Keynote Speakers

SESSION 1: November, 1st, 2018

Murat Uysal

TALK:”Visible Light Communications: From Theory to Industrial Standardization”

Murat Uysal  received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in electronics and communication engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2001. He is currently a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey. He also serves as the Founding Director of Center of Excellence in Optical Wireless Communicaion Technologies (OKATEM). Prior to joining Ozyegin University, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he still holds an adjunct faculty position. Dr. Uysal’s research interests are in the broad areas of communication theory and signal processing with a particular emphasis on the physical layer aspects of wireless communication systems in radio and optical frequency bands.

Prof. Uysal currently serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. In the past, he was an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Letters, Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC) Journal, Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (ETT), and Guest Editor of IEEE JSAC Special  Issues on Optical Wireless Communication (2009 and 2015). He was involved in the organization of several IEEE conferences at various levels. He served as the Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium of IEEE ICC 2007, Chair of the Communications and Networking Symposium of IEEE CCECE 2008, Chair of the Communication and Information Theory Symposium of IWCMC 2011, TPC Co-Chair of IEEE WCNC 2014 and General Chair of IEEE IWOW 2015. Over the years, he has served on the technical program committee of more than 100 international conferences and workshops in the communications area. His distinctions include the Marsland Faculty Fellowship in 2004, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award in 2008, University of Waterloo Engineering Research Excellence Award in 2010, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2011 and Ozyegin University Best Researcher Award in 2014 among others


SESSION 2: November, 2nd, 2018

Zaher Dawy 

TALK: “Cellular IoT: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities”

Zaher Dawy is Chair of Graduate Council and Chair of University Research Board. He is coordinator of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Zaher Dawy received the BE Degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1998 and the Doctoral Degree in Communications Engineering from Munich University of Technology (TUM), Germany, in 2004.

He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AUB in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014. He currently serves as the Coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and Associate Provost for research and graduate studies. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of wireless communications, internet of things, computational biology and biomedical engineering. He received in 2012 the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers and in 2011 the IEEE Communications Society Outstanding Young Researcher Award in Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region. He is also the recipient of AUB’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 and several professional service recognitions.

SESSION 3: November, 2nd, 2018

Manzoor Ahmed Khan 

TALK: “Autonomous Driving – A Look into the Future”

Dr.-Ing. habil. Manzoor Ahmed Khan  received his Habilitation in 2017 and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from TU Berlin in 2011. Since 2011, he is serving as the director of competence center Network and Mobility at DAI-Labor. He is also the technical leader  of Germany’s flagship research projects towards autonomous driving, named as Diginet PS ( He is part of activities both at EU and German levels that focus on new technologies and evolved eco-systems for future smart cities.  His main research interests include: i) 5G mobile networks with focus on Software Defined Networking (SDN), Cloud computing, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and service orchestration. He has been very active in introducing learning approaches for network management e.g., proactive mobility management, resource allocation, dynamic end-to-end configuration, etc. He has also been involved in design and development of large scale demonstrator including LTE, virtual EPC, integration of OpenStack with Opendaylight for SDNized WLAN, etc. User-centric network selection, resource allocation, and Quality of Experience (QoE) in future wirelesses networks and in distributed cloud computing systems are some of his other research interests. He was the recipient of several best paper awards and appreciation certificates. Mr. Khan is the author of several scientific publications including conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters.


 SESSION 4 : November, 3rd, 2018

Mohamed Slim ALOUINI

TALK:”Advances on Optical Wireless Communications”

Mohamed-Slim Alouini is Professor, Electrical Engineering, Associate Dean, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering

SESSION 5: November, 3rd, 2018

Ali Ghrayeb

TALK: “Leveraging UAVs in Cellular Network Planning: Challenges and Potential”

Ali Ghrayeb is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar.

He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA, in 2000. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar. Prior to his current position, he was with Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. He has co-authored two books and published over 200 journal and conference papers. His research interests include wireless and mobile communications, physical layer security, massive MIMO, wireless cooperative networks, and ICT for health applications. He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Globecom 2010 Best Paper Award. He served as an Instructor or co-Instructor in many technical tutorials at several major IEEE conferences. He served as the Executive Chair of the 2016 IEEE WCNC Conference. He currently serves as a member on the IEEE ComSoc Conferences Council, and as a member on the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee. He served in different editorial capacities on a number of IEEE and non-IEEE journals.

SESSION 6: November, 4th, 2018

Adel Ben Mnaouar

TALK: “Cross-Layer Design based Network Support for Energy-Constrained, IoT-Enabled, Wireless Sensor Networks”

Dr. Adel Ben Mnaouer received BSc degree in CS  from the SUP’COM School Tunisia in 1985 and Meng and PhD degrees in ECE from the University of Fukui and Yokohama National University, Japan, in 1993 and 1997 respectively.

Since Jan 2018 he is serving as Professor in the Dept., of Computer Engineering and Computational Science of the Canadian University Dubai.

His research interests are in the areas of protocol design and analysis of Wired and Wireless Networks, Cyber-physical Systems/ Internet of Things and in Cluster, Grid and Cloud Computing.

He is the recipient of three major QNRF projects worth 2.9 million dollars focused on harnessing the power of wireless sensor networks in remote ubiquitous healthcare systems, in Air Quality Control, Structural Health Monitoring.

He served/serving in the editorial board and TPC of scores of Intl. conferences, such as the IEEE ICC, GLOBECOM, LCN, and WCNC, ANT, IEEE/IFIP WMNC, etc. He organized and chaired Conferences, workshops, technical symposium and sessions in several Intl. conferences. He offers regular peer review services to several Intl.  journals on computer science and networking. Dr. Ben Mnaouer is a Senior Member of IEEE Communication Society.