INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM ON EQUATORIAL AND LOW-LATITUDE IONOSPHERE (ICELLI 2020) BRIEF PROFILE OF SOME SPEAKERS

 

Christine Amory-Mazaudier

Dr Christine Amory-Mazaudier is professionally qualified in the fields of Computer Science (Master), Administration (MBA) and Physics (Master, PhD and ‘Thèse d’Etat’). She worked at   CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) from 1978 to 2014. She is now senior Scientist at Sorbonne Universities and Staff Associate at ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics). Between 1978 and 1989, Dr Amory-Mazaudier conducted research in various fields of the Earth’s environment, and presently on the Sun Earth relations and Space Weather. Her scientific work had led to 192 publications, comprised 124 scientific papers, 37 proceedings, 28 technical reports, 2 doctoral theses and a book. Dr Amory-Mazaudier has been in charge of young researchers and has trained 10 master students and 40 PhD students in various countries of Europe, Africa, Asia and USA. In 1995, she has founded the IGRGEA (International Group of Research in Geophysics Europe Africa), based upon the practice of sharing. This group develops research on the connections between the Sun and the Earth, throughout Africa and also Asia since 2005. In the framework of the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) and the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) projects, she was in charge of the survey of GPS networks in Africa.

She received awards from USA, Africa, Europe and Asia.

 

Profile of Prof. Babatunde RABIU

Babatunde RABIU is a Professor of Space Physics and has been the Director/Chief Executive of the Centre for Atmospheric Research of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria, since January 2013. He started his career as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Nigeria in 1993 and bagged his PhD in Physics in 2000 from the same University. He was appointed a Senior Lecturer by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2001 and attained the status of full Professorship on 1st October 2010 at the same University. His research interest lies mainly in Ionospheric Physics, Space Weather, and Solar Terrestrial Interactions. He was named ‘The Young Scientist of the Year 2000 in Nigeria’ by the Nigerian Academy of Science. He has since received a lot of awards at national and international levels.

He has been honored as the foremost African space weather scientist. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society UK, Nigerian Geophysical Society, and Astronomical Society of Nigeria among others. He is a member of many professional bodies including Nigerian Institute of Physics, American Geophysical Union, African Geophysical Society, American Geophysical Union, and USA Institute of Navigation. He is the National Adherent Representative of Nigeria in the Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics SCOSTEP of the International Council for Science. He is a member of the United Nations New Expert Group on Space Weather.

He served as the pioneer President of the African Geophysical Society between November 2012 and November 2016. He is a fellow of a number of Academic societies including the Royal Astronomical Society UK, Nigerian Geophysical Society, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation, and Astronomical Society of Nigeria. At moment he is the African coordinator of the International Space Weather Initiative and serve on the international steering committee of the UN/NASA–endorsed global cooperation. He has published several scholarly articles in reputable journals and has delivered more than 100 papers in many academic conferences/workshops globally

 

Prof Ashik Paul

Ashik Paul did his B.Tech., M.Tech. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta and joined the Institute as a Lecturer in 2002. He became a Professor in 2014. He takes courses on Radio Wave Propagation, Satellite Communication and Navigational Electronics at the Bachelor’s level and GNSS, Radio Astronomy at the Master’s level. His main area of research interest is Signal-In-Space (SIS) performance evaluation for satellite-based communication and navigation system. He has conducted several Research Projects sponsored by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He has coordinated a multi-institutional international GNSS project involving scientists from UK, Italy, Denmark, Norway and Cyprus at International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland. Presently, he is the Principal Investigator of the Stratosphere Troposphere (ST) Radar Project at University of Calcutta and US Air Force SCINDA project at University of Calcutta. He has active Research collaboration with Institute of Solar Terrestrial Physics, German Aerospace Centre (DLR/SO) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), USA as part of the global GNSS ground network under COSMIC-2 satellite program

He has more than 100 publications in journals and conferences. He had supervised/is supervising 8 Ph.D. students. He won the URSI Young Scientist Award in 2002 and was the recipient of the Erasmus Mundas Staff Mobility Scholarship of the European Union in 2015. He is a Life Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Individual Member of URSI, the largest international body of Radio Scientists.

 

 Prof. Elijah Oyeyemi

Prof Elijah Oyeyemi has Honors degree from University of Ilorin, Nigeria, Master’s degree in Physics and Postgraduate Diploma degree in Computer Science from University of Lagos, Nigeria and PhD in Physics with area of specialization in Ionospheric Physics and Radio Wave Propagation from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He had opportunity to do Postdoctoral at Hermanus Magnetic Observatory (HMO) (now South African Space Agency (SANSA)). He was awarded Simons Associate atAbdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste, Italy from 2014 to 2019.

Professor Oyeyemi has been working in the Department of Physics University of Lagos since 1996 and has held several administrative positions. He is currently the Head of Department of Physics. Professor ElijahOyeyemi’s areas of research are Ionospheric predictions, assessment of the disturbing effects of ionospheric irregularities on communication,Ionospheric Scintillation, Doppler Shift, and Electrodynamics of the Equatorial Ionosphere. He has over sixty (60) peer-reviewed articles in reputable journals and has travelled to several countriesfor conferences/workshops.

Professor Oyeyemi is happily married with children

 

Dr. Anton Kashcheyev

Dr. Anton Kashcheyev is a research scientist in the Physics Department of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He obtained his PhD in physics and mathematics from Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics, Ukraine in 2007. He worked as an engineer and research scientist at the Institute of Radio Astronomy, Ukraine from 2001 to 2018. From 2014 to 2018 he worked at the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy as a visiting scientist, where he trained Ph.D. and M.Sc. students and visitors from around the world in various topics, including remote sensing techniques, GNSS basics, and ionospheric modelling. He has been working as a research scientist and engineer with the Canadian High Arctic Ionospheric Network team since 2018, taking part in installation and maintenance of scientific radio instruments in the Canadian Arctic, such as ionosondes and GNSS receivers. Dr. Kashcheyev’s research focus is on remote sensing techniques for space weather diagnostics and modelling processes of different spatial and time scales in the ionosphere. He is a software-defined radio evangelist who tries to bring the modern low-cost hardware and software technology into space physics research. He has published more than 20 papers in peer- reviewed scientific journals and participated in various international and national conferences and workshops. Dr. Kashcheyev has participated in field work involving installation and maintenance of scientific equipment such as ionosondes, magnetometers, HF, VHF and GNSS receivers, in the Canadian and Norwegian Arctic and Antarctica. 

 

 Dr Adekola O. Adewale Sr.

Dr Adekola O. Adewale Sr. has a master’s degree in Ionospheric Physics from University of Ilorin and a PhD in Ionospheric Physics and Radio Wave Propagation from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2013.

He currently lectures at the Department of Physics, University of Lagos, Nigeria. Dr Adewale’s research interest has been on Total Electron Content (TEC), Ionospheric Scintillation, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and modelling of ionospheric parameters. He has published over thirty (30) peer-reviewed papers in reputable journals and has travelled to several countries to present results from the research. He has contributed immensely to the academic development of several students and researchers in ionospheric physics.

Dr Adewale is also the Deputy Director Centre for Information Technology and Systems (CITS), University of Lagos.

 

 Dr Daniel Okoh

Dr Daniel Okoh is a research scientist, and the Head of Research Facilities, Centre for Atmospheric Research (CAR), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). He is a First Class graduate of the Physics & Astronomy Department, University of Nigeria. He holds a Distinction MSc Degree in Space Physics from Rhodes University, South Africa, and a PhD in Physics & Astronomy, University of Nigeria.

Dr Daniel Okoh has conducted postdoctoral research and also worked in numerous research laboratories/institutions, some of which include: the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Space Science, Hermanus – South Africa, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology (NIAOT), Nanjing – China, Xinjiang Astronomical Observatory (XAO),  Urumqi – China, International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste-Italy, Institute for Space Earth Environment Research (ISEE), Nagoya University, Nagoya – Japan, and the Indian Institute for Geomagnetism (IIG), Mumbai – India.

Dr Daniel Okoh has also lectured in several universities, workshops, and conferences, some of which are organized by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, and the East African Institute for Fundamental Research. He has co-supervised a number of PhD research works, and has been an external examiner for PhD thesis at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is author of the book ‘MATLAB Programming’, and he has authored over 30 research papers published in reputable peer-reviewed journals.   

Dr Okoh’s research interests are in the areas of Space Science & Astronomy, and he particularly has keen interest on Ionospheric Modelling. His most recent research project is the AfriTEC project, which is a high-accuracy model of the ionosphere over Africa, developed collaboratively by a team of international ionospheric scientists, and generously supported by institutions within and outside the African continent. 

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