keynote speakers


Connected and Autonomous Electric Vehicles in Smart Cities
Prof. Hussien Mouftah
Canada Research Chair in Wireless Sensor Networks
Distinguished University Professor, University of Ottawa
Bio: Hussein T. Mouftah is an internationally-acclaimed scholar who has made significant contributions to the understanding and knowledge of telecommunication networks, particularly in regard to high-speed networks, optical networks, network switching architectures, wireless cellular as well as ad hoc and sensor networks, smart grid, connected and autonomous electric vehicles, among other technical areas related to the next-generation Internet – the so-called Internet-of-Things. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, he received the BSc in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1969 and 1972, respectively, and the PhD in Electrical Engineering from Laval University, Canada, in 1975. He joined the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (was School of Information Technology and Engineering) of the University of Ottawa in 2002 as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor, where he became a University Distinguished Professor in 2006. He has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Queen's University (1979-2002), where he was prior to his departure a Full Professor and the Department Associate Head. He has six years of industrial experience mainly at Bell Northern Research of Ottawa (Nortel Networks). He served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine (1995-97) and IEEE ComSoc Director of Magazines (1998-99), Chair of the Awards Committee (2002-03), Director of Education (2006-07), and Member of the Board of Governors (1997-99 and 2006-07). He has been a Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Communications Society (2000-2007). He is the author or coauthor of 12 books, 73 book chapters and more than 1500 technical papers, 16 patents, 6 invention disclosures and 147 industrial reports. He is the joint holder of 24 Best/Outstanding Paper Awards. Professor Mouftah has received numerous prestigious awards, such as the 2017 C.C. Gotlieb Medal in Computer Engineering and Science and the 2016 R.A. Fessenden Medal in Telecommunications Engineering of IEEE Canada, the 2016 Distinguished Technical Achievement Award in Communications Switching and Routing of IEEE Communications Society Communications Switching and Routing Technical Committee, the 2015 IEEE Ottawa Section Outstanding Educator Award, the 2014 Engineering Institute of Canada K. Y. Lo Medal for Significant Engineering Contributions at the International Level, the 2014 Technical Achievement Award in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, the 2007 Royal Society of Canada Thomas W. Eadie Medal, the 2007–2008 University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research, the 2008 ORION Leadership Award of Merit, the 2006 IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal for his exemplary contributions to the engineering profession in Canada, the 2006 EIC Julian Smith Medal for Achievement in the Development of Canada, the 2004 IEEE ComSoc Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award, the 2004 George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Engineering, the 1989 Engineering Medal for Research and Development of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and the Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award of the Ontario Innovation Trust. Dr. Mouftah is a Fellow of the IEEE (1990), the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2003), the Engineering Institute of Canada (2005) and the Royal Society of Canada RSC Academy of Science (2008).
Abstract:The transformation of our current cities into smarter cities will bring challenges in diverse areas such as the transportation system, the electricity system, and wearable systems, just to name a few. In smart cities, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will play a vital role for providing services in the urban environment. These services include real time monitoring and reaction in time through wireless sensor and actuator networks. Smart Grids (SGs), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Internet of Things (IoT), Electric Vehicles (EVs), and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) will be the building blocks of futuristic smart cities. Smart grid refers to the modernization of traditional power grid by incorporating two-way digital communication support at generation, transmission, and distribution level. Intelligent transportation system refers to making the vehicular traffic smarter by reducing congestion, optimized fuel consumption, shorter routes, and better safety, self-driving cars by using communication and sensing technologies. Internet of things refer to a world-wide network of interconnected objects uniquely addressable, employing M2M communications, based on standard communication protocols and allows people and things to be connected Anytime, Anyplace, with Anything and Anyone, ideally using Any path/network and Any service. IoT can be very useful for resource management in the context of smart cities. Wireless sensor networks are composed of sensor nodes capable of performing sensing and implementing the M2M communications. All these technologies will help to build a smart city. In this presentation we will address technology trends with a focus on connected and autonomous electric vehicles in smart cities.
Collaborative Caching in Next Generation Wireless Networks
Prof. Hossam S.Hassanein
Telecommunications Research Lab
School of Computing & Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Queen’s University....
Bio: Hossam Hassanein is a leading authority in the areas of broadband, wireless and mobile networks architecture, protocols, control and performance evaluation. His record spans more than 500 publications in journals, conferences and book chapters, in addition to numerous keynotes and plenary talks in flagship venues. Dr. Hassanein has received several recognition and best paper awards at top international conferences. He is the founder and director of the Telecommunications Research Lab (TRL) at Queen's University School of Computing, with extensive international academic and industrial collaborations. He is a fellow of the IEEE, and is a former chair of the IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks (TC AHSN). Dr. Hassanein is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker (Distinguished Lecturer 2008-2010).

Abstract: User generated content, especially video is the predominant source of Internet traffic. Such traffic will be primarily facilitated by mobile devices in 5G wireless networks. To alleviate the high cellular costs and excessive delays, the use of content caching (in-network and/or at the edge) is widely accepted. This talk sheds light on how to utilize in-network and edge caching for supporting multimedia applications over 5G wireless networks.Since content producers and consumers can be mobile, we discuss predictive mobility management schemes for caching that are resilient to uncertainties. We show how proactive solutions, which exploit location and data traffic prediction, can deliver the content of mobile users (both consumers and producers) under application delay constraints. Particularly, the network can detect roaming users and caches their prospective content ahead of handover events while considering the maximum tolerable delay and network overheads.Caching nodes could be part of the infrastructure or in user devices/vehicles. We investigate methods of getting the data closer to the requester using cooperative content discovery and placement at vehicles. We exploit the static and mobile nature of parked and moving vehicles, respectively, to dynamically populate valuable road segments with diverse cached data. We discuss methods of diffusing cached content information and tracking caching nodes, hence providing an implicit form of off-path caching by assessing the trajectory of moving vehicles encountered along the data delivery path.

 Finally, and realizing that cache performance diminishes as video consumers dynamically select content encoded at different bitrates, we introduce methods to dissect the cache capacity of routers along a forwarding path according to dedicated bitrates. To facilitate this partitioning, we propose a guiding principle which stabilizes bandwidth fluctuation while achieving high cache utilization by safeguarding high-bitrate content on the edge and pushing low-bitrate content into the network core.

The Unified Communications (UC) Applied to Telephony
Prof. Mohamed Samy El-Hennawey
October University for Modern Sciences & Arts
Bio: Samy El-Hennawey received the B.Sc. degree with honor and the M.Sc. degree from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 1975 and 1980, respectively and the Ph.D.degree from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 1986, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1975 to 1978 he was an instructor at the Electrical Engineering Department of Ain Shams University. From 1978 to1981 he was with Arab Organization for  Industrialization (AOI), Cairo, Egypt as a telecommunication specialist. From 1985 to 1987, he was with Motorola, Brampton, Canada as a senior R&D engineer in the development of DSP modules for the first voice-band modems utilizing echo cancellation. From 1987 to 1998 he was an assistant professor then as an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of
Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. During the academic year 1997/98, he was a visiting professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. From 1998 to 2009, he was with Nortel, Canada working on new advances in DSP architectures and strategic technologies in voice quality assessment and enhancement in VoIP. From 2000 till 2012, he was an adjunct professor at Carleton
University. In December 2010, he joined the Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA) University, 6th of October, Egypt where he is now a professor and the Head of the Department of Electrical Systems Engineering.
Dr. El-Hennawey has over 35 journal and conference publications and over 8 issued US patents. He supervised over 15 graduate students for their PhD and Master's research work. His current research interests include DSP architectures and inservice voice quality monitoring and enhancement techniques in addition to smart location-based information transfer. Dr. El-Hennawey is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada. He is also a senior member of IEEE.
Abstract: The idea of the Unified Communications (UC) was first introduced by Enterprises in the early 1990s. UC offers great advantages augmenting all types of communication applications in one network utilizing different protocols. With the massive spread of Internet, the Internet Protocol (IP) has attracted the attention for the UC. Not only Enterprises now use the IP for the UC, Carrier (landline and mobile) providers have also started to combine their various applications in UC. One of the first set of applications to be augmented in the UC is "Internet Telephony" and the term "Voice over the Internet Protocol" or VoIP has been adopted. As it is well known, the IP was originally designed for data transmission rather than for real-time multimedia communication. This was the first challenges facing VoIP equipment manufacturers as well as service providers. During the past two decades, great effort has been spent to mitigate these challenges. Most of such challenges were based on voice quality, not only to achieve similar quality level as that of the traditional telephone network, but also to provide better services in different aspects. The traditional telephone network is called "Public-Switched Telephone Network" – PSTN, and is alternatively called "General-Switched Telephone Network" – GSTN. As well, and since it is traditional, it also got the term "Plain Old Telephone System" – POTS.While giving a broad picture about VoIP, this talk will concentrate on "Voice Quality". For instance, the Internet performance depends on the delay or throughput associated with any of its link. Such delay obviously will affect the interactive communication. Not only this subjectively annoys the talkers, but it seriously affects the echo and echo cancellation procedures. As such the Real-Time Protocol" – RTP has been introduced. For economical reasons, it is highly desirable to include as many traffic calls in one link. Hence, speech compression has been introduced with many compression techniques. Moreover, silence suppression was utilized. In RTP protocol, packet loss is possible and certainly affecting quality. Those factors and others will reduce voice quality. For reliable VoIP transmission, "Voice Quality" – VQ needs to be estimated. Not only is this needed to be calculated during the network design and configuration phase, but it is also required for the mitigation of the particular cause of the issue. This process is called "Self-Healing Networking". This talk will give highlight to such self-healing procedure.
 rending Innovations of Data Science and Big Data Analytics in Inter-Disciplinary Domains
Eng. Hisham Arafat Shehata
Digital Transformation Lead Consultant, Researcher, Master Principal Solutions Architect and Agile Program Manager possesses over 23 years of professional engineering and information technology hands-on experience in leadership, technical and consulting roles. Conducted 100+ solid engagements to key customers across Middle East, Africa, Far East, Europe, South America and USA applying enterprise class industry applications and technologies. Experience and background in different industries including Engineering & Construction, Industrial Manufacturing, Retail & Distribution, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Supply Chain & Logistics, FS, Transportation and Telecom, Government/PS/NGOs, Agriculture, Healthcare.
Bio: Hisham Arafat, Digital Transformation Lead Consultant, experienced Solutions Architect,
Technology Strategist & Research Engineer possess 23+ years of professional engineering and
information technology hands-on experience in leadership, technical and consulting roles. He is
currently focusing on panning & implementing Digital Transformation solutions using Cloud Native, Distributed Systems, Mobility, Blockchains, Internet of Things (IoT), Data Science, Big
Data, Analytics practices using open source as well as vendor-specific solutions and technologies. He is now engaged in developing solutions for Digital Cities, Supply Chain & Logistics optimization, Utilities, IoT, Connect Cars, Blockchain for enterprise customers globally.
Working for multinational solutions leaders, he conducted 100+ solid engagements for key customers across Middle East, Africa, Far East, Europe, Russia, South America and USA using enterprise class industry business solutions, applications and technologies. He has got experience in diversity of vertical industries including Engineering & Construction, Industrial Manufacturing, Retail & Distribution, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Supply Chain & Logistics, FS, Transportation and Telecom, Government/PS/NGOs, Agriculture, Healthcare.

Hisham teaches academic postgrad courses in several universities and supervise researches in Agriculture and Bioinformatics from Big Data Analytics perspectives and directing the development of Big Data & Data Science program at Nile University. He is appointed as reviewer and mentor for incubated startups provides expertise in Lean, Agile Transformation, Scrum, Kanban, Nexus, LeSS and EBM specially for digital business platforms.

He used to be the Program Manager, EMEA Applications Consulting in Dell EMC professional services practicing the implementation of Data Science, Big Data, Cloud Native / Could Foundry 3rd platform on Pivotal stack solutions using Agile Scrum and DevOps. As EMC SME in Big Data, Analytics and Data Science, Cloud and 3rd platform solutions, he delivered 50+ workshops on these emerging digital transformation technologies during the past 6 years for EMC key customers, employees and partners across the globe. Hisham also contributed as reviewer for the EMC Education courses and text book publication: Data Science and Big Data Analytics used
as reference for Academic TTT workshops he delivered for key universities in EMEA regions. Before EMC, he used to be the Master Principle Solutions Architect / Applications Lead at Oracle Corporation in MEA region and member of Oracle EMEA Solutions Architects workgroup responsible for developing the architecture practices. He leaded the engagements with named customers in MEA region to assess and architect multi-pillar enterprise business technology solutions including business applications, business intelligence, master data management, data governance, business transformation, enterprise integration and analytics solution.
Hisham has got previous experience with Microsoft, Sun, Borland and IBM leading technologies working for regional ISV and offshore software engineering providers. He has conducted two official product launches for Microsoft: Enterprise Project Management (EPM) and SharePoint Portal Solutions – worked as regional consultant for Microsoft .Net platform, BizTalk and Enterprise Servers – Early achiever of Windows platform and .NET Architect recognition.

Hisham was public speaker and presenter in several conferences and events. He is postgraduate
Information Technology Institute (ITI) Software Engineering in 1998 and Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University 1996. He likes Islamic sciences, playing basketball, family outdoor activities, fishing, camping, poetry and hand-made wood crafting.
Abstract: Data Science and Big Data Analytics - as an emerging domain of the Digital Transformation - has passed the hype into solid applications in different areas. Historically, the associated platforms, methods and techniques emerged as horizontal ones focus more on the the underlaying technology rather than specific targeted vertical disciplines like fo example material science, environment models,  Bioengineering, life sciences, engineering...etc. In this session,  several trending applications and technologies of Big Data Analytics are presented in the context of multi disciplinary R&D areas including examples in engineering, physics, environment, biology, healthcare where most recent innovative technologies, methods and patterns are explored in a context. Advanced patterns including reel-time event-driven models, distributed analytics and edge analytics are presented.The main outcome is to experience the significant benefits of applying those new innovative approaches and highlight the key design decisions reflected on engineered solutions blueprints widely adapted by the industry and global market.

 Motivations, Challenges, and Research Opportunities in Antennas for Wireless Communications and Future Networks. 

Dr. Yahia M.M. Antar Text Box

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering 

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 

Royal Military College of Canada & Queen’s University  


Bio:  Yahia M.M. Antar (S’73–M’76–SM’85–LF’00) received his B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in 1966 from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba, MB, Canada, in 1971 and 1975, respectively, all in electrical engineering. In 1977, he held a Government of Canada Visiting Fellowship at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, and in May 1979 he joined the Division of Electrical Engineering at the National Research Council of Canada. In November 1987, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston where he has held the position of Professor since 1990. He has authored or coauthored about 250 journal papers, several books and chapters in books, over 450 refereed conference papers, holds several patents, has chaired several national and international conferences, and has given plenary talks at many conferences. He has supervised and co-supervised over 90 Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses at the Royal Military College and at Queen’s University, several of which have received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal Award, the Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis of the Division of Applied Science, as well as many Best Paper Awards in major international symposia. He served as the Chair of Canadian National Commission of URSI (1999–2008), Commission B (1993–1999), and has a cross appointment at Queen’s University in Kingston.  

  Dr. Antar is a Life Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of the Electromagnetic Academy, and an URSI (International Union of Radio Science) Fellow. He serves as an Associate Editor of many IEEE and IET Journals and as an IEEE-APS Distinguished Lecturer. In May 2002, he was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering which has been renewed in 2016. In 2003, he was awarded the Royal Military College of Canada “Excellence in Research” Prize, and the RMCC Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence award in 2012. He was elected by the to the URSI Board as Vice President in August 2008 and in 2014, and to the IEEE AP AdCom. in 2009. 

      On January 31, 2011, he was appointed Member of the Canadian Defence Advisory Board (DAB) of the Canadian Department of National Defence . In October 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada in recognition for his contribution to Canada. He is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal for “Ground Breaking Contributions to Electromagnetics and Communications”, and the 2015 IEEE Canada J. M. Ham outstanding Engineering Education Award. In May 2015, he received the Royal Military College of Canada Cowan Prize for excellence in research. He is the recipient of the IEEE-Antennas and Propagation Society prestigious Chen-To-Tai Distinguished Educator Award for 2017. 


Abstract: Many aspects of our lives and economies are becoming fundamentally dependent on wireless technology in a manner that they were not before. This trend is exemplified by the current massive investment in future endeavours, such as 5G technology. Many in IEEE believe 5G will become the cornerstone of future wireless networks, enabling fundamentally new applications such as the internet of things (IOT), with its anticipated billions of devices laden with embedded sensors. A common denominator in many of these new wireless applications is the antenna systems, which form the “eyes and ears” of many sensors. New developments for advancing the state of the art in antenna technology and Electromagnetic waves propagation at microwave and millimeter wave bands to meet future challenges will be needed.  

This talk will address some current and new emerging directions of research in antenna systems and other related aspects in Electromagnetic Engineering that are essential for future developments. This includes new system approaches and methodologies for antenna analysis and design, considerations for anticipated massive MIMO systems, Electromagnetic Machine Learning and application to analyse the near fields’ spatial structures and the electromagnetic environment around communication systems and sensors. Anticipated implications on future educational activities, as predicted by IEEE, will be discussed.