Prof. Zainal A. Hasibuan, PhD was born in Pekan Baru, Indonesia in 1959. He received BSc. degree in Statistic from Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Indonesia, 1986, MSc. and PhD in Information Science, Indiana University, in 1989 and 1995 respectively. Currently, he is a lecturer and PhD supervisor at Faculty of Computer Science, Dian Nuswantoro University Indonesia. He is also the Chairman of APTIKOM Indonesia is an association of universities in Indonesia that has study programs related to information and computer family subjects (or better known as information technology). His research interests include e-Learning, Digital Library, Information Retrieval, Information System, and Software Engineering.
Professor Masanori Kakimoto is a Distinguished Professor in Tokyo University of Technology (TUT), Japan. After graduating from the Department of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, worked for Fujitsu Laboratories, Graphica, Nova Tokai, Japan Silicon Graphics (currently Japan SGI), and Silicon Studio before taking up his current position as Professor Dean of Media. During this time, he completed the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, and was a secretary of the IPSJ Graphics and CAD Study Group and a director of the Visualization Information Society.
Nirmal received his BE in Electrical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University (M.S.U), Baroda, India. He completed his ME in Electrical Engineering with specialization in High Voltage Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. After a decade of professional engineering and lecturing in India he moved to United States where he completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University. During this period, he also taught undergraduate papers in Computer Architecture and Foundation Course in Electrical Engineering. Thereafter in late 2004 he decided to move to New Zealand. He has held several professional, teaching and research positions in India, USA and now in New Zealand. Presently, he is an Associate Professor at Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of University of Auckland. His expertise involves smart grids, power system analysis, protective relaying & optimization in the context of electricity markets and integration of DG/renewable sources into electricity networks.