Keynote Talk for IEEE SOLI 2022


1. Prof. Gregory D. Durgin, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Topic The State of CRFID and Our Activities
Biography Gregory D. Durgin (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1996, 1998, and 2000, respectively. He joined the faculty of Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Fall 2003, where he serves as a Professor. In 2001, he was awarded the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship and spent one year as a Visiting Researcher with the Morinaga Laboratory, Osaka University. He is a winner of the NSF CAREER Award as well as numerous teaching awards, including the Class of 1940 Howard Ector Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award at Georgia Tech in 2007. He has served on the editorial staff for IEEE RFID Virtual Journal, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification. His educational channel #profdurgin on YouTube instructs viewers on engineering electromagnetics and RFID-related topics, having drawn over 10 000 subscribers and nearly 1 million views. He is a frequent consultant to industry, advising numerous multinational corporations on wireless technology.


2. Prof. Zhi Ning, NUS, Singapore
Topic Metantennas for UHF RFID Readers
Biography Zhi Ning Chen (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.Eng., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Institute of Communications Engineering (ICE), Nanjing, China, in 1985, 1988, and 1993, respectively, and the second Ph.D. degree from the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan, in 2003.,From 1988 to 1995, he was with ICE as a Lecturer and later a Professor, and with Southeast University, Nanjing, China, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and later an Associate Professor. From 1995 to 1997, he was with the City University of Hong Kong (HK), Hong Kong, as a Research Assistant and later a Research Fellow. From 1997 to 1999, he conducted his research with the University of Tsukuba, with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship Award. In 2001 and 2004, he visited the University of Tsukuba twice under the JSPS Fellowship Program (senior level). In 2004, he joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown, NY, USA, as an Academic Visitor. In 2013, he visited “Laboratoire des SignauxetSystèmes,” UMR8506 CNRS-Supelec-University Paris Sud, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, as a Senior DIGITEO Guest Scientist. In 2015, he visited the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, as a Senior Visiting Professor. From 1999 to 2016, he was with the Institute for Infocomm Research (formerly Centre for Wireless Communications, National University of Singapore), Singapore, as a Principal Scientist, the Department Head and Manager, and a Technical Advisor. In 2012, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, as a Tenured Full Professor. He holds the appointments of Program Director (Industry) and the founding Depute Director of Advanced Research and Technology Innovation Center. He holds and held the concurrent guest professorships with Southeast University as a Changjiang Chair Professor; Nanjing University, Nanjing; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China; Tongji University, Shanghai; University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China; Fudan University, Shanghai; Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China; Chiba University, Chiba, China; National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China; Shanghai University, Shanghai, China; Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing; Yunnan University, Kunming, China; Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing; Nanyang Technologies University, Singapore; University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K.; and City University of Hong Kong. He currently serves as a member of the State Key Laboratory of Millimeter-Waves, Southeast University and the State Key Laboratory of Tera-Hertz and Millimeter-Waves, City University of Hong Kong. He has authored or coauthored 680+ academic papers and six books entitled Broadband Planar Antennas (Wiley, 2005), UWB Wireless Communication (Wiley, 2006), Antennas for Portable Devices (Wiley, 2007), Antennas for Base Stations in Wireless Communications (McGraw-Hill, 2009), Handbook of Antenna Technologies with 76 chapters (Springer References, 2016 as Editor-in-Chief), and Substrate-Integrated Millimeter-Wave Antennas for Next-Generation Communications and Radars (Wiley and IEEE Press Series on Electromagnetic Wave Theory, 2021). He has also contributed the Chapters to the books entitled Developments in Antenna Analysis and Design (IET, 2018), UWB Antennas and Propagation for Communications, Radar, and Imaging (Wiley, 2006), Antenna Engineering Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2007), Microstrip and Printed Antennas (Wiley, 2010), and Electromagnetics of Body Area Networks (Wiley, 2016). He holds 35 granted and filed patents and completed 43+ technology licensed deals with industry. He is pioneering in developing small and wideband and ultrawideband antennas, wearable and implanted medical antennas, package antennas, near-field antennas and coils, 3-D integrated LTCC arrays, microwave lens antennas, microwave metamaterial-metasurface antennas for communications, sensing, and imaging systems. His current research interests include the translational research of electromagnetic (EM) metamaterials and the applications of characteristic mode analysis (CMA) and prior-knowledge-guided machine learning to antenna engineering.,Dr. Chen has provided 12 local and overseas companies with technical consultancy service as a Technical Advisor, a Guest Professor, and a Chief Scientist. He is the Founding General Chair of Marina Forum (Mar-For) in 2021, International Workshop on Antenna Technology (iWAT) in 2005, International Symposium on InfoComm and Mechatronics Technology in Biomedical and Healthcare Application (IS 3T-in-3A) in 2010, International Microwave Forum (IMWF) in 2010, and Asia–Pacific Conference on Antennas and Propagation (APCAP) in 2012. Also, he has served as the reviewers for local and overseas research organizations, including Canada, Chile, China mainland, HK SAR, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, and U.K. He has also been involved in multiple international events as the General Chair and the Chair and also a member of program committees and advisory committees. He is the General Chair of the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (the first version out of North America). He has been invited to deliver 190+ keynote, plenary, and invited speeches at international academic and industry events. He was a recipient of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS) John Kraus Antenna Award in 2021 and International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation Best Paper Award in 2010, the CST University Publication awards in 2008 and 2015, ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award in 2013, Institution of Engineers Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards in 2006 and 2013 (two awards) and 2014, I2R Quarterly Best Paper Award in 2004, IEEE iWAT Best Poster Award in 2005, several technology achievement awards from China from 1990 to 1997, and more than 28 academic awards by his students. He was elevated the fellow of Academy of Engineering, Singapore, in 2019; the fellow of the IEEE for the contribution to small and broadband antennas for wireless applications in 2007, and a fellow and Vice President of Asia–Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association. He currently serves as a member for IEEE Future Networks Initiative Technology Focus Editorial Board. He has been serving as a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Council on RFID since 2016 and as a founding Vice President from 2015 to 2020. He served for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation as an Associate Editor and IEEE APS as a Distinguished Lecturer and a member of Fellow Committee and New Direction Committee. He served as the Chair for IEEE Singapore MTT/AP Chapter in 2008 and the Founding Chair of IEEE Singapore RFID Chapter from 2016 to 2017.


3. Dr. Javier Ibanez Guzman, Technical Lead Research & Advanced Engineering, Renault, Paris, France
Topic Connected Autonomous Vehicles
Biography Javier Ibanez-Guzman (Member, IEEE) received the M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, as a Fulbright Scholar, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Reading on a SERC fellowship. In 2011, he was a Visiting Scholar with the University of California, Berkeley. He is member of the technical staff at Renault S.A., working on intelligent vehicle technologies. Formerly, he was a Senior Scientist with a SimTech, Singapore, where he spearheaded work on autonomous ground vehicles. He is a C.Eng., U.K., and a fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology, U.K.


4. Prof. Kazuya Takeda, Nagoya University, Japan
Topic Can AI Technology Mitigate The risk of AI?
Biography Kazuya Takeda (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.E.E., M.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.,Since 1985, he has been with the Advanced Telecommunication Research Laboratories and the KDD Research and Development Laboratories, Japan. In 1995, he started a research group for signal processing applications at Nagoya University. He is currently a Professor with the Institutes of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University. His research interests include investigating driving behavior using data centric approaches and utilizing signal corpora of real driving behavior. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE ITS Society.


5. Prof. Luca Catarinucci, University of Salento, Lecce – Italy
Topic Toward fully 3D-Printed RFID Sensor Tags
Biography Luca Catarinucci (Senior Member, IEEE) is an Associate Professor of Electromagnetic Fields with the Department of Innovation Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy, where he teaches Microwaves and Electromagnetic Solutions for Hi-Tech. Besides various activities in the classical areas of Electromagnetics, in 2005, he begun a new research trend referred to radiofrequency identification systems (RFID), dealing with reader and tag antenna design, realization of microwave circuits for the integration of UHF RFID systems with sensor networks, design of automatic platforms for the over-the-air performance evaluation of RFID tags, prototyping of fully passive RFID tags provided with computational and sensing capabilities, study of new antennas for handheld RFID readers, joint use of 3D-printed electronics and RFID, and the introduction of Doppler-based RFID-inspired backscattering modulation. He authored more than 200 scientific works of which 83 on indexed international journals, four chapters of international books, and dozens of proceedings of international conferences. Moreover, he holds two national patents about RFID technology.,Dr. Catarinucci serves as an Associate Editor for various international journals, including IEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification and is/has been in the organization committee of prestigious international conferences, including EuMW 2014, MMS 2015, IEEE RFID-TA, IEEE RFID, and SpliTech, in the framework of which he is the General Chair of the Annual International Symposium on Advances in RFID Technologies and Electromagnetics for IoT. He is currently the Vice President of Technical Activities at the IEEE Council of RFID.