Dr. Vincent Chan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bio : Vincent W. S. Chan, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor of EECS, MIT, received his BS(71), MS(71), EE(72), and Ph.D.(74) degrees in EE all from MIT. From 1974 to 1977, he was an assistant professor, EE, at Cornell University. He joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1977 and had been Division Head of the Communications and Information Technology Division until becoming the Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (1999–2007). He is currently a member of the Claude E. Shannon Communication and Network Group at the Research Laboratory of Electronics of MIT.

In July 1983, he initiated the Laser Intersatellite Transmission Experiment Program and in 1997, the follow-on GeoLITE Program. In 1989, he formed the All-Optical-Network Consortium among MIT, AT&T and DEC.  He also formed and served as PI the Next Generation Internet Consortium, ONRAMP among AT&T, Cabletron, MIT, Nortel and JDS, and a Satellite Networking Research Consortium formed between MIT, Motorola, Teledesic and Globalstar. He has founded in 2009 and is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of a new IEEE/OSA Journal: Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. He is currently a Member of the Corporation of Draper Laboratory, the Technical Advisory Board of Mercury Computer and on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communication Society. He is also an elected member of Eta-Kappa-Nu, Tau-Beta-Pi and Sigma-Xi, the Fellow of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America.

Throughout his career, Professor Chan has spent his research focus on communication and networks, particularly on free space and fiber optical communication and networks and satellite communications. His work has led the way to a successful laser communication demonstration in space and early deployment of WDM optical networks. His recent research emphasis is on heterogeneous (satcom, wireless and fiber) network architectures with stringent performance demands.

Dr. William Lehr

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bio : Dr. William Lehr is a telecommunications and Internet industry economist and consultant with over twenty-five years of experience. He regularly advises senior industry executives and policymakers in the U.S. and abroad on the market, industry, and policy implications of events relevant to the Internet ecosystem. He is a research scientist in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, currently engaged several multidisciplinary research projects within the Advanced Networking Architecture Group in CSAIL (ANA). Dr. Lehr’s research focuses on the economics and regulatory policy of the Internet infrastructure industries. He teaches courses on the economics, business strategy, and public policy issues facing telecommunications, Internet, and eCommerce companies, and is a frequent speaker at international industry and academic conferences. He is the author of numerous publications on such topics as the measurement of economic impacts of Information technologies, the economics of technical standard setting, the pricing of Internet services, and the implications of commercializing novel Internet and wireless technologies for industry structure and regulatory policy.

In addition to his academic research, Dr. Lehr provides litigation, economic, and business strategy consulting services for firms in the information technology industries in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Lehr has advised information technology companies on strategic marketing, pricing, financial planning, and competitive strategy; and government agencies in the United States and abroad on telecommunications and Internet policy matters. Dr. Lehr has prepared expert witness testimony for both private litigation and for regulatory proceedings before the FCC, before numerous state commissions and for numerous regulatory agencies abroad.

Dr. Lehr holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford (1992), an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School (1985), and MSE (1984), BS (1979) and BA (1979) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chuck Easttom

University of Dallas, USA & Georgetown University, USA

Research Interest: Cryptography, Cyber Warfare, Engineering Processes and Digital Forensics

Bio : Dr. Chuck Easttom is the author of 29 books, including several on computer security, forensics, and cryptography.   He has also authored scientific papers on digital forensics, cyber warfare, cryptography, and applied mathematics. He is an inventor with 20 computer science patents.  He holds a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in cyber security (dissertation topic: a study of lattice-based algorithms for post quantum cryptography) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Technology focused on bioengineering and nanotechnology.  Dissertation topic is “The effects of nonlinear dynamics on nanotechnology and bioengineering” as well as three master’s degrees (one in applied computer science and one in systems engineering).  He also has 55 industry certifications (CISSP, CEH, etc.) He has been active in the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee in the 2675 DevOps group and the P2731 Brain Computer Interface standards group, as well as a reviewer for IEEE Open Access.  He is a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM  and senior member of the ACM as well as a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE and an IEEE Senior Member. Dr. Easttom is an adjunct lecturer for Georgetown University teaching graduate cyber security courses in their Master of Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence program and an adjunct professor for the University of Dallas teaching digital forensics.

Dr. Phillip Bradford

University of-Connecticut-Stamford, USA

Research Interest: Algorithms, Computer security, IoT, Blockchain, Artificial intelligence

Bio : Dr. Bradford is a computer scientist with extensive experience in academia and industry. He has great reverence for quality research. He believes engineering and applied science is the main way to grow the economy by improving our living standards. Phil was a post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, he earned his PhD at Indiana University, an MS form the University of Kansas, and a BA from Rutgers University. He was on the faculty at Rutgers Business School and the University of Alabama School of Engineering. He has worked for General Electric, BlackRock, Reuters Analytics, founded a firm and both occasionally consults and works with a number of early stage firms. Currently, Phil is the director of the computer science program at the University of Connecticut, Stamford.

Dr. Ronald F. DeMara

University of Central Florida

Bio : Ronald F. DeMara is Pegasus Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, joint faculty of Computer Science, and the Digital Learning Faculty Fellow at the University of Central Florida, where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1993. His interests are in computer architecture, post-CMOS devices, and reconfigurable fabrics. He has applied these to autonomous, embedded, and intelligent/neuromorphic systems, on which he has completed approximately 300 articles, 50 funded projects as PI or Co-PI, and 50 graduates as Ph.D. dissertation and/or M.S. thesis advisor. He was previously an Associate Engineer at IBM and a Visiting Research Scientist at NASA Ames, in total for four years, and is a registered Professional Engineer since 1992. He has served ten terms as a Topical Editor or Associate Editor including IEEE Transactions on Computers, Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Transactions on VLSI, IEEE Spectrum, and Technical Program Committees of various IEEE conferences. He has been Keynote Speaker of IEEE RAW and IEEE ReConFig conferences, and Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers 2017 Special Section on Innovation in Reconfigurable Fabrics and 2019 Special Section on Non-Volatile Memories. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and an IEEE Spectrum Editorial Advisory Board Member. He received the Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award from IEEE in 2008.

Dr. Scott C. Smith

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Bio :  Dr. Scott C. Smith received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Missouri – Columbia, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in 2001. He started as an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri – Rolla (now called Missouri University of Science & Technology), where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, before moving to University of Arkansas (UA) as a tenured Associate Professor. After 6 years at UA, Dr. Smith moved to North Dakota State University as a Full Professor to become ECE Department Chair; and he is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Dr. Smith has received more than $4.8 million in research funding from various government agencies and private industry, and has co-founded 3 technology based startup companies. He has authored over 100 refereed journal and conference publications, plus 8 U.S. patents, 1 co-authored and another co-edited book, and 4 book chapters. Dr. Smith graduated 12 Ph.D. and 14 MS students, and supervised over 100 undergraduate research students. His research interests include Asynchronous Logic, NULL Convention Logic (NCL), Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems, Digital Logic, FPGAs, CAD Tools for Digital Design, Computer Arithmetic, VHDL, VLSI, Engineering Education, Secure/Trustable Hardware, Wireless Sensor Networks, Robotics, and Cyber Physical Systems. Dr. Smith is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Member of the National Academy of Inventors, Sigma Xi, IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and ASEE.

Dr. Gideon Samid

CTO, BitMint
Case Western Reserve University

Bio : Born in Jerusalem, growing up together with his young country, Israel, Gideon was inspired by the immensity of a 2000 years dream becoming a reality, and by a desert made to bloom and shine, while facing hostilities from every direction. And ever since, he was thinking horizons, possibilities, projections, understanding. His high school motif was: “Be Humble”. It exercised military style uniform and discipline. Gideon served as an infantry intelligence officer, and studied engineering at the Technion — Israel institute of Technology. He worked for the government, and in the oil and energy industry. After the trauma of the Yom Kippur war Gideon ventured abroad. He was selected to represent Israel on a NASA project, which evolved into a long standing engineering and innovation career threaded through Exxon, SAC, Presearch, The Pentagon, and D&G Science — Innovation Productivity Corporation. Gideon has found his niche: developing the general theory of innovation: mathematical and logical tools to appraise, measure, and minimize the effort required to achieve an innovative goal. Gideon returned to the Technion to complete his PhD dissertation, and perfect these tools, and then he applied them on a variety of applications ranging from innovative industrial contraptions, through a powerful inference engine (BiPSA), cryptographic data representation, and lately: design and development of digitized money through advanced chemistry and cryptography (patents awarded).

Gideon Samid is a natural born teacher. He enjoys his face to face students at the University of Maryland, his online teaching with the American Chemical Society, his work in the department of computer science at Case Western Reserve University, and his innovative hybrid teaching developed for Class Express, LLC.

Gideon work on appraising innovative efforts through quantifying the measure of ‘relevant unknown’ dove-tails with his parallel philosophical pursuit of the notion of Unbound Ignorance — the idea that most of what we need to know, we don’t, and most of what we need to forget we won’t.
What we miss is not a plank in an otherwise well established platform, but it is a platform we had not yet extended our imagination to comprehend. This realization led to a behavioral and life-decisions guide: the idea of try again, since you are not ‘there’ yet. Gideon employs all his writing and artistic talent to express this very point. When asked to summarize Gideon says: Act Rationally, Live Poetically.

Books: in “Computer Organized Cost Engineering” Gideon presents the methods to appraise missing knowledge via the credibility of the estimate of cost to complete, and time to finish. In “The Innovation Turing Machine” one finds the essentials of the general theory of innovation. In “The Unending Cyber War” Gideon unveils a cyber security approach based on appraising the missing knowledge from the point of view of the attacker, and how to keep this knowledge gap as large as possible — reducing these principles to a fabric of practical procedures and protocols. In “Fair Moon” the reader will find some forty-six story lessons describing the effort to acknowledge life uncertainties. In “Unbound Ignorance” — the grand admission of our ignorance of life and reality is laid out. And in his latest book “Tethered Money” Gideon presents the grand vision for the future of money — digitized and tethered to its intended purpose, resisting waste, fraud and abuse. What a vision! It keeps Gideon busy as Chief Technology Officer for BitMint — the company that developed this bit-wise money technology.

Dr. Ali Kanso

Senior Cloud Software Engineer, IBM

Bio : Ali Kanso is a senior software engineer in cloud technologies at IBM T.J. Watson research center, NY. He has developed HA (high availability) solutions for cloud-hosted applications. His main area of expertise is distributed systems including cloud management systems (such as OpenStack), and container management frameworks (such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm), as well as virtual synchrony algorithms and their implementations. His research focuses on developing HA solutions to monitor, isolate, repair and analyze the systems’ behavior under faulty and disastrous conditions. Prior to IBM, he was a senior researcher at Ericsson, where he also served at the young advisory board committee advising on Ericsson research strategy. Ali Kanso also an adjunct research professor at the University of Western Ontario (WesternU).