Keynote Speakers

Distinguished Speakers from ICNT 2018

Speaker I


Prof. Magne Jørgensen, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway 

 Speech Title: From Myths and Fashions towards Evidence-Based Software Engineering

Abstract: The software engineering discipline contains numerous myths and over-simplifications. Some of them may be harmless, but others may lead to inefficient practices and contribute to a fashion- and myth-based software engineering discipline. In this presentation I give examples of software engineering myths and over-simplifications, discuss how they are created and spread and illustrate how it is possible to base important software engineering decision and practice on available evidence from research, practice and own empirical studies. A move towards evidence-based software engineering requires that software professionals become more critical towards claims, know how to formulate answerable questions, collect and evaluate evidence and use evidence to guide important decisions. This requires training and, not least, a change in mindset. Results on how to do this are presented.

Biography: Magne Jørgensen received the Diplom Ingeneur degree in Wirtschaftswissenschaften from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1988 and the Dr. Scient. degree in informatics from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 1994. He is a professor of software engineering at the University of Oslo and a member of the software engineering research group at the Simula Research Laboratory. He has 10 years industry experience as a consultant and manager. His research interests include software estimation, uncertainty assessments in software projects, expert judgment processes, and learning from experience.

Magne Jørgensen works as a researcher at Simula Research Laboratory and a professor at the University of Oslo. Previously, he worked with software development, estimation, and process improvement in the telecom and insurance industry. He is one of the founders of evidence-based software engineering and teaches this to students and software professionals.

His current main research interest is effort estimation, bidding processes, outsourcing, and software development skill assessments.

Speaker II

Prof. Hesham H. Ali, The Dean of College of Information Science & Technology, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA

Speech title: Wireless Sensors and Big Data Analytics in Continuous Health Monitoring


Abstract: The last several years have witnessed major advancements in the development of sensor technologies and wearable devices with the goal of collecting various types of useful data in many application domains. Based on such technologies, many wireless devices have swamped the market and found their way on the wrists and belts of many users Although these developments are certainly welcomed, so much left to be done to take full-advantage of the data gathered by such devices. The most critical missing component is the lack of advanced data analytics. In the case of health monitoring, like many aspects of healthcare, the focus has been primarily on producing devices with data collection capabilities rather than developing advanced models for analyzing the available data. There is much needed balance between data gathering and data analysis. In this talk, we attempt to fill this gap by proposing various data integration and analysis models. We are interested in gathering mobility data that can be used to classify the daily activities of each individual, which in turn can be used to build a mobility pattern associated with that individual for a given time period. We utilize a graph-theoretic mechanism to zoom in and out of the networks and extract different types of information at various granularity levels. The proposed approach can potentially be used to assess health levels of individuals as well as to predict health hazards in various medical applications. It can also serve as the core of a decision support system to help healthcare professionals provide more advanced healthcare support.


Biography: Hesham H. Ali is a Professor of Computer Science and the Lee and Wilma Seaman Distinguished Dean of the College of information science and Technology (IS&T), at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). He currently serves as the director of the UNO Bioinformatics Core Facility that supports a large number of biomedical research projects in Nebraska. He has published numerous articles in various IT areas including scheduling, distributed systems, data analytics, wireless networks, and Bioinformatics. He has also published two books in scheduling and graph algorithms, and several book chapters in Bioinformatics. He is currently serving as the PI or Co-PI of several projects funded by NSF, NIH and Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI) in the areas of data analytics, wireless networks and Bioinformatics. He has been leading a Research Group at UNO that focuses on developing innovative computational approaches to classify biological organisms and analyze big bioinformatics data. The research group is currently developing several next generation data analysis tools for mining various types of large-scale biological data. This includes the development of new graph theoretic models for assembling short reads obtained from high throughput instruments, as well as employing a novel correlation networks approach for analyzing large heterogeneous biological data associated with various biomedical research areas, particularly projects associated with aging and infectious diseases. He has also been leading two funded projects for developing secure and energy-aware wireless infrastructure to address tracking and monitoring problems in medical environments, particularly to study mobility profiling for healthcare research.



Speaker III

Prof. Christopher Nwosisi, The College of Westchester & Pace University New York, USA

Speech Title: Extended Study of the Flipped Classroom and Its Effectiveness  

Abstract: The traditional pattern of teaching has been to assign students to read textbooks and work on problem sets outside of school, while listening to lectures and taking tests in the classroom. With the introduction of Flipped instruction or a flipped classroom, the students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home. What used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. In our study, thirty to fifty percent of the course content was flipped. Results on six of the courses used will be presented and discussed.  

Biography: Dr. Nwosisi graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Hunter College of CUNY, a diploma of Application Design from Columbia University, an M.S. degree in Management of Technology from Polytechnic University, and a D.P.S. in Computing from Pace University. At all of these institutions, he was awarded a number of honors for academic excellence and for unusual achievement in basic research. Currently, he is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineer Computer Society (IEEE). 

He has served as Research Chair, Education Chair, Membership Chair, Certification Systems Professional Coordinator, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for System Management (ASM) - New York Chapter. He has also served as a member of the Planning Committee, Treasurer, Secretary and a member of the executive committee for the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineer Computer Society (IEEE) - New York Chapter. 

Dr. Nwosisi was an outstanding communicator in his over 20-year tenure in vascular surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York (USA). He was an outstanding research coordinator as a result of his outstanding ability to communicate with various members of the research team at all levels within the organization. Much of this research dealt with the underlying mechanisms of computing to predict bypass graft patency, abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture, deep venous thrombosis, vascular laboratory workflow and patient centered care in healthcare systems. 
During his tenure at Montefiore Medical Center and the several years immediately following it, Dr. Nwosisi engaged in a large number of clinical research projects, numbering more than 250+. Almost all of these projects resulted in presentations at important international, national and regional meetings. Most of these projects resulted in the publication of over 200 articles in major peer-reviewed journals. .
To date, Dr. Nwosisi has been the foundation for allowing the research team at Montefiore Medical Center to author or co-author various vascular textbooks, review articles, book chapters, and new research ideas changing the treatment options of patients afflicted with vascular disease. 

In addition, Dr. Nwosisi is a charismatic teacher and mentor who is admired and respected by his trainees/colleagues at the college level, medical/nursing/administrative level, medical/surgical resident level and physician level. He is a most articulate speaker who presents extremely well at international, national and regional conferences. He is a talented researcher and computer technologist who is commonly asked to tackle complex research problems in members of our faculty and by other physicians. 

Speaker IV

Prof. Samir A. El-Seoud, British University in Egypt, Egypt

Speech Title: Mixed Reality in minimally invasive surgeries

Abstract: In orthopedic surgery, it is important for physicians to completely understand the three-dimensional (3D) anatomical structures for several procedures. With the current revolution in technology in every aspect of our life, mixed reality in the medical field is going to be very useful. However, medicine has a visualization problem hindering how surgeons operate. The surgeons are required to imagine the actual 3D structure of the patient by looking at multiple 2D slices of the patients’ body. This process is time consuming, exhausting and requires special skill and experience. Moreover, patient and surgeon are exposed to extra x-ray doses.

Therefore, it is important to provide the surgeon with a better way to diagnose the patient; a way that is more accurate and locates where the problem is in a faster and more efficient manner. Medical imaging systems usually provide 3D images that can guide interventional clinical procedures. However, it is difficult to map the 3D anatomical structure with real objects. This project investigates and solves this problem by providing a mixed reality technology solution that merges the 3D image with real objects to facilitate the work progress of the surgeon. The proposed solution is an interactive mixed reality (MR) system for minimally invasive surgeries. The system is based on mapping the patient volume scan using computed tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to a 3D model of the patient’s body. The rendered model can be used in MR system to view 3D human structures through a set of wearable glasses.

Biography: Professor Samir Abou El-Seoud received his BSc degree in Physics, Electronics and Mathematics from Cairo University in 1967, his Higher Diplom in Computing from Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD) /Germany in 1975 and his Doctor of Science from the same University (TUD) in 1979.

Professor El-Seoud helds different academic positions at TUD Germany. Letest Full-Professor in 1987. Outside Germany Professor El-Seoud spent different years as a Full-Professor of Computer Science at SQU – Oman, Qatar University, and PSUT-Jordan and acted as a Head of Computer Science for many years. At industrial institutions, Professor El-Seoud worked as Scientific Advisor and Consultant for the GTZ in Germany and was responsible for establishing a postgraduate program leading to M.Sc. degree in Computations at Colombo University / Sri-Lanka (2001 – 2003). He also worked as Application Consultant at Automatic Data Processing Inc., Division Network Services in Frankfurt/Germany (1979 – 1980). Professor El-Seoud joined The British University in Egypt (BUE) in 2012. Currently, he is Basic Science Coordinator at the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science (ICS) at BUE. Professor El-Seoud has more than 130 publications in international proceedings and international reputable journals.


Speaker V

Prof. Naoko Fukami, Director of Research Station, Cairo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Promotion Society (JSPS)

Speech Title: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) ; Functions, Structures and Strategies

Abstract: The lecture by JSPS will be on JSPS’s funding strategies to support basic research and scientific breakthroughs, focusing on international research collaborations between Egypt and Japan and to invite researchers to Japan. The former is consisted of 1)Bilateral Cooperation and 2)Core to Core program, and the latter is consisted of 3)Hope Meeting, 4)Fellowship Program and 5)Ronpaku program. 1)For Bilateral Cooperation with Egypt: Based on MoUs, JSPS concluded the agreement with Ministry of Higher Education / Ministry of Scientific Research to implement joint research projects and seminars. In addition to our traditional bilateral programs, we have launched a scheme that allows bilateral cooperation with agencies that do not have MOUs with JSPS. It provides funding to the Japanese researchers, and their counterpart researchers are expected to secure matching funds on their own from any funding agencies. 2)In the Core-to-Core Program, we fund multilateral initiatives by universities and research institutions in order to create a consortium of world class research hubs. Collaborations that include Egypt is eligible for both type A, Advanced Research Networks and type B, Asia-Africa Science Platform. Each project is required to have two or more partner countries. 3)To foster future scientific leaders in the Asia-Pacific as well as to build networks among them, JSPS has been holding HOPE Meetings since 2008. These meetings provide excellent PhD students in the region with opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary discussions with Nobel laureates and with their peers from other countries and areas. 4)JSPS fellowship programs are the main instruments for inviting foreign researchers to the Universities and other research institutions in Japan. JSPS carries out a variety of invitation fellowship programs that are designed to coincide with the researchers’ various career stages and purposes for coming to Japan. For example, JSPS’s postdoctoral fellowships invite promising young researchers from overseas to Japan for a period of 1-2 years. JSPS supports their roundtrip international airfare, monthly maintenance allowance, and a settling-in allowance. Basically, fellows are selected based on the scientific value of their research plans, irrespective of their fields or nationalities. 5) JSPS Ronpaku Program is quite unique. This allows selected fellows to usually stay in their own country, and to visit Japan to prepare for their dissertation with their Japanese supervisors for a certain days a year till they receive PhD degree within 3 years. The Japanese supervisors are also allowed to visit the fellow in return. Before introducing the topic, the lecture will start with a brief introduction of JSPS and our mission, what we do. The lecture will also touch upon JSPS Cairo Station’s activities.

Biography: Naoko Fukami is a Director of Research Station, Cairo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Promotion Society (JSPS) since 2015. She makes a project of Revitalization and Sustainability of Communities in Historic Cairo, supported by TOYOTA Fund from 2016 to 2018. She obtained her M.Sc from Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1981 about Islamic Architecture in Daccan from the 14th to 17th century, and Ph.D. from Yokohama National University in 1998 about Muqarnas, its origin and development. She was a Visiting Professor Institute of Oriental Culture from 1999 to 2001, University of Tokyo, making the Digital Archive: by the Mission for Indian History and Archaeology, University of Tokyo in 1959-1962. She was a Professor, Organization for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University from 2012 to 2014, she joined the project of Islam and Multiculturalism. Her books are NHK Project of Asian Historical Cities, Recollected Isfahan, “Isfahan-The Dream of Oasis”, pp169-199, NHK Publication, 2002, “The World of Islamic Architecture”, Kodansha Genndai-Shinsho, 2005 “World history in Islamic Architecture”, Iwanami Shoten, 2013, etc.


Invited Speaker I

Prof. Hassan Mohammed Hassan Mustafa, Computer Engineering Department, Al-Baha Private College of Sciences, Al-Baha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabi

Speech Title: Natural Inspired Computational Models For Open Learning

Abstract: Nature Inspired Computation defined as a computational intelligence paradigm inspired from natural biological systems (such as human brain, Bees; and Ants Colonies, etc........). Recently, this paradigm has been successfully applied for solving computational optimization problems, in many fields (such as, machine learning, and engineering design, etc.........). Moreover, by considering its unique computational intelligence characters of self-adaptive, self-organizing and self-learning. It is relevant to adopt its application for modeling and performance evaluation of educational Systems. Herein, the presented work motivated by recent research publications inspired by two interdisciplinary computational intelligence Models. Both have been characterized by challenged bridging of two Natural inspired Models across an interesting practical educational issue. More specifically, this piece of research concerned with the theoretical analysis and evaluation of constructive bridges of Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) & Ant Colony Systems (ACS) across Open Learning Systems. Noting that motivating research publications included the following two topics : 1- Assessment of students' adaptability using ANNs models (Cognitive Styles Approach). 2- Modeling of Cooperative e-Learning Performance (ACS Approach).