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Prof. Gou-Jen Wang is the dean of College of Engineering at National Chung-Hsing University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. In the past, he was the vice director of Biotechnology Center and the chairman of Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering at National Chung-Hsing University. He won the medal for the year 2017 of International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) and the 13th Innovators and 14th Innovators (Taiwan): five medals in total.

Keynote Speech: Biosensors based on nanostructured electrodes 


Dr. Debbie G. Senesky is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and by courtesy, the Electrical Engineering Department. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator of the EXtreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab). Her research interests include the development of micro- and nano-scale sensors, high-temperature electronics, and robust interface materials for operation within extreme harsh environments. In the past, she has held positions at GE Sensing (formerly known as NovaSensor), GE Global Research Center, and Hewlett Packard. She received the B.S. degree (2001) in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California. She received the M.S. degree (2004) and Ph.D. degree (2007) in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Keynote Speech: Tiny and Tough Sensors for Extreme Harsh Environments


Prof. Vladimir M. Mirsky is Research Professor at the Brandenburg University of Technologies in Cottbus - Senftenberg, Germany. He graduated from Moscow Medical University in biophysics and went on to study physical chemistry and electrochemistry at the Frumkin Institute of Electrochemistry obtaining his Ph.D. in 1986. He subsequently held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and a research position at CNRS prior to joining the Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Sensors and Biosensors at Regensburg University in 1995. After habilitation he became Professor of Nanobiotechnology and moved to Brandenburg. He is (co)editor of three books and two special issues on different aspects of chemical sensing. His work has led to about 20 patents and patent applications and about 150 scientific papers. The research activity of Prof. Mirsky is focused on the development of new chemical sensor (mainly based on surface plasmon resonance) and sensor-related technologies.

Keynote Speech: Detection of large analytes: recent progress and fundamental limitation


Asso. Prof. Francisco Falcone  received his Telecommunication Engineering Degree (1999) and PhD in Communication Engineering (2005), both at the Public University of Navarre in Spain. From 1999 to 2000 he worked as Microwave Commissioning Engineer, Siemens-Italtel. From 2000 to 2008 he worked as Radio Network Engineer, Telefónica Móviles. In 2009 he co-founded Tafco Metawireless, From 2003 to 2009 he was also Assistant Lecturer at UPNA, becoming Associate Professor in 2009. His research area is artificial electromagnetic media, complex electromagnetic scenarios and wireless system analysis, with applications to context aware environments, Smart Cities and Smart Regions. He has over 400 contributions in journal and conference publications. He has been recipient of the CST Best Paper Award in 2003 and 2005, Best PhD in 2006 awarded by the Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación, Doctorate award 2004-2006 awarded by UPNA, Juan Lopez de Peñalver Young Researcher Award 2010 awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain and Premio Talgo 2012 for Technological Innovation.

Keynote Speech: The Role of Wireless Systems to Enable Context Aware Environments


Asso. Prof. Gianluigi Ferrari Gianluigi Ferrari received the Laurea (summa cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, he has been with the University of Parma, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Telecommunications (with National Scientific Qualification for Full Professorship since 2013), and also is currently the Coordinator of the Internet of Things (IoT) Laboratory (http://iotlab.unipr.it/) at the Department of Engineering and Architecture. He held visiting researcher positions at the University of Southern California (USA), Carnegie Mellon University (USA), King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Thailand), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).
His research interests include signal processing, advanced communication and networking, and IoT and smart systems. He has authored extensively in these areas. In particular, he is a co-author of the upcoming (2018) Wiley book “Internet of Things: Architectures, Protocols and Standards.” He has received a few best paper/technical awards. He is currently an IEEE Senior Member.
He has collaborated extensively with public organizations and private companies (at national and international levels). Since 2016 is co-founder, President and CEO of things2i s.r.l. (http://www.things2i.com/), a spin-off company of the University of Parma dedicated to IoT and smart systems.


Prof. Dr. Bahram Nabet received his BS degree with Honors from Purdue University in 1977, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1985 and 1989 respectively. He joined the faculty of Drexel University in 1989 where he is presently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and affiliated Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

Dr. Nabet's research work has led to the development of optoelectronic devices that circumvent limitations of charge transport, i.e., work faster than the travel speed of electrons. His interest in interaction of light and semiconductors in small dimensions has led to the development of nano-structures that absorb and emit light with orders of magnitude more efficiency compared to their bulk counterparts. He is co-author of three books and over 180 refereed publications, and has won 6 Best Professor teaching awards from students as well as a departmental and a university-wide teaching award.

He has been a senior visiting scientist in Brazil and Italy, ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC, and has been on sabbatical leave at Telcordia Applied Research Inc. and Dexxon Group Inc.