2019 Keynote&Plenary Speakers


Prof. Chun-Yi Su, Concordia University, Canada


Biography: Dr. Chun-Yi Su received his Ph.D. degrees in control engineering from South China University of Technology in 1990. After a seven-year stint at the University of Victoria, he joined the Concordia University in 1998, where he is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and holds the Concordia Research Chair in Control. His research covers control theory and its applications to various mechanical systems, with a focus on control of systems involving hysteresis nonlinearities. He is the author or co-author of over 400 publications, which have appeared in journals, as book chapters and in conference proceedings. In addition to his academic activities, he has worked extensively with industrial organizations on various projects. Dr. Su has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Mechatronics, Control Engineering Practice, and several other journals. He has served as Chair/Co-Chair for numerous international conferences.


Assoc. Prof. Jan Faigl, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE), Czech Technical University (CTU), Czech Republic

Biography: Assoc. Prof. Jan Faigl received M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, branch Technical Cybernetics, FEE, CTU, Czech Republic in 2003 and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, branch Artificial Intelligence and Biocybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE), Czech Technical University (CTU), Czech Republic in 2010. He was a Member of the winner team for the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) in Challenge 3 and the 2nd place in Challenge 1. He has served as Program Committee Members in a number of these conferences and chairs of workshops in Organization of Scientific Meetings (2013-2017). Currently, He is also the guest editor of the special issue on “Online decision making in Multi-Robot Coordination” in Autonomous Robots journal. His research interests include: mobile robotics, multi-goal planning, path and motion planning, computational geometry, optimal sampling design, multi-robot systems, autonomous field navigation; in general, topics related to a robotic system for autonomous long-term environment monitoring.


Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelgawad, Central Michigan University, USA

Biography: Dr. Ahmed Abdelgawad received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and 2011 and subsequently joined IBM as a Design Aids & Automation Engineering Professional at Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In Fall 2012 he joined Central Michigan University as a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor. In Fall 2017, Dr. Abdelgawad was early promoted as a Computer Engineering Associate Professor. His area of expertise is distributed computing for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), data fusion techniques for WSN, low power embedded system, video processing, digital signal processing, Robotics, RFID, Localization, VLSI, and FPGA design. He has published two books and more than 65 articles in related journals and conferences. He served in the organizing committee of ICECS2013 and 2015 IEEE ICECS2015. Dr. Abdelgawad is the publicity chair in North America of the IEEE WF-IoT 2016/18 conferences. He also is the TPC Co– Chair of IoT International Innovation Conference 2017 (I3C'17), the TPC Co– Chair of Global Internet of Things Summit (GIoTS 2017), and the technical program chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2018. He is currently the IEEE Northeast Michigan section chair and IEEE SPS Internet of Things (IoT) SIG Member. In addition, Dr. Abdelgawad served as a PI and Co-PI for several funded grants from NSF. 



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