Lazaros Nalpantidis

Lazaros Nalpantidis is an Associate Professor of Robotics & Autonomous Systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Before, he was an Associate Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark, where he also served as Head of Section for Sustainable Production within the Department for Materials and Production. He holds a B.Sc. (2003) in Physics and a M.Sc. (2005) (with Honors) in Electronic Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received a Ph.D. (2010) in Robotic Vision from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. He has been a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Autonomous Systems (CAS), Computer Vision & Active Perception Lab. (CVAP) of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. Lazaros organized and chaired the 10th International Conference on Computer Vision Systems (ICVS 2015) in Copenhagen, co-organized various workshops on Cognitive Robotics, and has served as editor and guest editor in various journals on robotics and robot vision. He has been involved in numerous research projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, as well as Greek, Swedish and Danish states.

Michalis E. Zervakis

Michalis E. Zervakis holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, Department of Electrical Engineering. He is a Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Vice Rector at the Technical University of Crete. His research interests include modern aspects of signal and image processing, data mining and pattern recognition, imaging systems and integrated automation systems. Research applications include bioinformatics, biosignal analysis and medical Imaging, biomarker selection from mass genomic data, time-frequency biosignal and EEG characterization, modeling of disease state and progression, as well as cancer research on diagnosis & prognosis. He is coauthor in more than 280 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He has participated in several national and European research projects and has participated in the scientific committees of several IEEE conferences.

Antonios Gasteratos

Prof. Antonios Gasteratos (FIET) is a Full Professor of Robotics, Mechatronics and Computer Vision at Democritus University of Thrace, Deputy Head of the Department of Production and Management Engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Robotics and Automation. He holds a MEng. and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace (1994 and 1999, respectively). During the past 15 years he has been principal investigator to several projects funded mostly by the European Commission, the European Space Agency, the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology, Industry and other sources, which were mostly related to robotics and vision. He has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and international conferences and written 3 textbooks in Greek. He is Subject Editor-in-Chief in Electronics Letters and Assoc. Editor at the International Journal of Optomechatronics. He is also evaluator of projects supported by the European Commission and other funding agencies, as well as reviewer in many international journals in the field of Computer Vision and Robotics. Antonios Gasteratos has been a member of programme committees of international conferences and chairman and co-chairman of international conferences and workshops.

Andrea Randazzo

Andrea Randazzo received the laurea degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy, in 2001 and the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies from the same university in 2006. Currently, he is Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the Department of Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunication Engineering, and Naval Architecture of the University of Genoa. His primary research interests are in the field of microwave imaging, inverse scattering techniques, numerical methods for electromagnetic scattering and propagation, electrical tomography, and smart antennas. He has coauthored the book Microwave Imaging Methods and Applications (Artech House, 2018) and more than 270 papers published in journals and conference proceedings.

Matteo Pastorino

Matteo Pastorino is a Full Professor of electromagnetic fields with the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, where he is the Director of the Department of Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications Engineering and Naval Architecture (DITEN). His research interests include microwave and millimeter wave imaging, direct and inverse scattering problems, industrial and medical applications, smart antennas, and analytical and numerical methods in electromagnetism. He has coauthored about 500 articles in international journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Pastorino is the Chair of the National URSI Commission B (Fields and Waves) the Vice Director of the Interuniversity Center for the Interaction between Electromagnetic Fields and Biosystems. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine and the IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation.

Georgios Kollias

Dr. Georgios Kollias is a Research Staff Member (RSM) working on High Performance Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence research and applications at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA. He obtained the BSc in Physics in 2000 and the MSc in Computational Science in 2002 from the University of Athens, Greece, and the PhD in Computer Science from the University of Patras, Greece, in 2009. He then moved to Purdue University, USA and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Computer Science Department and the Center for Science of Information till April 2013. Next, he joined IBM Research, USA also holding a research position at IBM Zurich Research Lab, Switzerland (August 2014 – April 2015). His research interests span the areas of graph mining and analytics, parallel, distributed and high performance computing, numerical linear algebra and matrix computations, big data analytics, problem solving environments, quantum computations, nonlinear dynamical systems and machine learning applications. Dr. Georgios Kollias is an IEEE member and has served as a PC member in ICPP-2014 and as a reviewer for journals including ACM TKDD, IEEE TPDS, ParCo, IEEE TCBB, IEEE TSP, JPDC, ALGO and conferences including STACS14, SC12.

George Giakos

G.K. Giakos is Professor and Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Manhattan College, NY. His research is articulated in technology innovation, through the integration of physics, engineering and augmented intelligence. He is the founding director of the Laboratory for Quantum Cognitive Systems and Bioinspired Engineering. He has more than 20 US and foreign patents, 350 peer-review papers. He got extensive training in the design of innovative bioinspired electrooptical imaging sensor systems; by serving as contractor at NASA, US Airforce Laboratories (AFRL), and Office of Naval Research. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Award to India, granted by the U.S. Department of State, 2019-2020. He has been recognized for “his leadership efforts in advancing the professional goals of IEEE” by receiving the 2014 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award” in “recognition of his efforts in strengthening links between industry, government and academia”. He has been elected Fellow of the IEEE and he is the recipient of the ONR Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, summer 2004. His team was first to pioneer label-free near infrared (NIR ) polarimetric imaging techniques for efficient lung cancer detection; introduced the polarimetric dynamic vision p(DVS) detection principles for cognitive imaging; pioneered the characterization of CZT semiconductors for flat panel radiography. His Doctoral Dissertation was on the “Detection of Longitudinal EM Waves in Open Media”. He promoted collaborations with US Air Force, Office of Naval Research, DOD, NASA, National Academy of Sciences, Lockheed Martin, Philips, Cleveland Clinic, Varian Medical Systems He serves as:

• Founding Chairman IEEE TC19 Imaging Systems
• Founding Chairman IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques
• Founding Director IEEE International School on Imaging
• Founding Director IEEE Industry-Academia Forum
• CoChair IEEE TC16 Materials & Measurements

He supervised and contributed to the knowledge of several graduate students, with a vast majority of them, being successful and well-respected leaders in industry and academia.

Shervin Shirmohammadi

Shervin Shirmohammadi (M ’04, SM ’04, F ’17) received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2000 from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he is currently a Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is the Director of the DISCOVER Lab, doing research in measurement methods and Applied AI for multimedia and networking systems. The results of his research, funded by more than $26 million from public and private sectors, have led to 400 publications, 3 Best Paper awards, over 70 researchers trained at the postdoctoral, PhD, and Master’s levels, 30 patents and technology transfers to the private sector, and a number of awards. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, and was also the Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine in 2014 and 2015, and is currently on its editorial board.

He has been an IEEE IMS AdCom member since 2014, and served as the Vice President of its Membership Development Committee from 2014 to 2017, and a member of the IEEE I2MTC Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016.

Dr. Shirmohammadi is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to multimedia systems and network measurements, winner of the 2019 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research, a Senior Member of the ACM, a University of Ottawa Gold Medalist, and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Osama M. Musa

Dr. Osama M. Musa is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Ashland.  He leads Ashland’s Global Research and Development focusing on consumer and industrial markets including pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, nutrition, beverage, personal and home care, agricultural, coatings, adhesives, construction, energy and advanced materials applications.  He has overall responsibility for Central R&D including Applied Research, Measurement Science, Process Technology as well as the R&D Stage-Gate development process.

Dr. Musa is a strategic senior executive with broad experience in the specialty chemicals business sector.  He utilizes a wide-ranging network, cooperating with partners both in industry and in academia.  He joined Ashland in 2011 following the company’s acquisition of International Specialty Products (ISP) Incorporated.  Previously, he held technical and leadership positions with the National Starch and Chemical Company/ICI.

As a passionate executive leader, Dr. Musa is committed to addressing customer needs through the application of innovative chemistry.  He holds more than 100 issued U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications.  In addition, he edited two books the “Handbook of Maleic Anhydride Based Materials: Syntheses, Properties and Applications” as well as “Handbook of Pyrrolidone and Caprolactam Based Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Industrial Applications”.

From Ashland’s Open Innovation platform, he cultivates student scholarship through numerous collaborations with universities, providing encouragement and motivational mentoring to the next generation of young, promising scientists.  He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors at Manhattan College’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as a member of the Board of Trustees at Chemists’ Club of NYC.

Dr. Musa earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Wayne State University, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship.  In addition, he received an M.S. in macromolecular chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy, an M.S. degree in heterocyclic organic chemistry from the University of Jordan, and a B.S. in chemistry from Yarmouk University.

Aaron Fenster

Professor and Chair of the Division of Imaging Sciences of the Department of Medical Imaging at The Western University. Founder and past Director of the Imaging Research Laboratories (IRL) at the Robarts Research Institute

Fenster is a Scientist at the Robarts Research Institute, founding and founder and past Director of the Imaging Research Laboratories (IRL) at the Robarts Research Institute. He is a Professor and Chair of the Division of Imaging Sciences of the Department of Medical Imaging at The Western University. In addition, he is the founder and past Director of the interdisciplinary graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering and past Director for the Biomedical Imaging Research Centre at The Western University. This Centre integrates the strengths in imaging research across London’s Institutions, which combined, makes the London medical imaging research community one of the largest in North America with over 350 staff and students and $100M in research equipment. In 2007 he became the Director of the Imaging Program at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). In 2010 he became the Founder, Acting CEO and Centre Director of the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC) – a federally funded Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research. Currently, he is its CEO.

Fenster’s laboratory has been pioneering the development of 3D ultrasound imaging and image-guided interventional systems in radiology, oncology, urology, neonatology and vascular imaging with some successfully translated into clinical use and to companies (13 licenses to companies). Most recently, his lab has developed 3DUS image-guided interventional systems for prostate biopsy and brachytherapy, breast brachytherapy and MR-guided focal laser thermal prostate ablation in the bore of the MR magnet, and 3DUS focal liver tumor ablation system. Successfully translated applications include: 3D transrectal US/MR prostate biopsy, cryosurgery, brachytherapy and breast biopsy; MR-guided focal prostate laser ablation; 3DUS applications for carotid imaging for sensitive monitoring of carotid atherosclerosis and quantification of disease burden; and 3DUS imaging of preterm infants’ brains to assess post hemorrhagic ventricle dilation.

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