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1.James M.Tien, Professor,  Past  President  of  IEEE  SMC,  IEEE  Fellow,  Academician  of America National Academy of Engineering, Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Miami, USA

2.C. L. Philip Chen, Professor, Past President of IEEE SMC, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Macau, China

3.Martin Dresner, Professor, Chair of the Logistics, Business and Public Policy Department, R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, USA

4.Yannis A. Phillis, Professor, Past President of Technical University of Crete, Greece

5.Kalyan Singhal, Professor, Area Editor in chief of Production and Operations Management, Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore, USA

6.Francisco Saldanha da Gama, Professor, Editor in chief of Computers & Operations Research

 


James M. Tien

PhD

DEng (h.c.), NAE

Email: jmtien@miami.edu

Distinguished Professor and Dean, College of     Engineering

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Bio. In 2007, Dr. James M. Tien became a Distinguished Professor and the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.  He received the BEE from  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the SM, EE and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He has held leadership positions at Bell Telephone Laboratories, at the  Rand Corporation, and at Structured Decisions Corporation (which he co-founded).  He joined the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at RPI in 1977, became Acting  Chair of the department, joined a unique interdisciplinary Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems as its founding Chair, and twice served as the Acting Dean of  Engineering. Dr. Tien has published extensively, been invited to present dozens of plenary lectures, and been honored with both teaching and research awards, including being elected a Fellow  in IEEE, INFORMS and AAAS and being a recipient of the IEEE Joseph G. Wohl Outstanding Career Award, the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award, the IEEE Norbert Wiener Award,  the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award, and the IBM Faculty Award. He received a Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) from Canada’s University of Waterloo and is also an Honorary  Professor at over a dozen non-U.S. universities. Dr. Tien is an elected member of the prestigious U. S. National Academy of Engineering.

After 8 years as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, Dr. James M. Tien stepped down in 2015; he remains a Distinguished Professor.  He received the BEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the SM, EE and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He has held leadership positions at Bell Telephone Laboratories, at the Rand Corporation, and at Structured Decisions Corporation (which he co-founded).  He joined the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at RPI in 1977, became Acting Chair of the department, joined a unique interdisciplinary Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems as its founding Chair, and twice served as RPI’s Acting Dean of Engineering. Dr. Tien has published extensively, been invited to present dozens of plenary lectures, and been honored with both teaching and research awards, including being elected a Fellow in IEEE, INFORMS and AAAS and being a recipient of the IEEE Joseph G. Wohl Outstanding Career Award, the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award, the IEEE Norbert Wiener Award, the IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award, and the IBM Faculty Award. He received a Doctor of Engineering (honoris causa) from Canada’s University of Waterloo and is also an Honorary Professor at over a dozen non-U.S. universities.  Dr. Tien is also an elected member of the U. S. National Academy of Engineering.


C. L. Philip Chen

Professor, Dean

Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part A: Applications and Reviews

Past President of IEEE SMC, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow

University of Macau, Macau, China

After having worked at U.S. for 23 years as a tenured professor, as a department head and associate dean in two different universities, he is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau, Macau, China and a Chair Professor of the Department of Computer and Information Science.

Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS. He has been the President of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (2012-2013). Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems (2014-) and associate editors of IEEE Access and several IEEE Transactions. He is also the Chair of TC 9.1 Economic and Business Systems of IFAC. His research areas are systems, cybernetics, and computational intelligence. He is also an executive committee member of Chinese Association of Automation, Fellow of CAA and Associate EIC of CAA Communications, a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Engineer. A Program Evaluator of ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) in Electrical Engineering, Comp Eng, and Software Engineering.


Martin Dresner Professor

Email: mdresner@rhsmith.umd.edu

Martin Dresner is Professor of Logistics and Transportation at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.  He received his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the University of British Columbia.  Dresner has published over 80 papers in refereed journals, with research focusing on two broad areas, air transport economics and supply chain management. Professionally, he is President of the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) and former president of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group (TPUG) of the Allied Social Sciences Association, and of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF)..

Title

The Impact of Baggage Fees on Passenger Demand, Airfares and Airline Operations in the US.

Abstract:

The talk explores the impact of baggage fees on passenger demand, airfares and airline operations in the United States. Fees for a first or second checked bag were first imposed by American Airlines on US domestic flights in 2008. Other major carriers followed suit, with the exception of Southwest Airlines, which still does not assess fees for (two) checked bags and JetBlue Airways, which only began imposing fees in 2015. Using these holdout carriers for comparison purposes, the analysis shows how demand and pricing have adjusted for the fee-charging and no-fee carriers. Moreover, models are estimated to demonstrate demand shifts among the carriers on competitive routes, and to show how the fees have impacted operational performance.

 


Yannis A. Phillis Professor

Yannis A. Phillis received his diploma in electrical and mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1973 and the M.S., Engineer Degree, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, in control systems in 1978, 1979, and 1980, respectively.

From 1980 to 1986, he was with Boston University, Boston, MA. Since 1986, he has been with the Department of Production Engineering and Management, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece where he is professor and director of the CAM Laboratory. In 1992 and between 2005 and 2007 he was visiting professor at UCLA's Chemical Engineering Department. Between September and October 2008, as Onassis Foundation Senior Visiting Fellow in the US, he lectured on environmental issues in four American Universities. His research interests are in stochastic control, discrete-event systems, and applications in manufacturing networks and environmental systems. Dr. Phillis is Book Editor of the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Advisory Board Member for the IEEE Systems Journal, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Engineering Management, Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, and was on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, and past Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine. He has also served as Trustee of the Venizelos Research Institute and the Center of Mediterranean Architecture in Greece between 1999 and 2005 .

He is the recipient of numerous honors among which Professor of the Year Award at Boston University in 1986, an award by the Academy of Athens for his environmental activities in 2007, Fellow of the Venizelos Research Institute in Greece, recipient of awards by the Municipalities of Chania and Assini, Greece in 2005 and 2008 respectively for his service to society, and recipient of a "Lifetime Achievement Award", for his contributions to production and environmental systems and leadership in higher education at the World Automation Conference 2010, Kobe, Japan.

He was general chair of the Fifth International Conference on Advances in Communication and Control (1995) and the 3d and 5th International Conference on Management of Technological Change (2003, 2005).

Dr. Phillis was rector of the Technical University of Crete for 10 years until 2005. In 1994 founded and developed the 80-acre Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna in Crete. The Park has a laboratory for the study and preservation of endangered plant species, which is also actively involved in ethnobotanical issues. The Park is visited by thousands of people every year.

He has published over 100 scientific papers and four technical books. He is an award winning writer in Greece and the US, having published five poetry collections, three novels, and two environmental books. He is a Fellow of AAAS; a Senior Member of IEEE; and Member of Sigma Xi; Poets and Writers, USA; P.E.N. Club; and the European Art Center, Athens.

Title

How secure are nations in an era of climate change: A quantitative analysis

Abstract:

Anthropogenic climate change is causing many dangerous phenomena such as hot spells, floods, droughts, hurricanes, acidification of oceans, sea level rise, reappearance of old diseases, etc. These phenomena have direct negative effects on national security.

In this talk, climate security is defined and mathematically assessed using a hierarchy of indicators that are combined using statistical methods and multistage fuzzy reasoning. At the bottom level of this hierarchy are 38 indicators and at the highest level is an overall measure of national security. The indicators are organized in seven fundamental dimensions of climate security: Water, Food, Energy, Conflict, Health, and Economy. These dimensions represent basic resources necessary for human well-being and sustainable development that are highly vulnerable to climate change. A sensitivity analysis exposes those indicators that have the highest potential for security improvement for each country.

The signatory countries of the Paris Agreement are ranked according to their climate security index and their most sensitive indicators are pinpointed. In all, about 220,000 data points were used. Several European countries rank at the top while developing countries rank at the bottom, as expected. However, unexpected results are also revealed. Uruguay, for example, ranks higher than Denmark. A careful look at the data, however, reveals that Denmark is exposed to sea level rise because of low elevation and its water situation is rather vulnerable compared to Uruguay. The most sensitive indicators for developed countries are aging population and renewable energy use, whereas for developing countries they are GDP, corruption, poverty, and political rights. Such findings could be a compass for action regarding climate action.

 

  • Paper Submission: 1 April, 2018
    15 April, 2018
  • Authors Notification: 15 May, 2018
    1 June, 2018
  • Final Paper Submission: 30 May, 2018
    15 June, 2018
  • Conference Open: 3-6 August, 2018
   
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