Yacine Atif
Pr. Yacine Atif
UAE University

The Internet is today enabling a fast-paced immersion into the physical world. Internet-enabled mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators, bathroom scales, and pacemakers are paving the way for everyday objects to be identifiable, readable, recognizable, addressable, and even controllable via the Internet. While the Internet of Things provides the necessary networking connectivity and communication protocols to reach physical smart things, a recent trend led to the emergence of the Web of Things as an application platform for building ambient environments. This will eventually lead to the realization of Ambient Spaces where people and things seamlessly interact with each other on the Web. In this keynote, we envision a new social Web ecosystem composed of interconnected ambient spaces allowing seamless accessibility and sharing of physical things on the web as well as enabling a humanization role of things in social networks. Today, we connect to our friends through online networks, and in the future we will see that physical things and services can also connect and exchange information in a very similar way. For example, if the weather service reports that the temperature is about to drop while I am at work, my house heating system can read that information and turn up the heat preemptively to save energy. Or a fridge communicates with its contents to prioritize the use of ingredients which expiry date is closest, when discussing potential dining recipes with the consumer who is in the same social circle. Another similar example could involve friends in the same social network who are sharing their fridge and may thus highlight similarities in tastes and nutritional trends. This information may help identifying alimentary preferences when one member is hosting a party for example. Our smartphones, tablets and other mobile computers we carry and wear – will be at the heart of this evolution of the social Web ecosystem, allowing us to sense, interface and control this connected digital world around us.

Yacine Atif received the PhD degree in Computer Science from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1996. After graduation, he worked at Purdue University in the USA as a Post-Doc and then joined a faculty position at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Since 1999 he is with the UAE University as faculty, then Program Chair at the College of Information Technology. Dr. Atif has made a number of research contributions particularly in the areas of Learning Technology and Social Web. He is also involved in the Technical Programs of several research forums

Telecommunications Research Lab
Queen’s University
The concept of Internet of Things (IoT) is opening new horizons in systems intelligence, where physical objects (embedded with sensory, identification and networking capabilities) can interact with other objects through the global infrastructure of wireless/wired Internet. These systems can be monitored and controlled by filtering and processing collected data. Such intelligent design will naturally result is efficient and cost effective systems. Several architectures are being built to implement IoT from two different perspectives. The first, also known as sensor-oriented, is based on large-scale sensors deployment targeting the collection of accurate sensory data. Such huge sensory data are analyzed through cloud computing to deliver intelligent responses. The second architecture, also known as service-oriented, targets the association of unique identifiers with specific services. In such architecture, the service (or the appropriate response) is invoked upon receiving the unique identifier from a specific ID collecting node considering the context in which it was collected. 

IoT offers many opportunities, among which are smarter solutions and spaces. The talk will also cover some of the activities at the Telecommunication Research lab at Queen’s University towards the realization of true smart spaces. We introduce the design and implementation of a Smart Spaces framework that utilizes the social context. In order to manage services and sessions, we integrate our system with the IP Multimedia Subsystem. The result: SocioSpace, a system capable of delivering targeted personalized services and content to customers and end users occupying a SocioSpace-enabled environment.

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 recognition and best papers awards at top international conferences. He is the founder and director of the Telecommunications Research (TR) Lab at Queen's University School of Computing, with extensive international academic and industrial collaborations. Dr. Hassanein is a senior member of the IEEE, and is the past chair of the IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks (TC AHSN). He is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker (Distinguished Lecturer 2008-2010).

Pr. Hassas Salima
Pr Salima Hassas
University Claude Bernard - Lyon1

In this presentation, I will first give an overview of some definitions related to self-organization and their implications in engineering self-organizing systems. I will particularly address self-organization in the context of multi-agent systems. I will defend the idea that engineering a self-organizing system is a way to endow an engineered system with its own “emergent” control system, so it can face its environment and the multiple situations it will encounter.  This idea has been developed in a recent work in the domain of cognitive psychology and is based on the “natural” origin of the self-organization phenomenon. A relation is then established between self-organization and cognition and the importance of a networked representation as a support to and result of self-organization.
 I will consider inspiration from nature to design/engineer self-organizing systems, and draw some principles for going beyond the mere transposition of metaphors to computational models. This means that engineering self-organizing systems requires the understanding of basic concepts and mechanisms that underlie the phenomenon of self-organization in order to capture their essence in an engineering perspective. I will illustrate the presented concepts on some applications in the context of networked systems (Web, tagging & social networks, P2P, etc.).

Short Biography
Salima Hassas is a full professor at University Claude Bernard- Lyon 1, where she leads a research group on Multi-Agents Sytems and Self-organizing Systems. She has initiated the Multi-Agents research field in Lyon since 1998 and has supervised about 15 PhD students and more than 20 Master’s students. She has published more than 60 papers and she is actively involved in the national and international multi-agents community. She has served in TPC of major conferences in the area (IJCAI, AAMAS, SASO, JFSMA, etc.). She has also been invited to give presentations in scientific events and summer schools.

Professor Hassas has organized several conferences and workshops and has been nominated as a chair for several conferences (JFSM2013 PC Chair, SAS0 2012 General Chair, SAS010 Program Committee Chair, SAS010 Poster Chair, SSS'09 Vice-Chair, etc.). She is also an associate editor of the ACM TAAS (Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems) Journal and has been appointed as an expert for several FP7 European Programs.

Ali-Masoudi Nejad
Ali Masoudi-Nejad
Laboratory of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics 
Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Innovative omics technologies such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics facilitate a strategy towards the simultaneous analysis of the large number of genes, transcripts, proteins and metabolites. Therefore, huge volume of data has generated about the make-up of cells and their behavior at various cellular levels and different environmental conditions, which enable us to reconstruct genome scale biomolecular networks (e.g., transcriptional regulatory networks, interactomic networks, metabolic networks.) to perform deeper biological analyses. Furthermore, along with omic data generation, to compile the biomolecular networks, analytical platforms are being developed that can mathematically process raw data, integrate and curate various data types in a biologically meaningful way and finally interpret them in a system’s context to describe proper cellular functions. In recent years, in silico studies and trial simulations have complemented biological experimental approaches. A model is a description of a system, and a system is any collection of interrelated objects; and finally an object is some elemental unit on which observations can be made, but whose internal structure either does not exist or is ignored. Overall, systems biology is aiming for a holistic description and understanding of biological processes by an integration of analytical experimental approaches with synthetic computational models. In fact, biological networks have been developed as a platform for integrating information from high- to low-throughput experiments for the analysis of biological systems. So the network analysis approach is critical for successful quantitative modeling of biological systems. Given the complexity of cellular networks, it is no surprise that researchers have turned to computer simulation and the development of more theory-based approaches to augment and help in the development of a fully quantitative understanding of cellular dynamics. In this talk, we highlight some of the important systems biology concepts, modeling algorithms, software tools, and emerging standards for representing, simulating and analyzing cellular networks.

Short Biography

Ali Masoudi-Nejad received his Ph.D. in genomics from Kyoto University, Japan. He then did his first Post-Doc with Prof. Robbie Waugh at James Hutton Institute in Scotland and Prof. Paul H. Dear from MRC-LMB, Cambridge, UK. He returned to the Kyoto University and did two consecutive Post-Docs with Prof. Minoru Kanehisa, co-founder of GenBank and founder of the KEGG (http://www.kanehisa.jp/en/kanehisa.html) in bioinformatics and systems biology, respectively. He then returned to Iran and founded the Laboratory of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, LBB (http://LBB.ut.ac.ir) at the University of Tehran. He is now associate professor of systems biology and bioinformatics.  His main research interest focuses on computational systems biology, analysis of biological networks, network motif, RNAi pathway integration, cancer modeling

Maha Saadi Achour
Dr. Maha Saadi Achour
Polyceed Founder & CEO
San Diego, USA

This talk will cover the role of Academic Fundamental Research in building startups and how visionaries and entrepreneurs help commercialize breakthrough technologies by working closely with university professors and their technology transfer offices, and by starting from target markets and working backwards to quantify potential opportunity and position the innovative technology against ongoing solutions and product roadmaps. We will cover Rayspan’s successful commercialization of Metamaterial structures in wireless communication and its journey from the idea concept to the first commercial product. 
During the initial phase of building a venture, additional innovations are required to address commercial requirements such as cost, performance, integration, size, and manufacturing and the vital role patents play throughout the development and commercialization processes. Such technology improvements open the door to multiple Market opportunities; hence careful Market and Business analysis are required at this stage before building the initial prototype and approaching first customer. An experienced and well balanced team that can aggressively pursue the opportunity while mitigating risks and adapting to ever-changing market conditions is critical to maintain long-term success.

Short Biography
Dr. Achour brings over 20 years of proven success in the design, development, manufacturing, management and marketing of RF, microwave, and optical communication systems and subsystems. She is currently the founder and CEO of Polyceed Inc., a startup company that is focusing on commercializing cutting-edge technologies in sensing and mobile communication markets. Previously, she held key management and technical positions at Rayspan Corporation, where she was a founder and Chief Technology Officer, San Diego Research Center, UlmTech, Optical Access, LightPointe, and Tiernan Communications. Her responsibilities spanned from working closely with top universities professors on advanced Research Labs on advanced technologies to building Intellectual Property portfolios of over 120 patents. At Rayspan and Lightpointe, she secured funding from tier one Venture Capital firms such as Sequoia Capital and Khosla ventures and government research agencies.
During her professional experience, Dr. Saadi Achour created, developed, and marketed technologies and products to consumer electronics and telecommunication system providers using direct sale and licensing business models. Her strong analytical, engineering, and physics skills have allowed her to solve challenging problems from channel modeling, coding, and modulation to advanced RF and optical front-end optimizations using single and multiple propagating channels.
Dr. Achour holds a doctorate degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and completed the Master Degree Program in Wireless Communication Theory and Systems, at University of California at San Diego (UCSD). She has authored over 30 publications in electrical engineering and physics and over 70 granted and pending patent applications.

Key Highlights
•    Co-founded and led two startups focused on metamaterial, RF/microwave, and optical technologies development and commercialization.
•    Worked closely with top universities professors on cutting edge Research Labs on advanced technologies
•    Built company 120+ patents portfolio from scratch in less than 5 years.
•    Secured funding from tier one Venture Capital firms and government agencies
•    Created, developed, and marketed technologies and products to consumer electronics and telecommunication system providers using direct sale and licensing business models.
•    Interfaced with key executives from small to tier-1 handsets provider.
•    Ph.D. in Physics from MIT; 20+ journal/conference publications and 75+ patents applications.




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    14/01/2013  25/01/2013
  • Notification of acceptance :
    25/02/2013 01/03/2013
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    11/03/2013 18/03/2013
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