Steering Committee

Name Position Affilation
Dr. Tsong-Ho Wu Steering Committee Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
Prof. Chi-Ren Shyu Steering Committee University of Missouri – Columbia, USA
Prof. Robert Istepanian Steering Committee Kingston University, UK
Prof. Wojtek Burakowski Steering Committee Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Prof. Jian Song Steering Committee Tsinghua University, China
Prof. Weider D. Yu Steering Committee San Jose State University, USA
Prof. Kaoru Sezaki Steering Committee University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Feipei Lai Steering Committee National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Prof. Heung-Kook Choi Steering Committee Inje University, Republic of korea
Prof. Pradeep Ray Steering Committee University of New South Wales, Australia
Prof. Joel Rodrigues Steering Committee Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Beira Interior, Portugal
Dr. Christos Verikoukis Steering Committee Telecommunications Technological Centre of Catalonia, Spain

Dr. Tsong-Ho Wu is CTO of Service Systems Technology Center in Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Prior to that, he was a Chief Scientist of Telcordia Applied Research Area. He is an IEEE Fellow, Chair of ComSoc eHealth TC and Chair of IEEE HealthCom Steering Committee. Dr. Wu has a 25+-year career moving from technology R&D, to technology management, and to technology commercialization through innovative solution development. He held several technical and management positions in AT&T Labs, Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) and Sprint Data as well as served as CEO of 2 VC-funded high-tech start-ups. In addition, he was Principle Investigator (PI) and Task Leader for large-scale advanced research projects sponsored by U.S. DoD, DoD/DARPA and Army Research Laboratories during 1995-1999 and 2007-present. He published two technical pioneer books “Fiber (SONET/WDM) Network Service Survivability (1992)” [by Artech House] and “ATM Transport and Network Integrity (1997)” [by Academic Press] and more than 85 referred journal and conference papers. Dr. Wu holds 8 US patents in areas of network management, self-healing networks and content-aware QoS and security switch designs.

Professor C.-R. Shyu received his MSEE and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Upon completing one year of post-doctoral training at Purdue, he joined the Computer Science Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) in October 2000. During his tenure at MU, Dr. Shyu received several awards, including National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2005), Outstanding CS Professor Teaching Awards (2001-2008), College of Engineering Faculty Research Award (2005) and Teaching Excellent Award (2008).ف In addition to holding the Shumaker Endowed Professorship for Biomedical Informatics, he is currently heading the University of Missouri Informatics Institute, a Ph.D. program in bioinformatics and health informatics.ف As the founding director of the Medical and Biological Digital Library Research Lab, Dr. Shyu oversees a variety of research projects in such areas as biomedical informatics, geospatial informatics, data mining, and computer vision. Project sponsors for his research include the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National institute of Health, U.S. Department of Education, and other organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. C. –R. Shyu is a senior member of IEEE and members of AAAS, ACM, and AMIA.

Professor Robert S. H. Istepanian is a Professor of Data Communications for healthcare in Kingston University, London and a visiting Professor in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, St. George’s University of London. He is the founding director of the Mobile Information and Network Technologies Research Centre (MINT) in Kingston University, London, UK. He was the 2008 Leverhulme distinguished visiting fellow at the Centre for Global e-health Innovation University of Toronto and the University’s Health Network, Canada.ه Professor Istepanian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (Formerly IEE) and Senior Member of the IEEE. He is investigator and co-investigator of several EPSRC and EU research grants on wireless telemedicine and other research /visiting grants from the British Council and the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Leverhulme Trust. He was also the UK lead investigator of several EU -IST and e-Ten projects in the areas of mobile healthcare. He currently serves on several IEEE Transactions and international journals’ editorial boards including IEEE Transaction on Information Technology in Biomedicine (since 1997), IEEE Transactions on NanoBioScience and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Int. J. of Telemedicine and Applications and Journal of Mobile Multimedia.ه He was the co-chairman of the UK/RI chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology in 2002. He has published more than 170-refereed journal and conference papers and edited three books including chapters in the areas of mobile communications for healthcare, m-health technologies and biomedical signals processing.

Professor Wojciech Burakowski was born in Warsaw in 1951. He received M.Sc., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in telecommunications from Warsaw University of Technology in 1975, 1982 and 1992, respectively. In 90-ties he was working one year for Telefonica I+D in Madrid as senior engineer. From 1997 he is a professor at Warsaw University of Technology. From 2003 he is Tenured Professor. In the period 2002-2008 he took the position of Director for Research at the Institute of Telecommunications, Warsaw University of Technology. He is a leader of the Telecommunication Network Technologies (TNT) Group. From 1990 he is involved as the member of the Management Committees in the European projects COST 224, 242, 257, and 279, all related to the traffic control issues in the broadband multi-service networks. The TNT group head by Wojciech Burakowski has been involved in targeted EU projects as the Copernicus 1463 (1994-1998), FP5 IST-AQUILA (2000-2003), 6FP coordination action IST project MOME (2004-2006), and in 6FP IP project EuQoS (2004-2008). Professor Wojciech Burakowski is the author or co-author of about 180 papers published in books, international and national journals and conference proceedings. He is a chairman and member of technical program committees of many national and international conferences. He was the leader of many national projects and co-author of more than 80 technical reports. He was the supervisor of 13 Ph.D. thesis. His research areas include architectures, network technologies ATM/IP/WLAN/xDSL etc., traffic engineering, simulation techniques, measurement methods and test-beds and trust overlay networks.

Dr. Weider D. Yu is an associate professor in the Computer Engineering Department at San Jose State University, San Jose (Silicon Valley), California. He received an M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He also attended the MBA program in the Graduate School of Business at University of Chicago and received a certificate in information security engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to the university, Dr. Yu was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and an adjunct associate professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Yu performs his research activities in the areas of distributed systems, u-Healthcare technologies, security, privacy, Electronic Health Record (EHR), experimental software engineering, wireless mobile and web based systems, quality, reliability, performance related Quality of Services (QoS), modern software processes, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) engineering, and systems performance factors. Dr. Yu has publications on Bell Labs Technical Journal, AT&T Technical Journal, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, The Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health, and various international IEEE conferences. Dr. Yu received Best Paper Award (Researcher) in 2006 IEEE 8th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services. He is a senior IEEE member.

Professor Kaoru Sezaki received B.Eng., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1983, 1985, and 1988, respectively, all in Electrical.هSince 1988, he has been with Institute of Industial Science, the University of Tokyo and currently is a Assocaite Professor. He was also co-appointed as associate professor at Center for Spatial Information and Science since 1999. He was a Visiting Researcher at University of California at San Diego in 1996. His research interests include ad-hoc networks, sensor networks especially on body sensor networks, application of RFID’s and urban computing. He is a member of IEEE and served as Treasurer of IEEE Tokyo Section as well as that of Japan Council from 2003 to 2004.

Professor Feipei Lai received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He is the chair in the Graduate Institute of Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics, a professor in the Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering at National Taiwan University. He was a vice superintendent of National Taiwan University Hospital. He was the chairman of Taiwan Network Information Center. Dr. Lai holds 7 Taiwan patents and 4 USA patents currently. His current research interests are SOC low power computing, Medical Information System. Prof. Lai is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Tau Phi. He was the chairman of Taiwan Internet Content Rating Foundation. He received the Taiwan Fuji Xerox Research award in 1991, K-T Li䄂s Breaking-through award, excellent service award from NTU in 2008 and IBM faculty Award in 2009. Dr. Lai is a senior member of IEEE.

Professor Pradeep Ray is a Senior Member of the Academic staff at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has been the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Enterprise Networking (EntNet) for 2002-2004 (currently a member of the Advisory Committee of EntNet) and the founder of IEEE Healthcomthat is now the forum of discussions for the IEEE/ITU-D/WHO initiatives on E-Health and M-Health (see Pradeep is now the Vice Chair of eHealth Subcommittee at IEEE Communication Society. The President of IEEE Communication Society has nominated Pradeep as an IEEE global spokesperson on Telemedicine and Healthcare Informatics as part of the IEEE International Visibility Initiative from 2008.ف As a member of EntNet executive between 1998-2004, Pradeep helped launch a number of multidisciplinary, international events, such as EntNet@SUPERCOMM, Financecom and Healthcom. He has been leading a number of international collaborative research projects with reputed international Research and Industrial Organizations in Europe, North America and Asia, sponsored by global bodies, such the WHO, ITU-D and the IEEE. More details are available at Pradeep’sه home page (

Professor Joel Rodrigues is a Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Instituto de Telecomunicações, University of Beira Interior, Portugal. He is an IEEE Senior Member, a licensed Professional Engineer, an ACM Member, and a member of the Internet Society. He is the leader of NetGNA Research Group from IT ( and the founder and leader of the IEEE ComSoc CSIM Special Interest Group on Modeling and Simulation Tools ( Joel is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications (from IGI Global) and he has served as a guest editor for a number of journals including the Journal of Communications Software and Systems, and JCM – Journal of Communications. He is the Secretary of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Subcommittee on eHealth and of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communications Software. He is member of many ComSoc Technical Committees related with his research areas and regularly participates on their meetings. He Chaired and organized several international Conferences (including International Workshop on Medical Applications Networking – MAN), he was member of many international program committees, and several editorial review boards. He chaired many technical sessions and gave tutorials at major international conferences. He has authored or co-authored over 60 papers in refereed international journals and conferences, a book and a patent.

Dr. Christos Verikoukis got his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Catalonia in 2000. He is currently a Fellow Researcher at CTTC (Head of the SmartTech department) and an adjunct professor at UB. He has published 123 journal papers and over 180 conference papers (h-index 32). He is also co-author in 2 books, 16 chapters in different books and in 3 patents. He has supervised 15 Ph.D. students and 5 Post Docs researchers since 2004. Dr.Verikoukis has participated in more than 40 competitive projects while he has served as the Principal investigator in national projects in Greece and Spain. He has served as the technical manager of the ITN-GREENET, ITN-5GSTEPFWD and the CELTIC-GREEN-T projects. Dr.Verikoukis received the best paper award of in the IEEE ICC11, ICC 2014 & GLOBECOM 2015, in the EUCNC2016 and the EURASIP 2013 Best Paper Award for the Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He was the general Chair of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 22nd IEEE CAMAD, and the TPC Co-Chair of the 15th IEEE International Conference on E-health Networking, Application & Services (Healthcom) and the 7th IEEE Latincom conferences. He has se also served as a co-chair in several symposia the IEEE ICC and Globecom conferences. He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Networking Letters and an Associate Editor in IEEE COMST and in IEEE Trans on Green Communications and Networking, while he has served as a Guest Editor in several Special Issues. He was an officer (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary) of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Communication Systems Integration and Modeling.