Mladen A. Vouk received Ph.D. from the King's College , University of London , U.K. He is Department Head and Professor of Computer Science, and Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology at N.C. State University, Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A. Dr. Vouk has extensive experience in both commercial software production and academic computing. He is the author/co-author of over 300 publications. His research and development interests include software engineering, scientifIc computing and analytics, information technology (IT) and education, and high-performance and cloud computing. Dr. Vouk has extensive professional visibility through organization of professional meetings, membership on professional journal editorial boards, and professional consulting. Dr. Vouk is a member of the IFIP Working Group 2.5 on Numerical Software, and a recipient of the IFIP Silver Core award. He is an IEEE Fellow, and a recipient of the IEEE Distinguished Service and Gold Core Awards. He is a member of several IEEE societies, and of ASEE, ASQ (Senior Member), ACM , and Sigma Xi.
Rod Smith is a recognized technical leader, both within IBM's software business, as well as across the industry. His team's technological innovations and cross-industry collaborations have enabled the rapid adoption of technologies such as Web services, XML, Linux, J2EE, and next-generation rich user collaboration technology and wireless applications. Rod enjoys a sustained -- and unparalleled -- record of achievement in the software business due to his ability to identify key emerging technologies well before they become mainstream. He is often sought out to provide guidance in helping customers establish their own future technical strategies and directions. IBM has honored him with numerous awards, including the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Design Excellence Award. He has co-authored a U.S. Senate Report and has written numerous articles for the IBM Systems Journal.
Dr. Masum Z. Hasan is currently a Technology Director at the Cloud CTO office in the Video and Collaboration Group of Cisco Systems, San Jose, USA. He currently leads R&D work in Cloud networking, Network Virtualization and Programmable Networking (aka SDN: Software-defined Networking) and Application centric Networking. His work focus also has been in the area of Grid/High-performance Computing, Healthcare Computing and Networking, Network Analytics, Traffic Engineering, Application and Network resource access control, and Network Management. Masum’s prior job experiences include Principal Investigator at the Bell Labs, USA, Research Scientist at the University of Toronto, Canada and software engineer / computer scientist positions in a number of companies / institutions in Canada and Bangladesh. Masum obtained his MMath and PhD in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Canada and combined BEng-MEng in Computer Engineering from Odessa National Polytechnic University in Ukraine. Masum has been serving on the organizing and technical program committees of a number of IEEE/IFIP International Conferences and co-editor of a number of journals and magazines. He also serves as the Chair for the IEEE Communications Society's Committee on Cloud Communications and Networking. Visit his personal website for more information.