Prof. Amine Bermak
Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
Biography: Prof. Amine Bermak received the Masters and PhD degrees, both in electrical and electronic engineering (microelectronics and Microsystems), from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France in 1994 and 1998, respectively. During his PhD, he was part of the Microsystems and Microstructures Research Group at the French National Research Centre LAAS-CNRS, where he developed a 3D VLSI chip for artificial neural network classification and detection applications in a project funded by Motorola. While finalizing his PhD, he was offered a Post-doc position at the Advanced Computer Architecture group at York University – England, to work on VLSI implementation of CMM neural network for vision applications in a project funded by British Aerospace.
Prof. Bermak was nominated for the 2013 Hong Kong UGC best teacher award (for all HK Universities). He is the recipient of the 2011 University Michael G. Gale Medal for distinguished teaching (Highest University-wide Teaching Award). This gold medal is established to recognize excellence in teaching and only one recipient/year (out-of over 550 faculty) is honored for his/her contribution. Prof. Bermak is also a two-time recipient of the “Engineering School Teaching Excellence Award" in HKUST for 2004 and 2009, respectively.
Prof. Bermak has received many distinguished awards, including the 2016 DAC best design context award, the “Best paper award” at IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and systems ISCAS 2010; the 2004 “IEEE Chester Sall Award”; the IEEE Service Award from IEEE Computer Society and the “Best Paper Award” at the 2005 International Workshop on System-On-Chip for Real-Time Applications. He has published over 250 articles in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings and designed over 50 chips. He has supervised 25 PhD and 16 MPhil students. He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II. He is also currently serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems; IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices and Nature Scientific Reports. He is the guest editor of the November 2010 special issue in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. Prof. Bermak is a Fellow of IEEE and IEEE distinguished Lecturer. He was the co-director of MIT-HKUST Consortium.
Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef
IEEE Fellow, IET Fellow
University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Biography: Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef is an IEEE and IET Fellow. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, an Honorary Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya, and a distinguished visiting professor at the Institute of Sustainable Energy, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia. He authored and co-authored more than 700 publications in academic journals and proceedings and five books with more than 42,000 citations, and more than 70 Ph.D. students graduated under his supervision. He serves as an editorial board member for many top journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Open Journal of Industrial Electronics, IET Renewable Power Generation, Journal of Power Electronics, and International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications.
Prof. Mekhilef has been listed by Thomson Reuters (Clarivate Analytics) as one of the world's Highly Cited (World's Top 1%) engineering researchers. He is also listed in the world's top 2 % of scientists by "Stanford University", USA he is actively involved in industrial consultancy for major corporations in the Power Electronics and Renewable Energy projects. His research interests include Power Conversion Techniques, Control of Power Converters, Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency.
Prof. Mario Lanza
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Biography: Mario Lanza got the PhD in Electronic Engineering (with honors) in 2010 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2010-2011 he was NSFC postdoctoral fellow at Peking University, and in 2012-2013 he was Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. In October 2013 he joined Soochow University as Associate Professor, and in March 2017 he was promoted to Full Professor. Since October 2020 he is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, in Saudi Arabia), where he leads a group formed by 10 PhD students and postdocs. His research focuses on how to improve electronic devices and circuits using 2D materials, with special emphasis on resistive switching applications. Prof. Lanza has published over 185 research articles, including 1 Nature, 2 Science, 6 Nature Electronics and multiple IEDM proceedings (among others), and has registered four patents – one of them granted with 1 million USD. Prof. Lanza has received multiple top distinctions, like the IEEE Fellow, Young 1000 Talent, Marie Curie (among others), and he is a Distinguished Lecturer from the IEEE – Electron Devices Society. Prof. Lanza is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Microelectronic Engineering (Elsevier), and he serves in the board of many other journals and international conferences, including IEEE-IEDM and IEEE-IRPS.