Prof. Dr. Higinio González Jorge achieves his Ph.D. in Applied Physics (awarded) in 2005 at the University of Vigo. Between 2005 and 2009 he accomplishes a position as engineer at the Galician Laboratory of Metrology, where he worked in different testing facilities and developed R&D projects related with automotive and aerospace industries. He combined this period with research stays at the National Physical Laboratory (United Kingdom), the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Danish Technical University and the Telecommunications Institute at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Prof. González Jorge won a post-doctoral
Rami Ahmad El-Nabulsi holds a PhD in Particle Physics, Mathematical Physics and Modeling from Provence University (currently Aix-Marseille University), France and a diploma of advanced studies in Plasma Physics and Radiation Astrophysics from the same institution. He worked with different worldwide research departments in the UK, South Korea, China, Greece, Thailand, India, etc. And he is currently affiliated to Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers in peer-refereed reputed journals and a reviewer for more than 100 scientific journals. His research ranges from applied mathematics to theoretical physics, including nonlinear dynamical systems, space and astrophysics, general relativity and geometrical and algebraic physics, physics and chemistry of solids, plasma MHD, neutrons and nuclear reactors, superconductivity, and magnetic materials among others.
Smain FEMMAM is Director of research at the University of Haute-Alsace France and responsible of the Research team on Signals & Safety Systems of Polytechnic Engineers School Sceaux France. He received the MS and Ph.D. degrees in Signal Processing and Computers from Versailles University, France in 1997 and 1999 respectively. Since 2013 he is promoted to a rank of senior director of research (HDR). After that, he joined the CMU Carnegie Mellon University & West Virginia University as Postdoc Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor. His main research area is signal processing, safety systems, communication and embedded systems. He has a strong interest in perception and characterization of signals, optimal filtering, spectral analysis, wavelets and perception haptics. Dr. Femmam is a senior member of IEEE, SEE and GDR ISIS. Member of IEEE C.A. committee France section. Board of Director of the Institute for Engineering and Technology Innovations in the World. He has guided numerous thesis projects, including some doctoral theses. He is active reviewer for several scientific academic journals and committee member of international conferences. He is the (Academic, Chief) Editor-in-Chief, Editor, Editorial Board, Guest Editor & Advisory Board members of more than 20 International Journals. He has authored and co-authored more than 90 papers, four Chapters, one edited Book, seven Books published by Wiley & Elsevier. Key words of research activities Characterization of texture, haptic rendering, DSP, real-time interface, real-time transmission, coding and classification, modeling, identification, adaptive control, parametric spectral estimation, time frequency, wavelets, time-space, multifractals, segmentation, failure detection and compensation, diagnosis, developing mathematical algorithms, perception and recognition of the environment, Zigbee sensor networks.
Biography Emilio Ramírez-Juidías graduated in Agricultural Engineering in 1998, is a tenured lecturer in the Graphic Engineering Department at the University of Seville. He holds a MSc. in Water Engineering and an Msc. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, and completed his Ph.D. in Engineering in 2010, The main subject of his investigations is remote sensing applied to environmental sciences and solar physic. Prof. Emilio Ramírez is the author of more than 40 books, more than 30 articles, and holds six patents in different topics (remote sensing and engineering) He is a member of the Spanish Royal Physics Society and a member of the editorial board of several indexed journals.
Nicolas H. Younan is a Department Head Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University where he previously served as the Department Head and James Worth Bagley Chair from 2009 until 2019. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Mississippi State University, in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Ohio University in 1988. Dr. Younan’s research interests include signal processing and pattern recognition with applications to smart technologies. He has been involved in the development of advanced signal processing and pattern recognition algorithms for data mining, data fusion, feature extraction and classification, and automatic target recognition/identification. Dr. Younan has published over 300 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings. He has served as the General Chair and Editor for the 4th IASTED International Conference on Signal and Image Processing, Co-Editor for the 3rd International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images, Guest Editor, Sensors Journal, Remote Sensing, Electronics, Pattern Recognition Letters, and JSTARS, and Co-Chair for the Workshop on Pattern Recognition for Remote sensing (2008-2010). He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, serving on two technical committees: Image Analysis and Data Fusion, and Earth Science Informatics (previously Data Archive and Distribution). He also served as the Vice-Chair of the International Association on Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Technical Committee 7 on Remote Sensing (2008-2010).
Eusebio Valero completed his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Polytechnic University of Madrid- School of aeronautics and postdoctoral studies in the Von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics. He currently working in the development of numerical and analytical methods for aerodynamic and flow control prediction, having more than 25 papers in different international journals (AIAA, Journal of Computational Physics, Aerospace Science and Technology, etc). He is also project evaluator of the European Commission in the aeronautic field. He is currently the coordinator of three European FP7 funded projects in topics related to detached flow, stability analysis, or flow control in collaboration with more than 10 international institutions and AIRBUS and EADS companies.
Peter Pavol Monka Professor, Eng. MSc., PhD., Eng.-Paed. IGIP SCIEI Vice-President Science and Engineering Institute │Hong Kong – www.sciei.org Judge and evaluator of accreditation procedures of study programs and high-level graduation in the Slovak Republic Business or sector International Research Institute Foreign Expert Qingdao University of Technology – School of Mechanical & Automotive Engineering │China – www.qtech.edu.cn A foreign expert in the area of precision manufacturing technology and equipment
Panos Anastasopoulos is Associate Professor and Stephen E. Still Chair of Transportation Engineering, in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He received his bachelor's degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece), and his master's and doctorate from Purdue University (USA). He is the Director of the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics (SISTL), Director and Founder of the Engineering Statistics and Econometrics Application research lab (ESEA), and Scientific Consultant for Inferenx Labs Inc., a startup focusing on transportation and infrastructure systems solutions. His research interests include: transportation systems design, analysis, and evaluation; policy and decision making; integration of human behavior with advanced air vehicles and automated/ connected vehicles; urban air mobility; infrastructure and crisis management; transportation safety; transportation economics; travel behavior; and statistical and econometric modeling of engineering problems. He has published over 190 papers, book chapters, and reports, and the textbook “Statistical and econometric methods for transportation data analysis” (3rd edition). His work has been featured in various media outlets, such as the World Economic Forum, The Independent, Forbes, and CNN. He is Executive Associate Editor and Founding Editorial Board Member of Analytic Methods in Accident Research (AMAR) (ranked #1 Journal in both Safety Research and Transportation subject areas by both Scopus and Web-of-Science), Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems (JIS) and of Frontiers in Built Environment, Transportation and Transit Systems (FBE), Academic Editor of Advances in Civil Engineering (ACE), Advisory Editor of the International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science (IJCIIS), and Editorial Board Member of Accident Analysis and Prevention (AAP). He is also the Chair of the TRB Statistical Methods Committee (AED60), Vice Chair of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute, T&DI Economics and Finance Committee (E&F), and co-inventor of two U.S. Patent applications. Among other honors and awards, he has been recognized three times (2019, 2020, and 2021) as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher for his work during the last twelve years, which has produced multiple highly cited papers ranked in the top 1% of citations for a publication field and year.
Dr. Songgang Qiu completed his Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Minnesota and postdoctoral studies from the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota. He is the Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of Energy Efficiency and Energy Conversion Laboratory at West Virginia University. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and has served as Principal Investigator for more than forty sponsored research projects.
Biography Dr. Zhihui Li is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this he was the Assistant Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Visiting Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests mainly focus on high-fidelity numerical simulations and robust optimization for turbomachinery flow. In 2021, he was funded by the EU Horizon Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship.
Professor Ekaterinaris obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in 1977. He received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 1987, both at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Ekaterinaris has worked at NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA — through the Navy/NASA joint Institute of Aeronautics — since 1987, and at the same time as faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey. He spent more than a year (1995-1997) at RISOE, Denmark's national laboratory (wind energy department), and then worked at Nielsen Engineering and Research (1997-2000). He returned to Greece, and he became a professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of Patras. His interests are methodology development in computational mechanics, including aerodynamics, magneto gas dynamics, flow transition, turbulence research, flow structure interaction in aeronautics and biomechanics, and multi-scale phenomena. He has been a member of AIAA (where he served as a member of technical committees), and an AIAA associate fellow since 1995. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal Aerospace Science and Technology, and associate editor of the Journal Progress in Aerospace Science.
Chin-Hsiang Cheng received a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1989. He is currently a Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chairman of the International Bachelor Degree Program on Energy, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. He has been doing research related to Stirling engines and Stirling coolers for over twenty-five years. He has published more than 130 journal papers, 230 conference papers, and 26 patents. He served as Secretary-General of Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of Taiwan (STAM) during 2008-2010 and then served as President of Astronautics and Astronautics Society of Taiwan (AASRC) from 2012 to 2014. He has been awarded as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics since 2013. He is currently an active member of the editorial boards of five international technical journals.
Pierre Bescond 3AF (Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France), is a member of the Board in charge of international relations. As such he has been one of the two 3AF trustees of CEAS (Council of European Aerospace Societies) since 2009, was elected President of CEAS for 2011 and 2012 and has since been its VP for Publications and External Relations. - Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France (Export adviser), brings support to small and middle-sized firms in their business and export endeavours. Mr Bescond, member of the International Academy for Astronautics (IAA), currently acts as a space expert and senior consultant in space, export, quality, defence & security for various organizations and boards of directors : - Member of IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale, the French Institute for Defence and Security), he contributes to working groups on major defence and security questions.
Esteban Valencia is an Associate Professor at EPN (Ecuador) and Director of the research group in Aeronautics and Applied Thermofluids (ATA). He is also the CEO and founder of CAVOUND Tech, where research of sustainable technology tailored for the industrial sector is developed and implemented. He is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer, he got his Master's degree in Aerospace at TU Delft (The Netherlands) and his Ph.D. in innovative propulsion architectures at Cranfield University (UK). His expertise is related to Fluid Mechanics, Turbomachinery, and Machine learning. He has directed more than 10 international research projects related to innovation and technification through remote and intelligent systems. He has published more than 20 high impact publications and has received many awards during his career for his work, such as Shell centenary award, MIT tech review innovator of the year under 35, MAB Unesco Young Scientist Award, SENESCYT grant, Cranfield University grant, BUAA study grant, KIST innovation grant, ITSCT best student, EPN academic excellence. Finally, he has collaborated as a researcher and lecturer in many institutions worldwide such as Cranfield University (UK), NASA (USA) , AIAA (USA), KU Leuven (Belgium), TU Delft (the Netherlands), MTT microturbines (the Netherlands), Waitt Foundation (USA), FARO FLAA (Ecuador), BUAA (China), FONAG (Ecuador), EMMAPS (Ecuador), VLIR-UOS (Belgium), CEDIA (Latinamerica), UTIAS (Canada), among others
Dr. Panos Pardalos is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, and an affiliated faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science & Information & Engineering departments. In addition, he is the director of the Center for Applied Optimization. In 2011 he established the laboratory on networks at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow (with a mega-grant), where he remains the academic advisor. Dr. Pardalos is a world-renowned leader in Global Optimization, Mathematical Modeling, Energy Systems, and Data Sciences. He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIMBE, and INFORMS and was awarded the 2013 Constantin Caratheodory Prize of the International Society of Global Optimization. In addition, Dr. Pardalos has been awarded the 2013 EURO Gold Medal prize bestowed by the Association for European Operational Research Societies. This medal is the preeminent European award given to Operations Research (OR) professionals for “scientific contributions that stand the test of time.” Dr. Pardalos has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award (2018-2019). The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date – fundamental discoveries, new theories, insights that have had a significant impact on their discipline. Dr. Pardalos is also a member of several Academies of Sciences, and he holds several honorary Ph.D. degrees and affiliations. He is the Founding Editor of Optimization Letters, Energy Systems, and Co-Founder of the International Journal of Global Optimization, Computational Management Science, and Springer Nature Operations Research Forum. He has published over 500 journal papers and edited/authored over 200 books. He is one of the most cited authors and has graduated 70 Ph.D. students so far. Details can be found in www.ise.ufl.edu/pardalos Panos Pardalos has lectured and given invited keynote addresses worldwide in countries including Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Singapore, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and the USA.
Dr. Kamran Behdinan earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 1996 and has considerable experience in both academic and industrial settings. Kamran was appointed to the academic staff of Ryerson University in 1998, tenured and promoted to the level of associate professor in 2002 and subsequently to the level of Professor in 2007 and served as the director of the aerospace engineering program (02-03), and the founding Chair of the newly established Department of Aerospace Engineering (07/2003 – 07/2011). Kamran was a founding member and the Executive Director of the Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (2003-2011). He was also a founding member and the coordinator of the Canadian-European Graduate Student Exchange Program in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. Dr. Behdinan held the NSERC Design Chair in “Engineering Design and Innovation”, 2010-2012, sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace and Pratt and Whitney Canada. Dr. Behdinan joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, in the rank of Full Professor in September 2011. He is the NSERC Design Chair in “Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation – UT IMDI”, sponsored by NSERC, University of Toronto, and thirteen companies including Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt and Whitney Canada, United Technology Aerospace Systems, Magna International, Honeywell, SPP Canada Aircraft, Ford, and DRDC Toronto. He is the founding director of the “University of Toronto Institute for Multidisciplinary Design and Innovation”, an industry-centered project-based learning institute in partnership with major aerospace and automotive companies. Dr. Behdinan is the past President of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME), served as a member of the technical and scholarship committees of the High-Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL), and a member of the Design Division of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). He is a member of the General Assembly of IUTAM representing Canada and Chair of the Design & Analysis of the CSME technical committee. He is the founding director and principal investigator of the University of Toronto, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering “Advanced Research Laboratory for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures”, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (Leader’s Opportunity Fund) and Ontario Research Fund. His research interests include Design and Development of Light-weight Structures and Systems for biomedical, aerospace, automotive, and nuclear applications, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Aerospace and Automotive systems, Multi-scale Simulation of Nano-structured Materials and Composites. During his academic career, Kamran Behdinan has supervised 35 Ph.D. students, 130 Masters’ students, and 50 Post-Doctoral Fellows. He has also published more than 390 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, 1 book, and 19 book chapters. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards and recognitions for his outstanding achievements and contributions to management and practice of mechanical engineering, advancement of the applied science engineering profession, and engineering design education such as the 2021 Connaught Global Challenge Award, Fellow of Pratt and Whitney Canada, Fellow of the CSME, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of the ASME, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, as well as Associate Fellow of AIAA. Professor Behdinan has been recognized as World’s Top 2% Researcher with MOST CITED PUBLICATIONS by Elsevier (11/2021).
Biography Sergey Ivashov, PhD, graduated from Space Research faculty, Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology, with honours in 1972; as a post-graduate student, he had successfully submitted the thesis for a PhD degree in 1975. He worked as a scientific researcher in the rocket industry of the USSR from 1975-1977. From 1977 up to 2000 he had been working in the Central Scientific and Research Institute of Radio & Electronic systems, Moscow, as a senior scientific fellow and thereafter he had been promoted to the head of Laboratory. From January 2001 up to now he is the head of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow. His latest research relates to NDT&E of thermal insulation of rocket cryogenic fuel tanks by holographic radar. Other scientific interests are connected with holographic subsurface radar design and its applications for searching for bugging devices and civil construction engineering. The air reconnaissance of minefields and development of radar sensors for mine detection related to humanitarian demining operations are also included in the area of his scientific interests. His research also includes remote detection and diagnostics of the human heartbeat and breathing for applications in security and medicine. This research is based on using the continuous-wave radar in a frequency band of 2-15 GHz.
Prof Dr Shufan Wu, IAA correspondence member, AIAA Associate Fellow, the executive deputy dean of the school of aeronautics and astronautics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), P. R. China, was graduated from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in China with BSc, MSc, and PhD in 1990. He worked as an associate professor (1994) and full professor (1998) in NUAA, then he has spent 17 years in Europe working at the TU Braunschweig in Germany (1995-1996), TU Delft in the Netherlands (1998-1999), Surrey University in the UK (2000-2002), and the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (2002-2013) working all the time in aerospace research and technologies. He also worked as the Chief engineer and manager of the China-French cooperated science satellite SVOM project and the STU-2 CubeSat mission during 2013-2017 in the Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites. He moved to SJTU in July 2017 as a chair professor. His main research topics cover the guidance, navigation, and control of flight vehicles, satellite system engineering, micro/nanosatellite technologies and application.
Pietro Catalano Brief C.V. •M. Sc. In Aeronautical Engineering from University of Napoli “Federico II” in 1992; •Ph.D. In Aerospace Engineering from University of Napoli “Federico II” in 2007; •Since 1996 works at Italian Aerospace Research Center (C.I.R.A.) where currently is responsible for the Fluid Dynamic Modelling Laboratory in the Fluid Mechanics Unit. •Main Research interest: Turbulence and Transition Modelling, Flow control and drag reduction, Hypersonic flows. Icing
Prof. Orchidea Maria Lecian graduated in Theoretical Physics at Sapienza University of Rome and ICRA- International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics in 2005 ad completed her International Relativistic Astrophysics Ph.D. at Sapienza University and ICRA. She was a post-doctoral Fellow at IHES (Bures-sur-Yvette, France), AEI-MPI (Potsdam-Golm, Germany), and the Sapienza University of Rome. She has taken part in intensive research programs at AEI-MPI (Potsdam-Golm, Germany) and The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto, Canada). She has been a researcher for SAIA- NS'P (The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic- National Stipendium Program) as a Research grantee and Erasmus Lecturer at Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics, Department of Theoretical Physics and Physics Education- KTFDF. She has been an Assistant Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome and is Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome. She is a member of the international Research Consortia. She has contributed to national conferences and international conferences. She is the author of research papers, conference papers, review papers, invited papers, and one book. She is a reviewer and editorial board member of several reputed journals.
Dr. Timothy Sands is on the engineering faculty at Cornell University, where his research and teaching focus on astronautical engineering and systems engineering. From 2010 through 2020, he was an executive and senior leader of both military postgraduate universities (the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School respectively), serving sequentially as Chief Academic Officer, Associate Provost, Dean, Associate Dean, and research center Director in addition to serving as a Fellow of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he executed the DARPA Challenge for digital manufacturing analysis, correlation, and estimation (DMACE), investigating the science behind the burgeoning field of digital manufacturing. During nearly three decades of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force, he performed space mission design and space experimentation for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program (STP) including the middle atmosphere high-resolution spectrograph investigation (MAHRSI) flown in the pallet system on space shuttle mission STS-66; as well as the polar ozone and aerosol measurement (POAM) geophysical research mission flown on the French SPOT-4 satellite; and also the beryllium induced radiation experiment flown on Russian RESURS satellite. His other interesting space experiment missions include the polar-orbiting geomagnetic survey flown on the defense meteorological satellite program; the remote atmospheric and ionospheric detection system on TIROS-J; and the solar wind interplanetary measurement flown on the NASA WIND satellite. He was the propulsion engineer of the Atlas space launch vehicle, the reliability engineer of the Centaur upper stage, and an electronic warfare engineer and operator, having flown over six-hundred hours in combat in four countries, being thrice decorated for combat gallantry and bravery in addition to other decorations for achievement and meritorious service.
Prof. Dr. Abdullah ALTIN. He working at Yuzuncu Yil University in Van/Turkey. His field is Mechanical Engineering Department and he graduated from Istanbul Marmara University. His subject area is (Computer Aid Design and Manufacturing). He attended 5 times to Mech Aero conferences in USA and 10 times conferences in different countries in Europe and China. He visits 7 times Europe Universities by Erasmus Program. He has published more than 25 articles about machining aircraft materials. He is still Head of the Mechanical Department in Yuzuncu Yil University.
Dr. Wei Min Huang is currently an Associate Professor (tenured) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. With over 25 years of experience on various shape-memory materials (alloy, polymer, composite, and hybrid), he has published over 200 papers in journals, such as Accounts of Chemical Research, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and Materials Today, and has been invited to review manuscripts from over 290 international journals (including Progress in Polymer Science, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials, etc), project proposals from American Chemical Society, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, etc, and book proposals from Springer, Elsevier, and CRC. He has published two books (Thin film shape memory alloys – fundamentals and device applications, Polyurethane shape memory polymers) and is currently on the editorial board of over three dozen of journals.
Professor Yavor Shopov from the University Centre for Space Research and Technologies of Sofia University, Bulgaria is Ph.D. in astrophysics and stellar physics. His main fields of research are related to applications of applied and fundamental space research, space and solar-terrestrial physics, design and development of optical and spectral equipment for photographic observations and photometry in different regions of the spectrum. Since 2013 he is the leader of the International Program on the study of “Techniques for Remote Location of Caves” (RLC) and the leader of the International Program for Cave Research (IPCR) of the International Union of Speleology (UIS). It is aimed to develop techniques and equipment for the location of caves on Mars to host the first astronauts there. Dr. Shopov is also an adjunct full professor in the System Science Institute of the Durban University of Technology, Republic of South Africa. Dr. Shopov was supervisor of the Master's program on Aerospace engineering (small satellites) of Sofia University. He is the author of 5 patents for different types of major optical equipment and sensors. He is a Bulgarian representative in the Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Expert Group of the European Commission. He has large experience in astronomical observations. Even he was coordinator of the photometric program of the National Program for the Study of the total solar eclipse in 1999 under the patronage of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, involving 120 observers doing 60 observational experiments simultaneously.
Yehia Abdel-Aziz is a full Professor of Space Flight Dynamics and Control at Space Research Laboratory, NRIAG, Egypt. He was the head of the Space Research Laboratory at NRIAG in the period (2016-2019). He is the founder of the Spacecraft Charging Laboratory at NRIAG since 2010. He is the founder of the Atomic oxygen laboratory at NRIAG, Egypt since 2020, and he is the Co-founder of the Optical telescope and observations for satellites and space debris (OSTS) at NRIAG since March 2019. Prof. Abdel-Aziz is the Head of the Scientific Committee for the project: “Space Plasma Nanosatellite Experiment Mission SPNEx” (March 2021- March 2023). Prof. Abdel-Aziz is CO-PI for the National Alliance of space Industry (July 2017- November 2020). He is the Vice President of the National Egyptian Committee of Astronomy and Space Sciences since January 2019 till now, which this committee is the focal point of contact with COSPAR. He was the Secretary-General of the National Egyptian Committee of Space Research for COSPAR since February 2005 up to 2009. He is leading two different teams working in the field of Spacecraft charging and interaction between space environment and satellite subsystem; in addition, the other team working in the field of orbital and attitude control of spacecraft. Abdel-Aziz received his MSc. in Attitude Dynamics of spacecraft (1998) from Mansoura University, Egypt. In December 2002 he received his Ph.D. in orbital dynamics and control from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. He is also Visiting Scholar at Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech); Japan, UNESP-Brazil; CETP-Paris- France; Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics- Moscow- Russian; University of Trieste- Italy. He published more than 50 papers in reputable journals. His area of interest: spacecraft charging and Discharging, Attitude dynamics and control of spacecraft, orbital mechanics, Formation Flying Satellite, space Debris, and Ground test of the effects of the space environment on materials of satellites and solar array.
Hocine Alla is a professor at the energy physics department of the University of Science and Technology (USTO), city of Oran in Algeria, and head of the research group on the wetting phenomenon at the physics of materials and fluids laboratory. He obtained his Graduate Diploma in Mathematics from Es-Senia University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from USTO University in 1996. He has led numerous research projects. He has worked with researchers from the largest laboratories in Europe and the USA and is the author of several articles in prestigious journals. His research focuses on mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of the spreading of liquid drops in the presence of surfactants on heterogeneous solid and liquid substrates.