ICISDM2018 Keynote Speakers



Prof. Houssain Kettani

Florida Polytechnic University, USA

Biography: Dr. Houssain Kettani received the Bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus, in 1998, and Master’s and doctorate degrees both in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He joined as faculty member the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA in 2002-2003, then department of computer science at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA in 2003-2007, and department electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Polytechnic University, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA in 2007-2012 where he also was director of partnership development office. He joined Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA in 2012, and is currently professor and director of computer science and information systems engineering. Dr. Kettani has served as Staff Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA in summer of 2000, Visiting Research Professor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA in summers of 2005 to 2011, Visiting Research Professor at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA in summer of 2008, and Visiting Professor at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA in summer of 2010. Dr. Kettani’s research interests include computational science and engineering, high performance computing algorithms, information retrieval, network traffic characterization, number theory, robust control and optimization, and Muslim population studies. He presented his research in over sixty refereed conference and journal publications and his work received over four hundred citations by researchers all over the world. He chaired over hundred international conferences throughout the world and successfully secured external funding of more than a million dollars for research and education from US federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, DOD and NRC.

Title of Speech: Advances in High Performance Computing and Impact on Societies  

Abstract: In the past thirty years, advances in high performance computing have increased the performance by million times, and decreased the volume of the machine by similar order. Accordingly, the fastest computer in the world increased its performance from one Gigaflop/s in mid-1980s to a projected one Exaflop/s by 2020. In addition, current hand-held devices such as smartphones have performance that rivals those machines of the 1980s. Due to hardware limitations, parallel computing became an integral part of our lives that it is hard to imagine a device that is not using multiprocessor power, including smartphones. What started as a hardware solution to physical limitation, prompted software engineers to adopt to parallelism, which also motivates the theoretical solution to algorithms design and analysis to provide a solution that is parallel oriented rather than a serial oriented one. This in turn allows the use of more data points and more simulation trials to improve Monte Carlo simulations for better accuracy and smoother results. On the other hand, the increased computing power also means an increase in the efficiency of brute force attack algorithms on encryption standards, which will make the widely adopted Advanced Encryption Standard obsolete by the end of this century. However, as we move towards exascale computing and beyond, we need to keep in mind that the power of humanity is not in the powerful machines we develop, but remains in our intelligence and ability to develop solutions to problems at the basic level.  

Prof. Anu Gokhale

Illinois State University, USA

Biography: Dr. Anu A. Gokhale has completed twenty years of university teaching and is currently a professor and coordinator of the computer systems technology program at Illinois State University. Originally from India, she has a master’s degree in physics—electronics from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate from Iowa State University. Dr. Gokhale presents and publishes her peer-reviewed research, and pursues multi-year projects funded by agencies like the US Department of Education, US Department of State, and National Science Foundation. Dr. Gokhale recently authored a second edition of her book Introduction to Telecommunications, which also has an international edition in Chinese. In recognition of her work over several years, she was honored with the 2011 University Outstanding Researcher Award. Dr. Gokhale has been invited to speak at various conferences; more recently, she was keynote speaker at the IC4E 2011 in Mumbai and ICETC 2010 in Shanghai. She consults for businesses and industries and has delivered multiple workshops and training seminars. Dr. Gokhale is an active volunteer in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) having served in various roles like Secretary of Central IL Section, R4 Student Activities Chair, R4 Women in Engineering Coordinator, R4 Educational Activities Chair, Conference Chair of International Electro / Information Technology 2010 Conference, and member of the Educational Activities Board, and was honored with the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

Prof. Driss Benhaddou

University of Houston, Texas, USA

Biography: Dr. Benhaddou is a Fulbright scholar and an Associate Professor with the University of Houston (UH), where he is actively involved in optical networking, wireless sensor networks, and smart system development. In particular he is developing research in the application of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) in distributed solar energy in smart grid and smart cities. Prior to joining UH, he was a senior technical staff member at Lambda Optical Systems Inc., where he played a key role in protocol development and systems integration activities. In particular, he led system test/integration activities for the Advanced Technology Demonstration Network (ATDNet) testbed project and worked closely with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences (LTS). During his earlier tenure at Sprint, he also implemented an extensive broadband testbed for vendor equipment certification and research/development activities. He holds two doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees, one in optoelectronics from the University of Montpellier II, France, and the second one from the University of Missouri in computer networks and telecommunications. In addition, he is spearheading the development of new state-of-the-art wireless and optical networking research laboratories within at the University of Houston (http://uh.edu/tech/won/ and http://www.tech.uh.edu/attlab).

Title of Speech: Living Building: a Building Block of Smart Cities 

Abstract: Smart cities are being developed in different parts of the world. Developments focus on how municipalities can make these cities efficient where citizen’s life is convenient, safe, and productive. Challenges in smart cities can be categorized in, networking and data processing and analysis, infrastructure development and resilience, citizen life and governance, and energy and buildings. Buildings constitute a key building block that will play a key role in developing smart cities. Residential buildings are used to develop our homes, commercial buildings are used for government services, as well as different industries. Buildings consume 50% of our energy and can be used to produce energy through rooftop solar energy. This presentation will present the concept of living a building, a building capable of behaving as if it is a living organism to achieve the objectives of smart city in a sustainable way.