Plenary Speakers
Sir Prof. John O'Reilly Sir John O'Reilly FREng Director General Knowledge & Innovation
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, UK
London SW1H 0ET, UK

Sir John O'Reilly is Director General, Knowledge & Innovation in the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. A Chartered Engineer and Honorary Fellow IET, he is also a Fellow and former member of Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an International Fellow of Académie Hassan II des Sciences et Techniques and of Academia das Ciencias de Lisbon. He holds honorary doctorates/Fellowships from Essex, Bangor and UCL. Author/co-author of some 350+ research papers and three books, he received the J J Thomson Medal of the IEE for 'distinguished contributions to electronic engineering'. He was awarded a knighthood for contributions to science in 2007. Previous appointments have included Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Chair of Telecommunications at University College London. He is Chairman of NICC (Standards) Ltd., a cross-industry body charged with ensuring communication network and service interoperability in the UK.

Talk title: From POTS and PANS to DANs - Efficacy and Efficiency in Telecommunications

Prof. Ahmed Al-Shamma'a, BEST, UK Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma'a Associate Dean of Research - Faculty of Technology and Environment
Director of BEST Research Institute
Liverpool John Moores University
Faculty of Technology and Environment
Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
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Ahmed's extensive research area covers a wide range of applied industrial science including advanced technologies for renewable energies from waste including biodiesel, bioethanol and biobutanol, waste recycling, environmental and sustainable agendas, wireless sensors for the construction, healthcare, automotive and aerospace industries, Material processing, Bespoke software solution to real time monitoring and Near zero carbon initiatives for the energy sectors. Ahmed is one of the EU scientific officers on Renewable Energies and has obtained various supported applied research projects funded nationally and internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defense, Carbon Trust, Technology Strategy Board and direct funding from industry with portfolio of various Knowledge Transfer programs between academia and Industry. Ahmed has been an external examiner to various UK and overseas Universities for undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. He has published over 300 peer reviewed scientific publications, 15 patents, 6 book chapters, book editor, successfully supervised 26 PhD students and in the last 5 years he has coordinated over 15 research projects with an income generation of over £8M.

Talk title: Electromagnetic Waves for Non-Invasive Sensing and Converting Waste Into Biofuels


The conference programme will also feature a number of speakers and contributors from China, including the following plenary speakers:

Prof. Yu Hu, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. Professor Yu Hu Institute of Computing Technology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences,
P.O.Box 2704, Beijing 100190, China

Yu Hu received her B.S., M.S. and Ph. D. degrees all in electrical engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in 1997, 1999, and 2003, respectively. Currently, she is a professor at the State Key Laboratory of Computer Architecture, Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research interests generally include architectural-level and circuit-level reliable design and fault diagnosis techniques. Dr. Hu has published over 70 refereed/peer-reviewed research papers and led over 10 research projects supported by Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission, and industries. She has served on the Technical Program Committee of a number of international conferences, including IPDPS, PACT, ASPDAC, ATS, WRTLT and FPT. Dr. Hu received a number of awards including the Zhu Liyuehua Outstanding Teacher Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013, the Lu Jia-Xi Young Talent Award from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009, Wangxuan Award for Innovation from China Computer Federation in 2008, and the Outstanding Faculty Research Award from ICT in 2008 and 2007.

Talk title: Mitigation of Single Event Upsets in SRAM-based FPGAs

Prof. Qun Liu, Dublin & China Professor Qun Liu Theme Leader, CNGL Centre for Intelligent Information Processing,
School of Computing, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.
Leader of NLP Research Group, CAS Key Lab of Intelligent Information Processing,
Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China.

Qun Joined Dublin City University in July 2012. Before that he had been working for 20 years and at present he is still an adjunct professor at Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Qun Liu&apo;s research interests include Machine Translation, Human Language Technology and Chinese Language Processing. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed research publications which get more than 4000 citations according to Google Scholar. He led the development of ICTCLAS which is one of the most broadly used open source Chinese word segmentation systems. He had undertaken several Chinese national scientific funding awards worth more than 2 million Euro overall as a PI or co-PI after 2005. Since he joined CNGL/DCU he has been acting as the Leader of Translation & Localization Theme and Creation & Curation Theme in the SFI CNGL II project. At the same time he has participated EU FP7 project EXPERT and QTLaunchPad. He has supervised or co-supervised 18 Master students and 13 PhD students to completion of their degrees.

Talk Title: Source Syntax based Machine Translation

Industry Plenary Speakers

The conference will also include an "Industry Plenary Session/Panel" featuring the following speakers:

David Moloney, Movidius Dr. David Moloney Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Movidius Ltd
Design Centre
Dublin, Ireland

David has worked for over 20 years in the semiconductor industry since qualifying with a BEng from DCU in 1985. He has a wealth of international experience having worked for Infineon (Siemens Semiconductor Division) in Munich for 5 years and SGS- Thomson Microelectronics (STM) in Milan for 4 years respectively.In 1994 he returned from STM to lead the engineering team for the first product development at Parthus Technologies where he was a key member of the management team and where he spearheaded the development of the Parthus Bluetooth technology.David left Parthus in 2003 to work towards his PhD in Trinity College Dublin and as an independent consultant for Frontier Silicon and Dublin City University. He received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2010 for his research into high performance computer architectures. David is inventor/co-inventor of 17 issued US patents, with additional patents pending and is the author of 10 conference and 8 journal papers.

Talk Title: Enabling Always-on Computer Vision in Wearable and Mobile Platforms

Brendan Farley - Xilinx Inc. Brendan Farley - Xilinx Inc. Senior Director, Analog Mixed Signal
Xilinx Inc.

Brendan Farley is a Senior Director of Engineering at US multinational technology corporation Xilinx Inc. where he is responsible for Analog Mixed Signal Research and Development. Brendan previously held various R&D management roles at former Philips Research subsidiary, S3 Group, in the area of SOC development and high performance mixed signal IP licensing. He directed HDMI transceiver development in the high technology start-up, Redmere Technology and was Chief Technology Officer at automation company, Cylon Controls. He is a regular contributor at industry conferences, most recently as a discussion panelist at the DATE 2013 Conference, as a presenter at the 5th Design for 3D Silicon Integration Workshop in Grenoble and as a co-author at ISSCC 2014. Brendan is a member of the Board of Microelectronics Competence Centre Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from NUI Galway.

Talk Title: 3D Heterogeneous Integration for Next Generation Systems.

Pat O'Connor - Microsoft. Pat O'Connor - Microsoft Corporation Pat O'Connor
Microsoft Corporation
Partner, Director of Engineering, Silicon Development

Patrick O'Connor is a Senior Director of Engineering at Microsoft, responsible for hardware and software development of sensors and custom silicon in Microsoft's Natural User Interface platforms, such as Kinect. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. O'Connor was VP of Engineering at Canesta Inc., a pioneer in the area of Time Of Flight 3D Image Sensors and held previous engineering positions at Parthus Technologies, Aureal Semiconductor, Rockwell International and Analog Devices. His ongoing interests include hardware architectures and specifications for perceptive human-machine user interfaces and development methodologies for highly integrated mixed signal ASICs.

Patrick holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a H.Dip. EE from DIT.

Talk Title: Developing a 3D Time of Flight Sensor for the XBOX One Kinect Camera to Deliver a 'True Next Generation' Natural User Interface.