University of Southern California, USA
Urbashi Mitra received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 (high honors) and 1989 respectively, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1989 until 1990 she worked as a Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore in Red Bank, NJ. In 1994, she received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Mitra was in the Department of Electrical Engineering at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She joined the University of Southern California in 2001 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. Her research interests include multi-user detection theory, wireless communications, underwater acoustic communications, wireless network optimization, sparse approximation theory, equalization, wireless resource allocation, ultra wideband communications, and sensor networks.
Dr. Mitra has formerly served as an Associate Editor for the following IEEE publications: Transactions on Communications, Transactions on Information Theory and Journal of Oceanic Engineering. Dr. Mitra is a member of the IEEE Information Theory Society's Board of Governors (2002-2007, 2012-2014) and the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Technical Committee on Signal Processing for Communications and Networks (2012-2014). Dr. Mitra is a Fellow of the IEEE. She is the recipient of: 2012 Globecom Signal Processing for Communications Symposium Best Paper Award, 2012 NAE Lillian Gilbreth Lectureship, USC Center for Excellence in Research Fellowship (2010-2013), the 2009 DCOSS Applications & Systems Best Paper Award, Texas Instruments Visiting Professor (Fall 2002, Rice University), 2001 Okawa Foundation Award, 2000 OSU College of Engineering Lumley Award for Research, 1997 OSU College of Engineering MacQuigg Award for Teaching, and a 1996 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. Dr. Mitra currently serves on the IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing committee and the IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal committee.
University of Southern California, USA
Yonsei University, Korea
Chan-Byoung Chae is with the School of Integrated Technology, Yonsei University, Korea. He was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent, Murray Hill, NJ, USA from June 2009 to Feb 2011. Before joining Bell Laboratories, he was with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas (UT), Austin, TX, USA in 2008, where he was a member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). Prior to joining UT, he was a Research Engineer at the Advanced Research Lab., the Telecommunications R&D Center, Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Korea, from 2001 to 2005. While having worked at Samsung, he participated in the IEEE 802.16e standardization, where he made several contributions and filed a number of related patents from 2004 to 2005. His current research interests include capacity analysis and interference management in energy-efficient wireless mobile networks and nano (molecular) communications.
He has served/serves as an Editor for the IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, IEEE ComSoc Technology News, and IEEE/KICS Jour. of Comm. Networks. He is a Guest Editor for the IEEE Jour. Sel. Areas in Comm. (special issue on molecular, biological, and multi-scale comm.). He is an IEEE Senior Member. Dr. Chae was the recipient/co-recipient of the IEIE/IEEE Joint Award for Young IT Engineer of the Year (2014), the KICS Haedong Young Scholar Award (2013), the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award (2013), the IEEE ComSoc AP Outstanding Young Researcher Award (2012), the IEEE Dan. E. Noble Fellowship Award (2008), two Gold Prizes (1st) in the 14th/19th Humantech Paper Contest, and the KSEA-KUSCO scholarship (2007). He also received the Korea Government Fellowship (KOSEF) during his Ph.D. studies.
Chun Tung Chou
(The University of New South Wales, Australia)
Chun Tung Chou is an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia. He received the BA degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, UK and the PhD degree in Control Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and Nano Communication Networks. His research interests are in the communications and computing aspects of natural and synthetic bio-molecular systems.
Queen Mary University of London, UK) Maged Elkashlan received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2006. From 2007 to 2011, he was with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) Australia. During this time, he held visiting appointments at University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney. In 2011, he joined the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. Dr. Elkashlan currently serves as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He received Best Paper Awards at IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2016 and 2014, the International Conference on Communications and Networking in China (CHINACOM) 2014, and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring) 2013.
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Faramarz Fekri received Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. Since 2000, Dr. Fekri has been with the faculty of the School of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he currently holds a Professor position. He serves on the Technical Program Committees of several IEEE conferences. In the past, he was on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, and the Elsevier Journal on PHYCOM.
Prof. Fekri's current research interests are in the area of communications and signal processing, in particular source and channel coding, information theory in biology, statistical inference in large data, information processing for wireless and sensor networks, and communication security. Dr. Fekri received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2001), Southern Center for Electrical Engineering Education (SCEEE) Young Faculty Development Award (2003), and Outstanding Young faculty Award of the School of ECE (2006). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Purdue University, USA
Ananth Grama is the Director of the Computational Science and Engineering and Computational Life Sciences programs and Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Science of Information, a Science and Technology Center of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Gama received his Ph.D. from the> University of Minnesota in 1996, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and his B. Engg. in 1989 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Ananth's research interests span the areas of parallel and distributed computing algorithms and applications, including modeling, simulation, and control of diverse processes and phenomena. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award (1998), University Faculty Scholar Award (2002-07), and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (2013). He chaired the Bio-data Management and Analysis (BDMA) Study Section of the National Institutes of Health from 2012 - 14.
The University of British Columbia, Canada
Vikram Krishnamurthy received his PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra, in 1992. He is currently a professor and holds the Canada Research Chair in statistical signal processing at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada. His current research interests include statistical signal processing and stochastic control with applications in social networks, and dynamical models for protein molecules in biosensing devices. Dr Krishnamurthy has served as Distinguished lecturer for the IEEE signal processing society and Editor in Chief of IEEE Journal Selected Topics in Signal Processing. He received an honorary doctorate from KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Sweden in 2013.
Northeastern University, USA
Tommaso Melodia is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, where he directs the Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He had previously received his M.S. in Telecommunications Engineering and Doctorate from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, in 2001 and 2005. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and Computer Networks. His research is currently supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, and local and national industrial partners. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and coauthored a paper that was recognized as the "Fast Breaking Paper in the field of Computer Science" by Thomson ISI Essential Science Indicators and a paper that received the "Elsevier Top Cited Paper Award". His research interests are in modeling, optimization, and experimental evaluation of wireless networks, with applications to ultrasonic intra-body area networks, multimedia sensor networks, underwater networks, cognitive and cooperative networks.
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA
Olgica Milenkovic is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and Research Professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory. She obtained her Masters Degree in Mathematics in 2001 and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2002, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Milenkovic heads a group focused on addressing unique interdisciplinary research challenges spanning the areas of algorithm design and computing, bioinformatics, coding theory, machine learning and signal processing. Her scholarly contributions have been recognized by multiple awards, including the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Dean’s Excellence in Research Award, and several best paper awards. In 2013, she was elected a UIUC Center for Advanced Study Associate and Willett Scholar. In 2015, she became Distinguished Lecturer of the Information Theory Society. From 2007 until 2015, she has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions of Communications, Transactions on Signal Processing and Transactions on Information Theory. In 2009, she was the Guest Editor in Chief of a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory on Molecular Biology and Neuroscience.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stefan M. Moser (S'01-M'05-SM'10) received the diploma (M.Sc.) in electrical engineering in 1999, the M.Sc. degree in industrial management (M.B.A.) in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree (Dr. sc. techn.) in the field of information theory in 2004, all from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
From 1999 to 2003, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant, and from 2004 to 2005, he was a Senior Research Assistant with the Signal and Information Processing Laboratory at ETH Zurich. From 2005 to 2013, he has been a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Hsinchu, Taiwan. Currently he is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer with the Signal and Information Processing Laboratory at ETH Zurich, and an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at National Chiao Tung University. His research interests are in information theory and digital communications.
Dr. Moser is recipient of the 2012 Wu Ta-You Memorial Award by the National Science Council of Taiwan, and the 2009 Best Paper Award for Young Scholars by the IEEE Communications Society Taipei and Tainan Chapters and the IEEE Information Theory Society Taipei Chapter. Further he was named IEEE Communications Society Exemplary Reviewer, received various awards from the National Chiao Tung University, so two awards for outstanding teaching, and he was presented with the Willi Studer Award of ETH, with the ETH Medal, and with the Sandoz (Novartis) Basler Maturandenpreis.
Osaka University, Japan
Tadashi Nakano is an Associate Adjunct Professor of the Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Information Systems Engineering from Osaka University, 2002. He later worked in the Department of Computer Science, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, where he was a postdoctoral research scholar from 2002 to 2007 and an Assistant Adjunct Professor from 2007 to 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he was an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, and since 2013, he has been with the Institute of Academic Initiatives and the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University.
Dr. Nakano’s research interests include network applications and distributed computing systems with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches. His recent research interests are at the intersection of computer science and biology, including design, implementation, and evaluation of molecular communication systems, synthetic biological systems, and biologically inspired systems. As a pioneer in the area of molecular communication, he has authored and co-authored a number of papers, including the very first paper that initiated the area of molecular communication (2005) and a comprehensive textbook Molecular Communication (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He has also organized/co-organized technical sessions, workshops and conferences in the areas of molecular communication and bio-inspired networking, such as the NSF Workshop on Molecular Communication/Biological Communications Technology (2008), molecular communication and networking session in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) (2014), and the International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT 2014-2015). In addition to the editorship in the IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications, he has been serving as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Nanobiosciences and an editor of the Elsevier journal of Nano Communication Networks.
Sharif University of Technology, Iran
Masoumeh Nasiri Kenari received her B.S and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, in 1986 and 1987, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1993. From 1987 to 1988, she was a Technical Instructor and Research Assistant at Isfahan University of Technology. Since 1994, she has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, where she is now a Professor.
Prof. Nasiri-Kenari founded Wireless Research Laboratory (WRL) of the Electrical Engineering Department in 2001. Current main activities of WRL are Energy Harvesting and Green Communications, 5G, and Molecular Communications. From 1999-2001, She was a Co-Director of Advanced Communications Research Laboratory, Iran Telecommunication Research Center. She was the chair of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)- Iran Section (2012-2016), and right now is a member of Women in Engineering Task group of Iranian Academy of Science, and a Member of Iranian National science Foundation (INSF) Engineering Committee/Workgroup. She serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. Communications (since 2014) and the Subject Editor of Scientia Iranica (since 2017).
The University of Texas at Austin
Haris Vikalo received the B.S. degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1995, the M.S. degree from Lehigh University in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2003, all in electrical engineering. He held a short-term appointment at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, in the summer of 1999. From January 2003 to July 2003 he was a Postdoctoral Researcher, and from July 2003 to August 2007 he was an Associate Scientist at the California Institute of Technology. Since September 2007, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently an Associate Professor. He is a recipient of the 2009 National Science Foundation Career Award. His research interests include bioinformatics, communications, signal processing and machine learning.