Biography: Dr. Ashok Prajapati has over 17 years of experience and is well known researcher in his field. His area of expertise includes Industrial IoT, Battery Algorithms, Embedded Systems, Industrial Networking, RTOS, etc. Currently he is with Automated Driving division of Fiat-Chrysler Automobile (FCA), Michigan, USA. He also worked as a Battery Algorithms Design Engineer – Advance Battery Research with General Motors, USA and as a Senior Engineer/Researcher in Systems and Network Engineering group with the world's leading industrial robotics company, FANUC America Corporation, USA. He has given many high tech and demanding software products to the industry as discussed in many international news articles and magazines. He is serving as a Vice-Chair (5th term) in IEEE Computer Society South-East Michigan. He also serves as an Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Forensic Software Engineering. His recent contributions include Zero Down Time (ZDT) system which reduces robot’s down time significantly thus enhancing the productivity. Enhanced Data Access (EDA) is other significant contribution enhancing productivity and accuracy. This product stands out to be a tight integration between Rockwell PLC and FANUC Robot which became the main reason for the partnership announcement between the two. He has proven his technical leadership by providing world class products to the industry. He published over 20 international conferences/journals/books. He is the reviewer of many internationally accredited journals and conferences. In addition, he chaired and has been invited as keynote speaker for many international conferences worldwide. He has many books and patents in his credit. He is very valuable asset to the industry and organization he works for.
Biography: Dr Upasana Singh is with the Discipline of Information Systems and Technology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Westville Campus, in Durban South Africa. She lectures on a wide-range of IT-related subjects and she has a keen interest in Educational Technologies. Her PhD was on electronic assessment for which she developed and evaluated an online interactive tool to evaluate e-assessment systems, named e-SEAT. Using the e-SEAT framework academics can make a more informed decision on implementing the best-fit e-assessment system to satisfy their individual requirements. She successfully implemented the first formative e-assessment in the School of MIG at UKZN in 2014. In 2014, she received 2 research awards, one from the NRF and the other from UKZN, CLMS Teaching and Learning Unit. She served as panel reviewer for the NRFs Joint Collaboration applications in 2015 and 2016. Joint academic collaboration is one of her fortes having secured 3 MoUs with international universities. This has provided her with the platform to share her knowledge as invited guest speaker to local and international conferences in South Africa, India and Mauritius since 2015. She expanded this collaboration interest by volunteering as local co-ordinator for the 3rd IEEE ICACCE conference, held in Durban in 2016; e-MIG 2017 Conference in Mauritius in 2017; a committee member for the AAE Summer School in France 2017; and the 1st IEEE icABCD conference to be held in Durban in 2018. In 2017 she was selected to join the “Joint Expertise Programme” at Chemnitz Technical University in Germany; and selected to represent UKZN at MoodleMoot Australia in Sydney. She also has a keen interest in joint curriculum development with International Higher Education Institutions. In 2018 she was nominated on a 2 year training program in “Teaching Advancement in Universities” (TAU).