Prof. Anu A. Gokhale, College of Applied Science & Technology, USA
Dr. Anu A. Gokhale is a Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of the Computer Systems Technology program at Illinois State University (ISU). She has completed thirty years as faculty and has received several College and University research, teaching and service awards. Gokhale was named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in STEM+C at the University of Pernambuco, Brazil, 2016-17; was a Faculty Fellow in Israel and Fulbright Specialist in Cybersecurity at Gujarat Technological University, India in summer 2017; and a Visiting Professor in College of Business at Shandong University in Jinan, China during spring 2017 where she focused on data analytics and e-commerce. Her achievements encompass extensively cited refereed publications; groundbreaking externally funded research supported by a continuous stream for 20 years of grants from state and federal agencies including the National Science Foundation; and elevation of the ISU student experience through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and the creation of opportunities for students to get involved in research. The current NSF funded project is in Computing Education for the 21st Century. Originally from India, she has a master’s in physics‒electronics from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate from Iowa State University. Dr. Gokhale authored a second edition of her book Introduction to Telecommunications, which has an international edition in Chinese. She continues to be an invited keynote speaker at various conferences, latest ones include: 2019 International Conference on Compute and Data Analysis, Maui, USA; 2018 International Conference on Frontiers of Educational Technologies, Moscow, Russia; 2017 International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Applications, London, UK; 2016 International Conference on Communication and Information Systems, Bangkok, Thailand; and 2015 International Conference on Information Technology, Amman, Jordan. As an active volunteer in IEEE, she has served as R4 Educational Activities Chair, Women in Engineering Coordinator, Chair of International Electro/Information Technology 2010 Conference, and MGA representative to the Educational Activities Board. She was honored with the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and 2019 Region 4 Outstanding Professional Award. She consults for business and industry to increase productivity using data analytics and leveraging e-technologies. She has delivered multiple workshops focusing on inclusion & diversity as well as “STEM for All” public policy.
Prof. Masahito Hirakawa, Shimane University, Japan
Dr. Masahito Hirakawa graduated from Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan in 1979, and received his M.E. and D.E. degrees from Hiroshima University, Japan in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He became a Research Associate of Information Systems Laboratory (ISL) at Hiroshima University on completion of his doctoral study, and an Associate Professor in 1991. He has been a professor at Shimane University since 2002. From 2004 through 2007, he was a director of the General Information Processing Center of Shimane University. He was a director of the Shimane University Library and a council member of the university from 2007 to 2011.
He joined the Information Systems Research Project at the Computer Science Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in summer of 1982. He was a visiting researcher at FOA (National Defense Research Institute), Linkoping, Sweden, in summer of 1990. From September 1999 to March 2000, he visited the VIP (Visual Information Processing) laboratory at University of Florence, as a Monbusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) research scholar.
He was a principal investigator of the ARES project organized in the early 80's, where a relational database system capable of accepting ambiguous queries was developed. After that, he was involved in a project for developing a multimedia database system based on an object-oriented data model named MORE. In addition, he directed the HI-VISUAL project of developing an iconic programming system, which was known as one of the pioneering works in this area. Now his interests include augmented reality and multimodal interfaces, and information visualization.
He received Meritorious Service Award in 1996 and Golden Core Member recognition in 1997 both from IEEE Computer Society. He also received the Most Influential Paper Award from IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing in 2008. He was awarded the Outstanding Research in Shimane University in 2009. He is a senior member of IEEE.