New Jersey Institute of Technology

BIO:Ali N. Akansu received the B.S. degree from the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey, the M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, all in Electrical Engineering. Since 1987, he has been with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a Founding Director of the New Jersey Center for Multimedia Research (NJCMR), and NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for Digital Video & New Media. Dr. Akansu has been an active member of the professional circles over the last two decades, and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He has been a well-published author, gave numerous invited talks, guided theses on the theory of signals & transforms, applications in Internet multimedia and information security, digital communications, and computational finance.

TITLE: A Vision for Future of the Global Village: An Electrical Engineer’s Perspective

The ever evolving Internet and inter-connection for fast information flow is considered by many as the highest impact development in human history. This viral evolution and integration from macro to micro scales has been reshaping the way humans live, interact and coexist in this world.

The genesis of human development has been the improvements and efficiency driven by technological progress over several millennia. For the last century, scientists and engineers have been frontiers of this process. This talk will present a brief status on where we are today along with a few thought provoking remarks on where the global village might be in the coming decades. Moreover, it will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges this unprecedented socio-economic transformation may bring to the engineering community at large.

Turknet A.S.
Satko Technology

BIO: Mehmet Izzi Çelebiler has worked on solving problems in telecommunications, in the USA and in various countries of Europe, and founded two companies in Turkey. For half a century he has contributed to the development of telecommunication networks and services by taking part in the development of digital communications, and in the liberalization of the telecommunication sector. He holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, the MSc. degree from the Technical University of Istanbul and the highschool diploma from Galatasaray Lisesi.

TITLE: Curiosity: The Insatiable Thirst for Information

Curiosity is what fuels innovation, commitment is what makes it happen. Everybody talks about innovation, everybody claims to support it, everybody wants it to happen. So conferences are arranged, universities open courses, governments allocate funds for innovation to occur somehow, somewhere. The institutions actively promoting innovation however, do not appear to have the curiosity to investigate what is happening around themselves nor are they willing to spend their money to buy ideas, advice, equipment just to find out what is going on.
Innovation can occur in an environment of curious people. People who are curious, enough to pay to find out how and why certain things happen, are necessary for supporting those who innovate.

I will talk about curiosity and its contribution to the development of technology. I will also talk about failed attempts to create and develop technology without creating and sustaining curiosity.



Ethem Eldem
Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.

BIO: Ethem Eldem has started his career in local counseling firms in 1993. Later, he worked with more than a hundred of firms in organizational planning and change management issues at the Human Resources Counseling Department of Profil International and Pricewaterhouse Coopes. At the end of 2003, he started working with Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. as Organizational Development Department Head, and currently he is working as a department head responsible of Product Marketing and Partnership Management.

TITLE: Mega trends towards 2020 and their effects on our business

In the next decade, very critical changes are expected globally. In addition to, taking their consequences in different times and dimensions, another important effect of these changes that will affect our lives is creating nested professions. In this aspect, not our education but the discipline to work together will gain importance. In this presentation, we will share these trends and examples of this serious change.



Daniel FOTY
Gilgamesh Associates LLC
Sarissa Radio, Inc.

BIO: Daniel Foty has some two decades of engineering and management experience in the mainstream of the technology industry ­ specifically in integrated circuits and wireless communications. He is the President his own consulting and research firm, Gilgamesh Associates, LLC, which works in very demanding areas of design and development ­ such as signal processing, wired/wireless communications, and ultra-low-power design. A serial entrepreneur, he is currently beginning to co-organize a new start-up company (Sarissa Radio, Inc., where he presently serves as Chief Technical Officer (CTO)) for the development of new technologies for ubiquitous ultra-high-speed, low-power, low-cost wireless interconnectivity. Dr. Foty is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”), and has served as an external graduate thesis examiner/advisor with the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and the Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa). He is the author of the best selling book, MOSFET Modeling with SPICE: Principles and Practice, which was published in 1997 by Prentice-Hall and is now in its third printing; a Vietnamese language edition was published in early 2006. In addition, he has authored or co-authored some 100 journal articles and conference presentations, and is a frequent plenary/keynote speaker at major international conferences throughout the world. Dr. Foty holds the B.S. degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Bates College, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and the Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Vermont.

TITLE: Addressing the Emerging Wireless Bandwidth Crisis and the Need for Power- Efficient Bandwidth: Prospects for mm-Wave Radio Technology

In recent years, demand for wireless bandwidth has been growing rapidly. In fact, a recent study has predicted that by 2015, the demand for wireless bandwidth will increase to twenty-six times that of today. However, the ability of wireless networks to handle even contemporary traffic is becoming problematic, with network overloading becoming a growing and widening problem; if data traffic increases by even a fraction of projections, wireless networks (as presently constructed) will be completely unable to cope with demand. In addition, according to Shannon Information Theory, there is no limit to the ability to increase wireless bandwidth; however, this is only possible via a corresponding increase in the power consumption - something that is unacceptable in mobile electronic devices.

This presentation will review the current state of mm-wave radio technology as a vehicle for addressing this incipient bandwidth crisis. The main promise of mm-wave radio is that it offers a route to power-efficient bandwidth - that is, the ability to greatly increase the available data rates without increasing the power consumption. To deliver successful mm-wave radio technology for general use, a number of multifaceted challenges will need to be overcome; these range all the way from basic integrated circuit design up to network design and network management. A complete effort on all of these challenges is necessary for successful commercial deployment of high- bandwidth, low power mm-wave networks.

Nagoya University

BIO: Toshio Fukuda graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1971 and received the Master of Engineering degree and the Doctor of Engineering degree both from the University of Tokyo, in 1973 and 1977, respectively. He joined the National Mechanical Engineering Laboratory in Japan in 1977, the Science University of Tokyo in 1981, and then joined Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan in 1989.
At present, he is Professor of Dept. of Micro and Nano System Engineering and Dept. of Mechano-Informatics and Systems, Nagoya University, Japan. He is director of Center for Micro and Nano Mechatronics. He is mainly engaging in the research fields of intelligent robotic system, micro and nano robotics, bio-robotic system, and technical diagnosis and error recovery system.

TITLE: Advanced service robotics and automation

There are growing demands on robotics and automation in the service sector for many years due to the age quake, silver society and man power shortage. Some need more cost effective systems, while others do more human friendly communication and interactive interface. Now that robotics is so advanced with sensor, actuator and computational intelligence along with the CPU development, it is expected to make much wider applications to service sector than to the manufacturing sector.

In this presentation, the robotics and automation is briefly overviewed for the sake of human assistance and supports. Then there have been so many attempts to make robots more friendly and usable to human and some showed very successful results in bio-medicine field, material flow and daily life. From these applications, it turned out to be much more important for human service sector such that advanced robotics and automation system in this domain should have more cognitive functions as human intention estimation explicitly.

In the robotics, “intelligent cane system” is shown as one of the examples of robotics systems. Human can employ this robot as a partner robot in the daily life, since the robot can help the human to navigate and guide to the goal by estimating human intention. In the manufacturing automation, human coworker and robot coworker can work together at the same working location called “Intelligent Hybrid Cell” by cooperation and collaboration using the human intention estimation. Thus small products systems are expected to work better by trading off the cost of the robot software and human cost, by taking care of the safety issue between human and robots interaction in the automation system

Oussama Khatib
Stanford University

BIO: Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. His current research, which focuses on human-centered robotics, is concerned with human motion synthesis, humanoid robotics, haptic teleoperation, medical robotics, and human-friendly robot design. He served as the Director of the Stanford Computer Forum, a corporate affiliate program. He is Co-Editor of the STAR series, the Springer Handbook of Robotics, and has served on the Advisory and Editorial Boards of several journals, as well as Chair or Co-Chair for numerous international conferences. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served RAS as a Distinguished Lecturer and as a member of the Administrative Committee. Professor Khatib is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Pioneer Award.

TITLE: An Open Source Extensible Software Package to Create Whole-Body Compliant Skills in Personal Mobile Manipulators

Whole-body operational space control is a powerful compliant control approach for robots that physically interact with their environment. The underlying mathematical and algorithmic principles have been laid in a large body of published work, and novel research keeps advancing its formulation and variations. However the lack of a reusable and robust shared implementation has hindered its widespread adoption. To fill this gap, we present an open-source implementation of whole-body operational space control that provides runtime configurability, ease of reuse and extension, and independence from specific middlewares or operating systems. Our libraries are highly portable, and the application code contains a thin adaptation layer for specific development and runtime environments such as ROS. In this paper, we briefly survey the foundations of whole-body control for mobile manipulation and describe the structure of our software. We performed experiments on two quite different robots to demonstrate that the software is mature enough for building a community of users and developers who can work on extensions and applications.



José del R. Millán

BIO:José del R. Millán is the Defitech Professor at Center for Neuroprosthetics of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he explores the use of brain signals for multimodal interaction and, in particular, the development of non-invasive brain-controlled robots and neuroprostheses. In this multidisciplinary research effort, Dr. Millán is bringing together his pioneering work on the two fields of brain-machine interfaces and adaptive intelligent robotics. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) in 1992, where he was an assistant professor for three years. He was also a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy), a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny (Switzerland), and a visiting scholar at the Universities of Stanford and Berkeley as well as at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley. His research on brain-machine interfaces (BMI) was nominated finalist of the European Descartes Prize 2001 and he has been named Research Leader 2004 by the journal Scientific American for his work on brain-controlled robots. The journal Science has reviewed his work as one of the world’s key researchers in the field of BMI. Dr. Millán is the coordinator of a number of European projects on BMI and also is a frequent keynote speaker at international events. His work on BMI has received wide media coverage around the world.

TITLE: Non-Invasive Brain-Machine Interaction

The promise of Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI) technology is to augment human capabilities by enabling people to interact with a computer through a conscious and spontaneous modulation of their brainwaves after a short training period. Indeed, by analyzing brain electrical activity online, several groups have designed brain-actuated systems that provide alternative channels for communication, entertainment and control. Thus, a person can write messages using a virtual keyboard on a computer screen and also browse the internet. Alternatively, subjects can operate simple computer games, or brain games, and interact with educational software. Researchers have also been able to train monkeys to move a computer cursor to desired targets and also to control a robot arm. Work with humans has shown that it is possible for them to move a cursor and even to drive a wheelchair. In this talk I will review the field of BMI, with a focus on non-invasive systems based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. Key elements for a successful BMI are real-time feedback and training, of both the subject and the classifier embedded into the BMI. I will also describe three brain-actuated applications we have developed: a virtual keyboard, a brain game, and a wheelchair. Finally, we discuss current research directions being pursued in order to improve the performance and robustness of BMI systems, especially for real-time control of brain-actuated robots. In particular, I'll mention work on recognizing cognitive states that are crucial for interaction.

IEEE Education Society

BIO: Rob Reilly received his B. S. degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherts; Masters of Education degree from Springfield College, Springfield and Doctor of Education Degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherts. Currently he is the president of the IEEE Education society, Vice Chair, Member and in the Geographic Activity Board of the IEEE Computer Society, as well as other various award committees within. Dr. Reilly has been granted with many awards including IEEE William E. Sayle II Award for Achievement in Education (given by the IEEE Education Society in 2010) and IEEE Leadership Award (by the IEEE Member and Geographic Activity Board in 2009). His recent keynote/invited presentations focus on titles such as “Leadership and Educators” (Thailand, 2012), “Engineering and Emerging Technologies” (Saudi Arabia, 2011) and “Educational Pedagogy and Engineering” (Egypt, 2011).

TITLE: Becoming an Engineering Education Leader

One needs to grasp the emerging learning technologies and practices, and use them effectively and efficiently in order to deliver knowledge. There are six primary emerging technologies in education, which can be titled and categorized as cloud computing, mobile technology, gaming, open content, personal learning environments and learning analytics.

The delivery of knowledge mainly requires a solid vision of pedagogy, and leadership as a personal characteristic. The relationship between learning analytics and pedagogy proves that technologies integrated with pedagogically sound practices result in significant learning gains. The impact of technology, which is ultimately about education, must be driven by how people process information, which involves understanding the underlying process, which is how we deliver knowledge. In becoming an engineering education leader, one needs both management skills and leadership characteristics, as well as drive and charisma. One significant point to be highlighted is that leadership involves getting things started and facilitating change, whereas management keeps an organization running.

The integration of the right method for the delivery of knowledge and the required personal characteristics are keys to shaping the educational structure and curriculum.



Başar Yücel

BIO: Başar Yücel has a BSc Honours in EE (UK) and an MBA (Turkey), and has 27 years of professional experience - 5 years as SEVP in Banking, 6 years as Partner in Management Consulting and 12 years as Group CEO for major industrial conglomerates. Since 1989 he has been managing multi billion USD turnover and 1,000+ workforce.He has significant performance in industry, recognised for his high profile turnaround achievements in complicated environments. As a leader/CEO he has always focused in the use of latest technology/I.T. to improve productivity and overall efficiency. To name a few: Ekinciler Group: Promoted Environmental Management Systems, applied just-in-time technology, focused in process control to increase productivity (Iron and Steel Production); Applied GPS technology for fleet tracking of the logistics company vehicles; Introduced supply chain management in construction company to minimize losses; Implemented Total Quality Management in all the Group Companies.

TITLE: Neye Niyet Neye Kısmet (This talk will be delivered in Turkish.)

Bir gencin eğitim hayatının sonuna kadar olan dönem ailenin imkanları, entellektüel altyapısı, vizyonu ve daha sonra gencin de katkı ve çabalarıyla nisbeten daha planlanabilir, ancak eğitim sonrası dönemin planlanması çok daha çetrefillidir. Bu konuşmada, konuşmacı, kişisel kariyer deneyimlerinden, tercihlerinden ve nedenlerinden, öğrencilerin hayatlarında yeni bir döneme başlarken önlerindeki olası opsiyonlardan ve karar verirken dikkat etmeleri gereken konulardan bahsedecektir.