The Speakers

Dr. Adrian Will

National Technological University, Tucuman, Argentina

Adrián Will received a degree in Mathematics from FAMAF-UNC and a Ph.D in Mathematics from the same university. He currently is the Director of the Research Group GITIA, a Research Group focused on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and its applications, in the National Technological University (UTN), Tucumán Faculty. He is also the Director of the Specialization and Masters in Engineering of Information Systems in the same faculty. He has published articles in several national and international journals and conferences, and presented two patent applications. He is also involved in several industrial projects dealing with Optimization of Electricity Distribution Networks, Energy Consumption Management and Human Thermal Comfort, among others.

Dr. Ala Al-Fuqaha

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Ala Al-Fuqaha received his M.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Currently, he is a Professor and director of NEST Research Lab at the Computer Science Department of Western Michigan University. Dr. Al-Fuqaha served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on multiple research projects funded by NSF, MDOT, Qatar Foundation, Cisco, Boeing, AVL, Stryker, Wolverine,Traumasoft, and Western Michigan University. His research grant activities and collaborative efforts have culminated in around $3 million funding. Chief among these research activities is an international collaborative effort with Qatar University and Purdue University to study the interplay between safety, security and performance in vehicular networks. Another chief research activity is a NSF funded collaborative effort with the City University of New York and the University of Nebraska Lincoln on bio-socially inspired techniques for enhanced spectrum access in cognitive radio networks. Currently, he is working on an entrepreneurial initiative to spin a startup company from Western Michigan University to offer innovative hardware and software solutions in support of real-time locating services

Dr. Ajay Gupta

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Ajay Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science at Western Michigan University. He is quite active in IEEE-Computer Society being the Vice-Chair of the Technical Activities Committees in 2015-2016 and elected twice as the Chair of the Technical committee on Parallel Processing from 2011 to 2015. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Western Michigan University. Dr. Gupta received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1989, his M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cincinnati in 1984, and his B.E. (Honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India in 1982.

Dr. Hong Shen

University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Hong Shen is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide. He received his B.Eng. degree from Beijing University of Science and Technology, M.Eng. degree from University of Science and Technology of China, Ph.Lic. and Ph.D. degrees from Abo Akademi University, Finland, all in Computer Science. He has extensive academic experiences internationally including 10 years service at Griffith University (Australia) from Lecturer to Professor and 5 years service at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) as Professor and Chair of the Computer Networks Laboratory. He received numerous honours and awards at institutional, ministerial and national levels, and served as a guest professor on various visiting appointments in USA, UK, Hong Kong and China. With main research interests in parallel and distributed computing, algorithms, high performance networks, privacy and security, data mining and multimedia systems, he has published more than 400 papers, including over 100 papers in major journals such as a variety of IEEE and ACM Transactions.

Dr. Hanaa Hachimi

Sultan Moulay Slimane University, Beni Mellal, Morocco

Prof. Dr. Hanaa Hachimi, Ph.D in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science and a Ph.D in Mechanics & Systems Reliability, Secretary General of Sultan Moulay Slimane University in Beni Mellal. President of the Moroccan Society of Engineering Sciences and Technology (MSEST). I am Associate Professor at the Sultan Moulay Slimane University (USMS) of Beni Mellal, Morocco. I am Director of the Systems Engineering Laboratory (LGS), precisely I am affiliated at the Big Data, Optimization, Service and Security (BOSS) team at USMS. I am Lecture and Keynote Speaker of the courses: Optimization & Operational Research, Graph Theory, Statistics, Probability, Reliability and Scientific Computing. I am Member of the Moroccan Society of Applied Mathematics (SM2A).Previously Associate Professor at Ibn Tofail University, National School of Applied Sciences of Kénitra, Morocco.