PLENARY SPEAKERS

Prof. Andrew Cleland
The University of Chicago, USA

Cleland is a John A. MacLean Sr. Professor for Molecular Engineering Innovation and Enterprise at The University of Chicago. Cleland received his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics in 1983, and his PhD in physics in 1991, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He then conducted research at the Centre d’Etudes-Orme des Merisiers in Saclay, France, the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Santa Barbabra where he was Professor of Physics and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute, before joining The University of Chicago. Cleland is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.

Cleland specializes in quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum sensors, all of which depend upon harnessing the peculiar properties of quantum mechanics—the physics that dominates the atomic world and has recently been shown to apply to macroscopic mechanical objects as well as electrical circuits.

Cleland led the team that built the first quantum machine — a human-made gadget with motion that can only be described with the laws of quantum mechanics. The feat that earned Cleland's team “Breakthrough of the Year 2010” honors from Science magazine. The same work was named a top ten discovery of 2010 by Physics World, which also listed a related project of Cleland’s as a top ten discovery of 2011.

Cleland has been developing a quantum computer based on superconducting quantum circuits. Such a computer would be able to process many complete sets of input data at the same time, far exceeding the parallel processing capabilities of the classic computers now in use.

His quantum communication efforts are aimed at using quantum mechanical principles to build a device enabling quantum-secure communication with light. Such a system would be unbreakable, even by a quantum computer. A quantum memory system for secure long-term data storage is a likely spinoff of Cleland’s quantum communications work.

Cleland’s third area of research—quantum sensing—provides a means to detect and quantify very weak forces and fields. These include magnetic signals from the core of a single atomic nucleus, which forms the basis of magnetic resonance imaging.

Among Cleland’s collaborators in quantum communication and quantum sensing is David Awschalom, formerly of UCSB and the institute’s newly arrived Liew Family Professor in Spintronics and Quantum Information.



Prof. Hwa-yaw TAM
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Prof. Tam is the Head of Department, Chair Professor of Photonics at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Photonic Research Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hwa-yaw TAM holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester (UK). From 1989 to 1993 he was with Hirst Research Center, GEC-Marconi Ltd. (London), working on optical components and systems, and erbium optical fiber amplifiers. He conducted pioneering works in optical fibre amplifiers, and in 1992 built two of the first batch of optical amplifiers for Italian PTT. Prof. Tam established several world-class research facilities at PolyU, including two fibre-drawing towers for fabrication of photonics crystal fibres and polymer optical fibres, an ultra high-speed communication laboratory, and laser platforms for the fabrication of advanced fibre gratings. His current research interests include fabrication of special optical silica fibres and polymer fibres, optical fibre communications, and fibre sensor systems based on fibre Bragg gratings and photonic crystal fibres. Prof. Tam published more than 500 technical papers and awarded/applied about 20 patents, has extensive international research collaborations with many universities around the world and is a keynote/invited speaker at more than 40 international conferences. Prof. Tam has strong R&D collaboration with industry and his team installed many FBG sensing systems, including an FBG-based SHM system for the 610-m Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China and several condition-monitoring systems for railways in Hong Kong, China mainland, Taiwan, and India. Currently, Prof. Tam’s R&D team is building the world’s first city-wide fibre-optic sensing network for condition-based monitoring of metro systems in Hong Kong. Prof. Tam won numerous international awards for his inventions, and is the Third Prize Winner of the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2014. Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis is a biennial event and it is one of the highest remunerated international innovation prizes for laser technology



Dist. Research Prof. Shizuo Tokito
Yamagata University, Japan

Distinguished Research Professor Shizuo Tokito is the Director of Research Center for Organic Electronics, Yamagata University. His previous educationa and profesional experience include: 2011: Vice Director of Research Center for Organic Electronics, Yamagata University; 2009: Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Research Director; 2003: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science of Engineering, Adjunct professor (joint responsibility); 2001: Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Senior Researcher; 1990: Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc., Researcher; 1988: University of California, Santa Barbara, Postdoctoral Fellow; 1987: Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University, Research Associate; 1987: D. Eng. Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University; 1984: M. A. Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Kyushu University and 1982: B. A. Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Professor Shizuo Tokito's research intersts include:
1. Organic semiconductors
2. Metallic nanoparticle inks
3. Organic thin film transistors and integrated circuits
4. Printed and flexible organic electronics
5. Flexible organic lighting diode display
6. Biosensors, etc.

Professor Shizuo Tokito received numerouse awards including:
2005: Fujio Frontier Awards, The Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers
2008: Best Paper Award, International Display Workshops ‘08
2009: Best Paper Award, The Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers
2010: Fujio Frontier Awards, The Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers
2015: The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
2015: Yamagata Prefecture Science and Technology Award

Professor Shizuo Tokito has published more than 200 scientific papers and articles in the fields of sensing, organic, flexible and printed electronics. He also holds 43 patents.



Dr. Alex Zelinsky
Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence, Australia

Alex Zelinsky is Chief Defence Scientist and Head of the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group (then DSTO) since March 2012. Before joining DST he was Group Executive for Information Sciences at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Director of CSIRO’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Centre. Dr Zelinsky was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a high-technology company developing computer vision systems. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a start-up from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where Dr Zelinsky was Professor of Systems Engineering. Dr Zelinsky researched in robotics and computer vision at the AIST Electrotechnical Laboratory in Japan and has taught and conducted research in computer science at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He started his career as a Systems Engineer with BHP Steel International.

Dr Zelinsky has extensively advised Federal and State governments in Australia, including as a member of the Australian Government's Defence Industry Innovation Board. He has served on the advisory panels to the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre for Vision Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems.

In 2009, Engineers Australia named Dr Zelinsky Professional Engineer of the Year (Sydney Division) and he has been included in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 most influential engineers since that year. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Pearcey Medal, the ICT industry’s premier prize for lifetime achievement.

Dr Zelinsky has been awarded a:
• Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours), University of Wollongong
• Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong
• Graduate Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors
• Completed Advanced Management Program, Harvard University
• Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Wollongong


Dr Zelinsky's contributions to science have been recognised by numerous science and industry awards including: • Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, 1999 and 2001
• Business-Higher Education Round Table Award, 2001
• Australian Information Industries Award (iAward), 2002 and 2006
• Australian Eureka Science Prize, 2002
• US R&D magazine Top 100 Award, 2002
• ATSE Clunies-Ross National Science & Technology Award, 2005
• Professional Engineer of the Year (Sydney Division), 2009
• IEEE Inaba Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production, 2010
• Warren Centre, Innovation Hero Award, 2012
• Pearcey Foundation, Pearcey Medal for lifetime achievement in ICT sector, 2013
• Engineers Australia M A Sargent Medal, 2015


Dr Zelinsky has been elected as a:
• Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
• Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE)
• Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)
• Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)

The World Economic Forum named Dr Zelinsky a Technology Pioneer in 2003, 2004 and 2005.



Dist. Prof. Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh
RMIT University, Australia

Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh is a Distinguished Professor, the Director of the Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors (CADES) at RMIT University, Australia and the node Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET). His research interests include chemical and biochemical sensors, nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science, electronics, gastroenterology, medical devices and microfluidics. Kourosh have so far been the co-author of over 350 peer reviewed and highly cited scientific papers and books.



Prof. Lidia Morawska
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Lidia Morawska is a Professor in the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science & Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, which is a WHO Collaborating Centre on Air Quality and Health and the Director - Australia, Australia – China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter. Professor Morawska is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny. Prior to joining QUT she spent several years in Canada conducting research first at McMaster University in Hamilton as a Fellow of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and later at the University of Toronto. Professor Morawska is an author of over two hundred and twenty journal papers, book chapters and conference papers. She has also been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies and has been acting as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She is a past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.



Prof. Paul Burn
The University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Paul Burn is Head and co-director of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics (COPE) at The University of Queensland. Paul Burn holds a PhD from The University of Sydney. He carried out post-doctoral research at Cambridge University for four years, being the Dow Research Fellow at Christ’s College for three years. In 1992 he took up a Lectureship in Organic Chemistry at Oxford University and a Tutorial Fellowship at University College, Oxford. In March 2007 he joined The University of Queensland as an ARC Federation Fellow where he is also a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow.

Prof Paul Burn is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Honorary Professor (Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China).

The research interests in his team revolve around "high-tech" materials that can be used in applications such as flat panel displays, solar cells, optical switches, plastic electronics, sensors, and fuel cells. Projects in the COPE range from synthetic chemistry, through physical chemistry and materials science, to theory and prototype device manufacturing and testing. The materials research involves the development of new synthetic methods and strategies, and investigations towards understanding the crucial structure-property relationships in them. This enables his team to engineer materials at the molecular level to give optimal performance. Major materials themes are dendrimers, polymers and porphyrins that are comprised of organic and/or inorganic components. In particular the materials his team is interested in are classed as “organic semiconductors” and these have electronic properties similar to traditional semiconductors such as silicon but the processability and flexibility of plastics. In addition, Paul Burn’s team has also started a collaborative program on the development of new vaccine constructs.

Prof. Roberto Sabatini
RMIT University, Australia

Roberto Sabatini is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation with more than 25 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defence Industry and in Academia. He is an expert in Avionics, Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), with specific hands-on competence in Flight Guidance, Navigation and Control, C4ISR, Aviation Human Factors and Ergonomics (human-machine teaming, cognitive engineering and trusted authonomy), and Multi-Sensor Data Fusion for civil and military aerospace applications. During his career, he was responsible for numerous research and flight test programs on airplanes, helicopters and UAS, and he has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications.
Professor Sabatini served several years as a Military Officer (Air Force Lieutenant Colonel), Flight Test Engineer and RDT&E/Acquisition Manager in the Italian Ministry of Defence and in the US Department of Defence. Before joining RMIT University, Professor Sabatini was the Program Manager of Cranfield University’s task-force working to the European Union Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative for Aeronautics and Air Transport (Co-Principal Investigator and Technical Program Manager of the Systems for Green Operations Integrated Technology Demonstrator – Greener Aircraft Trajectories Under ATM Constraints) and led the research team working to the development of ATM and Avionics Systems compliant with the requirements of SESAR and NextGen.





Prof. Benjamin J. Eggleton
University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1996. He then joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Postdoctoral Member of Staff, and in 2000 was promoted to Research Director within the Specialty Fiber Business Division of Bell Laboratories, where he was engaged in forward-looking research supporting Lucent Technologies business in optical fiber devices. He returned to the University of Sydney as the founding Director of CUDOS in 2003. He is the author or coauthor of more than 430 journal publications with over 15,000 citations and over 150 invited presentations. Prof. Eggleton is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, IEEE Photonics, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australian Academy of Science (AAS). He was the recipient of the OSA Adolph Lomb Medal, the ICO Prize and more recently the Walter Boas Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics. He was President of the Australian Optical Society and is currently Editor-in-Chief for APL Photonics.



Prof. David V. Thiel
Griffith University, Australia

David V. Thiel (SM’88) received the degree in physics and applied mathematics from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia, and the master’s and Ph.D. degrees from James Cook University, Townsville, QLD. He is currently the Deputy Head of School (Research) with Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. He is also the Director for the Centre for Wireless Monitoring (CWMA) and Applications at Griffith University.

His research interests include electromagnetic geophysics, sensor development, electronics systems design and manufacture, antenna development for wireless sensor networks, environmental sustainability in electronics manufacturing, sports engineering, and mining engineering. He authored the book Research Methods for Engineers, and co-authored a book on Switched Parasitic Antennas for Cellular Communications. Prof. Thiel has authored six book chapters, over 130 journal papers, and has co-authored more than nine patent applications. Recently, he was a coinventor of the new RoHS and WEEE compliant electronics manufacturing technology called circuits in plastic.

David V. Thiel is currently Chair of the IEEE Wave Propagation Standards Committee, and a member of the IEEE Antennas Standards Committee. He is a Griffith University representative for StEP (Solving the Electronic Waste Problem) (http://www.step-initiative.org/ ) in Task Force 2: ReDesign. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia.



Prof. Jugdutt Singh
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Transport Expert Group

Professor Jugdutt Singh is the Director - Digital Innovation & Translation, Swinburne Research, Swinburne University. Before joining Swinburne University he was the Director of Research at Sense-T, a partnership program between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Tasmanian Government, and the Australian Federal Government. He has been the Director of NICTA Victoria, Australia's National Centre of Excellence in Information & Communications Technology; Director of the Centre for Technology Infusion focusing on strategic and translational research & innovation; General Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems 2014 and many more. He has over 30 years experience in education, research, innovation and consulting having worked at universities, Government and Non Government Organisation, Professional Institutes, etc. globally.

Jack is leading the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Transport Expert Group responsible for developing recommendations for the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems and other technological applications for Rail Transport. He is also a Board/Committee member on number of national and international organisations, Reviewer/Assessor of Government's Research & Innovation Programs/Projects, and many more.

He has been leading and conducting high impact cross-disciplinary research in partnership with governments, industry and other universities; consulting in strategic research and innovation projects; leading multi-million dollar industry/government funded translational research & innovation projects in transport, energy & environment, defence & space science, food and health. He has more than 230 international peer reviewed publications as book chapters, journal articles, patents and conference papers and is a regular invited/keynote speaker at international conferences and industry & technology summits.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Prof. Miklos Gratzl
Case Western Reserve University, USA

Miklos Gratzl is a professor and director of the Laboratory for Biomedical Sensing at the Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, USA. Research in his laboratory encompasses basic biomedical science as well as applied projects. Basic research includes studies on cancer therapeutics aided by developing novel electrochemical microsensors and optical sensing schemes. His laboratory published the first papers on drug transport at single cancer cells and cell monolayers using specially functionalized carbon fiber microelectrodes and confocal microscopy. Temporal ratiometry is a novel computational methodology to elucidate intracellular processes with dynamic microscopy. A mathematical approach to deconvolution based on function “shape” makes it possible to draw quantitative conclusions on drug fluxes at single cancer cells and at monolayers from data measured with microsensors and biomedical optics. Recently 3D tissue models have been added to the single cell and monolayer constructs to study oxygen distribution and depth-resolved hypoxia, acidification, and dynamic drug penetration into tissue using microelectrode arrays, optode beads, and fluorescence microscopy. Professor Gratzl’s lab introduced a novel tissue model, the multicellular tumor hemispheroid that makes such studies feasible in a non-invasive manner and in a context that mimics real in vivo tumor tissue more realistically than the common monolayer model does. Among applied projects Professor Gratzl’s lab invented and developed the “sliver sensor”: a sliver-shaped microsensor array that contains color changing optode spots to monitor glucose, lactate, pH, and potassium status in diabetics non-invasively from outside the skin. A disposable slide with an optical sensor array determines the metabolic status of patients in emergency situations from a single droplet of blood. Several companies have spun from proprietary IP generated in Dr Gratzl’s lab including Apollo Medical, WellSens, and Diametron. He teaches undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case.



Prof. Stuart Bradley
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Stuart is a Professor, and previous Head of Department, of Physics at the University of Auckland. Following a PhD at Auckland he worked for 5 years with CSIRO in Sydney on optical remote sensing of cloud properties before accepting an academic position at Auckland. Stuart held the Chair of Acoustics at the Salford University Acoustics Research Center, Manchester, UK from 2000 to 2004, and has been awarded many prestigious Visiting Professorships, most recently in 2015 the Velux Professorship at the Danish Technical University, Roskilde, Denmark. His research focusses on use of sound to remotely sense the properties of complex structures, such as the turbulent atmosphere (using audible sound), and the internal structure of trees, and the biomass of pasture (using ultrasound). He heads an active Precision Acoustics Laboratory which has leading skills in acoustic beamforming using arrays of many microphones, tomographic and imaging techniques, and recovery of signals immersed in noise.



Prof. Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic is a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, and Director of the Polymer Electronics Research Centre at the University of Auckland, and a principal investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Her research interests are in the fields of advanced polymeric materials for biosensing and bioelectronics, electrically and environmentally responsive polymers and surfaces, actuators, materials for tissue engineering and nanostructured conducting polymers. Her research is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative. She has authored over 220 publications, including 9 book and chapters.



Laureate Professor Rob Evans
University of Melbourne, Australia

Rob Evans was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1947. After completing a BE degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1969, he worked as a radar systems engineering officer with the Royal Australian Airforce.

He completed a PhD in 1975 at the University of Newcastle followed by postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT, and the Control and Management Department at Cambridge University.

In 1977 he took up an academic position at the University of Newcastle, where he served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co- Director of the ARC Centre on Industrial Control Systems. In 1992 he moved to the University of Melbourne, where he has served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Research Leader for the Cooperative Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing, Director of the Centre for Networked Decision Systems, Executive Dean of Engineering, and Director of NICTA Victoria. He is a Melbourne University Laureate Professor and currently Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of the Defence Science Institute.

His research has ranged across many areas including theory and applications in industrial control, radar systems, signal processing and telecommunications. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and Life Fellow of IEEE



Prof. Lorenzo Faraone
University of Western Australia, Australia

Professor Faraone is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FIEEE), Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). He has published more than 250 international journal papers on his research work, and supervised more than 35 PhD student completions. He is currently Head of the Microelectronics Research Group (MRG) at The University of Western Australia (UWA), and Director of the WA Centre for Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Microsystems (WACSOM). Prior to joining UWA in 1987, he worked primarily in the area of silicon CMOS-based microelectronics and non-volatile memory technology with RCA Labs in Princeton, NJ, USA. Since joining UWA he has worked on compound semiconductor materials and devices, including AlGaN/GaN HEMTs, HgCdTe-based infrared sensor technology and MBE growth, as well as optical MEMS technologies for infrared spectroscopy and imaging applications. His research activities also include mobility spectrum techniques for magneto-transport studies, which allow the transport properties and mobility distributions of individual carriers in multi-layer/multi-carrier semiconductor systems to be determined.



Prof. Derek Abbott
University of Adelaide, Australia

Professor Derek Abbott is a physicist and electrical engineer based at the University of Adelaide. He won a 2004 Tall Poppy Award and the 2015 David Dewhurst Medal, Engineers Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (USA), a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. In 1997, he launched Australia's first terahertz program and presently leads the largest terahertz laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere.



Prof. Subhash Challa
SenSen Networks, Australia

Dr. Subhash Challa is the founder, CEO and CTO of SenSen Networks, a Melbourne based company focusing on IoT driven Big Data Analytics solutions for Smart Cities. SenSen solutions are used by world's most respectable & trusted organisations like the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Australia, Land Transport Agency (LTA) Singapore, City of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ipswich City Council, Brisbane and Manly City Council, NSW Australia for making their cities smarter. Prior to taking up the full time role @ SenSen Networks in 2012, He was a Professor and Senior Principal Scientist at National ICT Australia, University of Melbourne. He was the Professor of Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney from 2004-2007. and mentored several Doctoral students to completion in the areas of Bayesian Estimation Theory, Object tracking, Sensor Networks, Computer Vision, License Plate Recognition, Facial Recognition and Data Fusion. He co-authored over 150 papers and the reference text, “Fundamentals of Object tracking”, that unifies disparate advances in estimation theory and object tracking into a recursive Bayesian framework and was published by Cambridge University Press, July 2011. He received Ph.D. from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in 1999. Part of my Ph.D. was accomplished at the Harvard University, Boston, USA. He was a Tan-Chun-Tau Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore during 2002-03. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from JNTU Kukatpalli, India. He was invited to represent Australian innovations in Smart Cities by Seoul Digital Foundation and Austrade in Seoul, South Korea in November 2016. He was a plenary, tutorial and invited speaker at the various international conferences including, 14th Australian Parking Conference (PACE) in Brisbane Sept. 2014, Safe City Conference (Ipswich, 2014), Video Content Analysis conference 2011 (London), IDC 2007 (Adelaide, AUS), Sensors Expo 2006 (Chicago, USA), ISSNIP Conferences in 2005, 2004, Fusion Conferences in 2006, 2005, 2003.



Prof. Carole Jackson
Curtin University, Australia

Professor Jackson is an expert in extragalactic radio astronomy and technology research management, gained from working across industry and the research sector through her twenty-five year career. She is Director (Science) at Curtin University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy, a WA Premier’s Fellow and an Executive Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).

Professor Jackson completed her PhD in radio astronomy at Cambridge University after a first career in finance and engineering. Prior to joining Curtin she was the SKA Dish Array Technologies Leader at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and has recently shared in the ASKAP team’s award of the CSIRO’s Chairman’s Medal.

Professor Jackson has a long association with the International Square Kilometre Array project (SKA), both in directing technology development and strategic science planning. She continues to work closely with the WA and Commonwealth Governments to compose the business case for Australia’s involvement in the SKA. She is a member of the strategic Australia-NZ SKA coordination committee , Chair of the ANZSCC’s Science Advisory Committee, a member of the Academy’s National Committee for Astronomy and has served on a number of panels assessing the value of astronomy technologies flowing between academia and industry.



Prof. John Canning
University of Sydney, Australia

John Canning is a Professor in the Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. He is also a Honorary Professor of Interdisciplinary Photonics Laboratories (iPL). He holds a PhD from University of Sydney, 1996. Among his numerous highlights are: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, 1996; ARC QEII Fellow, Optical Fibre Technology Centre, University of Sydney, 1998; Co-Founder (1999)Redfern Optical Components Pty Ltd, 1999; Co-Founder (1999) andConsultant (2003), Redfern Integrated Optics 1999; Consultant, Australian Photonics Propriety Ltd (APPL), 2001; Consultant Redfern Photonics, 2003; Øtto Mønsted Fond Visiting Professor, Danish Technical University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2004; Principal Research Fellow, Australian Photonics Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Technology Park, 2006; Co-Founder, CTO and CEO – Centaurus Technologies Pty Ltd, 2004-2006; Villum Kann Rasmussen Visiting Professor, interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), Arhus University, Arhus, Denmark 2007; ARC Professorial Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, 2007; Head of interdisciplinary Photonics Laboratories (iPL), 2007; Fellow of SPIE, 2011; ARC Professorial Future Fellow, School of Chemistry, 2012-2015; Conjoint Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW, 2012; CAPES Brazil Science Without Borders, Professor, Federal University of Technology, 2014 Honorary Professor, 2016.



A/Prof. Alan Wong
IND-Technology & RMIT University, Australia

Alan Wong is the Founder and CEO of IND Technology Pty Ltd and A/Professor in the School of Engineering at RMIT University. He leads the IND Technology team to design technology and provide innovative solution for the 21th century electricity networks using the state-of-the-art FPGA and wireless sensor technology. A/Prof. Alan Wong is an active researcher in the area of partial discharge and fault detection on aging infrastructure. He is currently supervising several PhD students in the area of condition monitoring and partial discharge detection on aging infrastructure. He has special interest in the electrical fires on power line and pole-top fire in the overhead distribution network.



Prof. Michael Withford
IND-Technology & RMIT University, Australia

Michael Withford is a CORE Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He leads both the Macquarie University node (web.science.mq.edu.au/groups/cudos/) of Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence: Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) and the OptoFab Node (optofab.org.au) of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. He holds several patents and has published over 130 refereed journal papers and several hundred conference papers. He is an Associate Editor for Optics Express and an OSA Fellow.



Prof. Samuel Adeloju
Monash University, Australia

Professor Adeloju has an international reputation in the areas of biosensing technology, nanotechnology, electroanalytical and environmental chemistry. He has published numerous papers in these areas in journals, books and conference proceedings. He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Analytical and Marine Chemistry at Goteborg University in 1992 and in the Oceanography Laboratories at the University of Liverpool in 1993. Professor Adeloju is also a Guest Professor in Nanomaterials and Sensor Technology (2010-2013) at Hefei University of Technology, China. He was the recipient of the 1997 Royal Australia Chemical Institute's Citation for outstanding contributions to the profession and the Institute; the 2001 Eckart Australia Visiting Professor at the University of Tasmania; the prestigious 2009 Applied Research Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for outstanding contribution to the development of applied chemistry in Australia within 1999 and 2009, particularly in the areas of applied electrochemistry, biosensing technology and nanotechnology; 2010 Award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration; the 2011 R.H. Stokes Medal for distinguished contributions to trace electroanalytical chemistry, applied electrochemistry, and biosensing technology/ nanotechnology, Electrochemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical institute: and the 2013 Doreen Clark Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Analytical Chemistry in Australia, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Division of the Royal Australian Chemical institute.

Specialties: Biosensing Technology, Conducting Polymers, Nanomaterials, Electroanalytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry



INVITED SPEAKERS


Prof. Damien Arrigan
Curtin University, Australia

Damien Arrigan is a Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Nanochemistry Research Institute at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, where he has been based since December 2009. He was an undergraduate student at Dublin City University and worked in the biotechnology industry for two years before undertaking his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at National University of Ireland, Cork, with Prof. G. Svehla. He subsequently held research and academic appointments in Ireland and the United Kingdom. His research interests encompass electroanalytical chemistry and electrochemical sensors, with an emphasis on the use of ion-transfer processes at liquid-liquid interfaces for detection purposes. He also teaches various aspects of analytical chemistry at undergraduate and Honours levels. He serves on the advisory board of Analyst and on the editorial boards of Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Bioelectrochemistry, and is editor of the recently-published volume Electrochemical Strategies in Detection Science (Royal Society of Chemistry Books).



Prof. Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem
University of Adelaide, Australia

Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem received the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Jena, Germany, in 1994. She subsequently held two prestigious fellowships and received the Weyl International Glass Science Award. During 2001-2004 she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK. Since 2005, she has been with the University of Adelaide, Australia. Currently, she is one of the leaders of the Optical Materials & Structures Science Theme and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing. Her research focuses on the development of novel optical glasses, fibres, surface functionalization and sensing approaches.



Prof. David Lancaster
University of South Australia, Australia

David is a Professor of Laser Engineering at the University of South Australia. Prior to this he was an Assoc. Professor at the University of Adelaide for 5 years.
At UniSA he is establishing the 'Laser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratories'. The laboratories will focus on developing short to mid-infrared fibre lasers based on silica and germanate; photonic devices; development of planar waveguide lasers; and advanced photonic manufacturing.

He completed a Ph.D. in experimental laser physics from Macquarie University (1997), and spent 3 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University developing mid-infrared spectroscopic sensors for trace gas sensing. In 2000, he joined the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation as a senior research scientist where he worked on short to mid-infrared lasers, and Electronic Warfare Systems. He has published over 50 journal papers, a book chapter, and more than 50 conference publications.



Prof. Yves De Deene
Macquarie University, Australia

Yves De Deene is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Macquarie University who started his academic career at the Ghent University in Belgium where he worked as a medical physics researcher at the Ghent University Hospital in the field of radiotherapy and medical imaging. He played a pioneering role in the invention of three dimensional radiation dosimeters for high-precision radiotherapy and the development of quantitative MRI, including MRI thermometry. His primary research interest is in safeguarding modern radiotherapy and improving quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the guidance of radiation treatment. He collaborates with several medical centers in Sydney and has honorary affiliations with the University of Sydney and the Ingham Institute at Liverpool Hospital. He is establishing a new specialization in Biomedical Imaging and Sensing at Macquarie University. More info and contact details are available at: http://science.mq.edu.au/~dyves/



Prof. Spas D. Kolev
University of Melbourne, Australia

Spas Kolev joined the School of Chemistry of The University of Melbourne in 2001 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003, Associate Professor and Reader in 2006, and Professor and 2011. Before joining The University of Melbourne, Spas Kolev worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Sofia, Bulgaria (1988 – 1990 and 1992-1996) and as a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry of La Trobe University, Australia (1996 – 2001) and the Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, University of Twente, The Netherlands (1990 – 1992). He holds a PhD (Analytical Chemistry), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), 1988



A/Prof. Wataru Takeuchi
University of Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Wataru Takeuchi is currently an Associate Professor at Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo, Japan. He obtained Bachelor degree in 1999, Master degree in 2001, and PhD degree in 2004 at Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan. He has worked at IIS since 2004 as a Post doctoral fellow. Dr. Wataru Takeuchi was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand from 2007 to 2009. He was also Director of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), Bangkok office, Thailand during the period 2010 – 2012. He has been a regular member of Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing Society of Japan, American Geophysical Union, and American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. His current research interests consist of Remote sensing and GIS, Global land cover and land use change, Global carbon cycling, and Management and policy for terrestrial ecosystems.



A/Prof. Xiaoke Yi
University of Sydney, Australia

Xiaoke Yi is an A/Professor in the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies, University of Sydney. She is also a QEII Fellow of Institute of Photonics and Optical Science, School of Electrical and Information Engineering. Associate Professor Xiaoke Yi’s research into nanophotonics and integrated microwave photonics promises to lead to breakthroughs that will meet our ever-increasing demand for information and communication systems that can process high-frequency and wideband signals at lightning speed. Her vision is to deliver major breakthroughs in signal processing and sensing that will bring about disruptive changes in fields such as communications, defence and healthcare delivery. For instance she is currently working on a non-invasive sensing technique for glucose monitoring in people with diabetes that is highly accurate, fast (real-time), low-cost, pain-free and risk-free. This represents a major breakthrough in the development of non-invasive blood glucose measurement devices that can provide stable and reliable results, conveniently and economically.



A/Professor Olga Troynikov
RMIT University, Australia

Olga Troynikov established and leads Human Ecology and Clothing Science Research Group and the relevant research laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Materials and Performance Textiles at RMIT University and is a leading expert in this field in Australia. Olga’s research covers physical and thermal interface between humans, materials and apparel systems that deliver frontier human performance technologies, and solves real life problems by improving human protection, health and safety, productivity and wellbeing in sport, work wear, medical protective garments, and smart sport and medical applications. Olga leads a team of researchers and works closely with industry partners, not only in Australia but internationally. These include sport brands such as Adidas, 2XU and Zhik, international oil and gas company Chevron, Australian Wool Innovation Limited, Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (WMI CRC), Worksafe Victoria and others.



A/Prof. Mehmet Rasit Yuce
Monash University, Australia

Dr. Mehmet Rasit Yuce is an Associate Professor at Electrical amd Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University. He is also a ARC Future Fellow, Senior Member of IEEE and Topical Editor for IEEE Sensors Journal. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC USA.



Dr. Ting Yuan
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, USA

Dr. Ting Yuan is a Senior Research Scientist at Autonomous Driving department of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, where his fields of endeavor lie in detection, classification, localization and tracking of moving/static objects using information from Radar, camera and Lidar systems, as well as data fusion for the multi-sensor systems. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT in 2013. He is an associated editor at JAIF/ISIF. He is an invited tutorial lecturer on Automotive Radar Systems at 2016 IEEE Radar Conference, Philadelphia, PA. He is a co-author of tutorial “Sensor Fusion for Intelligence Vehicles” at Fusion Conference 2016, Heidelberg, Germany. He wins a best paper award (1st runner-up) at 2016 IEEE International Conference on Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI 2016), Baden-Baden, Germany. His research interests include tracking, data fusion and multiple model analysis.



Dr. Joe Fabrizio
Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia

Joe Fabrizio is the Group Leader – Microwave Radar Systems, National Security & Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division (NSID), Defence Science and Technology Group. Giuseppe A. Fabrizio received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Adelaide University, South Australia, in 1992 and 2000. Since 1993, Dr Fabrizio has been with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Australia. From 2005 to 2015, he led the EW and adaptive signal processing section of the high frequency (HF) radar branch, where he was responsible for the development and practical implementation of innovative and robust adaptive signal processing techniques to enhance the operational performance of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) and other HF over-the-horizon (OTH) radar systems. In 2016, Dr Fabrizio was appointed as Group Leader of Microwave Radar Systems in DST Group’s Surveillance and Reconnaissance Branch, where he presently holds responsibility for all facets of R&D in active and passive phased array systems for land and maritime applications. He is also responsible for providing S&T advice to the Commonwealth of Australia on a number of Defence acquisition projects. Dr Fabrizio is a Fellow of the IEEE and is the principal author of over 60 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications. He is a co-recipient of the prestigious M. Barry Carlton Award for the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AES) on two occasions (2003 and 2004). In 2007, he received the coveted DSTG Science and Engineering Excellence award for contributions to adaptive signal processing for JORN. In the same year, he was granted a DSTG Science Fellowship to pursue collaborative research at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. Dr Fabrizio has delivered seven OTH radar tutorials in the national and international IEEE Radar Conference series since 2008. He is an Australian representative on the IEEE International Radar Systems Panel and is an IEEE AESS Distinguished Lecturer. He has served as Vice President of Education on the AESS Board of Governors (2012-2015) and is currently the Executive Vice President of the AES Society. Dr Fabrizio has collaborated with international defence agencies including NRL, AFRL, IARPA, DRDC and ONERA under MoU agreements and has represented Australia in NATO SET-179,182 and 227 task group activities. He has also engaged extensively with private industry, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and CEA Technologies, and collaborated with numerous academic institutions both in Australia and abroad. Dr. Fabrizio received the distinguished IEEE Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award in 2011 for his contributions to OTH radar and radar signal processing. His is the sole author of the recently published text “High Frequency Over-the-Horizon Radar – Fundamental Principles, Signal Processing and Practical Applications”, McGraw-Hill, NY, 2013.



Dr. Steven Spencer
CSIRO, Australia

Steven Spencer is currently a Principal Research Scientist at the CSIRO. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney, Master of Engineering from The University of New South Wales and Bachelor of Science (Honours) from The University of Sydney. Dr Spencer is an applied mathematician, physicist and engineer with over 25 years of experience in leading industrial, biomedical and environmental modelling and monitoring projects.

Dr Spencer has extensive experience in the development of process and condition monitoring systems based on both first principles mathematical and statistical modelling techniques. He has particular expertise in the areas of bubble acoustics, source location, multivariate statistical analysis and inverse problems. His current research interests include ultrasonic and acoustic characterisation of bubble and liquid properties; feature extraction and machine learning methods for detection, discrimination and quantification of trace species from sensor responses.



Dr. Stefan Harrer
IBM Research, Australia

In 2015 Stefan co-founded the Brain-Inspired Computing Research programme of IBM Research – Australia and now leads it as an IBM Research Staff Member and Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Neural Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

His team spearheads an effort to employ IBM’s recently introduced cognitive TrueNorth chip to develop artificial intelligence-enabled biomedical and healthcare solutions at the intersection of neuroscience and neuromorphic computing. Since joining IBM Research in 2008, Stefan has worked on biotechnology and nanotechnology research projects in New York at IBM Albany Nanotech and the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as well as at IBM Research - Australia. He has held positions as Lead of the Lab Innovation Development Team and Science Technical Assistant to the Lab Director and now is a member of the Senior Lab Leadership Team at IBM Research – Australia.

Stefan has authored and co-authored 40 technical publications, is an inventor on 25 issued patents and has more than 20 patents pending. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience. Stefan has received a Research Scholarship from UC Berkeley, a Karl Chang Innovation Fund Grant from MIT and Research Grants from the NIH and the Australian Research Council.

His work has been featured in WIRED Magazine, Popular Science, Scientific American, TechTimes, Engadget and Fast Company amongst others. He holds a PhD in EECS from the Technical University Munich and an Honours Masters Certificate in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management.



Dr. Luke Rosenberg
Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia

Luke Rosenberg received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1999, Masters in Signal and Information Processing in 2001 and PhD in 2006 all from the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is currently a research scientist at the Defence Science and Technolgoy Group in the surveillance and reconnaissance systems branch. His interests are in the areas of radar signal processing and the modelling and simulation of radar backscatter. In particular, his work has covered radar image formation, adaptive filtering, detection theory, and radar and clutter modelling. He is an sernior IEEE member, adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and in 2014 spent 12 months at the US Naval Research Laboratory working on algorithms for focussing moving scatterers in synthetic aperture radar imagery. He has been an active member of the SET-185 NATO panel on high grazing angle sea-clutter and has published over 80 conference, journal and technical reports. Over the past few years, he has been presented a number of tutorials at the IEEE American (national) and international radar conferences and in 2014 and 2015, he has jointly received best paper awards.



Dr. Yuvaraja Visagathilagar
RMIT University, Australia

Dr Yuvaraja Visagathilagar has over 20+ years of extensive expertise and experience in academia, research and industry. He graduated with Bachelor of Engineering in Communication Engineering and Doctorate in 1996 and 2003 respectively from RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. He was awarded during undergraduate courses for top student in Electrical and Computer engineering and to undertake PhD, he received a prestigious Commonwealth Government award including top-up university award respectively. His dissertation was in “Narrow-band Optical Modulator on Lithium Niobate” for telecommunication applications but it can be applied for other transceivers applications.

In research and industry, he has contributed in over 30+ pier reviewed international journals and conferences. He has visited and presented at universities in USA (i.e. UCLA and UCSD), Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation and in Japan (i.e. Science and technology Organisation). He has collaborated with Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Australia where he has contributed in the design, fabrication, packaging and testing of “High-Speed Lithium Niobate Optical Modulator” including documentation of processes for quality certification (ISO 9001) and flip-chip packaging of narrow-band optical modulators on Lithium Niobate and Ceramic materials.

He has extensive academic teaching as a lecturer and post-doctorate research fellow in Photonics, Fibre-Optics+System, RF System and Integration where he was involved in research of novel design of narrow-band optical modulators. His research has been in Narrow-band Lithium Niobate Modualators but also in finding a solutions for packaging of optoelectronic devices (i.e. ceramic and Silicone materials). During the collaboration, he worked with sub-contractors in system integration and packaging of the modulator devices in hemically sealed packages for defence applications.

In 2006, he joined “Future Fibre Technologies Ltd (FFT)” who are global leading organisation in optical sensing technologies and has extensive experience over 9 years in optical sensing. He was a senior manager at FFT and held positions as Senior Fibre Systems Engineer, R&D Team Leader and Applications Engineering Manager where contributed in the FFT products enhancements and novel products for intrusion sensing applications (i.e. Perimeter, Pipe-line and Data Networks) for defence and commercial industries. He was a consultant with DSTO for intrusion detection with novel devices. He has contributed in 2 patent solutions for novel systems for optical fibre sensing. He has managed junior and senior engineers in the design and support process. He has supported customers and visited customer sites for technical suppport as well as decisions on requirements for products by the customer during visits and meetings.

Now he is teaching at RMIT University for postgraduate and undergraduate courses specifically in Radar technologies, Communication systems and Optical Engineering. He has key interest in coherent detection optical sensing for pipelines, undersea exploration, sceismic detection and temperature sensing, high-speed and narrow-band optical modulators on Lithium Niobate for defence and telecommunication, flip-chip technologies for minitaurized transceivers with electronics, RF and optical devices and finally Silicone Photonics integrated with other optical materials (i.e. Lithium Niobate) for high frequency transceivers and receivers for telecommunication and defence applications.

He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Inc and also certified in PRINCE2® management and leadership methodologies.



Dr. Ylias Sabri
RMIT University, Australia

Dr Sabri was trained as a chemical engineer and later completed his PhD in 2010 in the field of applied sciences (chemistry). He has two major patents, book chapter and >45 Journal articles to his name. Currently, he is a senior research fellow and the mercury management and chemical sensor group leader within the Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry (CAMIC), RMIT. The sensor technology he has been working on is now patented and licensed to MinSensor Ltd. Pty to undergo commercialisation. Over the past 10 years he has worked on several small (6 month to 1 year) industrial research projects with companies such as Agilent, ExxonMobil and Newmont, as well as long term projects with well-respected industry partners such as Alcoa and BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina. Dr Sabri has received several awards including the RMIT invention disclosure award and surface science award multiple times. He is constantly looking to develop long-term collaborations in the fields of electro/photo catalysis, colloidal crystals, nanomaterial syntheses, electrochemistry and chemical sensor technology developments.



Dr. David Simpson
University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr David Simpson is a research fellow in the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD in physics from Victoria University in 2008 and has spent the past 10 years researching and commercialising quantum based technology. His current research is focused on the development of high resolution magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques using defect centres in diamond. The interdisciplinary work of Dr Simpson and his colleagues on quantum probes in biology was recognised in 2013 with The University of NSW Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. His broader research interests include quantum sensing and imaging in the physical and life sciences.



Dr. Abdul Shakoor
University of Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Abdul Shakoor is Research Associate in university of Glasgow where he is working on developing novel integrated photonic devices for sensing and telecommunication applications. Previously, he worked as a Research Associate in Basic Research Laboratories of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan (NTT- BRL) on development of low energy electro – optic modulators for on chip data processing. Dr. Shakoor has a PhD in optoelectronics from University of St Andrews, Scotland and is Erasmus Mundus scholar, which funded his 2 years European masters in photonics programme run jointly by university of St Andrews, Scotland, University of Ghent, Belgium and Royal institute of technology, Sweden. Dr. Shakoor has vast experience in the design, fabrication and characterization of integrated photonic devices. His research outputs include development of electrically pumped on-chip silicon nano light source operating at telecommunication wavelengths with high power spectral density and development of silicon electro-optic modulator operating with sub fJ/bit switching energy.



Dr. Amir Ebrahimi
RMIT University, Australia

Amir Ebrahimi received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 2016. He is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the electrical and computer engineering school, RMIT University, Melbourne. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Research Assistant with the Integrated Circuits Research Laboratory (ICRL), Babol University of Technology. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, during 2014–2015. His research interests include metamaterial-inspired microwave devices, microwave circuit design, microwave filters, frequency-selective surfaces (FSSs) and nonlinear RF, and microwave circuits design and analysis. Dr. Ebrahimi was the recipient of the International Postgraduate Research (Ph.D.) Scholarship (IPRS) by the Australian Government in 2012, the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) in 2012, the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Award in 2013, the University of Adelaide D.R. Stranks Traveling Fellowship in 2014, the Simon Rockliff Scholarship presented by DSTG in 2015, the Yarman–Carlin Best Student Paper Award at the Mediterranean Microwave Symposium in 2015, and the Best Student Paper at the Australian Microwave Symposium in 2016.



Dr. Emran Md Amin
Radio Frequency Systems, Australia

Emran Md Amin has a PhD from the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Department of Monash University (2015). He received the B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) Department from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2009. He is currently working at Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) as an R&D design engineer. Emran has a successful multi-disciplinary research career for the last 6 years in the areas of electrical and electronic systems, pervasive sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID) sensor system, wireless communications, digital signal processing, power electronics, smart sensing materials and microwave sensors for biomedical applications. His research vision is to deliver a technology that would replace optical barcodes with passive, sub-cent, highly sensitive, fully printable chipless RFID sensors. Such low-cost ubiquitous sensing technology can uniquely identify and monitor each and every physical object through internet of things (IoT). He is working with a number of pioneer research groups namely, the AutoID lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Monash Microwave Antennas RFID and Sensors (MMARS) lab and Monash Conducting Polymer research group. The impact of his research on ‘Chipless RFID Sensors’ is reflected through patent applications, peer reviewed journals, book chapters and highly ranked conference papers. The most significant outcome of his work is a book titled ‘Chipless RFID Sensors’ by Wiley publishers. His outstanding research on chipless RFID sensor is distinguished in the international arena as well. He was invited to chair a workshop at IEEE RFID 2014 conference, USA titled ‘Chipless RFID Sensors: Challenges and Breakthroughs’. He was invited for IEEE Technical talks at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of Queensland, Brisbane and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. He is a frequent reviewer for prestigious journals and conference papers including IEEE Transaction on Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) and IEEE Sensors Journal.



Dr. Eike Zeller
IR Sensors, Australia

Eike Zeller is Assistant Chief Engineer at IR Sensors, where he is working on product design and development of infrared sensing platforms. Previously, he has been a Research Fellow at the Integrated Optics Group at RMIT University in Melbourne, designing and modelling integrated silicon photonic circuits. In 2014 Eike Zeller received his PhD from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT University for his work on optofluidic sensing.



Dr. Martin Sweetman
University of South Australia, Australia

Sweetman is a Research Fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at The University of South Australia, where his current research is focussed on water filtration technology. This is an industry partnered project that involves the development of analytical sensing platforms for the detection of water contaminants, as well as research into improved water filtration materials. Holding a PhD in Biomedical Nanotechnology from Flinders University (2011), Dr Sweetman has held postdoctoral positions at McMaster University in Canada (2011 – 2012) and The Future Industries Institute of The University of South Australia (2013 – 2016). With an established research platform in biomaterials, Dr Sweetman’s research outputs include work on biosensors, chemosensors, environmental sensors and cell-surface interfaces for spatial positioning. Previous research projects have included stimuli responsive, photonic polymer sensors as part of a collaboration with the Wound Innovation and Management CRC. A recent project has also involved the development of novel hormone biosensors in joint collaboration with an industry partner. Dr Sweetman has a solid foundation in materials and organic chemistry, including fabrication and synthesis of solid interfaces, biomaterials platforms and practical cell culture skills. This is coupled with the experience of working on multiple, industry linked, collaborative research projects, which has afforded significant communication and management skills for facilitating the link between academia and industry.



Dr Carlo Bradac
Macquarie University, Australia

Dr Carlo Bradac is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University. He studied physics and engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan (Italy) where he achieved his bachelor degree (B. S.) in Engineering for Physics and Mathematics in 2004 and his master degree (M. S.) in Nanotechnologies and Physical Technologies in 2006. During his employment experience he worked as Application Engineer at National Instruments (2006-2007) and as Process Automation & Control Engineer at Maire Tecnimont S.p.a. (2007-2008). In August 2008 he was offered a Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) from Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), where he completed his PhD in Physics in 2012. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Sydney University (2012-2013) and he is currently at Macquarie University. His research is focused on colour centres, specifically nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centres, in diamond and on their possible capabilities in quantum information technologies, quantum metrology, and biomedical applications.



Dr. Behzad Bozorgtabar
IBM Research, Australia

Dr. Bozorgtabar is a Post-doctoral researcher in the multi-media analytics team at the IBM Research - Australia. He received his PhD degree in Information Technology & Engineering from the University of the Canberra, Australia in 2016. His PhD project focuses on Sport performance analysis using vision-based tracking system. He developed many projects in collaboration with coaches and sports performance analysts from a range of team sports – soccer, rugby, hockey for real-time sports team analysis.



Er. Manpreet Singh
Arris Group, Australia

Er. Manpreet Singh is a HFC (Hybrid Fibre Co-axial), Engineer at Arris Group, Melbourne, Australia. His research interest include Radio Frequency Systems, Bio-medical Signal Processing, Antenna Design and Developments, Satellite Communications, Fibre Optical Communications and Green Telecommunications (Sustainable development). He has worked and developed Bio-medical technologies such as Electrocardiogram Feature Extraction and Wireless Information Transfer, Development of Sensor Technology to record vital parameters from a patient suffering from Parkinson’s syndrome. In addition to this he has also designed micro-patch antennas for temperature sensing application as a part of his project at Electrolux, Rothernburg ob Der tauber, Bavaria, Germany and published numerous technical/ research papers. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication from Karunya University, Coimbatore, India and has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication and Networks from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Furthermore, he also delivers guest lectures on various telecommunication technologies in and around universities situated in Melbourne and was also an integral part of the Scientist and Mathematicians Program by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Melbourne, Australia.



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