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Keynote Speakers

 

Prof. Martin Curley

Prof. Martin Curley is Vice President at Intel Corporation and Director of Intel Labs Europe, the company’s network of more than 40 research labs, development centers and open innovation collaborations spans the European region. He also serves as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe, which is charged with helping to advance both Intel research and Europe’s ability to compete in the global society. Curley leads Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. He is also a co-director of the Innovation Value Institute, an industry-academic open innovation consortium that strives to promote structural change in the way companies and governments achieve value through information technology.
Before assuming his current position in 2009, Curley was Global Director of IT innovation at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior IT management and automation positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. Before joining Intel in 1992, he held management and research positions at General Electric in Ireland and at Philips Electronics in the Netherlands. He was awarded European CTO of the year 2015.
Curley is the author or co-author of three books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship and has published more than 20 papers in the area of IT, entrepreneurship and innovation management. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society, the Irish Computer Society and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He currently chairs the European Unionpen Innovation Strategy and Policy group, an industry-led group advising on strategic priorities for open and service innovation.
Curley has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Finally the presentation will introduce the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF) the emerging global standard for IT management and share how it can be used to prioritize IT enabled smart cities projects.

 

 

Lecture Title:
Open Innovation 2.0 and Digital Technology; the new paradigm for prosperity and sustainable intelligent living."

 

Abstract:

The discipline of Innovation is constantly evolving and we are now arguably at a strategic inflection point where a new mode of innovation is emerging. This presentation introduces Open Innovation 2.0 (OI2) which is a new paradigm based on principles of integrated multidisciplinary collaboration, co-created shared value, cultivated innovation ecosystems, unleashed exponential technologies, and focus on innovation adoption. In parallel a perfect storm of disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Big Data is creating unparalleled opportunities to put high precision, high frequency ‘closed loop’ controls circuits in place for societal systems where previously only ‘open loop’ control was possible.  In particular the presentation will focus on how OI2 and these new disruptive technologies are being used in Smart Cities to create new usage models and new solutions that will get us collectively onto a path for sustainable intelligent living.

 

Prof. Latif Ladid

Chair, IEEE ComSoc TCsub Internet of Things, Emeritus Trustee-Internet Society - ISOC, Senior Researcher @ SnT - University of Luxembourg on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects.

 

Lecture Title:
Impact of the New Internet Protocol version 6 on Big Data, IoT, SDN-NFV, 5G & Smart Cities.

 

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Abstract:

 

The IPv6 Deployment worldwide is becoming a reality now with some countries achieving more than 10 % user penetration with Belgium (36%) at the top ranking (http://labs.apnic.net/dists/v6dcc.html ) and reaching double digits v6 coverage on Google IPv6 stats. May Autonomous Networks (ASN) reach more than 50% with v6 preferred or v6 capable: (http://labs.apnic.net/ipv6-measurement/Economies/US/ ). Over 180 Million users are accessing Internet over IPv6 and probably not even knowing it. The US remains by far the biggest adopter of IPv6 with some 30 Million users followed by Germany, Japan and China with some 10 M users. Worldwide IPv6 deployment has passed the 5 % Google usage bar doubling every 6 months (http://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics.html ). If this trend continues, we should achieve 50% by 2017 which would be the inflection point when the full roll-out of IPv6 becomes a strategic plumbing decision of the networks, a topic that is avoided so far due to many strategic and resources issues (lack of top management decision-making, lack of v6 skilled engineers and v6 deployment best practices, very limited ISP v6 access deployment, ..). The deployment of Carrier-grade NAT is in full swing making networking and user experience more brittle. The security and cybersecurity issues are like always brushed over at this stage due mainly to lack of IPv6 security skills. New topics are more on the lime light such as Big Data, Smart Cities, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, SDN, NFV, 5G,. However, these fields are taking IP networking for granted designing them on IPv4/NAT building non-scalable and non-end to end solutions. The IPv6 Forum is driving new initiatives to garner support and create awareness in these are with initiatives such as the IEEE Comsoc IoT, SDN-NFV and 5G: www.ipv6forum.org

 

Gilles Betis

Gilles Betis leads the Urban Life and Mobility action line of EIT Digital (https://www.eitdigital.eu/innovation-entrepreneurship/urban-life-mobility/) and is chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, and member of the French IEEE Section, Region 8.
As an engineer in Thales, Gilles has been involved for more than 20 years in the design of complex systems. Holding positions of product line manager, marketing manager and solution leader, he has been constantly involved with prospective, innovation and product design matters. Through a holistic and systemic approach, he always linked up emerging behaviours and societal needs to innovative technological solutions.
Gilles is an Engineer graduated in 1987 from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, in France

Lecture Title:
The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative - Creating value for Smart Citizens

 

Abstract:
As world urbanization continues to grow and the total population expected to double by 2050, there exists an increased demand for intelligent, sustainable environments that reduce environmental impact and offer citizens a high quality life. A smart city brings together technology, government and society to enable a smart economy, a smart mobility, a smart environment, a smart governance, but also smart people and smart living.

IEEE is seeing an opportunity to collaborate with municipalities and regions in managing this transition to urbanization. This would include raising awareness of the benefits and downsides of technology and help guide the appropriate uses of technology. The IEEE Smart Cities Initiative will create a network of ten Core Smart Cities, hundreds of Affiliated Smart Cities and an international expert network. They will share expertise, knowledge, questions, concerns etc, and will involve a community of municipalities or regional governance bodies, universities, industries and local IEEE volunteers groups. Knowledge exchange will be supported by working groups, student specific work, MOOCs repository and yearly international conferences.

 

 

Dr Ali Al Shidhani

Dr. Ali Amur AL Shidhani is the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Research, The Research Council, Oman. Since he accepted this responsibility, he has organized many Projects like Research Mobility Program, ICT 2040 Vision, and COACH workshop. He has served as a reviewer for several scientific conferences and journals such as IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Communication Letters, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, EURASIP Wireless Communications and Networking, ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications, Wiley Communications and Security Journal etc. Before joining TRC, he was sharing his knowledge with students from 2003 to 2014 at different positions at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He was selected as a member of Future Leaders Group to attend a dialogue session with 7 Nobel Laureates in Kyoto, Japan, October 2015 as a part of the Science and Technology Forum for society.

 

 

Lecture Title:
Overview of Smart City initiatives in Oman

 

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Abstract:

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have been rapidly evolving in the last few decades. On the other hand, increased urban development, population growth and inefficient energy usage within cities highlighted the need for innovative solutions to sustain earth’s resources while improving quality of life. Embedding ICT solutions across different city functions results in what is widely known today as “Smart cities”. Oman is striving to offer adequate ICT infrastructure to enable smart city services that will result in better living experience for its citizens. There are a number of deployed smart city initiatives in Oman and many others lining up in the pipeline. The keynote will highlight some of the deployed smart city initiatives in Oman as well as other initiatives soon to be deployed in the near future.

 

 

 

Prof. Thomas Anderson

Thomas Andersson, Prof. Dr., is currently engaged in several international projects linking Big Data, Smart Cities and trusted e-services to innovation and strengthened user control in digital communication. This work is carried out through collaboration between partners in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, partly through the International Organisation of Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED), in Sweden, of which Thomas Andersson is Chairman of the Board, and partly through Inconet-GCC which is an EU-funded research project aiming at capacity building in research and innovation in the GCC countries.


Previously, Thomas Andersson was Vice Chancellor of Jönköping University, Sweden, and before that Deputy Director of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD Secretariat, Paris, where he coordinated the technology part of the Jobs Study and co-coordinated the Growth Study. He has been Assistant Under-Secretary and responsible for the Structural Policies Secretariat at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Sweden, Visiting Scholar at the Bank of Japan, Tokyo, and the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, and Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge. He has published widely and is a regular speaker at major international conferences as well as a lecturer for leading universities, including recently at Qatar University and Harvard University.

 

Lecture Title:
Fulfilling the potential of ICT: Smart Cities, innovation and engaged Citizens in the GCC

 

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Abstract:
The era of big data, cloud computing, convergence and the Internet of things meets with sharply rising requirements to come up with operational solutions to the issues we associate with verifiability, security, authentication, authorisation, privacy, accountability and data governance in digital communication. Solutions in this regard will require a user-centric rather than data-centric approach based on viable business models for operators offering trusted e-services. National legislation and international cooperation will be important for enable progress but experimental processes organised around effective stakeholder participation will be essential. Here there is a genuine opportunities for different countries and communities to carve out a niche. The GCC countries are highly advanced in some respects but less prominent in others. This presentation examines the development under way in the context of smart cities, which offer an important context of local adaptation and community-building. It concludes with recommendations on policies and the division of labour between different social spheres in this context, with particular observations on issues and opportunities for the GCC.

 

Manuel Sanromà

Ph.D. in Physics from University of Barcelona in 1982, Dr. Manuel has held different grants of research in Spain and the United States. He has served as Professor of Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, of Astronomy at the University of Barcelona and currently of Mathematics at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. In 2007 he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a Master’s Degree in E-Health from the same University.
During the last decade he has shared his knowledge by teaching at the University with several positions related to IT implementation. From 1999-2001 he was director of the Consortium for the Information Society of the Regional Government of Tarragona. From 2001 to 2004 he was Director of the Open Administration of Catalonia (AOC), the main E-Government project in Catalonia. From 2005 till 2011 he was the CIO of a Health Services Consortium in Tarragona. Since July 2011 he is the CIO of Barcelona City Council.
He has published dozens of articles and several books on its two main activities throughout the years, namely Astronomy and the applications of the Internet. He was the creator of the first Community Network in Spain, TINET (Tarragona InterNET). Between 1999 and 2002 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Internet Society (ISOC). In 2001 the national magazine El Mundo included him as one of the most influential Spaniards in the development of the Internet.
He is a member of different scientific and professional associations, among others the International Astronomical Union, the Catalan Society of Mathematics and the Internet Society.

 

Lecture Title:
Big data on smart city: towards the improvement of the quality of life of the citizens

 

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Abstract:

Barcelona is establishing a repeatable, smart-city infrastructure that may be used to streamline civic planning, spur economic growth, and improve the quality of life for people around the globe.
With the emergence of social media and other new technologies, huge volumes of public data had become available but were untapped by city personnel and citizens. Collecting feeds from social media was not feasible with the city’s existing IT infrastructure, because it was not flexible or scalable enough to manage input from large numbers of public, unstructured sources. To facilitate progress, Barcelona decided to create an affordable, easy-to-use Big Data solution in a cloud, preparing for a new era where Big Data can be used to improve the quality of life for people through better services and economic growth.
Barcelona has created a pilot Big Data solution that can provide useful insights into petabytes of data anytime and anywhere to improve citizens’ quality of life, uncover investment opportunities, promote public safety and health, and provide a possible smart-city template for other areas. Not only can the city provide citizens with a more open and transparent government, but also employees can work and manage city data more efficiently. With this increased insight, users can also more easily recognize potential investment opportunities.
By looking at more data from more sources, the city can modify how it staffs and positions police, fire, and medical resources to meet day-to-day requirements and what resources are needed to manage emergencies. City employees can also respond to emergencies faster and gain the ability to immediately increase public transportation services, especially during city festivals, based on the near-real-time insight gained with the new solution.

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Mahmoud Daneshmand

Mahmoud Daneshmand is Professor of Business Intelligence & Analytics at Howe School of Technology Management as well as Department of Computer Science of Schaefer School of Engineering & Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 40 years of Industry & University experience as Professor, Researcher, Chairman of Department, Dean of College, Executive Director, Technology Leader, and Assistant Chief Scientist at: Bell Laboratories; AT&T Shannon Labs–Research; University of California, Berkeley; University of Texas, Austin; Sharif University of Technology; University of Tehran; New York University; and Stevens Institute of Technology. He has Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley; M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Tehran.

 

 

Lecture Title:
The Big Data Stream Analytics and Smart City

 

Abstract:

 

Billions of “things” such as sensors, RFID tags, mobility devices & smart phones, and surveillance cameras are generating mountains of data on all aspects of the human life: Health, Environment, Transportations, Security, Shopping, Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart Homes, Intelligent Vehicles, Biology, Medicine, etc. The Biggest Challenge of the current Big Data Era is: Management and Mining of ever-increasing streams of data generated by these devices.

The term Internet of Things (IoT) refers to billions of “things” connected to the Internet. IoT promises to be the most disruptive technological revolution since the advent of the Internet. Projections indicate that up to 100 billion objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. IoT covers all types of sensors, communication protocols, computational tools, techniques, devices, processors, embedded systems, data warehousing, big data, cloud computing, server farms, grid computing etc.

The Big Data of the future will be generated by IoT. The IoT Data is very different from the traditional static Data. It is Data in Flight, Data in Motion and it is called Streaming Data i.e., data arrive in streams continuously and so rapidly that it is not feasible or useful to store it in a conventional database and then analyze it at the time of our choosing, if it is not processed immediately, then it is lost forever. The Nature of Data Management and Data Analytics have changed.

In this talk, I will focus on challenges of the emerging areas of Management and Analytics of Big Data Streams. Emphasize will be on stream data acquisition, stream data quality, and stream data analytics enabling real-time Smart City decisions.

 

 

 

Note: Keynote address is subject to approval by the Ministry of Higher Education, Sultanate of Oman