Keynote Speakers

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Note: The keynote lectures will take place as part of the technical sessions of the congress. You can check the program HERE and register to attend the congress HERE.

 


KEYNOTE SPEECHES

Prof. Nuria Garc√≠a-Herranz ‚Äď Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain.

Prof. Nuria García-Herranz  Is  an   Associate   Professor   of   Nuclear   Engineering   at  UPM,  Department  of  Energy Engineering, where she has  taught in the areas  of  Nuclear Technology and Nuclear Fission Reactors   since  2005. She  is  an  Energy  Engineer  (1995) and  PhD  in Nuclear  Engineering  (2000)  from  UPM. She  has  been  advisor  of  6  PhD  theses, four of them awarded  or finalists with the European Nuclear Education Network PhD prize. She has graduated about  45 BSc  and MSc  students. Her  main research  areas include Reactor  Physics  (neutronics and multi-physics for both  current  reactors  and  Generation-IV fast reactors), Inventory and Criticality  Safety, together  with Sensitivity and Uncertainty  analysis  due to  Nuclear Data. Innovation in education in Reactor Physics is also one of her active areas of work.

Her scientific contributions have been published  in 37 papers  in  indexed journals, 67  peer-reviewed  international   conference  proceedings   and  around  75   presentations  in  workshops  and  national conferences. She has participated in 12 European projects (principal investigator in 3 of them), and in 17 national research projects.

She has internationally recognized expertise in Reactor Physics, being Spanish Delegate of the Working  Party  on  Scientific Issues  of  Reactor  Systems (WPRS) of the OECD/NEA  Nuclear  Science Committee  since  2021,  and  Spanish  Delegate  of the Expert Group on Physics of Reactor Systems (EGPRS)  since  2020. She  is  member  of the Editorial Board  of Annals of Nuclear Energy since 2021.

 

Prof. Eduardo Gallego ‚Äď Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain.

Prof. Eduardo Gallego ¬†Is full Professor of¬† Nuclear Engineering at UPM¬† in¬† the Department¬† of¬† Energy¬† Engineering of¬† the Technical School of Industrial Engineers, where¬† he has taught¬† in¬† the areas of¬† Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety since 1985. He is Industrial Engineer specializing in Energy Techniques (1982) and PhD in¬† Industrial¬† Engineering (1990)¬† from the UPM. He has been advisor of 10 PhD Theses and over a hundred Final Degree¬† or Master Theses. He is Director of the¬† University Master’s¬† Degree in Nuclear Science and Technology at the UPM since 2011.

Currently,  his  main  lines  of  research  are  neutron  detection,  dosimetry  and  spectrometry,  being responsible  for  the   Neutron  Measurement  Laboratory  of the UPM,  and  support  for analysis  and decision-making  in  nuclear  emergencies to evaluate  protection measures for the population having been co-founder and member of  the Management  Board of  the European  Platform  NERIS on  Nuclear  and Radiological  Emergencies since its creation in 2012 until 2022.

He is  a member  of  the  Board of  Directors  of  the Spanish Nuclear Society (2020-2024). He has been President of the Spanish Society for  Radiological Protection (2013-2015) and previously Vice President (2010-2012) and Treasurer (2000-2004). At the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) he has been member of the Executive Council (2008-2016) and Vice President (2016-2020). He belongs to the International Commission  on  Radiological Protection (ICRP) since 2013, as a member of Committee 4.

 

Prof. Natalia M. L√≥pez ‚Äď IEEE Section Argentina Chair, Argentina

Prof. Natalia M. López received the Biomedical Engineering., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Control Engineering from Universidad Nacional Juan (UNSJ) in 2001, 2007 and 2010, respectively. In 2003 she joined the Institute of Bioengineering INBIO, where she is currently Professor and Researcher from the CONICET (National Council of Scientific Technical Research). Her research is focused on electromyographic and microelectrode recordings brain signal processing, assistive devices, and the application of robotics in neurorehabilitation. She leads an interdisciplinary group in the public local Hospital for neurological procedures and rehabilitation, joining the research results in academia with the daily clinical transference. Prof. Natalia Lopez, has an academic background in Engineering and Control Systems, and neurosurgical experience in stereotaxic programming and Deep Brain Simulators implants for Parkinson patients. Currently, she is IEEE Section Argentina Chair, IEEE Senior and HKN member.

 

Prof. Fausto Pedro Garc√≠a M√°rquez ‚Äď Castilla-La Mancha University (UCLM), Spain

Prof. Fausto Pedro Garc√≠a M√°rquez¬†has been a full professor at the University of Castilla‚ÄďLa Mancha (UCLM), Spain, since 2013. He is an honorary senior research fellow at Birmingham University, UK, and a lecturer at the Postgraduate European Institute. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. M√°rquez was a senior manager at Accenture. He obtained his European Ph.D. with a maximum distinction. He has been awarded several prizes, including the Runner (2020) and Advancement Prizes (2018) for Management Science and Engineering Management;

First International Business Ideas Competition Award (2017); Runner (2015), Advancement (2013), and Silver (2012) Prizes from the International Society of Management Science and Engineering Management (ICMSEM); and Best Paper Award, Renewable Energy (2015). He has published more than 150 papers in reputable journals. He is the author and editor of thirty-one books and five patents. He is an editor for five international journals and a committee member of more than forty international conferences. He has been the principal investigator for four European projects, six national projects, and more than 150 projects for universities and companies. His main interests are artificial intelligence, maintenance, management, renewable energy, transport, advanced analytics, and data science. He is an expert in the European Union in AI4People (EISMD), and ESF. He is also the director of the Ingenium Research Group.

 

Prof. Emilio Minguez Torres – University of the Caribbean (UNICARIBE), Dominican Republic

Prof. Emilio Minguez-TorresIs Rector at University of the Caribbean (UNICARIBE) since february 2023, Emeritus Professor in Nuclear Engineering at Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), President of the European Nuclear Society (ENS РJanuary 2020 to December 2021), President of the Spanish Nuclear Society (SNE) since march 2023, and member of the expert Committee of the Spanish Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2020 Р2024). He is Industrial Engineer (1973) and PhD in Industrial Engineering (1981) from the UPM. He has been invited professor in more than 20 Universities and Research Centers as University of Florida (USA РJune РAugust 1992), University of Nevada, Reno (USA РSeptember 2000), Northwersten Polytechnic Univdrsity (NPU), Xián (China РJuly 2018), 

¬†Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST – January to March 2020), Xi’an Jiaotong (China – October 2018 to April 2019), Harbin Engineering University (April 2019), Balseiro Institute (Argentina – September to November 2019), Metropolitan Technological University (Chile – December 2019), Beihang University (China – December 2017 to October 2018), Polytechnical University of Saint Petersburg (Russia – July 2018 – July 2019), National Polytechnic Institute (Mexico – March 2017), Tongi University (China – December 2017), Purdue University (USA – December 2016), Technological of Monterrey (Mexico – October 2015). He has published more than 150 papers in journals and about 200 papers at International Conference. He has expertise in inertial fusion, reactor physics, advanced reactors generation IV, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Nuclear Transmutation, Modular and microreactors, hybrid reactors and academic knowledge management.

 

Prof. Jos√© Vuelvas ‚Äď Pontifical Javeriana University (PUJ), Colombia

Prof. José Vuelvas Is Electronical Engineer, Master on Electronical Engineer and Philosophy Doctor on Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (major in Electronics Circuits design, control systems, optimization, game theory and e-market. He has 10 years of experience as University Professor. He was co-founder of Hakken Company developed customized technological solutions in the areas of renewable energy, lighting and building automation.

 He has published more than 30 papers in reputable journals as Applied Energy, and Electric Power System Research, and international conferences. He obtained his master with a maximum distinction and doctorate with Summa cum laude. He is currently professor in the Electronical Department of the Faculty Engineering and director of the master in Energy and Sustainability at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

 

Prof. Diego Pati√Īo Guevara ‚Äď Pontifical Javeriana University (PUJ), Colombia

Prof. Diego Pati√Īo-Guevara is a full time professor at La Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogot√°. He is outstanding researcher in Colombia. He has maintained a high level of publications in the areas of systems control, energy, and health. He is electronic engineer (2002) and M.Sc. in electronics and computers (2004). He has a Ph.D. in automatic control and digital signal processing from Universit√© de Lorraine in France.

He is currently the chair of the electronics department at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He is the editor in chief of the journal Ingeniería y Universidad.

 

Prof. Ezequiel Zamora Ledezma – Technical University of Manabi (UTM), Ecuador

Prof. Ezequiel Zamora-Ledezma is a Biologist (Universidad de Los Andes-Venezuela, 2002), Master in Biological Sciences (Universidad Simón Bolívar-Venezuela, 2008) and PhD in Ecosystems and Agronomic Sciences (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université de Montpellier-France, 2013). He has more than 15 years of experience as a researcher at the  Technological Institute of Petroleum РIntevep S.A. (Venezuela), working on many projects: environmental assessment, restoration of terrestrial ecosystems and waste management and environmental policies.

 In Intevep he held different responsibilities: Project Manager, Team Leader, Senior Member of the Editorial Committee, Head of Environment Department, Environmental Advisor for both Ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs.

He has been a lecturer at the Universidad Nacional Experimental Polit√©cnica (Venezuela). He also worked at the Universidad Venezolana de los Hidrocarburos (from 2014 to 2018), as postgraduate professor (Environmental Quality, Ecology and Research Methodology); Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Ecology and Petroleum; and Director of the Institute of Health and Environment (2015-2018).

In October 2018 he joined the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering at the Universidad T√©cnica de Manab√≠ (UTM), Ecuador, as a full professor-researcher. At the UTM he is responsible of undergraduate courses (Soil Conservation, Soil Sciences, Saline-Sodic Soil Restoration, Rural Planning and Research methodology). Since 2019 he is also coordinator of the research group “Agroecosystems Functioning and Climate Change – FAGROCLIM”. Since 2020 he is also professor and coordinator of the Research Master in Agroecology and Climate Change. In 2021 he was representative for the Research Institute to the UTM’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Currently he is the Vice-Dean of Research & Postgraduate of the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering.

He has extensive experience in functional ecology, agroecosystems, carbon dynamics in natural systems, agroecology, climate change, bioeconomy, among others. Currently, he directs several national and international research programs and projects, in collaboration with colleagues from renowned universities and research centers in Latin America, Europe and Africa. He has been director and co-director of several undergraduate, master and doctoral theses. He has participated as a speaker and lecturer in high-level national and international academic events. He has more than 30 recognized and indexed scientific publications and several book chapters.

 

Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz – United Nations, International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Ian F. Akyildiz (Life Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen‚ÄďN√ľrnberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981, and 1984, respectively. He is the Founder and President of the Truva Inc, a consulting company) since 1989. He is also an Advisory Board member at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, since June 2020. He is also Founder and President of the Truva Inc., a consulting company based in Georgia, USA, since 1989. He is the Founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the newly established of International Telecommunication Union Journal on Future and Evolving Technologies (ITU J-FET) since August 2020. He served as the Ken Byers Chair Professor in Telecommunications, the Past Chair of the Telecom Group at the ECE, and the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, from 1985 to 2020.¬†

He had many international affiliations during his career and established research centers in Iceland, Spain, South Africa, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Russia, India and Cyprus.  Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE Fellow since 1996, and ACM Fellow since 1997. He received numerous awards from IEEE, ACM, and other professional organizations, including Humboldt Award from Germany and Tubitak Award from Turkey. In April 2023, according to Google Scholar his h-index is 135 and the total number of citations to his articles is more than 136+K. His current research interests include Networking 2030, Metaverse, Hologram and Extended Reality Communication, 6G/7G wireless systems, Terahertz Communication, Underwater Communication. 

 

Prof. V√≠ctor Hugo G√≥mez Yepes ‚Äď Claretiana University of Colombia (UNICLARETIANA), Colombia

Prof. Víctor Hugo Gómez-Yepes is a researcher at the Clateriana University of Colombia, professor at ITM, Medellin, with a Ph.D. and master degree from Pontificia Bolivariana University (UPB) and some others Universities in Colombia. Research areas: Philosophy of technology, bioethics, philosophy of Science. Ph.D. in Philosophy, 2018 (UPB), master in development, 1998 (UPB), professional in Philosophy 1991 (UPB).

Researcher recognized by ministry of Science, technology and Innovation. Author of several books, book chapters, magazine articles, published in Spain, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. Member of acadamic and scientific committees of international journals. Professor and lecturer in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. Peer evaluator of international journals, member of international academic networks, member of master¬īs and courts, jury of research papers and books of research results.

 

Pedro Varas Bruzzone – CEO GRET, Chile

Pedro Varas He is one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Latin America who has sold 2 companies. One of them was Founderlist, an Equity Crowdfunding platform that invested in 18 companies and today one of them is a unicorn that exceeds one trillion dollars. He sold it in 2020 to a major venture capital fund. He also founded Trapi, a 100% B2B fruit and vegetable supply platform, which just one year after his birth was acquired by Lomi for US$1M. In addition, he also founded Gret, a Google Drive-like platform for businesses that monetize files. Pedro is also a partner and CMO of Rocktruck, recognized since this year as one of the most important logistics companies in Latin America, which in less than 4 years, has a fleet of 600 trucks, 61 of its own trucks, +100 collaborators and a monthly billing. of US$1.46M. He has been the Chief Digital Officer of a Multifamily Office and Product Manager in other companies. He is a judge of government instances in Chile, to decide which companies will be granted state financing, in addition to being an Advisor and Director of 3 companies.

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