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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 the Department of Computing and Mathematics, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. He is also holding Adjunct Professor Position at the National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan. He is a senior member of IEEE, invited member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, member of ACM, and Distinguished Speaker of ACM. His past assignments include Associate Professor of ICT, University of the Faroe Islands, Denmark; Osaka University, JapanNara 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. He has authored over 140 research articles and is supervising/co-supervising several graduate (MS and Ph.D.) students. His research interests include the internet of things, wireless networks, distributed systems, network/cybersecurity, cloud/network function virtualization, machine learning, etc. He is serving as an Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Future Directions Newsletter.      

Steve Jones, Editor-in-Chief, joined the Center for Information and Communication Sciences faculty in August of 1998. He came to Ball State University (BSU) after completing his doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University where he served as 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. He is serving as an Editor-in-chief of the IEEE Future Directions Newsletter.    

Julie Bernicker, Managing Editor is a Digital Content & Communications Specialist at IEEE, USA. Julie has been working at IEEE for over 6 years and has held several different roles. Prior to working at IEEE, Ms. Bernicker graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications. She is currently the main staff lead for IEEE Digital Reality (DRI), an IEEE Future Directions initiative launched in support of Digital Transformation.

In addition to serving as the IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics managing editor, she is the Communications Chair for the 2022 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Reality (ICIR). Prior to her role within IEEE Future Directions, Julie was a Community Specialist on the IEEE Collabratec team.  She has extensive experience managing digital projects and programs including webinars, websites, marketing graphics, email campaigns, and more.

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 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 the guest editorial board of 15 Special Issues with top-ranked journals in Communication Society.

Dr. Hazrat Ali received in BSc and MSc degrees in electrical engineering in 2009 and 2012 respectively. He did his PhD in 2015 from University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. He was a postdoc researcher at Umea University Sweden and worked on deep learning for ultrasound images. His research interests lie in unsupervised learning, generative and discriminative approaches, and speech and medical image processing. He has authored/co-authored more than 50 journal/conference papers and book chapters. He is Associate Editor at IEEE and served as reviewer at IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, IET Signal Processing, and many other international publishers. He is selected as young researcher at the 5th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Heidelberg, Germany. He is the recipient of the HEC Scholarship, Top10 research pitch award, Kempe Foundation Sweden grant, IEEE Student Travel Award, the IBRO grant, the TERENA/CISCO Travel grant, QCRI/Boeing Travel grant and the Erasmus Mundus STRoNGTiES research grant.

Priscilla Amalraj Priscilla Amalraj is a Senior Director, responsible for Strategy, Execution and Support for all aspects of Information Technology at IEEE.

Key accomplishments of Ms. Amalraj at IEEE are creating a state of the art e-Commerce platform that is the back bone of firm’s business, Mobile Application suite(IEEE App), Cloud Adoption, Data Security, an Advanced Analytics & AI Platform and Sales & CRM Solution. During her tenure at IEEE, Ms. Amalraj led several large initiatives improving key functional capabilities of the firm in Technology, Corporate Finance, Treasury Management, Sales and Marketing, e-Commerce, Legal, HR and Client Services.

Ms. Amalraj led the largest initiative of the firm “IEEE Business Platform” with ~$50 million budget, over 150 member team to introduce a new e-Commerce system that brought transformational changes to firm’s business model and client experience. Ms. Amalraj’s responsibilities included: IEEE’s Mobile Center of Excellence, Innovation Lab, Digital Solutions & Enterprise Web Applications, Business Analytics Center of Excellence, Test Engineering, Cloud Strategy and Data Privacy Program(GDPR).

Prior to IEEE, Ms. Amalraj was a Principal Consultant at AT&T focused on the development of their International Customer Service Systems. Ms. Amalraj started her career in Asia working for SPIC Ltd, and Leyland Information Technology from 1990 to 1994.

Dr. Adriana Bankston, is a Principal Legislative Analyst at the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations in Washington, DC, where she serves as an advocate for the university with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. Prior to this position, Adriana was a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at the Society for Neuroscience, where she provided staff support for special and on-going projects, including the society’s annual lobby event and the annual meeting. In addition to working at UC, Adriana is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Publisher of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance, an internationally recognized non-profit organization and peer-reviewed publication dedicated to empowering early career scientists, engineers, and policy professionals in international science policy debate. She is also a Fellow with Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS), leading a project on developing the next generation workforce through science policy as a bridge between science and society. Finally, she is a Biomedical Workforce & Policy Research Investigator at the STEM Advocacy Institute, as well as a member of the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition Steering Committee. Adriana earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University.

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 a 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 a 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 Ph.D. in computer science from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is currently working as a postdoc associate at Yale University, School of Medicine, and at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) under the 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’s 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, the 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 are working on the development of a collaborative annotation toolkit for a radiologist. His startup scaai labs (http://scaailabs.com) was in the top-ten innovators list of 2015 contests at silicon valley (http://www.globaltechsymposium.com/innovators.html). His research and entrepreneurial work have been picked by 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 for his contributions to 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).

Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in the Computer Science Department at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). He joined NKU in January 2020, and his research interests include visual privacy, visual trust, computer science & cybersecurity education, privacy-enhancing computer vision & pattern recognition, adversarial thinking & learning in machine vision, and inclusive privacy & security in visual surveillance. He is currently an Editorial Board Member with the IEEE Future Directions Newsletter in Technology, Policy and Ethics. He is an active professional member of IEEE and ACM. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including conference papers, newsletter articles, and journal papers. He has more than 15 years of work experience in both academics and industry. Ankur is originally from Kolkata, India, where he did his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the Institute of Engineering & Management (IEM) and was employed with Tata Consultancy Services, a global computer consultancy firm, for almost 7 years. Before joining NKU, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB), where he founded and directed the Center of Cybersecurity Education & Outreach. He was the principal investigator (PI) and the project director of the first-ever NSA/NSF GenCyber program in the state of Wisconsin at UWGB, where he has led and hosted the GenCyber program for three years. He has also worked with Google and Microsoft as the PI/project lead for the Google IgniteCS and Microsoft TechSpark grant programs at UWGB. His industry profile includes multiple roles like IT Analyst, Software Engineer and Embedded Systems Engineer.

Junaid Chaudhry is an information security and computer networks enthusiast. Currently, he is leading a startup of a 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 designing, delivering, and researching in institutes at the 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 the University of Amsterdam, Qatar University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, University of Hail, University of Trento, and the University of South Pacific. He has also worked with Al-Jazeera, State of Qatar, Qatar Foundation, FBK, etc as a consultant. Dr. Chaudhry has obtained training at teaching excellence from Harvard Business School, University of Amsterdam, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and maintains a certified professional status with the Australian Computing Society. Junaid’s research interests are cross-disciplinary research, malware analysis, anomaly detection, cyber hunting, and digital forensics. He has published more than 50 papers and has authored 3 international books.

Dr. Jerry Chun-Wei Lin received his Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan in 2010. He is currently a full Professor with the Department of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway. He has published more than 400+ research articles in refereed journals (IEEE TKDE, IEEE TCYB, IEEE TII, IEEE TITS, IEEE TIAS, IEEE TETCI, IEEE SysJ, IEEE SensJ, IEEE IOTJ, ACM TKDD, ACM TDS, ACM TMIS, ACM TOIT, ACM TIST) and international conferences (IEEE ICDE, IEEE ICDM, PKDD, PAKDD), 11 edited books, as well as 33 patents (held and filed, 3 US patents). His research interests include data mining, soft computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and privacy-preserving and security technologies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Data Science and Pattern Recognition, the Guest Editor/Associate Editor for several IEEE/ACM journals such as IEEE TFS, IEEE TII, ACM TMIS, ACM TOIT, and IEEE Access. He has recognized as the most cited Chinese Researcher respectively in 2018 and 2019 by Scopus/Elsevier. He is the Fellow of IET (FIET), senior member for both IEEE and ACM.

Dr. Kapal Dev is a Research Fellow with the CONNECT Centre, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). His education Profile revolves around an ICT background, i.e. Electronics (B.E and M.E), Telecommunication Engineering (Ph.D.), and Post-doc (Fusion of 5G and Blockchain). He is also working for OCEANS Network as “Head of Projects” to manage OCEANS project processes and functions to improve efficiency, consistency, and best practice integration.

Dr. Dev received his Ph.D. degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy in July 2019. His research interests include Blockchain, 5G and Beyond Networks, and Artificial Intelligence. Previously, he worked as a 5G Junior Consultant and Engineer at Altran Italia S.p.A, Milan on 5G use cases. He is the PI of the two Erasmus + International Credit Mobility projects. He is an evaluator of MSCA Co-Fund schemes, Elsevier Book proposals, and top scientific journals and conferences including IEEE TII, IEEE TITS, IEEE TNSE, IEEE IoT, IEEE JBHI, FGCS, COMNET, TETT, IEEE VTC, WF-IoT. TPC member of IEEE BCA 2020 in conjunction with AICCSA 2020, ICBC 2021, DICG Collocated with Middleware 2020, and FTNCT 2020. He is also serving as GE in COMNET (I.F 3.11), Associate Editor in IET Quantum Communication, Review Editor in Frontiers in Communications and Networks, GE in COMCOM (I.F: 2.8), Lead chair in one of CCNC 2021 workshops, and editing a CRC press.

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 an MS Research degree with a 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 the internet of things. Moreover, he is interested in applied game theory. He has served as TPC member for IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, and various other conferences. Moreover, he serves as a 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 a Ph.D. 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 copyright, he has also contributed to several book chapters in edited volumes from different publishers including CRC press, and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, etc.

He is a recipient of the Young Scientist Research Award 2011 from the 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.

Dr. Gururaj H L is currently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi 2019. He has 12 years of teaching and research experience at both UG and PG level. He is a professional member of ACM. He is the founder of Wireless Internetworking Group (WiNG). He is a senior member of ACM, Life time member of Cryptology Society of India and Senior member of IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Gururaj was appointed as ACM Distinguish Speaker (2018-2021) by ACM US council. He received YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD from ITS-SERB, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India in December 2016. He also received BEST PROJECT GUIDE award consecutively for three years at Malnad College of Engineering, India during 2015, 2016 and 2017. He worked as Special Editor of EAI publisher and Guest Editor of Multimedia Springer Journal. He is an Editorial Board member of various International Journals. He has four Edited Books in Springer, IET and IGI Global.

He has published more than 75 research papers in peer reviewed journals. He has presented more than 30 papers at various international Conferences. He worked as reviewer for various journals and conferences. He also received Best paper awards at various National and International Conferences. He has delivered more than 100 technical talks across globe to name a few ACM Distinguished Talk at IIT Kanpur in 2019, Plenary Talk at NIT Surat in 2020, Keynote Speaker at UPDATE Europe Conference in 2020. He is also serving as Advisory committee member of Cyber Security Council of India and Subject expert at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Mysuru, Government of Karnataka.

Dr. Gururaj was honored as Session chair, Keynote Speaker, TPC member, Advisory committee member at National and International Seminars, Workshops and Conferences across Globe.
He received grants from CSIR and AICTE (Government o India) to organize International Conference. He has International Collaboration with top-notch researchers from University of Texas, University of Houston and many more. His research interests include Block Chain Technology, Cyber Security, Wireless Senor Network, Ad-hoc networks, IOT, Data Mining, Cloud Computing and Machine Learning.

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 the International Conference on Health Informatics, IEEE conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and Australasian Conference on Information Systems.

Sinan Hanay received a B.S. in Microelectronics from Sabanci University in 2005, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the 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 the 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 that 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, the 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 a 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 a number of distinguished professorships at Ryerson University and the 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-tier 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’s 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 Ph.D. 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 the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands from September 2015 till May 2016 and 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 an editorial board member for various journals including IEEE Access, IEEE Internet Initiative, Internet Technology Letters, Wiley, and serves as a reviewer for most of the IEEE transactions, Springer and Elsevier Journals. He also serves as a 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.

Mohammad Asif Khan is a Postdoc Research Fellow with the Electrical Engineering department at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Qatar University (2019), M.Sc. in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan (2013), and B.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Pakistan (2009). He was a researcher assistant at Qatar University (Aug 2014-May 2015) and at Qatar Mobility Innovation Center, Doha, Qatar (Jan 2016-Dec 2016).

He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of IET. He is an editorial board member of Frontiers in Communications and Networks, and IEEE Future Direction Newsletter. He has served as a reviewer of various international Journals including IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Access, IET Communications, IET Intelligent Transportation System, and KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems. He has served as a TPC member of several international conferences including IEEE ICC’2021, IEEE CNCC’2021, IEEE SusTech’2021, and IEEE WF-IoT’2018. His current research interests include wireless communication, mobile edge computing, federated learning, and UAV communication. For more information, visit his homepage www.asifk.me.

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 the 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 the 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 researcher in the fields of communications, networking, computing, and multimedia systems. He is now an international research fellow at Shandong Provincial University Laboratory for Protected Horticulture, Weifang University of Science and Technology, China, and a non-resident research associate for multimedia and networking at the Department of Computer Engineering, Persian Gulf University, Iran. Iran National Elites Foundation (INEF) has selected Mohammad as elite for benefiting from several services since 2019. He is also a professional member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 2020 where he has been included in some volunteer editorial roles. He has served as a publication/TPC co-chair for EAI-CloudComp 2020 & 2021. In addition, he is currently serving as an editor/editorial board member for International Journal of Intelligent Systems (Wiley), International Journal of Crowd Science (IEEE-TUP) and IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics (IEEE), and has served as a topic editor for The Journal of Supercomputing and SN Applied Sciences (both at Springer). Mohammad is an active reviewer of many top journals of IEEE and ACM, and received the title of outstanding reviewer of Bentham Science journals in 2019. His main interests include statistical signal and image processing, medical and health informatics, radar imaging and satellite remote sensing, computer communications, internet of things (IoT), wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, multimedia networks, UAV networks, and information science (scientometrics). Mohammad has received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering with expertise in communications and signal processing.

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 cybersecurity 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.

Dr. Matteo B. Lodi received the Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Cagliari, in 2016, and the Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 2018. In 2022 he received, with honour, the PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, from the University of Cagliari. He is currently working as technologist in the Applied Electromagnetics Group at the University of Cagliari.

His research activity deals with the modelling of bioelectromagnetic phenomena, especially hyperthermia treatment; the study, manufacturing, and synthesis of magnetic biomaterials for tissue engineering applications; and the use of microwaves for biotechnology and environmental applications.

He has been awarded as Young Scientists at the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of URSI in 2020 and 2021. In 2021 he was a co-author of the “2021 IEEE IST Best Student Paper Award” at IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems & Techniques. He is a member of the WG2: “Better thermal-based EM therapeutics” of the COST Action 17115 “MyWave”. He has been appointed as Representative for the Young Professionals of IEEE Region 8 Nanotechnology Council.

Dr. Zhihan LV is an IEEE Senior Member, British Computer Society Fellow, and ACM Distinguished Speaker. He was an Associate Professor at Qingdao University, China, from 2017 to 2021. He has been an Assistant Professor at Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2012 to 2016. He received his Ph.D. from Ocean University of China in 2012. He worked in CNRS (France) as a Research Engineer, Umea University (Sweden) as a Postdoc Research Fellow, Fundacion FIVAN (Spain) as an Experienced Researcher, University College London (UK) as a Research Associate, University of Barcelona (Spain) as a Postdoc. He was a Marie Curie Fellow in European Union’s Seventh Framework Program LANPERCEPT. His research mainly focuses on Metaverse, Digital Twins, Virtual Reality, Serious Game. He has contributed 300+ papers including more than 70 papers on IEEE/ACM Transactions. He has more than 30 ESI highly cited papers and 10 ESI hot papers.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems (KeAi), an Associate Editor of 18 journals including ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation System, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics Newsletter, and Leading Guest Editors for 40 special issues including 10 IEEE. He is Co-Chair or TPC of 50 conferences including ACM MM 2021, ACM IUI 2015-2022. He has reviewed 400 papers. He has received more than 20 awards from China, Europe, IEEE. He has given more than 80 invited talks for universities and companies in Europe and China. He has given 20 keynote speeches for international conferences

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 Ph.D. 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. 

Dr. Shakil Muhammad is the founder of the Software R&D agency RNS Solutions based in Singapore, Pakistan, and South Korea. He is an investor and technical advisor of a few startups including Erocery, Colors Platform, Storichain, and Cashero. He helped with the software development of more than 40 projects related to Blockchain, eCommerce, AI, and Cyber Security.

He worked for 10 years as a Deputy Project Director of the Cyber Incident Response Team at the Government of Pakistan. He was an IT Consultant to the International Taekwondo Federation and Teaching brigade member of Open Network Foundation “ONF”.
He received MS & Ph.D. in Information & Telecommunication Technology (Engineering) from Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Bahria University, Pakistan. He has earned 8 professional certifications including CEH, RHCE, Oracle DBA, and CISA. He has written a few scientific and technical articles in journals and conferences.

His future aims are poverty alleviation, providing quality education, and bridging the gap for the health sector by innovative technologies.

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 topics ranging from Internet-of-Things, Data Science, Cybersecurity, and Cloud Computing.

Dr. Shalli Rani is Associate Professor in CSE with Chitkara University (Rajpura(Punjab)), India. She has 14+ years of teaching experience. She received MCA degree from Maharishi Dyanand University, Rohtak in 2004 and the M.Tech. degree in Computer Science from Janardan Rai Nagar Vidyapeeth University, Udaipur in 2007 and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Applications from Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar in 2017. Her main area of interest and research is Wireless Sensor Networks, Underwater Sensor Networks, and the Internet of Things. She has published/accepted/presented more than 35 papers in international journals /conferences and two books with Springer. She has worked on Big Data, Underwater Acoustic Sensors, and IoT to show the importance of WSN in IoT applications. She received a young scientist award in Feb. 2014 from Punjab Science Congress, in the same field.

Dr. Kashif Saleem is a research scientist, currently working at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), King Saud University as an Assistant Professor, since 2012. He received his M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University Technology Malaysia in 2007 and 2011, respectively. He recieved professional training and certifications from the University of the Aegean, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), IBM, Microsoft, Cisco. He has authored several research publications that are presented and published in renowned conferences, books, and top-tier journals. His professional services include Associate and Guest Editorships, Chair, TPC Member, Invited Speaker, and reviewer for several journals, conferences, and workshops. Dr. Saleem has acquired and is running funded scientific research projects in KSA, EU, and other parts of the world. His research interest mainly includes data communication and security, intelligent algorithms, Biological inspired computing, for IoT, M2M Communication, WSN, WMN, MANET, Cyber-physical Systems.

Dr. Manik Sharma is an MCA, UGC-NET qualified and has received his Ph.D. degree in “Distributed Query Optimization” from IKG Punjab Technical University, Kapoorthala, India. Dr. Sharma is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Applications, DAV University Jalandhar, India. Dr. Sharma has 15 years of teaching and research experience. His research interests include Machine Learning, Optimization Techniques, Health Informatics, and Smart Systems. The thrust area is to design a smart and innovative artificial intelligence-based Clinical Decision Support System for the effective management of major human psychological disorders. Dr. Sharma authored/coauthored over 50 International Journal articles, Conference Proceedings, and Book Chapters. Dr. Sharma is serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Access, BMC Public Health, and Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics. He is also acting as an Editor in Chief for EAI Transaction of Pervasive Health and Technology. He is also serving as a reviewer for various international Journals including IEEE, Springer, Elsevier, MDPI, and SAGE publications. Moreover, he served as a member of International Program Committees, Technical Program Committees, and Advisory Committees of several academics conferences (United Kingdom, Singapore, Mauritius, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Hong Kong, Canada, UAE, and India).

Dr. Amit Kumar Singh is currently an Assistant Professor with the Computer Science and Engineering Department, National Institute of Technology Patna, Bihar, India. He received his Ph.D. from the National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, Haryana, India in 2015. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journals, conference publications, and book chapters. He has authored three books and edited four books with internationally recognized publishers such as Springer and Elsevier.

Dr. Singh has been recognized as “WORLD RANKING OF TOP 2% SCIENTISTS” in the area of “Biomedical Research” (for the year 2019), according to the survey given by Stanford University, USA. He is the associate editor of IEEE Access (Since 2016), IET Image Processing (Since 2020), and a former member of the editorial board of Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer (2015-2019). He has edited various international journal special issues as a lead guest editor such as ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, IEEE Access, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer, International Journal of Information Management, Elsevier, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing, Springer. He has obtained memberships from several international academic organizations such as ACM and IEEE. His research interests include multimedia data hiding, image processing, biometrics, & Cryptography.

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 the 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.

Dr. Sandeep Verma has received his PhD in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) Department in Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar in 2020. He completed his Masters of Engineering in ECE from NITTTR Chandigarh in 2013. He completed his bachelors of technology from Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology in the department of ECE in 2010. Dr. Verma is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Dr. BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar in the department of ECE. His research interests include energy-efficient Wireless Sensor Networks, IoT based architectures, and Intelligent Transportation System. He has published more than 20 papers in reputed journals namely, IEEE TII, IEEE TGCN, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Sensors, IEEE Access, Applied Soft Computing, Peer to Peer Networking and Applications, and many others. He has also reviewed more than 50 papers from the referred journals which include IEEE-TII, IEEE-TGCN, International Journal of Communication System, Online Wiley, IEEE Access, Wireless Network, IET WSS, etc. Dr. Verma is also serving as a Guest Editor for journal ‘IoT and Cyber Physical System’. Moreover, he has also acting as a Technical Program Committee Member for Scopus indexed conference (EAISmartGov2021). Dr. Verma is a Senior Member at IEEE and also the professional member of ACM.