- Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Mehrdad Saif
University of Windsor, Canada
Dr. Mehrdad Saif was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, effective July 1, 2011.
Dr. Saif previously was a professor and Director of the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. He earned bachelor's (1982), master's (1984), and doctoral (1987) degrees in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University and joined the Simon Fraser faculty in 1987.
He says he is excited by the opportunites offered by his new position.
"We have expanded engineering at SFU quite aggressively over the past nine years and so I was looking for new challenges," says Saif. "I know the University of Windsor and the region and believe we can contribute a great deal to the economic development of the surrounding area."
He says the faculty is well-known for its work with automotive industries and hopes to identify new opportunities in aerospace and other related areas. Another draw is the Centre for Engineering Innovation, currently nearing completion of its first phase.
"The new building is definitely impressive and offers many exciting opportunities—the students can learn both in it and from it," he says. "My hope is the building will be not just an engineering building, but an environment that will promote cross-pollenization between our discipline and business, sciences, human kinetics, the arts as well as the community and local industry. Working at the boundaries we can develop exciting programs at the intersections between disciplines."
Dr. Groarke said he is delighted with Saif's appointment.
"He brings all sorts of significant experience to us," he said. "I look forward to his leadership, especially as our faculty enters the new era heralded by the Centre for Engineering Innovation."
At Simon Fraser, Saif was active in program and curriculum development and oversaw a major expansion of the engineering program.
"Of particular note are interdisciplinary programs with other departments and faculties, and the mechatronic systems engineering program, which has become one of the cornerstones of the new campus of SFU," established in Surrey, B.C. Groarke said.
Saif's research interests lie in systems and control theory; model-based fault detection and diagnostics; linear and nonlinear controller and observer design; large scale systems; and optimal and intelligent control. Working with a number of industries and government organizations, he has applied the results of his research in automotive, power systems, autonomous systems and other areas.
- Keynote Speaker II
Prof. May Huang
International Technological University, USA
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE: Director of Research & Development, Professor and Department Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering, International Technological University, CA; Guest Professor, School of Software & Microelectronics, Peking University, China; Invited Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Communications, China; Invited Professor, Institute of Microelectronics, Tsinghua University, China
INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE: Member of IEEE working group and balloting committees of VITAL, Verilog and Analog Extensions of VHDL toward IEEE standards; Professional member of ACM; Principal Design Engineer and Project Manager, Virtual Silicon Technology, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA; Principal Design Engineer and Project manager, Hitachi Semiconductor America, San Jose, CA; Staff Design Engineer and Project manager, VLSI Technology Inc., San Jose, CA; Won Award of VITAL Pioneer; Senior Design Engineer, C2 Integration Inc., Santa Clara, CA; Design Engineer, NEC Electronics Inc., Elias St., Mountainview, CA; System Designer and Design Manager, Beijing Data Processing Institute, China; Won the Second award from China National Science and Technology Committee; Won the Third Award from China National Science and Technology Committee; Won the Third Award from China National Science and Technology Committee; Won Award of Advanced Achievement from Beijing Government
RESEARCH INTEREST: Artificial Intelligence on Chip
EDUCATION: PhD. in Electronic Engineering, International Technological University, USA; M.S.E.E. Santa Clara University, USA; B.S.E.E. South China University of Technology, China
PRESENTATIONS / PUBLICATIONS: Conference Chair of EECE 2019; Section Chair of CGC 2019; Keynote Speaker, “Chips Underpin AI Application”, WWRF 41, 2018; Keynote Speaker, “The Trend of AI Chips”, EECR 2018; Section Chair of CGC 2018; Keynote Speaker, “Innovational Education in Silicon Valley”, Silicon Valley Education Forum, CACIE 2018, etc
- Plenary Speaker I
Prof. Xiaochun Cheng
Middlesex University, UK
Dr. Xiaochun Cheng (X.Cheng@mdx.ac.uk) received the B.Eng. degree in computer software engineering and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Jilin University, in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He has been with the Computer Science EU Project Coordinator, Middlesex University, since 2012. He is currently a member of IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Enterprise Information Systems, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Computational Intelligence, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Cognitive Computing, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Intelligent Internet Systems, IEEE Communications Society Communications and Information Security Technical Committee, BCS Information Security Specialist Group, BCS Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group, and BCS Artificial Intelligence Specialist Group.
- Plenary Speaker II
Prof. Qinmin Yang
Zhejiang University, China
to be announced soon
- Plenary Speaker III
Prof. Zhun Fan
Shantou University, China
to be announced soon