Plenary Panel:
Convergence of
High-Performance Computing and Communication,
Smart City, and Data Sciences and Systems:
Fields Helping Grand Challenges and Each Other

  • There will be six panelists, two from each of the three collocated conferences.
  • These questions for the panelists are in reference to the three fields: High-Performance Computing and Communication, Smart City, and Data Sciences and Systems.
    1. Which of the four below Grand Challenges defined by the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) can your field have the most impact on and why?
      • advance health informatics
      • enhance virtual reality
      • restore and improve urban infrastructure
      • secure cyberspace
    2. What is the most important research problem in your field and why should it be solved? Why should this problem matter to researchers in the other two fields?
    3. What research area in each of the other two fields that will help advance your field?
    4. What is the most important way your field can advance each of the other two fields?

Panel Moderator and Co-Organizer:

H. J. Siegel, IEEE Fellow

H. J. Siegel is a Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University (CSU). From 2001 to 2017, he was the Abell Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSU, where he was also a Professor of Computer Science. He was a professor at Purdue University from 1976 to 2001. He received two B.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Ph.D. degree from Princeton University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM. He has co-authored over 450 published papers in parallel and distributed computing and communications, which have been cited over 17,000 times.


Siddharth Suryanarayanan
Panel Co-Organizer)

Associate Professor
ECE Dept., Colorado State University.

Song Guo

Department of Computing
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Wu Feng

Professor and Elizabeth & James Turner Fellow
Dept. of Computer Science; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Health Sciences; and Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Virginia Tech


Timothy M. Hansen

Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
South Dakota State University


Alexey Lastovetsky

Associate Professor
School of Computer Science
University College Dublin


Behrooz A. Shirazi

Huie-Rogers Chair Professor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Washington State University