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Prof. Rajkumar Buyya (IEEE Fellow)
Director, Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Lab,
Biography: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He has authored over 850 publications and seven text books including "Mastering Cloud Computing" published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. Dr. Buyya is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=148, g-index=322, and 114,200+ citations). "A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature" by German scientists ranked Dr. Buyya as the World's Top-Cited (#1) Author and the World's Most-Productive (#1) Author in Cloud Computing. Dr. Buyya is recognised as Web of Science “Highly Cited Researcher” for five consecutive years since 2016, IEEE Fellow, Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier, and the “Best of the World”, in Computing Systems field, by The Australian 2019 Research Review. Software technologies for Grid, Cloud, and Fog computing developed under Dr.Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 50+ countries around the world. Manjrasoft's Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received "Frost New Product Innovation Award". He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Software: Practice and Experience, a long standing journal in the field established 50+ years ago. For further information on Dr.Buyya, please visit his cyberhome: www.buyya.com.
Prof.Sandro Zampieri (IEEE Fellow)
University of Padova, Italy
Biography: Sandro Zampieri received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in System Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1988 and 1993, respectively. Since 2002 he is Full Professor in Automatic Control at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova. He has been the head of the Department of Information Engineering from 2014 until 2018.
Zampieri has published more than 150 journal and conference papers. He was general chair of the 1st IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems 2009, program chair of the 3rd IFAC Workshop on Estimation and Control of Networked Systems 2012 and publication chair of the IFAC World Congress 2011. He served as an Associate Editor of the Siam Journal on Control and Optimization on 2002-2004 and of the IEEE Transactions of Automatic Control on 2012-2014. He was the chair of the IFAC technical committee "Networked systems" on 2005-2008. He was one of the recipients of the 2016 IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Best Paper Award. He is IEEE Fellow since 2022. His research interests include networked control, control of complex systems and distributed control and estimation with applications to the smart grids.
Prof.Prof. Francesco Bullo (IEEE Fellow, IFAC Fellow, SIAM Fellow)
College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Biography: Francesco Bullo is a Professor with the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was previously associated with the University of Padova (Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering, 1994), the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D. degree in Control and Dynamical Systems, 1999), and the University of Illinois. He served on the editorial boards of IEEE, SIAM, and ESAIM journals and as IEEE CSS President. His research interests focus on network systems and distributed control with application to robotic coordination, power grids and social networks. He is the coauthor of “Geometric Control of Mechanical Systems” (Springer, 2004), “Distributed Control of Robotic Networks” (Princeton, 2009), and “Lectures on Network Systems” (Kindle Direct Publishing, 2021, v1.5). He received best paper awards for his work in IEEE Control Systems, Automatica, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC, and SIAM.
Prof. Tarek M. Sobh (Fellow, African Academy of Sciences)
Biography: Professor Tarek M. Sobh received the B.Sc. in Engineering degree with honors in Computer Science and Automatic Control from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1988, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the President and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Michigan. He is Distinguished Professor and Dean of Engineering Emeritus at the University of Bridgeport (UB), Connecticut.
Previously, he served as Provost of Lawrence Technological University (LTU) (2020-2021). At the University of Bridgeport (UB), he was the University Executive Vice President, Research and Economic Development (2018-2020), Interim Provost (2020), Founding Dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education (2018-2020), and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science (2010-2020), the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control (RISC) laboratory, Founder of the High-Tech Business Incubator at UB (CTech IncUBator); and the Founding Director of the Bauer Hall Innovation Center. He was the Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research (2014-2018), Vice President (2008-2014), Vice Provost (2006-2008), Dean of the School of Engineering (1999-2018), Interim Dean of the School of Business, Director of External Engineering Programs, Interim Chair of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and Chair of the Department of Technology Management. He also served at UB as a Professor of Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from 2000-2010, and an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering from 1995-1999. He was a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Utah from 1992-1995, and a Research Fellow at the General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania from 1989-1991. He was the Founding Chair of the Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems Technical Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 1992-1999, and the Founding Chair of the Prototyping Technical Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 1999-2001.
His background is in the fields of robotics, computer science and engineering, control theory, automation, manufacturing, AI, computer vision and signal processing.