Karthik Shankar is Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta. He completed M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees in Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He was an Eastman Kodak research fellow (2003) at Penn State University. He joined the University of Alberta in 2009. From 2012-2017, he held a secondment to Canada’s NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology as a Research Officer. He is a recipient of the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. He has authored over 150 journal articles that have collectively been cited almost 20,000 times. He has a h-index of 55.
Mohammad Hossein Zarifi (Senior Member, IEEE), received the B.Sc., MSc. and Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tabriz, Iran, in 2004, 2006 and 2009 respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia, and the Director of Okanagan MicroElectronics and Gigahertz Applications (OMEGA) Laboratory, Canada. Dr. Zarifi has authored or coauthored more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings as well as 6 issued or pending patents. Dr. Zarifi received CMC-NRC first place award, on industrial collaboration, for the innovative microwave sensors, in Canada, in 2015. Dr. Zarifi’s research focus includes low-power, high-speed analog circuits, analog-to-digital converters for biomedical and communication applications, and microwave planar structures for sensing applications.