Plenary Speaker

Prof. Zabih Ghassemlooy
Fellow of OSA, Fellow of IET, SMIEEE. MACM

Northumbria University, UK

Biography: Professor Zabih Ghassemlooy, CEng, Fellow of IET, Senior Member of IEEE and OSA: received BSc (Hons.) in electrical and electronics engineering from Manchester Metropolitan Univ.,  UK in 1981, and MSc (1984) and PhD (1987) from Univ. of Manchester, UK. From 1987 to 1988 was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, City Univ., UK. In 1988 joined Sheffield Hallam Univ. as a Lecturer, becoming a Professor in 1997. In 2004 joined Univ. of Northumbria, Newcastle, as an Associate Dean (AD) for research in School of Engineering, and from 2012 to 2014 was AD for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Environment, where he currently is Head of the Optical Communications Research Group. In 2001 was awarded Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship in Engineering from Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore. In 2016 was a Research Fellow and in 2015 a Distinguished Professor at Chines Academy of Science, Quanzhou, China. Visiting Professor at the Univ. Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (2013-17), and Huaqiao Univ., China (2017-18). Published over 800 papers (325 journals and 7 books), 97 keynote/invited talks, and supervised 63 PhDs. Research interests include optical wireless communications, free space optics, visible light communications, radio over fibre- free space optics, and sensor networks with project funding from EU, UK Research Council and industry. 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, Associate Editor of a number of international journals, and Co-guest Editor of a number of special issues. He is the fellow of the IET, a senior member of IEEE and OSA and a Charted Engineer. He is a co-author of a CRC book on “Optical Wireless Communications – Systems and Channel Modelling with Matlab (1st Ed. 2012, and 2nd Ed. 2019); a 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, 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”. He is the founder and chair the IEEE/IET Intern. Symposium on Communications Systems, Networks and DSP, West Asian Colloquium on Optical Wireless Communications, and co-founder of a number of international events including Workshop on Optical Wireless Communications in ICC since 2015. He is the Vice-Cahir of OSA Technical Group of Optics in Digital Systems (2018-). He is the Chair of the IEEE Student Branch at Northumbria University, Newcastle (2019-). 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).

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Assoc. Prof. Sergio Grammatico

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Biography: Sergio Grammatico is an Associate Professor at the Delft Center for Systems and ControlDelft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Born in Italy, in 1987, he received the Bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) in Computer Engineering, the Master's degree (summa cum laude) in Automatic Control Engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control, all from the University of Pisa, Italy, in February 2008, October 2009, and March 2013 respectively. He also received a Master's degree (summa cum laude) in Engineering Science from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, the Italian Superior Graduate School (Grande École) for Applied Sciences, in November 2011. In 2013-2015, he was a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In 2015-2018, he was an Assistant Professor, first in the Department of Electrical EngineeringControl SystemsTU Eindhoven, The Netherlands, then at the Delft Center for Systems and ControlTU Delft, The Netherlands. He was awarded a 2005 F. Severi B.Sc. Scholarship by the Italian High-Mathematics National Institute, and a 2008 M.Sc. Fellowship by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. He was awarded 2013 and 2014 “TAC Outstanding Reviewer”. In 2018, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). He was a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2016 ISDG International Conference on Network Games, Control and Optimization. He is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and IFAC Automatica.