Prof Muhammad Imran
Professor of Communication Systems / Dean University of Glasgow UESTC (Autonomous Systems & Connectivity)
James Watt School of Engineering
Glasgow University

Muhammad Ali Imran – Fellow IET, Senior Member IEEE, Senior Fellow HEA UK – is Dean University of Glasgow UESTC and a Professor of Wireless Communication Systems with research interests in self organised networks, wireless networked control systems and the wireless sensor systems. He heads the Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group at University of Glasgow and is Director of Centre for Educational Development and Innovation.

He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA; Adjunct Research Professor at Ajman University, UAE and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He is also the Principal Investigator for Scotland 5G Centre’s Urban Testbed in Glasgow.

He has over 20 years of combined academic and industry experience with several leading roles in multi-million pounds funded projects. He has filed 15 patents; has authored/co-authored over 400 journal and conference publications; has authored 2 books, edited 8 books and authored more than 30 book chapters; has successfully supervised over 40 postgraduate students at Doctoral level. He has been a consultant to international projects and local companies in the area of self-organised networks.

Prof Lynne Baillie
Professor of Computer Science, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS)
Heriot-Watt University

Prof Lynne Baillie is currently the Director of the Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Research Group at Heriot-Watt University. She was a Senior Researcher at the Telecommunications Research Centre in Vienna (FTW) from December 2002 – December 2008. She has been successfully involved in the user centered design of home, mobile and rehabilitation technologies for over fifteen years. She has a strong track record over 15 years in research management and leadership at a senior level in two countries (Austria and UK). She has been awarded grants from prestigious research councils (MRC/EPSRC, FFG), international companies (Orange, Telecom Austria, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens, Microsoft), charities (Heritage Lottery Fund, CHSS, Paths to Health, Calman), and Governments (local, national and EU). She has over a 100 peer reviewed scientific papers in her specialist area.

Dr Chadi Khirallah
Samsung R&D Institute UK (SRUK)

Dr Chadi Khirallah is currently Chief Engineer and 3GPP standards delegate at Samsung R&D Institute UK (SRUK).
Chadi has been involved in 3GPP standardization of LTE, LTE-Advanced, and 5G systems. Chadi covers topics of Non-Terrestrial Networks, Artificial Intelligence /Machine Learning, Network Slicing, and Network Energy Savings. Chadi was also a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working on Green Radio Communications.


Dr Jess Phillips
ICT Portfolio Managers, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)

Dr Jess Phillips is the Portfolio Manager responsible for Communications in the Information and Communications Technology theme at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). She also manages the ICT Strategic Advisory Team and is the ICT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion representative.


Dr Jasmine Harvey
ICT Portfolio Managers, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)

Dr Jasmine Harvey is portfolio manager in the ICT theme. She manages the Senses portfolio which involve four research areas: Image and Vision Computing, Graphics and Visualisation, Music and Acoustic Technology, and Vision, Hearing and other Senses. Jasmine also oversees ICT Skills and Talent portfolio and is the theme contact for New Investigator Awards, Fellowships and CDTs.

Dr Debra Carr
Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

Dr Debra Carr is a materials engineer who works for the Defence and Security Accelerator as the Innovation Partner in Scotland. As well as working for the MOD, Debra has also been an academic with posts at Imperial College, the University of Otago and Cranfield University. Debra’s research expertise includes body armour and helmet design, wound ballistics and forensic textile science. Debra will talk about the funding opportunities available through DASA and how the organisation supports businesses