Dr. Fredric M. Ham

Dr. Fredric M. Ham, IEEE Life Fellow, SPIE Fellow, and INNS Fellow is the Director of Science and Technology at Tricorp Business Solutions, and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1976, 1979, and 1980, respectively. He has over 35 years of professional engineering experience. From 1977 to 1978 he worked for Shell Oil Company as a Geophysicist. From 1980 to 1988 he was a Staff Engineer at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida, where he worked in the Systems Analysis Group (one of many tasks he performed all of the error analysis for the fine guidance control of the mirrors on the Hubble Space Telescope for the spiral scan and orthogonal search modes). He also worked in the Large Space Structures Controls Group (there he developed robust control algorithms for flexible space structures). He was at Florida Institute of Technology from 1988 to 2014 where he was the Harris Professor, Dean of the College of Engineering and Vice President for Research. While at Florida Tech, in his Information Processing Lab (IPL), he developed methods for non-invasive glucose monitoring for diabetics (one licensed patent), robust neural-based classification methods for tactical and strategic infrasound applications and speaker recognition, and developed the P3CBT software package (a versatile event classification package that is available for licensing), and proactive predictive network security methods for Manets, to name a few. He has published over 100 technical papers, holds 3 U.S. patents and is author of the textbook: Principles of Neurocomputing for Science and Engineering, McGraw-Hill, 2001. Dr. Ham’s current research interests include: neural networks, deep learning, artificial intelligence, adaptive signal processing, biosensor development, speech recognition, pattern recognition, wireless network security, tactical infrasound, and development of neural-based classification methods using infrasound for monitoring nuclear explosions to support the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Dr. Ham is the Past President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS) (2007-2008), served on the INNS Board of Governors (2009-2011).

Dr. Joseph Finkelstein

Joseph Finkelstein is the director of Center for Bioinformatics and Data Analytics. After obtaining his medical degree Dr. Finkelstein completed PhD Program in Biomedical Cybernetics followed by post-doctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Dr. Finkelstein is an expert in development, evaluation and implementation of innovative patient-centered information technologies supporting personalized care. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and several patents. Dr. Finkelstein has been a recipient of multiple grants from NIH, AHRQ and DOD. He served as a director of biomedical informatics program at Johns Hopkins University for 8 years. Dr. Finkelstein's research is focused on predictive analytics for precision medicine. He develops clinical decision support tools supporting tailored patient engagement and empowerment, personalized care coordination, and individualized medication management based on pharmacogenetics testing. The Center for Bioinformatics and Data Analytics, led by Joseph Finkelstein, MD, PhD, develops, evaluates and implements innovative technologies supporting delivery of personalized dental care in the context of learning healthcare system.He is currently a director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Data Analytics .

Dr.Lanier Watkins

Lanier Watkins is currently a Senior Professional at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Prior to joining APL, he worked for over 10 years in industry. He first worked at the Ford Motor Company and then later at AT&T where he held roles such as systems engineer, network engineer, product development manager, and product manager. Dr. Watkins’ research presently encompasses the areas of critical infrastructure and network security. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State University where he was advised by Raheem Beyah, two M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Physics respectively and a B.S. degree in Physics, all from Clark Atlanta University. He has been on the TPC or an invited speaker in several conferences and serves as a referee for multiple IEEE journals. His areas of research interest include Computer Network Security, Compute Node Security and Vulnerability Monitoring & Analysis.

Dr. Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell is currently a member of technical team at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his Ph.D, M.S. and B.S. from Virginia Tech. Robert served as a military officer for six years and has over 10 years of industry experience, having worked previously at Boeing, BAE Systems, Raytheon and Nokia. His research interests include linkography, moving target defense, computer network operations, network security, intrusion detection and cyber physical systems. Robert has published 19 peer reviewed articles.

Prof. Eric Balster

Prof. Eric Balster is the Director of Computer Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Dayton. He completed his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. His research interests include Signal and image processing and compression, Video processing and compression, Embedded systems and Digital design. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has several papers published in reputed journals. Prof. Balster received the Wohlleben-Hochwalt Outstanding Professional Research Award in 2011 and the Sensor’s Directorate Dr. James Tsui Award in 2010.

Prof. James B Cole

James Cole is currently a professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He graduated from the University of Maryland, PhD physics (high energy and particle physics), and after a post-doctorate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics) he went to the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) , and then the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). At ARL he developed simulated annealing programs for pattern recognition, and at NRL he began his current research. Prof. Cole wrote parallel computer programs with advanced visualizations to model sound propagation in complicated ocean environments. He developed the first high accuracy nonstandard finite difference time domain (NS-FDTD) algorithms. In 1995, he became a professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. His main focus is to develop high precision algorithms with good numerical stability on coarse numerical grids, but which are simple enough to run on small computers.

Prof. Lutz Sparowitz

Dr. Sparowitz received his PhD from Institute of Reinforced Concrete and Concrete of Graz University of Technology.He headed the Institute of Concrete Construction at the Technical University of Graz Over a decade, focused on the lightweight construction of UHPC, which is fascinating for architects and engineers. He came up with the future-oriented “QUICKWAY” system.