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We’re proud to feature a list of prominent speakers who are at the forefront of their fields. These professionals are always eager to share their knowledge and inspire like-minded enthusiasts. Read more about this year’s speakers below, and contact us if you would like to learn more information.

Saifur Rahman
2023 President and CEO of IEEE


Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries. He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia.


Thomas M. Coughlin
IEEE President-Elect

        IEEE Life Fellow Thomas M. Coughlin has been elected as the 2023 IEEE president-elect. He is set to begin serving as president on 1 January 2024.

Coughlin, who was nominated by the IEEE Board of Directors, received 10,908 votes in the election. Senior Member Kathleen Kramer received 10,769 votes, Life Fellow Kazuhiro Kosuge received 8,682 votes, and Senior Member Maike Luiken received 4,365 votes.

           At press time, the results were unofficial until the IEEE Board of Directors accepts the IEEE Teller’s Committee report in November.

        Coughlin is founder and president of Coughlin Associates, in San Jose, Calif., which provides market and technology analysis as well as data storage, memory technology, and business consulting services. He has more than 40 years of experience in the data storage industry and has been a consultant for over 20 years. He has been granted six patents.

          Before starting his own company, Coughlin held senior leadership positions at Ampex, Micropolis, and SyQuest.

           He is the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which is in its second edition. He is a regular contributor on digital storage for the Forbes blog and other news outlets.



   Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a digital storage analyst and business/ technology consultant.  He has over 40 years in the data storage industry with engineering and senior management positions.  Coughlin Associates consults, publishes books and market and technology reports and puts on digital storage-oriented events.  He is a regular contributor for and M&E organization websites.  He is an IEEE Fellow, 2023 IEEE President Elect, Past-President IEEE-USA, Past Director IEEE Region 6 and Past Chair Santa Clara Valley IEEE Section, and is also active with SNIA and SMPTE. For more information on Tom Coughlin go to



Title & Abstract

Title:  Digital Storage and Memory and the Future of the IEEE

Abstract:  Tom Coughlin, President Elect of the IEEE and President of Coughlin Associates will talk about developments in data storage and memory and interconnect technology that will enable the growth of data intensive applications such as AI training and inference, big data analysis and the effective use of IoT.  These include developments in the digital storage technologies themselves as well as new storage and memory interconnects and protocols that will revolutionize computing architectures.  In addition, as IEEE President Elect, he will talk about his vision for the future of the IEEE.


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Jeff  Adie
HPC Specialist, NVDIA

          Jeff is a HPC specialist with over 30 years of experience in developing and
optimising scientific codes and architecting HPC solutions. Jeff’s primary area of
expertise is in Weather & Ocean modelling, having previously worked at the New
Zealand Oceanographic Institute (now NIWA), Toyota Motor Corporation, and on
FEA/CFD analysis for America’s cup class yachts for Team New Zealand. Prior to
joining NVIDIA, Jeff spent 16 years working at SGI on designing and deploying
several operational Weather centres across the Asia Pacific region.

     Jeff leads the Earth Systems Science research team for the NVIDIA AI TechnologyCentre’s joint laboratory established at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) inSingapore. There he works on collaborations with academia and industry partners in the fields of accelerated Climate/Weather research and in the application of AI toEarth Systems Modelling.

          Jeff holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University ofAuckland, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle on Tyne.


Joanne Wong

Chair, IEEE Entrepreneurship

Partner, REDDS Capital

       Joanne is the Chair of IEEE Entrepreneurship (2022 to 2023),  Connecting tech entrepreneurs to an engineering-driven global Innovation network. IEEE Entrepreneurship is developing and providing startup resources for academic researchers and tech entrepreneurs.

       She was Member at Large and Vice Chair, Industry & Investor Activities of IEEE Entrepreneurship.  She was Secretary, IEEE TEMS Executive Committee and Board of Governors (2019 to 2021).

    Joanne is General Partner of REDDS Capital, a Californian based VC firm investing in global early-stage IT startups.  She has worked with IBM, HP, SAP, and Cisco in multiple technical, market development, and strategic investments positions.  

       Joanne was the Executive Director of a healthcare charity start-up, providing free green access to high performance computational resources for biomedical researchers.  She was a co-founder of two startups, one was in the use of 3D simulation for learning and the other was a multi-modal data management platform for longitudinal clinical studies.

       She is a mentor/advisor for multiple startups.  Joanne has served on several boards including the Government of Canada ICT sector council setting research and advising ICT policy for the country.




TITLE:  Commercializing Research Innovation to Drive a Sustainable Tomorrow


Academic Research is the foundation of innovation and its commercialization benefits humanity for a sustainable tomorrow.


Creating a company from your research can be a taunting yet rewarding endeavor.   There are many parallels between a research lab and a startup.   The pathways to get from academic discovery to a business have many twists and turns.  And is quite achievable with help from many sources.


Finding success as a researcher and as an entrepreneur is possible either doing both or separately at the same time.  As well demonstrated with the race to find the COVID-19 vaccine.  The avenues are there, which direction will you take?



Dr. Jing Dong 
Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA)


Center for Research on Intelligent Perception and Computing

National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition

Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China



Jing Dong (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in pattern recognition from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2010. Then she joined the National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition (NLPR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she is currently an Associate Professor. Her research interests are pattern recognition, image processing, and digital image forensics, including digital watermarking, steganalysis, and tampering detection. She has served as the Deputy General of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence.


Assoc Prof. Emi Yuda, 
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology.
Tohoku University

Title of Lecture:

Association between Earthquake Damage and Cardiac Disease Risk: Fewer Arrhythmias Live Longer?

Abstract of Lecture:

Everyone knows that earthquakes, among other natural disasters, have a serious impact on life and property. And in Japan, where earthquakes occur frequently, buildings are sturdily constructed, but in regions where earthquakes are rare, even small earthquakes can cause tremendous damage.

Can the same be said for cardiac disease risk? Traditionally, it has been reported that patients with high arrhythmia have a higher mortality risk. But what about mortality in people with fewer arrhythmias? In this lecture, we will get closer to the truth about human arrhythmia risk using big data. Through this talk, we will share our understanding of the impact on heart health and the importance of heart disease prevention.

Brief biography:

Assoc. Prof. Emi Yuda, DEng, PhD.  Born in Tokyo,  D.Eng. from Niigata University, Japan.
Assistant professor at school of Engineering, Tohoku University, and now associate professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Tohoku University.
Specialize in bio-signal processing and bio-medical big data analysis. PI in Dynamic biological information & application laboratory,  various researcher in our fields, such as health informatics, affective engineering, and


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