SPEAKER PROFILES

Ashfaq Khokhar

Iowa State University, USA

Ashfaq Khokhar is currently serving as Professor and Palmer Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology from 2013-2016. Before that, he was a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Khokhar was named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) Fellow in 2009. Khokhar’s research centers on health care data mining, content-based multimedia modeling, retrieval and multimedia communication, high-performance algorithms, and context-aware wireless sensor networks. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan in 1985; his master’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University in 1988; and his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Southern California in 1993.

Amir Hussain

University of Stirling, UK

Amir Hussain is full Professor of Computing Science, and founding Head of the Divisional Data Science Research Group, and the Cognitive Big Data Informatics (CogBID) Research Laboratory (http://cogbid.cs.stir.ac.uk) at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He obtained his BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (with the highest 1st Class Honours, with distinction) and PhD (in novel neural network architectures and algorithms for real-world applications), both from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, in 1992 and 1997 respectively. Following a Research Fellowship at the University of Paisley, UK (1996-98), and a Research Lectureship at the University of Dundee, in Scotland, UK (1998-2000), he joined the University of Stirling in Scotland, in 2000, where he is currently full Professor and founding Director of the Cognitive Big Data Informatics (CogBID) Laboratory. The University of Stirling has been ranked in the world’s top 50 Universities by The Times Higher Education “Top 100 Under 50 year old Universities”, and also features in the top 350 worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Stirling’s Computing Science Department has been ranked 10th in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper’s UK University League Table. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature’s internationally leading Cognitive Computation journal (http://springer.com/12559 – ISI SCI Impact Factor (IF): 3.44) and the Big Data Analytics journal (published by BioMed Central (BMC), part of Springer Nature: http://bdataanalytics.biomedcentral.com/). He is founding Editor-in-Chief for two (Springer) Book Series: Socio-Affective Computing and Cognitive Computation Trends, and also serves on the Editorial Board of a number of other world-leading journals including, as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (ISI IF: 6.1), and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (ISI IF: 6.3)

Mojtaba Joodaki

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Mojtaba Joodaki was born in Khorram Abad, Iran in 1970. He received his B.S. and M.Sc. in electrical and electronic engineering from Iran Science and Technology University in 1994 and Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran, in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Kassel University, Kassel, Germany, in 2002, respectively. He joined ATMEL Germany GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany as a device engineer in 2002. There, he was working on technology development, modeling and characterization of Si and SiGe-based devices for RF applications. In April 2005, he joined Infineon Technologies AG in Munich, Germany as a development engineer, where he was responsible for EMI/EMC of memory modules. In his last industrial position, from Oct. 2006 till July 2009, he was a device engineer at Qimonda GmbH, Dresden, Germany, involved in developing nano-transistor for DRAM products. Then, he started working as a visiting scientist and lecturer at the Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics (INA) at Kassel University, where he defended his Habilitation dissertation in April 2011. Since Sept. 2010, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, where he was an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in Nov. 2011.Mojtaba Joodaki was born in Khorram Abad, Iran in 1970. He received his B.S. and M.Sc. in electrical and electronic engineering from Iran Science and Technology University in 1994 and Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran, in 1997 and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Kassel University, Kassel, Germany, in 2002, respectively. He joined ATMEL Germany GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany as a device engineer in 2002. There, he was working on technology development, modeling and characterization of Si and SiGe-based devices for RF applications. In April 2005, he joined Infineon Technologies AG in Munich, Germany as a development engineer, where he was responsible for EMI/EMC of memory modules. In his last industrial position, from Oct. 2006 till July 2009, he was a device engineer at Qimonda GmbH, Dresden, Germany, involved in developing nano-transistor for DRAM products. Then, he started working as a visiting scientist and lecturer at the Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics (INA) at Kassel University, where he defended his Habilitation dissertation in April 2011. Since Sept. 2010, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, where he was an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor in Nov. 2011.His research interests include modeling, characterization and fabrication of passive and active devices (organic and inorganic) for high frequency and optoelectronic applications and electromagnetic compatibility of electronic products. He heads EMI/EMC and Microwave Technology Research Lab at Electrical Engineering Department and Organic Electronics Lab. at Sun-Air Research Institute, both of them at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran. Mr. Joodaki has been awarded several prizes for his scientific activities, including the best dissertation prize of north Hessen Universities from the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in 2004, Young Graduated Research Fellowship of the GAAS Association in the European Microwave Week 2001 and 2002, and F-Made Scholarship of SPIE 2002. He was also selected as a top researcher of the year 2014 at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Life Member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).Prof. Joodaki is associated with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. He is also a visiting faculty member at Uni-Kassel, Germany. He excels in Semiconductor Memory Design, Organic Solar Cells and Microwave and Millimeter Circuits among others.

B.S. Chowdhry

Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan

Renowned Scientist and ICT expert, Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry is a Dean, Faculty of Electrical, Electronics, & Computer Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) Jamshoro. He has varied experience in diversified fields such as Electronics, Telecommunication, Microprocessor Technology, Internet of Things, Telemedicine, Wireless sensor networks etc. After completing his first degree in Electronic engineering discipline in 1983, he did PhD in the field of Microprocessor Based Intelligent Instrumentation from the school of Electronics and Computer Science University of Southampton, UK in 1990.

Fahad Dogar

Tufts University, USA

Dr. Fahad Dogar is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department and the Senior Tisch Fellow for Civic Technology at Tufts University, USA. Previously he has worked at Microsoft Research, UK and at LUMS. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and an undergraduate degree in CS from LUMS. His honors and awards include Facebook/Oculus faculty fellowship, Tisch Fellowship, and a gold medal from LUMS. He is broadly interested in networked systems, with a focus on cloud systems, future Internet architectures, and technologies for developing regions.

Syed Ali Hassan

National University of Science & Technology, Pakistan

Syed Ali Hassan received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta USA in 2011. He received his MS Mathematics from Georgia Tech in 2011 and MS Electrical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2007. He was awarded BE degree in Electrical Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, in 2004. His broader area of research is signal processing for communications with a focus on cooperative communications for wireless networks, stochastic modeling, estimation, and detection theory, and smart grid communications.

Zartash Afzal Uzmi

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Zartash Uzmi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 2002. His graduate research focused on Multi-user Detection for CDMA systems in which he devised schemes and algorithms for practical implementation of multi-user detectors. He has held positions at Nokia Research center, Bell Laboratories, and Hewlett Packard Company. He is on LUMS faculty since 2002. At LUMS, his research is focused on scalable network design for wide-area deployments and wireless applications.

Shoab Ahmad Khan

National University of Science & Technology, Pakistan

Dr. Khan has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). He is a founding member of Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) and CEO of Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE). CASE is a primer engineering institution and runs the largest post graduate engineering program in the country, whereas CARE has risen to be one of the most profound High Technology Engineering organizations in Pakistan. Dr Khan is actively involved in research and development and has 5 awarded US patents and 260+ international publications. His book on Digital Design is published by John Wiley & Sons and is being followed in national and international universities. Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan has more than 22 years of industrial experience in companies in USA and Pakistan. He has been awarded Tamgh-e-Imtiaz (Civil), National Education Award 2001 and NCR National Excellence Award in Engineering Education. He is the Chairman of Pakistan Association of Software Houses (P@SHA) and is a member of Board of Governance of many entities in the Ministry of IT and Commerce. He has also served as member of National Computing Council and National Curriculum Review Committee.​​ His most renowned engineering work was when he established and then headed a team that executed a pioneering work of System on Chip (SoC) design in Pakistan. He with his team designed the world highest density media processor for carrier class voice processing system. He has been awarded Tamgh-e-Imtiaz, the Presidential Award for his contribution in the field of Engineering. He has also been a recipient of National Education Award 2001 in the category of “Outstanding Services to Science and Technology”, NCR National Excellence Award in the category of IT Education, prestigious Cisco System research grant, ICT R&D and PTCL R&D research funding beside executing on multi-million US dollars worth of projects. This year CARE made history by winning PASHA ICT awards in four different categories and then winning three APICTA Merit awards in Malaysia in three different categories.

Ihsan Ayyub Qazi

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Ihsan Ayyub Qazi is a tenured Associate Professor and the current Chair of the Department of Computer Science at LUMS, Pakistan. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 2010 and the BSc. (Hons) degree from LUMS with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2005. He was a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 2017. Previously, he has held positions at BBN Technologies (Cambridge, USA) and the Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (Melbourne, Australia). His research interests are in computer networks and distributed systems and span cloud computing and datacenters, mobile/wireless networks, ICT for developing regions, Internet censorship, and online privacy. His work has appeared in premier networking conferences, such as ACM SIGCOMM, and journals including IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. His work was selected as a best ACM SIGCOMM CCR paper in 2018. He is a recipient of the Google Faculty Research Award and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship. His research has been sponsored by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), World Bank, Australian Research Council (ARC), HEC, and Ignite.

Jin Huang

Tsinghua University, China

Jin Huang is Assistant Professor at School of Software of Tsinghua University, China.

Education background:
2006.09-2012.10: Ph.D., College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University
2009.08-2011.09: Joint Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
2002.09-2006.06: B.E., College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University

Experience:
2016.06-present: Assistant Professor, School of Software, Tsinghua University
2013.06-2016.05: Postdoc, School of Software, Tsinghua University
2013.01-2013.05: Assistant Professor, College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects:
Artificial Intelligence in Smart Transportation.

Venue

BUITEMS Takattu Campus, Quetta, Pakistan

Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), has given a new vision and distinct meaning to education. BUITEMS is located in Quetta, also called the fruit basket of Pakistan. Quetta is one of the most beautiful cities of Pakistan distinguished by the unique backdrop of mountains, beautiful lakes and fruit orchards in the outskirts.

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  • Quetta International Airport (2.0 miles)
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  • Quetta Railway Station (5.0 Miles)

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