IEEE Fellow

Prof. Shahram Latifi, University of Nevada, USA

Shahram Latifi, an IEEE Fellow, received the Master of Science egree in Electrical Engineering from Fanni, Teheran University, Iran in 1980. He received the Master of Science and the PhD degrees both in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Latifi is the director of the Center for Information and Communication Technology (CICT) at UNLV. He has designed and taught graduate courses on Bio-Surveillance, Image Processing, Computer Networks, Fault Tolerant Computing, and Data Compression in the past twenty years. He has given seminars on the aforementioned topics all over the world. He has authored over 200 technical articles in the areas of image processing, biosurveillance, biometrics, document analysis, computer networks, fault tolerant computing, parallel processing, and data compression. His research has been funded by NSF, NASA, DOE, Boeing, Lockheed and Cray Inc. Dr. Latifi was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (1999-2006) and Co-founder and General Chair of the IEEE Int'l Conf. on Information Technology. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada.









IEEE Fellow

Prof. Gang Qu, University of Maryland, USA

Speech Title: Location Security and Privacy in Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

Gang Qu received his B.S. in mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he leads the Maryland Embedded Systems and Hardware Security Lab (MeshSec) and the Wireless Sensor Laboratory. His research activities are on trusted integrated circuit design, hardware security, energy efficient system design and wireless sensor networks. He has focused recently on applications in the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, and machine learning.

He has published more than 250 conference papers and journal articles on these topics. He has won the best paper awards in the 10th ACM SIGMOBILE International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom'01), 17th IEEE International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures and Processors (ASAP'06)4th IEEE Asian Hardware Oriented Security and Trust Symposium (AsianHOST’19) and 33rd IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference (SOCC’20). Dr. Qu is an enthusiastic teacher. He has taught and co-taught various security courses, including a popular MOOC on Hardware Security through Coursera. Dr. Qu has served 17 times as the general or program chair/co-chair for international conferences and workshops. He was awarded the ACM Recognition of Service Awards three times (2005, 2006, and 2019). He is currently on the editorial board of IEEE TCAD, TETC, ACM TODAES,  JCST, Integration, and HSS. Dr. Qu is a fellow of IEEE.  









IEEE Fellow

Prof. Josep Domingo Ferrer, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Speech Title: Co-utility to Achieve Correctness, Privacy and Security by Design in Decentralized Protocols

Josep Domingo-Ferrer is a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and an ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Catalonia, where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy and is the founding director of CYBERCAT-Center for Cybersecurity Research of Catalonia. He received his B.Sc.-M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1988 and 1991, respectively (Outstanding Graduation Award). He also holds a B.Sc.-M.Sc. in Mathematics. His research interests are in data privacy, data security, statistical disclosure control and cryptographic protocols, with a focus on the conciliation of privacy, security and functionality.

He has won three consecutive times (2008, 2013 and 2018) the ICREA-Acadèmia Prize, awarded for a 5-year period by the Government of Catalonia to the research leaders among faculty members in Catalan universities (13% success rate). In 2016 he was made an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Fellow of Institut d'Estudis Catalans, the Catalan national academy. He received a Google Faculty Research Award (2014, 16% success rate). He was decorated by the Government of Catalonia with the "Narcís Monturiol" Medal for merit in science and technology (2012). He was made an Elected Member of Academia Europaea and of the International Statistical Institute in 2012. He was elevated to Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 2012. Between 2007 and 2008, he was a co-recipient of four entrepreneurship prizes. In 2004, he got the TOYPS'2004 Award from the Junior Chambers of Catalonia. In 2003, he was a co-recipient of a research prize from the Association of Telecom Engineers of Catalonia. He has authored 5 patents and over 450 publications (H-index=63, Apr. 24, 2021), and since Aug. 2015 he has ranked among the world's top 1% cited computer scientists (Essential Science Indicators). He has co-ordinated the H2020 project "CLARUS", the CONSOLIDER "ARES" team on security and privacy (one of Spain's strongest research teams), the EU FP5 project CO-ORTHOGONAL, the "CO-UTILITY" project (Templeton World Charity Foundation), and several Spanish funded and U.S. funded research projects. He has chaired 21 international conferences and has served in the program committee of over 370 conferences on privacy and security. He is a co-Editor-in-Chief of "Transactions on Data Privacy", an Associate Editor of the "Journal of Official Statistics", "KAIS-Knowledge and Information Systems", and a past Associate Editor of "IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing" and "Computer Communications". He has been an Invited Professor at Beihang University (2015), National University of Ireland (2015) and Università di Roma 3 (2011); a Visiting Researcher at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2005) and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University (2004). He was a Visiting Ph.D. Student at the Siemens Central R+D Department, München (1990) and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1990).