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Keynote Speaker
Friday, July 31, 2020
12:30 PM

Dr. Pushpa Ramakrishna
Program Director
Division of Undergraduate Education
National Science Foundation

Dr. Pushpa Ramakrishna is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. At NSF, she serves as program director for the Improving Undergraduate STEM education (IUSE) program, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, S-STEM Scholarship program, and the IUSE:HSI program. She is also involved in the STEM education 2026 and beyond initiative at the Division of Undergraduate Education. She serves on the NSF cross-directorate working groups on environmental research and education, sustainable regional systems, and the sustainable research networks. Dr. Ramakrishna is passionate about igniting student interests in the STEM fields. She is interested in studying the incorporation of convergent or interdisciplinary education into the undergraduate curriculum with a focus on sustainability. Prior to NSF, she was the founder and chair of the Sustainability Instructional Council for Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, the co-chair of the Maricopa Sustainability Committee, and she also directed the Biomedical Research Technology Program at Chandler Gilbert Community College (one of the Maricopa Community Colleges). She won the 'Maricopa Outstanding Employee of the Year' and over the years, she won the "Innovation of the Year" team award multiple times for sustainability education, service learning, revitalizing the STEM curriculum, and student learning and outcome assessment.


Keynote Speaker
Friday, July 31, 2020
4:00 PM

Prof. Dr. Dietmar P. F. Möller
Clausthal University of Technology (TUC), Germany

Dr. Dietmar P.F. Moeller received his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) degree in Electrical Engineering and Control Theory from the University of Bremen, Germany. Besides his academic career, Dr. Moeller started a career in industry at Draeger AG, Germany. At Draeger, Dr. Moeller was responsible for R&D, product management & marketing of medical equipment. In 1991 Dr. Moeller was elected as Professor at the Technical University Clausthal (TUC). He also served at TUC for four years as Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. In 1999 Dr. Moeller was elected as Professor from the University of Hamburg. In 2012 again, he received an offer from TU Clausthal as Professor for Stochastic Models in Engineering Sciences where he intensifies his research in the areas of "Cyber-Physical Systems and Cybersecurity", "Car-IT and Cybersecurity" and "Digital Transformation in Industry 4.0". He has published in total 12 books, more than 200 papers, and contributions in books and has given more than 150 presentations at international as well as national conferences. His latest book that will be published in 2020 by Springer Publ., has the title "Cybersecurity in Digital Transformation – Scope and Applications."

Cybersecurity in Digital Transformation
In the era of digital transformation, cybersecurity has recently achieved great interest, particularly in public and private organizations. The focus on cybersecurity in digital transformation is mostly on threat intelligence, intrusion detection and prevention, attack models and scenarios, as well as cybersecurity ontology, making the digital transformation cyber secure. The digital transformation itself is the outcome of the fourth technological wave. The core of digital transformation is the confluence of at least four essential technologies: Cloud Computing, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence. Through Cloud Computing, a new generation of Artificial Intelligence is being applied in an increasing number of applications with stunning results. Besides this, the Internet of Things connects devices in value chains across industry and infrastructure and generating terabytes of data every day, which results in the Big Data paradigm. The digital transformation of the mentioned technological wave will also have a significant impact on the circular economy, a new paradigm in today's public and private discussion to reduce the greenhouse effect. Therefore, cybersecurity becomes the most relevant subject making all previously mentioned efforts cyber secure.

Keynote Speaker
Saturday, August 1, 2020
9:00 AM

Prof. Madjid Fathi
University of Siegen, Germany

Madjid Fathi is a professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Siegen. He is the Chair and Director of the Institute of Knowledge-Based Systems and Knowledge Management. Before he got to Siegen he was visiting Professor at UNM, Florida State and Georgia Tech. in USA. He established the Research Center KMIS (Knowledge Management & Intelligent System) in 2007. He did his sabbatical in U.C. Berkeley from 9/2012-9/2013 at BISC (Berkeley Initiative of Soft Computing) by Professor Zadeh, the Father of Fuzzy Logic.
His research interests are focused on knowledge management applications in medicine and engineering, computational intelligence and knowledge discovery from text (KDT). Dr. Fathi has published 3 text and 5 edited books, with his students he published more than 250 papers receiving 4 best paper awards. He is also the editor of the book series "Integrated Systems: Innovations and Applications" published by Springer. His recent published book "Computer Aided Writing" by springer published in 12/2019.

AI and Knowledge Graphs for Integrating Cyber Physical Resources
Abstract: Artificial intelligence has reached the broad masses. More and more applications of AI and machine learning are finding their way into practice. In this keynote I will talk about the perspectives of artificial intelligence in industry 4.0 in general, as well as show two practical examples. The first one will target multi-agent systems for personalized and individualized production operations in smart factories, while the second discusses knowledge graphs as a knowledge representation instrument for smart semantic search on error causes in production processes. Knowledge Graphs help to better understand complex tasks in the industry by integrating cyber physical resources, thus facilitating and optimizing the problem-solving process.

Keynote Speaker
Saturday, August 1, 2020
12:30 PM

Dr. Kumar Yelamarthi
Professor & Director
School of Engineering & Technology
Central Michigan University

Kumar Yelamarthi received his Ph.D. and M.S degree from Wright State University in 2008 and 2004, and B.E. from University of Madras, India in 2000. He is currently the Director for School of Engineering and Technology, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Central Michigan University (CMU). He served as the chair for Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs, and Assistant to the Dean of College of Science and Engineering at CMU. His research interest is in the areas of wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, computer-aided design tool development, assistive devices, mobile robots, embedded systems, and engineering education. He has published over 150 articles in archival journals and conference proceedings and delivered over 100 talks in these areas. He has successfully raised several externally funded grants of over $1.35 Million from organizations such as NSF, NASA, and the industry.
He has served as a chair, technical program committee chair, treasurer for several international conferences, and as a reviewer and panelist for numerous externally funded proposals. He served as editor for journal special issues, currently serves on the editorial board for International Journal of Forensic Software Engineering. He has served as the Chair of IEEE Northeast Michigan Section, and vice-chair for ASEE North Central Section. He has successfully started engineering programs (four year undergraduate, 2+2 programs with international universities, graduate) and led the undergraduate programs through ABET accreditation.
He is a senior member of IEEE, founding advisor for the IEEE Student Chapter at CMU, an elected member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, and a senior member of IETI.
Honors and Awards
  • Senior Member, International Engineering and Technology Institute, 2017
  • Outstanding Award for Service, College of Science and Engineering, Central Michigan University, 2017
  • Best Master Forum Award, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 2017
  • Special Recognition for Outstanding Service, Leadership and Commitment to IEEE-USA and the Profession, IEEE-USA, 2016
  • Appreciation for Notable Services and Contributions to IEEE and Engineering Professions, IEEE President, 2015
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2013
  • Best Campus Representative Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) North Central Section, 2011

Smart City: Trends, Opportunities, and the Future Ahead
Smart City aims to utilize technology to improve services and make the city, services, and life as a whole more efficient. From the smart grid, intelligent transportations, healthcare, industrial systems, the term Smart City covers a lot. With more than two-thirds of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2050, finding ways to make ecosystems work better for the people who live in them has become a priority. This talk aims to introduce the concept of Smart City and the inherent architectural elements to seamless operation. Further, it presents several examples of real-world applications, trends, opportunities, and challenges ahead.