Speakers

Taygun is Electrical and eletronics engineer and corresponding member of the R8 Student Activities Committee. For the last 6 years he has been volunteering for IEEE and last 1.5year for SAC. And for the committee, he does stuff.

Alex is Engagement Manger at Akamai Technologies in Munich, Germany. In his role, he advises major enterprises in the DACH region on how to solve the great challenges of the internet and acts as an interface between Akamai and the customer. Mainly focused on the latest trends in web performance technologies and cloud security, he understands the underlying business needs to provide strategic solutions. Prior to working for Akamai, Alex helped customers to generate business critical data as Senior Digital Analytics Consultant for AT Internet, one of the global leaders of digital analytics solutions. He holds a Diploma in Engineering in Media technologies from the Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

Anastasia Georgouli, was born in Athens, Greece. She has professional experience as an Electrical Engineer designer of electrical installations and she is currently working as a self-employed Electrical Engineer Consultant. She graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Patras (UPatras), Greece in November 2009, having chosen the Division of Telecommunications and Information Technology. During her studies in Patras she was an active member of the IEEE Student Branch of UPatras participating in the organization of many events and conferences and contributing in the obtainment of sponsorships. In December 2013 she graduated from her master level studies as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Cyprus (UCY). During the academic year 2012-13 she served as the Secretary of the IEEE UCY Student Branch. In December 2012 she had the idea of implementing the IEEE Cyprus Entrepreneurs Network (EN). Since the establishment of EN she has been its Chair, organising several talks and workshops by entrepreneurship related experts. She is giving advice and support to EN members who want to start a technology startup or participate in other startup competitions. She is also planning to organise competitions of business plans and support the participants by assigning them to mentors, connecting them with local resources for further help, selecting the best business plans and giving awards or advertising the plans. In 2014 she worked as the IEEE Day Ambassador for the IEEE Cyprus Section, helping in the organisation of several technical and social - IEEE awareness events in Cyprus. In May 2015 she received her PGCE in Technology Enhanced Learning from the University of Trinity Saint David of Wales with distinction. In January 2016 she has been nominated for the role of Industry Ambassador for the IEEE Cyprus Section, implementing in Cyprus the Action for Industry IEEE Region 8 Initiative.

Andrzej Jajszczyk is a professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He served as the founding Director of the National Science Centre, a Polish research funding agency. He graduated from Poznan University of Technology. He was a visiting professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France. He is the author or co-author of 12 books and over 300 research papers, as well as 19 patents in the areas of telecommunications switching, high-speed networking, network management and reliability. He has been a consultant to industry, telecommunications operators, and government agencies in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Poland, and the USA. He held important positions in IEEE Communications Society, such as Director of Magazines and Vice President – Technical Activities. He currently is ComSoc’s Director of the Europe, Middle East & Africa Region.

Christian Bohm has been a professor in instrumentation physics at Stockholm University in Sweden since 1987. He received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics 1979 at Stockholm University with a thesis about applying Mössbauer Spectropy for studies of material properties. Most of his professional career has been Stockholm University apart from a short period at the Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine in UCLA working with detector electronics and image reconstruction for PET. After returning to Stockholm he participated in developing the first Swedish positron camera. The second camera was developed together with the Swedish company Scanditronix who for a while competed with the market leading CTI but later sold their PET activities to GE. The latter continued the development of the Scanditronics line of cameras. After the appointment as professor in instrumentation physics the major activity of his research group has been instrument development for particle physics. The group participated in the initial R&D for LHC detectors at CERN and later in the development of the ATLAS detector. Here they worked with the original development of readout electronics for the hadron calorimeter and the first level calorimeter trigger. Later the work continued with their upgrades to adapt to the increased luminosity of LHC. The group has also been involved in instrumentation development for XFEL at DESY and IceCube at the South Pole. Christian Bohm has been a member of IEEE NPSS since the 70ies, served as deputy program chair for MIC in Lyon 2000, local chair for IEEE RT2005 in Stockholm, member of RISC 2008-2010, elected member for CANPS in ADCOM 2010-2013, TNC chair since 2015.

Christian M. Schmid currently serves as the IEEE Region 8 Secretary. Apart from his commitment with IEEE he is the leading concept engineer for Infineon’s next generation of automotive radar chips that will be key components for autonomous driving applications. His main goal at SYP congress is to enable YOU and to engage YOU in projects and activities for our engineering community. Christian was recipient of a German VDI award in 2009 and of the 2012 European Association on Antennas and Propagation Best Measurement Paper Prize.

Dinko Jakovljević is a graduate student at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek where he studies Computer Engineering. He has been an IEEE member for 5 years during which he performed various roles. Among three other people, he has established IEEEmadC contest. Currently he works in IEEEXtreme Executive Committee and R8 Student Activities Committee where he serves as Awards & Contest Coordinator.

Dušanka Bošković received her degrees from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Before joining the University she was working on software development for embedded systems for Energoinvest- Institute for computer and information systems IRIS. She is teaching human computer interaction and biomedical engineering, and was the founding President for the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Association for Biomedical Engineering. In addition to teaching and research she has been engaged in several projects promoting accreditation activities to improve quality of engineering education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is an active IEEE volunteer in Bosnia and Herzegovina Section, including being the Section Chair 2011-2014 and founding Chair of the WIE AG. Involved in many student and YP activities in the Section and the Region 8, and very proud for being a Counselor for the SB University of Sarajevo.

Femia is a MSc Student in the University of Liechtenstein, one of the smallest countries in the world, yet so beautiful! She is the R8 Student Representative, a.k.a your voice and reflection locally, regionally and globally.

Essa Basaeed has been an active member of the IEEE UAE Section since he joined as a student member in 2006. He first served as the IEEE student branch chair at Khalifa University and organized the first technical trip to Finland. Furthermore, he participated in the first IEEE UAE Student Day where his team won the first prize in the web design competition. Then, he was appointed as the webmaster of the section. Soon after, he was nominated and elected as the secretary of the section. He also played important roles in organizing activities such as his role as the general secretary of the 2011 IEEE GCC Conference and the founder & organizer of the 2011 AlKindi Student Workshop on Cryptology. He was recognized on several occasions for his outstanding service to IEEE UAE Section. He currently serves on the board of IEEE vTools committee.

Eva M. Lang works as IT project engineer at the Passau Diocesan Archives. She coordinates the electronic assessment and automatic transcription of the hand-written sacramental registers within the EU-research project READ. Eva's professional expertise include software & system engineering, project management, research and technical consulting. She successfully completed many projects in textile, automotive and automation industries working hand in hand with industrial partners, research institutions and OEMs. Eva has been an IEEE volunteer since 2004, serving on different levels of the IEEE such as Region 8 Student Activities Committee Chair, Pre-University Activities Coordinator in Region 8 and MGA Graduates of the Last Decade (now Young Professionals) Chair. She currently chairs IEEE Germany Section Professional Activities and is a member of the IEEE MGA Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Felix Paul Kühne is the treasurer and former secretary of the VideoLAN non-profit organization and one of the lead developers of the open source VLC media player. Felix is a 29 year old German medic and has been part of the VideoLAN community since 2003. He worked on a variety of media playback related open-source libraries and applications. In 2008, he took over the lead of VideoLAN’s activities on any Apple platform resulting in a new Mac user interface in 2010, a fully re-written iOS port in 2013 and a port to tvOS in 2015. Felix is working for VideoLabs SAS in Paris, France, a company focusing on open source multimedia technologies.

Flavia Dinca was born in Romania and raised in Sweden (among many other lovely places). She became an IEEE volunteer during her BSc degree in the UK, as the publicity officer of the university’s student branch. With the shift in academic interests during her MSc, she turned from students and dedicated her efforts to Young Professionals, serving first as a Region 8 Young Professionals subcommittee members in 2014, and then as the subcommittee's chair from 2015 until present.

Florian Sattler currently studies M.Sc. computer science at the University of Passau. He works at the Chair for Software Engineering, where his research focus is in performance analysis and performance prediction of highly configurable systems. Besides programming, he is also interested in automatic loop parallelization, the LLVM project, and git. Being a long time member at the local Student Branch he served as Vice Chair from 2013 to 2014 and as Chair from 2014-2015.

Grew up in Germany, spent his teens in Belgium and finished his engineering studies in Portugal. During his PhD, evolved as IEEE volunteer from branch member to chair, to MGA student branch chapter student rep. Co-organizer of R8SBC 2010 (the former R8SYP) Worked one year at management consultancy firm Bain&co. Strong interests in photography, languages, improvisational theater, self-help, Magic and being an awesome uncle to four nieces.

Josip Balen works an assistant professor, researcher, consultant for the SMEs, project manager and entrepreneur. He enjoys working on new and interesting projects and ideas specially with students. For the last 6 year he has been very active IEEE volunteer and has obtained several functions: IEEE Student Branch Osijek chair, vice chair and counselor, IEEE Croatia Section Executive Committee member, Computer Society Student Ambassador for IEEE Region 8, IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals corresponding member and member of Computer Society MGA Board. Two times, in July 2012 and December 2013 he won Richard E. Merwin Award. In July 2014 he won the most prestigious IEEE student award called Larry K. Wilson Award. He is the founder of IEEEmadC - Mobile Application Development Contest. More info: http://www.etfos.unios.hr/~jbalen/

Kateryna Osypenko, born in Ukraine. IEEE member since 2010. Was a Student Branch Chair, Young Professionals Affinity Group Vice-Chair and Section Treasurer. For the last two years - member of Region 8 Young Professionals Subcommittee. Received her PhD in Semiconductor converters of electric energy in 2016 in Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and works there as Senior Lecturer.

Kurt R. Richter (IEEE Life Fellow) graduated in Communication Engineering in 1958 and received his PhD 1961 from the Vienna University of Technology (TUW), Austria. He was Professor at TUW before he became Full Professor for Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering at the Graz University of Technology (TUG), Austria, in 1975. From 1971 to 1973 he was on leave from the University has a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA. Since 2000 he is Professor Emeritus TUG. From 2009 to 2012 he was lecturing “Development of Leadership Skills” at the University of Passau, Germany. Since 1980 he is actively involved in IEEE in many positions (Founding chairman of the IEEE Austria Section, Director of IEEE Region 8, Jubilee Book Coordinate etc.). Since 2009 he is corresponding member of the Professional Activities Committee in Region 8. Since 2015 he is Life Members Affinity Groups Coordinator and chairman of the ad hoc committee for structural issues of the IEEE Life Members Committee. He is corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and honorary member of the Croatian Academy of Engineering. From 2001 on he is involved in the IEEE Region 8 leadership training program and trainer for “Development on Leadership Skills”. Since 2009 he is also trainer for the workshops on “Oral Presentation Skills”,“Introduction to Writing Technical Publications” and “Body Language in Business”. He has conducted many workshops all over IEEE Region 8 and India.. For his scientific work he was awarded by the Austrian Kardinal Innitzer Preis in 1972. From the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) he received the Meritorious Achievement Award 2008 in Continuing Education for “outstanding contributions as a teacher and organizer of management and leadership continuing education programs for IEEE members in Region 8".

Lesley Ann Arakkal received her BEng (Electronic Engineering) and postgraduate BEng (Hons) degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2012 and 2015 respectively. She is currently working for Eskom which is a power distribution company in South Africa. Lesley served as a committee member for the IEEE University of Pretoria student branch and WIE chairperson for the student branch in 2012. She also served as the chairperson of the University of Pretoria Student Branch IAS Chapter. She is also currently the IAS Chapter and Membership Department Awards Committee chairperson.

Maciej Borówka is a PhD student, entrepreneur, and self-development enthusiast. Born in Kraków, 1986, received Master of Science and Engineer’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland. Multiple laureate of Sapere Auso Foundation Scholarships for Scientific Achievements and Local Leaders. Currently preparing PhD in Electronics at AGH-UST. He is an international IEEE speaker, student member of IEEE since 2009, founder and current Chair of IEEE AGH UST Krakow Student Branch, winner of IEEE Day Photo Contest 2010, architect and organizer of IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professional Congress 2014 in Kraków. IEEE Education Activities Board EPICS in IEEE Committee member - focuses on education and outreach, member of various IEEE committees and OUs. Author of new IEEE project - IEEE Emissary. Member of International High IQ Society.

Mehvish Zahoor is IEEE Region 10 (Asia & Pacific) Student Representative (RSR) 2015-16 and PhD scholar in Nanobiotechnology group at National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) Faisalabad, Pakistan. She has been part of IEEE since 08 year. She is founder of IEEE Pakistan WIE Forum, which formulated in 201. This forum integrates affinity groups of Pakistan. She organized national and international level events. She is 1st winner of “2012 IEEE R10 Best WIE Volunteer award by R10 WIE Committee. She also initiated WIE Lahore and projects related to Women empowerment and Pre University programs. She is pioneer of “Outstanding member of the year award 2014” by WIE Global Committee. She was one of the organizers of R10- Student/YP/WIE Congress Colombo last year. She is leading asia pacific “IEEE R10 Mentors Forum: Revamping SB” and global projects this year. Mehvish believes to use her knowledge and skills to help making a difference in her community.

Mohamed El Dallal, born in Egypt , BSc in Computer and Communication Engineering, Alexandria University. Co-founder and CEO at Innovideas, LLC, Board Member Techne Summit, and also co-founder in two startups View Finders Photography Club & event Popper. Joined IEEE as volunteer in 2010 and served in different positions since then. He is also the Outgoing Curator of Alexandria hub Global Shapers -WEF.

Mona Ghassemian received her PhD in “Mobile and Personal Communications” from King’s College London. She is a faculty member at SBU and a visiting research associate at KCL. She works on Wireless Sensor Networks with a focus on Smart Health and Well-being. She served as IEEE UK & Ireland Secretary March 2012- March 2015 and is currently IEEE Region 8 vice-Chair to Student activities Committee.

His volunteer activities have been focused recently on global activity with the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). He was Chair of IEEE UK and Ireland and led it to its most successful spell of activity involving some 34 technical Chapters and other technical groups. He currently leads the IEEE Region 8 ‘Action for Industry’ initiative. Region Industry Ambassadors have been deployed across Europe, Middle-East and Africa to develop dialogue with industry companies. Having launched and implemented the initiative, he plans to exit this role in December 2016. His current business responsibility is heading a trouble-shooting group rescuing companies from technical, and sometimes business, failings that cannot be dealt with in-house. As a boss, he noted the pitfalls into which a number of company leaders have led their companies. His mantra ‘Fitness for Purpose’ – that innovation, development and manufacture must be neither over-engineered nor short-changed – led to cost-effective solutions in the companies he led. As Corporate Director and VP at Bookham Technology (now Oclaro) he applied his skills and principles to create an outstanding team of photonics reliability engineers. The massive improvements in product reliability received customer Best Supplier and Gold Awards.

Dr. Pablo Herrero is Head of the RF Front End Systems department at the Intel RF Product Development division in Munich (Germany). He runs a team of more than 100 people which designs RF cellular solutions for the most well known smartphone manufacturers. Pablo has a PhD from the TU Braunschweig in Multigigabit wireless systems. He has served 15 years in IEEE student activities, travelling around the world and delivering motivational talks to encourage students to make a difference in engineering. He attended every edition of the SYP since 2004 in R8 and many others in several Regions. On his (little) free time, he enjoys skying, cycling (he ran the "Vuelta a España") and running.

Parshva Bavishi is a Product Specialist within IEEE MGA. He assist both global IEEE Young Professionals and Student Activities committees. His portfolio includes the management of products and services that affect membership such as IEEE Potentials, IEEE Collabratec, IEEE Career Resources, digital media assets and partnerships. Parshva received a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Diplomacy.

Dr. Patrick Le Du is the Senior Scientific Advisor for promoting multidisciplinary actions at IN2P3-CNRS, Lyon, France (Institut National de Physique Nucleaire et de Physique des Particules), and was a senior experimental physicist at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) from 1969 to 2007. He received his PhD in 1973. He was involved as a CEA-Saclay group leader in many High Energy Physics particle accelerator experiments at CERN (PS, SPS-NA3, LEP-OPAL, LHC-ATLAS),SSC(SDC) and FNAL-Tevatron (DO). He is an expert in instrumentation for large experimental systems, including wire chambers (MWPC), photodetectors and timing detectors (TOF), and read out electronics (Trigger and Data Acquisition). Since 2002, he has been a Scientific advisor of CEA and IN2P3 for technology transfer between fundamental physics instrumentation and biomedical imaging. He has chaired many multidisciplinary conferences and workshops, including the IEEE NPSS Real Time 1997 Beaune Conference, and was General Chair of the first non-North American IEEE NSS-MIC in 2000 in Lyon. He is an elected member of the Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Physics Sciences Society (NPSS) as Transnational Committee past Chair and and now Chair of the Radiation Instrumentation Technical Committee (RITC).

Peter Magyar (M´92, SM´04, F´07) received the Dipl. eng. and the Dr. tech. degrees from the Budapest University of Technology, Hungary, in 1967 and 1975, respectively. From 1967 to 1991, he was with the Department of Automation of the same university as an assistant professor and a research associate. From 1991 to 2009, he worked for industrial companies in Germany. He retired from Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., Germany in 2009. Dr. Magyar has been IEEE volunteer in various positions. He was secretary, vice chair and chair of the IAS/PELS/IES German Chapter (1998-2004). He was the chapter coordinator of the Germany Section 2005-09 and member 2007-09 and chair of the R8 Chapter Coordination Subcommittee 2009-11. He has served the IA Society as Chapter Area Chair R8 2004-08, as member-at-large 2005, as chairman of the Inter-Society Cooperation Committee 2006-07 as well as chair of the Chapters and Membership Department since 2009. Dr. Magyar is recipient of the IAS Distinguished Service Award 2006 and has been elevated to IEEE fellow 2007.

Peter Radmacher worked for several media (Sport1) and internet companies (AutoScout24, Open Source Factory GmbH,…) in different areas like technical support, product and project management during his study of media technology in Deggendorf / Bavaria. His diploma thesis was about a new production workflow for a live streaming internet show. After that he started to work as a technical project manager for Plazamedia GmbH managing and developing live and on demand streaming projects mainly in the area of football and other sports. In 2014 he joined HBS Broadcast services for three months working as a technical consultant for monitoring live streams during the WorldCup 2014 in Rio / Brazil. Returning from Rio he started to work for Akamai as an Engagement Manager in the media space. Since then, he has managed and developed several huge broadcasting companies in DACH, helping them to be successful in the OTT space and to use the latest and best technologies.

Piotr, born in Poland, is an Awards and Recognition Subcommittee Chair within the IEEE MGA SAC and Young Professionals AG Chair in Poland Section. He has been an active volunteer of IEEE for the last 9 years and has been involved in different IEEE committees at local, sectional, regional and global level. He won in 2012 the IEEE Region 8 Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award. In 2013, he was the main coordinator of the 2nd IEEE Central European Student Branch Congress (CEuSBC’13) and also an organizing committee member of the IEEE International Symposium on Electrodynamic and Mechatronic Systems (SELM’13). Currently, he is working as a hardware engineer in the ifm ecolink R&D department. Moreover, he is pursuing his PhD degree at Opole University of Technology in the field of active magnetic bearings as well.

Rafal Sliz was born in Poland. He completed his undergraduate studies at Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland. After graduation he started M.Sc. studies along with working in the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Laboratory, University of Oulu, Finland. During his doctoral studies he was a visiting researcher at Arizona State University, USA and University College London, United Kingdom. Currently, Rafal is living in Oulu, continuing his academic career as an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher in the field of flexible electronics. In the meantime, Rafal spends time on volunteering for the IEEE, serving for Section, Regional and Global committees, and trying to increase the impact of engineering on our everyday life and make the world a better place.

Rui Costa is the Director of Product and Cloud Lead of Veniam, and Founder of IEEE Academic. With a MSc in Communication Networks Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico with Vehicular Network Applications and Services for Safety and Comfort as research field, Rui joined Veniam in 2013 as a Systems Engineer and later specialising in developing and driving the cloud piece of Veniam technology. Rui is also focussed in contributing actively to improve access to educational multimedia contents, as Founder and Coordinator of IEEE Academic, an international project for the creation and dissemination of educational multimedia content, for free, all over the world, since 2012. Rui is a co-founder of Kairos Society Portugal and the Startup Scholarship, an active IEEE volunteer and frequently invited to give talks about project's scalability, cloud, vehicular networks, online education and other entrepreneurship topics all over the World.

Sara Pena Barros, born and raised in Portugal, living in The Netherlands. IEEE member since 2009, has served as a volunteer in several positions at University, Sectional and, for the last couple of years, at Regional level. She received her MSc in Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications in 2013 and has since then been working as an Advanced Development Engineer at Thales Nederland.

Sebastian Sichelschmidt studied Information Technologies in Wuppertal (Germany) and Singapore. After finishing his Master’s Thesis at the development department of Audi, he went back to university to put a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in the field of Cognitive Radio on top. Since then, Sebastian works for Riedel Communications as Strategic Projects Manager and technological advisor to the CEO. He is the current vice chair of IEEE Young Professionals Germany and served on other positions in the IEEE. Sebastian is married and proud father of two lovely daughters.

Shashank Gaur is a PhD Candidate at CISTER Research Institute and Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto. His research work focuses on context aware computing in wireless sensor networks and extension towards Internet of Things. He has been also involved with open source communities such as GNURadio, NS3, Twisted and loves any code written in Python. His past experience involves working for EADS, Infineon Technologies, Google Summer of Code, ECE Paris, etc. Shashank is an active volunteer for 8 years with IEEE. He is also member and volunteer for societies such as Computer, ComSoC, CES, RAS, etc.

Simon Labrenz is 19 years old, born in Germany, but finished school in Moscow, Russia. He just started studying Computer Science at the University Passau in winter term 2015/2016 and has been a member of the IEEE Student Branch Passau ever since then as well. Also he picked up the task of the Sponsors Contacting Officer in the Student Branch recently. Besides programming he likes playing guitar in his spare time, running alongside the rivers in Passau or playing volleyball.

Sohaib Sheikh has been an active volunteer of IEEE for the past 08 years and is passionate about education and humanitarian initiatives. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Pre-University Education Coordinating Committee and a member of the IEEE Education Activities Board. He is also the Pre-University education activities coordinator for IEEE Region 8 where he is responsible from promoting, supporting and enabling programs such as the 'Teacher In-Service Program (TISP)' and 'Engineering Projects in Community Service in IEEE (EPICS in IEEE)' among others. Sohaib gained his undergraduate degree in Telecommunication Engineering for National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan and his postgraduate degree in Telecommunications and Networks from City University London, United Kingdom. His career is focused on designing Smart Building solutions, Data Networks and ICT infrastructure strategies for large scale development projects in the United Kingdom, Russia, and United Arab Emirates. He is currently employed as a Technology Management Consultant at Ove Arup and Partners Limited in London, UK.

Stefan H. Müller-Weinfurtner joined Intel in 2013 as Senior System Architect working on modem platform architecture evolution and Xeon-based early modem prototyping. Before joining Intel, Stefan worked for Ericsson, ST-Ericsson, Philips Semiconductors, and AT&T Labs-Research doing design of wireless digital communications systems. During those 20 years in mobile communications he worked on physical-layer signal processing and efficient implementations in C/C++, definition of concepts and algorithms, LTE, 3GPP, OFDM, synchronization, peak-power reduction, SC-FDMA, MIMO, HSPA, adaptive equalization, channel coding and HARQ, linear algebra, estimation theory, maximum-likelihood principles and information theory. Stefan received Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 1996 and 2000 respectively.

Stephan Payer is one of the founders of CipSoft GmbH and is responsible for finance, human resources and internal organization. He has more than 15 years of experience in the games industry, developing both the game servers for Tibia (an online role-playing game for PCs) and for TibiaME (an online role-playing game for mobile devices). At the moment he is working on a centralized payment system for all CipSoft games. Stephan has a diploma in computer science from the University of Passau.

Student of Electrical engineering at the Universidad Nacional del Callao. Member of IEEE since 2014. Actually She is in charge of advertising and as a conferences collaborator. UNAC SB IAS chapter member (Peru) and WIE Chair of the Universidad Nacional del Callao (UNAC) SB.

Thomas Stark studied Media Informatics in Wernigerode with a main focus on software development and video preparations. After his Bachelor Thesis in 2009 he worked for different Companies like TV1EU, Plazamedia GMBH and now Akamai and gathered many insights into the different parts of Video Workflows for Streaming. In addition, he was running a media agency, which was creating complete CIs for companies, developing Front- and Backendsystems and created Showreels, 3D Animations and Image Movies for their clients. In his role as an Engagement Manager at Akamai, he consults, trains and works with big Media Customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. An Engagement Manager is the SPOC for his clients, acting as an internal advocate and a trusted Advisor, developing the best possible strategy to reach the vision of the customer.

Thomas Strof received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 1991. From 1988 to 1992 he was a scientific staff member at the Institute of Switchgear Devices and High Voltage Technology at the Technical University of Vienna. Since 1992 he has worked in different functions in the on- load tap-changer business, first with ELIN in Vienna, Austria and since 2002 with MR in Regensburg, Germany. He is currently Head of Product Approval Testing and responsible for the ISO 1705 accredited MR Test Center. He has published several papers on Switchgear Devices.

Tobias Gurdan is a Software Development Engineer at Intel. He received a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the TU München and Kungliga Techniska Högskolan. His interests are computer vision, machine learning, optimisation, computer graphics, ui/ux and artificial intelligence.

Tomy Sebastian received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree from Regional Engineering College Calicut (presently National Institute of Technology, Calicut), India, the M.S. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, MA.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada. From 1979 to 1980, he was with the R & D Center of KELTRON, Trivandrum, India. From 1987 to 1992, he was with the Research and Applied Technology Division of Black and Decker Corporation, Towson, MD. From 1992 to 2013 and with the Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems and Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan, where his last responsibility was as the Chief Scientist at the Innovation Center. Currently he is the Director of Motor Drive Systems at Halla Mechatronics. He also taught several courses on Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Advances Motor Design at University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio at various times. Dr. Sebastian has done extensive research in the area of permanent magnet motor design and control issues and applications in steering systems. He has published over 50 technical articles and holds 30 US patents. In 2003 he was elected as a Fellow of IEEE. During 2008-2009, he served as a distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He was inducted in to the Delphi / Nexteer Innovation Hall of Fame in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Industry Applications Society outstanding achievement award. He was the General Chair for the First IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (IEEE ECCE 2009) held in San Jose, CA. He also served as Co- General Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES 2012) in Bengaluru, India. He is the President Elect of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (2015-2016)

Uwe Kaltenborn studied Electrical Engineering and received a MSc from Dresden University of Technology and a PhD from Darmstadt University of Technology, both in Germany. During this time he founded a small IT-business and was co-founder of an engineering consulting business. In 1998 he joined ABB Ltd in Switzerland and was working as a researcher and R&D manager in different positions. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Corporate Program Manager for Power Device Technologies. After returning to Germany in 2005 he worked for Siemens in the field of Medium Voltage Technologies. In 2006 he joined AREVA T&D / Schneider Electric as R&D Director Primary Distribution and was promoted Corporate Senior Expert in 2007 and Corporate Senior Fellow in 2010. Moving on to a new technology field, he joined Reinhausen Group in 2012 as Head of Portfolio Management, responsible for the product management and the technology anticipation for the whole Group. Since June 2015 he is in charge of the Corporate Technology, developing and implementing the Reinhausen Technology Strategy..

Yanni Zhong received the B.S. degree from Chongqing University, China, in 2012. From 2012 to now, she is perusing her PhD degree at University of Strathclyde, UK. From April 2016, she started to work for Siemens Wind Power in the UK. Ms. Zhong is the current IEEE IAS SB Chapter Area Chair of R8 Europe. She is the founding Chair and current Past Chair of the Strathclyde University SB IAS/PELS Chapter, UK&I Section. She helped to establish three other new SB Chapters in the UK&I Section since Nov 2015. She is the organizer of the Future Energy Technology – Strathclyde IAS/PELS Seminar, May 2016. Ms. Zhong is recipient of the Myron Zucker Student Travel Award, IEEE INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS SOCIETY 2015. She has been the STEM Ambassador in the UK since 2014.

Youmna is an active IEEE member since 2009. She started with IEEE AUB Student Branch, organizing activities and events, and was part of the organizing committee of the Third IEEE Middle-East Student Branch Congress (ME-SBC 2013). She's currently the projects coordinator for R8 SAC and the R8 assistant secretary.