Speaker: Dr. Mohamed-Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)​

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Biography: Professor Alouini general research interests include design and performance analysis of diversity combining techniques, MIMO techniques, multi-hop/cooperative communications systems, optical wireless communication systems, cognitive radio systems, green communication systems and networks, wireless communication systems and networks in extreme environments, and integrated ground-airborne-space networks. He is currently actively working on addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies by studying and developing new generations of aerial and space networks as a solution to provide connectivity to far-flung, less-populated, and/or hard-to-reach areas.

Professor Alouini has published several papers on the above subjects and he is co-author of the textbook Digital Communication over Fading Channels published by Wiley Interscience. He has also won several awards in his career. For instance, he recently received the 2021 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Communication Society Education Award, the 2021 TWAS Award in Engineering Sciences, the 2021 NSP Obada Prize (Sponsored by the African Academy of Sciences), the 2020 Kuwait Prize in Applied Sciences, the 2020 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society James Evans Avant Garde Award, and the 2019 Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Communication Society Communication Theory Technical Committee. Prior to this, he was honored in 2017 with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Science and Technology (S&T) Achievement Award in Engineering Science at the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology, Astana, Kazakhstan. He also received the 2016 Recognition Award of the IEEE Communication Society Wireless Technical Committee as well as the 2016 Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers in Engineering Sciences. Other recognitions include his selection as (i) Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Optica (formerly the Optical Society of America (OSA)), the African Academy of Science (AAS), the European Academy of Science and Arts (EASA),  the Academia Europaea (AE), and The World Academy of Science (TWAS), (ii) IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communication Society and for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, (iii) member for several times in the annual Thomson ISI/Clarivate Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers as well as the AMiner 2020 list of the AI 2000 Most Influential Scholars in the area of Internet of Things and the Shanghai Ranking/Elsevier list of Most Cited Researchers, and (iv) a co-recipient of best paper/poster/video awards in 19 journals/conferences/challenges. Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=HqIyyXcAAAAJ&hl=en

Speaker: Dr. Erol Gelenbe, Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Title of Talk: The Massive Access Problem of the IoT

Biography: Prof. Erol Gelenbe, Fellow IEEE, ACM, IFIP, the Royal Statistical Society, and IET, was born in Istanbul, graduated from TED Ankara Koleji, and received the BS from METU (Ankara), the MS and PhD from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and the DSc from the Sorbonne, Paris. He was awarded the ACM-SIGMETRICS Life-Time Achievement Award (2008) “as the single individual who, over a span of 30 years, has made the greatest overall contribution to the field of Computer System and Network Performance Evaluation through original research, mentoring and doctoral training, creation and direction of world class research groups, wide ranging international collaboration, and professional service." Renowned for pioneering mathematical models of computer systems and networks, inventing G-Networks and Random Neural Networks, he graduated over 90 PhDs, including 24 women. Currently Professor at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics, Polish Academy of Sciences, he was previously Chaired Professor at Imperial College, University of Central Florida, Duke University, Université Paris-Descartes and Paris-Orsay, and Université de Liège (Belgium). He impacted industry with developments such as the Queueing Network Analysis Package (Simulog), the XANTOS fiber-optics local area network, the SYCOMORE distributed voice-packet switch (Thales), the manufacturing simulator FLEXSIM, the C2 Agents (BAE Systems Ltd) software, the Cognitive Packet Network, and received “honoris causa” doctorates from Università di Roma II, Bogazici University (Istanbul), and Université de Liège (Belgium). Awards include the Parlar Foundation Science Award (2004), Grand Prix France Télécom (French Acad. of Sciences), IET Oliver Lodge Medal UK, and “In Memoriam Dennis Gabor Award” (Novofer Foundation, Budapest). Elected Fellow of Academia Europaea, the French National Acad. of Technologies, the Royal Acad. of Belgium, the Science Academies of Hungary, Poland and Turkey, and Honorary Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences. He received the honors of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, Commandeur du Mérite of France, Commendatore al Merito and Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella of Italy. Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions Cloud Computing, Acta Informatica, Performance Evaluation, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Journal and SN Computer Science. His consultancies have included INRIA, France-Telecom, Bull, IBM, Thomson CSF, Bell Labs, BT, General Dynamics UK, Huawei. Principal Investigator of many EU research projects, Coordinator of FP7 NEMESYS and H2020 SerIoT, he won numerous grants from NSF, ONR and ARO USA, EPSRC UK and industry. He is listed among the 26 most influential scientists and 500 most influential people of the Muslim world.

Speaker: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia
Title of Talk: TBA

Biography: Dr. Rajkumar Buyya is the founder and CEO of Manjrasoft Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia. In his academic role, he serves as a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering; and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has over 25 years of industrial and academic R&D experience in software systems for CAD, Internet, and high performance distributed computing applications. Dr. Buyya has been awarded, over $6 million, competitive research grants from various national and international organisations including the Australian Research Council (ARC), Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, IBM, and Microsoft, Australian DIISR (Dept. of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research), and the European Council. He has carried out fundamental research in utility-oriented distributed computing platforms such as Grids and Clouds.

Dr. Buyya has published over 650 high quality and high impact research papers that are well referenced. "A Scientometric Analysis of Cloud Computing Literature" by German scientists ranked Dr. Buyya as the World's Top-Cited (#1) Author and the World's Most-Productive (#1) Author in Cloud Computing. Dr. Buyya is recognized as a "Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher" for four consecutive years since 2016, IEEE Fellow, Scopus Researcher of the Year 2017 with Excellence in Innovative Research Award by Elsevier, and the "Best of the World", in Computing Systems field, by The Australian 2019 Research Review. Dr. Buyya is one of the highly cited authors in computer science and software engineering worldwide (h-index=153, 122744+ citations). 

Software technologies for Grid and Cloud computing developed under Dr. Buyya's leadership have gained rapid acceptance and are in use at several academic institutions and commercial enterprises in 50 countries around the world. He has led the establishment and development of key community activities, including co-founding of IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing and four IEEE conferences (CCGrid, Cluster, Grid, and e-Science). He has presented over 500 invited talks on his vision on IT Futures and advanced computing technologies at international conferences and institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. These contributions and international research leadership of Dr. Buyya are recognised through the award of "2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing". For further information on Dr. Buyya, please visit: http://www.buyya.com.

Speaker: Dr. Sajal K. Das, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA 
Title of Talk: From Smart Sensing to Smart Living in a Connected World

Biography: Sajal K. Das is a professor of Computer Science and the Daniel St. Clair Endowed Chair at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA where he was the Chair of Computer Science Department during 2013-2017. He served the NSF as a Program Director in the Computer Networks and Systems division during 2008-2011. Prior to 2013, he was a University Distinguished Scholar Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and founding director of the Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN) at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has mentored 11 postdocs, 48 Ph.D. students, 31 M.S. theses, and numerous undergraduate research students.

Dr. Das’ research interests include wireless and sensor networks, mobile and pervasive computing, UAVs, mobile crowdsensing, cyber-physical systems and IoT, smart environments (e.g., smart city, smart grid, smart transportation, smart agriculture, and smart health), distributed and cloud computing, cyber security, biological and social networks, and applied graph theory and game theory. He has made fundamental contributions to these areas and published extensively with 350+ research articles in high quality journals and 475+ papers in refereed conference proceedings. He holds 5 US patents and coauthored 4 books – Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols, and Applications (John Wiley, 2005), Handbook on Securing Cyber-Physical Critical Infrastructure: Foundations and Challenges (Morgan Kauffman, 2012), Mobile Agents in Distributed Computing and Networking (Wiley, 2012), and Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2020). His h-index is 95 with more than 36,500+ citations according to Google Scholar.

Dr. Das is a recipient of 12 Best Paper Awards at prestigious conferences, such as ACM MobiCom and IEEE PerCom, and numerous awards for teaching, mentoring and research including the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to sensor networks, and University of Missouri System President’s Award for Sustained Career Excellence. He serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal, and as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. Dr. Das is a Distinguished Alumni of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Speaker: Dr. Vijay Varadharajan, Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC), The University of Newcastle, Australia
Title of Talk: TBA

Biography: Prof Vijay Varadharajan has held the Global Innovation Chair in Cyber Security at the University of Newcastle since March 2017. He is also the Director of Advanced Cyber Security Engineering Research Centre (ACSRC) at Newcastle. Previously he was Microsoft Chair Professor in Innovation in Computing at Macquarie University (2001-2017). At Macquarie, he conceived the concept of an interdisciplinary institute in Cyber Security and was the founder of the Optus MQ Cyber Security Hub. Prior to this he was Dean of School of Computing and IT at University of Western Sydney (1996-2000).

From 1988 to 1995 Vijay headed Worldwide Security Research for HP Labs in Bristol, UK. Under his leadership at HP Labs, some 6 different security technologies were transferred into successful HP products, generating billions of dollars. He also headed the Technical Security Strategy Initiative at HP under the Senior Vice President, USA. From 1987-88, Vijay was Research Manager at British Telecom Research Labs. U.K. During 1985-1986, first he was Research Fellow and then Lecturer in Computer Science at Plymouth and Reading Universities. He attained his Ph.D in Computer and Communication Security from Plymouth and Exeter Universities in 1984, sponsored by BT Research Labs. He attained his Electronic Engineering degree from Sussex University, UK in 1981. He was awarded the 1981 Prize of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, IEE, for outstanding performance at Sussex University as well as the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals Award UK.

His current areas of research interest include Cloud Computing Security, Internet of Things Security, Big Data and Distributed Applications Security, Malware and Security Attacks, Software Security, Trustworthy Computing, Software Defined Networks Security, Wireless and Mobile Networks Security, Cyber Security and Machine Learning, Security Architectures, Security Policies and Models, Security Protocols and Applications of Cryptography.

Vijay is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a Fellow of the IEE, UK (FIEE), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications, UK (FIMA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Engineers (FIEAust), a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (FACS) and a Fellow of the Institutio of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers (FIETE).