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Guilio Ruffuni

Neuroelectrics
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Towards model-driven transcranial current stimulation (tES 3.0): physics, physiology, modeling, and clinical applications

Giulio Ruffini graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Physics and Math and obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Davis in 1995. In 2000 he co-founded Starlab, committed to the transformation of research into technologies with positive impact.

During the FET Open HIVE project, his team developed multi-electrode hybrid EEG-transcranial stimulation devices, and in 2014 he led the first demonstration of conscious non-invasive brain-to-brain communication. Based on this work, in 2011 he co-founded Neuroelectrics Barcelona (2011) and Neuroelectrics Corporation (2014, Cambridge, MA) to deliver clinical EEG-tCS/tES solutions.

He collaborates with teams worldwide developing model-driven applications of non-invasive stimulation – in the context of clinical studies in epilepsy, studying consciousness in the electrical brain (FET Open Luminous), in the ERC-Synergy project Galvani developing solutions for focal refractory epilepsy, within NIH and of projects in aging and dementia, and others.

Peter Hore

University of Oxford
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Radical pair magnetoreception: do migratory songbirds have a chemical compass?

Peter Hore is Professor of Chemistry at the University Oxford where he researches in the field of Spin Chemistry. Much of the last ten years has been spent trying to unravel the biophysical mechanism by which migratory birds detect the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field for the purposes of orientation and navigation.

Rahim Tafazolli

5G Innovation Centre
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5G Technologies

Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor of Electronic Engineering. This royal recognition was awarded to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Rahim Tafazolli has been a Professor of Mobile and Satellite Communications at the University of Surrey since April 2000, the Director of Institute of Communication Systems (ICS) since January 2010 and the founder and Director of the 5G Innovation Centre since 2012.

The world’s first dedicated centre on 5G research and innovation. He has over 30 years of experience in digital communications research and teaching. He has authored and co-authored more than 1000 research publications and is regularly invited to deliver keynote talks and distinguished lectures to international conferences and workshops. Professor Tafazolli was the leader of study on “grand challenges in IoT” (Internet of Things) in the UK, 2011-2012, for RCUK (Research Council UK) and the UK TSB (Technology Strategy Board).

He is regularly invited by governments to advise on national 5G research and strategy and was advisor to the Mayor of London with regard to the London Infrastructure Investment 2050 Plan. In 2011, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in recognition of his personal contributions to the wireless world as well as heading one of Europe's leading research groups. He was also awarded the 28th KIA Laureate Award- 2015 for his contribution to communications technology.

Akram Alomainy

Queen Mary University of London
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Nano-scale communication and sensing for in-vivo healthcare applications at THz frequencies

Akram Alomainy received the M.Eng. degree in communication engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering (specialized in antennas and radio propagation) from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), U.K., in July 2003 and July 2007, respectively. He joined the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, QMUL, in 2007, where he is a Reader in Antennas & Applied EM.

His current research interests include small and compact antennas for wireless body area networks, radio propagation characterisation and modelling, antenna interactions with human body, computational electromagnetic, advanced antenna enhancement techniques for mobile and personal wireless communications, nano-scale networks and communications, THz material characterisation and communication links and advanced algorithm for smart and intelligent antenna and cognitive radio system.

He has authored and co-authored four books, 6 book chapters and more than 350 technical papers (6500+ citations and H-index 35) in leading journals and peer-reviewed conferences. Dr Alomainy won the Isambard Brunel Kingdom Award, in 2011, for being an outstanding young science and engineering communicator. He was selected to deliver a TEDx talk about the science of electromagnetic and also participated in many public engagement initiatives and festivals. He is an elected member of UK URSI (International Union of Radio Science) panel to represent the UK interests of URSI Commission B (1 Sept 2014 until 31 Aug 2020).

Rodney Croft

University of Wollongong
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A comparison between the recently released IEEE and ICNIRP radiofrequency guidelines/standards: What are the differences, and do they make a difference?

Rodney Croft is Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia, with his specialty the effect of non-ionising radiation (especially radiofrequency fields associated with mobile telecommunications), on health. Croft has been researching the radiofrequency health domain for 20 years, and has led successive National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Centres of Research Excellence into radiofrequency health since 2005.

He has published extensively on the issue of radiofrequency fields and health across domains ranging from basic science to cancer epidemiology and risk communication, and regularly provides guidance for a range of national and international organisations. Croft is a commissioner for the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP, Munich, Germany, since 2012), and chaired the ICNIRP revision of its new radiofrequency guidelines.

Chung-Kwang Chou

TC 95 Chairman, International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety, IEEE
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Chung-Kwang Chou received the B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taipei, in 1968, the M.S. degree from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, in 1971, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1975. Worked at the University of Washington, City of Hope National Medical Center and Motorola until 2013, he is now retired and an independent consultant on EMF safety issues. He organized the first Bioelectromagnetics meeting in Seattle in 1979.

He started on IEEE standards activities since 1979, and served as Chairman of IEEE/EMBS Committee on Man and Radiation (1996-1997), Co-Chairman of IEEE Scientific Coordinating Committee 28, Subcommittee 4 on RF Safety Standard (1997- 2005), Vice Chairman of Committee 89-5 of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (1996-1999), Council Member of NCRP (1998-2004), Advisory Panel of Non-Ionizing Radiation of NCRP (2016 - ), and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (2016- ). He is Chairman of TC 95 of the International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety of IEEE since 2006, responsible for exposure standards from 0 to 300 GHz. In 2006, Dr. Chou received the d’Arsonval Medal from the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

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