Keynote Address Speakers

Adrian Stephens - Adrian Stephens is a Principal Engineer in Intel's Connectivity Standards and Technology group (part of the Mobile Communications Group).  His job focus is on developing IEEE 802.11 standards. He is an 802.11 vice chair, 802.11 co-technical editor and 802.11 assigned numbers authority (ANA), and is a member of the IEEE Standards Association (SA) Review Committee (RevCom) and Standards Board. He coordinated Intel's MAC proposal for IEEE 802.11n and chaired both the TGnSync and Joint Proposal MAC teams. He has been chair of various IEEE 802.11 TGn committees and was technical editor of the IEEE 802.11n (High Throughput) amendment. He was managing chair of a group of companies that successfully proposed an initial draft for the IEEE 802.11ac (Very High Throughput, < 6 GHz) amendment. He was technical editor for IEEE Std 802.11-2012 – a weighty tome of ~3000 pages and is editor for the current 802.11 revision. Adrian has over 20 years of product development and research experience working for industry and government. He was previously at Mobilian Corporation, where he was a Senior Director of Business Development, specialising in Wireless LAN development and 802.11 standards work as well as editor of the BT SIG’s coexistence specification. Before that, he was at Symbionics Ltd (which became Cadence Design Services, then Tality, now defunct) where he was head of software technology for Wireless and Multimedia design services.  There he was responsible for developing a successful 802.11 MAC software licensed product.  He was product architect for Bluetooth ™ and Hiperlan/1 developments, and technical editor of the HomeRF ™ SWAP-CA standard for two years - taking it to successful release. Adrian received a B.A. (1st Hons) in natural sciences (1974) and a Ph.D. in experimental physics (1981) both from Cambridge University, UK. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
Anthony Davies - Tony Davies has a 1st Class Honours B.Sc(Eng) in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University, MPhil from University of London and PhD from City University London. He did military service in REME, reaching the qualification of Leading Artisan Sergeant, and later worked for the General Electric Co. (Telecommunications) in Coventry, then becoming a Lecturer then Reader in Electronic Engineering then Professor and Director of the Centre for Information Engineering at City University London. He then moved to the Department of Electronic Engineering, King's College London. He was awarded the title 'Emeritus Professor' at King's College London at retirement in 1999 and is also a Visiting Professor at Kingston University in Surrey. He has held visiting appointments at the University of British Columbia (1968-9); Purdue University (1973-4), and a Royal Society Fellowship, British Aerospace (1987-8). Technical interests include Circuit Theory, Signal Processing, Digital and Software Systems, Non-linear Dynamics. He is a Chartered Engineer, IET Fellow, BCS Member and IEEE Life Fellow. He was IEEE Region 8 Director and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors for 2003 and 2004. Currently he is IEEE Region 8 History Activities Coordinator.

Plenary Talk Speakers

Arti Agrawal - Dr. Arti Agrawal is a lecturer in Photonics at the City University London. Her research interests lie in modelling of optical components and phenomena including photonic crystal fibers, solar cells, LEDs etc. She has co-authored a book: Finite element modelling methods for photonics published by Artech House and also writes a regular blog on science: http://artiagrawal.wordpress.com. She has been heavily involved with IEEE and is chair of the GOLD affinity group as well as the Professional activities group for the UK&RI section.
Christian Schmid - Christian M. Schmid is a PhD student in microwave electronics and signal processing at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. Following a position as student branch chair and as chair of the first IEEE Central European Student Branch Congress 2011, he currently serves as IEEE Region 8 Student Representative (RSR). His goal as RSR is to create new opportunities for the IEEE students in Region 8 and to support students to achieve their goals!
James Davenport - James Davenport joined Bath in 1983, having previously taught at ETH Zurich and the universities of Cambridge and Grenoble, and researched at the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Delaware and at IBM's Watson laboratory and the UK's Atlas laboratory. Since joining Bath he has had several visiting appointments in Europe and North America, and served on numerous appointing panels at Bath (ranging from post-doc to Vice-Chancellor) and elsewhere in the U.K., Europe (being awarded the Bronze Medal of the University of Helsinki for his services to one such panel) and North America. He is a Trustee of the British Computer Society.
Rui Costa - Rui Costa has a masters degree in Networks and Communications Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), of the Technical University of Lisbon, having as main research and thesis topic Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks and works as Systems Engineer at Veniam Works. IEEE member since 2011, has been vice-chair for technical activities from the past two executive committees of IST, creating, coordinating and proliferating several successfully projects, and also part of the organizing committees of several of the most successful branch initiatives and events of the past two years. Currently, is the founder and coordinator of the NIC-funded project, IEEE-X Academic. Also, he is a member of IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities Sub-Committee as University Activities Coordinator and member of the University Resources Committee part of the EAB, for IEEE.
Simay Akar - Simay joined IEEE as a student member in 2007 and currently serving positions as IEEE Day 2013 Team Lead, Region 8 Student Chapter Activities Coordinator and MGA WIE (Women in Engineering) Conference Subcommittee member. She mainly served different positions in IEEE Region 8, Turkey and METU (Middle East Technical University) Student Branch; including Student Branch Coordinator of Region 8, Chairperson of IEEE METU, Twin Student Branch Project Coordinator and also PES (Power& Energy Society Advisor) of IEEE Turkey. She is youth soft skill trainer since 2008 and has been delivering many soft skills training topics in different International Student Organizations' events, as much as IEEE Student Branches' for several years.

Workshop Speakers

Charles Shoniregun - Charles A. SHONIREGUN is a Professor of Applied Internet Security and Information Systems, Founder of Infonomics Society. He has degrees (BSc (HONS), MSc, PGCLTHE, and PhD) from the University of East London in UK, served as a member of the research committee at the School of Computing Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), and taught in many universities and colleges abroad. Professor Shoniregun was an elected member of the University of East London Academic Board, and a professional member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered IT Professional (CITP), Information Risk Management and Audit (IRMA), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Senior Member and Ex-Chair of IEEE UK/RI Professional Activities, Executive Committee Member of IEEE UK and RI Computer Society Chapter, IEEE Task Force on E-commerce, IEEE Technical Committees, Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (FIAP) and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA). He has also undertaken consultancy for various industrial sectors at the global platform and has over 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry. Professor Shoniregun is an invited speaker to NATO, guest speaker to many universities in the UK and abroad on issues relating to his research and consultancy area, and have several times won the IEEE Certificate of Appreciation. In 2008, he was invited speaker at the Joint C2 Capabilities Conference organized for the senior military and US government personnel in Washington DC. His research interests are in the fields of Internet security, Cyber Terrorism, risks assessment of technology-enabled information, electronic and mobile commerce (emC), second-life applications, third-stream activities, telecommunications and applied information systems. He is a committee member of the Harvard Research Consortium and Global Seminars (Harvard University), Editor-in-Chief of Eight International Journals, author, co-author, adjunct and distinguished visiting professor in "Applied Internet Security and Information Systems", External Assessor to many Universities, Consultant to private and public sectors.
Maciej Borówka -Born in 1986, received Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics of AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. Multiple laureate of Sapere Auso Fundation Scholarships for Scientific Achievements and Local Leaders. Since 2009 a member of the IEEE, founder and current chairman of the IEEE AGH-UST Krakow Student Branch. EPICS in IEEE Global Team Member, coordinator of the Twin Branch Project AGH-UST with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Member of IEEE Standards Association. Chairman of upcoming Region 8 SBC’14 Krakow, Poland.
Simay Akar - Simay joined IEEE as a student member in 2007 and currently serving positions in Region 8 as Student Chapter Activities Coordinator and in MGA WIE (Women in Engineering) Conference Subcommittee. She mainly served different positions in IEEE Region 8, Turkey and METU (Middle East Technical University) Student Branch; including Student Branch Coordinator of Region 8, Chairperson of IEEE METU, Twin Student Branch Project Coordinator and also PES (Power& Energy Society Advisor) of IEEE Turkey. She is youth soft skill trainer since 2008 and has been delivering many soft skills training topics in different International Student Organizations' events, as much as IEEE Student Branches' for several years.
Sohaib Sheikh - Sohaib works as an IT and Communications Systems Consultant at Ove Arup and Partners Ltd. where he is part of the team responsible for delivering complex ICT solutions for large-scale infrastructures. He is a telecommunication and networks engineer, and has studied for his degrees and research at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, and City University London. Sohaib is currently serving as the Pre-University Activites Coordinator for IEEE R8 and the Electronic Communications Coordinator for IEEE R8 Communication Society.

Innovation in Student Activities Award Judges

Andreas Koltes - Andreas Koltes is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. His main research interests lie in the areas of Reconfigurable Computing, Computer Architecture and System-on-Chip Integration. He received a German Diplom degree in computer science from the University of Passau, Germany in 2009. As part of his undergraduate education he lived abroad in Scotland and Singapore. After graduating he was employed in industrial R&D at the Diehl Group, Germany working on high-performance embedded systems. Andreas is currently serving on the IEEE Region 8 Membership Development Committee following previous positions on the United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland and Germany Section committees. In 2008 and 2009 he served as jury member of the global IEEEXtreme programming competition. Besides his activities in the IEEE, he served as Student Activities Chair on the Steering Board of the German Computer Society, the German sister society of the IEEE Computer Society, from 2007 to 2010.
Sohaib Sheikh - Sohaib works as an IT and Communications Systems Consultant at Ove Arup and Partners Ltd. where he is part of the team responsible for delivering complex ICT solutions for large-scale infrastructures. He is a telecommunication and networks engineer, and has studied for his degrees and research at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, and City University London. Sohaib is currently serving as the Pre-University Activites Coordinator for IEEE R8 and the Electronic Communications Coordinator for IEEE R8 Communication Society.
Yifei Wang - Yifei Wang received the B.Eng. degree in Computer Science from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China, in July 2009. After that, he continued his master study in the School of Astronautics at the Beihang University, Beijing, China, and he received the M.Eng. degree in Astronautics Engineering in March 2012. He is now working toward his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, UK, with fully financial support from the Overseas University Research Studentship. His research interests mainly include artificial intelligence, natural evolution, and bio-inspired computing theory and its applications. Mr. Wang was a winner for 2011 Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship awarded by IEEE Computer Society in recognition of his exemplary involvement in student chapter activities as well as his excellent academic achievement. He was the former Student Branch Chair of Beihang University, and a former committee member of Geographic Unit Operations Committee (GUOC) China Section. He is now acting as the IEEE UK&RI Student Activities Chair and a Student Ambassador for IEEE Computer Society.

Ethics Competition Judges

Brian Harrington - Brian Harrington elected to follow a four year honours degree in advanced technology at Brunel University in the United Kingdom. He was then sponsored by Industry for a post-graduate research programme in Numerical Analysis at Brunel to develop digital simulation tools to resolve the surge problem inhibiting progress in capital power engineering design and manufacture. He was awarded the Principal of the College prize for progress in Physics and Mathematics at Southall College. IEEE Contributions: Brian joined IEEE in 1963 for access to AIEE / IEEE publications for post graduate study and has continued his membership without a break. He has given continuous IEEE volunteer service since 1982 requiring a good knowledge of the Institute and its global operations: UKRI (United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland) Section Chair; Section Treasurer; Computer Chapter Chair; Professional Communication Chapter Chair; UKRI Newsletter Editor; UKRI Executive Committee Member; Recipient of Section Growth Award; Recipient of IEEE Third Millennium Medal; Facilitator and Presenter at IEEE Sections' Congresses (Toronto, Puerto Rico and Denver); Officer and member of the IEEE Region 8 OpCom since 2005. Brian has arranged Region 8 Committee Meetings in Paris, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Venice, Berlin, Tallinn, and Madrid at the invitation of the local IEEE Sections. OpCom has met with the IEEE Sections in Dubai, Morocco, Oman, Nice, Madeira, Dubrovnik, Paris, Qatar, Leuven, Athens, Rome, Madrid, and St. Petersburg.Current volunteer responsibilities: Treasurer Region 8 and a past member of "The Institute" Editorial Board. Brian is an invited member of the IEEE United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Section Executive Committee.
Charles Turner - After gaining his doctorate at Stanford University in 1961, Charles Turner worked in the UK electronics industry, and subsequently moved into academic employment, first at Brunel University (UK), then at the University of California, Berkeley, and finally at King's College London, where he held the Siemens Chair in Electrical Engineering for nearly 30 years, before he retired in 2000. He is a Life Fellow IEEE. He is also a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEE (now IET). He was very active in accreditation activities in the UK, and chaired the IEE Accreditation Committee. UKRI Section: He has been a volunteer for the UKRI Section since 1974, as Student Counsellor, Secretary, and Section Chair. More recently he has served as the Section Awards and Recognition Officer, mostly dealing as an advisor for Fellow applications. He is Chair of the Education Society Chapter, and Editor of the UKRI Section monthly e-letter. He is a member of the Life Members Committee and has been active in preparing Milestones proposals (Bletchley Park, GCHQ, and Gabor), and conducting oral interviews of retired distinguished engineers. Region 8: He has held several committee positions in Region 8, and was the Region 8 Director from 1993/4, and Secretary from 1999. He has chaired the Education Committee, the Professional Activities Committee, and is currently the Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. He was Editor for the booklet celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the foundation of Region 8. IEEE: He was a member of the Board of Directors, first as Region 8 Director (1993-4), and then as IEEE Secretary in 1995. Among many other volunteer positions in IEEE he also served as Chair of the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee from 2000-2002. In 2003 he received the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award. He also chaired the Audit Committee, and the RAB/TAB Transnational Committee. Most recently, he served as Vice Chair of the IEEE Medals Council.
Simay Akar - Simay joined IEEE as a student member in 2007 and currently serving positions in Region 8 as Student Chapter Activities Coordinator and in MGA WIE (Women in Engineering) Conference Subcommittee. She mainly served different positions in IEEE Region 8, Turkey and METU (Middle East Technical University) Student Branch; including Student Branch Coordinator of Region 8, Chairperson of IEEE METU, Twin Student Branch Project Coordinator and also PES (Power& Energy Society Advisor) of IEEE Turkey. She is youth soft skill trainer since 2008 and has been delivering many soft skills training topics in different International Student Organizations' events, as much as IEEE Student Branches' for several years.
Sohaib Sheikh - Sohaib works as an IT and Communications Systems Consultant at Ove Arup and Partners Ltd. where he is part of the team responsible for delivering complex ICT solutions for large-scale infrastructures. He is a telecommunication and networks engineer, and has studied for his degrees and research at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, and City University London. Sohaib is currently serving as the Pre-University Activites Coordinator for IEEE R8 and the Electronic Communications Coordinator for IEEE R8 Communication Society.