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May 9-11, 2013
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Rapid City, SD, USA

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Keynote Speaker

David Nghiem
Founder, President and CEO
of Global Wireless Technology (GWT), Inc.
Cell-phone: Issues & Solutions

Abstract: Due to its convenience, the cellular phone has rapidly become a useful tool in people's personal lives and a necessary tool in business communications. The popularity of cell-phones is understandable; however, convenience and popularity should not get in the way of safety and efficiency. Existing cell-phones can be made to operate more efficiently and emit less radiation. Cell-phone issues and solutions will be presented. If you use your cell phone every day, you will find this seminar informative and useful.

Dr. David Nghiem is the Founder, President and CEO of Global Wireless Technology (GWT), Inc. Dr. Nghiem has many years experience in the telecommunication and medical industries, including Harris Corporation, Qualcomm, USA Wireless and Medtronic. Dr. Nghiem is a former Assistant Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering, and former Director of the Telecommunication Center at the University of Houston.

David has invented a variety of practical antenna technologies for wireless-communication systems, including bio-sensor applications, MRI safety/compatibility for medical devices, and explosive detection for home-land security and anti-terrorism applications. David has also been providing industry with fast-turn-around, cost-effective, compact and efficient antenna technologies. Dr. David Nghiem is Founder and Chairman of Global Environment Center (GEC) and Global Learning Center (GLC).

Keynote Speaker

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

Madjid Fathi
Professor and Director
Department of Electrical Engineering
& Computer Science (EECS)
University of Siegen, Germany

Visiting Scholar, EECS Department – BISC
UC Berkeley, USA
Approaching Knowledge Technology
for a significant Word Association

Abstract:  Handling and managing knowledge is a difficult and complex enterprise, definitely by reason of facts are often unknown, imprecise or uncertain. A wide range of advanced technologies have to be invoked in providing assistance for knowledge requirements ranging from acquisition, modeling, languages, (re)using, retrieving, publishing and maintaining of knowledge. In the field of language it is relatively easy to acquire the basic data in the form of written or spoken words. Simple applications like spell correction, synonym suggestion or word completion (as each of us could curse when typing on an iPhone) make use of that.

But if this raw data is exploited in a more sophisticated way we can imitate intellectual functions like text and word association. As the meaning of words is highly ambiguous we have to deal with uncertainty. The sole word “break” has many different meanings. But as several studies show even one additional word can eliminate this ambiguity nearly complete. With “break” the word “into” gives it the meaning of fragment something ("break into") while "take" ("take a break") would lead to interrupt something.

In our Institute Andre Klahold tested the text association, which is an easier task as word association because the words of a given text disambiguate each other. So word association is more challenging.

If one harvests the statistics of word co-occurrence it is possible to derive relations between words. If combined with some other characteristics from a given corpus (a large set of text) and the right formula these relations resemble what we call "word association".

Madjid Fathi is a professor and Director in EECS Department at University of Siegen, in Germany. He obtained M.Sc. degree in Computer Science in 1986 and Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) in 1991 both at University of Dortmund-Germany. Accordingly he obtained Habilitation degree (Post-Doctorate) at University of Ilmenau-Germany in 1998. He is now a Visiting Scholar at Dept. Of EECS at UC Berkeley, USA. His research interests are focused on 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" Published by springer 2012 and also edited "Integrated Systems, Design and Technology" published by Springer, 2010, also two text- and five edited books. He has with his student more than 200 publications including 21 Journal publications, 4 paper awards and more than 100 platform presentations. He is a senior member of IEEE as well as member of editorial board of 5 respective journals. His latest keynote speeches since 2008 were at IEEE-EIT2008, KMI2008, IEEE-EIT 2009, IC3K-KMIS 2009, IEEE-SMC (UK) 2009, KMI2009, and IEEE-EIT 2011, KMAP2012.

Keynote Speaker

Craig G. Rieger, PhD, PE
Idaho National Lab
Distinctive Signature Lead
Idaho Falls, ID
Resilient Control Architectures and Systems

Abstract:  A timely understanding of critical infrastructure interdependencies can alleviate the impact of unrecognized failures that jeopardize mission success. The human aspect is perhaps one of the most complex attributes to characterize, as quantitative results are far from definitive. Even within highly automated facilities, a complex chain of management, engineering and regulatory individuals affect the philosophy of operation for a facility and its associated industrial control system(s) (ICS). Multi-agent analysis provides a worthy approach to decompose these complex relationships, which can then be optimized for mission assurance. The concept of multi-agent analysis originates from the computer science artificial intelligence movement of 20 years ago, but is now being discussed in the context of ICS. However, the complexities of ICS are much different, as the control system design is tied to plant assets, such as valves and transmitters, and therefore is not as amenable to concepts such as platform independence. This presentation will define the characteristics of a resilient control system and a discuss multi-agent architecture attributes that codify control system dynamics.

Craig Rieger, PhD, PE, is the lead for the Instrumentation, Control and Intelligent Systems (ICIS) distinctive signature area, a research and development program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) with specific focus on next generation resilient control systems. In addition, he has organized and chaired five IEEE technically co-sponsored symposia in this new research area. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and a PhD in Engineering and Applied Science from Idaho State University. Craig's PhD coursework and dissertation focused on measurements and control, with specific application to intelligent, supervisory ventilation controls for critical infrastructure. Craig has 20 years of software and hardware design experience for process control system upgrades and new installations. Craig has been a supervisor and technical lead for control systems engineering groups having design, configuration management, and security responsibilities for several INL nuclear facilities and various control system architectures.

Keynote Speaker

Richard Gowen
President and CEO
Dakota Power, LLC
Rapid City, SD
Trusting Autonomous Systems

Abstract:  Dr. Gowen will share a perspective of the integration of advances in technology to enable the assurance of integrity and trust in the operation of multiplatform autonomous systems to accomplish critical mission objectives. Autonomous systems use a wide range of technologies to deliver military and civilian applications in areas as diverse as defense, logistics, management, and personnel. He will present capabilities to qualify information from sensors and other sources to provide options to assure the integrity of autonomous systems operating in environments with potential for both internal and external sources of corruptions.

Dr. Richard Gowen has had a distinguished career in education, industry, and government and is the past President of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Dakota State University. Prior to becoming the Dean of Engineering and Vice President of SDSMT, he served as a member the faculty of the United States Air Force Academy and directed a joint Air Force-NASA program that provided biomedical systems for manned spaceflight. He was a co-director of a program to develop the probabilistic risk assessment process for the licensing of nuclear power plants. He was a founding director of the ETA supercomputer company. He directed the conversion of the Homestake gold mine to become an international underground laboratory. He is a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, was a member of the Congressional Web Education Commission, and is a member of the South Dakota Board of Education.

Dr. Gowen is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and in 1984 he served as Centennial President of the IEEE. He served as the President the IEEE Foundation from 2004 to 2011. He is the President and CEO of Dakota Power and guides the development of unique lightweight electric drive systems.