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May 15-17, 2011
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Opening Remarks

Dr. John Knox
Dean of the College of Science,
Engineering and Technology
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. John Knox is Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He assumed this position in July, 2008.

Prior to his appointment as Dean at MSU, Mankato, Dr. Knox was at Idaho State University for 24 years where he was in the Physics Department. He also served one year as the Dean of the ISU – Idaho Falls Campus, two years as Interim Dean of the Graduate School, and was Chair of the Physics Department for six years.

Prior to going to Idaho State University, Dr. Knox was in Appleton, Wis. on the faculty of the Institute for Paper Chemistry, Paper Physics Group.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Anne Blackhurst
Acting Vice President for
Academic and Student Affairs
and Professor of
Counseling and Student Personnel
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. Anne Blackhurst is Acting Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Counseling and Student Personnel at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Vice President in July 2010, she served as Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research at Minnesota State Mankato. She served as interim dean of the college for two years prior to being appointed as the permanent dean in February 2008 following a national search. Before being named interim dean, she had been a graduate faculty member for 12 years and chaired the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel.

Dr. Blackhurst came to Minnesota State Mankato in 1994 as an assistant professor of Counseling and Student Personnel. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and full professor in 2004. She served as department chair in 2000-2001 and from 2005 until her appointment as Interim Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research in 2006.

Before coming to Mankato, Dr. Blackhurst was assistant dean of student life and director of residence life at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio; associate director of residence life at Ohio University (Athens); and director of residence life at the College of Idaho.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Robert J. Trew
National Science Foundation
ECCS Division Director

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Programs at the
National Science Foundation

Robert J. Trew is currently serving as the Director of the Electrical, Communications, and Cyber-Systems Division in the Engineering Director of the National Science Foundation. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1975. Dr. Trew is the Alton and Mildred Lancaster Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. He has served as the ECE Department Head at North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, and Case Western Reserve University. From 1997-2001 he was Director of Research for the U.S. Department of Defense, with management oversight responsibility for the $1.3 billion yearly basic research programs of DoD. Dr. Trew served as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Government interagency committee that planned the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Dr. Trew is a Fellow of the AAAS and a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and was the 2004 President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Proceedings and previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques and was founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Microwave Magazine. Dr Trew was twice named an MTT Society Microwave Distinguished Lecturer. Awards received by Dr. Trew include the 2001 IEEE-USA Harry Diamond Memorial Award, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal Award, the 1998 IEEE MTT Society Distinguished Educator Award, the 1991 Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award, and a 1992 NCSU Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award. He received an Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2003. He has published over 170 articles, 20 book chapters, and has given over 390 conference/workshop presentations. Dr. Trew has 11 patents.

Keynote Speaker

Hojjat Adeli
Abba G. Liechtenstein Professor
The Ohio State University

Chaos-Wavelet-Neural Network Models
for Automated EEG-based Diagnosis
of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders:
Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, and ADHD

Hojjat Adeli received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976 at the age of 26. He has authored 450 research and scientific publications in various fields of computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, and medicine including 14 books such as Machine Learning - Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Fuzzy Systems (Wiley, 1995); Wavelets in Intelligent Transportation Systems (Wiley, 2005); Intelligent Infrastructure (CRC Press, 2009); and Automated EEG-based Diagnosis of Neurological Disorders - Inventing the Future of Neurology. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, now in 25th year of publication and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 18th 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 OSU, "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship". In 2005, he was elected Honorary/Distinguished Member, ASCE: "for wide-ranging, exceptional, and pioneering contributions to computing in civil engineering and extraordinary leadership in advancing the use of computing and information technologies in many engineering disciplines throughout the world." In 2007, he received the OSU College of Engineering Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Award for Excellence in Engineering Education "for sustained, exceptional, and multi-faceted contributions to numerous fields including computer-aided engineering, knowledge engineering, computational intelligence, large-scale design 1optimization, and smart structures with worldwide impact," as well as the Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008 he was Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "for distinguished contributions to computational infrastructure engineering and for worldwide leadership in computational science and engineering as a prolific author, keynote speaker, and editor-in-chief of journals."

Tuesday Luncheon-Keynote Speaker

Madjid Fathi
Professor and Director
Institute for Knowledge Based Systems & Knowledge Management
Research Center for Knowledge Managemnet and Intelligent Systems
University of Siegen, Germany

Applying Web-X Technologies for Innovation Management

Madjid Fathi is a professor and chair in department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Siegen, and director of Institute of Knowledge Based Systems and Knowledge Management (KBS & KM). He is the founder and director of Research Center for Knowledge Management and Intelligent Systems (KMIS). His research interests are focused on Knowledge Management applications in Medicine and Engineering, Computational Intelligence and Knowledge Discovery from Text (KDT). Madjid is the editor of Integrated Systems, Design and Technology published by Springer, 2010 and also 5 edited books. He has more than 200 publications including 21 Journal publications, 4 paper awards and 170 platform presentations. Currently he has 2 books under preparation. He is a senior member of IEEE and member of editorial board of 5 respective journals. His latest keynote speeches since 2008 were at IEEE-EIT2008, IEEE-EIT 2009, KMIS 2009, IEEE-SMC (UK) 2009, KMI 2010 & 2011. He was a panellist at IEEE-IRI 2007, IC3K 2009, iiWAS2009.

The abilities to solve a problem or make a (meaningful) decision could be interpreted as an optimization task. A given situation consists of countless features that all could have more or less influence on the optimal decision. We, humans, have the ability to distinguish not only between irrelevant and important features but also between the important and essential ones. The lack of semantic in content-based mechanisms is led to variety of deficits for example in interpretation of feature selection acquired from WEB.2.0 technologies particularly within collaboration and knowledge sharing. Besides, the gap for binding points around the concepts makes our ontology more and more useful support for WEB.3.0 especially for building a semantic web. What should be done making human- and content-management, as a conceptual integration? Here the need is to create a rule-based technology model (WEB-X) to understand content, and realized concept and topic maps.

Invited Speaker

Dr. Ned Mohan
Oscar A. Schott Professor of
Power Electronics and Systems
Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Challenges and Opportunities in Power Engineering Education According to George Soros, developing renewable-based sources for electricity and investing in energy efficiency can be the new engine of job growth in America In a recent speech, Bill Gates mentioned Energy Miracles as his foremost wish. This would require producing a large number of graduates with a fundamentals-based education and critical thinking skills, who can meet the multi-disciplinary challenges inherent to our nation’s efforts to make our electric system cleaner, more efficient, and reliable. This presentation will describe the opportunities and successes towards this mission, including the development of a forward-looking curriculum that in various combination has been adopted in over 100 U.S. universities, and creation of a DOE-funded consortium of 82-universities to revitalize electric power engineering education and how any other university can join this grassroots consortium.


S. Hossein Mousavinezhad, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Idaho State University

Dr. Mousavinezhad is an active member of IEEE and ASEE having chaired sessions in national and regional conferences. He is an ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He was General Chair of the IEEE 2009 International Electro Information Technology Conference, June 7-9 hosted by University of Windsor and 2002/2003 ASEE ECE Division Chair. He is IEEE Education Society Membership Development Chair and Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award Chair. He was the ECE Program Chair of the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, June 16-19. Professor Mousavinezhad received Michigan State University ECE Department’s Distinguished Alumni Award, May 2009, ASEE ECE Division’s 2007 Meritorious Service Award, ASEE/NCS Distinguished Service Award, April 6, 2002, for significant and sustained leadership. In 1994 he received ASEE Zone II Outstanding Campus Representative Award. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, has been a reviewer for IEEE Transactions including the Transactions on Education. His teaching and research interests include digital signal processing (DSP) and Bioelectromagnetics. He has been a reviewer for engineering textbooks including "DSP First" by McClellan, Schafer, and Yoder, published by Prentice Hall, 1998 and Signal Processing First, Prentice Hall, 2003. He is on the Board of Directors of ECEDHA and Awards Chair. Hossein is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the international research journal Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering.

Professor Mousavinezhad was founding general chair of the First IEEE Electro Information (eit) Technology Conference, June 8-11, 2000, in Chicago. This regional/national conference, sponsored by IEEE Region IV, is bringing together researchers in the ECE field covering such ECE research topics as Wavelet Transforms, Soft Computing, Power & Energy, Intelligent Control, Wireless Communications, and Fuzzy Logic. Keynote/Invited speakers included Drs. H. Adeli, M. Sloan, M. J. T. Smith, and L. Zadeh. He was part of the group promoting economic development in Michigan, MEDC and was responsible for bringing Innovation Forums to Western Michigan University, January 21, 1999. These forums were a series of meetings and seminars focused on university and industry collaboration initiated by the Michigan Governor. The Forums were sponsored by the Kellogg and Dow Foundations and were designed for finding strategies to create more Hi-Tech jobs in the State.

As part of his responsibilities as Professor and Chair of the ECE Department at Western Michigan University, he prepared ABET reports for the two programs offered by the Department (EE and CpE.) The graduate programs offered by the ECE Department grew and he was responsible for initiating the first MSEE program in 1987. A new ECE Ph.D. program was offered starting Fall 2002. In addition to administrative responsibilities, he has managed to teach undergraduate/graduate courses in his research area of Digital Signal Processing, he is co-PIs for DSP and globalization grants funded by NSF. He has received other NSF and government grants in addition to equipment grants from Texas Instruments in support of his teaching/research activities in the DSP field. During May 2009, he received Michigan State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering John D. Ryder Distinguished Alumni Award for contributions in furthering the mission of the department—which is to provide undergraduate and graduate education characterized by quality, access, and relevance, and to develop distinctive research programs in electro-sciences, systems, and computer engineering, with the promise of sustained excellence as measured in scholarship, external investment, reputation, and impact.