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

Dina Šimunić was born in Zagreb,Croatia in 1963. She has received her M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb and was  Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) in Zagreb, in 1985 and 1992, respectively. She has received Dr.Sc. at Graz University of Technology, Austria, in 1995. Since 1991 she is with Department for Wireless Communications at University of Zagreb. She was a guest professor in research laboratories “Wandel & Goltermann” in Germany and “Motorola Inc.”, USA in 1996. In Croatia she has served as a vice-president of Telecommunications Council. In European Commission she has acted as a vice chair of COST for precompetitive research in information and communication technologies. Dr. Simunic is the president of Technical committee for telecommunications at Croatian Standards Institute. She is the 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 has 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, radio frequency simulations and biomedical effects of electromagnetic fields Prof. Šimunić is a senior member of IEEE. She has 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 has served as an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Green Engineering.

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 has joined a number of international conferences as Program Committee Member and experienced Program Chairs in IEEE Sponsored Conferences. He has 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 has 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 has 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, and 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 four 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 the 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 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 has received M.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 1991-area of Specialization being controls and signal Processing. He has received Doctorate degree from University of London, UK in 1994 wherein the area of specialization was Control, Robotics and automation. Since 1989 to 1994 he has 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, NY. From 2010 to 2016 he has served as a 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  at 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  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 has received Master degree in Physics from school of physics, University of Hyderabad in 2005-area of specialization being nanomaterial’s science and engineering. He has received Doctorate degree from University of Singapore in 2013 with area of specialization as development of low-cost photovoltaic devices for solar energy harvesting. Since 2013 he has been working 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 environment 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 is a part of the solution to lowering batteries environmental impacts.

His expertise is in novel materials development, energy efficiency improvement,product & process development, new technology evaluation, industrial experience in manufacturing batteries for power electronics, automotive industries and grid-storage. He has 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, CMCEE 2018 Singapore. He is an active member of MRS Singapore and American ceramic Society, USA.

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

He has received B. Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras in 1993 and M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2000. Since 2009 Mr. Kapil Baidya is with TATA Motors Limited as an Assistant General Manager (Dev) – Advanced Engineering. From 2008 to 2009 he has worked as a Joint General Manager in ESSAR Engineering Ltd. He has also worked as a senior program manager in Flextronics, Chennai from 2007 to 2008 and in KLA-Tencor as the Principal Mechanical Design Engineer during December 2006 to July 2007 at Chennai Area, India. In VES Singapore he has worked as a Senior Mechanical R&D Engineer from 2002 to 2006. He had 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 has worked in various fields 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 mid range 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 the 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 machinery in the industry that 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.

Dr. Harold D’Costa – Intelligent Quotient Security System, India

Dr. Harold D’Costa is the president of Cyber Security Corporation and CEO – Intelligent Quotient Security System.  IQSS is featured in top 10 cyber security company in the country in matters related to cyber security, cyber forensics and digital evidence. He is also working as an Advisor in Law Enforcement Agencies. He has worked as a Sr. Trainer (Judicial Officers – Cyber Law, Digital Evidence and Cyber Crime).  He has also worked on more than 4,000 cases of cyber crime from 7 countries and trained more than 35,000 cops and 2,000 judicial officers in cyber forensics, cyber law, digital evidence and cyber crime investigation.  He was a resource person in 15 international conferences and was also part of global cyber security summit in India.  He is a regular writer in leading newspaper and an expert in cyber security in various TV channels. He had the distinction to train Bangladesh Judges on Cyber Forensics organised by National Judicial Academy. He also worked on cyber cases related to Bollywood, MNC, Banks, Telecom, Education, Media, Gas subsidies etc. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the first e-delivery of question papers for Mumbai University. The system was widely appreciated and now is de-facto in many universities in different states of the country. He was on the panel of Maharashtra Police Academy to develop curriculum and courseware on cyber crime and digital forensics for corporates. He has been consistently getting a feedback score of 100% in training of officials from Mantralaya and large Government institutes. He has developed courseware and curriculum for YCMOU on Diploma – Cyber security. He is associated with National Judicial Academy, NIA, Maharashtra Police Academy, Goa Police, CID, Central for Police Research, Detective Training School, Maharashtra Intelligence Academy, Judicial Officers Training Institute, YASHDA in Training senior officials and providing consistent support in cyber security defence. He has Co-authored 14 books in cyber security space.