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Keynote and Plenary Sessions Speakers

Éloi Bossé, Ph.D.,received the B.A.Sc. (79), M.Sc. (81) and Ph.D (90) degrees from Université Laval, QC, in Electrical Engineering. In 1981 he joined the Communications Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada, where he worked on signal processing and high resolution spectral analysis. In 1988 he was transferred to the Defence Research Establishment Ottawa to work on radar target tracking in multipath. In (1992) he moved to Defence Research and Development Canada Valcartier (DRDC Valcartier) to lead a group of 4-5 defence scientists on information fusion and resource management. He has published over 200 papers in journals, book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports. Dr.Bossé has held adjunct professor positions at several universities from 1993-2013 (Université Laval, University of Calgary and McMaster University). He headed the C2 Decision Support Systems Section at DRDC Valcartier from 1998 till 2011. Dr.Bossé was the Executive Chair of the 10th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION`07), held in July 2007 in Québec City. He represented Canada (as DRDC member) in numerous international research fora under the various cooperation research programs (NATO, TTCP, bi and tri-laterals) in his area of expertise. He is co-author and co-editor of 4-5 books on information fusion. He retired from DRDC in Sept. 2011.  Since then, he conducted some research activities under NATO Peace and Security Programme, as researcher in Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Department at Polytechnic of Montreal, as researcher at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), as associate researcher at IMT-Atlantique and, since 2015, as president of Expertise Parafuse Inc., a consultant firm on Analytics and Information Fusion technologies.
Éloi Bossé
Expertises Parafuse Inc. (Québec), and researcher at McMaster University (Hamilton), Canada
Adress:McMaster University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada-Hamilton

Fusion of Information and Analytics Technologies (FIAT) for Big Data and IoT

Information overload and complexity are core problems to both military and civilian complex systems, networks and organizations of today.  The advances in networking capabilities have created the conditions of complexity by enabling richer, real-time interactions between and among individuals, objects, systems and organizations. On the other hand, what is considered as problems for system designers is technological opportunities for deciders, for instance, the Internet of Things and the Big Data. Fusion of Information and Analytics Technologies (FIAT) are key enablers to bring these benefits to deciders. The design of current and future decision support systems (real-time, online, and near real-time) make use of FIAT to support prognosis, diagnosis, and prescriptive tasks for systems. Hundreds of methods and technologies exist, and several books have been dedicated to either analytics or information fusion so far. However, very few have discussed the methodological aspects and the need of an integrating framework or a computational model for an integration of these techniques coming from multiple disciplines. This plenary speech presents anoverview of potential integrating frameworks as well as a description of elements that will support the development of a computational model to evolve FIAT-based systems capable of meeting the challenges of complex systems.
Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009.Professor Alouini has won several awards in his career. For instance, he recently received the 2016 Recognition Award of the IEEE Communication Society Wireless Technical Committee, the 2016 Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers in Engineering Sciences, and the Inaugural Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Science & Technology Achievement Award in Engineering Sciences in 2017.Other recognitions include his selection as (i) Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), (ii) IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Communication Society, (iii) member for several times in the annual Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers as well as the Shanghai Ranking/Elsevier list of Most Cited Researchers, and (iv) a co-recipient of best paper awards in eleven IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC, ISWCS, and DySPAN)..
Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Professor in Electrical Engineering
Adress:Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia.

Collimated light propagation: The next frontier in underwater wireless communication

 Abstract: Traditional underwater communication systems rely on acoustic modems due their reliability and long range. However their limited data rates, lead to the exploration of alternative techniques. In this talk, we briefly go over the potential offered by underwater wireless optical communication systems. We then summarizes some of the underwater channel challenges going from severe absorption and scattering  that need to be surpassed before such kind of systems can be deployed in practice. We finally present some of the on-going research directions in the area of underwater wireless optical communication systems in order to (i) better characterize and model the underwater optical channel and (ii) design, develop, and test experimentally new suitable modulation and coding techniques suitable for this environment. 
Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez is a professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science andTechnology in 1997, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1999, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2003. Dr. Abdel-Hafez served as a Post DoctoralResearch Associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA in 2013, where he was involved in a research project on fault-tolerant autonomous multiple aircraft landing. He served as the director of the Mechatronics Graduate Program at the American University of Sharjah from 2014-2015. Since September 2015, he is serving as the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at AUS. Dr. Abdel-Hafez research interests are in stochastic estimation, control systems, sensor fusion andfault detection. Dr. Abdel-Hafez is the recipient of many awards. Among which: he was the leader of a team that won the 2017 UAE AI/Robotics for Good Award,  he was awarded the 2011 AUS provost challenge, and the 2002 NASA PEAR award.
Mamoun F. Abdel-Hafez
Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Adress:Mechanical Engineering Department, American University of Sharjah

Enabling Algorithms for Low-Cost, High-Integrity and High-Accuracy Autonomous Systems

Abstract: In this talk, sensor fusion methods applied to navigation and autonomous systems will be presented. The need for high-precision and high-cost sensors to enable high accuracy state estimation and subsequent guidance and control will be highlighted. For low-cost applications, these sensors cannot be afforded. Therefore, the presenter will discuss the use of low-cost sensors for these applications. To enable a high-integrity and high-accuracy solution from these low-cost sensors, sensor fusion algorithms will be proposed to handle the possible high-magnitude noise and bias errors in the sensors. Different alternative algorithms will be demonstrated. These algorithms will be validated on a number of experimental case-studies.
Quanmin Zhu .is Professor in control systems at the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He obtained his MSc in Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 1983 and PhD in Faculty of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK in 1989. His main research interest is in the area of nonlinear system modelling, identification, and control. His other research interest is in investigating electrodynamics of acupuncture points and sensory stimulation effects in human body, modelling of human meridian systems, and building up electro-acupuncture instruments. He has published over 200 papers on these topics, edited five Springer books and one book for the other publisher, and provided consultancy to various industries. Currently Professor Zhu is acting as Editor of International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, Editor of International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Member of Editorial Committee of Chinese Journal of Scientific Instrument, and editor of Elsevier book series of Emerging Methodologies and Applications in Modelling, Identification and Control. He is the founder and president of series annual International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control.
Quanmin Zhu
Professor in Control Systems
Adress:Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Phone: +44 (0)117 32 82533

Dealing with nonlinearities in dynamic system, modelling, identification and control--- linear approaches

Ahmed CHEMORI. was born in Constantine. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronics from the university of Mentouri - Constantine, in 1998 and 2000. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, both in automatic control from Politechnical Institute of Grenoble, France, in 2001 and 2005 respectively. During the year 2004/2005 he has been a Research and Teaching assistant at Laboratoire de Signaux et Systèmes (Centrale Supelec) and University Paris 11. Then he joined Gipsa-Lab (Former LAG) as a CNRS postdoctoral researcher. He is currently a tenured research scientist in Automatic control and Robotics for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the Montpellier Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics (LIRMM). His research interests include nonlinear (adaptive and predictive) control with special emphasis on their real-time application in robotics (underactuated mechanical systems, parallel Kinematic Manipulators, underwater vehicles, exoskeletons and humanoids). He is the author of more than 85 scientific publications, including international journals, patents, book chapters and international conferences. He co-supervised 13 PhD theses (including 6 defended) and more than 35 MSc theses. He served as a TPC/IPC member or associate editor for different international conferences and he organized different scientific events (e.g. PKM 2016 summer school and WIR 2017 workshop). In April 2017 he has been visiting Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China, as an invited researcher/lecturer. He has been as invited plenary/keynote lecturer for various international conferences.
Ahmed Chemouri
Associate researcher 1st class CNRS since 2010. (USA equ : Associate Professor)
Research Scientist at C.N.R.S (in Automatic Control & Robotics)
Adress:LIRMM - UMR CNRS/UM 5506 161, Rue Ada
Phone: +33(0)

Robotics Today…

Lamia Iftekhar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North South University (NSU) , Dhaka. She completed her Ph.D. in Engineering from Dartmouth College New Hampshire, USA in June 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Reza Olfati-Saber. Her work was on designing driving algorithms for network of autonomous vehicles. Prior to this, Lamia completed her undergraduate studies and Masters in Electrical Engineering simultaneously in 2009 under a four-years Honors BS/MS program from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, NY, USA. Her undergrad major was in Electrical Engineering and she had minors in Mathematics and Psychology. At NSU, Lamia teaches Control Engineering and related courses. When she’s not giving her students a hard time on finding controllers to stabilize some random system, she enjoys helping them out with various student organization activities and projects. She also spends some of her time as the Vice President of IEEE Women In Engineering Affinity Group, Bangladesh Section.Lamia’s current research interests is two-fold: transportation and robotics. She has been fiercely passionate about transportation issues for a long time since her home city Dhaka’s urban transportation is not exactly the greatest system in the world. Her research interests in this category includes vehicle safety, intelligent transportation systems, networked vehicles, driver behaviour modelling, traffic model and congestion control.Lamia’s other field of interest includes multi-agent systems, hybrid systems, nonlinear control and cooperative systems, all mostly applied to robotics. She is particularly intrigued by the idea of using multi-robot systems for disaster management in the context of Bangladesh. She also believes that there’s a huge potential in using robotics to promote sincere interest in STEM amongst the school students of her country, specially the female students. 
Lamia Iftekhar
Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North South University (NSU)
Adress:Office: SAC 924
Phone: +88 02 55668200 Ext – 1511