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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Phill Cartwright



Phill Cartwright is Executive Chairman for the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) a Joint venture between Airbus and Rolls-Royce.  The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability.   It provides core modelling, simulation and AI methods for both product and services predominantly in high value sectors such as civil aerospace, defence aerospace and automotive.  The focus is improved safety, productivity, fuel efficiency, in field operations and customer delight.

 He is also a member of the Innovation Board at Mace.  Mace is an international consultancy and construction company (£2-billion), founded and built on exceptional people and an entrepreneurial spirit

 He is also a member of the advisory board of ACE.  ACE is the Association of Consultancy & Engineering with over 450 member companies operating in the social and economic infrastructure sectors.

 He is a non-executive Director with IA Connects the global “i4.0 & Internet of Things” provider across multiple sectors.

 With a passion for solving complex and mathematical engineering problems, Phill has a PhD in Mathematical Modelling of Complex Power Systems from UMIST.  He is a Fellow of The Institute Of Engineering & Technology.  He is also a visiting professor at The University of Manchester & The University of Strathclyde and has numerous technical & business publications.  His research continues in mathematical modelling, analyses and simulation.

Prof. Karu Esselle



Professor Karu Esselle, IEEE ‘M (1992), SM (1996), F (2016), is the Distinguished Professor in Electromagnetic & Antenna Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney and a Visiting Professor of Macquarie University, Sydney. According to a Special Report on Research published by The Australian national newspaper in 2019, he is the National Research Field Leader in Microelectronics and Electronic Packaging fields in Engineering Discipline as well as the Electromagnetism field in the Disciplines of Physics and Mathematics.

Karu received BSc degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and MASc and PhD degrees with near-perfect GPA in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Previously he was Director of WiMed Research Centre and Associate Dean – Higher Degree Research (HDR) of the Division of Information and Communication Sciences and directed the Centre for Collaboration in Electromagnetic and Antenna Engineering at Macquarie University. He has also served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Division Executive and as the Head of the Department several times.

In 2018 and again in 2019, Karu has been selected to chair the prestigious Distinguished Lecturer Program Committee of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation (AP) Society – the premier global learned society dedicated for antennas and propagation - which has about 9,000 members worldwide. After two stages in the selection process, Karu was also selected by this Society as one of two candidates in the ballot for 2019 President of the Society. Only three people from Asia or Pacific apparently have received this honour in the 68-year history of this Society. Karu is also one of the three Distinguished Lecturers (DL) selected by the Society in 2016. He is the only Australian to chair the AP DL Program ever, the only Australian AP DL in almost two decades, and second Australian AP DL ever (after UTS Distinguished Visiting Professor Trevor Bird). He has been continuously serving the IEEE AP Society Administrative Committee in several elected or ex-officio positions since 2015. Karu is also the Chair of the Board of management of Australian Antenna Measurement Facility, and was the elected Chair of both IEEE New South Wales (NSW), and IEEE NSW AP/MTT Chapter, in 2016 and 2017. Karu was elevated to prestigious IEEE Fellow grade for his contributions to resonance-based antennas. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Karu has authored approximately 600 research publications and his papers have been cited over 8,400 times. In 2018 alone his publications received 1084 citations. He is the first Australian antenna researcher ever to reach Google Scholar h-index of 30 and his citation indices have been among the top Australian antenna researchers for a long time (in October 2019: i10 is 164 and h-index is 43). Since 2002, his research team has been involved with research grants, contracts and PhD scholarships worth over 18 million dollars, including 15 Australian Research Council grants, without counting the 245 million-dollar SmartSat Corporative Research Centre, which started in 2019. His research has been supported by many national and international organisations including Australian Research Council, Intel, US Air Force, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Australian Department of Defence, Australian Department of industry, and German and Indian governments.

Karu’s awards include 2019 Motohisa Kanda Award (from IEEE USA) for the most cited paper in IEEE Transactions on EMC in the past five years, selection as a Finalist for the forthcoming 2019 Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards for Innovative Technologies, 2019 ARC Discovery International Award, 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2017 Engineering Excellence Award for Best Innovation, 2017 Highly Commended Research Excellence Award from Macquarie University, 2017 Certificate of Recognition from IEEE Region 10, 2016 and 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards for Best Published Paper from IESL NSW Chapter, 2011 Outstanding Branch Counsellor Award from IEEE headquarters (USA), 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision and 2004 Innovation Award for best invention disclosure. His mentees have been awarded many fellowships, awards and prizes for their research achievements. Forty-eight international experts who examined the theses of his recent PhD graduates ranked them in the top 5% or 10%.

Karu has provided expert assistance to more than a dozen companies including Intel, Hewlett Packard Laboratory (USA), Cisco Systems (USA), Audacy (USA), Cochlear, Optus, ResMed and Katherine-Werke (Germany). Among them, his team designed the high-gain antenna system for the world’s first entirely Ka-band CubeSat made by Audacy, USA and launched to space by SpaceX in December 2018. This is believed to be the first Australian-designed high-gain antenna system in space, since CSIRO-designed antennas in Australia’s own FedSat launched in 2002.

Karu is in the College of Expert Reviewers of the European Science Foundation (2019-22) and he has been invited to serve as an international expert/research grant assessor by several other research funding bodies as well, including European Research Council and national agencies in the Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Hong-Kong, Georgia, South Africa and Chile. He has been invited by Vice-Chancellors of Australian and overseas universities to assess applications for promotion to professorial levels. He has also been invited to assess grant applications submitted to Australia’s most prestigious schemes such as Australian Federation Fellowships and Australian Laureate Fellowships. In addition to the large number of invited conference speeches he has given, he has been an invited keynote speaker of several IEEE and URSI conferences and workshops including URSI’19 Seville, Spain, and 23rd ICECOM in 2019 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas Propagation as well as IEEE Access. He is the Technical Program Committee Co-Chair of ISAP 2015, APMC 2011 and TENCON 2013 and the Publicity Chair of ICEAA 2016, IWAT 2014 and APMC 2000. His previous research activities are posted in the web at http://web.science.mq.edu.au/~esselle/ .

Manish Pandey

Fellow, VP R&D Synopsys



Dr. Manish Pandey is a Fellow, VP R&D at Synopsys, and an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He completed his B. Tech. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He currently leads the R&D teams for formal and static technologies, power analysis, distributed systems and machine learning at Synopsys. He previously led the development of several static and formal verification technologies at Verplex and Cadence which are in widespread use in the industry. He also has extensive experience in distributed systems and computing infrastructure, when he led the display advertising security group at Yahoo, and storage analytics systems at Nutanix. Dr. Pandey has been the recipient of the IEEE Transaction in CAD Outstanding Young author award, and holds over two dozen patents and refereed publications.