Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1: Blockchain: a New Disruptive Force
 pro salah Prof. Khaled Salah is a full professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khalifa University, UAE. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Iowa State University, USA, in 1990, the M.S. degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, USA, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the same institution in 2000. He joined Khalifa University in August 2010, and is teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of cloud computing, computer and network security, computer networks, operating systems, and performance modeling and analysis. Prior to joining Khalifa University, Khaled worked for ten years at the department of Information and Computer Science, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), KSA. Khaled has over 170 publications and 2 patents, has been giving a number of international keynote speeches, invited talks, tutorials, and research seminars on the subjects of Blockchain, IoT, Fog and Cloud Computing, and Cybersecurity. Khaled was the recipient of Khalifa University Outstanding Research Award 2014/2015, KFUPM University Excellence in Research Award of 2008/09, and KFUPM Best Research Project Award of 2009/10, and also the recipient of the departmental awards for Distinguished Research and Teaching in prior years. Khaled is a senior member of IEEE, and serves on the Editorial Boards of many WOS-listed journals including IET Communications, IET Networks, Elsevier's JNCA, Wiley's SCN, Wiley's IJNM, J.UCS, and AJSE. Khaled will serve as the Track/Symposium Chair of IEEE Globecom 2018 on Cloud Computing.
Keynote 2: Moving forward data centric sciences weaving Artificial Intelligence, Big Data management and HPC
 pro solar Genoveva Vargas-Solar ( is senior scientist of the French Council of Scientific Research (CNRS) and she is member of the HADAS group of the Informatics Laboratory of Grenoble, France. Since 2008, she is deputy director the Franco-Mexican Laboratory of Informatics and Automatic Control (LAFMIA) an international research unit established at CINVESTAV. She is regular member of the Mexican Academia of Computing. In 2014 she obtained her Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR - tenure) from University of Grenoble. In 2000, she obtained her first PhD degree in Computer Science at University Joseph Fourier and in 2005 she obtained her second PhD degree in Literature at University Stendhal. In 1997 she obtained her first Master Degree in Computer Science at University Joseph Fourier and in 1998 she obtained her second Master Degree in Compared Literature at University Stendhal. She did her undergraduate studies on Computer Systems Engineering at Universidad de las Américas in Puebla. Her research interests in Computer Science concern distributed and heterogeneous databases, reflexive systems and service based database systems. Particularly, she contributes to the construction of service based database management systems. The objective is to design data management services guided by Service Level Agreements (SLA) to provide methodologies, algorithms and tools for integrating, deploying and executing a service oriented data management functions. Quality of service criteria and behaviour properties included in SLA are adapted to applications requirements (e.g., transactional execution, reliability, fault tolerance, evolution and dynamic adaptability). She conducts fundamental and applied research activities for addressing these challenges on different architectures ARM, raspberry, cluster, cloud, and HPC. She has applied her results to e-Science applications in Astronomy, Biology, social sciences, industry 4.0. Her research interests in Literature concern middle age Literature, myths’ critics and myths’ analysis applied to different myths of origins. She has coordinated several research projects in Europe and Latin America financed by governments and industrial partners. She actively promotes the scientific cooperation in Computer Science between Latin America and Europe particularly between France and Mexico.
Keynote 3: Digital Twin: The convergence of Multimedia Technologies
 pro sadik Abdulmotaleb El Saddik (M01 SM04 F09), is Distinguished Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Dipl-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. He is the director of the Multimedia Communications research Laboratory and the Medical Devices Innovation Institute. Dr. El Saddik is an internationally-recognized scholar who has made strong contributions to the knowledge and understanding of multimedia computing, communications and applications. He is a leading haptics expert, with global recognition for his development of new technologies for real-time multisensory-based identification of humans (biometrics), synchronization of haptics, audio and visual data, Quality of Experience models for multisensory environments, and methods that dynamically compute the confidence levels of sensory data in a collaborative environment. His work looks toward the establishment of Digital Twins using AI, AR/VR and Tactile Internet that allow people to interact in real-time with one another as well as with their digital representation. He has been extremely productive of high-quality research and impact. He is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and five patents. He is the author of the book Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia. Dr. El Saddik is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada. He received several awards, including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the German Humboldt Foundation and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Achievement Award. He also received IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal and A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science.
Keynote 4: Scheduling Data-Intensive Applications in the Cloud Trends and Challenges
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Helen Karatza is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Informatics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she teaches courses in the postgraduate and undergraduate level, and supervises doctoral and postdoctoral research. Dr. Karatza's research interests include Computer Systems Modeling and Simulation, Performance Evaluation, Grid and Cloud Computing, Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems, Resource Allocation and Scheduling and Real-time Distributed Systems. Dr. Karatza has authored or co-authored over 210 technical papers and book chapters including five papers that earned best paper awards at international conferences. She is senior member of IEEE, ACM and SCS, and she served as an elected member of the Board of Directors at Large of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. She served as Chair and Keynote Speaker in International Conferences. Dr. Karatza is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier Journal “Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory” and Senior Associate Editor of the “Journal of Systems and Software” of Elsevier. She was Editor-in-Chief of “Simulation Transactions of The Society for Modeling and Simulation International” and Associate Editor of “ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation”. She served as Guest Editor of Special Issues in International Journals. More info about her activities/publications can be found in

Keynote 5: The Next Big Things: Big Data & Analytics, AI/ML, and Autonomous DB/DW
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Dr. Mutaz M. Al-Debei is currently working as a Principal Cloud Platform Consultant - Big Data & Business Analytics at Oracle. Before Joining Oracle, Mutaz was working as the Director of Big Data & Advanced Analytics at INTRASOFT MEA. Moreover and before joining INTRASOFT, Al-Debei was serving as an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Computing at the University of Jordan (UJ), and also as an ICT Chief Consultant at the National Center for Security and Crises Management. He also worked as an IT Manager for Arab Radio & Television (ART) in Jordan Media City and he held other positions in Al-Ahli Bank (Master Card Department) and Royal Scientific Society. Al-Debei earned his PhD from Brunel University London (BUL) in Information Systems and Computing in May, 2010. Furthermore, Al-Debei has received many international and national significant research awards such as Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers – ICTs, 2015, the prestigious Vice Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Research from Brunel University London in 2010, the Distinguished Researcher Award from The University of Jordan - two times in 2012 and 2014, and best paper awards from UKAIS (2008), and another one from IFIP 8.2 (2010).

Keynote 6: Named Data Networking (NDN) and Fog Computing
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Abdella Battou is the Division Chief of the Advanced Network Technologies Division, within The Information Technology Lab at NIST. He also leads the Cloud Computing Program at NIST. Before joining NIST in 2012, Abdella served as the Executive Director of The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) GigaPop founded by The University Of Maryland, The George Washington University, The Georgetown University and The Virginia Polytechnic Institute. From 2000 to 2009, he was Chief Technology Officer, and Vice President of Research and Development for Lambda OpticalSystems, where he was responsible for overseeing the company's system architectures, hardware design and software development teams. Additionally, he served as senior research scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory's high speed networking group, Center for Computational Sciences from 1992 to 2000. Dr. Battou holds a PhD and MSEE in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America.