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Speakers of ICVARS 2021

IEEE Fellow, Prof. Rajkumar Buyya, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Biography: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also serving as the founding CEO of Manjrasoft, a spin-off company of the University, commercializing its innovations in Cloud Computing. He has authored over 650 publications and seven text books including "Mastering Cloud Computing" published by McGraw Hill, China Machine Press, and Morgan Kaufmann for Indian, Chinese and international markets respectively. Dr. Buyya is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=127, g-index=280, 85,000+ citations).  "A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature" by German scientists ranked Dr. Buyya as the World's Top-Cited (#1) Author and the World's Most-Productive (#1) Author in Cloud Computing. He is named in the recent Clarivate Analytics’ (formerly Thomson Reuters) Highly Cited Researchers and “World's Most Influential Scientific Minds” for three consecutive years since 2016. Dr. Buyya is recognized as Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier and recently received "Lifetime Achievement Awards" from two Indian universities for his outstanding contributions to Cloud computing and distributed systems.
Software technologies for Grid, Cloud, and Fog computing developed under Dr.Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 40 countries around the world. Dr. Buyya has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including serving as foundation Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and five IEEE/ACM conferences. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognized through the award of "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing" from the IEEE Computer Society TCSC. Manjrasoft's Aneka Cloud technology developed under his leadership has received "Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award". He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of Software: Practice and Experience, a long standing journal in the field established ~50 years ago. For further information on Dr. Buyya, please visit his cyberhome: www.buyya.com

Prof. Ljiljana Trajkovic (IEEE Life Fellow), Simon Fraser University, Canada

Biography: Ljiljana Trajkovic received the Dipl. Ing. degree from University of Pristina, Yugoslavia, in 1974, the M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1979 and 1981, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of California at Los Angeles, in 1986. She is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. From 1995 to 1997, she was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department, University of California, Berkeley. She was a Research Scientist at Bell Communications Research, Morristown, NJ, from 1990 to 1997, and a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, from 1988 to 1990. Her research interests include high-performance communication networks, control of communication systems, computer-aided circuit analysis and design, and theory of nonlinear circuits and dynamical systems. Dr. Trajkovic serves as IEEE Division X Delegate/Director (2019–2020) and served as IEEE Division X Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect (2018). She served as Senior Past President (2018–2019), Junior Past President (2016–2017), President (2014–2015), President-Elect (2013), Vice President Publications (2012–2013, 2010–2011), Vice President Long-Range Planning and Finance (2008–2009), and a Member at Large of the Board of Governors (2004–2006) of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. She served as 2007 President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and a member of its Board of Governors (2004–2005, 2001–2003). She is Chair of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society joint Chapter of the Vancouver/Victoria Sections. She was Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Nonlinear Circuits and Systems (1998). She is General Co-Chair of SMC 2020 and SMC 2020 Workshop on BMI Systems and served as General Co-Chair of SMC 2019 and SMC 2018 Workshops on BMI Systems, SMC 2016, and HPSR 2014, Special Sessions Co-Chair of SMC 2017, Technical Program Chair of SMC 2017 and SMC 2016 Workshops on BMI Systems, Technical Program Co-Chair of ISCAS 2005, and Technical Program Chair and Vice General Co-Chair of ISCAS 2004. She served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (Part I) (2004–2005, 1993–1995), the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (Part II) (2018, 2002-2003, 1999–2001), and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine (2001–2003). She is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (2020–2021) and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2010–2011, 2002–2003). She is a Professional Member of IEEE-HKN and a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Prof. Zabih F. Ghassemlooy, Northumbria University, UK

Biography: Professor Zabih. Ghassemlooy received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) in electrical and electronics engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, U.K., in 1981, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, University of Manchester, U.K., in 1984 and 1987, respectively. From 1987 to 1988, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with City University, U.K. 1988 he joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer, becoming a Reader in 1995 and became a Professor in optical communications in 1997. 2004 joined the University of Northumbria (UNN), Newcastle, as an Associate Dean (AD) for research with the School of Computing, Engineering, and Information Sciences, and from 2012 to 2014, he was AD of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering, UNN, UK, where he currently is Head of the Northumbria Communications Research Laboratories. In 2001 he was awarded  the Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship in Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 2016 he become a Research Fellow at the Chines Academy of Science, and since 2015 has been a Distinguished Professor with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Quanzhou, China. He is a Visiting Professor at the University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia (2013-2017), and Huaqiao University, Quanzhou, China (2017-18). He published over 700 papers (298 journals and 6 books), over 91 keynote and invited talks, and supervised 60 Ph.D. students. Research interests include optical wireless communications, free space optics, and visible light communications. He was the Vice-Chair of EU Cost Action IC1101 (2011-16). He is the Chief Editor of the British Journal of Applied Science and Technology and the International Journal of Optics and Applications. He is the fellow of the IET, a senior member of IEEE, a member of OSA, and UK Charted Engineer. He is a co-author of a CRC book on “Optical Wireless Communications – Systems and Channel Modelling with Matlab (2012); and co-editor of four books including the Springer book on “Optical Wireless Communications – An Emerging Technology (2016)”, CRC book on “Visible Light Communications: Theory and Applications, CRC June 2017”, IGI Global book on “Intelligent Systems for Optical Networks Design: Advancing Techniques, 31 Mar 2013, and IET book on “Analogue Optical Fibre Communications, IEE Telecommunication series 32, 1995”. From 2004-06 he was the IEEE UK/IR Communications Chapter Secretary, the Vice-Chairman (2004-2008), the Chairman (2008-2011), and Chairman of the IET Northumbria Network (Oct 2011-2015). Web site: http://soe.northumbria.ac.uk/ocr/people/ghassemlooy/


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