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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rangam Subraminian
Chief Technology and Spectrum Policy Strategist,
NTIA, US Department of Commerce
Saturday 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Wireless Innovation
for the Wireless Spectrum World
under Transformation
Spectrum scarcity if not addressed can have a significant impact on various economic sectors and security aspects of the nation. Presidential memorandum released in July 2013 called for, "research, development, testing, and evaluation of spectrum sharing technologies by and among commercial, Government, and academic stakeholders at Federal facilities". There have been several initiatives from the federal government in support of spectrum sharing innovation, including the Wireless Spectrum R&D (WSRD) Senior Steering Group contributions, the working group contributions from the NTIA instituted Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC), FCC instituted Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and the work-in-progress on addressing the recommendations given by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), besides the shared spectrum rule making initiatives in various bands. Dynamic spectrum sharing is a new paradigm that has immense complexities involved including in interdisciplinary technology R&D, testing, data collection, analytics, usage enforcement, security, business planning, rule-making and policy development. Effective collaboration among various stakeholders in government, industry, and academia is critical. This key note will focus on various government-supported program initiatives in facilitating collaboration for spectrum technology R&D and how the research community can support the stakeholders including the rule making agencies.
Dr. Rangam Subramanian is a Technology strategy, spectrum policy, business development and general management professional, with over 22 years of experience in Telecommunications. Currently he is serving the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) within the United States Department of Commerce, as a Chief Technology and spectrum policy strategist. In his previous work, Dr. Subramanian has made significant contributions to technology innovation, large-scale testing, operations management, M&A, telecom network services, international customer management and in building Government-Industry-Academia collaboration. Dr. Subramanian is a serving member of the White House/National Information Technology R&D initiated Wireless Spectrum Sharing R&D (WSRD), Senior Steering Group (SSG), for Wireless Spectrum Sharing Innovation in the nation. He is serving member of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Boards in academic institutions and regularly chairs conferences and leads panels – by government, industry and academia.
Dr. Subramanian has a doctorate in engineering from the Oakland University, Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL, USA

Keynote Speaker

Hojjat Adeli
Abba G. Liechtenstein Professor
The Ohio State University

Friday Banquet

Hojjat Adeli received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976 at the age of 26. He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Informatics, Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Neuroscience at The Ohio State University. He has authored nearly 500 research and scientific publications in various fields of computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, and medicine. He has authored/co-authored 15 books including Machine Learning - Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Fuzzy Systems, Wiley, 1995; Neurocomputing for Design Automation, CRC Press, 1998; Intelligent Infrastructure – Neural Networks, Wavelets, and Chaos Theory for Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Structures, CRC Press, 2009; Wavelet-Based Vibration Control of Smart Building and Bridge Structures, CRC Press, 2009; Automated EEG-based Diagnosis of Neurological Disorders - Inventing the Future of Neurology, CRC Press, 2010; Computational Intelligence - Synergies of Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks and Evolutionary Computing, Wiley, 2013; He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international research journals Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, now in 29th year of publication and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 22nd year of publication. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Neural Systems. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award, from The Ohio State University's highest research award "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship". He is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors such as The Ohio State University College of Engineering Lumley Outstanding Research Award (quadruple winner); Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, and Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2010 Wiley, the publisher of over 1500 journals, created the Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing given annually with a cash prize of $1000. In 2011 World Scientific Publishing Co created Hojjat Adeli Award for Outstanding Contributions in Neural Systems given annually with a cash prize of $500. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and a Fellow of several societies including AAAS, IEEE, and American Neurological Association.

Keynote Speaker

Madjid Fathi
Institute of KBS & Knowledge Management
University of Siegen, Germany

Friday, 8:30 AM
Technology Enhanced Learning in
Neuro Rehabilitation and Nursing
Madjid Fathi is a professor and vice-chair of EECS Department at the University of Siegen, Germany. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) both from the University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1986 and 1991, respectively. Accordingly he obtained Habilitation degree (Post-Doctorate) at the University of Ilmenau, Germany, in 1998. Since 2004, he is the director of Institute of Knowledge-Based Systems and Knowledge Management (KBS & KM), at the University of Siegen. He was Visiting Scholar with Professor Zadeh, father of Fuzzy Logic, at U.C. Berkeley dept. of EECS joined the BISC(Berkeley Initiative of Soft Computing) from Sep/2012 to Sept/2013. As head of KBS lead a large of different academic team of researchers and educators which has, thus far, resulted in over 60 thesis. His research interests are focused on Knowledge Based System(KBS), knowledge management applications in medicine and engineering, knowledge transfer, organizational learning, and knowledge discovery from text (KDT).
He is the editor of "Integration of Practice-Oriented Knowledge Technology" (2013) and "Integrated Systems, Design and Technology" (2011) published by Springer, as well as two text- and five edited books. He, with his students, has published with more than 200 publications including 25 Journal publications, and obtained four paper awards. He is a senior member of IEEE as well as member of editorial board of five respective journals. He is the founder of Alzheimer Knowledge Platform

Keynote Speaker

Howard Rockman
Principal of the Intellectual Property Law Firm of Howard B. Rockman P.C.
Visiting Professor, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
Adjunct Professor, College of Business, University of Illinois at Chicago
Adjunct Professor of Engineering Law, College of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University
Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law, The John Marshall Law School

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Howard B. Rockman is a Chicago patent attorney, I ntellectual Property Management consultant, author and lecturer. He counsels companies and individual innovators and creators on a variety of intellectual property matters. Fifty years ago, Howard began his legal career as a Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before moving on to his role as an Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Howard represents clients in litigation of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases in Federal and State Courts, as well as clients seeking to secure domestic and foreign intellectual property rights before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, and similar intellectual property offices throughout the world.
Mr. Rockman is a member of the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and a J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School. In addition to his legal accolades, Mr. Rockman served as an officer in the U.S. Army on active duty and reserve status with the Corps of Engineers and the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1960 to 1968.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gary Blank
IEEE-USA 2014 Presidaent

Friday Lunch
Dr. Blank has successfully divided his professional career between industry and academia. After graduating with his Ph.D. he worked as an employee in industry for Honeywell Aerospace, Litton Guidance and Control (navigation), and Unisys Systems in the areas of controls and electronics, while teaching part-time at nearby universities. He then chose to leave industry and teach full-time and was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Northern Illinois University, Marquette University, a nd U.C.L.A. He started consulting part-time in industry while teaching. He has published dozens of technical papers including the Best Paper and Presentation at the Pan American Congress of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He earned several grants for his universities from industrial corporations to support research and product development.
He became and still is a full-time consultant and has provided consulting services for over 40 industrial corporate clients. His clients include General Motors, Northrop Grumman, Honeywell, United Technology Aerospace Systems, Parker-Hannifin, L-3 Communications, Rockwell-Collins, Hughes Aircraft, Allied Health Care Systems, Woodward, and Xerox. He was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy and I.I.T. to create and conduct courses in renewable energy, smart grid, and electric vehicles. He teaches electronics and controls part-time at nearby universities. He has created successful recorded home-study review courses for both the FE/EIT and PE exams.
He has been an active volunteer in the IEEE. He is the originator and creator of IEEE-USA’s first Employment Network. He is responsible for the start-up of many of IEEE’s Consultants Networks both in the USA and overseas. He was involved in the creation of the IEEE’s consultants’ database which enables industrial clients to find IEEE consultant members. He has done many webinars and seminars on consulting, employment, entrepreneurial activities, K-12 STEM Literacy, and Professional Licensure and Registration. He has been an invited speaker at every IEEE Sections Congress since 1999. The IEEE-USA membership (200,000+) elected him as their President for 2014.
Dr. Blank received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ford Foundation Fellow), M.S. from the University of Idaho (Kaiser Corp. Fellow), and B.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology (Ingersoll Foundation Scholar). All degrees are in Electrical Engineering.

Keynote Speaker

Charles Alexander
Director, the Center for Research in Electronics
and Aerospace Technology (CREATE)
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Washkewicz College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
Charles K. Alexander is professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the Director of The Center for Research in Electronics and Aerospace Technology (CREATE). From 2002 until 2006 he was Dean of the Fenn College of Engineering. He has held the position of dean of engineering at Cleveland State University, California State University, Northridge, and Temple University (acting dean for six years). He has held the position of department chair at Temple University and Tennessee Technological University. He has held the position of Stocker Visiting Professor (an endowed chair) at Ohio University. He has held faculty status at all of the before mentioned named universities.
He has secured funding for two centers of research at Ohio University and Cleveland State University. He has been the director of three additional research centers at Temple and at Tennessee Tech. He has obtained research funding of approximately $100 million (in today’s dollars). He has served as a consultant to twenty-three private and governmental organizations including the Air Force and the Navy.
He received the honorary Dr. Eng. from Ohio Northern University (2009), the PhD (1971) and M.S.E.E. (1967) from Ohio University and the B.S.E.E. (1965) from Ohio Northern University.
He has authored many publications, including a workbook and a videotape lecture series, and is coauthor of Fundamentals of Electric Circuits (now in the fifth edition), Engineering Skills for Career Success, Problem Solving Made ALMOST Easy, the fifth edition of the Standard Handbook of Electronic Engineering, and Applied Circuit Analysis, all with McGraw-Hill. He has made more than 500 paper, professional, and technical presentations.
Dr. Alexander is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and served as its president and CEO in 1997. In addition he has held several positions within IEEE during his more that forty-five years of service as a volunteer. This includes serving 1991 to 1999 on the IEEE Board of Directors.
He has received several local, regional, national, and international awards for teaching and research including an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree, Fellow of the IEEE, the IEEE-USA Jim Watson Student Professional Awareness Achievement Award, the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Distinguished Professor Award, the Distinguished Engineering Education Achievement Award, the Distinguished Engineering Education Leadership Award, the IEEE Centennial Medal, and IEEE/RAB Innovation Award.

Keynote Speaker

Bob Parro
VP of Product Development
Elevate Requirements Management to the Next Level
Requirements drive the whole product development lifecycle. Manage them well and there is a much higher success rate across all industries of hitting market windows, meeting contractual commitments on time, complying with industry standards and regulatory requirements, and producing products that meet user needs with fewer defects. Learn about accelerated methods of processing imported requirements into a requirements management tool, means of avoiding propagating poorly written requirements throughout the product development lifecycle, effective approaches for stream management (e.g. product families), an efficient manner of publishing documents using automation, and useful ways to monitor the process.
Between process ideas and add-on tools, attendees will learn how to reduce the effort required to import and move data around in a requirements management tool, detect defects in requirements at point of insertion, a solution to support product line family development, an approach to make document publishing easy and inexpensive using a publishing tool and additional automation, and a useful way to monitor the process.
Bob Parro is the VP of Product Development at River North Solutions, a company focused on providing product development process guidance and training, and offering Rational add-ons that boost Rational tool ease of use and productivity. Previous to River North, Bob was the Global Requirements Manager at GE Healthcare, a Senior Application Engineer at Telelogic, an R&D Manager developing next generation aircraft power systems and a Design Automation Manager at United Technologies Aerospace Systems (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand), and an Automated Equipment Development Engineer at Delco Electronics. Bob holds three patents and serves in senior leadership positions with the IEEE and INCOSE.