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Magdy A. Bayoumi
Professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

      Magdy A. Bayoumi is the Department Head of W. H. Hall Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He is the Hall Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering. He was the Director of the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS). He was. Also, the Loflin Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Computer Science, all at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Bayoumi has graduated about 100 PHD and 150 MSC students, authored/co-authored about 600 research papers and more than 10 books. He was the guest/co-guest editor of more than 10 special journal issues, the latest was on Machine to Machine Interface. Bayoumi is an IEEE Fellow, and has served in many capacities in the IEEE Computer, Signal Processing, and Circuits & Systems (CAS) societies. Currently, he is the vice president of Technical Activities of IEEE RFID council and he is on the IEEE RFID Distinguished Lecture Program (DLP). Bayoumi has been an ABET evaluator and he was an ABET commissioner and team chair. He has given numerous keynote/invited lectures and talks nationally and internationally. Bayoumi was the general chair of IEEE ICASSP 2017 in New Orleans. He, also, chaired many conferences including ISCAS 2007, ICIP 2009, and ICECS 2015. Bayoumi was the chair of an international delegation to China, sponsored by People-to-People Ambassador, 2000. He received the French Government Fellowship, University of Paris Orsay, 2003-2005 and 2009. He was a Visiting Professor at King Saud University. He was a United Nation visiting scholar. He was a visiting professor at University of King Saud. He has been an advisor to many EE/CMPS departments in several countries. Bayoumi was on the State of Louisiana Comprehensive Energy Policy Committee. He was the vice president of Acadiana Technology Council. He was on the Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Education committees. He was a member of several delegations representing Lafayette to international cities. He was on the Le Centre International Board.

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Mohamed Eltoweiss
Professor at Virginia Military Institute

      Mohamed Eltoweissy is Full Professor and Department Head of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Virginia Military Institute. Previously he served on the faculty of The Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and as Chief Scientist for Secure Cyber Systems at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Eltoweissy's current interests crosscut the areas of network security and resilience, cooperative autonomic systems, nature-inspired computing and communications, and networking architecture and protocols. Eltoweissy has over 180 publications in archival journals and respected books and conference proceedings and an extensive funding record. He also served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers (the flagship and oldest Transactions of the IEEE Computer Society) as well as other reputable journals. Furthermore, Eltoweissy is active as an invited speaker at both the national and international levels. Eltoweissy received several awards and recognitions for research, education, service and entrepreneurship, including best paper awards, top placements at Cyber Security competitions, and nomination for the Virginia SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards, the highest honor for faculty in Virginia.

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Chitra Balakrishna
Cyber Security Chair at Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

      Chitra Balakrishna, Ph.D. MBCS, FHEA , CEH is currently the Cyber Security Chair at Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. She has previously held the position of program leader in cyber security at Edge Hill University. She is an academic, author, futuristic technology and open source enthusiast. She has over 18 years of experience spanning across academia and industry in the areas of Cyber Security, Data Networking, Mobile Communications,Technologies and Applications. In the past she has held academic positions at the University of South Wales, where she set up an open source next-generation networking (NGN) lab in collaboration with industrial partners such as Orange and France Telecom. She has several academic publications and a book by John Wiley Publications to her credit. Additionally, she has led various ERDF funded and EPSRC pilot projects addressing mobile and wireless sensor technologies and IoT security. In 2017, she successfully completed a HEA funded project on cyber security education and currently holds the GSIKE UK-Gulf partnership fund with University of Bahrain. She has founded and chaired successful IEEE sponsored workshops on Smart cities, IoT and cyber security since 2009. Her current research interests relate to cyber security within the context of smart cities, eHealth and Internet of Things

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Abdulnasir Hossen
Professor at Sultan Qaboos University

      Abdulnasir Hossen got his Ph.D. from the Ruhr-University in Bochum-Germany in 1994 and has completed his postdoctoral requirements from the university of Kiel-Germany in 1997, both in the area of digital signal processing. Since 1999, Dr. Hossen is at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. On June 2013, he became a full professor and currently he is also the Director of the Communication and Information Research Center at the same university. His main topics of interests are signal processing in general with emphasis on biomedical signal processing, telemedicine, classification of signals, artificial intelligence and neural networks. Prof. Hossen is a member of IEEE, and a focal person of ITU at Sultan Qaboos University.

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Princy Johnson
Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, UK

      Dr Princy Johnson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. She received her PhD from King’s College London. Her research interests include energy-efficient protocols for wireless sensor and mobile networks, Optimisation tools for Data Analysis, intelligent algorithms for personalised interface for healthcare and transport applications, and leadership skills for engineers. Dr Johnson is a registered PRINCE2 ® practitioner and an avid collaborator. She has put together a cohesive collaborative team from across Europe and coordinated the consortium through research activities and various UK and EU funding calls. She is an executive committee member of Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) since September 2011. She was the Lead co-chair of the workshop on PERSONALIZED MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR SMART CITIES AND SMART CITIZENS (PMA 2017) at the 28th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC’17), Oct 2017. She jointly organised and co-chaired a 2-day IEEE workshop on IoT: Sensor Technologies, Applications and Entrepreneurship with Sensor City, Liverpool and IEEE WIE UK&I chapter in October 2017).

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Gopi Garge
Founder-Director of SmartLancs Ltd, UK

      Gopi Garge is the Founder-Director of SmartLancs Ltd, UK, a consulting start-up that focuses on technology and solutions for Smart Cities, eHealth and related areas such as interconnectivity, interoperability and security. He is also the founder-Director of Ignatia Sensors Ltd., UK a technology company focusing on solutions for assisted living. He jointly organised and co-chaired a successful 2- day IEEE workshop on IoT: Sensor Technologies, Applications and Entrepreneurship with Sensor City, Liverpool and IEEE WIE UK&I chapter in October 2017). Prior to this, he headed the Network Services group at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India. He has consulted for several industries, while at IISc. His interests include IoT systems and safety-criticality, Data validity and sanitisation (Big Data), and Edge Computing. He is a Fellow of the IPv6 Forum and serves as a member of the IEEE P1931.1 group.