Conference Planning

Conference Chair

Mr. Thassyo Pinto received his B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS), Brazil, in 2014. Throughout his academic life, he had the opportunity to work as a volunteer in various professional societies, promoting technology awareness for the community by organizing engineering seminars, workshops and competitions. He has experience in automotive industry, working as a Vehicle Package analyst and as a Vehicle Evaluation and Verification (VEV) Sign-off engineer at Ford Motor Company. He is now a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, and a member of the Smart Microsystems Lab and Adami Lab. His research interests are in soft robotics, evolutionary robotics and biorobotics. Currently, he is participating in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST), for enhancing career development and building advanced skills. Through his leadership abilities, he has been guiding and improving the IEEE MSU Student Branch as a Graduate Advisor. He is also an active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), acting as the Regional Student Representative (RSR) for Regions 1 to 7.


Monica Garcia is currently attending Michigan State University to obtain her B.S. in Electrical Engineering. While she has been matriculated, she has obtained a position as an Info Tech Specialist for the College of Arts and Letters. She has also brought out her left side of the brain to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams by designing cable route layouts and schematics, as well as working on minor projects for the Controls Department. Her intricate work is being introduced and noted to engineers and scientists assisting on this 30 year project that’ll enable them to better understand the physics of nuclei. She recently became an active member of the IEEE MSU Student Branch and is serving as their social media manager, and has also been involved in volunteer work.

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B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University.


B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University.


B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University.


B.S. in Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.


IEEE RAS Chair at Southeast Michigan Section
Autonomous Driving Division
Continental Automotive


ChanJin “CJ” Chung attended HongIk University in Seoul, Korea, where he earned a B.S. Computer Science degree. While he was working for Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI) from 1982 to 1992, he was involved in developing TDX switching systems that became later the base system for the first commercialized CDMA system in the world. Chung also worked as a visiting researcher to develop AXE software for L.M. Ericsson Co. in Sweden in 1984. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Wayne State University in 1997. His doctoral research was the development of a self-adaptive system motivated by cultural evolution process, which was then applied to solve various optimization problems. His current research interests include evolutionary computation, cultural algorithms, evolutionary robotics, evolutionary-neuro- fuzzy algorithms, evolutionary timetabling, software engineering for robotics, self-driving vehicles, and robotics in education. Prof. Chung founded an autonomous robot competition, Robofest ( Over 20,000 students from 14 States in the US and 17 countries have competed in Robofest since 1999. He launched numerous robotics education programs such as RoboParade in 2006, VCC (Vision Centric robot Challenge) in 2007, and GRAF (Global Robotics Art Festival) in 2013. He is the faculty advisor of Lawrence Tech’s IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) teams. His BigBoot II team won Grand Award with LESCOE Cup in 2016. He served as the USA National Organizer for WRO (World Robot Olympiad) in 2014 and 2015. He received The Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Distinguished Achievement Award in 2007 at LTU. In 2011, IEEE USA honored Dr. Chung with its citation of honor award for his leadership in founding the Robofest competition to inspire interest in engineering among pre-college students.

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Staff Members

Workshop Manager

Adib Rastegarnia is a PhD student at Computer Science Department of Purdue University. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Information Technology Engineering in 2010 and 2014, from Urmia University of Technology and University of Tehran. His current research interests include Software Defined Networking, Internet of things, Wireless sensor networks (WSNs), Natural Language Processing, Social networks analysis, and Data mining. Adib currently serves as the professional activities chair of IEEE Region 4 Student Activities Committee (SAC). He is also a member of Inter-networking research lab at computer science department of Purdue University.

Volunteer Manager

Thang Pham received the B.E. in Power Systems Engineering from the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh University of Technology in October 2012. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University. His research interests include control and design of different topologies of permanent magnet machines. He is a student member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and also a member of honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

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