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 Dr. Stephen Myers, OBE, Director of Accelerators and Technology at CERN
 Addressing the World's Biggest Challenges with Graphical System Design, Fleming Room, 14:30 GMT

    Stephen started at CERN as Engineer-in-Charge for the operation of the Intersecting Storage Rings Collider (ISR) before moving on to the Large Electron Positron (LEP). He took responsibility for the commissioning of LEP, was in charge of the preparation for physics in the 1990s, and was nominated Project Leader of the upgrade (LEP2) from 1996 until 2000. In October 2008, he was nominated Director of Accelerators and Technology, "responsible for the operation and exploitation of the whole CERN accelerator complex, with particular emphasis on the LHC and for the development of new projects (CLIC etc.) and technologies.  He directed the repair of the LHC after the serious accident in September 2008 and steered the operation of the collider in 2010, 2011, and 2012. On July 4, 2012 the collider had produced enough events to allow the two large LHC experiments (ATLAS and CMS) to discover the “Higgs-like” boson. 

    Dr. Andy Clegg, Managing Director, Industrial Systems and Control (ISC) Ltd
    Addressing the World's Biggest Challenges with Graphical System Design, Fleming Room, 14:30 GMT

    Andy has been with ISC Ltd since 1996, and took over as Managing Director in 2010. In addition to management responsibilities, he also delivers training in control engineering to companies including Ford, BP, BAE Systems, as well being involved in consultancy across a very wide range of industries.  In 2013, his Turbine Access System was awarded the worldwide Graphical System Design Application of the Year award.


    Dr. Harald Haas, Chair of Mobile Communications, The University of Edinburgh
    Addressing the World's Biggest Challenges with Graphical System Design, Fleming Room, 14:30 GMT

    Dr. Harald Haas is the pioneer behind a new type of light bulb that can illuminate as well as access the Internet using light instead of radio waves. A professor of engineering at Edinburgh University, Haas has long been studying ways to communicate electronic data signals, designing modulation techniques that pack more data onto existing networks. But his latest work leaps beyond wires and radio waves to transmit data via an LED bulb that glows and darkens faster than the human eye can see.  The system, which he's termed Li-Fi, uses a mathematical trick called OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing), which allows it to vary the intensity of the LED's output at a very fast rate, invisible to the human eye.  His TED talk on the topic has received more than 1.3M views. 

    Dr. Robert Maunder, Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton
    Academic Keynote: Do Engineering, Shelley Room, 10:30 GMT

    Robert G. Maunder has studied with the University of Southampton since October 2000. He was awarded a first class honors BEng in Electronic Engineering in July 2003, as well as a PhD and a lectureship in December 2007. Since February 2013, he has held a senior lectureship and senior membership of the IEEE. Rob has been instrumental in introducing the USRP into the teaching of wireless communications at the University of Southampton. He has published more than 50 IEEE papers in joint source/channel coding and the VLSI implementation of iterative decoding techniques.


    Chris Roebuck, Technical Specialist, SSBV Space & Ground Systems UK Ltd
    User Events: Tips, Tricks and Sundry, St James' Suite, 12:30 GMT
    Challenge the Champions, Fleming Room, 15:50 GMT

    Chris Roebuck has worked with LabVIEW since 1998, he is a LabVIEW Champion, Certified LabVIEW Architect and Certified TestStand Architect and also a Certified Professional Instructor. This year Chris was the chairperson for the Certified LabVIEW Architects Summit held in Paris, France. Chris specialises in RF test & measurement using LabVIEW and Test Data Management solutions.

       Dr. Richard Thomas, Senior Systems Engineer, Product Technology Partners Ltd
       Challenge the Champions, Fleming Room, 15:50 GMT

      Dr. Richard Thomas has worked with LabVIEW since 6.0, is a Certified Architect, LabVIEW Champion, hosts Cambridge LabVIEW User Group (CLUG) which won NI’s European User Group of the Year 2013 and presents at National Instrument events around the UK. The widely anticipated PTP Sequencer toolkit for LabVIEW is his brainchild.


      Steve Watts, SSDC Ltd
      How to Polish Your Software and Development Process to Wow Your End Users, St James' Suite, 10:30 GMT
      Challenge the Champions, Fleming Room, 15:50 GMT

      Steve Watts has been writing software since 1986, LabVIEW since 1998, works for SSDC Ltd, co-author of "A Software Engineering Approach to LabVIEW", Blogs Random Ramblings on LabVIEW Design, Champion and CLA, Chair of inaugural European CLA Summit, hosts CSLUG.

       Dennis Meech, Engineering Director, TDH-EDM Ltd
       Advanced LabVIEW User Interfaces for Rolling Mills, Henry Moore Room, 14:00 GMT

      Dennis Meech graduated with 1st class honours BEng in Electrical and Electronic engineering, 1989 from Aston University. He has worked at Davy McKee Ltd as an Automation Control System Engineer, VAI UK Ltd, as a Section Leader in Control System Development, Siemens VAI as an Engineering Manager in the Automation Division and is currently working at TDH-EDM Ltd as Engineering Director.

      Dr. Paul Apte, Tokamak Solutions
      Machine Control: Designing the Control System for a 'Desktop' Tokamak, Henry Moore Room, 11:00 GMT

      Dr. Paul Apte has over 25 years experience of laser applications, image processing, control system design and software development. He worked at BT Martlesham labs and the Vulcan laser facility at the Rutherford Appleton laboratory before joining the spin out laser systems company Exitech Ltd as their first employee. There he spent 15 years as the principal systems engineer and was responsible for many new product innovations. He was involved in a number of high profile projects including the development of Deep UV Microlithography tools, laser microvia drilling systems and solar cell scribing tools. After leaving Exitech he setup his own company, Rideo Systems specialising in laser applications, systems development and consultancy. He works with a number of companies advising on complex machine design. He has a degree in electronic engineering and Physics and a PhD in Applied Physics from Loughborough University.


      Dr. Carwyn Jones, James Fisher Nuclear
      Advanced Robotic Control for Nuclear Waste Disposal, Henry Moore Room, 12:00 GMT

      Dr. Carwyn Jones was introduced to LabVIEW during his Masters degree (MEng) in Mechatronics at The University of Leeds in 2003, with one year in Georgia Tech, USA. He worked in the manufacturing and nuclear sector before returning the Leeds for a PhD developing medical equipment utilising LabVIEW. He is now the Control Systems Technical Lead for the ModuMan 100 remote handling project at James Fisher Nuclear Ltd, Malton, UK.

       Dr. Danson Michael Joseph, Power Systems Engineer, National Grid
       Developing, Monitoring and Understanding the UK's Transmission Network, Henry Moore Room, 15:50 GMT

      Dr. Danson Michael Joseph graduated with his BSc(ENG) and PhD(ENG) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in 2004 and 2010 respectively. He worked in South Africa as a consulting engineer on mining, infrastructure and energy projects prior to joining National Grid as a Power Systems Engineer where he oversees Power Quality studies on a National level.


       Peter Haigh, Power Systems Engineer, National Grid
      Developing, Monitoring and Understanding the UK's Transmission Network, Henry Moore Room, 15:50 GMT

      Through leading the management of power quality in the West of England and Wales, Peter is experienced in the application of power system studies to inform capital investment decisions in order to achieve Grid Code compliance within the context of economic and efficient system development. Peter is a considered representative of National Grid’s interests in industry; providing technical and strategic guidance on the management of power quality issues internally, as well as providing an external representation to stakeholders such as Offshore Transmission Network Owners (OFTOs), regulator (Ofgem) and customer connectees such as synchronous generators, traction supplies (Network Rail) and Distribution Network Owners (DNOs).

      Mike Hood, Head of Electrical Engineering, Reaction Engines
      Moving the SKYLON Spaceplane Closer to Lift-off, Wesley Room, 11:00 GMT

      Mike Hood is head of electrical engineering at Reaction Engines Ltd (REL). He has over 30 years of experience associated with research and technology. This has included two years living under the ice in an Antarctic research station (Halley Bay) where the ozone holes was first recorded. He has also worked at a zero energy fission facility. And moving to one of the coldest places on earth has worked at one of the hottest places in the solar system the fusion experiment MAST. In 2011 Mike joined Reaction Engines Ltd as head of electrical engineering and has run the B9 test facility.

      Bence Falvy, Senior Project Engineer, Ricardo UK
      Testing Vehicle Transmissions with NI VeriStand, Wesley Room, 13:00 GMT

      With a background in automotive research and prototype development, Bence Falvy has joined Ricardo UK in 2008 to work with the low-volume production team of the High Performance Transmission Products department at the Midlands Technical Centre. Bence has taken on a wider range of responsibilities including production coordination and has revolutionised the control system technologies used in the production of high performance transmissions for prestigious customers.


       Jarobit Piña Saez CLD, Test Engineer, Dräger Safety UK
       Global System for Automated Applications using Plug-Ins, Robert Burns Room, 11:00 GMT

      Jarobit Piña Saez is a Certified LabVIEW Developer and Test Engineer at Dräger Safety UK, which manufactures detection, protection and prevention devices. He graduated from the University of Deusto with a degree in Industrial Electronics and from the University of the Basque Country with a masters degree in Electronics and Automation Systems.

      Dr. Mustafa Gurcan, MKGSYS LTD
      Rapid Prototyping for 3G and 4G Systems, Robert Burns Room, 14:00 GMT

      Dr. Mustafa Gurcan has been with Imperial College London between 1988 and end of September 2013. He was a senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The main focus of his research work has been on multiplexing and diversity gain trade of studies for downlink MIMO systems. The presenter holds a BSc and a PhD from Birmingham University in the UK.


      Abdelhamid Younis, Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
      Li-Fi: Pathway to 5G, Robert Burns Room, 16:20 GMT

      Abdelhamid Younis received a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with honours in 2007 from the University of Benghazi, Libya and an MSc with distinction in Signal Processing and Communication Engineering in 2009 from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Communication Engineering at the Institute of Digital Communications (IDCOM) at the University of Edinburgh where in 2010 he was awarded the Overseas Research Student Award (ORS) in recognition of his work. His main research interests lie in the area of wireless communication and digital signal processing with a particular focus on spatial modulation, MIMO wireless communications, reduced complexity MIMO design and optical wireless communications.


      Dr. Stefan Videv, Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
      Li-Fi: Pathway to 5G, Robert Burns Room, 16:20 GMT

      Dr. Stefan Videv received his BSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2007 from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, and his MSc in Communications, Systems and Electronics in 2009 from the same university. He was awarded his PhD in 2013 for his thesis titled "Techniques for Green Radio Cellular Communications" from the University of Edinburgh. Stefan is currently employed as a research fellow at University of Edinburgh and working in the field of visible light communications (VLC). His research focus at the moment is on VLC and his interests include prototyping communication systems, smart resource allocation, and energy efficient communications.

      Jonathan Bowers, Systems Architect, Simplicity Al
      Best Practices for ATE Switch Configuration, Robert Burns Room, 12:45 GMT

      Jonathan Bowers gained an MEng in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University and has previously held a role within the Applications Engineering department at National Instruments. In 2007 he joined Simplicity AI as a Systems Architect, taking a key role in designing and delivering advanced solutions for test and measurement. Jonathan holds TestStand Architect, LabVIEW Architect and Certified Instructor qualifications from National Instruments. His interests include advanced object orientated software architectures and RF systems.

      Karl Miles Technical Sales Manager, The Peak Group
      Best Practices for ATE Switch Configuration, Robert Burns Room, 12:45 GMT

      Karl Miles is Technical Sales Manager at The Peak Group, formerly a hardware engineer at Nortel Networks and BAE Systems, during his career he has developed automated test solutions across Defence, Aerospace, Rail and Automotive applications bringing a holistic view to the solution to support products throughout their lifecycle.