School Scientific Board

Sandro Carrara

Sandro Carrara

École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne

Email: [email protected].ch

Sandro Carrara is an IEEE Fellow for his outstanding record of accomplishments in the field of design of nanoscale biological CMOS sensors. He is a faculty member (MER) at the EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland). He is former professor of optical and electrical biosensors at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Biophysics (DIBE) of the University of Genoa (Italy) and former professor of nanobiotechnology at the University of Bologna (Italy). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics from University of Padua (Italy), a Master degree in Physics from University of Genoa (Italy), and a diploma in Electronics from National Institute of Technology in Albenga (Italy). His scientific interests are on electrical phenomena of nano-bio-structured films, and include CMOS design of biochips based on proteins and DNA. Along his carrier, he published 7 books, one as author with Springer on Bio/CMOS interfaces and, more recently, a Handbook of Bioelectronics with Cambridge University Press. He also published more than 200 scientific papers and is author of 12 patents. He is now Editor-in-Chief (Associate) of the IEEE Sensors Journal; he is also founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioNanoScience by Springer, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is a member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is member at large of the IEEE Sensors Council. He has been appointed as CASS Distinguished Lecturer for the years 2013-2014.

His work received several international recognitions: several Top-25 Hottest-Articles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, and two times in 2012) published in highly ranked international journals such as Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Sensors and Actuators B, IEEE Sensors journal, and Thin Solid Films; a NATO Advanced Research Award in 1996 for the original contribution to the physics of single-electron conductivity in nano-particles; three Best Paper Awards at the IEEE PRIME Conference in 2015 (Glasgow), in 2010 (Berlin), and in 2009 (Cork), a Best Poster Award at the Nanotera workshop in 2011 (Bern), and a Best Poster Award at the NanoEurope Symposium in 2009 (Rapperswil). He also received the Best Referees Award from the journal Biosensor and Bioelectronics in 2006. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of an international committee at the ELETTRA Synchrotron in Trieste. From 2000 to 2003, he was scientific leader of a National Research Program (PNR) in the filed of Nanobiotechnology. He was an internationally esteemed expert of the evaluation panel of the Academy of Finland in a research program for the years 2010-2013. He has been the General Chairman of the Conference IEEE BioCAS 2014, the premier worldwide international conference in the area of circuits and systems for biomedical applications.

Hulya Kirkici

Hulya Kirkici

Auburn University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Email : [email protected]

Hulya Kirkici is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Auburn University, where she teaches and conducts research. She received the B.S. and M.S. in physics from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey; and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU – Poly), Brooklyn, NY in 1990. She was a visiting scientist/engineer at NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (1999-2000), and a visiting scholar / consultant at the Air Force Research Laboratory - Wright Patterson Air Force Base, during Fall 2014.

Hulya Kirkici’s research interests are in electrical insulation and high-frequency dielectric breakdown in space and aerospace environments, cold plasmas, repetitive pulsed power, and high voltage engineering. She has published numerous journal and conference papers and given invited talks in these related topics over the years (in USA, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and China). Hulya Kirkici is a Senior Member of IEEE, and members of American Physical Society (APS), Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Hulya Kirkici is a recipient of the IEEE William G. Dunbar Award “for continuing contribution to high-voltage and high frequency insulation research and engineering education,” presented at the 2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference, in June 2014; and a recipient of the IEEE Sol Schneider Award “for continuing technical and administrative leadership in the power modulator and high voltage communities,” from IEEE-IPMHVC in 2010. Hulya Kirkici was the Invited Plenary speaker at the Chinese Pulse Power Summer School in Mianyang, China (August 2014) and was the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer at the 2011 IEEE Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) meeting in Beijing, and delivered a talk titled “Novel Dielectrics and Advanced Electrical Insulation Technology.”

Ravinder Dahiya


University of Glasgow

School of Engineering

Email: [email protected]

Ravinder Dahiya is Reader and EPSRC Research Fellow in Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering Research Division. He is leading the Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group. He received B.Tech (Electrical) from Kurukshetra University (India), M.Tech. (Electrical) from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India), and Ph.D. from Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa (Italy), and University of Genoa (Italy). In past, he worked at NSIT Delhi (India), Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa (Italy), Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento (Italy), and has held visiting positions at Universiti Teknologi Mara (Malaysia), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and University of Cambridge (UK).

He is Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Sensors Council and Senior member of IEEE. Currently, he is on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Sensors Journal. He is editor of new series 'Elements of Flexible and Large-Area Electronics' by Cambridge University Press. He has been guest editor for 4 Special Journal Issues. He is member of IEEE Sensors Council AdCom (Administrative Committee) - representing IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is the founding chair of the UKRI section chapter of IEEE Sensors Council.

Ravinder Dahiya holds pretigious EPSRC Fellowship and has received Marie Curie Fellowship and Japanese Monbusho Fellowship in past. He was awarded with the University Gold Medal for securing First Class First Position in the University. He received 2 best paper awards as author and 2 second best paper awards as co-author – all in different IEEE conferences. His publications include - more than 100 research papers in Journals and peer reviewed international conferences, 4 patents, 4 books, and many book chapters.
His area of expertise include Flexible/Printable Electronics, Electronic Skin, Robotic Tactile Sensing, Micro/Nanofabrication, and Solid-State Sensor Systems.

Fabrice Labeau


McGill University

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Email: [email protected] 

Fabrice Labeau is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the holder of the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Information Infrastructure for the Power Grid.He received the Electrical Engineer degree in 1995 from Université catholique de Louvain,Belgium, and the Diplôme d'études spécialisées en Sciences Appliquées, orientationTélécommunications also from UCL in 1996. From 1996 to 2000, he was with the Communications and Remote Sensing Laboratory of UCL. From January to March 1999, he was a visiting scientist to the Signal and Image Departement (TSI) of ENST Paris. He received a Ph.D. degree in September 2000 from UCL.

He is or was a TPC member for many international conferences(such as VTC, WCNC, EUSIPCO, ...). He was Local Arrangements co-chair for ICASSP 2004, and Technical Program Committee co-chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in the Fall of 2006 and 2012, for ICIP 2015 and ICUWB 2015.He is the Finance chair for MMSP 2016, the General Co-chair for VTC 2016 Fall, and the Local arrangements chair for ISOEN 2017.

In 2008, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS). He currently is Past President and Vice-President (Membership) of VTS, and Distinguished Lecturer Program administrator. He is President-Elect of the IEEE Sensors Council, and the Chair of the IEEE Montreal Section.

Sinead O’Keeffe


University of Limerick

Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre

Email: [email protected]
Sinead O’Keeffe a graduate of the B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering and PhD at UL, Sinead O’Keeffe was recently awarded the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Sensors Council Early Career (GOLD) Award. The award was presented to Dr. O’Keeffe at the recent IEEE Sensors Conference in Taiwan. Sinead O’Keeffe, UL researcher applying sensor technology to the treatment of cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Sinead and her team at the Optical Fibre Sensors Research Centre, UL, are developing sensors which can be applied to critical organs to ensure they are not exposed to high levels of radiation. This technology will allow us to get up close to tumours to deliver treatment in a completely innovative way. A great example of Irish sensor research playing a part in the global battle against cancer.