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.

Title: Understanding Human Behavior in the Age of Big Data, Internet of Things, Security Analytics, and Social Media

Human behavior determines all important activities in the world, including economic fluctuations, stock market performance, technological developments, political upheavals, military engagements, disease epidemics, cyber wars, social movements, and cultural developments, to name just a few. Technologies of global interest today--Big Data, IoT, Security Analytics, and Social Media--reflect the intricacies of human behavior to a remarkable level of detail. This talk will provide the framework for thinking about how these technologies and human behavior influence each other, as well as how they co-evolve over time.

Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic
Executive Director, Data Science Initiative
Director, Complex Systems Institute, UNC Charlotte, USA
Speaker Biography:
Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic has over thirty years of information technology experience combining business and academic environments. Hadzikadic joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1987 after receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University where he was a Fulbright Scholar. From 1991 to 1997, Hadzikadic served as the Director of the Department of Medical Informatics and Department of Orthopedic Informatics of the Carolinas HealthCare System. In 1998, he joined Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group as Manager in the Health Systems Integration Service Line. He returned full time to the University in January 1999 to assume the chair position in Computer Science and serve as Associate Director of the School of Information Technology. Mirsad helped to shepherd the transition from a school in the College of Engineering into an independent College of Computing and Informatics, and served as its Founding Dean.

Title: Towards Provisioning Vehicle-Based Information Services

Intelligent vehicles are considered key enablers for intelligent transportation systems. They are equipped with resources/components to enable services for vehicle occupants, other vehicles on the road, and third party recipients. In-vehicle sensors, communication modules, and on-board units with computing and storage capabilities allow the intelligent vehicle to work as a mobile service provider of sensing, data storage, computing, cloud, data relaying, infotainment, and localization services. In this talk I introduce the concept of Vehicle as a Resource (VaaR) and shed light on the services a vehicle can potentially provide on the road or parked. We anticipate that an intelligent vehicle can be a significant service provider in a variety of situations, including emergency scenarios.

Dr. Hossam Hassanein
Professor and Director, Telecommunications Research Lab
School of Computing
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
I also discuss how to integrate sensor technologies available in both legacy vehicles and drivers’ smartphones to provide advanced, robust localization and accurate road information services.

Speaker Biography:
Hossam Hassanein is a leading authority in the areas of broadband, wireless and mobile networks architecture, protocols, control and performance evaluation. His record spans more than 500 publications in journals, conferences and book chapters, in addition to numerous keynotes and plenary talks in flagship venues. Dr. Hassanein has received several recognitions and best papers awards at top international conferences. He is also the founder and director of the Telecommunications Research Lab (TRL) at Queen's University School of Computing, with extensive international academic and industrial collaborations. He is a former chair of the IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks (TC AHSN). Dr. Hassanein is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker and is a fellow of the IEEE.

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.

Title: Energy Harvesting in Heterogeneous Networks with Hybrid Powered Communication Systems

In this talk we investigate energy efficient and energy harvesting (EH) in heterogeneous networks (HetNets) where all base stations (BSs) are equipped to harvest energy from renewable energy sources, e.g., solar. We consider a hybrid power supply of green (renewable) and traditional micro-grid, such that traditional micro-grid is not exploited as long as the BSs can meet their power demands from harvested and stored green energy.

Dr. Ahmed E. Kamal
IEEE Fellow
Prof. ECE,
Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
Therefore, our goal is to minimize the network- wide energy consumption subject to users; quality of service and BSs power consumption constraints. We introduce an optimization formulation to decide on BSs sleeping strategies and user-cell association to achieve the minimum energy consumption. We investigate two cases based on the knowledge level about future renewable energy (RE) statistics: (i) a practical online knowledge case where future RE statistics are unknown, (ii) an offline knowledge case where future network’s statistics are a priori perfectly estimated, and this case is used for benchmarking. A green communication algorithm based on binary particle swarm optimization is used to solve the problem with low complexity time.

Speaker Biography:
Ahmed E. Kamal (S’82-M’87- SM’91-F’12) is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University in the USA. He received a B.Sc. (distinction with honors) and an M.Sc. both from Cairo University, Egypt, and an M.A.Sc. and a Ph.D. both from the University of Toronto, Canada, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery. He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013 and 2014.
Kamal’s research interests include cognitive radio networks, optical networks, wireless sensor networks, and performance evaluation. He received the 1993 IEE Hartree Premium for papers published in Computers and Control in IEE Proceedings, and the best paper award of the IEEE Globecom 2008 Symposium on Ad Hoc and Sensors Networks Symposium. He also received the 2016 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award from the Optical Networks Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society.
Kamal chaired or co-chaired Technical Program Committees of several IEEE sponsored conferences including the Optical Networks and Systems Symposia of the IEEE Globecom 2007 and 2010, the Cognitive Radio and Networks Symposia of the IEEE Globecom 2012 and 2014, and the Access Systems and Networks track of the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2016. He is also the chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Transmission, Access and Optical Systems (TAOS) for 2015 and 2016. He was on the editorial boards of the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials from 2011-2017, and is currently on the editorial boards of the Computer Networks journal, and the Optical Switching and Networking journal.

Title: ZnO growth for low-cost and high efficiency heterojunction solar cells

(Abasifreke Ebong and Adnan Ali)
Zinc oxide (ZnO) is one of the multipurpose materials with myriads applications both as thin film and nanostructures. ZnO can be used for solar cell window layer, gas sensor, light emitting diode (LED) and substrate to grow Gallium Nitride (GaN). It is low-cost and abundant with a bandgap of 3.4 eV that makes it transparent to the solar spectrum from 300 -1200 nm.

Dr. Abasifreke Ebong
EPIC Professor, ECE Department
UNC Charlotte, NC, USA
Intrinsically, ZnO is an n-type material due to the number of defects introduced during the growth, irrespective of growth method. These defects are commonly believed to be Zn interstitial and oxygen vacancy. To grow p-type ZnO or achieve p-conductivity is very challenging, that is why the formation of pn junction with an n-type silicon is still under developing. There are numerous methods for growing ZnO thin film, from chemical solution to Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), sputtering, Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD), pulse laser deposition (PLD) etc. This paper will discuss the methods of growth of ZnO heterostructure solar cell. It will compare and contrast the electrical characteristics of heterostructure solar cell with the growth method.

Speaker Biography:
Abasifreke (Aba) Ebong received a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1995. His PhD dissertation dealt with low-cost, double-sided buried contact silicon solar cells. Dr. Ebong served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Samsung Electronics, South Korea. In September 1997, he joined the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research and Education (UCEP), Georgia Tech., Atlanta, as a Research Faculty, where he worked on the development, design, modeling, fabrication, and characterization of low-cost, high-efficiency belt line multicrystalline, Cz, and Fz silicon solar cells. In 2001 he joined GE Global Research as Electrical Engineer, working on Solid State Lighting (LED-light emitting diodes) based on III-V semiconductors. In 2004 he returned to the University Center of Excellence at Georgia Tech as the Assistant Director, responsible for sponsored research in crystalline and amorphous silicon solar cells. Dr. Ebong joined the Faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte at full Professor in February 2011. He has published over 140 papers in the field of Photovoltaics. His current research interest include: high throughput, low-cost and high efficiency silicon solar cells based on comprehension of fired-through contacts (screen-printed, inkjets etc) on homogeneous high sheet resistance emitters. He is the Director of Photovoltaic Research Laboratory at UNC Charlotte, which is supported by industrial partners from all over the world.

Title: Time-Resolved photo-acoustic Fluid-Dynamic Phenomena during pulsed LASER atherectomy

In Laser atherectomy the use of high energetic photons provides the means for removal of arterial plaque in order to enhance flow conditions. The resulting increase in local perfusion ultimately provides clinical benefits to the patient. The mechanical and energetic processes of laser ablation are described through the vaporization of soft plaque, respectively thrombus, with a potential for a volumetric portion consisting of calcified tissues. This plaque formation consists of an inhomogeneous structure with, as such, inherently ill-defined boundary conditions. The shape of the plaque structure will never be symmetric, nor will the location be in a straight vascular segment.

Dr. Robert Splinter
Manager Advanced Technology Development
Wellinq Medical
Leek, The Netherlands
In the energetic deposition, essential to the ablation process, the media receiving photon energy will be vaporized, which in turn generates a bubble in the liquid environment (i.e. blood). The photo-disruptive plaque removal process relies on the following determinants: molecular dissociation, resulting in vaporization, followed by plasma formation and thermo-elastic expansion, next to spallation, followed by cavitation. The bubble formation equates to an acoustic phenomenon. In addition to the bubble expansion, one needs to consider the cavitation process. This complex and convoluted acoustic process can be detected, and can be used for diagnostic purposes.
The acoustics of the ablation process will contain a pressure-wave frequency spectrum which comprises information about the mechanical structure of the ablated media as well as the geometry of the lumen structure in which the bubble expands.
In case there are edges or orifices in the hemodynamic system, the acoustic wave propagation becomes distorted, which can in turn be described by the “water-hammer” process. Upon collection of the time-resolved pressure patterns and associated flow characteristics, the vascular geometry as well as the mechanical composition can in theory be analyzed.
The main constraints in this diagnostic process are the level of detail with which the velocity patterns can be collected in-situ next to the pressure distribution across the lumen of the vasculature.

Speaker Biography:
Robert Splinter, Manger Advanced Technology with the Wellinq Medical corporation; Leek, The Netherlands; engineer, and scientist. Dr. Splinter has been involved in medical device development and manufacturing for more than 30 years. Efforts involved resolving technological feasibility and validation in innovative diagnostic techniques and clinical treatment methods using the broad multidisciplinary confluence of biology, engineering and applied physics.
Next to working in the established medical diagnostic industry, Robert Splinter has cofounded several companies in medical diagnostics and sensor technology, both in biomedical engineering and in industrial application. He has also worked for several reputable metrology companies and medical device companies. In addition, Dr. Splinter has also worked in clinically applied settings, using the full theoretical and practical knowledge of physics, electrical engineering, biomedical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, as well as physiology and biology, applied directly to benefit the health and quality of life of patients in a range of countries. Dr. Splinter is an associate professor (Adj.) in the Department of Physics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC; USA.

Title: IoT (Internet of Things) Applications and Security Issues

IoT (Internet of Things) is the extension of networking, computing and data generation to everyday objects and sensors in automated and autonomous ways. IoT envisages a world in which devices take independent decisions for reaching a predefined goal with minimal human intervention. It is estimated that over 50 billion devices would be connected by 2020, each device capable of sensing, analyzing and sending data wirelessly. Some key components of IoT include sensors, aggregators, actors and e-utilities including analysis and decision software. IoT applications are in the broad fields of transportation, e-health, warfare, utilities, industrial automation and municipal services. IoT can be divided into broad categories of Industrial and Consumer platforms. Both of these categories have plenty of exciting developments taking place.

Prof. Junaid Zubairi
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
SUNY Fredonia, NY, USA
In this talk, I will present an introduction of IoT, its challenges, issues and current and potential applications including our related work. I will also look at the security issues related to IoT including authentication, access control, privacy and protection from intrusion.

Speaker Biography:
Junaid Ahmed Zubairi received his BE (Electrical Engineering) from NED University of Engineering, Pakistan and MS and Ph.D. (Computer Engineering) from Syracuse University, USA in 1991. He worked in Sir Syed University Pakistan and Intl' Islamic University Malaysia before joining State University of New York at Fredonia, USA in 1999 where currently he is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Dr. Zubairi is a recipient of many grants and awards including Malaysian Government IRPA research award, NSF MACS grant and multiple SUNY scholarly incentive awards. His research interests include network traffic engineering, network protocols and applications of networks. He has edited two books on network applications and security and published numerous peer reviewed chapters, journal articles and conference proceedings papers. He can be reached at

Title: Synthesis of Transparent Conductive ZnO-SnO2 films by Close Space Sublimation Process

(Arshad Mahmood, A. Shah, Q. Raza and Zahid Ali)
Recently, transparent conducting oxide (TCO) has attracted considerable attention for practical applications in optoelectronic devices and gas sensors because of their excellent transparent and conductive properties. It has high optical transmittance in the visible region and low electrical resistivity. Because of this unique combination of properties, TCO has been used in various applications such as transparent electrodes for flat-panel displays (FPDs), anodic electrode of organic light emitting device (OLED), barrier layers in tunnel junctions and active channel layer of thin film transistors (TFTs), photovoltaic cells, solar cells and transparent heat mirror coatings for buildings.

Dr. Arshad Mahmood
National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP),
P.O. Nilore Islamabad, Pakistan
The binary ZnO–SnO2 (ZTO) thin films with varying SnO2 concentration (5%, 10%, 15% and 20% wt) were deposited on glass by Close Space Sublimation Process. The prepared ZTO films were annealed at 400ºC in air. These films were then characterized in order to investigate their structural, optical and electrical properties as a function of SnO2 concentration. An XRD analysis reveals that the crystallinity of the film decreases with the addition of SnO2 and it transforms to an amorphous structure at a composition of 40% SnO2 and 60% ZnO. Morphology of the films was examined by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) which points out that surface roughness of the film decreases with the increasing of SnO2 in the film. Optical properties such as optical transparency, band gap energy and optical constants of these films were examined by spectrophotometer and spectroscopic Ellipsometer. It was observed that the average optical transmission of mixed films improves with incorporation of SnO2 content. In addition, the band gap energy of the films was determined to be in the range of 3.37eV - 3.7eV. Furthermore, it was found that the optical constants (n and k) decrease with the addition of SnO2 content. Similarly it is observed that the electrical resistivity increases nonlinearly with the increase in SnO2 contents in ZnO-SnO2 thin films. However it is noteworthy that the highest figure of merit (FOM) value i.e55.87 × 10-5- 1 is obtained for ZnO-SnO2 (ZTO) thin film with 40 wt% of SnO2 composition. Here we suggest that ZnO-SnO2 (ZTO) thin film with composition of 60:40 wt% can used as an efficient TCO film due to the improved transmission, reduced RMS value and highest FOM value.

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