Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Essam HEGGY abstract
University of Southern California
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Essam HEGGY is a Planetary Scientist at the Viterbi School of Engineering in the University of Southern California and a ROSETTA Co-Investigator at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Heggy obtained both Master and PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics with a major in Space and Planetary sciences respectively in 1999 and 2002 with distinguished honours from the Sorbonne-UPMC Paris University in France. His research interests in space and planetary geophysics aims to understand water and ice distributions in Earth arid regions, Mars, the Moon, Icy satellites and Near Earth Objects. His research involves probing structural, hydrological and volcanic elements in terrestrial and planetary environments using different types of radar imaging and sounding techniques as well as measuring the electromagnetic properties of rocks in the radar frequency range. He is currently a member of the science team of the MARSIS instrument aboard the Mars Express Orbiter, the Mini-SAR experiment aboard Chandrayaan-1, the Mini-RF experiment on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the CONSERT radar experiment on board the Rosetta mission. He is also a contributing scientist to several proposed planetary and terrestrial radar imaging and soundings experiments and participated in several NASA radar mission concept design. Before Joining USC, Heggy was a Research Scientist in the Radar Science Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Visiting Associate in Geology at the California Institute of Technology, Tenure Associated Professor of Geophysics at the Institute of Earth Physics in Paris, France (Institut de Physique de Globe de Paris) and a visiting scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas.

Samir El-Ghazaly abstract
Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems
Directorate for Engineering National Science Foundation
Arlington, Virginia, USA
Samir M. El-Ghazaly, Distinguished Professor, Department Head, and Twenty-First Century Leadership Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, joins the National Science Foundation (NSF) as director of the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG). His term at NSF begins today.
El-Ghazaly’s leadership and research experience spans academia, industry, and government. From 2002 to 2007 he was a professor and head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His academic career began in the department of electrical engineering at Arizona State University. El-Ghazaly also has conducted research at universities and centers in Europe, as well as at Motorola and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the U.S. From 2009 to 2012 he served as an ECCS program director, while retaining his academic position.
“The Directorate for Engineering is honored to extend a warm welcome to Dr. El-Ghazaly, who brings deep expertise and great leadership to NSF,” said ENG Assistant Director Pramod Khargonekar. “His broad understanding of the research frontiers and national challenges, as well as the concerns of students and early-career researchers, will benefit both NSF and community we serve.”
El-Ghazaly’s research has focused on microwave and millimeter-wave semiconductor devices and circuits, semiconductor device simulations, electromagnetics, antennas, and numerical techniques applied to monolithic microwave integrated circuits. He has authored or co-authored 5 book chapters and nearly 200 publications.
El-Ghazaly received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in electronics and communications engineering from Cairo University. He has served the engineering community with distinction, particularly as chair of the IEEE Periodicals Committee, as President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, and as editor-in-chief for the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters. El-Ghazaly has received numerous recognitions and awards, and he is a Fellow of IEEE.

Cyril POUPON, abstract
Research Scientist in the UNIRS Group at NeuroSpin, CEA, Saclay - France.
High Field IRM, Functional IRM imaging.
Cyril Poupon, PhD, received the engineer degree from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon in 1995, the M.Sc. degree in signal and image processing INSA-Lyon, CREATIS lab, Lyon, France) in 1995, the PhD degree in signal and image processing from Telecom ParisTech (Paris, France) in 1999, and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from René Descartes Paris 5 University (Paris, France) in 2006. He did his PhD at CEA Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot (Orsay, France) under the supervision of Dr Jean-François Mangin where he developed diffusion-weighted MR imaging-based methods and he introduced the first global tractography approach to robustly probe the structural white matter connectivity. After a period of 3 years as a research engineer working for GE HealthCare (Buc, France), he joined the MR physics group of SHFJ to build a bridge between the LNAO bio-informatics lab and the MR physics laboratories. He’s actually the head of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy lab of NeuroSpin (UNIRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France), and he’s also the principal investigator of the Ultra High Field Clinical Imaging and Spectroscopy team of the UNIRS, as well as a principal investigator of the “Multi-scale architecture” program aiming at providing to the clinicians an anatomo-functional mapping of the human brain. His research is focused on high resolution diffusion imaging and more specifically on the use of diffusion imaging to probe the cytoarchitecture of brain tissues, coordinating the research about diffusion imaging at NeuroSpin from the development of the acquisition pulse sequences to the development of post-processing tools dedicated to clinical and cognitive applications. Cyril Poupon is coauthor of 89 peer-reviewed publications, and 122 conference papers and abstracts.

Nuno CARVALHO abstract
Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Radio Systems
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Nuno Borges Carvalho was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972.
He is currently a Full Professor and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro. and an IEEE Fellow.
He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003), Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and White Space Communication Technologies (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
He is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Microwave Magazine, Cambridge Wireless Power Transfer Journal and IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation Journal.
He is the co-inventor of four patents. His main research interests include software-defined radio front-ends, wireless power transmission, nonlinear distortion analysis in microwave/wireless circuits and systems, and measurement of nonlinear phenomena. He has recently been involved in the design of dedicated radios and systems for newly emerging wireless technologies.
Dr. Borges Carvalho was the co-chair of the IEEE MTT-20 Technical Committee and the past-chair of the IEEE Portuguese Section. He is also the chair of the URSI-Portugal Metrology Group.

Julien HILLAIRET, abstract
CEA Cadarache, IRFM, France
Julien HILLAIRET received his Ph.D degree in electronics and microwaves from the University of Toulouse in 2007. He then worked at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Cadarache, France. He is an expert on high power Radio-Frequency systems and plasma/wave interactions. His research interests also include multipactor, material and tribology aspects for RF. He is the main developer of the open-source plasma/wave coupling code ALOHA. In 2017, he was the scientific secretary of the Radio-Frequency Power in Plasmas Conference. He authored a chapter on Lower Hybrid Current Drive technologies in a fusion technology textbook and co-authored nearly 100 publications. Julien Hillairet is involved in many international projects with fusion associations based in Europe, China, US, India and Korea and with the ITER project.

Institut Fresnel, Marseille, France
Redha ABDEDDAIM obtained his Ph.D degree in 2007. He is Assistant Professor in Aix-Marseille University. He is a specialist in modelling and simulation of resonant structures.
He works on the antenna design and the improvement of their performance using dielectric or metamaterial for complex environments (MRI, sea.). He manages the European Project : M-Cube ( His role in the project will be project Local PI and on scientific side will bring expertise on metamaterials, antenna and MRI.Metamaterials in biomedical applications.