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IEEE Future Directions Newsletter: Technology, Policy and Ethics Editorial Board

Ali Kashif Bashir, Editor-in-Chief, is a Senior Lecturer at School of Computing, Mathematics, and Digital Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. He is a senior member of IEEE and Distinguished Speaker of ACM. His past assignments include Associate Professor of Information and Communication Technologies, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Faroe Islands, Denmark; Osaka University, Japan; Nara National College of Technology, Japan; the National Fusion Research Institute, South Korea; Southern Power Company Ltd., South Korea, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea.He received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from Korea University, South Korea. MS from Ajou University, South Korea and BS from University of Management and Technology, Pakistan. He is author of over 80 peer-reviewed articles. He is supervising/co-supervising several graduate (MS and PhD) students. His research interests include internet of things, wireless networks, distributed systems, network/cyber security, cloud/network function virtualization, etc. He is serving as the Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Future Directions Newsletter: Technology Policy and Ethics.He is editor of several journals and has served as a guest editor on several special issues in journals of IEEE, Elsevier, and Springer. He has served as chair (program, publicity, and track) chair on several conferences and workshops. He has delivered several invited and keynote talks, and reviewed the technology leading articles for journals like IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, the IEEE Communication Magazine, the IEEE COMMUNICATION LETTERS, IEEE Internet of Things, and the IEICE Journals, and conferences, such as the IEEE Infocom, the IEEE ICC, the IEEE Globecom, and the IEEE Cloud of Things.

Mudassar Ahmad has 12 years teaching experience from the different University of Pakistan. He also has 17 years, experience as Network Manager in a very famous Textile Industry of Pakistan. During his job in Industry, he has completed his Graduate studies from Pakistan, then he went to Malaysia for his Ph.D. He is expert in Linux networks and he introduced a new congestion control mechanism for Linux during his Ph.D. His research work is published in many National, International conferences and impact factor journals. His research includes Congestion control mechanism, Internet of Things (IOT), Bid Data and Health care. Nowadays, Mudassar Ahmad is serving as Assistant Professor in Department of Computer Science, National Textile University, Pakistan. During his teaching career, he has supervised hundreds of M Phil students.

Syed Hassan Ahmed (S’13, M’17, SM’18) completed his B.S in Computer Science from Kohat University of Science & Technology (KUST), Pakistan and Masters combined Ph.D. Degree from School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCSE), Kyungpook National University (KNU), Republic of Korea. In summer 2015, he was also a visiting researcher at the Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA. Collectively, Dr. Hassan authored/co-authored over 100 international publications including Journal articles, Conference Proceedings, Book Chapters, and 02 books. From the year 2014 to 2016, he consequently won the Research Contribution awards by SCSE at KNU, Korea. In 2016, his work on robust content retrieval in future vehicular networks lead him to win the Qualcomm Innovation Award at KNU, Korea. Currently, Dr. Hassan is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA, where his research interests include Sensor and Ad hoc Networks, Cyber-Physical Systems, Vehicular Communications and Future Internet.

Dr. Hassan is a Senior IEEE and ACM member, serving as a TPC Member or Reviewer in 70+ International Conferences and Workshops including IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, IEEE CCNC, IEEE ICNC, IEEE VTC, IEEE INFOCOM, ACM CoNEXT, ACM SAC, and much more. Furthermore, he has been reviewing papers for 30+ International Journals including IEEE Magazines on Wireless Communications, Networks, Communications, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Sensors Letters, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Vehicular Technologies, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Big Data and Mobile Computing. Moreover, Dr. Hassan is an editorial board member of KSII Transactions on Internet & Information Systems, Wiley’s Internet Technology Letters, Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies, IEEE Newsletters on Internet Initiative, Future Directions, and Software Defined Networks. Finally, Dr. Hassan is/was on guest editorial board of 15 Special Issues with top-ranked journals in Communication Society.

Onur Alparslan received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2002 and 2005, in electrical and electronics engineering. I received Ph.D. degree from Osaka University, Japan, in information science and technology, in 2008. I was the recipient of Monbukagakusho Graduate Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture of Japan between 2005–2008. I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Osaka University from 2008 to 2016. Now I am a visiting researcher at Osaka University since 2016. My research interests are optical networks, traffic engineering, network function virtualization (NFV) and simulation. I was the recipient of “Best Paper Award” at the First International Conference on Evolving Internet (INTERNET 2009). I have published over 20 papers in international journals and conferences, many of which are in IEEE journals and conferences. I have worked on many government funded projects on computer networks and telecommunications in Europe and Japan. I became a student member of IEEE at 2002 when I was a B.S. student. Currently, I am a member of IEEE in Kansai Section of IEEE Region R10.

Muhammad Bilal is an assistant professor of computer science with the Department of Computer and Electronic Systems Engineering, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yongin, Korea. He received Ph.D. degree in information and communication network engineering from School of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, MS in computer engineering from Chosun University, Gwangju,  Korea, and BS degree in computer systems engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan Prior to joining Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Smart Quantum Communication Center, Korea University. He is an editorial board member of IEEE Future Direction Newsletter. He has served as a reviewer of various international Journals including IEEE Communication Magazine, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Access, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing and International Journal of Communication Systems. He has also served as a program committee member on many international conferences. His primary research interests are Design and Analysis of Network Protocols, Network Architecture, Network Security, Blockchain Technologies, IoT, Named Data Networking, Cryptology and Future Internet.

Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari is a semantic data scientist, a tech consultant and an entrepreneur. He received his PhD in computer science from University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is currently working as postdoc associate at Yale University, School of Medicine and at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) under scientific visitor’s program. At Yale, he is working as part of two NIH-funded consortia, the Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR,http://metadatacenter.org) and the Human Immunology Project Consortium (HIPC, http://www.immuneprofiling.org). Dr. Bukhari specific research efforts are concentrated on several core problems from the area of semantic data management. On the standards side, his focus is on the development of metadata and data standards development, and improving data submission and reuse through the development of methods that leverage ontologies and semantic web technologies. As part of the AIRR community (AIRR, http://airr.irmacs.sfu.ca) data standards working group, Dr. Bukhari with his colleagues have introduced an initial set of  ontology-aware metadata recommendations for publishing AIRR sequencing studies. On the application side, his research aims are providing non-technical users with scalable self-service access to data, typically distributed and heterogeneous. Semantic technologies, based on semantic data standards and automated reasoning, alleviate many data access-related challenges faced by biologists and clinicians, such as data fragmentation, necessity to combine data with computation and declarative knowledge in querying, and the difficulty of accessing data for non-technical users. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Bukhari and his team is working on the development of a collaborative annotation toolkit for radiologist. His startup scaai labs (http://scaailabs.com) was in top-ten innovators list of 2015 contest at sillicon valley (http://www.globaltechsymposium.com/innovators.html). His research and entrepreneurial work has  been picked by the CBC Canada, PakWired, and UNB News.

Syed Hashim Raza Bukhari received his Ph. D degree in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Wah Cantt, Pakistan. Earlier, he received his M.S and B.Eng. degree in Computer Engineering in 2011 and 2007 respectively. Hashim has more than 12 years of experience in academics and has received numerous appreciations upon his contributions for the improvement of standards. He has also received the research productivity award for his research contributions in 2017 from COMSATS University Islamabad.  His research interests include the issues in wireless sensor networks with dynamic spectrum access, cognitive radio networks and ad hoc networks. He is currently editor of IEEE Future Directions Newsletter: Technology, Policy & Ethics and guest editor of Springer Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM). He is also reviewer of several prestigious journals including IEEE Communication Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Access journal, Elsevier’s Computers and Electrical Engineering (CAEE) journal, Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA), Ad Hoc Sensor Wireless Networks (AHSWN) Journal, Springer Wireless Networks Journal, Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal, and the Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN).

Ankur Chattopadhyay is an Assistant Professor in the Information and Computing Sciences (ICS) department at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Ankur is a computer scientist plus computer engineer, whose research work is focused on addressing privacy issues in video surveillance. He has a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His research interests include computer vision, pattern recognition, security, image processing & analysis and computer science education. He has published and presented in international conferences like ACM SIGCSE, IEEE CVPR and IEEE FIE. Ankur has more than ten years of experience in both academics and industry. As an academician, his passion is teaching computer science, conducting research in security & surveillance and applying his research to improve computer science education. His teaching interests include a wide variety of courses in computer science, especially in the area of security, programming and algorithms. His industry profile includes multiple roles such as IT analyst, software engineer and embedded systems engineer, having worked with Tata Consultancy Services for several years.

Dr. Chattopadhyay has a PhD in Engineering with Computer Science Emphasis from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), 2015; a Grad Certificate of Accomplishment in Information Assurance & Security from UCCS, 2012; and a B.Tech in Computer Engineering, Kalyani University, Salt Lake, India, 2001.

Junaid Chaudhry is an information security and computer networks enthusiast. Currently, he is leading a startup of perfectionistic bunch of security researchers, digital forensics and information retrieval experts, penetration testers and bug hunters, interdisciplinary research aficionados, software coders, social scientists, medical science researchers that are passionate about making the world a better and more secure place. He has spent more than 5 years in designing, delivering, and researching in institutes at tertiary level, 6 years at research centres, and for the last 5 years he has been working in the information security industry. He worked at University of Amsterdam, Qatar University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Univeristy of Hail, Univeristy of Trento, and University of South Pacific. He has also worked with Al-Jazeera, State of Qatar, Qatar Foundation, FBK, etc as consultant. Dr. Chaudhry has obtained training at teaching excellence from Harvard Business School, Univeristy of Amsterdam, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and maintains a certified professional status with Australian Computing Society. Junaid’s research interests are cross disciplinary research, malware analysis, anomalies detection, cyber hunting, and digital forensics. He has published more than 50 papers and have authored 3 international books.

Waleed Ejaz (S’12, M’14, SM’16) is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Prior to this, he was a Post-doctoral fellow at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Engineering from Sejong University, Republic of Korea in 2014. He earned his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from National University of Sciences & Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan and University of Engineering & Technology, Taxila, Pakistan, respectively. He worked in top engineering universities in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia as a Faculty Member.His current research interests include Internet of Things (IoT), energy harvesting, 5G cellular networks, and mobile cloud computing. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the IEEE ACCESS.  In addition, he is handling the special issues in IET Communications, the IEEE ACCESS, and the Journal of Internet Technology. He also completed certificate courses on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the Chang School at Ryerson University.

Mohamed Elhoseny received the PhD degree in Computer and Information from Mansoura University, Egypt (in a scientific research channel with Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, USA). Dr. Elhoseny is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computers and Information, Mansoura University. Collectively, Dr. Elhoseny authored/coauthored over 70 International Journal articles, Conference Proceedings, Book Chapters, and 3 Springer books. His research interests include Network Security, Cryptography, Machine Learning Techniques, Internet of Things, and Quantum Computing. Dr. Elhoseny serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Big Data and Cloud Innovation Journal and Associate Editor of many journals such as IEEE Access, and PLOS One journal. Dr. Elhoseny guest-edited several special issues at many journals published by IEEE, Hindawi, Springer, Inderscience, and MDPI. Moreover, he served as the co-chair, the publication chair, the program chair, and a track chair for several international conferences published by IEEE and Springer.

Dr. Elhoseny is a TPC Member or Reviewer in 30+ International Conferences and Workshops. Furthermore, he has been reviewing papers for 20+ International Journals including IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Sensors Letters, IEEE Communication Letters, Elsevier Computer Communications, Computer Networks, Sustainable Cities and Society, Wireless Personal Communications, and Expert Systems with Applications.

Yasir Faheem is currently working as Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Networks and Information Technologies from Université Paris Nord, France, in 2012. Prior to that, he earned MS Research degree with specialization in Networks and Distributed Systems from Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, in 2008, and BS (Computer Science) degree from NUCES-FAST, Pakistan, in 2006. His current research interests are in cognitive radio networks, wireless sensor networks, opportunistic networks, cloud computing and internet of things. Moreover, he is interested in the applied game theory. He has served as TPC member for IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom and various other conferences. Moreover, he serves as reviewer for IEEE Communications Magazine, Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications and various other journals.

Prasun Ghosal is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Technology, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (formerly Bengal Engineering and Science University), Shibpur, India. He has been a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, USA during 2013 – 2014 (under Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship from UGC, GOI) and a Heidelberg Laureate Post Doctoral Fellow (visited University of Heidelberg, Germany) in 2013. He received the PhD degree (Engg) from Bengal Engineering and Science University in 2011, M.Tech. and B.Tech. in Radio Physics and Electronics from Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, India in 2005 and 2002 respectively, B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics in 1999 from University of Calcutta, India.

His research is in Performance Centric, Power Aware Nanoscale Electronic System Design and Computing including Performance Centric Layout Design of 3D Integrated Circuits, Performance-centric, Power Aware Design of Networks-on-Chips (NoC), and Post Silicon Nanoscale Technologies and Computing viz. Memristors, DNA Computing, Reversible Circuit Synthesis etc. His research has been funded by AICTE, DIT, MCIT, Govt of India, IEI etc. He has contributed more than 86 research articles in several peer reviewed avenues of international journals and conferences. Besides a copyright he has also contributed towards several book chapters in edited volumes from different publishers including CRC press, and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg etc.

He is a recipient of Young Scientist Research Award 2011 from Indian Science Congress Association, recipient of several Best Paper Awards in ICAEE – 2014 from IEEE CS, ADCONS – 2011 etc., Best Paper Award Nominee in ISVLSI – 2008.

Tahir Hameed is with Merrimack College since 2018 where he teaches courses related to information systems. Prior to joining Merrimack, Dr. Hameed was associated with SolBridge International School of Business in South Korea from 2012 to 2018 where he taught in the areas of information systems, technology management  and business analytics at the masters and bachelors levels. Dr. Hameed obtained his Ph.D. in Information Technology Management from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and obtained his Masters in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His current research focus is in the areas of health analytics, health IT, IT standards, technology commercialization, IT-enabled change management and knowledge management. He has published in prestigious journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Sustainability, Journal of Knowledge Management, Telecommunications Policy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and World Development. He has presented several papers at leading conferences including International Conference on Health Informatics, IEEE conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and Australasian Conference on Information Systems.

Sinan Hanay received the B.S. in Microelectronics from Sabanci University in 2005, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey in 2007 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst in 2011. During his graduate studies, he worked as a teaching and research assistant at UMass.

He joined Osaka University in 2011 as a post-doctoral researcher. From 2012 to 2016, he worked at Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet) of NICT Japan. During that time, he also held visiting researcher and lecturer positions at Osaka University. He is a co-author of a paper which received the best paper award in IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing 2011. His research interests include computer networks and machine learning. He is currently an assistant professor at TED University in Turkey.

Shagufta Henna is a postdoctoral researcher with the telecommunication software and systems group, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland. She received her doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, UK in 2013. She is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, IEEE Future Directions, and Human-centric Computing and Information Sciences, and Springer. Her current research interests include deep learning, edge intelligence, network security, machine learning for 5G and beyond, and Intent-based networking.

Dr. Fatima Hussain is working as a Security Analyst in “API Security and Governance” squad, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Toronto. She is leading the development and promotion of new API and API development learning curriculum along with API security and governance duties. She is also leading the RBC- Academic Research Collaboration initiative and is responsible for promoting research culture at various RBC platforms.  Dr Hussain’s background includes number of distinguished professorships at Ryerson University and University of Guelph,  Canada, where she has been awarded for her research teaching and course development accomplishments within Wireless Telecommunication, Internet of Things, and Machine Learning. She has a long list of research publications in top teir conferences, books and journals. She is acting as an Editor for IEEE WIE Newsletter (Toronto section).

Dr. Hussain holds Doctorate and Master of Science degrees from Ryerson University, Toronto in Electrical & Computer Engineering. She also holds a Master  and Bachelors  of  Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

Dr. Rasheed Hussain received his B.S. Engineering degree in Computer Software Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan in 2007, MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from Hanyang University, South Korea in 2010 and 2015, respectively. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Hanyang University, South Korea from March 2015 to August 2015. He also worked as a guest researcher and consultant at University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands from September 2015 till May 2016 amd as Assistant Professor at Innopolis University, Innopolis, Russia from June 2016 till December 2018. Currently he is an Associate Professor and head of the MS program in Secure System and Network Engineering (SNE) at Innopolis University, Russia. He is also the Director of Networks and Blockchain Lab at Innopolis University, Russia. He serves as ACM Distinguished Speaker.

Dr. Hussain is a senior member of IEEE and serves as editorial board member for various journals including IEEE Access, IEEE Internet Initiative, Internet Technology Letters, Wiley, and serves as reviewer for most of the IEEE transactions, Springer and Elsevier Journals. He also serves as technical program committee member of various conferences such as IEEE VTC, IEEE VNC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICCVE, and so on. He is a certified trainer for Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW). His research interests include Information Security and Privacy and particularly security and privacy issues in Vehicular Ad Hoc NETworks (VANETs), vehicular clouds, and vehicular social networking, applied cryptography, Internet of Things, Content-Centric Networking (CCN), cloud computing, and blockchain. Currently he is working on carpooling, blockchain technologies for resource-constrained environments, Machine Learning (ML)-based security and API security.

Steve Jones joined the Center for Information and Communication Sciences faculty in August of 1998. He came to Ball State University (BSU) from completing his doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University where he served the Dean of Continuing Education developing a distance-learning program for the College of Technology’s undergraduate Technology Education program. Dr. Jones was instrumental in bringing the new program on board because of his technical background and extensive research in the distance-learning field.

Prior to coming to higher education, Dr. Jones spent over sixteen and a half years in the communication technology industry. He owned his own teleconnect, providing high-end commercial voice and data networks to a broad range of end users. Dr. Jones provided all the engineering and technical support for his organization that grew to over twenty employees and two and a half million dollars per year revenue. Selling his portion of the organization in December of 1994, Dr. Jones worked briefly for Panasonic Communications and Systems Company as a district sales manager providing application engineering and product support to distributors in a five-state area prior to starting doctoral studies.

Mohammad Saud Khan is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the area of Strategic Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Before taking up this role, he was positioned as a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern Denmark. Having a background in Mechatronics (Robotics & Automation) Engineering, he worked as a field engineer in the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom. In addition to several consulting assignments, his corporate experience includes a project on “Open Innovation” with Agfa Gevaert, Belgium. Saud’s research has largely been focused on investigating entrepreneurial teams within high-tech business incubators. His work has appeared at several reputed conferences (such as Academy of Management Annual Meeting and Babson College Entrepreneurship Research conference)  and journals (such as Creativity and innovation Management and Management Decision). Currently, his research interests include innovation management (especially managerial implications surrounding novel technological paradigms such as big data, IOT and 3D printing), technology and digital (social media) entrepreneurship.

Mohammad Khosravi is currently a senior researcher with Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz, Iran. He has served/is serving as an International Committee Member of the conferences of IEEE-ICCC 2017 & 2018, ICEOE 2018 & 2019, SPIE-IWPR 2018 & 2019, ACM-ICBCT 2019 and ACM-BIOTC 2019. In addition, he is currently serving as an Area/Guest Editor of Springer Nature Applied Sciences, and The Journal of Supercomputing. From 2017 to 2019, he was an Academic Editor at Bentham Science. Mohammad is an active reviewer of many top journals of IEEE, IET, Springer, Emerald and Elsevier and was selected as the outstanding reviewer of Bentham Science in 2019. His main interests include Statistical Signal and Image Processing, Medical Bioinformatics, Radar Imaging and Satellite Remote Sensing, Computer Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks, Underwater Acoustic Communications, Information Science and Scientometrics.

Olga Kiconco is passionate about using her strong business acumen, technology background and international exposure to help the start-up community thrive in today’s competitive innovation and entrepreneurship landscape. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Milima Technologies, a cyber security firm that is set on building a cyber smart Uganda by offering security culture as a service, through awareness and training as well as technical solutions such as ethical hacking and stress testing. She is also a part time Innovation Strategist ICT at the Innovation Village connecting the dots on how technology can address some long standing socio-economic challenges in Uganda and the continent at large.

Varun G Menon is currently Associate Professor in Computer Science Engineering and Head of International Collaborations at SCMS Group of Educational Institutions, India. He has been the resource person for numerous workshops on “Quality Research Publishing” in various Engineering Colleges in India, primarily aimed at enhancing the quality of research publishing among the faculty and students. 

Dr. Varun G Menon is currently serving as Guest Editor for the Journal of Supercomputing in cyber physical systems and for the Future Internet Journal in advanced information and communication techniques. He is also serving in the Editorial and Editorial Review Boards of many journals including Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications, International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management. He is currently serving in the Review Boards of many high impact factor journals including IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Access, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Ad-Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier), Computer Communications Journal (Elsevier), Vehicular Communications Journal (Elsevier). Dr. Varun G Menon received the Top Peer Reviewer Award by Publons in 2018. 

He has completed his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering and holds an M. Tech degree in Computer and Communication with University First Rank. He also holds an M.Sc in Applied Psychology, an MBA in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Training and (Dip. T. D.). He has published more than 45 research papers in peer reviewed and highly indexed International Journals and Conferences. He has also served in the Technical Program Committee and Organizing Committee of many prestigious International Conferences like SigTelCom, ICACCI, ICDMAI etc. organized in various countries like Thailand, USA, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India. His research interests include Information Science, Scientometrics, Digital Library Management, Informatics of Scientific Databases, Educational Psychology, Cyber Psychology, Hijacked and Predatory Journals, Ad-Hoc Networks, Wireless Communication, Opportunistic Routing, Wireless Sensor Networks, Internet of Things, Fog Computing and Networking, Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks. Evaluation methods in Education, Online Education tools, Life Skills training, Training and Development. 

Anand Nayyar (Academician, Researcher, Author, Writer, Inventor, Innovator, Scientist, Consultant and Orator) received Ph.D. in Computer Science from Desh Bhagat University, Mandi Gobindgarh in 2017 in Wireless Sensor Networks, Swarm Intelligence and Network Simulation. He is currently working as Lecturer, Researcher and Scientist in Graduate School, Duy Tan University, Da Nang, Vietnam. He has around 15 Years of teaching and research experience. He has published 350 research papers in various SCI/SCIE/SSCI/SCOPUS Indexed Journals along with various IEEE/SPRINGER/ACM/Elsevier conferences. He has published 25 Books on Computer Science. He is associated with many top reputed Journals as Reviewer, Editorial Board member and also with various top notch world renowned conferences.

He is serving as Editor-in-Chief in International Journal of Smart Vehicles and Smart Transportation (IJSVST), IGI-Global, USA. Acting as Associate Editor for IJISP, IJDST, IJCINI, IJGC, IJSSTA. He is also serving as Guest Editor for Journals like: Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Computer Communications, Sustainable Cities and Societies, SN Applied Sciences, Energy Systems and many more.

He is senior member of ACM and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. He has delivered around 150 talks on varied topics of Computer Science and acted as Keynote Speaker for 50 International Conferences. He is a certified professional with 75 Certifications from CISCO, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, EXIN, beingcert.com, GAQM, ITIL, Six Sigma, Cyberoam and Elsevier.

His areas of interest, include- Wireless Sensor Networks, MANETS, Swarm Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Drones, Embedded Systems, Wireless Communications, Digital Healthcare Analytics, Fog Computing, Computational Intelligence, Data Science and many more.

Dr. Zeeshan Pervez is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Member ISO and BSI working groups for FM sector, Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK), and Full Member of EPSRC Peer Review College (UK).

He has a strong track record of securing research, industry, and capacity building funding from the Innovate UK, Scottish Funding Council, Innovation Centres, European Commission, Erasmus+, Microsoft Research, and international research institutes.

His research interests are Internet-of-Things, Cybersecurity, Applied AI/ML, Blockchain Technologies, Data Security & Privacy, and Cloud Computing. The application areas of his research are but not limited to Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Social Housing, Predictive Maintenance, Facilities Management, Healthcare, Data Science, and ICT4D.

He has successfully supervised several postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate research/taught and undergraduate students. He has published over 80 SCI/E indexed journals and IEEE/ACM conferences. He has served as a TPC member of more than 100 conferences and a regular reviewer of 30+ IEEE Transactions, Elsevier, and Springer journals. He has chaired and evaluated several doctoral exams for the UK and international higher education institutes.

He has been regularly invited by national and international research and academic institutes to deliver talks on topic ranging from Internet-of-Things, Data Science, Cybersecurity, and Cloud Computing.

Mubashir Husain Rehmani (M’14-SM’15) received the B.Eng. degree in computer systems engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan, in 2004, the M.S. degree from the University of Paris XI, Paris, France, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree from the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, in 2011. He is currently working as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. Prior to this, he worked as Post Doctoral Researcher at the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland. He also served for five years as an Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Cantt., Pakistan.  He is currently an Area Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. He served for three years (from 2015 to 2017) as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. He is also serving as Column Editor for Book Reviews in IEEE Communications Magazine. Currently, he serves as Associate Editor of  IEEE Communications Magazine, Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA), and the Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN). He is also serving as a Guest Editor of Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks journal, Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems journal, the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing journal. He has authored/ edited two books published by IGI Global, USA, one book published by CRC Press, USA, and one book with Wiley, U.K. He received “Best Researcher of the Year 2015 of COMSATS Wah” award in 2015. He received the certificate of appreciation, “Exemplary Editor of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials for the year 2015” from the IEEE Communications Society. He received Best Paper Award from IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Systems Integration and Modeling (CSIM), in IEEE ICC 2017. He consecutively received research productivity award in 2016-17 and also ranked # 1 in all Engineering disciplines from Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Government of Pakistan. He received Best Paper Award in 2017 from Higher Education Commission (HEC), Government of Pakistan. He is the recipient of Best Paper Award in 2018 from Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications.

Kathiravan Srinivasan, received his Ph.D., in Information and Communication Engineering from Anna University Chennai, India. He also received his M.E., in Communication Systems Engineering and B.E., in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India. He has around 15 years of experience in research in the area of Machine Learning and applications. He is presently working as an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India.  He was previously working as a faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and also as the Deputy Director- Office of International Affairs at National Ilan University, Taiwan.  He has won the Best Conference Paper Award at 2018 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation, Chiba, Tokyo, April 13-17, 2018.

Further, he has also received the Best Service Award, Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering, National Ilan University, Taiwan. In 2017, he won Best Paper Award at 2017 IEEE International Conference on Applied System Innovation, Sapporo, Japan, May 13-17, 2017 and Best Paper Award at International Conference on Communication, Management and Information Technology (ICCMIT 2017), Warsaw, Poland. In 2016, he received the Best Service Award as the Deputy Director at Office of International Affairs, National Ilan University. He is presently serving as the Editor of KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems (TIIS), Associate Editor for IEEE Access, Journal of Internet Technology, and Editorial Board Member and reviewer for various IEEE Transactions, SCI, SCIE and Scopus Indexed Journals. He has played an active role in organizing several International Conferences, Seminars, and Lectures. He has been a keynote speaker in many International Conferences and IEEE events.