences in human-computer interaction (ACM UIST and CHI conferences), Fast Company Innovation By Design Award, Red Dot Design Award, and a Laval Virtual Award. His work has been shown at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Ars Electronica Center, and the Milan Design Week. Dr. Follmer also leads workshops and executive education around design thinking and innovation.

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