DateTime (HKT)SpeakerTitle
10 Nov 202212Noon - 1PMOpening Session
10 Nov 20228PM - 9PMProf Saifur RahmanA Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Achieve Global Decarbonization
11 Nov 202212Noon - 1PMProf Kelvin KF TsoiHow can we land from the Cloud? A Story from Big Data to Digital Health
11 Nov 20228PM - 9PMMr Grady BoochComputing the Human Experience - Technology & Social Perspectives
12 Nov 202212Noon - 1PMDr Mei-Po KwanThe Uncertain Geographic Context Problem
12 Nov 20228PM - 9PMDr. Erol GelenbeEnergy Consumption by ICT: Facts and Trends
12 Nov 202211:30PM - 1:30 AMModerator: Dr Luis KunIn celebration of SSIT’s 50th Anniversary
13 Nov 20221AM - 1:30AMClosing Session

Opening Session
Welcome to ISTAS 2022 Dr. Laurie Lau, Conference Chair, ISTAS 2022
Presidential Address Prof. Clinton Andrews, President, IEEE SSIT
Inaugural Address Dr. Maxine Cohen, Professor Emeritus, College of Engineering and Computing, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, USA & IEEE SSIT Board of Governors – Education
Key Note Address Dr. Luis Kun, A Glimpse of 2023 and Beyond
About the Progamme Dr. T V Gopal, Chair, Technical Programme Committee, ISTAS 2022
Vote of Thanks Dr. Lennon Chang, Chair, Finance Committe, ISTAS 2022

Inaugural Address by Dr. Maxine Cohen, Professor Emeritus, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, USA
Maxine_CohenShe teaches graduate courses (on campus and online) in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, and Social Media and advises doctoral students. Previously she worked for IBM (Endicott, NY and Boca Raton, FL) and taught at the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University. She has served as a meta-reviewer for ACM Computing Reviews for over 20 years. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Binghamton University and her B.A. from the University of Vermont. She is a member of ACM, IEEE, and UPE.




Prof Saifur Rahman: A Portfolio of Technology Solutions to Achieve Global Decarbonization

Saifur Rahman is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech. He is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at the university, which helps faculty members get access to research funding, government laboratories, and industry research centers. Rahman is also the founder and chairman of BEM Controls in McLean, Va., a software company that provides buildings with energy efficiency solutions.

He served as chair of the U.S. National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013.

Rahman is the founding editor in chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.

He served as the 2018–2019 president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (IEEE PES). While president, Rahman established the IEEE PES Corporate Engagement Program, which allows employers to receive IEEE benefits by paying their employees’ IEEE membership dues.

Prof. Kelvin KF Tsoi: How can we land from the Cloud? A Story from Big Data to Digital Health


Big Data is a popular concept to encourage an efficient way to extract, analyze and interpret a huge volume of data which may come with uncertainty. However, the applications of big data may be in different ways of interpretation across the academic disciplines from computing engineering, medicine, and social sciences. The research topics cover data visualization, machine learning and artificial intelligence, but are not limited to the risk prediction models on electronic health records. Compared with traditional electronic health records, there are many new forms of health data that can be used for better health management. For examples, walking steps and heart rate variability can be captured by a wearable device. Although data quality from different types of wearable devices may not be guaranteed, data intensity from day-to-day records can give a new insight into the health status of an individual. Personalized health data will play an important role in the future use of preventive medicine and public health research. Therefore, digital health is an emerging public health area encompassing digital technologies and services that empower people and populations to manage health and wellness. It does not just focus on the size of data, but also leverages on the computing, software, sensors, programming algorithms with the aim to provide strengthening of population health. In this lecture, the speaker will present his own experience of learning the interdisciplinary language from medicine to engineering, and also from Big Data to Digital Health. He will also share his entrepreneurship experience of how to engage participation from the community for better health management.


Kelvin TsoiDr. Kelvin Tsoi is an Epidemiologist and a Data Scientist. He received his Bachelor degree in Statistics and Doctoral degree in Medical Sciences in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also received clinical research training in the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, and was responsible for the colorectal cancer prevention project. Before his current position, he worked as a research scientist in the statistical department of Hospital Authority (HA). He led projects covering a wide range of challenging areas on chronic diseases, such as service demand projection for schizophrenia and dementia. The experience of database management enhanced his understanding of the HA database structures and also the potential research topics.

His research focus is on Digital Health, which is the application of real-time mobile or social digital data for improving public health or reducing future disease burdens. The application of Artificial Intelligent to Big Data research is also his interest. Recent research covers digital dementia screening and machine learning on blood pressure variability. He has published over 50 full scientific articles in the foremost journals. A recent paper to compare dementia screening was published in JAMA Internal Medical. His work on Big Data was presented in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) international conferences.

Mr Grady Booch: Computing the Human Experience – Technology & Social Perspectives

Grady BoochGrady Booch is Chief Scientist for Software Engineering at IBM Research where he leads IBM’s research and development for embodied cognition. Having originated the term and the practice of object-oriented design, he is best known for his work in advancing the fields of software engineering and software architecture. A co-author of the Unified Modeling Language (UML), a founding member of the Agile Alliance, and a founding member of the Hillside Group, Grady has published six books and several hundred technical articles, including an ongoing column for IEEE Software. Grady is also a trustee for the Computer History Museum. He is an IBM Fellow, an ACM and IEEE Fellow, has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture for the BCS, and was recently named an IEEE Computer Pioneer. He is currently developing a major trans-media documentary for public broadcast on the intersection of computing and the human experience.

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan: The Uncertain Geographic Context Problem

Mei-Po KwanMei-Po Kwan is Choh-Ming Li Professor of Geography and Resource Management and Director of the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her MA degree in Urban Planning in 1989 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her PhD in 1994 in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Kwan has made ground-breaking contributions to research on environmental health, human mobility, transport and health issues in cities, and geographic information science (GIScience). She discovered the uncertain geographic context problem and the neighborhood effect averaging problem. She is a leading researcher in deploying real-time GPS tracking and mobile sensing to collect individual-level data in environmental health research. Her recent projects examine the health impacts of individual environmental exposure (e.g., noise, air pollution, green space), the protection of geoprivacy via the development of a Geospatial Virtual Data Enclave (GVDE), and the space-time dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kwan is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the U.K. Academy of Social Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). She was named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by the Web of Science Group as one of the world’s most influential researchers. She has received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Distinguished Scholarship Honors, the Wilbanks Prize for Transformational Research in Geography, and the Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography from the AAG.

Kwan had served as an editor of Annals of the American Association of Geographers for 12 years. She has received over US$58.5 million grant support from sources including the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. She has published over 330 books, journal articles and book chapters. She has delivered over 340 keynote addresses, invited lectures and other invited presentations in more than 20 countries.

Dr Erol Gelenbe: Energy Consumption by ICT: Facts and Trends

Erol GelenbeErol Gelenbe—Fellow IEEE’86, Fellow ACM’02, Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Honorary Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the French National Academy of Technologies, the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Science Academies of Hungary, Poland and Turkey, and of Academia Europaea—is known for pioneering computer performance analysis, and inventing the Random Neural Network and its gradient and deep learning algorithms. Awarded the $500,000 Mustafa Prize for inventing Gelenbe-Networks that model both data networks and neural networks, he graduated 95 PhD students according to the American Mathematical Society Mathematics Genealogy Project.

Inventor of Cognitive Packet Network Internet routing using Reinforcement Learning to optimize multi-hop network paths, he received the ACM SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award in 2008 for pioneering research on computer and network performance. His papers appear in top journals of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, including Proceedings IEEE, Journal ACM, Comm. ACM, IEEE Trans on Selected Areas of Communications, Computing Surveys, ACM/IEEE Trans on Bioinformatics, IEEE Trans on Neural Networks, IEEE Trans on Cloud Computing, Physical Reviews, Neural Computation, Neurocomputing, etc.

Co-founder of the IEEE Computer Society MASCOTS conferences, ACM SIGMETRICS and IFIP WG7.3 annual conferences, he is among the first 19 IFIP Fellows in 2020 elected to celebrate IFIP’s 60th Anniversary. Having served as associate editor for several IEEE Transactions and of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Editor in Chief of the British Computer Society Computer Journal and of Springer-Nature Computer Science, he is now on the editorial board of IEEE Trans. on Cloud Computing, Acta Informatics, ACM Ubiquity, Performance Evaluation, etc.

1979-1986 he chaired the French Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society, served as IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for two terms and is now Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE Computer Society. Former Chair of Duke University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept., University Chair professor and Director of EECS at UCF, New Jersey State Endowed Chair Professor at NJIT, at Imperial College London, he was Dennis Gabor Professor and Head of Intelligent Systems and Networks. In France and Belgium he was a chaired professor at the University of Liege, the Universities of Paris-Saclay and Paris-Descartes.

His honors include Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (France), Commander of Merit of both France and Italy, and Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Italy. He is currently Professor in the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Honorary Professor at the University of Electronic Sciences and Technology of China, and other institutions.

In celebration of SSIT’s 50th Anniversary

Moderator: Dr. Luis Kun


Banu Onaral, PhD, H. Sun Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, & Senior Presidential Advisor, Global Innovation Partnerships, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA USA

Banu Onaral earned her PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Her academic focus both in research and teaching is centered on information and systems engineering with special emphasis on complex systems, biomedical signal processing and functional optical brain imaging. She founded several laboratories and launched the CONQUER (Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research) CollabOrative, an interdisciplinary brain health and cognitive function observatory in 2008.

Dr. Onaral led the translational research initiative for rapid commercialization of biomedical technologies developed at Drexel University. The program has been awarded the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Endowment in 2011. She currently serves as the Senior Presidential Advisor for ‘Global Innovation Partnerships’ at Drexel University and leads the development of the Global Innovation Partnership endowed program created under her name.

She served as the founding dean of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems from 1997 until 2015. Throughout her career, she actively forged international academic and translational research partnerships with universities as well as science and technoparks, primarily in China and Turkey.


Dr. Rakesh Kumar, President and CEO | TCX Technology & IEEE Past President (2012-13) Solid-State Circuits Society

Dr. Rakesh Kumar is Founder, President and CEO, TCX Technology Connexions, as well as Entrepreneurship Advisor & Educator, Univ. of California, San Diego. TCX Technology Connexions provides management, business, and technical ‘bridging the gaps’ consulting services in advanced semiconductor technology and virtual operations areas. Clients include emerging fabless IC companies, mid-size and large, Fortune 500 IC companies, and leading research organizations.

Dr. Kumar is an IEEE Life Fellow and has been an active volunteer since the late 1980s. He is Past President (2012-13) of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. His global outreach efforts increased Society Memberships and resulted in a 15% growth in SSCS Chapters. He serves as a Region Governor for the IEEE honor society, HKN.

Dr. Kumar currently serves as a Business and Technology Advisor at University of California San Diego’s Entrepreneurism Center. He teaches a very popular course that provides experiential education, encouragement and coaching in entrepreneurship.

During his 40 years career in the semiconductor industry, Dr. Kumar has been the VP&GM of Cadence Design’s worldwide Silicon Technology Services business unit, and has held various technical and management positions at Unisys and Motorola.

Dr. Cecilia Metra, 2019 IEEE Computer Society President, 2022-2023 IEEE Division V Director

Cecilia Metra is a full professor and the Deputy-President of the Engineering School at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she has worked since 1991, and from which she received a PhD in electronic engineering and computer science. In 2002, she was visiting faculty consultant for Intel Corporation.
She is IEEE Director /Division V Delegate 2022-2023. She was the 2019 President of the IEEE Computer Society (CS).
She is the Chair of the ICT working Group of the IEEE European Public Policy Committee (2021-present), and a member of the IEEE Award Committee (2022), IEEE Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2022), IEEE Young Professionals Committee (2021-2022), the IEEE European Public Policy Committee (2020-present), the IEEE Smart Village Governing Board (2020-present), the Systems Council Advisory Committee (2020-present), the IEEE Conferences Committee (2021-2024). She was a member of the IEEE TAB/PSPB Products and Services Committee (2020). She is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on “Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems”, and the Co-Chair of the IEEE Digital Reality Initiative Project on the same topic.

She was the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (2018, 2020), the Editor in Chief of Computing Now (2013-2016) and the Associate Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers (2007-2012).

She contributed to numerous IEEE international conferences/symposia/workshops as general/program chair/co-chair (15 times), vice-general/program chair/co-chair (6 times), topic/track chair (34 times), technical program committee member (100+ times), and keynote/invited speaker/panelist (40+ times).
She has published extensively (190+ papers on peer reviewed Journals and Conference Proceedings) on test and design for test of electronic circuits/systems, reliable, safe and resilient electronic circuits/systems, trustworthy artificial intelligence, fault tolerance, error correcting codes, secure communication protocols, photovoltaic and energy harvesting systems, emerging technologies.

Her research has received public and private funding (e.g., from the EU, the Italian MISE and MIUR Ministries, and from companies such as Intel Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Alstom Transport, etc.) at national and international levels.

Cecilia Metra is an IEEE Fellow, IEEE CS Golden Core Member, and a member of the IEEE Honor Society IEEE-HKN. She has received two Meritorious Service Awards and six Certificates of Appreciation from the IEEE CS, and the 2020 Spirit of the Computer Society award.

Closing Session
Presidential Remarks Prof. Clinton Andrews, President IEEE SSIT
Presentation on ISTAS 2023 Dr. Denis Dennehy, Conference Chair, ISTAS 2023;
Swansea University, Wales, UK
Thank You Dr. Laurie Lau, Conference Chair, ISTAS2022