PLENARY SPEAKERS



Prof. Lim Chwee Teck, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Talk title: Flexible Wearable Microfluidic Sensors for Biomedical Applications
Professor Lim is the inaugural NUS Society Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as Acting Director of Biomedical Institute for Global Health Research and Technology at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include mechanobiology of human diseases and the development of microfluidic technologies for human disease diagnosis, monitoring and precision therapy. Prof Lim has authored more than 350 journal papers. He is an elected Fellow of both the AIMBE and IAMBE as well as elected member of the World Council of Biomechanics. He currently sits on the editorial boards of more than 20 international journals. Prof Lim and his team have garnered more than 80 research awards and honors including the International Precision Medicine Conference Prize 2017, Asian Scientist 100 in 2016, ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2016, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) 2012, HFSP Award 2012, 2018, President's Technology Award 2011 and IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2010, 2016 among others. Professor Lim holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, UK.



Prof. Omowunmi “Wunmi” Sadik, State University of New York, USA
Talk title: Nanobiosensors: Modalities, Challenges and Prospects
Dr. Omowunmi “Wunmi” Sadik serves as Professor of Chemistry and (inaugural/founding) Director of the Center for Research in Advanced sensing Technologies and Environmental Sustainability (CREATES formerly CASE) at the State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton), where she has been a member of the faculty since (August) 1996. She is also the President and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) (www.susnano.org), a non-profit, international professional society dedicated to advancing sustainable nanotechnological solutions around the world through education, research, and the promotion of the responsible growth of nanotechnology. Sadik received her BS and MS in chemistry from the University of Lagos (Nigeria) and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Wollongong (Australia). She has held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University and the Naval Research Laboratory. Professor Sadik has developed an excellent publication record of peer-reviewed research in biosensors and bioanalytical chemistry. She is the author/co-author over 170 scientific publications, and she has given over 400 invited lectures and conference contributions across the world. Out of the 30 plus PhD students that she has mentored to date, 12 of them have gone on to hold tenure-track faculty positions in the US and around the world. Sadik is recognized for her research innovation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omowunmi_Sadik) and sustainable nanotechnology.
Professor Sadik’s research areas are in surface chemistry, chemical sensors and biosensors, and in their application to solving real-life problems in biological systems, energy and the environment. Her research has been funded by different U.S. government agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DTRA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Battelle, Army Research Office, Naval Research Laboratory and the Environmental Protection Agency, and by leading institutions in the private and nonprofit sectors such as Procter & Gamble and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Professor Sadik holds five U.S. patents for her work on biosensors and nanostructured membranes. Her inventions are helping to drive changes in many areas such as the early diagnosis of cancer, genetic testing, pain management in hospital patients and environmental analysis. She has developed biosensors for use as new diagnostic tools and detection devices in a variety of clinical, environmental, energy and food safety settings. Professor Sadik has led her team of researchers in translating basic research in biosensors to design a prototype of a portable, fully autonomous, and remotely operated sensing device, known as a U-PAC (or Ultra-Sensitive Portable Capillary Sensor). She is currently the principal investigator of a joint NSF/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project that focuses on developing field-based biosensor technology for smallholder farmers. This project addresses the detection and remediation of Colletotrichum gloesporioides, a pathogenic fungus found on many fruit and vegetable crops including yams, tomatoes, oranges, and bananas. Through an NSF I-Corps Project, Professor Sadik is advancing the commercialization of so-called “Triple Five”/(5-5-5 Sensal) technology that rapidly identifies the “notorious five” pathogens: Salmonella, E. coli, Norovirus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Listeria (“Sensal”) all within five minutes.
Some of Professor Sadik’s notable career highlights include being a recipient of: Harvard University’s Distinguished Radcliffe Fellowship (2003), the National Science Foundation’s Discovery Corps Senior Fellowship (2005), the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research (2011), the Australian Merit Scholar Award (1991), the SUNY Research Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Inventor (2002), and the National Academy of Sciences Collaboration in Basic Science & Engineering Fellowship (2000). In addition, Professor Sadik is a Jefferson Science Fellow(2017), Brian O’Connell Fellow (2018), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2010) and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2012) and a 2015-2017 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. In 2016, Professor Sadik became only the fourth woman and the first female scientist to be conferred with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award, Nigeria’s highest national honor for academicians. As of 2016, a total of 73 recipients (including a Nobel Laureate) have been conferred with the NNOM by the Presidents of Nigeria since the first award was conferred in 1979.



Scientia Prof. Justin Gooding, University of New South Wales, Australia
Talk title: Ultrasensitive sensors for biomedical monitoring
Scientia Professor Justin Gooding is currently an ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, the co-director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and the co-director of the New South Wales Smart Sensing Network. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2016 and the International Society of Electrochemistry. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal ACS Sensors. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Melbourne University before obtaining a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and received post-doctoral training at the Institute of Biotechnology in Cambridge University. He returned to Australia in 1997 as a Vice-Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He was promoted to full professor in 2006. He was one of the recipients of a 2004 NSW Young Tall Poppy award, a 2005 Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the 2007 RACI Lloyd Smythe Medal for Analytical Chemistry, the 2009 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, a 2010 ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, the RACI 2011 H.G. Smith Medal for contributions to chemistry, the 2012 RACI R.H. Stokes Medal for electrochemical research, the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Australasian Lecturer, the 2013 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Emerging Research, the 2016 Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry Electrochemistry Division, the 2016 Biosensors and Bioelectronics Award and the 2016 Walter Burfitt Prize for Science and Archibald Liversidge Medal for Chemistry both of the Royal Society of New South Wales, the 2017 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and the 2017 Katsumi Niki Prize in Bioelectrochemistry from the International Society of Electrochemistry. He leads a research team of over 40 researchers interested in surface modification and nanotechnology for biosensors, biomaterials, electron transfer and medical applications.



Prof. Elisabetta Comini, University Brescia, Italy
Talk title: Metal oxide nanowire chemical sensors: innovation and quality of life
Elisabetta Comini received her degree in physics at the University of Pisa in 1996. She received her Ph.D. degree in material science at the University of Brescia. In 2001 she has been appointed assistant professor of physics of matter at Brescia University. In 2016 she became full professor.
EC is the director of SENSOR laboratory (Brescia University, http://sensor.unibs.it).
EC was among the first worldwide to propose and present the use of metal oxide nanowires as conductometric chemical sensors and after her pioneering paper APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 81:1869–1871, 2002 thousands of research have been proposed on the same field.
She is internationally recognized in chemical sensing and material science, she is part of the technical program committee of several international, national conferences and workshops. She was appointed Eurosensors fellow in 2012 and she was chair of the 2013 MRS fall meeting ( http://www.mrs.org/fall2013/ ).
EC has a high number of publications on international journals (more than 335 WOS), more than 9200 citations and a highly cited paper (in the top 1% of its academic field). She is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties.
Her Hirsch index (h-index) is 50 (Web of Science), 51 (Scopus), 60 (Google scholar).
Researcher ID http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-6721-2008
ORCID http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2559-5197
Google scholar:
https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=2ZAnRXwAAAAJ&hl=en



Laureate Professor Rob Evans
The University of Melbourne, Australia

Talk title: To be announced
Rob Evans was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1947. After completing a BE degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 1969, he worked as a radar systems engineering officer with the Royal Australian Airforce.

He completed a PhD in 1975 at the University of Newcastle followed by postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT, and the Control and Management Department at Cambridge University.

In 1977 he took up an academic position at the University of Newcastle, where he served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co- Director of the ARC Centre on Industrial Control Systems. In 1992 he moved to the University of Melbourne, where he has served as Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Research Leader for the Cooperative Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing, Director of the Centre for Networked Decision Systems, Executive Dean of Engineering, and Director of NICTA Victoria. He is a Melbourne University Laureate Professor and currently Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Director of the Defence Science Institute.

His research has ranged across many areas including theory and applications in industrial control, radar systems, signal processing and telecommunications. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and Life Fellow of IEEE.



Prof. Chun Wang, University of New South Wales, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Professor Wang is the Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Previously he held the appointments are the Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre at RMIT University between 2009 and 2016, and the Head of Advanced Composites Technologies at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation between 1995 and 2009. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 1991, and Bachelor degree from Huazhong University Science and Technology in 1985.

He has published 290 technical papers that have attracted 6329 citations with an H-index of 46 according to Google Scholar. During the past six years, he has been awarded 13 ARC grants and has attracted over $10 million research funding.

Prof Wang has held several professional appointments that include being a member of the ARC College of Experts and Chair of the National Committee on Applied Mechanics. In these roles, he has made significant contributions to promoting research, teaching and engineering practices in Australia and overseas.



Prof. Lloyd C.L. Hollenberg, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Lloyd is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD in theoretical particle physics at the University in 1989 when he was awarded a JSPS Fellowship at the KEK accelerator laboratory in Tsukuba, Japan. After his postdoctoral period he returned to the School of Physics where he is now Professor. Lloyd’s early work in mathematical physics, non-perturbative many body systems and lattice gauge theory was a natural starting point for his interest in quantum computing. In 2001 created and began directing the Device Modelling and Algorithms Program and has been a major driving force for and architect of the silicon quantum computer vision. He has published over 155 papers in refereed journals, including prestigious journals such as Science, Nature, Nature Physics, Nature Nanotechnology and Physical Review Letters. He is an internationally known proponent of quantum technology in the wider context, having also worked on quantum communication systems as a Technical Director of the Quantum Communications Victoria initiative (2005 -2008), and recently developing quantum applications for ultra-sensitive imaging techniques crossing over to the nano-bio realm. He has served on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts and was Chair of the Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences panel in 2008. From 2007-2011 he was an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and in 2013 was granted an ARC Laureate Fellowship.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS



Prof. Pelagia-Iren Gouma, The Ohio State University, USA
Talk title: Defining the Future through Nanosensors and Chemoactuators: Personalized Medical Diagnostics and Soft Robotics
Dr. Pelagia-Irene (Perena) Gouma is currently the Edward Orton Jr., Chair in Ceramic Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her previous appointment was with the Institute of Predictive Performance Methodologies (IPPM) and with the MSE Dept. (tenured Full Professor) at the University of Texas-Arlington. Before that, for 16 years, she was a Professor at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, and the Founder and Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development (CNSD). She holds a B.Sc. degree in Applied Physics from the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki Greece; a M.Sc. (Eng) degree in Materials from the University of Liverpool, UK and a M.Phil in Organizational Management from the same Institution. She received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Birmingham in the UK. Dr. Gouma’s research activities involve the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for bio-/chemical sensors and biotechnology as well as the development of artificial olfaction systems (breath analyzers, electronic noses and tongues). Dr. Gouma has established novel and highly successful programs on nanomedicine, with emphasis on the development of non-invasive breath and skin-based diagnostic tools. She has been featured as an expert in nanomaterials, ceramics, and sensors in numerous press releases (Science Nation, IOP, Science press, NPR, NBC news, Fox news, Fast Company, etc.). She has published 135 peer-reviewed articles, 18 book chapters and editorials, and a monograph. She also holds 18 patents (both US and International). She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, she was a Fulbright Scholar to UNICAMP in Brazil, and she has received the prestigious Richard M. Fulrath award of The American Ceramic Society. She was the sole Chair of the 2011 ISOEN Conference. Dr. Gouma can be reached at: gouma.2@osu.edu.



Prof. Nicolas Voelcker, Monash University, Australia
Talk title: Nanostructured Silicon based Biosensors.
After completing his BSc at the University of Saarland (1993) and his MSc at the RWTH Aachen (1995) in Germany, Nico completed a PhD thesis (1999) in polymer surface chemistry at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials under Professor Hartwig Höcker. He received postdoctoral fellowships to work in the area of bioorganic chemistry under Professor Reza Ghadiri at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In 2001 he became a Lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, an Associate Professor in 2006 and a full Professor in 2008. From 2008-2011, he was the Associate Head of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University. Since 2012, he is a Professor in Chemistry and Materials Science at the Mawson Institute of the University of South Australia. From 2013-2015, he was Deputy Director of the Mawson Institute at the University of South Australia and Program Leader of the Cooperate Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing. From 2014-2017, he was Node Leader in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology. Since February 2017, he is the Scientific Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Professor at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University and Science Leader at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). His key research interest lies in the fabrication and surface modification of porous semiconductor materials for applications in biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery. A core research activity in his laboratory is the study of porous silicon based nanostructures and their surface chemistry. A current focus is the development of new nanostructured materials for biosensors, biochips, biomaterials and drug delivery. He has authored over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles with over 7500 citations, h-index 44, and has filed over 25 patents. He has received fellowships from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the CSIRO, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, is a recipient of the Tall Poppy Science Award, a finalist for the South Australian Scientist of the Year 2015 and the Australian Innovation Challenge. He is serving on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council.



Prof. Andre Luiten, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Andre is Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing and Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Adelaide. He has held three prestigious Fellowships from the ARC. Andre came to Adelaide in 2013 supported by a South Australian Research Fellowship from the Premier’s Research and Innovation Fund. He has authored 109 journal papers and raised over $20M for research. Prof Luiten’s work is aimed at developing state-of-the-art instruments across many diverse fields of physics. He is excited by the possibility of applying these instruments to solve problems and make measurements that were not previously possible.



Prof. Leslie Yeo, RMIT University
Talk title: Phonon‐Mediated Synthesis, Processing and Manipulation of Two‐Dimensional and Bulk Crystals
Leslie Yeo is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at RMIT University, Australia. He received his PhD from Imperial College London in 2002, for which he was awarded the Dudley Newitt prize for a computational/theoretical thesis of outstanding merit. Prior to joining RMIT University, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, after which he held a faculty position at Monash University. He also held the Australian Research Fellowship and Australian Research Council Future Fellowship from 2009 to 2017. Dr Yeo was the recipient of the 2007 Young Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute for Policy & Science ‘in recognition of the achievements of outstanding young researchers in the sciences including physical, biomedical, applied sciences, engineering and technology’, and the Dean’s and Vice-Chancellor’s awards for excellence in early career research at Monash University. Dr Yeo is co-author of the book Electrokinetically Driven Microfluidics & Nanofluidics (Cambridge University Press), and the author of over 200 research publications and 20 patent applications. He is also the Editor of the American Institute of Physics journal Biomicrofluidics and an editorial board member of Interfacial Phenomena & Heat Transfer and Scientific Reports.



Prof. Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
I joined Swinburne University of Technology in July 2016 to start a new Key Laboratory for IoT in the university’s Digital Research & Innovation Capability Platform. Before that I served as a Research Director (2008-2014) of CSIRO’s ICT Centre and the Executive Director of the Information Engineering Laboratory, which was the largest Computer Science research program in Australia. Prior to joining CSIRO, I held research and management positions in several industrial laboratories in the US, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found and led two of Telcordia’s Research Centers in Austin, Texas, and Poznan, Poland); Microelectronics and Computer Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas; GTE (currently Verizon) Laboratories in Boston, Massachusetts; and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Piscataway, New Jersey. I was also a full Professor at RMIT University (2014-2016), and I am currently an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. I have authored/co-authored 150 journal and conference publications in computer science, which include three seminal papers in the areas of IoT, Service Computing, and Workflow Management. and my publications have been cited more than 9750 times. I have received two outstanding paper awards from the IEEE Computer Society (CS), as well as several IEEE CS service awards. I was the recipient of GTE’s (Verizon’s) Excellence Award. In Australia, I was a principal investigator in four ACT iAwards, and a CSIRO Plant Industry divisional innovation award. A recent IoT research outcomes has also won the Black Duck Rookie of the Year Award in the USA. I have attracted significant external research funding (>$35M) from various industry and government research funding agencies, ranging from DARPA and ARDA in the USA, to the Framework Program in the EU, to the Department of Human Services in Australia.



Prof. Warwick Bowen, The University of Queensland, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Professor Bowen is recognised both nationally and internationally for research at the interface of nanotechnology and quantum science; including nanophotonics, nanomechanics, quantum optomechanics and photonic/quantum sensing. He is an Australian Future Fellow. He leads the Quantum Optics Laboratory at UQ, is Director of the UQ Precision Sensing Initiative, and is both Program and Node Manager of the Australian Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems.
The research in Professor Bowen's lab spans from the very fundamental, e.g. how does quantum physics transition into our everyday world at large scales?, to applied, e.g. developing next generation sensors for medical diagnostics and navigation. To pursue this research, his lab works in close partnership with industry and uses state-of-the-art facilities for nanofabrication, nanoanalysis, precision optical measurement and deep cryogenic refrigeration available in-house or on campus at UQ.
Professor Bowen has supervised more than thirty postgraduate students, who have been recognised with prizes such as Fulbright Scholarships, an Australian Youth Science Ambassadorship, a Springer PhD theses prize, the Queensland nomination for the Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Medal, the Australian Optical Society Postgraduate Student Prize and UQ Graduate of the Year. He regularly has projects available, both for postgraduate students and for postdoctoral researchers. Please check his website, above, or contact him directly for details (w.bowen@uq.edu.au).



Prof. Yongxiang Li​​, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: LTCC technology for sensors and ceramic microsystems.
To be anounced



A/Prof. Nemai Karmakar, Monash University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Nemai Karmakar is the Director of Monash Microwave, Antenna, RFID and Sensor Laboratory (MMARS), Director of ECSE Industry Engagement and Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University, Nemai Chandra Karmakar (IEEE StM91, M 91, SrM99) obtained the B.Sc (EEE) and M.Sc (EEE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka in 1987 and 1989 respectively, the M.Sc (EE) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 1991, the PhD degree from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 1999, Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipTHE) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2001 and Master in Higher Education (MHEd) from Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia in 2007. His MHEd research is on “Developing Engineering Students’ Transferable Skills Through Work Placement at NTU, Singapore.” His PhD thesis work concerned the area of switched beam and phased array antennas for mobile satellite communications. His PhD work was one of the most significant findings at The University of Queensland in 1998 and published in national media such as ABC Radio and Canberra Times. His PhD work was elected the third best student paper in 1997 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference held in Hong Kong. From 1989 to 1990, he worked as an Assistant Engineer in Electronics Institute, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh. In August 1990, he was a Research Assistant at the Communications Research Group, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. From 1992 to 1995 he worked as a Microwave Design Engineer at Mitec Ltd., Brisbane, Australia where he contributed to the development of land mobile satellite antennas for the Australian Mobilesat. From 1995 to 1996 he taught final year courses on Microwaves and Antenna Technologies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. From September 1998 to March 1999 he worked as a research engineer within the Radar Laboratory, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From March 1999 to July 2004 he was an Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Division of Communication Engineering, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From July 2004 to date he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Australia. Dr. Karmakar’s research interests cover areas such as RFID, smart antennas for mobile and satellite communications, electromagnetic bandgap structure (EBG) assisted RF devices, planar phased array antennas, broadband microstrip antennas and arrays, beam-forming networks, near-field/far-field antenna measurements, microwave device modeling, monostatic and bistatic radars. He has published more than 200 referred journal and conference papers, 3 books and twenty four book chapters. His biography has been included (by invitation) in Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Technology 2002-2003, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 edition as a pioneer in planar phased arrays and Marquis Who’s Who in the World (by invitation) 2007. He is a member of the editorial board of a number of journals.



Prof. Arkady Zaslavsky, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: Real-time intelligence over IoT data streams
Dr Zaslavsky is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with Data61, CSIRO. Commonwealth Science Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national research agency. Arkady is leading Data61 R&D projects in Internet of Things, mobile analytics and context-awareness science areas. He is a technical leader of the EU Horizon-2020 project bIoTope – building IoT Open Innovation Ecosystem for connected smart objects. Professor Arkady Zaslavsky holds Adjunct-Professorship appointments with a number of Australian and International universities, including UNSW, La Trobe University, University of Luxembourg and ITMO University, StPetersburg. Arkady Zaslavsky has published more than 400 research publications throughout his professional career and supervised to completion more than 35 PhD students. Arkady Zaslavsky is a Senior Member of ACM, a Senior Member of IEEE Computer and Communication Societies. More information CSIRO Profile | Google Scholar | LinkedIn | ORCID



Prof. Reza Hoseinnezhad, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: Emerging Visual Sensing Technologies: An Industry Collaboration Showcase
Reza Hoseinnezhad received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees, in Electronic, Control and Electrical Engineering, all from University of Tehran (Iran), in 1994, 1996 and 2002, respectively. Since 2002, Reza has been working at University of Tehran, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Melbourne, and RMIT University, in various positions. Reza is currently a Professor of Statistical Machine Vision, and Program Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering (Honours), at School of Engineering, RMIT University. His research interests include stochastic multi-object filtering, random set theory, sensor management, autonomous vehicles, and robust fitting in computer vision. His significant publications and current projects can be viewed in reza.hoseinnezhad.com



INVITED SPEAKERS



Prof. Su Xiaodi, A*STAR, Singapore
Talk title: Nanobiosensors for On-Site and On-Demand Applications
Dr Su Xiaod is a Senior Scientist and Head of Nanomaterial Department, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) at A*STAR. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore and Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering and Science, University of the Sunshine Coast.



Dr. Ronald Chatelier, Universal Biosensors, Australia
Talk title: Point-of-care electrochemical sensors to monitor glucose and blood coagulation
Dr. Ron Chatelier has a BSc (Hons) and PhD (Physical Biochemistry) from the University of Melbourne in 1985 where he worked on fluorescent spectroscopy in biological membranes. Following this, he developed flow cytometric assays of growth factors binding to cells at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne and was a Fogarty Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD, working on the statistical physics of concentrated protein solutions with an emphasis on their behaviour in the ultracentrifuge. He joined the CSIRO in 1988 and worked on polymeric biomaterials for cardiovascular applications, and then on the surface modification of ophthalmic materials.

Dr Chatelier has worked in the field of electrochemical biosensors from 1996 onwards in Memtec, US Filter, Vivendi and Universal Biosensors. In this time he has developed novel chemistries, voltage pulse sequences and analyses for the test technology. These inventions have been used to stabilize the electrodes, proteins and electrochemical mediators, and to correct for a large number of interfering factors such as antioxidants, hematocrit and temperature. The advanced algorithms and error traps have allowed the meters to function as expert systems, rejecting incorrect results and guiding the user towards accurate results via an inbuilt “customer service interface”. The overall effect of these inventions is to create fast, accurate, stable and inexpensive biosensor systems which educate the user as needed.

Dr. Chatelier has 50 papers in refereed journals and over 20 patents in the areas of polymeric biomaterials and electrochemical biosensors.

The work at Universal Biosensors has generated two commercial products:
1) The OneTouch Verio® glucose sensor, marketed by LifeScan (Johnson & Johnson).
2) The Xprecia Stride® Coagulation Analyzer (to measure prothrombin time / international normalised ratio), marketed by Siemens.



Dr. Edith Chow, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: Gold Nanoparticle-Based Chemical Sensing Technologies for Analysis at the Point-of-Need
Dr Edith Chow is a Senior Research Scientist in the Nanosensors and Systems Team in CSIRO Manufacturing, Lindfield. She joined CSIRO in 2006, after receiving her PhD in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in the same year. Edith’s research activities involve the development of gold nanoparticle-based platform technologies (chemiresistor sensors and paper devices) with the aim to provide simple and low-cost analysis solutions at the point-of-need. She was the recipient of a CSIRO Julius Career Award in 2010 and NSW Young Tall Poppy Award in 2015 for excellence in scientific research and outreach.



Prof. Seng Loke, La Trobe University, Australia
Talk title: Cooperative Awareness and Action for Smart Vehicles, Smart Crowds, and Smart Things
Seng Loke is Professor in Computer Science at the School of Information Technology in Deakin University, and co-directs the Internet-of-Things Research Cluster at the School. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has authored 'Context-Aware Pervasive Systems: Architectures for a New Breed of Applications' published by Auerbach (CRC Press), Dec 2006, and more recently authored 'Crowd-Powered Mobile Computing and Smart Things' published by Springer in 2017.
He has (co-)authored more than 280 research publications in cooperative vehicles, drone services, crowd-sensing, crowd-sourcing, context-aware systems, and the Internet-of-Things.



A/Prof. Daniel T.H. Lai, Victoria University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Daniel T.H. Lai received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Systems from Monash University. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2007-2008) and Victoria University (2009-2010). Daniel is currently with the College of Engineering and Science in Victoria University.
His research interests include new sensing, communication technologies and computational intelligence for applications in health and sports.
Daniel has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is a current reviewer for several high impact international journals such as IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Biomechanics and Sensors and Actuators. He is also actively involved in organisation of several workshops and international conferences.



Ms. Flavia Tata Nardini, Fleet Space Technologies, Australia
Talk title: To be anounced
Flavia is the CEO of Fleet Space Technologies and LaunchBox. She was Consultant CubeSat Development at University of Adelaide, Project Manager, Propulsion Design and Test Engineer and Business Developer - International Relations at TNO and Propulsion Test Engineer at European Space Agency. Flavia holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Space Engineering from University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.



Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Talk title: Human-inspired Electronic Sensor Skins
Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is the President’s Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff scientist in the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). During his doctoral career, he developed multiple technologies in electronic sensor skins with several high impact publications in Science, Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology. He has won numerous international awards in recognition of his work, including the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovators Under 35 Award (Global and Asia list). He is a named inventor in 8 patents. In 2014, he was selected to be a Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow (Singapore-Stanford Biodesign). During his fellowship, he applied a needs-driven methodology to identify and develop technological solutions for unmet clinical needs.

His current research focus is on developing high-performance flexible and stretchable sensor platform technologies for emerging autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) systems and Internet of Things applications. He aims to integrate fundamental knowledge in material science, nano-electronics and biology to develop multi-scale artificial sensory devices and biotechnology systems inspired by natural systems. He recently received the prestigious Singapore Young Scientist Award and was selected as a National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow.

He can be reached at www.benjamintee.com



Dr Olga Shimoni, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Talk title: Functional nanomaterials for bio-imaging and medical diagnostics
Dr. Olga Shimoni is Senior Lecturer at the UTS Faculty of Science and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow. She is also co-CI on the ARC Industrial Research Hub for Integrated Device for End-user Analysis at Low-levels (ARC IDEAL Hub). She graduated with PhD from Melbourne University in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2012. Her research brings together breakthroughs in physics, chemistry, nanotechnology and biology to improve human health. It spans across creating nanoscale biosensors for earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease; point-of-care tests for celiac disease, tuberculosis or prostate cancer; drug delivery carriers to target diseased tissue; and multi-functional luminescent probes that can monitor organelle activity and interactions. As earlier career researcher, she received more than $5 million in external grants, published more than 25 research papers in high-impact journals, book chapter and two patents. Dr Shimoni is passionate about research development translation from lab to reality, encourages interdisciplinary research as a member of steering committee for EMCR Brain Science Network, and actively promotes equity for Women in STEMM.



Mr. Vafa Shams, Country Director - Wirepas, ANZA SEA, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Vafa is the Country Director, Aust NZ, SE-Asia, Wirepas, Investor & Advisor at Melbourne Angels and Advisory Board Member at EducationCurb Pty Ltd. He was Innovation & Commercialisation Consultant, Ventures at Company Name ConvergentMedia, Telstra Account Director at Alcatel-Lucent, Co-Founder and Investment Director at MAP Capital advisors, Regional Sales Director - Service Layer and Systems Integration at Ericsson, General Manager- Service Layer & SI Practice at Ericsson Australia, Senior Consultant at Northstream and General Manager at Nippon Ericsson K.K. He holds Bachelor Degree with Honours in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University.



Mr. Geoffrey Ramadan, Unique Micro Design, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Geoffrey Ramadan is the Managing Director of Unique Micro Design . He is also the Managing Director of Provectus Wealth. He was an engineer at General Motors Holden. Geoffrey hods a B.E.(Elec) Electrical/Electronics from Monash University, 1981.