Distinguished Speakers


 
Mohamed Ibnkahla, Professor, Queen's University 
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Title : Cognitive Radio for Intelligent Transportation Systems

Abstract : TBA

Bio : Dr. Mohamed Ibnkahla is a Full Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. His main current research area includes Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and their applications in several fields such as  environment monitoring, wildlife tracking, precision agriculture, food traceability, highway safety, intelligent transportation systems, water management, and smart power grid. He has published the following books: 'Signal Processing for Mobile Communications Handbook', 'Adaptive Signal Processing in Wireless Communications', 'Adaptive Networking and Cross-layer Design in Wireless Networks', ‘Wireless Sensor Networks: A Cognitive Perspective’, all with Taylor and Francis Publishers - CRC Press. Dr. Ibnkahla received the INP Leopold Escande Medal for the year 1997, France, for his research contributions to signal processing; the prestigious Prime Minister's Research Excellence Award (PREA), Ontario, Canada in 2001, for his contributions in wireless mobile communications; and the Favorite Professor Award, Queen's University, in 2004 for his excellence in teaching.





Dave Michelson, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia 
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Title : Technologies for Short Range Vehicular Communications: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract : TBA

Bio : David G. Michelson (S'80-M'89-SM'99) received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada. From 1996 to 2001, he served as a member of a joint team from AT&T Wireless Services, Redmond, WA, and AT&T Labs-Research, Red Bank, NJ, where he was concerned with the development of propagation and channel models for next-generation and fixed wireless systems. The results of this work formed the basis for the propagation and channel models later adopted by the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Fixed Wireless Access Standards. From 2001 to 2002, he helped to oversee the deployment of one of the world’s largest campus wireless local area networks at UBC while also serving as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 2003, he has led the Radio Science Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UBC, where his current research interests include propagation and channel modeling for fixed wireless, ultra wideband, and satellite communications. Prof. Michelson is a registered professional engineer. He serves as the Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Technical Committee on Propagation and Channel Modeling and as an Associate Editor for Mobile Channels for IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. In 2002, he served as a Guest Editor for a pair of Special Issues of the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS concerning propagation and channel modeling. From 2001 to 2007, he served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY. He currently serves as an Editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. From 1999 to 2007, he was the Chair of the IEEE Vancouver Section’s Joint Communications Chapter. Under his leadership, the chapter received Outstanding Achievement Awards from the IEEE Communications Society in 2002 and 2005 and the Chapter of the Year Award from IEEE Vehicular Technology Society in 2006. He received the E. F. Glass Award from IEEE Canada in 2009 and currently serves as Chair of IEEE Vancouver Section. Prof. Michelson has been interviewed by the CBC National News and the Globe and Mail Report on Business concerning modern wireless technology.





Victor C.M. Leung, Professor, University of British Columbia 
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Title : The AURORA Testbed: Dawn of a New Era in Connected Vehicle Research in Canada (Part I)

Abstract : TBA

Bio : Victor C. M. Leung received the B.A.Sc. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.) in 1977, and was awarded the APEBC Gold Medal as the head of the graduating class in the Faculty of Applied Science. He attended graduate school at U.B.C. on a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and completed the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1981. From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Leung was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at MPR Teltech Ltd., specializing in the planning, design and analysis of satellite communication systems. In 1988, he started his academic career at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he was a Lecturer in the Department of Electronics. He returned to U.B.C. as a faculty member in 1989, currently holds the positions of Professor and TELUS Mobility Research Chair in Advanced Telecommunications Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a member of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems at U.B.C. He also holds adjunct/guest faculty appointments at Jilin University, Beijing Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Dr. Leung has co-authored more than 500 technical papers in international journals and conference proceedings, and several of these papers had been selected for best paper awards. His research interests are in the areas of architectural and protocol design, management algorithms and performance analysis for computer and telecommunication networks, with a current focus on wireless networks and mobile systems. Dr. Leung is a registered professional engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society. He is serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Computer Communications, the Journal of Communications and Networks, as well as several other journals. Previously, he has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Communications Series, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He has guest-edited several journal special issues, and served on the technical program committee of numerous international conferences. He is a General Co-chair of GCSG Workshop at Infocom 2012, GCN Workshop at ICC 2012, CIT 2012, FutureTech 2012, CSA 2011. He is a TPC Co-chair of the MAC and Cross-layer Design track of IEEE WCNC 2012. He chaired the TPC of the wireless networking and cognitive radio track in IEEE VTC-fall 2008. He was the General Chair of AdhocNets 2010, WC 2010, QShine 2007, and Symposium Chair for Next Generation Mobile Networks in IWCMC 2006-2008. He was a General Co-chair of Chinacom 2011, MobiWorld and GCN Workshops at IEEE Infocom 2011, BodyNets 2010, CWCN Workshop at Infocom 2010, ASIT Workshop at IEEE Globecom 2010, MobiWorld Workshop at IEEE CCNC 2010, IEEE EUC 2009 and ACM MSWiM 2006, and a TPC Vice-chair of IEEE WCNC 2005. He is a recipient of an IEEE Vancouver Section Centennial Award.





Garland Chow, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia 
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Title : The AURORA Testbed: Dawn of a New Era in Connected Vehicle Research in Canada (Part II)

Abstract : TBA

Bio : Garland Chow is Associate Professor in the Operations and Logistics Division of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Chow actively teaches and writes in the fields of supply chain, business logistics and freight transport management and policy. He has taught over 5000 students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in the U.S., Canada, China, Poland Brazil and Australia. His teaching responsibilities have included economics (of transport), logistics and supply chain management, carrier management, and production and services operations management. Dr Chow has been consultant to a number of U.S. and Canadian firms in distribution and transportation as well as to provincial and federal government in both the U.S. and Canada. Industries which he has provided services include: rail and trucking, ebusiness dot.com, telecommunications, third party logistics providers, forest products, paper distribution, liquor retailing, gas transmission, electric utility, PC manufacturing, regional planning agencies and state highways. Dr. Chow's logistics and supply chain publications have dealt with the transportation purchase decision, the measurement of carrier service quality, the use of microcomputers in logistics, shipper evaluation of carrier financial stability, just-in-time logistics in Japan, global logistics trends, retailing and logistics strategy, outsourcing and the location of warehousing and distribution facilities in transportation sensitive industries. His most recent publications were concerned with the logistics and transportation challenges of multi nationals doing business with China. He is a an internationally known authority on motor carrier transportation having conducted research or consulting on economic, regulatory and managerial issues of the trucking industry including cross border trucking, impacts of regulations such as HOS on the trucking industry, the application of information technology by Canadian motor carriers, trucking safety and urban truck modelling.





Hussein Mouftah, Professor, University of Ottawa (Canada Research Chair) 
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Title : Connected Electric Vehicles in Smart Cities. (Life is not One Way Street)

Abstract : TBA

Bio : After four years of industrial experience mainly at Bell-Northern Research (BNR), Dr. Hussein T. Mouftah started his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University in 1979. In 1988 he became full professor there and from 1998 until 2002 he was Associate Head for the Department. Since 2002 he has been a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, SITE and in 2006 he was appointed Distinguished University Professor. During his sabbatical leaves, he did consulting work for BNR and Nortel Networks (1986-87; 1993-94; and 2000-01). Dr. Mouftah has published over 1000 technical papers, 7 books and 48 book chapters. To his credit he has 12 patents and 140 industrial reports.





Iluju Kiringa, Professor, University of Ottawa 
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Title : Model-Driven Data Acquisition from a Country-Scale Vehicle-Mounted Sensor Network: Architectures and Applications

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Bio : Dr. Iluju Kiringa received the M.Sc. and PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1996 and from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2003, respectively. His research interests are in databases, peer-to-peer data management, and knowledge representation. He focuses on run-time data sharing systems, advanced database transactions, active databases, and logic-based knowledge representation. Dr. Kiringa has been an Associate professor since 2003 in Computer Science at the School of Information Technology and Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, at the University of Ottawa.





Tony Qiu, Assistant Professor, Centre for Smart Transportation, Univesrity of Alberta 
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Title : ACTIVE Connected Vehicle Test Bed

Abstract : TBA.

Bio : Tony Z. Qiu received the B.S. degree in control science and engineering and the M.S. Degree in inelligent transportaion system both from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2011 and 2003, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2007. From 2008 to 2009, he worked as a Postdoctoral Reseracher with Califronia Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), University of California, Berkely. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada. His research interest include intelligent transportation systems, traffic modeling and simulation, traffic operation and and control, traffic state estimation and prediction, and safety and analysis for urban and freeway.





Samuel Pierre, Professor, École Polytechnique of Montreal 
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Title : Mobility management, congestion control and data dissemination in VANETs

Abstract : TBA.

Bio : Samuel Peter earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1981, a second bachelor's degree (1984) and MA (1985) in mathematics and computer science from the University of Quebec at Montreal, a second master's degree in economics University of Montreal in 1987, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montreal in 1991. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Computer and Software Engineering latter institution, director of the Research Laboratory of Mobile Computing and Networking (LARIM) and holder of the Industrial Research Chair NSERC / Ericsson Mobile Systems Network Infrastructures for Future Generations. From 1987 to 1998 he was a regular professor at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres and Télé-université du Québec, associate professor at Laval University, visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL professor Switzerland) and the University Paris 7 His research interests include networks wired and wireless communications, mobile computing, cloud computing (cloud computing), distance learning and e-learning. He is the editor of numerous scientific journals and is an associate editor of IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering and IEEE Canadian Review . He has received several awards, including the Prix Poly 1873 for excellence in teaching and training (2001 and 2005) , the title of Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Engineers (2003) , member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering ( 2008), Knight of the National Order of Quebec , "the highest honor awarded by the Government of Quebec." ( Video of Knight of the National Order of Quebec ). As part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of UQAM, he was appointed Ambassador of UQAM , a distinction which is awarded to recognize exceptional among other courses. In December 2011, he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada, "one of the most prestigious civilian honors in the country." He received in May 2014 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Quebec under the auspices of UQTR.