Sandro Carrara (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)

Sandro Carrara is an IEEE Fellow for his outstanding record of accomplishments in the field of design of nanoscale biological CMOS sensors. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in 2016 for his leadership in the emerging area of co-design in Bio/Nano/CMOS interfaces. He is a faculty member (MER) at the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is a former professor of optical and electrical biosensors at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Biophysics (DIBE) of the University of Genoa (Italy) and former professor of nanobiotechnology at the University of Bologna (Italy). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics from University of Padua (Italy), a Master degree in Physics from University of Genoa (Italy), and a diploma in Electronics from National Institute of Technology in Albenga (Italy). His scientific interests are on electrical phenomena of nano-bio-structured films and include CMOS design of biochips based on proteins and DNA. Along with his carrier, he published 7 books, one as an author with Springer on Bio/CMOS interfaces and, more recently, a Handbook of Bioelectronics with Cambridge University Press. He has more than 250 scientific publications and is the author of 13 patents. He is now Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Sensors Journal, the largest journal among 180 IEEE publications; he is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioNanoScience by Springer, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is a member of the IEEE Sensors Council and his Executive Committee. He was a member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Circuits And Systems Society (CASS). He has been appointed as IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2017-2019, and CASS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2013-2014. His work received several international recognitions: several Top-25 Hottest-Articles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and two times in 2012) published in highly ranked international journals such as Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Sensors and Actuators B, IEEE Sensors journal, and Thin Solid Films; a NATO Advanced Research Award in 1996 for the original contribution to the physics of single-electron conductivity in nano-particles; five Best Paper Awards at the Conferences IEEE NGCAS in 2017 (Genoa), MOBIHEALTH in 2016 (Milan), IEEE PRIME in 2015 (Glasgow), in 2010 (Berlin), and in 2009 (Cork); three Best Poster Awards at the EMBEC Conference in 2017 (Tampere, Finland), Nanotera workshop in 2011 (Bern), and NanoEurope Symposium in 2009 (Rapperswil). He also received the Best Referees Award from the journal Biosensor and Bioelectronics in 2006. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of an international committee at the ELETTRA Synchrotron in Trieste. From 2000 to 2003, he was scientific leader of a National Research Program (PNR) in the field of Nanobiotechnology. He was an internationally esteemed expert of the evaluation panel of the Academy of Finland in a research program for the years 2010-2013. He has been the General Chairman of the Conference IEEE BioCAS 2014, the premier worldwide international conference in the area of circuits and systems for biomedical applications.

Prof Husam Alshareef (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia)

Prof. Husam Alshareef obtained his BS degree in Ceramic Engineering from NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, (Alfred, USA), and his MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He spent 2 years as postdoctoral associate at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, United States. He then embarked on a 10-year career in the semiconductor industry, holding positions at Micron Technology and Texas Instruments, Inc. There he worked on developing new materials and processes for integrated circuit fabrication. In 2009 he joined KAUST, where he initiated an active research group focusing on emerging electronics and energy storage. The author of nearly 350 articles, he has nearly 80 issued patents. He has won the UNDP Undergraduate Fellowship, Seth Sprague Physics Award, North Carolina State Dean’s Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education Electronic Materials Fellowship, the SEMATECH Corporate Excellence Award (2006), two Dow Sustainability Awards with his students in (2011) and (2014), and the AH Shoman Award for Excellence in Energy Research (2016). He was co-chair for the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, USA, and has served on various MRS committees. He was associate editor for the Journal of Electronic Materials (2011-2013) and is on the Editorial Board of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Wiley’s new Journal Small Methods. He is also a Distinguished IEEE Speaker in Nanotechnology and Senior Member of IEEE. His research has been featured in several media outlets. He was Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering program at KAUST from January 2013 till January 2016.

Prof Aimin Song (The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK)

Professor Aimin Song received PhD degree from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995. After three years of fellowships at the University of Glasgow and University of Munich by the Royal Society and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he worked at the Nanometre Consortium, Lund University as a Guest Lecturer before moving to Manchester as a Lecturer in 2002. He became Professor of Nanoelectronics in 2006. His research is focused on novel nanoelectronic devices and printable thin-film electronics. His work has led to awards including "Researcher of the Year" Distinguished Achievement Medal of the University of Manchester and a Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award. The potential of practical applications of the nanodevices for printable electronics and energy harvesting have motivated a number of commercialization activities including 15 patents/patent applications and a spin-out company. The novel device concepts that he developed have been further studied in two EU Framework projects. His research has been published in Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, NanoLetters, Nanoscale, etc, and has also generated a number of media reports. His PhD students have also received a number of very prestigious awards for their successful research, including a Rolls Royce Prize (£1,000) at the UK Parliament, Distinguished Achievement Medal for "Postgraduate Student of the Year" of the University of Manchester, "Best Output (Publication) Award" of the University of Manchester, Outstanding Non-Governmentally Financed Ph.D. Students Abroad Award ($5,000) for Chinese students (twice), a number of Best Conference Paper Awards, etc.

Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim (Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia)

Prof. Dr. Uda Bin Hashim received BSc Hons. degree in Physical and Applied Physics from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), in 1987. Upon graduation, he joined Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) for two years until 1988 and then joined MIMOS Bhd until 2002. He served MIMOS Berhad for 14 years and gained vast experience in the CMOS wafer fabrication foundry. His last position in MIMOS was as Research and Technology Development Manager. While working with MIMOS Bhd, in 1998 he continued his PhD degree at UKM in Microelectronic Engineering and graduated in 2001. He was then, in 2002, joined Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), as a lecturer in the School of Microelectronics Engineering. In 2004, he has been appointed and entrusted to be the first Dean of UniMAP Research and Management Unit. During this period, he manages to cultivate research culture among the university academicians and has successfully developed a conducive research environment for the university. In 2008, he has been promoted to Senior Professor (VK6) in Universiti Malaysia Perlis. Based on his outstanding achievement in research, he has been requested by Ministry of Higher Education (KPT) to establish the first research institute in UniMAP in the field of nanoelectronic engineering, namely, Institute of Nano Electronic Engineering (INEE), and served as the First Director until April 2017. Based on his vast experience in research, in April 15, 2017 he has been appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education as a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), UniMAP. While working at UniMAP, his major achievement and contribution are developing microelectronic curriculum and setting up teaching fabrication facility for Microelectronic Engineering Undergraduate Program. This setup has been recognized as the first in Malaysia for teaching undergraduate students. Under his management and leadership, INEE has obtained recognition as Nano Malaysia Centre of Excellence from Ministry of Science and Innovation (MOSTI) in 2011 and has been awarded with Bionexus Lab Status by Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation in 2009.
His current research interest is on Nanotechnology which includes Nanobiosensor, DNA Chips, Microfluidic and Nano Lab-On-Chip devices for medical, food and agriculture applications. He actively published his research finding in both proceeding and journals. Based on his outstanding achievement in research, he has been invited to many conferences, nationally and internationally, as an invited and keynote speakers. He is well known in Nanotechnology research and still active as a motivator in activities related to research. Under Scopus database, his current H-Index is 20 with 2202 citations from the total number of 597 papers while 100 of the papers are in Q1 Journal. One of his top quality paper is recently published in NATURE Scientific Report. He also has successfully supervised 3 Post-Doctoral students, 33 PhD students and 34 MSc students, while 5 PhD and 4 MSc are still working towards completion.
He has secured various research grants valued more than RM 8 million as the principle researcher from many sources such as IRPA, FRGS, PRGS, LRGS, PPRN and Science Fund. Recently, he obtained a matching grant from CREST worth RM 562,000.00 for Medical Diagnostic Project. In 2014, Prof. Dr. Uda Hashim has been awarded as Top Research Scientist Malaysia (TRSM) by Academic of Sciences Malaysia. He is one of the recipients of ISESCO Laureate in 2012. He also obtained National Patent Award in 2013 from Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia (MyIPO). He was a former Vice President of Malaysia Nanotechnology Association and a Fellow to The Malaysian Solid State Science & Technology Society. Recently, he has been appointed as a main committee member for national nanotechnology under Nanotechnology Directorate MOSTI and also serves as deputy committee cluster Nanotechnology under National Professor Council. On top of that, he has been appointed as Visiting Professor to Universiti Teknikal Melaka Malaysia, Academic Adviser to AIMST University and Visiting Research Scientist to Wayamba Universiti of Sri Lanka.

Prof. Wan-Young Chung (Pukyong National University, South Korea)

Professor Wan-Young Chung received his Ph.D. degree from Kyungpook National University, Korea in 1992, and Doctor of Engineering degree from Kyushu University, Japan in 1998, and Doctor of Science and Technology degree from University of Oulu, Finland in 2009. He was an Assistant Professor with Semyung University from 1993 to 1999. From 1999 to 2008, he was an Associate Professor with Dongseo University. He has been a Full Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan, Korea since 2008. He was a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University, the USA from 2016 to 2017. His current research interests include biomedical wearable devices and instrumentation development, wearable and flexible body area sensor for health monitoring applications, RF energy scavenging battery-less smart sensor module and application system, visible light communication for the biomedical application or indoor environment monitoring, and brain-computer interface technology for disabled person. He has authored or co-authored more than 700 papers in journals and conferences (147 papers in recent 5 years). He also holds more than 20 patients. He has won many awards such as Korean Presidential Award for Technology Innovation of the Year 2012, Busan Science and Technology Award 2013, and First Paper Award in 2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation in Japan. Dr. Chung has also organized several international conferences such as a program committee chair of 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Transducers and Micro/Nano Technologies, Korea, a local chair of IEEE Sensors Conference, Busan, a technical program committee chair of 16th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors, Korea, and a theme co-chair in biomedical and health informatics in 39th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Korea. Dr. Chung is now the President of Korean Sensor Society, a stirring committee member of Asia Conference on Chemical Sensors, a program committee member of IMCS in Asia, and He is now an Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal.

Prof. Dr. Paul C.-P. Chao (National Chiao Tung University)

Dr. Paul C.-P. Chao received his Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University, USA, and then with Chrysler Corp in Auburn Hill, Detroit, USA before he joined National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan. He is currently University Distinguished Professor of the electrical engineering department at NCTU. His research interests focus on sensors, actuators and their interface circuitry. Dr. Chao has published more than 270 peer-reviewed papers (books, journal papers, conferences, reports) and 38 patents.

Dr. Chao was the recipient of the 1999 Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from Society of Automotive Engineering, Detroit, USA; the 2004 Long-Wen Tsai Best Paper Award from National Society of Machine Theory and Mechanism, Taiwan; the 2005 Best Paper Award from National Society of Engineers, Taiwan; the 2007 Acer Long-Term Award; the 2009 Best Paper Award from the Symposium on Nano-Device Technology; the 2010/2014 Best Paper Award from the Annual ASME Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems (ISPS); the second most downloaded paper in IEEE Sensors Journal in 2011; the Best Poster Paper award of IDMC 2015; the prestigious Outstanding Research Award from National Association of Automatic Control in Taiwan in 2015; the prestigious National Innovation Award of Taiwan government 2016; The 2017 Best Industrial Project Award by Ministry of Science and technology, Taiwan government; The 2017 Presidential Outstanding Professor of Engineering in Nation (Taiwan) (awarded by the president of the nation in the Presidential House of Taiwan, ROC); Two 2017 Future Technology Awards (Taiwan Oscar Invention Award) from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan Government.

Dr. Chao has served as University Associate Vice Presidents of NCTU for academic affairs (2009-2010) and research and development (2015); the Secretary General, IEEE Taipei Section, 2009-2010; the founding chair of Taipei chapter for the IEEE Sensor Council; Member-at-Large for IEEE Sensors Council, 2012-2014. Dr. Chao received major IEEE awards for this service: The IEEE Large Section Award from IEEE Head Quarter for the outstanding service as the Secretary for 2009-2010, and The IEEE MGA Award from IEEE Region 10 for outstanding service as the Secretary for IEEE Taipei Section, 2009-2010; The 2017 Best Topical Editor, Runner up, IEEE Sensors Journal. He was the General Chair of the 2016 ASME ISPS and IoT conference in Santa Clara, CA, USA; chairs and co-chairs of major conferences. For editorial services, he is currently Topical Editors of IEEE Sensors Journal and IEEE IoT Journal; the Associate Editors of ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics and Journal of Circuit, System and Computer; guest editors of special journal issues. He is a senior member of IEEE and ASME Fellow.

The most significant technical contributions to date by Dr. Chao are on automatic ball balancers (ABB), optical image stabilizer (OIS) and cuffless blood flow sensors. Dr. Chao is the true initiator of the research on ABB and OIS in the world, while the first scholar developed successfully a cuffless blood pressure/flow monitor using only a single photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor.

Prof. Xiaoyang Mao (University of Yamanashi)

Prof. Xiaoyang Mao received her B.S. in Computer Science from Fudan University, China, M.S. and Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Tokyo, Japan. She is currently a professor at Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Yamanashi, Japan. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, during 1994 and 1995, and a visiting researcher at the computer vision laboratory of University of California at Berkeley, USA, during 2004 and 2005. Her research interests include image processing, computer graphics, virtual/augmented reality and visualization. She has published over 200 technical papers and served on the program committee of many international conferences, such as the Program Committee Co-Chair of Cyberworlds 2013, NICOGRAPH International 2016 and Computer Graphics International 2017. She is an associate editor of The Visual Computer Journal (Springer) and a member of the administrative board of Japan Society of Art and Science. She has received Computer Graphics International 2018 Career Achievement Award for her outstanding accomplishment, academic excellence and service to the computer graphics community.