Current Officers

2017–2018

Chair

Tadashi Nakano, Osaka University, Japan

Vice-chair

Yifan Chen, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Secretary

Mohammad Upal Mahfuz, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA

Conference coordinator

Mauro Femminella, University of Perugia, Italy

Standards liaison

Stephan F. Bush, GE Global Research, USA

Web coordinator

Yutaka Okaie, Osaka University, Japan

Advisory board

Stephan F. Bush, GE Global Research, USA

Andrew Eckford, York University, Canada

Tatsuya Suda, University Net. Group, USA


Chair

Dr. Tadashi Nakano is an Associate Professor of the Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Osaka University. Dr. Nakano has been engaged in research in the intersection of biology and computer science, including design, implementation, and evaluation of molecular communication systems, synthetic biological systems, and biologically inspired systems. He is considered one of the pioneers in the area of molecular communication. His research interests also include network applications and distributed computing systems with strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches.

Vice-chair

Dr. Yifan Chen is a Professor of Engineering and the Associate Dean External Engagement for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. From 2012 to 2016, he was a Professor and the Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, appointed through the Recruitment Program of Global Experts (known as “the Thousand Talents Plan”). In 2013, he was a Visiting Professor with Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer with the University of Greenwich and Newcastle University, U.K. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Project Officer and then a Research Fellow with Singapore-University of Washington Alliance in bioengineering, supported by Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the University of Washington at Seattle, USA. He received the B.Eng. (Hons I) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

Professor Chen’s current research interests include electromagnetic medical imaging and diagnosis, transient communication with application to healthcare, touchable communication and computation with application to targeted drug delivery and contrast-enhanced medical imaging, fundamentals and applications of nanoscale and molecular communications, and channel modelling for next-generation wireless systems and networks. He is the Coordinator of the European FP7 “CoNHealth” project on intelligent medical ICT, an elected Working Group Co-leader of the European COST Action TD1301 “MiMed” project on microwave medical imaging, an Advisory Committee Member of the European Horizon 2020 “CIRCLE” project on molecular communications, a Voting Member of the IEEE Standards Development Working Group 1906.1 on nanoscale and molecular communications, an Editor for IEEE ComSoc Best Readings in Nanoscale Communication Networks and IEEE Access Special Section in Nano-antennas, Nano-transceivers, and Nano-networks/Communications, and a Vice Chair of the IEEE Nano-scale, Molecular and Quantum Networking Emerging Technical Subcommittee. He also served as a Tutorial and Special Session Chair of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES), a Technical Program Chair of the 2017 IEEE Electrical Design of Advanced Packaging and Systems Symposium (EDAPS), a Technical Program Chair of the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems (ISPACS), a General Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems (ICCS), a Technical Symposium Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC), and a Technical Program Chair of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics – China (ICCE China). He is a Fellow of IET and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Secretary

Dr. Mohammad Upal Mahfuz is currently a tenure-track assistant professor of Electrical Engineering Technology in the Natural and Applied Sciences department at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, USA. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Prior to that, he earned his M.Sc. degree in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada, M.Engg. degree in Telecommunications from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, and B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh. Dr. Mahfuz’s research interests include molecular communication systems and nanonetworks, ultra-wideband wireless communication systems, body area networks, biomedical and human body communication systems, and renewable energy and information and communication technology (ICT) for sustainable development. More details on Dr. Mahfuz’s research interests and activities can be found at http://www.uwgb.edu/mahfuzm/.

Conference coordinator

Mauro Femminella holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Department of Information and Electronic Engineering (DIEI) of the University of Perugia, Italy. He received his “Laurea” degree in Electronic Engineering, magna cum laude with publication of his thesis, from the University of Perugia on 24 March, 1999. For his thesis he was also awarded by the SAT EXPO in 1999 and by the Section of Central and Southern Italy of IEEE in 2007. He got the Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering on 7 February, 2003, from the University of Perugia. He was Consulting Engineer for the Institute of Electronics and the DIEI of the University of Perugia, and for the consortia CoRiTel, Radiolabs, and CNIT.

He was involved in the ACTS project ASSET, in the IST projects SUITED, WHYLESS.COM, FIFTH, SIMPLICITY, EDCINE, SatNeX II, in the MIUR projects RAMON, PRIMO, VICOM, TWELVE, and in an ESA project. He has been responsible of national projects, funded by local telecommunications companies, and of an international project (Wicast) funded by the Italian Foreign Deparment.

His research interests focus on satellite networks, IP quality of service and mobility, content delivery networks, wireless LANs, service architecture for the Future Internet, and communications at the nano-scales. He is co-author of a number of papers on international conferences and journals.

Web coordinator

Yutaka Okaie received the B.Eng. degree from the Faculty of Engineering, Kobe University, Japan, in 2000, the M.Inf. degree from the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree in information systems engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 2015. He was with the Department of Computer Science, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, where he was a Research Assistant from 2006 to 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he was a Specially Appointed Researcher with the Frontier Research Center, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University. He has been a Specially Appointed Researcher with the Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University, since 2013. His current research interests include applied mathematics and modeling, and its applications to computer and communication.

Advisory board

Stephen F. Bush is a Senior Scientist in Algorithmic Communications Network Theory at the GE Global Research Center. Dr. Bush was presented with a Gold Cup Trophy Award from DARPA for his work in fault tolerant networking. Stephen F. Bush received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. degree in computer science from Cleveland State University, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Kansas. He is the author of Smart Grid: Communication-Enabled Intelligence for the Electric Power Grid (Wiley – IEEE, 2014) and Nanoscale Communication Networks (Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2010). He coauthored a book on active network management, titled Active Networks and Active Network Management: A Proactive Management Framework (New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001). Dr. Bush is the past chair of the IEEE Emerging Technical Subcommittee on Nanoscale, Molecular, and Quantum Networking and currently chair for the IEEE 1906.1 standards working group on nanoscale communication networks. Dr. Bush is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer on the smart grid and nanoscale communication networks. He taught Quantum Computation and Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is leading an effort to start IEEE P1913, Software-Defined Quantum Communication.

Andrew Eckford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University, Toronto, Ontario. He received the B.Eng. degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1996, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto in 1999 and 2004, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. Andrew held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Toronto, prior to taking up a faculty position at York in 2006. Andrew’s research interests include the application of information theory to nonconventional channels and systems, especially the use of molecular and biological means to communicate. Andrew’s research has been covered in media including The Economist and The Wall Street Journal, and was a finalist for the 2014 Bell Labs Prize. Andrew is also a co-author of the textbook Molecular Communication, published by Cambridge University Press.

Tatsuya Suda received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in applied mathematics and physics from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1977, 1979, and 1982, respectively. From 1982 to 1984, he was with the Department of Computer Science, Columbia University. From 1984 through 2010, he was with the Department of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, as an Assistant/Associate/Full professor. He retired from the University of California in 2010, and he is currently with the University Netgroup Inc. Dr. Suda has been engaged in research in the fields of networks and intersection of biology and computer science. His recent research in intersection of biology and computer science focuses on nanoscale molecular communication for biological nanomachines, an area he pioneered in early 2000s. Dr. Suda is a fellow of IEEE and a member of ACM.