Ad Hoc Industry Perspective Committee
Stefano Galli received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rome (Italy). He currently is a Lead Scientist in the New Jersey Research Center of Futurewei Technologies. Previously, he has served as Director in ASSIA and Panasonic, and as Senior Scientist in Bellcore (now Ericsson). He currently Chairs the ITU-T Q15/15 “Communications for Smart Grid” standardization group. He is co-inventor of 27 issued/pending patents, co-author of 110+ papers, co-author of one book and five book chapters, and co-recipient of three IEEE best paper awards including the 2013 IEEE Donald G. Fink Best Paper Award. He is currently serving as the IEEE Fellow Committee Chair and the IEEE Communications Society Vice-President for Industry and Standards. He has also served as the first Chair and Founder of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Powerline Communications.
Jay Giri is an Independent Consultant with GGM Consulting - a sole proprietorship. Former Director of GE Grid Software Solutions and affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. In 1978, Jay and 11 other engineers co-founded ESCA in Bellevue, WA. Over time, ESCA became Alstom Grid and eventually GE Grid Solutions in 2015. Jay created the software for the ESCA automatic generation control (AGC) and dispatcher training simulator (DTS). Today this AGC controls over 50% of North American generation and in many other countries, and the DTS is one of the predominant simulators used worldwide. B.Tech – IIT Madras (Siemens gold medalist). PhD – Clarkson University, NY. IEEE Fellow 2002. IEEE Power & Energy Society Governing Board 2011-2016. Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences 2015. Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2017: “for contributions to utility control center technologies to enhance grid situational awareness and reliability.”
Dr. Rajiv V. Joshi is a key technical lead at T. J. Watson research center, IBM. He received his B.Tech I.I.T (Bombay, India), M.S (M.I.T) and Dr. Eng. Sc. (Columbia University).. He received 3 Outstanding Technical Achievement (OTAs), 3 highest Corporate Patent Portfolio awards for licensing contributions, and has over 235 US patents and over 354 including international patents. He has authored and co-authored over 200 papers. He has given over 50 invited/keynote talks and given several Seminars. He is awarded prestigious IEEE Daniel Noble award for 2018 and Industrial pioneer award from IEEE CAS. He is IEEE, ISQED and World Technology Network fellow.
Gabriele Manganaro holds a Dr.Eng. and a Ph.D. degree in Electronics from the University of Catania, Italy. In 1994-95, he did research with ST Microelectronics and in 1996-97 at Texas A&M University. He worked in data converters' IC design at Texas Instruments, Engim Inc, and as Design Director at National Semiconductor. Since 2010 he has been with Analog Devices, as an Engineering Director for High-Speed Data Converters, and more recently as a Technology Director for the Communication Products Division. He served in the technical sub-committee for Data Converters of the ISSCC for 7 years. He was Associate Editor for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems - Part II and then Associate Editor, Deputy Editor-in-Chief and finally Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems - Part I. He co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, three books (notably “Advanced Data Converters”, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and has been granted 17 US patents. He was recipient of the 1999 IEEE Circuits and Systems Outstanding Young Author Award and the 2007 IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference Best Paper Award. He is an IEEE Fellow (2016), a Fellow of the IET (2009), Member of the scientific honor society Sigma Xi and was with the Board of Governors for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2016-18). He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (2019-20) and a recurring guest lecturer for professional courses in data converters design and mixed-signal design at the University of Oxford (UK).
Dalma Novak is Vice President of Engineering at Pharad, LLC located in Hanover, MD, USA, where she develops high-performance RF-over-Fiber technologies. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of optical and wireless communications and was elected to the grade of IEEE Fellow in 2007. She received the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with First Class Honors and PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987 and 1992, respectively. From 1992 – 2004 Dr. Novak was a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at The University of Melbourne, Australia. From July 2000 to January 2001 she was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UCLA, and at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. From June 2001 – December 2003 she was a Technical Section Lead at Dorsál Networks, Inc. and later at Corvis Corporation, where she led cross-disciplinary R&D teams developing WDM hardware for long-haul transmission systems. From January – June 2004 she was Professor and Chair of Telecommunications in the EEE Department at The University of Melbourne. Dr. Novak’s research interests include hybrid fiber radio systems, microwave photonics applications, high speed optical communication systems, wireless communications, and antenna technologies. She has published more than 300 papers in these and related areas, including seven book chapters. Dr. Novak was President of the IEEE Photonics Society during 2014 – 2015. She is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters as well as for IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology.
Nalini Ratha is a Research Staff Member at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. He received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, M.Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering also from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Ph. D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University. He has authored more than 100 research papers in the area of biometrics and has been co-chair of several leading biometrics conferences and served on the editorial boards of IEEE Trans. on PAMI, IEEE Trans. on SMC-B, IEEE Trans. on Image Processing and Pattern Recognition journal. He has co-authored a popular book on biometrics entitled Guide to Biometrics and also co-edited two books entitled Automatic Fingerprint Recognition Systems and Advances in Biometrics: Sensors, Algorithms and Systems. He has offered tutorials on biometrics technology at leading IEEE conferences and also teaches courses on biometrics and security. He is Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IAPR and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He has been an adjunct professor at IIIT Delhi, Cooper Union and NYU. During 2011-2012 he was the president of the IEEE Biometrics Council. At IBM, he has received several awards including a Research Division Award, Outstanding Innovation Award and Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Award along with several patent achievement awards. Recently he was designated as an IBM Master Inventor. His research interests include biometrics, pattern recognition and computer vision.