ICKMS2018 Keynote Speakers



Prof. Houssain Kettani

Florida Polytechnic University, USA

Biography: Dr. Houssain Kettani received the Bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus, in 1998, and Master’s and doctorate degrees both in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He joined as faculty member the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA in 2002-2003, then department of computer science at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA in 2003-2007, and department electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Polytechnic University, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA in 2007-2012 where he also was director of partnership development office. He joined Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA in 2012, and is currently professor and director of computer science and information systems engineering. Dr. Kettani has served as Staff Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA in summer of 2000, Visiting Research Professor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA in summers of 2005 to 2011, Visiting Research Professor at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA in summer of 2008, and Visiting Professor at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA in summer of 2010. Dr. Kettani’s research interests include computational science and engineering, high performance computing algorithms, information retrieval, network traffic characterization, number theory, robust control and optimization, and Muslim population studies. He presented his research in over sixty refereed conference and journal publications and his work received over four hundred citations by researchers all over the world. He chaired over hundred international conferences throughout the world and successfully secured external funding of more than a million dollars for research and education from US federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, DOD and NRC.

Prof. Anu Gokhale

Illinois State University, USA

Biography: Dr. Anu A. Gokhale has completed twenty years of university teaching and is currently a professor and coordinator of the computer systems technology program at Illinois State University. Originally from India, she has a master’s degree in physics—electronics from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate from Iowa State University. Dr. Gokhale presents and publishes her peer-reviewed research, and pursues multi-year projects funded by agencies like the US Department of Education, US Department of State, and National Science Foundation. Dr. Gokhale recently authored a second edition of her book Introduction to Telecommunications, which also has an international edition in Chinese. In recognition of her work over several years, she was honored with the 2011 University Outstanding Researcher Award. Dr. Gokhale has been invited to speak at various conferences; more recently, she was keynote speaker at the IC4E 2011 in Mumbai and ICETC 2010 in Shanghai. She consults for businesses and industries and has delivered multiple workshops and training seminars. Dr. Gokhale is an active volunteer in IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) having served in various roles like Secretary of Central IL Section, R4 Student Activities Chair, R4 Women in Engineering Coordinator, R4 Educational Activities Chair, Conference Chair of International Electro / Information Technology 2010 Conference, and member of the Educational Activities Board, and was honored with the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

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).