Keynote Speakers

Josef Börcsök

Miniaturized safety systems – a way for future tasks in safety engineering
University of Kassel, FB 16, Germany
Department for Computer Architecture and System Programming
Wilhelmshöher Allee 71, 34121 Kassel

Josef Börcsök

Josef Börcsök

Short Bio: Josef Börcsök was born in 1959. He received his B.Sc. degree in 1986 (University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt), the M.Sc. degree in 1991 (University of Kassel) and the Ph. D. in 1995 (Technical University of Ilmenau). He was for more than 10 years researchers in leading positions in the industry (Avionics, Industrial control and Safety-Computer).

He joint HIMA GmbH + CO KG 1998 and leads until today the R & D Department. During this time he lectures at universities, as well as at universities of applied sciences with lectures of automation systems, computer technology, real-time systems, network techniques and safety-related computer technology. Since 2005 he is Professor and head of the Department Computer architecture and System programming at the University of Kassel in Germany.

He is Guest-professor in BUCT (Beijing University of Chemical Technology) in China and Guest-professor on Yildiz-Technical-University in Istanbul, Turkey. He work since years on several national and international standardisations committees and is member of DKE committees, IEEE, IET and BCS and also one of the first Safety Expert of TÜV-FSE-program.

He has more than 120 publications in the refereed international journals and wrote 12 books.

The major research interests are in the field of

– Modelling of safety-related computer technology,
– Safety Systems on Chip Technology
– Real-time systems,
– Sensor and distributed sensor systems
– Safety architectures for sensors
– Distributed sensor system
– Software development for safety related systems
– Network techniques,
– Safety related communication and protocols
– Safe wireless communication
– Calculation of safety and reliability parameters
– Calculations models for PFD/PFH and MTTF
– Validation and verification
– Preventive maintaining

Fon: +49 561 804 6585
Fax: +49 561 804 6588

Mladen Kezunović

Energy cyberphysical systems: what’s ahead
Texas A&M University

M. Kezunovic, Ph.D., P.E.

M. Kezunović

Short Bio. Dr. Mladen Kezunovic is a Eugene E. Webb endowed Professor at Texas A&M University where he was employed since 1986. Dr. Kezunovic serves several leading roles at the university: Director, Smart Grid Center; Site Director, NSF Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc), and Director, Power Systems Control and Protection Lab. He also acts as the Principal Consultant, as well as President and CEO of XpertPowerTM Associates, which has been providing consulting services for utility industry for over 20 years.

He worked for Westinghouse Electric in the U.S.A. as a Systems Engineer on developing the first all-digital substation design during 1979-1980 and for Energoinvest Company in Europe as the Technical Lead for substation automation development during 1980-86. He was a consultant for EdF’s Research Centre in Clamart, France in 1999-2000 and held a Visiting Professor position at the University of Hong Kong in fall of 2009.

He also acted as a consultant to over 50 utilities and vendors worldwide, and served two terms (2009-2013) as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) representing research organizations and universities.

Dr. Kezunovic was a Principal Investigator on over 100 R&D projects, published more than 450 papers and gave over 100 invited lectures, short courses and seminars around the world. He is an IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Speaker, CIGRE Fellow, and Registered Professional Engineer in Texas. He is the recipient of the Inaugural 2011 IEEE Educational Activities Board Standards Education Award “for educating students and engineers about the importance and benefits of interoperability standards” and CIGRE Technical Committee Award for “remarkable technical contribution to the study committee B5, protection and automation” in 2013.

Asif Šabanović

Challenges in Motion Control
Asif Šabanović, Emeritus Professor
Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey

Asif Šabanović

Asif Šabanović

Short Bio. Asif Šabanović is a Full Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul. He received B.S. degree in electrical engineering (in 1970), M.S. degree and Dr. Eng. degree from University of Sarajevo. Since 1970 till 1991 he has been with Energoinvest-Institute for Control and Computer Sciences, Sarajevo. From 1991 he has been with University of Sarajevo, Department of Electrical Engineering.

He has been Visiting Researcher at Institute of Control Science – Moscow (1975-1976). Visiting Professor at California Institute of Technology-CALTECH, Pasadena (1984-1985), Hitachi Chair Professor at Keio University, Yokohama (1991-1992), Full Professor at Yamaguchi University, Ube (1992-1993), Visiting Professor at University of Maribor – Maribor-Slovenia (Acad. Year 1986, 1988, 1989), Head of CAD/CAM and Robotics Department at Tubitak – Marmara Research Centre, Istanbul (1993-1995), Head of Engineering Department of B.H. Engineering and Consulting (1995-1999).

His publications include 5 books, 2 edited books, 403 articles and conference papers. He received Best paper award, 2tth July award (the state award in Bosnia and Herzegovina). His fields of interest include Control Systems, Motion Control Systems, Robotics, Mechatronics and Power electronics.

Branislava Peruničić-Draženović

Sixty Years of Variable Structure Systems with Sliding Modes
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Branislava Peruničić-Draženović

Branislava Peruničić-Draženović

Short Bio: Branislava Peruničić-Draženović received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1960, the Candidate of Technical Sciences degree from the Institute of Control Problems, Moscow, Russia, in 1969, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical Engineering from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1971. From 1960 to 1970, she was with the Energoinvest Company, Sarajevo, as a Project Leader. Since 1976, she has been a Professor with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo. She was a Visiting Professor with Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, and with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her major field of study is automatic control and power systems. She is senior member of IEEE, and she is established the IEEE Section in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is an elected member of the Bosnian Academy of Sciences.

Zikrija Avdagić

Fusion of Artificial Intelligence Methods and Microarray Bioinformatics in the Area of Gene Personalized Medicine
Prof. Zikrija Avdagić, DSc
Fulbrighter 2001/2002
University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zikrija Avdagić

Zikrija Avdagić

Short Bio: Zikrija Avdagić received his BSc., MSc. and DSc. degrees from the University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. He conducted his doctoral research, entitled Method of Knowledge Base Modeling for Real Time Applications at the University of Stuttgart. He was for more than 19 years researcher in leading positions in the industry (Energoinvest Sarajevo – Institute for Control and Computer Science).

Today, he is professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department for Computing and Informatics and lectures at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral studies, covering field of Artificial Intelligence and Bioinformatics with 11 completed doctoral projects and eight in progress.

DSc Avdagić’s research involves methods and algorithms dealing with Fuzzy Logic, Artificial Neural Networks , Evolutionary Computation, Biomedical Engineering, Decision Support Systems and Real Time Systems. His latest research involves using Artificial Intelligence Methods and Microarray Bioinformatics in finding gene Biomarkers ( The cooperation with fellow colleagues at UNCC Charlotte – U.S.A., Uni Erlangen-Nuernberg-BDR, Uni Paderborn-BDR, Uni Stuttgart-BDR, Bristol-UK, University of Ljubljana-Slovenia, University of Malardalen-Sweden, University of Griffith-Australia has resulted in multiple publications including Proceeding, textbooks and manuscripts in indexed journals (PubMed-MEDLINE, IEEE Xplore, Inspec, Ebesco, Mathscinet, ACM Digital Library and Eurographics).

At the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, DSc Avdagić founded Intelligent Control Laboratory in 2001 and a research group for the Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics & Biomedical Engineering in 2007. He has been an IEEE member since 1998, and in 2007 he founded the IEEE-Chapter: Computational Intelligence under the IEEE-Bosnia and Herzegovina Section. In 2007 DSc Avdagic served as the General chair of the first ICAT conference.
He has received numerous awards including WUS and DAAD grants, SOROS and UNESCO-foundation, and in 2001 he was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for research in Genetic Algorithms in Solving Complex Engineering Problems. In 2009 DSc Avdagic was awarded by University of Sarajevo Prize for the Best Professor where he continues to teach and conduct research.

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