• International Conference on

    Electrical Engineering Research and Practice, Sydney, Australia
    iCEERP, 24-28 Nov, 2019

Plenary Speakers

Edge Intelligence: The Convergence of Humans, Things, and AI

Abstract: Edge AI and Human Augmentation are two major technology trends, driven by recent advancements in edge computing, IoT, and AI accelerators. As humans, things, and AI continue to grow closer together, systems engineers and researchers are faced with new and unique challenges. In this talk, we analyze the role of Edge computing and AI in the evolution of cyber-human partnerships, and identify challenges that Edge computing systems will consequently be faced with. We take a closer look at how a cyber-physical fabric will be complemented by AI operationalization to enable seamless end-to-end Edge intelligence systems.

 Prof Schahram Dustdar

Professor Schahram Dustdar

Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science heading the Research Division of Distributed Systems at the TU Wien, Austria. He also holds several honorary positions: Monash University in Melbourne Australia, Shanghai University in China, Macquarie University in Sydney Australia, and University of Groningen (RuG), The Netherlands (2004-2010). From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA.
From 1999 - 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG in Vienna (acquired by Engineering NetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. Caramba Labs was nominated for several (international and national) awards: World Technology Award in the category of Software (2001); Top-Startup companies in Austria (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young) (2002); MERCUR Innovation award of the Austrian Chamber of Commerece (2002).
He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the new ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (ACM TIoT) as well as Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, as well as on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. Dustdar is recipient of the ACM Distinguished Scientist award (2009), the IBM Faculty Award (2012), an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, where he is chairman of the Informatics Section, as well as an IEEE Fellow (2016).

Advanced technologies to Engineer a Better Sustainable World

Abstract: The UN Sustainable Development Goals were approved by member nations in September 2015 and provide an integrated approach to development which brings together objectives for people, prosperity and concerns for the planet. The world has 11 years to implement the 17 Goals and 169 targets of this ambitious agenda. There is no time to lose, especially for engineers as every one of the 17 Goals involves engineering.
Dr. Kanga has led the World Federation of Engineering Organisations with a commitment by its members from 100 nations, and its partners, to develop and implement solutions that advance the achievement of the Goals. Her presentation will cover the opportunities for advanced technologies to advance the UN Sustainable Goals and the strategies being used by the Federation to engage with the United Nations and its various agencies such as the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and UNESCO.She will showcase the UNESCO Engineering Report which will be released in November 2019 and which will also have the strong message of the role of engineering in sustainable development. She will also describe the work being undertaken by various committee of the Federation, especially in the area of advanced technologies and the work of the member and associates of the Federation and projects being undertaken through partnerships between international organisations in engineering, especially for the celebration of the first World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on 4th March 2020.

 Prof Schahram Dustdar

Professor Dr. Marlene Kanga

Dr. Marlene Kanga is President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers. She led the proposal to declare 4th March every year as World Engineering Day, the first Day will be celebrated on 4th March 2020. She is the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year. She has been listed among the Top 10 Women Engineers in Australia, the Top 100 Women of Influence and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia. She is a Member of the Order of Australia, a national honour, as recognition of her leadership of the engineering profession. Dr. Kanga was National President of Engineers Australia in 2013. She is a board member of Sydney Water Corporation, Australia's largest utility, AirServices Australia with responsibility for Australia's air navigation services and a member of other boards involving innovation. Dr. Kanga is a Chemical Engineer and a Fellow of the Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (Australia), a Foreign Fellow of the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).