Professor Jaafar Elmirghani

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Areas of expertise: communication networks; energy efficient communication networks and systems; optical wireless systems and networks; WDM networks; optical fiber communication systems; wireless and cellular networks

Prof. JaafarElmirghani received a BSc (Hons) First Class in Electrical Engineering from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1989 and the PhD in 1994 from the University of Huddersfield, UK for work on optical receiver design and synchronization. He is a Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and is the Director of the Institute of Integrated Information Systems and Professor of Communication Networks and Systems within the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK. He joined Leeds in 2007 and prior to that (2000–2007) as chair in optical communications at the University of Wales Swansea he founded, developed and directed the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications.

He was Chairman of the IEEE UK and RI Communications Chapter and was Chairman of IEEE Comsoc Transmission Access and Optical Systems Committee and Chairman of IEEE Comsoc Signal Processing and Communication Electronics (SPCE) Committee. He was a member of IEEE ComSoc Technical Activities Council’ (TAC), was an editor of IEEE Communications Magazine and is and has been on the technical program committee of 29 IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM conferences between 1995 and 2012 including ten times as Symposium Chair. He was founding Chair of the Advanced Signal Processing for Communication Symposium which started at IEEE GLOBECOM’99 and has continued since at every ICC and GLOBECOM.

Dr. Elmirghani was also founding Chair of the first IEEE ICC/GLOBECOM optical symposium at GLOBECOM’00, the Future Photonic Network Technologies, Architectures and Protocols Symposium. He chaired this Symposium, which continues to date. He received the IEEE Communications Society 2005 Hal Sobol award for exemplary service to meetings and conferences, the IEEE Communications Society 2005 Chapter Achievement award, the University of Wales Swansea inaugural ‘Outstanding Research Achievement Award’, 2006, the IEEE Communications Society Signal Processing and Communication Electronics outstanding service award, 2009, and all four prizes awarded by the University of Khartoum for academic distinction in the Electrical Engineering Department. He is currently an editor of IET Optoelectronics, editor of Journal of Optical Communications, Co-Chair of the GreenTouch Core Switching and Routing Working Group, an adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, member of the Royal Society International Joint Projects Panel and member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) College.

  He has been awarded in excess of £20 million in grants to date from EPSRC, the EU and industry and has held prestigious fellowships funded by the Royal Society and by BT.  He has published over 350 technical papers, co-edited “Photonic Switching Technology- Systems and Networks”, IEEE Press 1998, leads a number of research projects and has research interests in communication networks, wireless and optical communication systems.

Professor Kondo H. Adjallah
University of Loraine, France

Areas of expertise: Control system Engineering, Automation and control, PLC programming, control and instrumentation, Scheduling and  Instrumentation.

Prof. Adjallah is a distinguished Professor and a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des PalmesAcadémiques” in France. He has an M.S. degree in electrical and control engineering. He obtained a Ph.D. from the InstitutNationalePolytechniquede Lorraine, France. He was an Associate Professor at the Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT), France, from 1994 to 2008. Since September 2008, he became a full Professor at the EcoleNationaled’Ingénieurs de Metz, where he is leading research activities at the LCOMS research unit of the Universitéde Lorraine.

He has been the chair of the French Research Working Group on “modeling and optimization of the distributed & collaborative maintenance” of the CNRS affiliated research group on “modeling, analysis and steering of dynamic systems” (GRD MACS). He is member of the IEEE society since 2002 and was the leader of the international cooperative research network for the management of durable infrastructures of development from 2007 to 2012. He is now leading the International Organization for Science and Engineering in Africa (IOSEA).

He is a fellow of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Intelligent Maintenance Systems. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Cincinnati in 2005-2006 and 2010-2012. He has been nominated in 2014 Outstanding Professor of the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Also in 2012, he was appointed as a Professor Habilitated of the Nanjing University of Science and Technology. He has published several journal and conference papers, journals special issue guest editor and was the main organizer of the international conference on Intelligent Maintenance Systems, July 15-16, 2004, Arles, France.Lastly, he is in charge of ENIM’s international relations since November 2011.

He is visiting professor at University of Cincinnati in the USA. He contributed in cutting edge research in leading organizations including the CRAN of Nancy, Charles Delaunay Institute of Troyes and LGIPM at the University of Metz. His current research interests include data integration and analysis, reliability and degradation modeling, health condition monitoring and decision support for predictive maintenance. Currently, he is leading research activities on data driven modeling of risks, anticipation and resiliency, with focus on industrial data instrumentation, data collection, health information extraction, dependability decision support of sustainable infrastructures.

Dr. Amitava Mukherjee 

Principal Globsyn Business School, Kolkata, India

Areas of expertise: Nano communication network, compressive sampling (CS), software defined networking (SDN), information centric networking (ICN), 5G wireless networks, controllability of complex network, cognitive radio network, wireless communication, sensor network, pervasive computing, mobile computing and communication, optical networks, combinatorial optimization and distributed system.

His leadership roles and consulting/managing experiences in different engagements are spanning across IT consulting in sales and engagement, IT Global Delivery, IT strategy consulting and implementation in Package (SAP) and Custom Software, Software Quality Management.

Amitava had been on sabbatical from IBM India (Jan 2003-Mar 2005), and visited University of New South Wales, Sydney as visiting Professor (2003-2004) and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm as Senior Researcher (2004-2005). From 1995-2002, he was the Principal Consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited, India. From 1983 to 1995, he was with the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India in research and teaching positions.

 He has around 170 published papers in journals and conference proceedings of international repute, four patents and five books, five book chapters in pervasive computing, wireless communication, controllability of complex networks, nano networks, SDN and societal engineering. He has the collaboration with different research labs/institutes across continents: IBM Watson Lab, IBM Zurich Lab, IBM India Research Lab, Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering -SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA, and ETCE Department of Jadavpur University, Calcutta and MIS of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) and Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-Indore).

He is a Senior Member of IEEE Communications Society (00279224) and member of ACM (6017925). He is serving as member of Technical Program Committee of large number of conferences like ICC, GLOBECOM, WPMC, etc. He is the reviewer of major IEEE Transactions (TON, TMC, TWC, etc.,) and did review at least 3-4 manuscripts in a year from these transactions.

 He is currently serving 1913 WG on IEEE Standard on Software-Defined Quantum Communication (SDQC).

He served as an active member of 1906.1 IEEE Standard WG on Nano networking, the emerging field of research from 2012-2015. He was the founder Vice-Chairman of IEEE Communication Society of Kolkata Chapter India. Amitava was one of experts of Program Analysis Task Force (PATF) of IEEE Communication Society, Head Quarter, New York for developing Wireless Communication Network Course during 2007-2010.