Prof. Bharat Bhargava, Purdue University, USA

Professor Bharat Bhargava a professor of computer science at Purdue University. He is conducting research in security and privacy issues in Service Oriented Architecture (SoA) and Cloud Computing. This involves identity management, trust and privacy, secure routing in internet and mobile networks and dealing with malicious hosts, adaptability to attacks, controlled data dissemination, and experimental studies. His recent work involves attack graphs for collaborative attacks. Prof. Bhargava has won six best paper awards in addition to the technical achievement award and golden core award from IEEE, and is a fellow of IEEE. He received Outstanding Instructor Awards from the Purdue chapter of the ACM in 1996 and 1998. He has graduated the largest number of PhD students in CS department and is active in supporting/mentoring minority students. He has graduated the largest number of women PhD students and the first African American student PhD in Purdue's CS department. In 2003, he was inducted in the Purdue's Book of Great Teachers.

He is editor-in-chief of four journals and serves on over ten editorial boards of international journals. Professor Bhargava is the founder of the IEEE Symposium on Reliable and Distributed Systems, IEEE conference on Digital Library, and the ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management. Bhargava has worked extensively at research laboratories of Air Force and Navy. He has successfully completed several Darpa and Navy STTR and AFRL projects. His recent work on Controlled Data Dissemination in untrusted environments under attacks received the first place in Purdue's CERIAS security center symposium held in March 2015. This system integrated with secure browser (of MIT W3G.org) for adaptable E2E service configuration and agile defense under various contexts will be demonstrated to clients of NGC Corporation in their Tech-Fest in June, 2015 in McLean, Virginia. Thesis of his last three Ph.D students received best paper awards at various conference and symposiums. His recent work is on Moving Target Defense in developing secure systems.

Prof. Dr. Hossam Gaber, Institute of Technology, University of Ontario, Canada

Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he has established both the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL) and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, safety and control systems, advanced plasma systems and their applications on nuclear, clean energy and production systems. He is leading research in Canada with international recognition in energy safety and control for nuclear and energy production facilities. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan) in the area of Safety Engineering. From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate in the area of process systems engineering. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as a tenured Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. 
From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.Dr. Gabbar has been successful in attracting national and international funds from a number of organizations including, Qatar National Research Foundation, NSERC, OCE, MaRS, and other industrial collaboration, including NSERC Discovery Grant on Resilient Interconnected Micro Energy Grids, and Regional Planning of Gas-Power Grids for Energy and Transportation Infrastructures with different fuel options in Ontario, Canada. His research have been widely recognized and reflected to his publications in patents, books, chapters, and journal and conference papers.He has more than 210 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers. He been invited and participated in world-known conferences and delivered plenary talks on number of scientific events and through invitations to international universities, including: Alexandria University-Egypt, Helwan University-Egypt, Qatar University-Qatar, PI-UAE, Mayor of Nanjing-China, Tsinghua University-China, China University of Petroleum-China, UTM-Malaysia, Oil & Gas Industry-UAE / Kuwait, University of New Mexico-USA, Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA)-Canada, R&D Priorities to Integrate Natural Gas and Electricity infrastructure to Maintain Flexible-Canada, Canada Mission to China, Energy Hearing Committee in the House of Commons in Ottawa-Canada, and Canadian Workshop on Fusion Energy-Canada.He has supervised and hosted undergraduate, graduate, postdocs, visiting researchers and scholars from different countries including: Japan, India, Qatar, Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Chili, UAE, and Colombia.
Dr. Gabbar has been active in developing and conducting educational and training courses and workshops for undergraduate, graduate students as well as for professionals from industry in the areas of energy safety and control engineering for nuclear, energy, and oil & gas facilities, including shutdown systems, safety design, safety verification, intelligent control and protection systems, integrity management, risk management, disaster management, and resilient energy infrastructures.Dr. Gabbar has been active in leading national and international scientific and community events and activities, including: Nuclear Safety Standards within CSA – Canadian Standard Association, IEEE Annual Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Symposium on Real Time Measurement, Instrumentation, and Control (RTMIC), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Symposium on Plasma and Nuclear Systems (SPANS), and other international events. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering (IJPSE), and member of IEEE Smart Grid Committees.

Prof. Martin Pudlik, University of Applied Sciences of Bingen, Germany

Studied at the RWTH Aachen (Masters in Economic Geography) and the University Hagen/RWTH Aachen (Master of Business Economics and Master of Economics). Main fields of study included economic spatial analysis, the promotion of economic development, production management and the labor market. PhD at RWTH Aachen in the field of economic spatial analysis with geographic information systems and complex, multivariate, statistical methods as well as analysis of old industrial regions in Germany, Poland and the US. In this context, also spent time as a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI since January 2012 as a scientific researcher in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets. Since 2016 Professor for Renewable Energy Economics at the University for Applied Sciences of Bingen.

Martin Pudlik´s scientific focuses are renewable energy potential modeling, policy analysis, economic development and economics. He contributed to several projects in the German, European, MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Asian region focusing on potential analysis and policy implementation of renewable energy sources. Relevant projects in this context are Studies for the Desertec Industrial Initiative, the electricity market and renewable pilot study for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the ASEAN Energy Outlook 2015.

He is lecturing at the University of Cranfield (UK) and University of Freiburg (GER).

Prof. Zhongjie Huan, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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Prof. Dr. Wanyang Dai, Nanjing University, China

Wanyang Dai received his Ph.D degree in applied mathematics jointly with industrial engineering and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., in 1996, where he worked on stochastics and applied probability concerning network performance modeling and analysis, algorithm design and implementation via stochastic diffusion approximation. The breakthrough results and methodologies developed in his thesis were cited, used, and claimed as "contemporaneous and independent" achievements by some other subsequent breakthrough papers that were presented as "45 minute invited talk in probability and statistics" in International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 1998, which is the most privilege honor in the mathematical society. The designed finite element-Galerkin algorithm to compute the stationary distributions of reflecting Brownian motions (the weak solutions of general dimensional partial differential equations) is also well-known to the related fields. He was an MTS (permanent) in End-to-End Network Architecture Department of AT&T Bell Labs (now called Nokia Bell Labs), Atlanta, GA and Warren, NJ, U.S.A., from 1996-1999, where he was principal investigators and developers of several projects in telecommunication network architecture and design, network performance and financial engineering, operating system and database development to support various intelligent engines/models for strategy planning and big data analysis in a "Plug-in and Play" manner, with some (nowadays called cloud computing) project won "Technology Transfer". He is a distinguished professor in Nanjing University, where his research includes stochastic processes related optimization and optimal control, admission/scheduling/routing protocols and performance analysis/optimization for big data oriented cloud computing and the next generation of wireless and wireline communication systems, forward/backward stochastic (ordinary/partial) differential equations and their applications to queueing systems, stochastic differential games, communication networks, financial engineering. His "influential" papers are published in "big name" journals including Operations Research, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Queueing Systems, Mathematical and Computer Modeling of Dynamical Systems. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advances in Applied Mathematics, editors or members of editorial boards of over 20 international journals ranging from pure mathematics to its applications (e.g., Wireless Engineering and Technology), General Chairs and plenary/keynote speakers of over 20 IEEE and international conferences, member/group leader of judge committee in mathematics for National Natural Science Awards of China, Vice Presidents/Directors of probability, statistics, operations research societies. He was a visiting scholar in Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science of China, Beijing, China, in 2001, a Long Term Participant of IMA Annual Program of Probability and Statistics in Complex Systems: Financial Engineering, Communication Networks and Genomics in Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA), Minneapolis, U.S.A., in 2004, a visiting professor in Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management in Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, in 2007.