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Thomas Kailath
Hitachi America Professor Of Engineering, Emeritus

Title: The process of making breakthroughs in Engineering


Thomas Kailath received the B.E. (Telecom) degree from the College of Engineering, Pune, in India, and S.M. (1959) and Sc.D. (1961) degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then worked at the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena, CA, before joining Stanford University as Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1963. He was promoted to Professor in 1968, and was appointed the first holder of the Hitachi America Professorship in 1988. He assumed emeritus status in 2001, but remains active with his research and writing activities.

Kailath’s research and teaching at Stanford have ranged over several fields of engineering and mathematics, with a different focus roughly every decade: information theory, communications, linear systems, estimation and control, signal processing, semiconductor manufacturing, probability and statistics, and matrix and operator theory. He has mentored an outstanding array of over a hundred doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. Their joint efforts have led to over 300 journal papers, several of which have received outstanding paper prizes; they have also led to a dozen patents, to several books and monographs, including the major textbooks Linear Systems(1980) and Linear Estimation(2000), and to the formation of several high-technology companies.

Kailath is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the IEEE Medal of Honor in 2007 for exceptional contributions to the development of powerful algorithms for communications, control, computing and signal processing. Among major honors are the Shannon Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society; the IEEE Education Medal and the IEEE Signal Processing Medal; the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian award of the Government of India; the BBVA Foundation Prize for information and communication technologies; Guggenheim, Churchill and Humboldt Fellowships; honorary degrees from universities in Sweden, Scotland, Spain, France, India and Israel; membership of  the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and foreign membership of the Royal Society  of London, the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering, and all  the science and engineering academies in India.

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Bernice T. Anderson, Ed.D.
Executive Secretary, Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) Office of International and Integrative Activities National Science Foundation, USA

Title: "Funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation for International Collaboration”


Dr. Bernice Anderson is the Executive Secretary of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering in the Office of International and Integrative Activities of the National Science Foundation in the U.S.A. In the past, she served as Program Director and as Senior Advisor for Evaluation, in the Division of Research, Evaluation and Communication of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. She has provided direction and oversight for monitoring, evaluation and research studies of K-12 rural, statewide and urban systemic reform; and has managed projects focusing on diversity/equity issues. She co-authored a number of books and reports, including: Breaking the Barriers: Helping Female and Minority Students Succeed in Mathematics and Science; Gender; Evaluation of NSF’s Statewide Systemic Initiatives; and Ethnic Differences in Science Achievement and Women of color in mathematics, science & engineering. She has earned a B.S. in Early and Elementary Education from Norfolk State University (1974), an M.S. in Early and Middle Childhood Education from Ohio State University (1976) and an Ed.D. in Science and Humanities Education from Rutgers University (1984).

Dr. Borko Furht

Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Florida Atlantic University


Borko Furht is a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. He is also Director of the NSF-sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Advanced Knowledge Enablement. Before joining FAU, he was a vice president of research and a senior director of development at Modcomp (Ft. Lauderdale), a computer company of Daimler Benz,Germany, a professor at University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and a senior researcher in the Institute Boris Kidric-Vinca, Yugoslavia.

Professor Furht received Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Belgrade. His current research is in multimedia systems, video coding and compression, 3D video and image systems, wireless multimedia, and Internet, cloud computing, and social networks. He is presently Principal Investigator and Co-PI of several multiyear, multimillion dollar projects.. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the areas of multimedia, computer architecture, real-time computing, and operating systems. He is a founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multimedia Tools and Applications (Springer) and he recently co-founded Journal of Big Data (Springer). He has received several technical and publishing awards, and has consulted for many high-tech companies including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, General Electric, JPL, NASA, Honeywell, and RCA. He has also served as a consultant to various colleges and universities. He has given many invited talks, keynote lectures, seminars, and tutorials. He served as Chairman and Director on the Board of Directors of several high-tech companies and as an expert witness for Cisco, Qualcomm, Adobe, and Bell Canada.