Irbid, Jordan
October 09-11, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Title: The Benefits and the Predicaments of Implementing Smart Cities for Promoting the Global Sustainability

A smart city is an urban development to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city's large and interdependent infrastructures including transportation systems, street traffic systems, natural gas systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, schools, libraries, and other community services. The goal of building a smart city is to improve the quality of life by using urban distributed technologies that can improve the efficiency of services and meet individual resident’s needs.

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour
IEEE Fellow
Bodine Chair Professor, ECE
Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA
A smart city may therefore be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple transactional relationship with its citizens. Accordingly, ICT is used extensively in smart cities to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve security, reliability, resilience and sustainability in large metropolitan regions. The ICT applications allow city officials to interact directly with the community and the city infrastructures and to monitor what is happening in the city, how the city is evolving, and how to enable a better quality in normal and stressed conditions. Through the use of sensors integrated with real-time monitoring systems of smart cities, the data are collected from citizens and devices – then processed and analyzed. The information and knowledge gathered are keys to tackling inefficiency. Smart city applications are developed with the goal of improving the management of urban flows and allowing for real time responses to challenges. This presentation will introduce the components and the structure embedded in smart cities and discusses the benefits and the predicaments of implementing smart cities for promoting the global sustainability.

Speaker Biography:
Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour is a University Distinguished Professor, Bodine Chair Professor, and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He has also been the Principal Investigator of several research grants on power system operation and control. His project on Perfect Power Systems has converted the entire IIT Campus to an islandable microgrid. His CSMART (Center for Smart Grid Applications, Research, and Technology) at IIT has promoted the smart grid cybersecurity research for managing the resilience of wireless networked communication and control systems in smart cities. His SPIKE initiative facilitated the design and the implementation of affordable microgrids in impoverished nations. He is the 2009 recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Dr. Shahidehpour was the recipient of the IEEE Burke Hayes Award for his research on hydrokinetics, IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, IEEE/PES Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation Award, and the Edison Electric Institute’s Power Engineering Educator Award. He has co-authored 6 books and 500 technical papers on electric power system operation and planning, and served as the founding Editor-in- Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Title: Room temperature free carrier mediated ferromagnetism in GaN-based materials and light emitting diodes

This presentation will present evidence for free carrier mediated ferromagnetism in GaN-based materials and devices from anomalous Hall effect and circular magnetic dichroism measurements. Reports of room temperature ferromagnetism has been complicated by disparate crystalline quality and phase purity, as well as conflicting theoretical predictions as to the nature of ferromagnetic behavior. Light emtting diodes with Gd-doped regions exhibit polarization effects due to possible spin injection.

Prof. Dr. Ian T. Ferguson
IEEE Fellow
Prof and Former Vice Provost & Dean COE & Computing
Missouri University of Sci. & Tech. Rolla, MO, USA
Speaker Biography:
Dr. Ian Ferguson recently stood down as the Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Prior to this he has been based at Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Imperial College, the University of St Andrews and other institutions, most often in leadership roles. His research has focused on the area of wide bandgap materials and devices and developing these materials for applications in the areas of illumination, solar power, spintronics, and nuclear detection. He has authored over 480 refereed journal and conference papers, book chapters, and has edited multiple conference proceedings.
Dr. Ferguson has worked with many faculty that have an interest in entrepreneurship in other institutions in the US, Asia and Europe in addition to cofounding a business incubator, He is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), Fellow of Institute of Physics (FInstP), and Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).

Title: All-inorganic highly-transparent luminescent solar concentrators for the development of energy-efficient glass greenhouses

Food security has been introduced by the United Nations (UN) as one of the 11 Global Thematic Consultations gathering input to shape the post-2015 UN development agenda. According to a recent report by TechNavio’s entitled “The Global Greenhouse Horticulture Market 2012-2016”, food demand will increase by 100% by 2025. Currently, massive R&D activities have been carried out worldwide focusing on the maximisation of crop yields in greenhouses.

Prof. Dr. Kamal Alameh
Electron Science Research Institute,
Edith Cowan University, Australia
The Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) at Edith Cowan University, Australia, has been undertaken cutting-edge R&D activities leading to the development of highly-transparent all- inorganic luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) that harness a combination of physical effects, namely, luminescence, multiple scattering, diffraction, and concentration of light within glass, to route a part of the incident solar energy towards PV cells installed around the glass panel edges. These LSCs allow most of the visible light to pass through the glass while blocking the UV and IR components of the sunlight and routing them towards the edges of the glass for conversion to electricity using conventional solar cells integrated around the edges of the glass. In this presentation, we will discuss (i) the use of the LSCs for the development of energy-efficient greenhouses, (ii) the optimisation of the LSC structures for optimal crop growth conditions, maximum energy generation and maximum crop yield.

Speaker Biography:
Professor Kamal Alameh has been recognised as a research leader demonstrated through senior leadership positions he has held (Director, WA Centre of Excellence for MicroPhotonic Systems, ECU; Director, Electron Science Research Institute, ECU) and has had a strong track record in initiating new research directions, building effective teams and successfully completing or translating research outcomes to industry. Professor Alameh has led many large-scale R&D projects including (i) Development of energy-harvesting clear glass window panels, (ii) Development of a pre-production prototype for a laser-based plant sensing weed control system, (iii) Development of Fibre optic catheter for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) ablation monitoring, (iv) Development of micro- and nano-structured fibre-optic sensors for water quality monitoring, (v) Development of multiport, multiwavelength tunable lasers, and (vi) “Development of high-speed bidirectional fibre optic interconnects for board-to- board communications” (Winner WA Inventor of the year 2007).
Professor Alameh has published 350+ refereed journal articles and conference papers, filed 30+ patents and generated more than $20m in competitive and industry grants. Many of his research publications are in key journals including Nature Communications, Nature Scientific Reports, Optics Express, Applied Physics Letters, Optics Letters.

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ziya Arnavut
Chair, Department of Computer Science
SUNY Fredonia, USA

Speaker Biography:
Dr. Ziya Arnavut received his BS degree in applied mathematics from the Ege University, Turkey, in 1983, his MS degree from the University of Miami in 1987, and his PhD degree in computer science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1995. During 1996 and 1997, he was a research analyst with the Remote Sensing Lab at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Since August 1997, he has been with the State University of New York (SUNY), Fredonia, where he is a professor and chair of the Computer and Information Sciences Department. His research interests are data compression, algorithms, image processing, and remote sensing.
Dr. Arnavut has served on the editorial board of the Elsevier Computers and Electrical Engineering (CEE) Journal since 2008. In 2011, he was named Top Associate Editor. He served as a guest editor for both Image Processing (2012), and Enabling Technologies for Networked-based Applications (2015), issues of CEE journal.
Dr. Arnavut co-chaired the ICCSCCW 2009 (Fifth International Conference on Soft Computing, Computing with Words and Perceptions in System Analysis, Decision and Control), held in Famagusta, Cyprus. He chaired HONET (High-Capacity Optical Networks and Emerging/Enabling Technologies) 2012 and 2013, and co-chaired HONET 2014 and HONET 2015 conferences, which were held in Istanbul (Turkey), Famagusta (Cyprus), Charlotte, NC (USA), and Islamabad (Pakistan), respectively.
In 2015, Dr. Arnavut was awarded with the Kasling Lecturer Award, which is given to a distinguished faculty member of State University of New York at Fredonia whose scholarly excellence has enhanced the reputation of the university.
Dr. Arnavut is a member of IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Ahmed E. Kamal
IEEE Fellow
Prof. ECE,
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA

Dr. Abasifreke Ebong
EPIC Professor, ECE Department
UNC Charlotte, NC, USA

Dr. Robert Splinter
Manager Advanced Technology Development
Wellinq Medical
Leek, The Netherlands

Title: Integration of Renewable Energy into the Smart Grid Using Computational Intelligence Techniques

To address climate change and increase energy security, a change in electric power generation is made by introducing renewable energy based distributed generations. In recent years, renewable energy resources in smart grid system have been increasing. Smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to customers using digital technologies through control automation; continuous monitoring and optimization which allow integration of renewable energy based distributed generations and storage options such as electric vehicles and batteries.

Prof. Azah Mohamed
Department of Electrical, Electronic & Systems Engineering
National University of Malaysia (UKM)
However, developing renewable energy resources present new technological challenges such as intermittency and variability of renewable generation due to weather fluctuations, congestion in distribution networks and lack of dispatch ability. To develop renewable energy in a smart power grid, requires computational intelligence to solve the complex real-world problems where traditional methods are infeasible or ineffective. This presentation gives a comprehensive overview on various computational intelligence applications in the context or renewable energy integration of smart grid. Examples of computational intelligence applications are such as solar resource forecasting using artificial neural network and random forests technique, optimal placement and sizing of photovoltaic generation system using gravitational search algorithm, lightning search algorithm and particle swarm optimization and photovoltaic inverter control using fuzzy logic. By applying computational intelligence, it can provide promising solutions to deliver intelligence to a smart power grid.

Speaker Biography:
Prof Azah Mohamed is currently working in Smart Grids area at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. She obtained her BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1978 from King's College, University of London. She then pursued her MSc (Electrical Engineering) and PhD (Electrical Engineering) in 1988 and 1994, respectively at University of Malaya. Dr. Azah Mohamed is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Systems, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her areas of specialization are in power quality, distributed generation, smart grid, photovoltaic system, intelligent controllers and artificial intelligence. In terms of administrative capability, she was appointed as Head of Department, Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Systems, UKM from 2003 to 2007 and as Deputy Dean (Graduate and International), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UKM from 2007 to 2012. She has been active in IEEE Malaysia and has hold position as Chapter Chair of IEEE Power Engineering Society Malaysia Chapter in 2004. She has received several accolades such as IEEE Malaysia Section Best Volunteer Award (2004), IEEE PES Chapter Individual Malaysia Appreciation Award (2006) and IEEE Malaysia Section Certificate of Appreciation (2008).
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