ICKMS2019 Keynote Speakers 



Prof. Houssain Kettani

Dakota State University, USA

Biography: Dr. Houssain Kettani received the Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus in 1998, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees both in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Kettani served as faculty member at the University of South Alabama (2002-2003), Jackson State University (2003-2007), Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (2007-2012), Fort Hays State University (2012-2016), Florida Polytechnic University (2016-2018) and Dakota State University since 2018. Dr. Kettani has served as Staff Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory in summer of 2000, Visiting Research Professor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in summers of 2005 to 2011, Visiting Research Professor at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska in summer of 2008 and Visiting Professor at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in summer of 2010. Dr. Kettani’s research interests include algorithms, cyber security, machine learning and population studies. He presented his research in over sixty refereed conference and journal publications and his work received over 500 citations by researchers all over the world. He chaired over hundred international conferences throughout the world and successfully secured external funding in millions of dollars for research and education from US federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, DOD, and NRC.

Title of Speech: Towards Exascale Computing  

Abstract: In 1985, the fastest computer in the world reached 1 Gigaflop/s, or one billion (10^9) calculation per second. By 1996, the speed reached 1 TeraFlop/s or one trillion (10^12), then 1 PetaFlop/s or one quadrillion (10^15) by 2008. In 2016, the fastest computer in the world performs 100 PetaFlop/s and many hand-held devices including smart phones are faster than the fastest supercomputer in the 1980s. The 1 ExaFlop/s mark, or one quintillion (10^18) is expected to be reached in 2020. Currently, the fastest supercomputer has close to eleven million cores and consumes over 15 MW (Mega or million Watts). It is like 150,000 light bulbs of 100W on at the same time. It is more than a million times faster than a personal computer. So, one second of computing using the fastest supercomputer is equivalent to almost two weeks using a PC, while one hour is equivalent to over a century on a PC! These fast computers allowed humans to solve problems that were impossible to solve few years before, including weather (earth and space) forecast, gene permutations, Hurricane tracking, asteroids/comets tracking, spying, etc. However, such humongous machines present huge complexity in operation, maintenance, protection, etc. This remains an active area of interdisciplinary research for continuous improvement in speed, efficiency, hardware and software development as well as algorithms design and analysis to advance the state of the art of parallel computing.  

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).

Title of Speech: Living Buildings as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) In Smart Cities

Abstract: Imagine a building capable of turning up the heat, activating the air-conditioning and even sending surplus solar energy it generates to the neighborhood as if it is a living organism. As the current power grid is evolving toward a “smart grid” concept with power generation and distribution will involve small scale renewable energy technologies, such as solar energy (i.e. photovoltaic (PV)), intelligent buildings will have the capabilities to autonomously decide and act what to do with its environment and with the extra energy it produces. A typical scenario to consider is a customer implementing a solar energy system that will be used to deliver electricity to its needs while interacting with the smart grid for optimum operation of the building. Even though automatic control of different component is currently a proven technology, developing building that can autonomously act in its own as if it is a living organism is still a research endeavor. On the other hand Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) concepts are being developed as a way to “Deeply integrate computation, communication, and control into physical systems”. The presentation will talk about how Cyber-Physical System (CPS) concepts can be used to drive the implementation of smart building (smart campus) in a smart grid and smart city environments and the research challenges that need to be addressed to develop the living building concept. 


Prof. Vehbi Çağrı Güngör

Abdullah Gul University, Turkey

Biography: 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 a Full Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering Department, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Kayseri, Turkey. He is also the founder of Akademi ARGE, a start-up company focusing on mobile comunications and artificial intelligence. His current research interests are in next-generation wireless networks, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, smart grid communications, artificial intelligence, data mining, 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.

Title of Speech: Technology Entrepreneurship: Power of the Internet Economy 

Abstract: In today’s highly competitive environment, success rates for start-ups are very low due to intense and technology-based competition. In such an environment, it is very hard to be successful without necessary skills and capabilities to establish and run a start-up. To this end, new discoveries, new technologies, competition, and globalization compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation. The main aim of this talk is to explain the power of the Internet economy and the key elements for a successful start-up. Furthermore, recent trends in information and communication technologies will be covered. The practice of promoting and managing innovation in start-ups will be examined. Finally, interesting techno products, that will shape our future, will be described.