Dr. Tekin Meriçli

Tekin Meriçli, Ph.D. is a co-founder and the CTO of Locomation. Prior to Locomation, he was a Special Faculty – Commercialization Specialist at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute where he was also a Senior Robotics Engineer. Since 2003, Dr. Meriçli has been practicing systems engineering across a wide variety of robots and systems including autonomous and semi-autonomous ground vehicles, mapping, state estimation, and operator assist systems, perception and motion planning for ground and aerial robots, industrial automation and process improvement, wheeled tour guide and service robots, intelligent assistive robotic manipulators and search and rescue robots, and various legged robots. He also has over 40 publications in the areas of robotics and computer sciences, including best paper award recipients.

Tim Worboys

Tim Worboys received his BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada before starting his career at LinkedIn in 2012. Tim has worked at LinkedIn through its hyper-growth phase between 2012 and present where the number of employees grew from 2,100 to 9,200 in only four years. During this time he grew from an entry level Software Engineer to his current role as Manager, Software Engineering.

Tim is passionate about leadership and management and enjoys speaking and writing about these topics as well mentoring and helping people to grow their careers. Tim has held several positions in the IEEE including Vice Chair, Leadership and Training for the Young Professionals and his current roles as Region 6 – Central Area Chair, and Social Media Chair for the Communications Committee of the IEEE-USA. In his spare time, you can find Tim hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or whitewater rafting.

Joe Decuir

Joe Decuir is still having an interesting career. After two degrees at UC Berkeley, he has worked in medical electronics, video games, personal computers, communications and networking. He was just elevated to Fellow by IEEE for work on video games. He has been writing public standards for connectivity in mass market products, including modems, USB and Bluetooth. He is also active organizing the 2015 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference for October 2015.


Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates is a widely respected digital storage analyst as well as business and technology consultant. He has over 35 years in the data storage industry with multiple engineering and management positions at high profile companies.
Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. Tom is also the author of Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide, which was published by Newnes Press. Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis as well as Data Storage Technical and Business Consulting services. Tom publishes the Digital Storage Technology Newsletter, the Media and Entertainment Storage Report, the Emerging Non-Volatile Memory Report and other industry reports. Tom is also a regular contributor on digital storage for Forbes.com and other blogs.
Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, the IEEE (he is Director for IEEE Region 6 and active in the Consumer Electronics Society where he is chairman of the Future Directions Committee) and other professional organizations. Tom is the founder and organizer of the Annual Storage Visions Conference (www.storagevisions.com), a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show, as well as the Creative Storage Conference (www.creativestorage.org). He is the general chairman of the annual Flash Memory Summit. He is a Senior member of the IEEE, Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors and a member of the Consultants Network of Silicon Valley (CNSV). For more information on Tom Coughlin and his publications go to www.tomcoughlin.com.

Dr. Nereida Rodriguez-Alvarez

Dr. Nereida Rodriguez-Alvarez is currently a scientist within the Planetary Radar and Radio Science group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. She got her Ph.D. in Telecommunications, specializing in passive remote sensing applications, from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. She has more than a decade experience in bistatic radar using signals of opportunity and the development of retrieval algorithms for Earth science. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University and was part of the science team of the CYclone Global Navigation Satellite Systems (CYGNSS) NASA Earth Venture mission for more than two and a half years. She has also engaged entrepreneurial activities several times along her scientific career.
Dr. Rodriguez-Alvarez latest research involves a collaboration with the International Research Institute (IRI) from Columbia University to support a project towards using signals of opportunity to improve the monitoring and detection of floods, a natural disaster that affects population and infrastructure. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez-Alvarez has been awarded to lead the 2019 Blue Sky Study “The Feasibility of Using Near-Earth Objects as Transportation Vehicles for Strategic Small Low-Cost Sensing Instruments”. She extends her research activities into the planetary radar field by exploiting cosmic radio sources as signals of opportunity to sense planets, moons and asteroids.
Dr. Rodriguez-Alvarez is an IEEE senior member. She serves as technical reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS), IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters (GRSL), IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), and Remote Sensing MDPI journal. She is guest editor of a special issue in Remote Sensing MDPI journal. She is also part of the editorial board of Remote Sensing MDPI ‘Engineering Remote Sensing’ section.