Prof. Dr. Sc. Dina Simunic – University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dina Šimunić was born in Zagreb in 1963. godine. She received B.Sc. and M.Sc.. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER), Zagreb, Croatia, in 1985, and 1992, respectively. She received Dr.sc. at Graz University of Technology, Austria, in 1995. Since 1991. she is with Department for Wireless Communications at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. She was a guest professor in research laboratories „Wandel&Goltermann“ in Germany and „Motorola Inc.“, USA in 1996. In 2007. she was promoted to Full Professor. In Croatia she served as a vice-president of Telecommunications Council. In European Commission she acted as a vicechair of COST for precompetitive research in information and communication technologies. Dr. Simunic is a president of Technical committee for telecommunications at Croatian Standards Institute. She is a leader of the group“Strategy towards the development of materials for education about standardization, as well as identification of common requirements“ in ITU. She participated in five and led three scientific project of Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. She was leader of the WP6 of EU FP7 project: eWALL. She was a collaborator of the research project, financed through structural funds of EU, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports: ICTGEN (Information and Communication Technology for Generic and Energy-efficient Solutions with Application in e-/mHealth). She published more than 100 papers in journals and conference proceedings in the field of secure routing protocols against denial-of-service attack in mobile ad hoc networks, cognitive radio systems, radiofrequency simulations and biomedical effects of electromagnetic fields Prof. Šimunić is a senior member of IEEE. She participated in 10 international programme committees of scientific conferences and she serves as a member of editorial board of international scientific journal JOSE and a reviewer of Wireless Personal Communications and many other international scientific journals. She served as a editor-in-chief of the Journal of Green Engineering. She is leader of scientific Green Engineering Laboratory, GEL

Topic of Talk : Smart city communications 

Abstract: The world is developing rapidly, with the fast growing population. The current prediction is that by 2050 two thirds of the population will live in cities. This fact puts a lot of pressure on life in the city, especially related to infrastructure. Therefore, the idea of smart city and its innovative infrastructure is becoming a reality. The communications layer is a very central part of the smart city concept, and it is located between service layers and physical layers. The choice of a communication network depends very much on the role, planned applications in the given scenario, as well as on their security, interoperability, lifetime, reliability, Quality of Service, consumed power, etc. Different technologies will be discussed, including traditional cellular networks (GSM/GPRS/UMTS/LTE), Bluetooth/BLE, RFID, NFC, 802.11, WBAN 802.15.6, nB-IoT, LPWAN, eMTC, EC-GSM-IoT, 5G iOT.

Tadahiko Murata – Kansai University, Sutia, Japan

Murata has received the Ph.D. from Osaka Prefecture University in 1997. His research area includes soft computing, multi-objective optimization, and social simulation. He joined a number of international conferences as Program Committee Member and experienced Program Chairs in IEEE Sponsored Conferences. He founded Technical Committee on Awareness Computing, IEEE SMCS and chairs the TC. Since 2005, he directed Policy Grid Computing Laboratory to enhance research area among Computational Intelligence and Computer Science, Economics, Political Science, Sociology and Psychology. He joined Research Institute for Socionet work Strategies of Kansai University in 2008. He was invited by Computational Institute of University of Chicago in 2010 and 2011. He published more than 50 papers in journals and conference proceedings in the field of Neuro-, Fuzzy-, Caos-system, and Genetic algorithm, Social system engineering, Combinatorial optimization problems, Computer science, Optimal control of economic systems

Title of Talk: “Toward the Realization of Real-Scale Social Simulations”

Abstract: In this talk, we show challenges in developing or realizing real-scale social simulations (RSSS),
and show several attempts to cope with them. RSSSs are simulations for the real world with communities and environments. There are five challenges in realizing RSSSs. 1) Modeling, 2) Attributes, 3) Computation, and 4) Analysis.  In 1) Modeling, we should model decision making processes for entities in RSSSs. Here “entities” include residents and their organizations. We should determine the scale of entity in the RSSS. We should also include interaction processes between entities and environments. Here “environments” include physical and legal conditions existing outside entities. As for 2) Attributes, precise or specific information of entities and environments are required for developing RSSSs. While we can develop some decision making process for a entity, its decision depends on its age, income, educational background, or some other attributes. We need specific values for those information. Even if personal information are registered or sensed in cyber-physical world, those private data should be protected appropriately. A technique of synthesizing populations is one of solutions. Synthetic population is generated based on the statistics of the real world. Using the technique, the population that has the same statistical characteristics with the real world is available for RSSSs. Using such populations, we can see what events can happen in a world with the same statistical characteristics. When we simulate RSSSs with computers, the number of humans in a simulation becomes up to 7.5 billion humans on the planet with their organizations. In order to simulate such a huge people and organizations within a practical time, we should employ high performance computers. Challenges in 3) come from parallelization, distribution and reproducibility in computation of RSSS.

Dr. Ali Razban – Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana

He received M.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1991. His area of Specialization is controls and signal Processing. He received Doctorate degree from University of London, London, UK in 1994. His area of specialization is Control, Robotics and automation. Since 1989 to 1994 he worked as a Research Associate in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London, UK. In Aug 1999 he joined as an Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. From 2010 to 2016 he joined as an Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI). He was promoted as an Assistant Director in 2011 and Director of the Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering (BSEEN) Program in 2016 Industrial assessment Center, Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI).

Topic of the Talk: The Current and Future State of World Energy and Energy Management

Abstract: The presentation will explore topics related to the current and future world energy consumption. Important topics that will be discussed relate to shifts in energy sources, the role of energy efficiency, and renewable energy trends in the energy market. Furthermore, the effects of how energy efficiency has played a role in reducing energy consumption in developed countries will be covered. The implementation of energy efficient measures could offset increases in energy demand into the future. The issue of how energy efficient measures can impact future global energy demands will be addressed. The presentation will also explore the current state of renewable energy along with trends and projections for the direction of renewable resources into the near future. Finally, the presentation will address in financial implications of the power market in its current state and address the economic factors associated with expected shifts in the global energy profile in the future. 

Dr. Gajjela Satyanarayana Reddy, – National University of Singapore

He received Master degree in Physics from school of physics, University of Hyderabad in 2005.

His area of specialization is nanomaterials science and engineering. He received Doctorate degree from University of Singapore, Singapore in 2013. His area of specialization is development low-cost photovoltaic devices for solar energy harvesting. Since 2013 to till now he worked as a Post-doctoral research fellow in Department of Mechanical Engineering at NUS Singapore. For the past several years, he has been involved in the development of safe, reliable and environmentally friendly lithium-ion and sodium-ion battery technologies. His research work mainly focuses developing promising components of the batteries which enables improved performance, a better environmental profile and offers greater risk mitigation. He was a key member of the teams which invented a non-flammable high energy density sodium-ion battery and low-cost high power Li-ion battery. The former technology promotes the safety of batteries in commercial applications while the later technology part of the solution to lowering batteries environmental impacts.

His expertise is in novel materials development, energy efficiency improvement, and product &process development, new technology evaluation, industrial experience in manufacturing batteries for power electronics, automotive industries and grid-storage. He published more than 20 papers in international journals and conference proceedings in the field of energy storage and renewable energy conversion. He was the organizer of Young investigator forum, CMCEE2018 Singapore. He is an active member of MRS Singapore and American ceramic Society, USA.

Mr. Kapil (Krishna) Baidya – AGM, Tata Motors, Pune, India

Mr. Kapil (Krishna) Baidya, has received M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2000 and B. Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1993. Since 2009 Mr. Kapil Baidya is with TATA Motors Limited as an Assistant General Manager (Dev) – Advanced Engineering. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as a Joint General Manager in ESSAR Engineering Ltd. He also worked as a senior program manager in Flextronics, Chennai from 2007 to 2008. KLA-Tencor Principal Mechanical Design Engineer December 2006 – July 2007 (8 months) Chennai Area, India. In VES Singapore he worked as a Senior Mechanical R&D Engineer from 2002 to 2006. In 2002 he joined as a Senior System Design Engineer in Advanced System Automation, Singapore from 2000 to 2002 .He also worked as a Graduate Engineer Trainee to Senior Engineer in ESSAR Steel Ltd, Surat from 1993 to 1998. He worked in various field like Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Fuel Cell Bus covering the design of Fuel Cell Power as well as Hydrogen Storage and Delivery System under the Grants from DSIR, Design Driven Cost Reduction (DDCR) project for the existing midrange HP printers etc.

Topic of the Talk: Industrial Automation for Safety, Risk Management and Reliability

Abstract: With the Industrial Revolution in Europe and America during 17th and 18th Centuries the manufacturing was moved from home to factories. The demand for goods increased rapidly, so as size of the factories without considering the safety and the working environment; so the accidents in the factories increased at the pace of industrialization. It is the Industrial Automation with the use of Control Systems, Computers or Robots, and Information Technologies for handling different processes and machineries in the industry mitigated the need of volume production and the risk on human lives. In true sense Industrial Automation is the second step beyond mechanization in the scope of industrialization. The advent of Industrial Automation increased the Quality and Flexibility of Manufacturing process there by reducing the production cost and consistent high quality products with minimal human intervention. With industrial automation the factories been able to work round the clock throughout the year without any break. Industrial automation made the production line safe for the employees by deploying robots to handle hazardous conditions. The main drawback to implement Industrial Automation is its high initial investment; also the cost of switching from a human production line to an automatic production line is very high. It also involves in training of employees to handle this new sophisticated equipment and that makes it further expensive. Industrial automation has recently found more and more acceptance from various industries because of its huge benefits, such as, increased productivity, quality and safety at low costs.

Ajit Abraham – Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs) USA

He received the M.S. degree from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2001. Dr. Abraham’s research and development experience includes more than 15 years in the industry and academia. Since 2008 he is a Director of Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), which has members from more than 100 countries. From 2009 he worked as a research professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer science, VSB-Technick Univerzita Ostrava. He joined as a research professor in 2007 till 2010 at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He worked as a visiting professor in School of Computer Science and Engineering, South Korea from 2004 to 2006. He was in Department of Computer Science, Oklahoma State University, USA as an Assistant Professor from 2002 to 2004. He also worked as a research fellow in Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia from Feb 2002 to July 2002. As start he joined as a Lecturer in Department of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia from 1999 to 2002. He also worked in various industries. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a Project Engineer, Keppel Engineering Ltd., Singapore. He joined as a Design Engineer, Hyundai Engineering Ltd., Seoul, Korea from 1993 to 1995. From 1991 – 1993 he joined as Engineer (Projects), Ashok Leyland Ltd., Madras, India. He works in a multi-disciplinary environment involving machine (network) intelligence, cyber security, sensor networks, Web intelligence, scheduling, data mining and applied to various real world problems. He has given more than 100+ conference plenary lectures/tutorials and invited seminars/lectures in over 100 Universities around the globe. Besides an active Volunteer of ACM/IEEE, he has initiated and is also involved in the organization of several annual conferences technically co-sponsored by IEEE/ACM: HIS (16 years), ISDA (16 years), IAS(12 years), ECDM (9 years), NWeSP (8 years) NaBIC (8 years), SoCPaR (8 years), CASoN (8 years), IBICA (7 years) etc.