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Professor Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET

Sarah Spurgeon OBE, FREng, FIEEE, FIET is Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University College London. Sarah Spurgeon’s research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 270 refereed research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000. She is currently Vice President Publications of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society and a member of the General Assembly of the European Control Association. Within the UK she is currently a Vice President of the IET and is a past President of the Engineering Professor Council, the representative body for engineering in higher education.

Guoping Lu

Guoping Lu received the B.S. degree from the Department of Applied Mathematics, Chengdu University of Science and Technology, China, in 1984, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Mathematics, East China Normal University, China, in 1989 and 1998, respectively. He is currently a Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Nantong University, Jiangsu, China. His research interests include singular systems, multiagent systems, and networked control.

Chen Peng

Chen Peng received the Ph.D. degree in control theory and control engineering from the Chinese University of Mining Technology, Xuzhou, China, in 2002. 

From November 2004 to January 2005, he was a Research Associate with the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. From July 2006 to August 2007, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. From July 2011 to August 2012, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Department Head with the Department of Automation, and a Professor with the School of Electrical and automation Engineering, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China. In 2012, he was appointed as an Eastern Scholar with the Municipal Commission of Education, Shanghai, China, and joined Shanghai University, Shanghai, where he is currently the Director with the Centre of Networked Control Systems and a Distinguished Professor. In 2018, he was appointed as an Outstanding Academic Leader with the Municipal Commission of Science and Technology, Shanghai. His current research interests include networked control systems, distributed control systems, smart grid, and intelligent control systems.

Schahram Dustdar

Schahram Dustdar is Full Professor of Computer Science heading the research Division of Distributed Systems at the TU Wien, Austria. He has an H-index of 80. He holds several honorary positions: University of California (USC) Los Angeles; Monash University in Melbourne, Shanghai University, Macquarie University in Sydney, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. From Dec 2016 until Jan 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Sevilla, Spain and from January until June 2017 he was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, USA.

From 1999 – 2007 he worked as the co-founder and chief scientist of Caramba Labs Software AG in Vienna (acquired by ProjectNetWorld AG), a venture capital co-funded software company focused on software for collaborative processes in teams. He is co-founder and chief scientist of, a Nanjing based R&D organization focusing on IoT and Edge Intelligence.

He is founding co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (ACM TIoT) as well as Editor-in-Chief of Computing (Springer). He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, ACM Computing Surveys, ACM Transactions on the Web, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, as well as on the editorial board of IEEE Internet Computing and IEEE Computer. Dustdar is recipient of multiple awards: IEEE TCSVC Outstanding Leadership Award (2018), IEEE TCSC Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing (2019), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2009), ACM Distinguished Speaker (2021), IBM Faculty Award (2012). He is an elected member of the Academia Europaea: The Academy of Europe, where he is chairman of the Informatics Section, as well as an IEEE Fellow (2016), an Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA) Fellow (2021) and a Member of the Academy of the United Nations Sciences and Technology Organization (2021).

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