Keynote Speakers

Current Research and Development of Wireless Power Transfer via Radio Waves and the Application

Naoki Shinohara, Kyoto University

Naoki Shinohara received the B.E. degree in electronic engineering, the M.E. and Ph.D (Eng.) degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1991, 1993 and 1996, respectively. He was a research associate in the Radio Atmospheric Science Center, Kyoto University from 1996. From 2010, he has been a professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. He has been engaged in research on Solar Power Station/Satellite and Microwave Power Transmission system. He is IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee 26 (Wireless Power Transfer and Conversion) vice chair, IEEE MTT-S Kansai Chapter TPC member, IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference advisory committee member, international journal of Wireless Power Transfer (Cambridge Press) executive editor, Radio Science for URSI Japanese committee C member, technical committee chair on IEICE Wireless Power Transfer, Japan Society of Electromagnetic Wave Energy Applications vice chair, Wireless Power Transfer Consortium for Practical Applications (WiPoT) chair, and Wireless Power Management Consortium (WPMc) chair.

Wireless Power: From Challenges to a Promise Beyond

Hatem Zeine, Founder and CEO, Ossia

Technology innovator and serial entrepreneur Hatem Zeine wants the world to cut the wires between its devices and the electricity needed to power them. With a background in physics, in 2007 Hatem devised the now patented Cota™ technology that transmits power wirelessly from as far away as 30 feet.
As CEO of Ossia, the company he founded and launched in 2008, Hatem inspires and directs a team of scientists and engineers who are set to revolutionize consumer electronics worldwide.
Hatem’s career in technology spans over two decades. In 1990 he founded Zeine Technological Applications, known later as Estarta Solutions, which today is the largest systems integrator in the Middle East, providing turnkey technology solutions to governments, financial institutions and telecom companies. Estarta, where Hatem has also served on the board of directors, was the first company in the region to receive direct investments from Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
Prior to founding Ossia, Hatem was a Principal Software Architect for Microsoft, where he spent seven years working first on the Windows operating system, and later in Web development.
A native of Jordan, he served as co-founder and vice chairman of the Information Technology Association of Jordan prior to relocating to the United States in 2004. Hatem holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Manchester in the UK.

Array Synthesis Methods for Long-Distance WPT – State-of-the-Art, Advances, and Future Challanges

Andrea Massa, University of Trento

Andrea Massa received the “laurea” degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in EECS from the same university in 1996. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering (University of Genoa). From 2001 to 2004, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Trento. Since 2005, he has been a Full Professor of Electromagnetic Fields at the University of Trento, where he currently teaches electromagnetic fields, inverse scattering techniques, antennas and wireless communications, wireless services and devices, and optimization techniques.
At present, Prof. Massa is the director of the ELEDIA Research Center with a staff of more than 30 researchers located in the headquarter at the University of Trento and in the offshore labs [ELEDIA@L2S in Paris (France), ELEDIA@UniNAGA in Nagasaki (Japan), ELEDIA@UESTC in Chengdu (China), ELEDIA@USIL in Lima (Peru), ELEDIA@CTU in Prague (Czech Republic), ELEDIA@Innov’COM in Tunis (Tunisia)]. Moreover, he is Adjunct Professor at Penn State University (USA), Professor @ CentraleSupélec, and holder of a Senior DIGITEO Chair developed in co-operation between the Laboratoire des Signaux et Systèmes in Gif-sur-Yvette and the Department "Imagerie et Simulation for the Contrôle" of CEA LIST in Saclay (France) from December 2014, and he has been Visiting Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA), the Nagasaki University (Japan), the University of Paris Sud (France), the Kumamoto University (Japan), and the National University of Singapore (Singapore). Recently, it has been appointed IEEE AP-S Distinguished Lecturer (2016-2018).
Prof. Massa serves as Associate Editor of the “IEEE Transaction on Antennas and Propagation” and Associate Editor of the “International Journal of Microwave and Wireless Technologies” and he is member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications”, a permanent member of the “PIERS Technical Committee” and of the “EuMW Technical Committee”, and a ESoA member. He has been appointed in the Scientific Board of the “Società Italiana di Elettromagnetismo (SIEm)” and elected in the Scientific Board of the Interuniversity National Center for Telecommunications (CNIT). Moreover, he has been appointed in 2011 by the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and National Research (ANVUR) as a member of the Recognized Expert Evaluation Group (Area 09, ‘Industrial and Information Engineering’) for the evaluation of the researches at the Italian University and Research Center for the period 2004-2010. Furthermore, he has been elected as the Italian Member of the Management Committee of the COST Action TU1208 “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar”.
His research activities are mainly concerned with inverse problems, analysis/synthesis of antenna systems and large arrays, cross‐layer optimization and planning of wireless/RF systems, semantic wireless technologies, system-by-design and material‐by‐design (metamaterials and reconfigurable‐materials), and theory/applications of optimization techniques to engineering problems (tele-communications, medicine, and biology).
Prof. Massa published more than 600 scientific publications among which about 270 on international journals and more than 350 in international conferences where he presented more than 70 invited contributions. He has organized more than 50 scientific sessions in international conferences and has participated to several technological projects in the European framework (20 EU Projects) as well as at the national and local level with national agencies (more than 100 Projects/Grants).