Keynote Speakers

Dr. John A. Stankovic

John A. Stankovic

BP America Professor, Life Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the ACM.

Speaker Biography: Professor John A. Stankovic is the BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York for his work in real-time systems. He won the IEEE Real-Time Systems Technical Committee's Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership. He also won the IEEE Technical Committee on Distributed Processing Distinguished Achievement Award (inaugural winner). Stankovic has an h-index of 119 and over 66,000 citations. In 2015, he was awarded the Univ. of Virginia Distinguished Scientist Award, and in 2010 the School of Engineering’s Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2020, he received the Research Mentor Award from UVA. He also received a Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts. He has given more than 40 Keynote talks at conferences and many Distinguished Lectures at major Universities. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Distributed and Parallel Systems and was founder and co-editor-in-chief for the Real-Time Systems Journal and the ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare.

Dr. Wei Ding

Wei Ding

Program Director, NSF

Speaker Biography: Wei Ding received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Houston in 2008. She is a Professor of Computer Science in the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests include data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computational semantics, and with applications to health sciences, astronomy, geosciences, and environmental sciences. She has published more than 130 referred research papers, one book, and has three patents. She is an Associate Editor of the ACM Transaction on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD), the ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), and the Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS). She served as an editorial board member of the Journal of Information System Education (JISE), the Journal of Big Data, and the Social Network Analysis and Mining Journal. She is the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), the Best Paper Award at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics (ICCI), the Best Poster Presentation award at the 2008 ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (SIGSPAITAL GIS). She received the 2019 WISAY Distinguished Woman in Science Award from the Yale University, 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award and the Best PhD Work Award between 2007 and 2010 from the University of Houston. Her research projects have been sponsored by NSF, NIH, NASA, and DOE. She is an IEEE senior member and an ACM senior member.


Dr. Wendy Nilsen

Wendy Nilsen

Program Director, NSF

Panelist Biography: Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is a Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and health. This includes a wide range of methods for data collection, data analytics and turning data to knowledge. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data and robotics, as they relate to health. More specifically, her efforts include: serving as cochair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development community of practice of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program; the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement; convening workshops to address methodology in mobile technology research; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and, leading training institutes. Previously, Wendy was at the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).

Dr. Brian Thomas Garibaldi

Brian Thomas Garibaldi

M.D., Johns Hopkins

Panelist Biography: Dr. Brian Garibaldi is an associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is medical director of the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit (BCU), a federally-funded special pathogens treatment center. He is also the associate program director of the Osler Medical Residency Program. He has an in-depth knowledge of the challenges of the biocontainment environment and understands the specific threats to both health care worker and patient safety in the setting of highly infectious diseases. In addition to caring for patients with COVID-19, he is the director of the newly established COVID-19 Precision Medicine Center of Excellence. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence.