Tutorial title:

Research Proposal Writing & Research Methodology.

  1. Introduction.
  2. proposal format (Quantitative and Qualitative).
  3. Research Problem formulation(research Question, Research objectives, and Problem Statement).
  4. Research Methodology and triangulations.
  5. Hands-on Practice.

Speaker: Prof. Asadullah Shah


Tutorial title:
Emerging CNTs based nanotechnology dedicated to 3D Radio-Frequency to millimetre wave heterogeneous nano packaging.


Whether for niche applications or for high volume applications the design of RF subsystems requires balancing packaging choices to meet demanding customer targets of cost, size and
high performance.  In recent years, numerous efforts have recently focused on the heterogeneous 3D integration of components to subsystems for future RF to mmW applications. In this context, CNTs with their unique RF properties due to their small dimensions and good transport properties offer new opportunities for more efficient interconnects, EM shielding and thermal management.  The tutorial will start by introducing the future trends in RF to mmW electronics, highlighting limitations and opportunities that nanomaterials with associated nanotechnologies and additive manufacturing processes (such 3D printing) can help to overcome and take advantage of respectively.  Then the talk will focus on the latest developments we have done on the use of CNTs based nanotechnology dedicated to the circuit packaging. We will describe of highly multidisciplinary approaches in
- dedicated 3D EM simulations
- technological approaches for test structure fabrication
- innovative RF nano packaging approaches in particular for interconnect (design,  fabrication and test)


Professor Dominique BAILLARGEAT, University of Limoges, France
Senior Member IEEE
XLIM, University of Limoges/CNRS, 123 Avenue Albert Thomas, 87000 Limoges, France

The speaker has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of electromagnetics and nanotechnology. Owing to this rare blend of expertise, he has been able to establish a unique
pattern marked by very original packaging solutions, including both modelling and experimental investigation.  Since 2010, Prof D Baillargeat has authored and co-authored two book chapters (2015 and  2016), 17 review papers and 30 conference papers on nanopackaging and the use of nanomaterials for packaging / 3D integration.  Moreover, during the last five years Prof. Baillargeat has been very active in the MTT-Scommunity. He has been an active participant and supporter. He has been involved in many initiatives on RF Nanotechnologies with: 12 presentations at workshops and conference focused sessions, 8 selected papers, and 4 invited papers. Prof. Baillargeat has been also the main organizer of the WSH workshop on  Nanopackaging” during IMS 2015 in Phoenix, and of several focused sessions on “RF nanotechnologies” in past edition of IMS (2014) and EUMW (2014). He was also contributor as invited speaker at the workshops. Advanced Millimeter-Wave 3D/Multilayer MCM/SoP and Printing Technologies“ during IMS 2016 in San Francisco and “Recent Progresses in mmW Multilayer Circuit and System Design and Packaging (MCM/SoP)” during IMS 2017 in Honolulu.

Tutorial Title: Computer Architecture - First Generation to Modern Day Design

The computer industry has seen enormous advancement since the production of the first generation of computers in the mid-twentieth century built using vacuum tube technology. The growth from that early generation till the modern day is a result of rapid expansion of the semiconductor technology, which has followed Moore’s Law and beyond.  The architecture of the newer processors has also followed the pace of the growth of the technology. The evolution of computer architecture from the early Von Neumann concept to the concept of RISC design, scalar pipelining, superscalar and multicore processors has also followed a steep growth.

This tutorial will start with an introduction to the history of the growth of computer systems from the early vacuum tube computers to the current multi-core systems. The architecture of the Von Neumann concept will be introduced with continued refinement in the design of processors concurrent with the advancement of semiconductor technology that allows for complex processor architecture to be constructed in nanometer feature size of silicon technology. The overall objective is to increase processing speed by many million times that of the first generation computers to meet the needs of modern embedded complex applications. The monumental leap in the processing speed is also accompanied with very low power consumption and miniaturized physical size.


Emeritus Prof Mashkuri Yaacob,
FIEM (Malaysia), FIET (UK), Chartered Engineer, FASc (Malaysia), Senior Member IEEE,
International Islamic University Malaysia

The speaker has more than 30 years of experience in teaching the subject of Computer Architecture in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the University of Malaya and also in International Islamic University Malaysia. He has also been entrusted with management posts in the University of Malaya, where he was Director of the University’s Computer Centre, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology followed with a 3-year term as the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs). He also held an 8-year appointment as the Vice Chancellor of a private University, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, owned by the largest electricity utility company in South-East Asia, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). The speaker has also been active in research in computer architecture and systems as a follow through to his research in Computer Systems Reliability Engineering for his PhD degree in 1980 obtained from the University of Manchester, UK.


Tutorial Title: Cyber Security for Critical Physical Infrastructure in Asia



Media, research, and statistics reveal that cyber warfare is currently being weighed actively in the Asia region. Search on the Internet reveals that “US network security firm FireEye tracked attacks on government, defense, and educational infrastructure in at least 26 different countries in Asia”. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Labs said, “Critical infrastructures – power, healthcare, and communications – are all under threat” ( In the last couple of years, several Asian countries including Bahrain, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, etc., experienced several types of Cyber Security attacks and threats on power, telecommunications, and several other industrial control systems. Thus it is imperative that Asian countries also take institutional steps to protect Critical Physical Infrastructure.
Some of the countries in Asia have already taken substantial steps, e.g., the formation of Focus Groups, Cyber Security Task Forces, Security Councils, and Working Groups, etc. to handle exclusively the Cyber Security issues. These groups have done thorough studies of Cybersecurity landscape in the region and taken steps with the aim of creating policy, guidelines, and strategy on Cybersecurity issues according to international best practices.
Though Cybersecurity has been recognized as an emerging challenge and necessary steps have already been taken, the speaker believes that Cybersecurity strategy must also include “
Cybersecurity for Critical Physical Infrastructures (CPI)” because it is extremely critical. The argument being; that a stolen trade secret may lead to IPR leakage to lost sales, and to lost jobs, however, a compromised CPI may have devastating impacts on humanity, and environment. For example launching an attack on the Critical Physical Infrastructures, may cause flooding the dams causing massive deaths, and high-level damage, destruction or disruption that a traditional military attack would cause.
This tutorial would begin with the definition of Cyber Security for CPI. CPI includes Power Grid, Nuclear Plants, Oil and Gas Refineries, Water Supply System, Emergency Services Infrastructure, Transport, Telecommunication infrastructure, Manufacturing and other Industrial Control Systems (ICS). The tutorial would also emphasize on how the tight coupling between information and communication technologies (ICT) and CPI introduces new security concerns and provides adversaries with powerful tools and makes it vulnerable to new security challenges.
The agenda of the tutorial would also include (a) Real insight into Cyber Security Concepts, (b) Security Requirements for ICS; in contrast to ICT, (c) Architecture of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) including Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and SCADA, (d) Emerging Threats and Vulnerabilities in CPI Specific to Asia because of its Location and Strategic Role, (e) Failure of Interlocks, Permissives and Remediations, and (f) Recommendations to Address the Challenges, specially the challenge areas where previous recommendations never existed or not been fully addressed.
The tutorial will also provide information on what tools, capabilities, and services are available, and what is needed by countries in Asia. The talk will also emphasize the need for public awareness programs that could convey the doctrine of Cyber Security. The author believes that common public does not understand the impact of a massive Cyber-attack on Critical Physical Infrastructure; that may result in the potential for large-scale power outages or man-made environmental disasters and cause physical damage, loss of life and other cascading effects, which may far worse impacts compared to stealing confidential information.
The talk will also provide food for thought for university students and researchers on how to explore innovative techniques and conduct Cyber Security related research specific to different silos, such as Government, Defense, Financial Institutions, ICT Infrastructure, and Industrial Control System (including Power Industry’s SCADA system). Thus, the talk will be beneficial for the government policy makers, industry leaders, and decision-makers, corporate and academic researchers, professors and students, executives from telecom agencies.


Dr. Yaqub is an Associate Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville. Dr. Yaqub earned a Ph.D. in Wireless Communication from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, and MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey, USA. He is an inventor of numerous technologies, and received “Inventor of the Year Award” from the Governor of the State of New Jersey, USA, and his name is in Inventors Hall of Fame.
Dr. Yaqub, in parallel to his academic assignments, is an Inventor with Wells Fargo, where he filed 15 new patents in  Cybersecurity/Financial Technologies in last 6 months. He remained an Executive Director of Toshiba America Research, New Jersey, to lead research work in 4th Generation Wireless Communication and filed 35 patents, Department Head of NIKSUN University, New Jersey, to lead educational efforts on Cybersecurity and Big Data Analytics, Sr. Consultant to the State of New Jersey to secure $87 Million grant for the State, a spokesperson in 3GPP on behalf of Department of Homeland Security, where he led Government Multimedia Priority Services, and an Associate Professor at University of Tennessee, where he developed Smart Grid courses and established the Smart Grid Lab.
Dr. Yaqub is skilled in teaching, conducting research, inventing technologies, developing solutions, and building industry-academia collaboration. His academic efforts include developing from scratch, the new courses on “Smart Grid”, “4G Networks”, and “Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Cyber Security”. His research interest is in Big Data Analytics, 5G/4G/LTE, Smart Grid technologies (including Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energies, Smart Home Energy Management, etc.), Cyber Security, and Financial Technologies. He filed 50 patents, submitted 150+ contributions in technical standards organizations and published numerous papers in international conferences. He remained a working group chairman in Mobile Wireless Internet Forum, Senior member IEEE, Chairman IEEE Membership Development, Chairman, IEEE for Award Committee, Rapporteur in 3GPP, keynote speaker, panelist, and guest speaker in numerous International conferences.

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