PLENARY SPEAKERS



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.



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. Sajal K. Das, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
Talk title: Smart Living: The Next Frontier
Dr. Sajal K. Das is a Professor of Computer Science and Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA, where he was the Chair of Computer Science Department during 2013-2017. He also served the NSF as a Program Director in the Division of Computer Networks and Systems (CNS) during 2008-2011. Prior to 2013, Dr. Das was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 2012, the Science Foundation of Ireland selected him as the E.T.S. Walton Fellow.

Dr. Das’ research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile crowd sensing, pervasive computing, cyber-physical systems and smart environments (smart city, smart healthcare and smart grid), cyber security, IoT, big data, cloud computing, biological and social networks, applied graph theory and game theory. He has directed over $15M funded research projects and published more than 700 research papers in high quality journals and refereed conference proceedings. He holds 5 US patents, co-authored 51 invited book chapters, and four books on Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications (John Wiley, 2005), Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges (Morgan Kauffman, 2012), Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking (Wiley, 2012), and Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018). According to DBLP, Dr. Das is one of the most prolific authors in computer science. His h-index is 80 with more than 26,000 citations according to Google Scholar. He has graduated 41 Ph.D. students.

Dr. Das is a recipient of 10 Best Paper Awards at prestigious conferences, such as ACM MobiCom, IEEE PerCom, and IEEE SmartGridComm. He is also a recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching, mentoring and professional services, including the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks and mobile computing, and IEEE Region-5 Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Das serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal (since 2005), and serves as Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. A (co-) founder of IEEE PerCom, IEEE WoWMoM, IEEE SMARTCOMP, and ICDCN conferences, he has served as General Chair, Technical Program Chair, and Program Committee member of numerous ACM and IEEE conferences. Dr. Das is an IEEE Fellow.



Prof. S. O. Reza Moheimani, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Talk title: To be advised
Reza Moheimani currently holds the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology in Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His current research interests include ultrahigh-precision mechatronic systems, with particular emphasis on dynamics and control at the nanometer scale, including applications of control and estimation in nanopositioning systems for high-speed scanning probe microscopy and nanomanufacturing, modeling and control of microcantilever-based devices, control of microactuators in microelectromechanical systems, and design, modeling and control of micromachined nanopositioners for on-chip scanning probe microscopy and atomically precise lithography.

Dr. Moheimani is a Fellow of IEEE, IFAC and the Institute of Physics, U.K. His research has been recognized with a number of awards, including IFAC Nathaniel B. Nichols Medal (2014), IFAC Mechatronic Systems Award (2013), IEEE Control Systems Technology Award (2009), IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award (2007) and several best paper awards in various conferences. He is Editor-in-Chief of Mechatronics and has served on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and Control Engineering Practice. He chaired the IFAC Technical Committee on Mechatronic Systems 2011-2017.



Scientia Prof. Justin Gooding, University of New South Wales, Australia
Talk title: From Ultrasensitive to Single Molecule Biosensors that Operate in Complex Biological Fluids
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.



Dr. Erol Harvey, MiniFab, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Erol has been involved in the commercialization of micro and nano technologies for more than 20 years and has global experience in working in and with major multinationals, start-ups and SMEs, Universities and Government Research Labs. He was the co-founder and CEO of MiniFAB, an internationally recognized developer and manufacturer of microfluidic lab-on-a-chip diagnostics. Originally trained in laser and plasma physics at Monash University, he worked on Ultra-high Power Lasers for fusion research before joining his first start-up in Oxford, UK. Here he established a team of engineers to design and build excimer laser-based microengineering systems. Returning to Australia, he became Professor of Microtechnology at Swinburne University of Technology before co-founding MiniFAB. He is currently involved in innovation, product development and research commercialization in biotechnology, diagnostics, medical bionics and energy. Dr. Harvey is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and has served on several Government Councils and Advisory Boards including as the Chair of the Australian Synchrotron Industrial Advisory Panel. In recognition for achievements in entrepreneurship in emerging technology he was inducted in 2012 into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.



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



Prof. Bill Moran, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: Cognitive Active Sensing
Professor Bill Moran is the Scientific Director of the Defence Science Institute (DSI) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne.



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: Quantum bio-sensing and imaging using the nitrogen-vacancy centre
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. Istvan Barsony, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Talk title: Means of temperature assistance in gas sensing
Istvan Barsony is a profesor at Centre for Energy Research, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences MTA EK MFA, Budapest, Hungary
http://www.energia.mta.hu/~barsony/
http://mta.hu/koztestuleti_tagok?PersonId=11373&nomination=1
The overall focus of Professor Barsony's research is the research, development and system integration of physical, chemical/biochemical sensors and systems:
• MEMS and NEMS related technologies, with special emphasis on development of Si MOS embedding circuits
• Development and functional testing of different MEMS gas, chemical, 3D force, thermal, biology related sensors and sensor systems
• Development of microfluidic systems
• Development and applications of near IR light emitting diodes and detectors
• Development of solar cells and their competitive technology Professor Barsony also performs fundamental research on the following areas:
• Sensing principles;
• Novel materials and nanostructures;
• Novel 3D fabrication techniques;
• Ion-solid interaction for supporting MEMS development.
Istvan Publications are available at
https://vm.mtmt.hu/www/index.php?scid=21
https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7005360796
https://vm.mtmt.hu/search/slist.php?nwi=1&inited=1&ty_on=1&url_on=1&cite_type=2&orderby=3D1a&lang=1&location=mtmt&stn=1&AuthorID=1313679&Scientific=1



Distinguished Prof. Suresh Bhargava, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: Building with bubbles. Is it the start of a New Generation of Catalysts?
Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava is a world-renowned interdisciplinary scientist who has achieved excellence in five disciplines and is recognised for delivering research excellence that underpins significant industrial applications. He published more than 435 journal articles and more than 200 industrial reports. His research has been cited more than 11,100 times, amounting to over 6+ citations per day. Out of his seven patents, five have gone to industries or licensed to commerclisation. He has been quoted as being among the top 1% world scientists in the resource sector. As a passionate supporter of technological science and engineering for innovation, he provides consultancy and advisory services to many government and industrial bodies around the world, including BHP Billiton, Alcoa World Alumina, Rio Tinto and Mobil Exxon. Prof. Bhargava has also been on the Board of Directors for one of the industries of the Aditya Birla Group, India for over seven years.

A fellow of six Academies around the world, Professor Bhargava was awarded many prestigious national and international awards including the 2016 Khwarizmi International Award (KIA), the 2015 CHEMECA Medal (The most prestigious award in the chemical engineering profession in Australia and New Zealand), the most prestigious Indian National Science Academy’s P. C. Ray Chair (distinguished lecture series 2014), the RMIT University Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award (2006 and 2014), the Applied Research award (2013), and the R. K. Murphy Medal (2008) by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Most recently, he was decorated with the title of Distinguished Professor at RMIT University.
For more details please visit: http://www.nrioftheyear.com/winner-story-2017/suresh-bhargava/



Prof. Ann Roberts, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: Plasmonics-enabled functional photodetectors for imaging and sensing
Ann Roberts obtained B.Sc. (with First Class Honours and University Medal) and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Sydney in Australia. After a position as a postdoctoral associate in the School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University, she took up an academic position in the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne where she is now Professor. Professor Roberts has diverse research interests in physical optics and photonics. In particular, she has made significant advances in the computational and experimental study of plasmonic devices, metamaterials and nanoscale antennas. Professor Roberts' research interests also include the development of novel microscopic and imaging techniques and their application to the non-destructive examination of specimens such as live cells, photonic devices and cultural materials. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics (and former Victorian Branch Chair), a Member of the Australian Optical Society (and former President), a Member of the SPIE and a Fellow the OSA.



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.



Professor Roberto Sabatini, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: A New Multisensor System for Cognitive Human-Machine Interactions
Professor Roberto Sabatini is the Director of the Aerospace Automation and Autonomous Systems Laboratory at RMIT University and the Head of Group for Intelligent Transport and Mission Systems. He is an expert in Avionics/Mission Systems, Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, with specific hands-on competence in: Guidance, Navigation and Control; C4ISR Systems; Satellite Navigation and Augmentation Technologies; Human-Machine Interactions; Electro-Optics, Radar and Acoustic Sensors; and Multisensor Fusion for civil and military applications. During his carrier, Rob was responsible for numerous research programs on aerospace, defence and transport systems, and he has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed international publications. Professor Sabatini is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Additionally, he is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Life Member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. In his career, he received several awards including the NATO Research and Technology Organisation Scientific Achievement Award (2008), the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (2015), the SARES Science Award (2016), and the Northrop Grumman Professorial Scholarship Award (2017). Professor Sabatini is Editor for Progress in Aerospace Sciences, Technical Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Senior Editor for the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, and Associate Editor for Aerospace Science and Technology.



Prof. Karu Esselle, Macquarie University, Australia
Talk title: IoT challenges in wearable systems and satellite-aided systems
Professor Karu Esselle, FIEEE, FIEAust, PhD, MASc Ottawa, BSc (Eng) Moratuwa, is a Professor of Macquarie University, Director of WiMed Research Centre, Director of the Centre for Collaboration in Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering (C4CELANE), Director of Engineering Postgraduate Coursework Program and Past Associate Dean – Higher Degree Research. He has also served in the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Division Executive. He is the Chair of the prestigious Distinguished Lecturer Program of IEEE Antennas and Propagation (AP) Society – the premier global professional society dedicated for antennas and propagation and headquartered in the USA - which has over 8,000 members worldwide, thus becoming the first Australian ever to receive this honour. Karu was selected by this society as one of two candidates in the ballot for 2019 President of the Society. Karu himself was one of 2017 IEEE Distinguished Lecturers (DL), the only Australian AP DL in two decades, and second Australian AP DL ever. Karu is also the Chair of the Board of management of Australian Antenna Measurement Facility. Karu’s C4CELANE centre has been the top research team in Australia in this field for years. In the last four years it has become #2 in the world in terms of papers published in highest quality IEEE Transactions. Karu has authored over 550 research publications and his papers have been cited more than 6,600 times. His Google Scholar h-index of 39 is the highest ever achieved by any Australian in this field. Since 2002, his multi-award-winning research has attracted research grants, consultancies and PhD scholarships worth over 16 million dollars, from national and international organisations including industry. Karu led all IEEE activities in New South Wales as the Chair in 2016 and 2017 and IEEE NSW was awarded gold and silver medals under his leadership. Karu himself received the Outstanding Branch Counsellor Award from IEEE headquarters (USA) previously. He was the first ever academic in Macquarie University to receive The Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision Award and also The Innovation Award for Best Invention Disclosure, and the second graduate of University of Moratuwa ever, to receive the honour of becoming an IEEE Fellow. Karu can be reached at karu@ieee.org and his research activities can be found at http://web.science.mq.edu.au/~esselle/index.html.



Prof. Andre Luiten, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Talk title: Novel Light Sensing Technologies
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: Hybrid Acoustic Wave Platform for Concurrent Actuation and Sensing on a Single Microfluidic Platform
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
Prof. Georgakopoulos is the Director of the Key IoT Lab at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Dimitrios came to Swinburne from his roles as Research Director at CSIRO’s ICT Centre and Professor at RMIT. He is currently a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. Dimitrios has also held research and management positions in several industrial labs in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found Telcordia’s research labs in Austin, Texas and Poznan, Poland), Microelectronics and Computer Corporation, GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories, and Bell Communications Research. Dimitrios is an internationally leading expert in IoT, process management, and data management. He has won more than twenty major research awards, produced two hundred publications that have been cited 13K times, and attracted significant external research funding ($35M+) from industry and government organisations in the USA, EU, and Australia.



Prof. Warwick Bowen, The University of Queensland, Australia
Talk title: Quantum sensing: from single molecules and ultrasound to quantized vortices
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).



A/Prof. Laura Micheli, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Talk title: Smart (bio) sensors based on screen printed electrode as versatile warning system for Food, Agriculture and Environment
Prof. Laura Micheli is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. Her research activities have focused on the study and development of disposable electrochemical tools for the determination of various analytes in foods, clinical samples and materials of cultural heritage by spectrophotometric and chromatographic methods. In particular, a significant aspect of her research is directed towards the development of immunoassay, bioassay and biosensor systems, electrochemical (bio)sensors, sensors and immuno/biosensors modified with nanomaterials (silver, nickel and ruthenium nanoparticles, magnetic beads, etc.) and based on the use of screen-printed electrodes. Prof. Micheli has collaborated from 2006 (to present) with the Department of CEMIS-OULU at the University of Oulu on the development of novel biosensor platforms. She has also collaborated with private companies (EUROLAB srl, 2005-2010, Systea S.p.A., 2012-present) on the development of immunosensors for determination of aflatoxins and seafood toxins. She was awarded a People-exchange-Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme IRSES-PEOPLE-2008 to work in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne (Australia) and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath (UK). Prof. Micheli is currently involved in the development of new analytical methods for integrated diagnostics in foods and materials of cultural heritage, determination of toxins and virus in water and food, and the application of non-invasive protocols and electrochemical tools to the study of materials of cultural heritage, with particular focus on paper and wood artworks.



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. Yongxiang Li​​, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: LTCC technology for sensors and ceramic microsystems
Yongxiang Li is a professor in School of Engineering, Electronic & Telecommunications Discipline. He received his Ph. D degree (1991) from Xi’an Jiaotong University (Xi’an, China). He was a lecture and associated professor at Southeast University in 1991-1996. He was a research fellow at University of Bayreuth in 1996-1998 funded by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung (Germany). He was a research associate at Department of Communication and Electronic Engineering, RMIT University in 1998-1999. He has been a professor at Shanghai Institute of Ceramics since 1999. His research interests are electronic materials and devices, focusing on electroceramics, sensors and actuators, LTCC technique and ceramic microsystems. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals with more than 6000 citations, holds more than 25 patents. He has committed in several professional committees, including Chair of Asian Ferroelectric Association (AFA), IEEE Senior Member, General Chair of AMF-9 and AMEC-9, Technical Co-Chair of CICMT, and General Co-Chair of IFAAP (2018, Japan).



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



Mr. Seyed Miri, Airbus Defence and Space, Australia
Talk title: Airbus; Satellite data, analytical platforms, IoTs and upcoming new sensing capabilities
Seyed is an “Applications and Solutions” Manager working for Airbus Australia Pacific. He joined Airbus in 2013 and is currently based in Melbourne and manages business development activities in various territories in Australia and NZ.
He has a BSc in Natural Resource Management, MApplSc in Remote Sensing and a PGDip in GIS. He has worked in the Earth Observation and Geospatial business sector during past 18 years in Australia and NZ, holding remote sensing lead positions in various companies.

His key interests are developing and adopting new solutions and services for Airbus Intelligence business in ANZ region using optical, radar satellite data and analytical data platforms.

During his career, he has been actively involved in several key national scale climate change/forestry/economic analysis and related mapping initiatives and projects that remotely sensed data were used as one of the key inputs in the region.



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.



Mr. Andreas Nauber, Drägerwerk AG, Germany
Talk title: to be announced
Andreas holds a diploma engineer in electrical/communications engineering and a diploma engineer in biomedical engineering from University of Applied Sciences Luebeck, Germany. He joined Draeger in 1990 where he is currently the Technical Director Business Area Agriculture and Project manager for electrochemical sensors. Andreas has expertise in gas detection technologies, materials, sensor interface, production and holds numerous patents.



Ms. Catherine Caruana-McManus, Meshed (Australia)
Talk title: Democratisation of the Internet of Things and Data Sharing
Catherine Caruana-McManus is a global leader in smart cities, the Internet of Things and digital transformation. Catherine is the Director of Meshed, IoT Integrators, founder of the global community of Giant Ideas for Smart Cities and co-Founder of the IoT Alliance Australia. Catherine has been recognised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation initiative as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in big data and smart cities. Catherine is pioneering public access IoT networks and data sharing models and engaging with cities and regions to bolster their livability, sustainability and workability initiatives. Prior to Meshed, Catherine was the Director of KPMG Smart Cities and Utilities, Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities and has held other Executive positions for PMP Limited, Telstra and MC2 Consulting. Catherine is on the Advisory Council for UoW SMART Infrastructure Facility, is a member of the global Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is the Sectoral Chair of the IoT Alliance Australia and Board Member of Hypercat Australia. Catherine holds university qualifications in urban planning, economics, management and finance.



Mr. Mahesh Patil, Amphenol, India
Talk title: Amphenol - Leveraging IOT and cutting edge sensor technology for mission critical applications
Mahesh Patil leads the Advanced Sensors group (India), Amphenol Corporation. He has worked with various multinational organizations like General Electric, Crompton Greaves and also had an entrepreneurial stint with his own technology product services startup.

He is an alumnus of INSEAD France (General Management) and has received his MTech from National institute of Technology, Nagpur India. He has published numerous papers in international journals(IEEE) and is an author of a book “Control Systems for Power electronics” published by Springer.

Mahesh is a Certified Six Sigma practitioner and a scrum master. His area of work spans sensors, Internet of things, electric vehicles with a strong focus on emerging technologies of 3D printing and Lean startup methodologies.



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. Mikko Vepsäläinen, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: CSIRO Sensei™ in-situ monitoring system
Dr. Mikko Vepsäläinen is a Research Scientist in the Mineral Resources business unit of the Australian Government research organisation CSIRO. He received an M.Sc. in applied chemistry from the Jyväskylä University (Finland) in 2005 and D.Sc. in Environmental Technology from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in 2012. Before joining CSIRO he worked in industry as a Project Manager and Team Leader for several years, and as a Senior Scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. In his current role at CSIRO, he is primarily focussed on the development and commercialisation of novel solid-state sensors for industrial and environmental monitoring. He is leading the development of the patented CSIRO Sensei™ monitoring system. He was part of the Sensei team selected to participate in the first ever CSIRO AcceleratiON program in 2015. The technology is currently being commercialised and first pilot tests with a commercial prototype will start in September 2018. He has supervised several Ph.D. and M.Sc. student projects and actively collaborates with local and international research organisations. His h-index is 14 with 1156 citations. He has 3 patents and has 3 new patent applications in submission.



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. Mark Gregory, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced



A/Prof. Antonio Tricol, Australian National University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Antonio Tricoli received his master in Mechanical and Process Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2004 with his thesis "Numerical calculation of the blood flow through a cerebral aneurism featuring MR-reconstructed real geometry and an elastic artery wall". Immediately after, he joined the Renewable Energy Laboratory of ETH Zurich where he worked on the renewable production of solar hydrogen by two-step water splitting cycles. He continued his studies in 2005 at the Particle Technology Laboratory (ETH Zurich) researching the synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticle films by combustion of organometallic precursors. In 2010, he received his PhD in the field of Nanotechnology with his thesis "Gas sensitive nanostructured films by direct flame synthesis and deposition". He continued his work as research fellow and lecturer at ETH Zurich focusing on the rapid synthesis of nanoparticle and nanowire layers for dye sensitized solar cells and non-invasive medical diagnostics. In 2012, he joined the Australian National University as research fellow under the Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellowship. His current research interests are the synthesis of novel nanostructures for energy production and storage, non-invasive medical diagnostics and functional coatings, and the engineering of novel dry processes for the synthesis of functional nanocomposites..



A/Prof. Tao Gu, RMIT University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Dr. Tao Gu is currently an Associate Professor in Computer Science at RMIT University, Australia. His current research interests include Internet of Things, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, wireless sensor networks, and data analytics. He serves as TPC members for many leading conferences including INFOCOM, UbiComp, PerCom, and journal editorial board members including IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing, and etc.

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.



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. 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.



Dr. Mirela Tulbure, UNSW, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
To be announced



Dr Yuvaraja Visagathilagar, Engineering, Applied Engineering College (AEC), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Talk title: To be announced
Dr Yuvaraja Visagathilagar has over 25+ years of extensive expertise and experience in academia, research and industry. He graduated with Bachelor of Engineering in Communication Engineering and Doctorate in Engineering (with a highly prestigious scholarship from the Australian Government) in 1996 and 2003 respectively from RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. His dissertation was in “Narrow-band Optical Modulator on Lithium Niobate” for telecommunication applications but it can be applied for other transceivers applications. In research and industry, he has contributed in over 40+ pier reviewed international journals and conferences. He has visited and presented at universities in USA (i.e. UCLA and UCSD), Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation and in Japan (i.e. Science and technology Organisation).He has collaborated with Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Australia where he has contributed in the design, fabrication, packaging and testing of “High-Speed Lithium Niobate Optical Modulator” including documentation of processes for quality certification (ISO 9001) and flip-chip packaging of narrow-band optical modulators on Lithium Niobate and Ceramic materials. He has extensive academic teaching as a lecturer and post-doctorate research fellow in Photonics, Fibre-Optics+System, RF System and Integration where he was involved in research of novel design of narrow-band optical modulators. His research has been in Narrow-band Lithium Niobate Modualators but also in finding a solutionsfor packaging of optoelectronic devices (i.e. ceramic and Silicon materials).During the collaboration, he worked with sub-contractors in system integration and packaging of the modulator devices in hemically sealed packages for defence applications. In 2006, he joined “Future Fibre Technologies Ltd (FFT)” who are the global leading organisation in optical sensing technologies and has extensive experience over 9 years in optical sensing. He was a senior manager at FFT and held positions as Senior Fibre Systems Engineer, R&D Team Leader and Applications Engineering Manager (and part of the key management team) where he contributed in the FFT products enhancements and novel products for intrusion sensing applications for defence and commercial industries including a consultant with DSTO for intrusion detection using novel devices. He has contributed in 2 patent solutions for novel systems for optical fibre sensing. He has contributed to over 110+ reports which is commercial-in-confidence classified during his period within the organisation with his team and other fellow colleagues. From July 2016 to March 2018, he was a Senior Academic at RMIT University for postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Electrical Engineering Analysis using MatLab, Electronic Engineering, Radar technologies, Communication systems, Optical/Photonic Engineering, Microwave Circuits & System and Advanced Mathematics for various program levels (or years). He contributed in the development teaching materials of a core course in Optical Fibre Systems aand Networks for Bachelor and Master’s Program. Since April 2018, he is a Senior Academic with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Technology & Engineering, Applied Engineering College (AEC), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is affiliated with Lincoln College International and University of Hull, UK with accreditation of College of Excellence by the Government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he is undertaking teacching in Electrical and Electronics technologies & principles for various Bachelor level program. He has key interest in coherent detection optical sensing for pipelines, undersea exploration, sceismic detection and temperature sensing, high-speed and narrow-band optical modulators on Lithium Niobate for defence and telecommunication, flip-chip technologies for minitaurized transceivers with electronics, RF and optical devices and finally Silicon Photonics integrated with other optical materials (i.e. Lithium Niobate) for high frequency transceivers and receivers for telecommunication and defence applications. Now he is looking at other sensing technologies and applications using nanotechnology. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (where he was the Chair of the Victorian IEEE Electron Devices & Photonics Society Joint Chapter and representative in the Victorian IEEE Section Committee, Australia from October 2017 – March 2018 before leaving for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a active member of IEEE where he is a key volunteer for the Senior Member Elevation reference in Victoria, Australia or globally), Member of OSA, SPIE, AOS, BCS and also certified in PRINCE2® management and leadership methodologies. He is in various editorial boards for peer-reviewed international journals and key reviewer for many international scientific journals and conferences. He can be contacted on yuvaraja@ieee.org with access to his profile on Linkedin and Researchgate.



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.



Dr. Marcus Doherty, Australian National University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Marcus is currently a ARC DECRA Fellow at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University (ANU). In 2016, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the ANU under the supervision of Prof Neil Manson and, in 2012, his PhD at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof Lloyd Hollenberg. Marcus’ research focuses on the physics and quantum applications of defects in diamond and related materials. He has been awarded multiple early career researcher awards for his leading role in the emergence of diamond quantum technologies, including the 2016 Ruby Payne-Scott award of the Australian Institute of Physics, the 2015 Geoff Opat award of the Australian Optical Society and the 2015 Philip Law award of the Royal Society of Victoria.



Mr. Geoffrey Ramadan, Unique Micro Design, Australia
Talk title: The Evolution of Intelligence Sensor Networks - An industry perspective.
Geoffrey Ramadan is the Managing Director (and founder) of Unique Micro Design (UMD) and has a BE (Elec.) degree from Monash University (Clayton Campus) Since 1983, Geoffrey and his Company, has been solving customers' needs for productivity improvement by adding real time visibility and control to software using edgeware and IoT using its "engineering IoT solutions" skills.




Mr. Albertus Jacobus Pretorius (Bertus), LicenSys Group, Australia
Talk title: Positive Vehicle Identification; the why, what, how and outcome.
Bertus is the Solutions Architect and R&D manager at LicenSys in Australia. Bertus is an expert in the application of public key cryptography and automated identification technologies, specifically in systems where human behaviour poses a risk to safe and efficient operations/services. He is a recognised RAIN RFID expert in the domain of vehicle identification systems. He led and contributed to various R&D projects which resulted in successful companies, often commercialising academic research.

Bertus believes in the power of open source code and federation of data. As such, he has been highly active in international standards development within Automated Identification, Intelligent Transport Systems and Internet of Things. He specialises in applied security, data interfaces and performance specifications. Bertus is a key member of the Australian Research Council Linkage project researching a smart sensor for electronic vehicle identification. This work aims to identify detection/punishment avoiders, unfit vehicles and poor driver behaviour.

Bertus is the author of more than 20 patents.



Mr. Andrew Martin, Wake Watch, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Andrew is the Director at Wake Watch. Previously he was Director at Aviation Weather Data and Founding Director Owner at Sondei. He held various positions, Chairman, Managing Director, Director at Tele-iP. He was Chairman and Managing Director at Martin Communications, R&D engineer at Telstra and Technician-in-training, Senior Technician, Technical Instructor at PMG/Telecom Australia. Andrew holds a bachelor of engineering from Curtin University of Technology in Communications 1975.



Dr. Christopher Madden, Metro Trains Melbourne, Australia
Talk title: Developing Virtual Worlds to Assess Object Detectability and Evaluate Sensor Performance
Christopher Madden is an Image and Video Analysis specialist that now works with Metro Trains Melbourne to enhance the effectiveness of their security systems. Chris received his Bachelor of Systems Engineering (Mechatronics Major) and Bachelor of Information Technology from the Australian National University in 2003. After working on the development of Human Machine Interfaces at National ICT Australia, he completed his PhD in Computer Vision in 2009, which was titled ''People Tracking by Re-Identification Across Disjoint Camera Views''. This developed stable shape and appearance features that could be fused together with other data from low quality surveillance cameras to assist security operators track individual people as they moved around a campus area.

From 2009, Chris undertook postdoc positions at Kingston University and the University of Adelaide where worked on projects that enhanced computer vision algorithms and real-time video surveillance applications, along with the fusion of other sensors. These operated from autonomous and semi-autonomous systems and robotic platforms, some of which were part of entries into international robotics competitions. Chris worked at DST Group for 7 years on the analysis of land and maritime platforms, including developing software to operate unmanned underwater vehicles and undertake sensor analysis, special tools for collating data from damage events and the use of virtual world simulation tools to reduce the need to conduct as many field trials for various projects. This work has investigated the use of simulation tools, including gaming engines like Unity 3D, to determine the fidelity of the synthetic imagery they generate to conduct signature analysis tasks in both the Maritime and Land domains. Chris is now using these skills to enhance the effectiveness of the security systems that Metro Trains Melbourne uses to keep its passengers and staff safe on Melbourne’s existing rail network and for the design of the Metro Tunnel Project.



Mr. Peter Barrett, Biofeedback Devices, Australia
Talk title: Portable, wireless and affordable collection of force data
Peter Barrett gained his M.Eng in electronic engineering at RMIT University Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Science (major; Physiology) from Monash University Melbourne. He is currently the Director of Biofeedback Devices Pty Ltd, trading as nCounters. This company designs and builds devices for collecting data and providing biofeedback on gait, balance, sit to stand and joint movement for patients who have suffered an acquired brain injury or following orthopedic surgery.



Mr. Steve Taitoko, XM2 Industrial, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Steve Taitoko is Founder and Chief Executive Officer at XM2 Industrial and Co-foundar and Chairman at EKARA.



Dr. Stephen C. Warren-Smith, University of Adelaide, Australia
Talk title: Sensing and imaging with microstructured optical fibres
Stephen C. Warren-Smith is a Ramsay Fellow at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on optical fibre design, fabrication, and sensing, particularly for industry and applications focused projects. He completed his PhD in 2011 at the University of Adelaide on the topic of microstructured optical fiber chemical sensing in collaboration with the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He was then employed from 2011 to 2014 as an Australian Research Council Super Science Fellow at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing at the University of Adelaide, working on optical fiber bio-sensing for women’s health applications. In 2015 and 2016 he worked as a European Union Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany, on a project investigating the micro/nano-structuring of optical fibers for sensing.



Ms. Lara Bereza-Malcolm, University of Sydney, Australia
Talk title: Development and application of synthetically-derived microbial biosensors for environmental monitoring
Lara Bereza-Malcolm is currently based in the Sutton Arthritis Research Laboratory at the University of Sydney as a Henry Langley Fellow. Her current work is focused on investigating protease-activated receptor activity, the microbiome and health outcomes in patients undergoing treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. This research is part of the Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC) initiative. In 2018 she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the CSIRO (Mineral Resources) in Geomicrobiology. In 2017 she completed her PhD at La Trobe University, Melbourne in an Applied and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory. Her PhD research focused on the development and analysis of a range of microbial biosensors for the detection of heavy metals.



Dr. Karolina Petkovic, CSIRO, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Karolina holds a PhD from The University of Melbourne, Karolina’s research focus is interdisciplinary-thinking across boundaries. With ten years of experience in the field of microfluidics and miniaturised analytical devices, she applies her skills in electrical and biomedical engineering, computers science and chemistry in designing and developing of new concepts in point-of-care and lab-on-a-chip devices. Currently she is the Research Project Leader in Active Integrated Matter-Future Science Platform (AIM-FSP).



Mr. Ray Keefe, Successful Endeavours, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Ray Keefe is an Electronics Engineer and Embedded Software Developer with a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering and additional studies in physics and chemistry. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Ray founded Successful Endeavours in 1997 to offer affordable product development services to the smaller Australian electronics manufacturers who make up most of the industry.

Since then Ray and Successful Endeavours have been winners or finalists for more than 30 awards including winning Casey Business of the Year in 2010, Melbourne's South East Small Business of the Year in 2013, Best Networking Implementation for Australia 2016 and runners up for the Agilent Innovation in Analytical Sciences award for 2017.

Starting out from an interest in music, Ray studied electrical and Electronics Engineering and initially designed and commissioned customised professional recording equipment while at university. Upon graduating Ray built and commissioned a local recording studio and then upgraded another overseas as an overseas aid volunteer.

That led to broadcast engineering with ABC television, scientific instrumentation design with Varian, 10 years at Invetech in a variety of roles covering electronics, embedded software development, project management, international product development, international patents and then moving on to owning and running his own Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development consultancy, Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.

Ray’s career has spanned both high level technical contributions and also recognition of his entrepreneurial and business skills and can offer a perspective on both.



Dr Robert Ross, La Trobe University, Australia
Talk title: To be announced
Robert is a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering at La Trobe University and is also the Director of the RAMPS (Robotics, Automation, Mechatronics, Prototyping and Sensing) R&D group (rampslaboratory.com). Robert’s research is applied to designing and creating robots and sensor systems to solve real-world problems. Currently these domains include sewer inspections, agricultural robotics, wildlife conservation and educational technologies.



Ms. Fatima Heydari, Monash University, Australia
Talk title: Wearable sensors for continuous blood pressure monitoring
Fatima Heydari received the Bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Zanjan National University, Iran, in 2010. Then she received Master degree in bio-electronics engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, in 2013. During her study at Amirkabir University, she was a research assistant in SPL (speech processing lab). Also, she was a senior researcher of "Teyf Sanj Pezhvak" (TSP) Company from 2012 to 2013 in Iran. TSP provides design and manufacturing of biomedical devices and communication systems. It also provides educational services. These services included data processing, signal, image and video processing, analog and digital electronic systems designing, consulting services, programming, and firmware development. In 2013, after finishing her study, She was a senior researcher and executive manager at TSP, until 2016. Form 2016, she moved to Melbourne and started working as a bioelectronic researcher-Electronic engineer at Biomedical Integrated Circuits & Sensors (BICS) Laboratory, Monash University. She is currently working on none invasive continuous blood pressure measurement.



Dr. Amin BakhshandehAbkenar, La Trobe University, Australia
Talk title: GroupSense: Recognizing and Understanding Group Physical Activities using Multi-Device Embedded Sensing
To be announced






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