ICISDM2019 Keynote & Plenary Speakers



Prof. Rory Mc Greal

Athabasca University, Canada

Biography: Rory McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER) at Athabasca University, Canada. As such he is charged with promoting OER internationally particularly in developing nations in support of UNESCO Strategic Development Goal 4: Education for all. He is also co-Editor of IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) a leading open access scholarly journal. He is the founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud, a repository of research articles on OER. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards for open and distance learning.

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.

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).

Assoc. Prof. Vehbi Çağrı Güngör

Abdullah Gul University, Turkey

Biography: Associate Prof. Vehbi Çağrı Güngör received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from ODTU, Ankara, Turkey, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering Department, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Kayseri, Turkey. His current research interests are in next-generation wireless networks, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, smart grid communications, and underwater networks. Dr. Gungor has authored more than 80 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, and has been serving as an editor in prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). He is also the recipient of the TUBITAK Young Scientist Award in 2017, BAGEP Young Scientist Award in 2016, Science Heroes Young Scientist Award in 2015, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2013, the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics Best Paper Award in 2012, the European Union FP7 Marie Curie IRG Award in 2009, Turk Telekom Research Grant Awards in 2010 and 2012, and the San-Tez Project Awards supported by Alcatel-Lucent, and the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology in 2010.