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Prof. Bir Bhanu (IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, SPIE Fellow)

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns Presidential
Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor
University of California, Riverside, USA

Dr. Bhanu is the Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cooperative Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Research in Intelligent Systems (CRIS), and the Visualization and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VISLab) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). In addition, Dr. Bhanu serves as the interim Chair of the Bioengineering Department at UCR and the Director of NSF IGERT program on Video Bioinformatics. Dr. Bhanu was the first Founding Faculty of the Bourns College of Engineering and the Founding Chair of Electrical Engineering at UCR (1991-94). Prior to joining UCR, Dr. Bhanu was Senior Honeywell Fellow at Honeywell Inc. Dr. Bhanu has been on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science, University of Utah, and has worked with Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation, INRIA-France and IBM San Jose Research Laboratory. Dr. Bhanu has been the principal investigator of various programs from NSF, DARPA, NASA, AFOSR, ONR, ARO and other agencies and industries in the areas of object/target recognition, learning and vision, image/video understanding, image/video databases with applications in security, defense, intelligence, biological and medical imaging, biometrics, autonomous navigation and industrial machine vision.
Dr. Bhanu is the co-author of ten books (seven authored and three edited): Human Recognition at a Distance in Video (Springer, 2010), Human Ear Recognition by Computer (Springer, 2008), Synthesis of Pattern Recognition Systems (Springer, 2005 ), Computational Algorithms for Fingerprint Recognition (2003), Genetic Learning for Adaptive Image Segmentation (Kluwer, 1994) and Qualitative Motion Understanding (Kluwer, 1992), Multibiometrics for Human Identification (Edited, Cambridge University Press, 2011), Distributed Video Sensor Networks (Edited, Springer, 2011), Computer Vision Beyond the Visible Spectrum (Edited, Springer, 2004), and Computational Learning for Adaptive Computer Vision (forthcoming, Springer). Dr. Bhanu has published over 475 reviewed papers, including 125 journal papers and 44 book chapters. Dr. Bhanu has 13 US and International patents (plus 5 pending). Dr. Bhanu has been the associate editor/guest editor of many journals including IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Robotics & Automation, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man & Cybernetics-B, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Computer, IEEE Sensors Journal, Pattern Recognition, Pattern Analysis and Applications, Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, Autonomous Robots, Computer Vision and Image Understanding, International Journal of Machine Vision and Applications, and others. (Read More)



Prof. Qing-Long Han (IEEE Fellow, IFAC Fellow, IEAust Fellow)

Distinguished Professor
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Quality)
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Professor Han is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Quality) and a Distinguished Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He held various academic and management positions at Griffith University and Central Queensland University, Australia. His research interests include networked control systems, multi-agent systems, time-delay systems, smart grids, unmanned surface vehicles, and neural networks.
Professor Han was awarded The 2021 Norbert Wiener Award (the Highest Award in systems science and engineering, and cybernetics) and The 2021 M. A. Sargent Medal (the Highest Award of the Electrical College Board of Engineers Australia). He was the recipient of The 2021 IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica Norbert Wiener Review Award, The 2020 IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) Society Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award, The 2020 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics Outstanding Paper Award, and The 2019 IEEE SMC Society Andrew P. Sage Best Transactions Paper Award.
Professor Han is a Member of the Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe). He is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of The International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), and a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust). He is a Highly Cited Researcher in both Engineering and Computer Science (Clarivate Analytics). He has served as an AdCom Member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES), a Member of IEEE IES Fellows Committee, and Chair of IEEE IES Technical Committee on Networked Control Systems. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IEEE/CAA JOURNAL OF AUTOMATICA SINICA, and Co-Editor of Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.



Prof. Anouck Girard

University of Michigan, USA

 Anouck Girard received the Ph.D. degree in ocean engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 2002. She has been with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, since 2006, where she is currently a Professor of Robotics and Aerospace Engineering.
She has co-authored the book Fundamentals of Aerospace Navigation and Guidance (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her current research interests include vehicle dynamics and control, as well as decision systems. Dr. Girard was a recipient of the Silver Shaft Teaching Award from the University of Michigan and a Best Student Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Dynamic Systems and Simulation Laboratory at the Technical University of Crete in 2022. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Using Machine Learning in Safety-Critical Applications: Setting a Research Agenda.