2014 Speakers

Braden R. AllenbyBraden R. Allenby, Arizona State University

Braden R. Allenby is Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics; President’s Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, and of Law; Founding Chair of the Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security; and Founding Director of the Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management, at Arizona State University. He moved to ASU from his previous position as the Environment, Health and Safety Vice President for AT&T in 2004. Dr. Allenby received his BA from Yale University, his JD and MA (economics) from the University of Virginia, and his MS and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University. He is past President of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, ex-Chair of the AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and ex-Chair of the IEEE Presidential Sustainability Initiative. He is an AAAS Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce, and has been a U. S. Naval Academy Stockdale Fellow (2009-2010), an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow (2007-2009), a Templeton Research Fellow (2008-2009), and a Batten Fellow in Residence at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. From 1995 to 1997, he was Director for Energy and Environmental Systems at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and from 1991 to 1992 he was the J. Herbert Holloman Fellow at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include emerging technologies, especially in the military and security domains; Design for Environment; industrial ecology; telework and netcentric organizations; transhumanism; and earth systems engineering and management. In 2008 he was selected by the Carnegie Foundation as 2008 Arizona Professor of the Year. His latest books are Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering (co-authored with Tom Graedel in 2009), The Techno-Human Condition (co-authored with Dan Sarewitz in 2011), The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Engineering (2012), and The Applied Ethics of Emerging Military and Security Technologies (an edited volume to be released by Ashgate Press).

Anjan BoseAnjan Bose, Washington State University

Anjan Bose received his B.Tech. from IIT, Kharagpur, M.S. from the University of California – Berkeley, and Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He has worked for industry, academe and government for 40 years in electric power engineering. He is currently Regents Professor and holds the endowed Distinguished Professor in Power Engineering at Washington State University, where he also served as the Dean of the College of Engineering & Architecture 1998-2005. Dr. Bose is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the IEEE. He is the recipient of the Herman Halperin Award and the Millennium Medal from the IEEE, and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus by IIT Kharagpur and Iowa State University.



Henrik ChristensenHenrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology

Henrik Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics at the College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM). Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. The research is performed within the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory. He has published more than 300 contributions across AI, robotics and vision. His research has a strong emphasis on “real problems with real solutions”. A problem needs a theoretical model, implementation, evaluation, and translation to the real world. He is actively engaged in the setup and coordination of robotics research in the US (and worldwide). Dr. Christensen received the Engelberger Award 2011, the highest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the “Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011” with 3 other colleagues at Georgia Tech. Dr. Christensen is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science. He received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Aalborg University 2014. He collaborates with institutions and industries across three continents. His research has been featured in major media such as CNN, NY Times, BBC,… He serves as a consultant to companies and government agencies across the world.

Bob ColwellBob Colwell, Consultant, NAE, Former Director of DARPA MTO

Bob Colwell was Intel’s chief IA32 (Pentium) microprocessor architect from 1992-2000. He was named the Eckert-Mauchly award winner for 2005. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 “for contributions to turning novel computer architecture concepts into viable, cutting-edge commercial processors”, he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He was named an Intel Fellow in 1996, and an IEEE Fellow in 2006. Previously, Colwell was a CPU architect at VLIW minisupercomputer pioneer Multiflow Computer, a hardware design engineer at workstation vendor Perq Systems, and a member of technical staff at Bell Labs. He has published many technical papers and journal articles, is inventor or co-inventor on 40 patents, and has participated in numerous panel sessions and invited talks. He is the Perspectives editor for IEEE Computer Magazine, wrote the At Random column 2002-2005, and is author of The Pentium Chronicles, a behind-the-scenes look at modern microprocessor design. He is currently an independent consultant. Colwell holds the BSEE degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and the MSEE and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

Steve CousinsSteve Cousins, Savioke

Steve Cousins is passionate about building and deploying robotic technology to help people. Before founding Savioke, he was the President and CEO of Willow Garage, where he oversaw the creation of the robot operating system (ROS), the PR2 robot, and the open source TurtleBot. Steve is an active participant in the Robots for Humanity project. Steve has been a senior manager at IBM’s Almaden Research Center, and a member of the senior staff at Xerox PARC. Steve holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, BS and MS degrees in computer science from Washington University, and earned a micro-MBA while at IBM.


Maurizio DecinaMaurizio Decina, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Maurizio Dècina is Emeritus Professor of the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He equally shared his 45-year career in telecommunications between industry and university. He was scientific consultant for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Chicago, scientific Director and founder of the CEFRIEL consortium, and Executive R&D Director of Italtel in Milan. Prof. Dècina was a Commissioner of the Italian Communications Authority, AGCOM, President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation, and Member of the Board of Telecom Italia, Italtel and several ICT Companies. Prof. Dècina was President of the IEEE Communications Society. IEEE appointed him Life Fellow for contributions to voice/data packet switching, and he received three IEEE Awards: International Communications, Third Millennium Medal, and ComSoc/KICS Global Service.


HaenschWilfried Haensch, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY

Wilfried Haensch received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany in the field of theoretical solid state physics. He started his career in Si technology 1984 at SIEMENS corporate research Munich. There he worked on high field transport in MOSFETs. From 1990 to 2001 he worked on various aspects in DRAM technology. This covered the development of the quarter micron 64M generation to the manufacturing of the 256M at the 110nm node at INFINEON’s manufacturing site in Richmond VA. In 2001 he joined the IBM TJ Watson Research Center to lead a group for novel devices and applications. In this function he was responsible for the exploration of device concepts for future technology nodes and new concepts for memory and logic circuits, including 3D integration. He is currently responsible for post CMOS device solution and Si technology extensions. This includes carbon electronics for RF and digital applications, optical and electrical material properties of graphene and carbon nano tubes and CMOS integrated Si nano-photonics. He is the author of a text book on transport physics and author/co-author of more than 100 publications. He was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding Research in 1983. He was named IEEE Fellow in 2012.

marija-ilicMarija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University

Marija Ilic received her Doctor of Science Degree in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1980, and all other degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is currently a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, with a joint appointment in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy Departments. She is the Director of the Electric Energy Systems Group (EESG), http://www.eesg.ece.cmu.edu/. She has co-authored several books in her field of interest. She has co-authored several books. Most recently, she has co-edited the book entitled “Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Service: The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands”. The book is the first real power system repository of smart grid data and is publicly available. Professor Ilic is an IEEE Fellow.



Gregory T. A. KovacsGregory T. A. Kovacs, Stanford University

Greg is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division. He holds a BASc (EE) from from the University of British Columbia, an MS (BioE) from U.C. Berkeley, a PhD (EE) and an MD from Stanford. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and AIMBE. Greg has been active in cardiovascular device design, physiology in extreme environments, mixed-signal circuit design, and sensor development, as well as many educational initiatives and co-founding the Bioengineering Department at Stanford. His extensive government work includes serving as Investigation Scientist for the Columbia space shuttle accident investigation as well as Director of the Microsystems Technology Office of DARPA, guiding investment of $1.6B from 2008 – 2010. In 2010, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He has co-founded several companies, including molecular diagnostics innovator Cepheid, and is active in the angel and private equity investment communities. Greg is a pilot, scuba diver, mountaineer and maker.


Raj MadhavanRaj Madhavan, University of Maryland, College Park

Raj Madhavan is a research scientist with the Institute for Systems Research, and a member of the Maryland Robotics Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently he is on leave working on applying robotics and automation technologies for the benefit of humanity in a variety of domains. He has held appointments with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (March 2002-June 2013) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (March 2001-January 2010). He received his Ph.D. in Field Robotics from the University of Sydney, and an ME (Research) in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University. Over the last 19 years, he has contributed to topics in field robotics, and systems and control theory. His current research interests include autonomous vehicle navigation in unstructured environments, performance evaluation and testing, benchmarking, and standardization of intelligent systems, and humanitarian robotics. He has edited two books and four journal special issues, and has published over 170 papers in archival journals, conferences, and technical reports. Dr. Madhavan has served as an invited independent judge for robotics competitions, has given numerous invited presentations in research organizations in several countries, has served on editorial boards and program committees of premier robotics, automation, and control conferences, and on numerous national and international panels and review boards. He has been serving as the Vice President of the Industrial Activities Board (2013-14, 2015-16), Chair of the Standing Committee for Standards Activities (2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-16), and since 2012 as the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT), all within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Arun MajumdarArun Majumdar, Stanford University

Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, where he serves on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is a Senior Fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. Prior to joining Stanford, he was the Vice President for Energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives and advised the company on its broader energy strategy. He continues to be a consultant to Google on energy. In October 2009, Dr. Arun Majumdar was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to become the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he served till June 2012. Between March 2011 and June 2012, Dr. Majumdar also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Energy, and a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Majumdar was the Almy and Agnes Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research career includes the science and engineering of nanoscale materials and devices as well as large engineered systems. Dr. Majumdar is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He currently serves on the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board, the Council for the National Academy of Engineering and the Electric Power Research Institute, as well as the Science Board of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is a member of the International Advisory Panel for Energy of the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the US delegation for the US-India Track II dialogue on climate change and energy.

John McDonaldJohn D. McDonald, GE Energy Management

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy’s Digital Energy business. John has 40 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, a member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, a member of the IEEE PES Nominations & Appointments Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board. John was the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) in 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012, and is currently Chairman of the Board for SGIP 2.0, Inc. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the annual DistribuTECH Conference, and received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published sixty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA, SCADA/EMS, SCADA/DMS and communications, and has co-authored three books.

Seizo OnoeSeizo Onoe, NTT DoCoMo

Seizo Onoe was named Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors of NTT DoCoMo in June 2012. He is also the Managing Director of the R&D Innovation Division. Mr. Onoe has worked for NTT and NTT DoCoMo since 1982, acquiring more than 30 years of experience. He became a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the R&D Strategy Department in June 2008. He was a Vice President and took positions as Managing Director of the Radio Access Network related development departments from July 2002 to June 2008. He has been responsible for leading initiatives in the research and development of the analog cellular system, the digital cellular system, W-CDMA/HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced and 5G. He is working on the research and development of radio access networks, core networks, consumer devices and cloud services. Mr. Onoe has a master’s degree in electronics from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering.


Joseph SalvoJoseph J. Salvo, GE Global Research

Dr. Salvo is the Director and Founder of the Industrial Internet Consortium with an aim to connect brilliant minds and machines in powerful value creation networks. For the past 15 years he and his laboratory have developed a series of large-scale internet-based sensing arrays to manage and oversee business systems and deliver a portfolio of information-based services. Some of their commercial business releases include complex decision platforms (e.g. GE Veriwise™ GE RailwiseTM, Global Vendor Managed Inventory, Ener.GE™, and E-Materials Management) that deliver near real-time customer value through system transparency and knowledge-based computational algorithms. Pervasive networked sensors systems combined with near-real time collaboration can deliver time-critical, high fidelity data to enable information analysis across traditional business process boundaries. Total supply chain, digital manufacturing, energy management and financial services can be integrated to create a virtual enterprise environment that encourages discovery and process improvement on a global basis. Electronic RFID tagging and distributed knowledge networks extend the reach of these systems with anywhere/anytime access to mission critical information. Dr. Salvo’s group will be providing the core Digital Market Commons to UI Labs for the recently announced Digital Design Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Chicago. Crowdsourcing and cloud computing platforms promise to further democratize the flow of information, computation and ideas. Commercial business implementations of this work are currently active in Asia, Europe as well as North and South America.


Henning SchulzrinneHenning Schulzrinne, Columbia University and US Federal Communications Commission

Henning Schulzrinne is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Mathematical Methods and Computer Science and Professor of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University. He has been an Engineering Fellow at the FCC since 2010. He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs). He is widely known for the development of key protocols that enable voice-over-IP (VoIP) and other multimedia applications that are now Internet standards, including the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). He was elected to IEEE Fellow for contributions to the design of protocols, applications, and algorithms for Internet multimedia. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, applied network engineering, wireless networks, security, quality of service, and performance evaluation.


Thomas SterlingThomas Sterling, Indiana University, Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST)

Dr. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing as well as serves as Chief Scientist and Executive Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT in 1984 as a Hertz Fellow Dr. Sterling has engaged in applied research in fields associated with parallel computing system structures, semantics, and operation in industry, government labs, and academia. Dr. Sterling is best known as the “father of Beowulf” for his pioneering research in commodity/Linux cluster computing. He was awarded the Gordon Bell Prize in 1997 with his collaborators for this work. He was the PI of the HTMT Project sponsored by NSF, DARPA, NSA, and NASA to explore advanced technologies and their implication for high-end system architectures. Other research projects included the DARPA DIVA PIM architecture project with USC-ISI, the Cray Cascade Petaflops architecture project sponsored by the DARPA HPCS Program, and the Gilgamesh high-density computing project at NASA JPL. Thomas Sterling is currently engaged in research associated with the innovative ParalleX execution model for extreme scale computing to establish the foundation principles to guide the co-design for the development of future generation Exascale computing systems by the end of this decade. ParalleX is currently the conceptual centerpiece of the XPRESS project as part of the DOE X-stack program and has been demonstrated in proof-of-concept in the HPX runtime system software. Dr. Sterling is the co-author of six books and holds six patents. He was the recipient of the 2013 Vanguard Award.

Theodore SizerTheodore Sizer, Bell Laboratories/Alcatel-Lucent

Dr. Theodore (Tod) Sizer is Vice President of the Wireless Research Program in Bell Laboratories. In this role he leads teams in six worldwide locations innovating in all aspects of wireless systems, technology and software. In addition his teams collaborate with fixed access systems including copper, and optical with special opportunities being explored at the convergence between these and wireless. Recently he has had significant impact as a key proponent and inventor of the lightRadioTM and small cell technology and systems leading to Alcatel-Lucent’s product line solution to address the current Wireless Data explosion. During his tenure at Bell Labs he has performed research in Wired and Wireless Home Networking, Fixed Wireless Loop systems, Video Watermarking technologies, Optical Computing and Switching Systems, and High Power Laser Design. He was a member of the technical team in Lucent’s role as a promoter in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). His responsibilities in the SIG included being Chair of the Coexistence Working Group. Tod graduated from Amherst College, Magna Cum Laude and received his Masters and Doctorate from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. In 2007 Tod was named a Bell Labs Fellow “For sustained creative contributions to wireless systems, particularly in the convergence of packet and wireless technologies”. He is the author of 51 US patents, over 50 refereed publications and is a member of the IEEE and OSA.

Elie TrackElie Track, nVizix LLC

Elie Track is an independent consultant and CEO of a new company, nVizix LLC, which he founded in 2013 to focus on commercializing an invention of a new vacuum solar cell that yields 2x the efficiency at 1/2 the cost of the current state-of-the-art. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University (1988). For most of his career he was active in superconducting electronics with a focus on commercialization, including technology transfer of the Primary Voltage Standard designs from NIST to Hypres, Inc., a company for which he was President and CEO from 1994 to 2000, and remained Sr. Partner until recently. From 2003 to 2005 he was Visiting Professor at Fairfield University where he taught a spectrum of Physics courses and developed a new course in wireless communications for non-science majors. He has been a member of the IEEE since 1985 and is currently an IEEE Fellow and President of the Council on Superconductivity. He is a member of the Future Directions Committee and initiated, with IEEE Fellow Tom Conte the Rebooting Computing working group. He has served as Chair and Program Chair of major conferences and workshops in superconductivity since 1998, including as Chair of the most recent 2014 Applied Superconductivity Conference. He served as President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association (YSEA) from 2007 to 2010 and as Chairman of the Coalition for the Commercial Applications of Superconductors (CCAS) from 2008 to 2010.