Keynote Speakers :

Speaker One:


Professor, Electrial and Electronics Engineering Programmes
Centre of Advanced Electronic and Communication Engineering (PAKET)
Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
43600 Bangi, Selangor, MALAYSIA
Office No.: +60389216857
Mobile :+60193666192
Fax: +603-89118359
E-mail: tariqul@ukm.edu.my

Visiting Professor
Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering
Kyushu Institute of Technology
1-1 Sensui Tobata-ku Kitakyushu 804-8550 JAPAN
Office phone: +81-93-884-3597

Scopus Author ID: 55328836300
ORCID ID:orcid.org/0000-0002-4929- 3209

Title: Planar Antenna Technology for Electromagnetic Sensing Application – A Prototype view


Nowadays breast cancer is a major reason behind death for women worldwide. More than 1.8 million new breasts cancer cases are diagnosed each year worldwide due to the existence of malignant cell within the breast tissue. X-ray mammography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are generally used as diagnostic equipment for identifying breast cancers. Due to some disadvantages like cost, complexity and ionization effect in the existing imaging sensing method, an appealing and inspiring interest in the field of electromagnetic waves and antennas in medical applications with microwave systems have created in recent years. Microwave imaging (MI) through electromagnetic sensing is a promising candidate for breast tumor detection. The difference between the electrical properties is identified with the microwave electromagnetic sensor. In the microwave electromagnetic sensing imaging system, the power is radiated over an antenna sensor, and another one or pair of sensor receives the scattered power. The scattered signals are further processed to detect the unwanted malignant tissues. Present studies are seeking to extend the imaging system to understand the interactions of electromagnetic fields with living objects, in particular with the breast tissue object. In this talk, I will discuss planar antenna technology focusing on imaging sensing capabilities and present exciting new ways of capturing backscattered signal from the breast phantom to see the breast imaging property. The presentation also introduces the basic principles of metamaterial loaded planar antennas prototype development and the integration to microwave imaging system to evaluate the unwanted tumor detection in the breast tissue. In this keynote speech, we are going to cover the current state-of-the-art technologies of planar loaded antenna to collect backscattered signal and processing for immersive microwave breast imaging applications. After defining the basic requirement for imaging through metamaterial loaded patch antenna design, I will cover the array type imaging system development technique. I will also address the breast phantom development procedure with the dielectric measurement and image processing algorithm after capturing the signal from the developed imaging system.

Biography :

Dr. Mohammad Tariqul Islam is a Professor at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and visiting Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. He is the author and co-author of about 350 research journal articles, nearly 165 conference articles, and a few book chapters on various topics related to antennas, microwaves and electromagnetic radiation analysis with 16 inventory patents filed. Thus far, his publications have been cited 3709 times and his H-index is 32 (Source: Scopus). His Google scholar citation is 10700 and H-index is 36. He is the recipients of more than 40 research grants from the Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Education, UKM research grant, international research grants from Japan and Saudi Arabia. His research interests include communication antenna design, radio astronomy antennas, satellite antennas, and electromagnetic radiation analysis. Dr. Islam currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Electronics and Informatics and Associate Editor for Electronics Letter. He received several International Gold Medal awards, a Best Invention in Telecommunication Award, a Special Award from Vietnam for his research and innovation, and Best Researcher Awards in 2010 and 2011 at UKM. He also won the best innovation award in 2011 and the Best Research Group in ICT niche in 2014 by UKM. He was the recipient of Publication Award from Malaysian Space Agency in 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 and the Best Paper Presentation Award in 2012 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, (ISAP 2012) at Nagoya, Japan and in 2015 in IconSpace. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Chartered Professional Engineer-CEng, Member of IET (UK) and member of IEICE (Japan).

Speaker Two:


Title: AC vs. DC: Resurrection of Westinghouse and Edison Debate


The debate between AC and DC power supply started at a time when development era of electronics has not dawned. So, it is quite obvious that Westinghouse and Edison debate on AC and DC in late 19th century was an uneven one and winning of AC over DC was well justified. However, the development of new electronic devices, technologies and control systems have changed the scenario significantly compared to the one that prevailed in the later part of 19th century. Today, starting from TV, computer, air conditioner and industrial motor drives, almost all the domestic, commercial and industrial systems have electronic control and basically use DC. Their performance remains unaffected when connected to a DC power supply. At this stage, it is not unjustified to question the merit of AC power system. This presentation is an attempt to resurrect the debate with justifications for such a ‘paradigm shift’.

Biography :

Prof. M. Rezwan Khan completed his B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the leading technical university in Bangladesh, in 1980. He then obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from University College London in 1982 and 1986 respectively. Prof. Khan started his career as a faculty member in the Department of EEE, BUET in 1980 and became a professor in 1996. He served BUET till 2004 and then joined United International University (UIU), Bangladesh as the Dean of School of Science and Engineering. He became the Vice Chancellor of UIU in 2005 and served the post till November 2017. He is presently a professor of EEE at United International University.

Prof. Khan has research interest in diverse fields like thin film nano-devices, power electronics, DSP, renewable energy and energy systems. He has been serving as the Chairman of the Technical Standard Committee of Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), the largest microfinance organization in Bangladesh in Renewable energy sector, since the inception of the micro financing program of Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Bangladesh. Under his technical guidance IDCOL has so far financed 3.5 million solar home systems in Bangladesh, the largest solar home system program in the world. In recognition of his contribution for popularizing SHS in Bangladesh, he received the Prime Minister’s Award in 2005. United International University organizes the International Conference on the Developments in Renewable Energy (ICDRET) on a bi-yearly basis and Prof. Khan is its Organizing Chair. He received the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Gold Medal in 2005 for his outstanding contribution in the field of science and technology in Bangladesh. Prof. Khan is a Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. He has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE-IAS for the year 2017-18.

Throughout his academic career, Prof. Khan had been vigorously involved in research and development. He is a great proponent of DC systems and has presented a number of talks in different national and international forums on this topic.

Speaker Three:


Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
[former Dept. of Applied Physics, Electronics & Communication Engineering]
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Dept. of Media Intelligent
Osaka University, Japan.

website : http://aa.binbd.com

Title: Human Activity Recognition & Future Challenges


Vision-based human activity recognition and analysis are very important research areas in computer vision and Human Robot/Machine/Computer Interaction. Over a decade, a good number of methodologies have been proposed in the literature to decipher various challenges regarding action and activity. However, due to various complex dimensions, a number of challenges still remain unexplored. In this keynote speech, various important aspects of human activity recognition and analysis will be covered. The keynote speech will emphasis on interesting and challenging research aspects to explore in future.

Core Reference:

Md. Atiqur Rahman Ahad, “Motion History Images for Action Recognition and Understanding”, available in Springer, ISBN: 978-1-4471-4730-5, 2012.

Md. Atiqur Rahman Ahad, “Computer Vision and Action Recognition: A Guide for Image Processing and Computer Vision Community for Action Understanding”, available in Springer, ISBN: 978-94-91216-20-6, 2011.

Biography :

Md Atiqur Rahman Ahad, Senior Member, IEEE, is a Professor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Dhaka (DU). He is currently working as specially appointed Associate Professor at Osaka University, Japan. He works on computer vision, imaging, IoT, healthcare, etc. He did B.Sc.(honors) [1st class 1st position] & Masters [1st class 2nd position] from the Dept. of Applied Physics & Electronics, DU; Masters from the School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of New South Wales; and PhD from the Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology [KIT]. He was awarded prestigious UGC Gold Medal 2016 (handed by Honorable President of Bangladesh), JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a no. of awards/scholarships. He was a Visiting Researcher at KIT. He published two books as single author (available in Springer) & a few book chapters. He has published 110+ journals and conference papers. He has received 10+ international awards in various conference/journal/society. Ahad was invited as keynote/invited speakers 50+ times in different conferences/universities. He has established several international MOU/collaborations (e.g., Clemson University, University of Hyogo, RCCIIT, Fukuoka Women University, Kyushu University, etc.).

He has been involved with some academic & editorial activities: e.g., Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports, Nature; Associate Editor, Frontiers in ICT; Editorial Board Member, Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, Springer; Assoc. Technical Editor (former), IEEE ComSoc Magazine; Editor-in-Chief: Int. J. of Computer Vision & Signal Processing http://cennser.org/IJCVSP, Int. J. of Electronics & Informatics http://cennser.org/IJEI, Int. J. of Environment http://benjapan.org/IJE; General Chair, 2019 8th Int. Conf. on Informatics, Electronics & Vision, Japan; 3rd Int. Conf. on Imaging, Vision & Pattern Recognition http://cennser.org/ICIEV; Publication Chair, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2018) http://www.smc2018.org/; Vice Publication Co-chair and Vice Award Chair, Joint 17th World Congress of International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA) and 9th Int. Conf. on Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems; General Chair, 7th Intl. Symposium in Computational Medical and Health Technology; and several other international conferences. He served as Guest Editor in Pattern Recognition Letters, Elsevier; Journal of Multimedia User Interface, Springer; Journal of Healthcare Engineering, Hindawi; International Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control. Ahad is a Member of OSA, ACM, IEEE Computer Society, IAPR, IEEE RAS, IEEE SMC, etc. He is the founder Secretary of IEEE Computer Society Bangladesh Chapter, and Bangladesh Association of Pattern Recognition, EC member of Bangladesh Electronics Society (BES). He volunteers some societies in Bangladesh (e.g., Executive Committee member of BAPA, the largest environmental group) and Japan. More: http://aa.binbd.com


Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE)
Dhaka University of Engineering & Technology (DUET), Gazipur

Technical Co-Sponsor