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Nov 15 – 18, 2021 Convention
MNTC Conference Center & Online
US/Central timezone

Keynotes/Invited Talks

Academia Keynote/Invited Talk 

“Machine Learning for Critical Systems Security”

Nancy R. Mead 

Software Engineering Institute 

Carnegie Mellon University, USA 



This talk will focus on recent threat modeling research as it relates to machine learning. After briefly revisiting our prior threat modeling research, newer results from a student project on machine learning will be discussed. Recently, we have been considering the use of machine learning to identify attacker types in specific domains. So, on the one hand, we examined whether machine learning models are vulnerable to attack, and on the other hand, whether machine learning can help to identify attacker types. 


Short Biography 

Dr. Nancy R. Mead is a Fellow of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research areas are security requirements engineering and software assurance curricula. The Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education is named for her. 

Before joining the SEI, Mead was a senior technical staff member at IBM Federal Systems, where she spent most of her career developing and managing large real-time systems. She also worked in IBM’s software engineering technology area and managed IBM Federal Systems’ software engineering education department. She has developed and taught numerous courses on software engineering topics, both at universities and in professional education courses. 

Mead has more than 150 publications and invited presentations. She is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Distinguished Member of the ACM, and was named the 2015 Distinguished Educator by IEEE TCSE. Dr. Mead received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.


Academia Keynote/Invited Talk 

“Sustainable Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer Systems” 

Manos Tentzeris 

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA 



In this talk, inkjet-/3D printed antennas, interconnects, “smart” encapsulation and packages, RF electronics, microfluidics and sensors fabricated on glass, PET, paper and other flexible substrates are introduced as a system-level solution for ultra- low-cost mass production of Millimeter-Wave Modules for Communication, Energy Harvesting and Sensing applications. Prof. Tentzeris will touch up the state-of-the-art area of fully-integrated printable broadband wireless modules covering characterization of 3D printed materials up to E-band, novel printable “ramp” interconnects and cavities for IC embedding as well as printable structures forself-diagnostic and anti-counterfeiting packages. The presented approach could potentially set the foundation for the truly convergent wireless sensor ad-hoc networks of the future with enhanced cognitive intelligence and "rugged" packaging. Prof. Tentzeris will discuss issues concerning the power sources of "near- perpetual" RF modules, including state-of-the-art flexible miniaturized enhanced-output and enhanced-range ambient energy harvesters up to above 5G mmW

frequencies. The final step of the presentation will involve examples from shape- changing 4D-printed (origami) packages, reflectarrays and mmW wearable (e.g.biomonitoring) antennas and RF modules. Special attention will be paid on the integration of ultrabroadband (Gb/sec) inkjet-printed nanotechnology-based backscattering communication modules as well as miniaturized printable wireless (e.g.CNT) sensors for Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and smart agriculture/biomonitoring applications. It has to be noted that the talk will review and present challenges for inkjet-printed organic active and nonlinear devices as well as future directions in the area of environmentally-friendly ("green") RF electronics and "smart-skin' conformal sensors. 


Short Biography 

Dr. Tentzeris is currently a Ken Byers Professor in flexible electronics and served as the Head of the Electromagnetics Technical Interest Group with the School of ECE, Georgia Tech. He is also the Head of the A.T.H.E.N.A. Research Group (20 students and researchers) and has established academic programs in 3D Printed RF electronics and modules, flexible electronics, origami and morphing electromagnetics, Highly Integrated/Multilayer Packaging for RF and Wireless Applications using ceramic and organic flexible materials, paper-based RFIDs and sensors, inkjet-printed electronics, nanostructures for RF, wireless sensors, power scavenging, and wireless power transfer, Microwave MEM's, SOP-integrated (UWB, multiband, conformal) antennas and Adaptive Numerical Electromagnetics (FDTD, MultiResolution Algorithms). 

He has published more than 600 papers in refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings, 5 books, and 25 book chapters. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of MTT-15 Committee, an Associate Member of the European Microwave Association (EuMA), a Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy, and a member of Commission D, URSI, and of the Technical Chamber of Greece. Professor Tentzeris received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1993 and 1998.


Academia Keynote/Invited Talk 

“Blockchain Technology and its implications in Business Applications and Healthcare IT” 

Akhil Kumar 

Smeal College of Business 

Penn State University, USA 



Blockchain technology has become popular in a variety of application areas. Some people assume that blockchain is a solution for every problem in the world. In this talk, I will first give an overview of blockchain technology. Next, I will discuss how blockchain can be used in business in the context of supply chains and the implications of doing so. Later, I will devote sometime to discuss how blockchains would fit in the context of healthcare applications. I hope by the end of the talk the audience will be able to gain a somewhat balanced perspective on the strengths and drawbacks of this new technology. 


Short Biography 

Dr. Akhil Kumar currently a Professor of Information Systems, joined the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University in June 2002. He has previously been on the faculties at Cornell University and the University of Colorado and has spent a sabbatical year as a scientist at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. He has published more than 100 papers in academic journals and international conferences. 

Akhil currently serves as an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems. Previously, he was an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, INFORMS Journal on Computing and Information Systems Research. He was a program co-chair of BPM 2017 Conference. He also served as a co-program chair of CoopIS'11 and co-chair of Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS'07). He has been a principal investigator for National Science Foundation and received support from IBM, Sun Microsystems, and other organizations. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM. 

His current research interests are in Blockchain technology, Business analytics, Deep learning, Health IT and Healthcare forums, BPM and workflow systems, and process mining. He received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1988.


Industry Keynote/Invited Talk 

"The Role of Biosensors in a Green Economy" 

Tom Jobe 


BioInSpire LLC, USA 



This presentation describes how the numerous forms of biosensors perform necessary functions in research, medicine and industrial uses. It describes recent developments that allow biosensors to be used to reduce resources in power, materials and costs while improving our quality of life. 


Short Biography 

Mr. Jobe spent 10 years in the energy business as an instrument developer before moving to Corazonix of OKC in 1987 to develop hi-res ECG equipment. In 1990, he began a 15-year career as developer and manager of medical diagnostic instruments with Organon Teknika & BioMerieux, where he led the development of microbiology, coagulation, and nucleic acid diagnostics instrumentation. 

In 2005, he became the Business Manager for the SensiQ division of Nomadics, directing the development of biosensor-based Life Science equipment for pharma and biotechnology applications. After SensiQ spun out of Nomadics to become SensiQ Technologies, he directed the company’s R&D, manufacturing, and commercialization efforts as Chief Operating Officer. After SensiQ Technologies was acquired by Pall Life Sciences in 2017, Mr. Jobe co-founded startups BioInSpire of Oklahoma City and Essai Sciences of Stillwater. 

BioInSpire provides consulting services to Life Sciences clients while Essai Sciences provided biomolecular interaction analysis services of pharmaceutical compounds. He has served on the Engineering Industry Advisory Boards at the University of Central Oklahoma, OSU-OKC, and the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering at OU-Norman. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society for 2016-2018, providing lectures related to the field of biosensors. Mr. Jobe holds BS and MS Engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University.


Academia Keynote/Invited Talk 

"The Software Engineering Body of Knowledge Guide—More Than 20 Years Down the Road" 

Pierre Bourque 

Department of Software and IT Engineering 

University of Quebec, Canada 



The proof-of-concept document of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) was made available in 1998—now more than 20 years ago. The keynote speaker has played a key role in all published versions of the SWEBOK Guide. In this talk, the speaker will reflect on the impact of the SWEBOK Guide, make some observations about its current content after recently spending a year in industry, and provide some remarks on moving forward. 


Short Biography 

Pierre Bourque is a Full Professor in the Department of Software and IT Engineering at École de technologie supérieure of the Université du Québec. He is also the Director of the Master in Software Engineering program (2005 to 2013, 2021-). After having completed two terms as Dean of Studies of his school (2013-2016, 2016-2019), he completed in 2019-2020 an industrial assignment at CGI during his year on administrative (sabbatical) leave. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in software requirements. He is the 2020 recipient of the Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education. 

Pierre Bourque is a member of the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) (2020-2023). He is also lead coeditor of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) V3 published in 2014 and was coeditor of the 2001 and 2004 versions of the SWEBOK Guide. The SWEBOK Guide is also recognized as an ISO/IEC Technical Report. He was named to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society in 2010 and was an elected member for the periods of 2011-2013 and 2014-2016. 

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ulster (Northern Ireland). Prior to his appointment at ÉTS, he was involved in software engineering, data modeling, and database design at the National Bank of Canada and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).