Prof. Xudong Jiang received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and received the Ph.D. degree from Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany. From 1986 to 1993, he worked as Lecturer at UESTC where he received two Science and Technology Awards from the Ministry for Electronic Industry of China. He was a recipient of the German Konrad-Adenauer Foundation young scientist scholarship. From 1993 to 1997, he was with Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany as scientific assistant. From 1998 to 2004, He worked with the Institute for Infocomm Research, A*Star, Singapore, as Senior Research Fellow, Lead Scientist and appointed as the Head of Biometrics Laboratory where he developed an software that achieved the fastest and the second most accurate fingerprint verification in the International Fingerprint Verification Competition (FVC2000). He joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as a faculty member in 2003 and served as the Director of the Centre for Information Security from 2005 to 2011. Currently, Dr Jiang is a tenured Association Professor in Nanyang Technological University. Dr Jiang has published over 120 research papers, including 20 papers in top IEEE journals: TPAMI, TIP, TSP and SPM, which are well-cited on Web of Science. He is also an inventor of 7 patents (3 US patents).

Dr. Richard Cai is CTU’s University Program Director for College of Computer Science & Technology. In this role, Dr. Cai supervises curriculum design, development and revision for all the degree programs offered in the college. He also plays a key role in the program assessment and accreditation. Prior to joining CTU in 2015 Dr. Cai served as full professor for the School of Information Technology at American InterContinental University, where he also acted as a Program Chair and Dean. As Dean for the School of Information Technology he led bachelor’s and master’s-level IT degree programs while also working closely with program leaders across all departments. Before entering the higher education sphere Dr. Cai held numerous IT and engineering positions totaling over 15 years of industry experience and offered his expertise in roles as diverse as Aircraft Design Engineer, Sr. Software Engineer, and IT Consultant and Manager. Dr. Cai’s teaching philosophy is that learning needs to be student centered. The goal of my teaching is active learning. My role in teaching is using my expertise to help students to gain the necessary skills to take control of and become active participants in their own learning. Higher education must go beyond simply passing on information. I believe student engagement is one of the important keys to successful learning and knowledge obtained through active participation is knowledge that will stay with a learner.

Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelgawad Central Michigan University, USA

Dr. Ahmed Abdelgawad received his M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and 2011 and subsequently joined IBM as a Design Aids & Automation Engineering Professional at Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In Fall 2012 he joined Central Michigan University as a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor. In Fall 2017, Dr. Abdelgawad was early promoted as a Computer Engineering Associate Professor. He is a senior member of IEEE. His area of expertise is distributed computing for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), data fusion techniques for WSN, low power embedded system, video processing, digital signal processing, Robotics, RFID, Localization, VLSI, and FPGA design. He has published two books and more than 78 articles in related journals and conferences. Dr. Abdelgawad served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals, including IEEE WF-IoT, IEEE ISCAS, IEEE SAS, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Communications Magazine, Springer, Elsevier, IEEE Transactions on VLSI, and IEEE Transactions on I&M. He severed in the technical committees of IEEE ISCAS 2007, IEEE ISCAS 2008, and IEEE ICIP 2009 conferences. He served in the administration committee of IEEE SiPS 2011. He also served in the organizing committee of ICECS2013 and 2015. Dr. Abdelgawad was the publicity chair in North America of the IEEE WF-IoT 2016/18/19 conferences. He was the finance chair of the IEEE ICASSP 2017. He is the TPC Co-Chair of I3C'17, the TPC Co-Chair of GIoTS 2017, and the technical program chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2018. He was the keynote speaker for many international conferences and conducted many webinars. He is currently the IEEE Northeast Michigan section chair and IEEE SPS Internet of Things (IoT) SIG Member. In addition, Dr. Abdelgawad served as a PI and Co-PI for several funded grants from NSF.