The 4th SCS - 2021 Symposium

Symposium Keynote Speakers and Details

4th SCS - 21-23 November 2021


Symposium President Virtual Opening Ceremony Speech

09:00 am, 21st of November  2021,  Zain - E-learning Center 

University of Bahrain - Sukhair - Kingdom of Bahrain


Opening Speech by Her Excellency

Dr. Jawaher Shaheen Al Mudhahki

University of Bahrain President

Honoring Symposium Patron and  Symposium General Chairperson


Her Excellency Speech is

(Towards Smart Cities:  A Novel Paradigm)

Session Chairing: Dr. Fuad Mohammed Al-Ansari

November 21, 2021, 09:00+03 - 09:10+03


21-23 November 2021 Symposium Keynote Speakers

Keynote Talk -01

(Smart Cities Challenges: The Role of Robotics)


Professor Prakash Persad,

Professor of Mechatronics

President of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)

Fellow of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT)

and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Session Chairing: Dr. Suresh Vishwakarma

November 21, 2021, 09:15+03 - 09:50+03


Talk Abstract:  Increased urbanization will result in higher populations in smart cities which would require increased emphasis on the safety and security of the person. The need for robust digital infrastructure to provide a reliable platform, for the implementation of robotic technologies to address this issue, is an absolute necessity. This presentation will consider the challenges presented in applying robots for security purposes in various sectors including transportation and health ones, with a particular emphasis on the developing nations.


About Professor Prakash Persad:

Professor Prakash Persad, President of The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) is a Professor of Mechatronics, Fellow of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI). He did postdoctoral work at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie Tech) and further professional training at MIT, USA and KISTEP-ISTIC, South Korea, in Engines and Fuels, and Science and Innovation Policy respectively. His detailed profile is available at


 Keynote Talk-02

(Smart Grid as a promising option for fortifying Smart Cities)


Professor Sukumar Mishra

FNAE, FNASc, FIET, FIETE, FIE, SMIEEE,  INAE Chair Professor Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Session Chairing: Prof. Khaled Zehar

November 21, 2021, 10:00+03  - 10:30 +03

Talk Abstract: Global penetrations of renewable energy sources (RES) into primitive grid system have been rapidly increasing to achieve energy support. This has paved a new era for many modern techniques to increase the power management and to provide advanced consumer services. One such service that can strengthen a Smart City is a Smart Grid. It is an advanced technology electrical grid that provides variety of operations and energy measurement techniques which are efficient, reliable, economically viable and sustainable. Moreover, the digital technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and customers, and the sensing along the transmission lines is what makes the grid smart. This adds flexibility, reliability, quick responsiveness, and security to the system. There are various benefits associated with a Smart Grid. A smarter grid will have resiliency against disturbances. Owing to the two-way interactive capacity, the Smart Grid will allow for automatic rerouting when equipment fails, or outages occur. Hence, it exhibits self-healing and automatic restoration properties. Also, the advanced metering infrastructure presented by smart grid, aids in reducing peak demands, hence lowering electricity rates and providing transparency in the system. Thus, “Smart meters”, will allow consumer to see how much electricity is used and its cost. In addition, Adaptive islanding detection, improved remote control and monitoring, de-regulated market etc. are feasible with a Smart Grid. A Smart Grid opens numerous opportunities for integration of RES, customer owned ‘distributed generations’ when traditional grid is incompetent in supporting consumer’s electricity demand. Basically, it aims to achieve demand response so that load leveling can be implemented. Therefore, Smart Grid can be termed as the backbone of a Smart City which can revolutionize an ageing infrastructure by making the system more consumer friendly, digitized and manageable to satisfy electricity demand of present and future generations.

About Professor Sukumar Mishra: Professor Sukumar Mishra is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Associate Dean (R&D) at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is a recipient of the INSA medal for young scientist, the INAE young engineer award, and the INAE silver jubilee young engineer award. He has earned the credit to become the youngest fellow in the electrical engineering section of INAE at the age of 38 in the year 2009. He is also a fellow of IET UK, IETE India and IE India. He is currently holding the position of INAE chair professor. He is the Past Chair of IET Delhi LN.


 Keynote Talk-03

(Intelligent Parking System for Smart Cities)


Dr. Khaled Eskaf

Intelligent Systems, Montreal, Canada.
Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Alexandria, Egypt

Session Chairing: Prof. Mohab Mangoud

November 21, 2021, 10:30+03  to 11:00+03

Talk Abstract:

The Smart Parking solution is among the most implemented and fastest growing Smart City solutions in the world. Several entities have already begun to realize the considerable benefits of automated parking technology. These include airports, universities, shopping centers, and city garages. Smart parking is possible because the Internet of Things enables the connection, analysis, and automation of data collected from devices. A smart parking solution uses low-cost sensors, real-time data, and mobile applications to monitor parking availability. In order to automate and decrease the time spent manually searching for the optimal parking floor, spot, or even lot, we need to automate the process. Depending on the solution, it may also include a full range of services, such as online payments, parking time notifications, and even car searching for very large lots. There can be many benefits associated with parking solutions, both for the users and the lot owners. The following are some of the perks of a parking lot conversion: Optimized parking, Reduced traffic, Less pollution, and Improved service. A smart parking solution would be a great investment for any city government or company. In the United States, there are approximately four parking spaces for each vehicle, and they still cannot find a space for parking. It is imperative to implement a well-planned, convenient, and global parking solution as the world population continues to grow and urbanize. 

About Dr. Khaled Eskaf: Dr. Khaled Eskaf is an Ass. Professor of intelligent systems. He has received the Ph.D. in Computer Science, School of Computing, Science & Engineering, the University of Salford, United Kingdom. He has also a good hands-on experience from academia, and industry. He is  working at Arab Academy for Science and Technology- Egypt, and he is now working at research center in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent, Montreal Canada.  His research is related to the development and evaluation of novel intelligent and visualization systems that involve the digital signals and images using artificial intelligent techniques and pattern recognition in order to help in their interpretation and understanding of the data and extract knowledge. Of particular interests at present are; applications focuses on mobile application and internet of things that can solve real-life problems especially with medical applications and other application such as: Computer Vision, Intelligent System, Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Wearable Computing, Game Programming, Machine Learning. Dr. Khaled Eskaf has received his PhD in Intelligent System and Machine Learning from Salford University -UK, Assistance Professor at AASTMT, Board Member at RIC and he is working at research center in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent, Montreal Canada.  He has more than 15 publications in scientific journals including Science, and IEEE.


Keynote Talk-04

(Building Smart Cities with IoT Technologies)


Eng. Saurabh Vishwakarma,

BASc, EIT, Software Engineer, Powertech Labs Inc, Surrey BC, Canada

Session Chairing: Dr. Solange Kelly

November 22, 2021, 09:00+03 - 09:30+03

Talk Abstract:  70% of humanity will be living in cities by the middle of this century. This growth requires solving challenges, from developing new infrastructure and environmental concerns, to finding ways for improving the quality of life for residents.  Digital technologies are already playing a key role in the streamlining of city operations by providing new methods for monitoring and operating city infrastructure. The Internet of Things, which extends the reach of these digital technologies, presents a turning point in the transformation of cities into smart cities which are more responsive to the needs of their inhabitants. The improvements in data analysis capabilities provided by IoT can lead to progress in a variety of fields, ranging from improvements in energy efficiency to increased automation. Nevertheless, there are significant concerns to be addressed, such as the limited maturity of these technologies, system complexity and interoperability, as well as cybersecurity and data privacy. These challenges can be overcome by an integrated approach and with a combination of efforts by engineers of multiple disciplines.

About Saurabh VishwakarmaSaurabh is an IT professional who thrives on problem solving. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has gained professional experience in different industries during and after his studies at UBC. He is currently working as a Software Engineer at a Research & Development institution in British Columbia. His key skills include System Design, Application Development, Data Modelling, Business Requirements Analysis. Saurabh is registered with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC). He has conducted a session during the Faculty Development Program at a leading university in Western India. He has also actively contributed to IET and IEEE events in Vancouver and India in the past years. He has a passion for sharing his experiences as an engineer. Having lived on three different continents has shaped Saurabh's perspective, and in turn has helped in his international business dealings.


 Keynote Talk-05

(Smart Cities: Mega Trends in Technology and the  Cyber Risk impact !)


Hakem B. Isa

Founder and  CISO
Cyber Algorithmic., Adjunct Professor at A&M University, USA

Session Chairing: Dr. Anuradha Dheeraj Thakare

November 22, 2021, 09:30+03 - 10:00+03

Talk Abstract:  Technology trend has sustained through all of the ups and down, however the pandemic has redefine how we work, live and interact. The Cyber Risk has change . In this session , we will explore these Mega Trends, their impact and the Risk risk associated  with these changes.

About Hakem B. Isa: Hakem B. Isa has thirty years in the industry, twinty two years IBM veteran, retired, ten years in information Security, seven years Cybersecurity & Risk consulting.  Experience: Associate Partner in Security Strategy Risk and Compliance Cybersecurity & Risk Consulting to the CISO , Sr. Cloud Security Consulting, Virtual CISO & Board Advisior. Education: Certification in Cybersecurity Risk, Harvard University (2018), CISO Certification, Carnegie Mellon University  (2015). MIT Certification in Management & Leadership (2011), BA in Math, University of Alabama (1988) . Skills:  Cybersecurity Strategy & Risk Assessment Advisor, Blockchain and it is application & implication on Cybersecurity  , Cloud Cybersecurity 


 Keynote Talk-06

(National Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Smart Nation Journey)


Dr. Belal Ayyoub

Professor in Computer Engineering, Al-Balqa, Applied University, Jordan

Session Chairperson: Dr. Hessa Al-Junaid

November 21, 2021, 10:10+03  to 11:00+03

Talk Abstract:  This speak summarizes the main policies and objectives for  the AI strategy, as well as related policies and initiatives. I will present my experience in planning and designing the strategy, the problems and challenges have been faced, how to properly build an AI strategy for countries, how to define national goals and develop projects and initiatives appropriate to the pillars. That would make AI create a huge difference to improve the country's overall performance.

About Professor Belal Ayyoub: Dr. Belal Ayyoub  received B.Sc. AND M.S.c (1999), from Faculty OF Engineering Technology, Alex Egypt AAST&MT, Ph..D. (2009) in Computer Information System : Arab academy for banking and financial sciences Jordan.  Currently Dr. Belal Ayyoub  , an associate professor at the Department Of computer engineering/ AlBalqa Applied University, Amman Jordan. He is very much satisfied with his career and achievements made so far, Specially the latest one of “preparation and design of the Jordanian National Artificial Intelligence Strategy, commissioned by the United Nations ESCWA”. Dr. Belal Ayyoub  research interests include: Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, digital image processing, Complex computer networks design and optimizations. An AI Expert and Computer network design.  leader with 20 years of exceptional experience, who communicates purpose and strategic vision simply and tirelessly. Has an unwavering commitment to achieving exceptional growth through strategic vision, asset maximization and operational excellence, with the capacity to drive transformational advances in mission-critical areas. IT leader with strong academic background, work ethics, and extensive practical experience in information systems management. Proven track record working and influencing cross-functional teams to include Business Development, Financial Management, Marketing, and Human Resources. Adept at achieving Revenue Growth and Cost Reduction, leading Socially driven Initiatives, envisioning and realizing top-notch Technology Innovations, and utilizing motivation and inspiration to maintain highest levels of teams’ performance. possesses excellent skills in teaching academic and technical courses.


 Keynote Talk-07

(Role of Computer Vision in Development of SMART Cities)

Professor Madhuri A. Joshi

College of Engineering, Pune, an autonomous Institute of Govt. of Maharashtra, India

Session Chairing: Prof. Ruchi Tyagi

November 23, 2021, 09:00+03 - 09:30+03

Talk Abstract:

Computer vision is cutting edge technology and it finds an interesting application in real world applications such as “Smart cities”. Advances in computer vision technology enable us to monitor various things and connect people and places within the city with real time data and information. It can be used in a myriad of ways, and new applications are being continuously designed and developed as per requirement.  Some of the most recent and impactful applications are in transportation, law enforcement and health and safety. Application in transportation: Cameras connected to street lamps and traffic signals can be used to monitor traffic flow and movement of pedestrians. This data can be interpreted using complex algorithms to determine the most efficient traffic signal patterns in real-time. The result is an optimization of the flow of traffic and the reduction of congestion, saving of electricity in absence of traffic, safety and comfort of passengers, reducing accidents, finding availability of parking spaces. Use in  law enforcement: to monitor activity on streets and determine where issues, altercations, or accidents may be taking place. It allows for unprecedented advancements in traffic monitoring, tracking suspected vehicles, fixing causes of accidents, ease of navigating cities in real-time, and law enforcement surveillance even in remote inaccessible areas. Use in health and safety: Personal protection tools like life jackets, helmet, mask, PPE kit, measurement of temperature of people in group, presence of people 24/7, emergency services in crisis environment, parking compliance, presence of key person like driver of vehicle are some applications of health and safety monitoring using computer vision.

About Professor Madhuri A. JoshiMadhuri A. Joshi, Ph.D., was Professor of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering at College of Engineering Pune (COEP), Pune, India. She has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience. Her research interests are in the field of Signal and Image processing. Dr. Joshi has been commonwealth scholar for research at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology( UMIST), Manchester, U.K. and recipient of the following: Best teacher award  from Govt. of Maharashtra, India, IETE Prof. S.V.C. Aiya memorial gold medal  for excellence in research, the award for excellence in Telecom education. She has authored four books. She has published more than 150 papers   including 40 at international level. She has guided 13 Ph.D. and 60 Mtech successfully. She is Fellow of IET ( U.K.), Sr. member IEEE, FIE(India), FIETE ( India), life member of ISTE, Alumni of COEP.She has been founder and active chair of The IET Pune LN for last 6years.


 Keynote Talk-08

Smart Cities Cooling Systems: Solar Cooling

Prof. Aso. Abdul Waheed Badar
HITEC University, Taxila Cantt, Pakistan

Session Chairing: Prof. Ahmed Yousif

November 23, 2021, 09:30+03 - 10:00+03

Talk Abstract:  The increasing rate of population, rising living standards and comfort demands have caused a significant rise in the energy demand for space air conditioning. According to the International Institute of refrigeration, about 15% of the total electricity produced across the globe is being used for furnishing the air conditioning and refrigeration loads. Conventional vapor compression-based cooling systems use non-natural working fluids and refrigerants like chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), or hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), having high global warming and/or ozone layer depletion potentials. A solar-assisted cooling system is a very promising concept due to a natural match between available solar irradiance and the need for cooling since both reach their maximum during summer days. Solar cooling systems can be broadly classified as electrically driven and thermally driven cooling systems. Solar electric cooling employs solar photovoltaic cells to power a conventional vapor compression cooling system. Solar thermal cooling systems, on the contrary, use solar thermal collectors to drive a heat-driven cooling system, such as based on absorption, adsorption, and/or desiccant cooling technology. The majority of the solar cooling systems installed worldwide are based on absorption chillers energized by non-tracking solar thermal collectors, i.e., flat plate, evacuated tube, and/or CPC type solar collectors. Due to the overall complexity of thermal and hydraulic design, solar cooling systems require much more effort and time during the planning phase when compared to conventional cooling systems. Also, economic factors such as high initial cost and longer pay pack periods are the key barriers to its widespread use. However, the use of solar energy in tri or poly generation systems i.e., for cooling, heating, and/or electricity generation can substantially alleviate the economic drawbacks.

About Prof. Abdul Waheed Badar: Dr.  Abdul Waheed Badar obtained his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Taxila, Pakistan, in 2004 and 2006, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. in the area of solar thermal engineering from Institute of Energy Engineering, Technical University of Berlin, Germany in 2012. He is currently serving as Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering department at HITEC University Taxila, Pakistan. Over the past 9 years, he has taught a wide range of courses in the field of Mechanical Engineering at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been involved in the field of solar thermal engineering for more than 14 years. His research domain encompasses solar thermal collectors, solar heating, and thermally driven solar cooling technologies. More precisely, he has been involved in the heat transfer and thermodynamic-based analytical modeling, simulation, development, and parametric analysis of various solar-based thermal systems/components. In some cases where available theories are non-existent or inaccurate to be used in analytical models, he has the experience of developing and performing real-time experimentation and/or using numerical-based simulation tools such as TRNSYS, ANSYS, etc. He has authored over 20 research papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences. He has also secured several research grants from national and international organizations. He is an active member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).


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