Key Note Speakers

Here are our speakers

Speaker 1

Prof. Mehdi Bennis

University of Oulu, Finland

Speaker 2

Dr. Ong Ghim Ping Raymond

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Speaker 3

Dr. Lasantha Meegahapola

RMIT University, Australia




Speakers' Abstracts

Prof. Mehdi Bennis

Full Professor (tenured), Ph.D., IEEE FELLOW
Head of the Intelligent Connectivity and Networks/Systems Group (ICON)
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering,
Centre for Wireless Communications,
University of Oulu, Finland

Dr. Mehdi Bennis is a full (tenured) Professor at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland, Academy of Finland Research Fellow and head of the intelligent connectivity and networks/systems group (ICON). His main research interests are in radio resource management, heterogeneous networks, game theory and distributed machine learning in 5G networks and beyond. He has published more than 200 papers in journals and international conferences along with numerous book chapters. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2016 Best Tutorial Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2017 EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of Wireless Communications and Networks, the all-University of Oulu award for research and the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award. In 2020 he was honored as a Clarviate Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. Dr. Bennis is an editor of IEEE TCOM and Specialty Chief Editor for Data Science for Communications in the Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal. Dr. Bennis is a Fellow of the IEEE.


Dr. Ong Ghim Ping Raymond

Associate Professor
Associate Head (Research)Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr ONG Ghim Ping Raymond is an Associate Professor and Associate Head (Research) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He graduated with a B.Eng (Civil) (First Class Honours) with a minor in Business from the National University of Singapore in 2003 and obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2007.

Dr Ong’s research interests include pavement materials and engineering, and multimodal transport infrastructures and operations, with emphasis on future mega-transport infrastructures/operations (such as car-lite/car-free towns, next generation seaports and airports). He has authored or co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as over 90 international conference papers in these research areas. His research expertise and achievements have also led to him to serve as consultant to agencies and companies such as Changi Airport Group, Defence Science and Technology Agency, Surbana Jurong Infrastructures Pte Ltd, Global Maritime and Port Services Pte Ltd, and the Korean Maritime Institute.

Dr. Ong is currently serving in various scientific committees in the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Testing and Materials. He is also currently serving in editorial roles in several peer-reviewed international journals. He has received several scientific awards in recognition of his achievements in transportation research, including the Alfred Noble Prize (ASCE), the Hanjin Prize (IAME), the inaugural Takeuchi Yoshio Award (OCDI) and the inaugural iSMARTi Early Career Award.


Dr. Lasantha Meegahapola

Associate Professor
STEM College, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia

A/Prof. Lasantha Meegahapola is currently an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. He received his BSc. Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering (First Class, Honours) from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2006, and PhD degree from the Queen's University of Belfast, UK in 2010. A/Prof. Meegahapola was a Visiting Researcher/ Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Electricity Research Centre (ERC), University College Dublin, Ireland (2009-2010). From 2011 to 2014 he was employed as a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and continues as an Honorary Fellow. He has conducted extensive research studies in power system stability with renewable power integration during the last fifteen years and has published more than 120 journal and conference articles. A/Prof. Meegahapola’s research interests are Renewable Power Generation, Power System Dynamics & Stability, and Microgrid Stability & Control. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE) and a Member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) and the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). He is also an active member of the IEEE PES power system dynamic performance (PSDP) committee task force on microgrid stability analysis and modelling and the working group on voltage stability. He made key contributions towards identifying and classifying stability issues in microgrids. A/Prof. Meegahapola is also serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE IAS Transactions, IEEE ACCESS, IET Renewable Power Generation.