Valérie Renaudin

Valérie Renaudin is a Professor at Gustave Eiffel University, France. She obtained an MSc degree in Geomatics Eng. in 1999, and a PhD in Computer, Communication, and Information Sciences at EPFL in 2009. She was Technical Director of the Swissat company in Switzerland, where she developed real-time positioning solutions based on a permanent global network of satellite navigation systems (GNSS), and Senior Research Associate at the University of Calgary, Canada. She currently heads the Geopositioning Laboratory (GEOLOC) at the Gustave Eiffel University in France, where she has built a team specializing in the positioning and navigation of travellers. Her research focuses on indoor/outdoor navigation methods and systems using GNSS, as well as inertial and magnetic data, especially for pedestrians to improve sustainable personal mobility. She founded the nav4you company in 2021 developing location-based services for the safety of firefighters in intervention, defence and underground activities. She is the Editor in Chief of the new open access IEEE journal of Indoor and Seamless Positioning and Navigation (J-ISPIN) that she launched in 2022. She is also a member of the steering committee of the international conference “Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation”. Valérie Renaudin has received several awards including a Marie Curie European grant for the smartWALK project.

Giorgio Metta

Giorgio Metta is the Scientific Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). He holds a MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002, Giorgio was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and from 2012 to 2019 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK). He was member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research. Giorgio Metta served as Vice Scientific Director of IIT from 2016 to 2019. He coordinated IIT’s participation into two of the Ministry of Economic Development Competence Centers for Industry 4.0 (ARTES4.0, START4.0). He was one of the three Italian representatives at the 2018 G7 forum on Artificial Intelligence and, more recently, one of the authors of the Italian Strategic Agenda on AI. Giorgio coordinated the development of the iCub robot for more than a decade making it de facto the reference platform for research in embodied AI. Currently, there are more than 40 robots reaching laboratories as far as Japan, China, Singapore, Germany, Spain, UK and the United States. Giorgio Metta research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of more than 300 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international research as well as industrial projects.

Navakanta Bhat

Navakanta Bhat received his B.E. in Electronics and Communication from SJCE, University of Mysore in 1989, M.Tech. in Microelectronics from I.I.T. Bombay in 1992 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 1996. Then he worked at Motorola’s Networking and Computing Systems Group under Advanced Products R&D Lab (APRDL) in Austin, TX until 1999. At Motorola he worked on logic technology development and he was responsible for developing high performance transistor design and dual gate oxide technology for PowerPC microprocessors. He joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1999 where he is currently the Dean of Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences and Professor at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE). His current research is focused on Nanoelectronics device technology, Biosensors for point of care diagnostics and Gas sensors for pollution monitoring. He has 300 research publications in international journals and conferences and 32 patents of which 12 are granted in the US. He was instrumental in creating the National Nanofabrication Centre (NNfC) at IISc, Bangalore, benchmarked against the best university facilities in the world. He has served as the Chair of NNfC administration committee (2010 – 2015) and Chair of CeNSE (2016-2020).

He is an elected Fellow of IEEE, INAE, INSA, and NASI. He has received the Young Engineer Award (2003) from the Indian National Academy of Engineering, Swarnajayanti fellowship (2005) from the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Prof. Satish Dhavan award (2005) from the Govt. of Karnataka. He is also the recipient of IBM Faculty award 2007 and Outstanding Research Investigator award (2010) from DAE. For his translational research work, he has received Dr. Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship (2018), Prof. Rustum Choksi award for Excellence in Engineering Research (2017), Nina Saxena Technology Excellence award (2018), NASI Reliance Industries Platinum Jubilee award (2018) and BIRAC Innovator award (2018), Distinguished Alumnus award IIT Bombay (2022). He has also received the prestigious Infosys Prize (2018) for his contributions in Engineering and Computer Science category.

Since 2016, he has been member of the Board of Governors IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS). At present he is also the Vice President Educational Activities, IEEE EDS. He was the Chair of IEEE EDS Nanotechnology technical committee (2017-2019). He was the Editor of IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, (2013-2015), and the chief-editor of the IEEE TED special issue on “2D Materials for Electronic, Optoelectronic and Sensors”. He is also a member of committee for Semiconductors, of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). He was the founding chair of the IEEE Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits society, Bangalore chapter which was recognized as the Outstanding Chapter of the Year by the IEEE SSC society (2003) and IEEE EDS society (2005). He was the technical program chair for the International Conference on VLSI design and Embedded Systems (2007) and co-General chair of the International conference on Emerging Electronics (2012). He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Devices Society.

He was the Chair of the Human Resource Development and Infrastructure committee of the National Program on Micro and Smart Systems. He was the member of the committee set up by the Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt. of India to recommend strategies to develop semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem in India. He is currently the Chair of Vision Group on Nano Technology (VGNT) of Government of Karnataka.

He is the founder and promoter of a startup company, PathShodh Healthcare Pvt Ltd ( Based on his group’s research in biosensors, PathShodh has developed the first of its kind multi-analyte point-of-care diagnostic device for multiple chronic diseases including diabetes and its complications, anemia and malnutrition, kidney and liver diseases and COVID-19 antibodies. For this technology, PathShodh has received multiple recognitions : Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Industrial Innovation Award 2017, for the most promising start-up and CII Grand Jury Award for Innovation, 2017; Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Healthcare Excellence award, 2017 for the best start-up of the year; Design Impact award for Social change by Titan.

Cian O’Mathuna

Prof Cian Ó Mathúna has more than 30 years experience in applied research and technology transfer to Irish and International industry. His research and publications have focused on the convergence of microelectronics and microsystems, whereby CMOS provides an intelligent platform for the miniaturisation and functional integration of non-standard functions such as, sensors, actuators, power and cooling. Cian is Head of MicroNano Systems Centre at Tyndall and former Head of Strategic Programmes, which is focused on developing a fundamental understanding of how to interface microelectronics with the built and the natural environment to improve the sustainability of our natural resources and the quality of our environment, through monitoring and control and the human body to enhance our health and well-being through diagnostics and therapeutics.
Cian has been a co-founding member of national industry-academic research clusters in the areas of surface mount technology (Smart Group Ireland), Wireless Sensor Networks (WiSEN) and Power Electronics (PEIG). In 2010 he was an Irish Government appointee on the National Innovation Task Force Implementation Group. He is a research professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Cork. In 2008, he founded the International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (PwRSoC) which is now the IEEE flagship conference in this space. In January 2013, he was named as IEEE Fellow in the field of Power Electronics. In October 2014, he became Deputy Director of the funded SFI CONNECT Centre for future networks and communications, with responsibility for the Responsive Things research strand

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