Invited Speakers

Isam Shahrour, Distinguished Professor at University of Lille – France

Graduated from the National School of Bridges and Roads (Ponts et Chaussées - Paris), professor Isam Shahrour is strongly involved in the research, higher education, innovation and socio-economic development.

He acted as vice-president “Research and doctoral program” at the University Lille1 (2007 - 2012) and as President of both the Innovation Agency “Technopole Lille Métropole” for the economic development and Innovation Center “CITC-EURARFID” on contactless technology.

Currently, he is director of the regional research laboratory “Civil and Geo-Environment Engineering - LGCgE” and head of the master degree “Civil Engineering” and the international master degree "Urban Engineering and Habitat."

Since 2010, he coordinates a large Smart City project “SunRise: a large-scale demonstrator of the smart city” which involves a large partnership with local authorities, water and energy providers, IT companies and startups.

This year, he initiated a new research project at Tongji University in Shanghai concerning the "Smart Underground Space".

His academic activity resulted in about 120 refereed journal papers and the supervision of around 70 PhD. He gave about 15 invited conferences on “smart cities” including two TEDx talks.

Gilles Betis, IEEE Smart City Initiative Chair, France

Since 2013, Gilles Betis has been chairing the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative ( As Open Data Project Director at the Transdev Digital factory, he was in charge of launching the Open Data and Open Source project Catalogue. Before, he was leading the Digital Cities action line of EIT Digital ( and held positions of product line manager, marketing manager, solution leader and head of advanced engineering in Thales. Since the end of the eighties, he has been constantly involved with prospective, innovation and design of complex systems. Having an extensive industrial experience in Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Cities, he always linked up emerging behaviours and societal needs to innovative technological solutions, allowing smooth adoption by final users. Gilles Betis was graduated in 1987 from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in France.

José Ignacio Castillo Velázquez, Autonomous University of Mexico City, Mexico

Ignacio Castillo has been working for 20 years in Computing and telecommunications industries [Datacenter Dynamics, RedUno-TELMEX, IFE, DICINET], as well as in universities as tenure & invited professor. He has participated in more than 50 national and international projects as a team member, or leader on technical and management positions.

He participates with the Mexican NB for ISO/IEC 27000 & ISO/IEC 85500 standards. He wrote 3 books, 22 journal & conference papers, 14 technical reports and +100 articles for magazines and newspapers. Castillo has lectured +70 keynote and invited talks. He is referee for IEEE LA Transactions, IEEE conferences and IEEE Smart Cities initiative.

Castillo is an IEEE Senior Member, IEEE Computer Society DVP and an IEEE COMSOC LA Region board member. He was a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Computer Society.

Fadi Dornaika, Professor, IKERBASQUE, Spain

He received the M.S. degree in signal, image and speech processing from Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Grenoble Institute of Technology and INRIA, France in 1995. He is currently a Research Professor at IKERBASQUE (Basque Foundation for Science) and the University of the Basque Country. Prior to joining IKERBASQUE in 2009, he held numerous research positions in centers in France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, China, and Canada. He has published more than 200 papers in the field of computer vision and pattern recognition. His current research interests include machine learning, pattern recognition, and data mining.

Yahia Antar, Canada Research Chair in Electromagnetic Engineering, IEEE AP-S DL, Royal Military college of Canada and Queen’s University

Yahia. Antar received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Manitoba, MB, Canada, in 1971 and 1975, respectively, in electrical engineering. In November 1987, he joined Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, where he has held the position of professor since 1990 and is presently Vice Dean for defense and security research. He has authored or coauthored close to 200 journal papers, many chapters in books, about 400 refereed conference papers, holds several patents, has chaired several national and international conferences, and has given plenary talks at many conferences . He has supervised and co-supervised over 80 Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses at the Royal Military College and at Queen’s University, of which several have received the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal, the outstanding Ph.D. thesis of the Division of Applied Science. He is on the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Lecturers Program. In October 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada in recognition for his contribution to Canada. He is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Canada RA Fessenden Silver Medal.

Bander Allaf, Chair, IEEE PES Western Saudi Arabia, CEO, Juffali Energy & Utilities

Bander Allaf received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from King Abdulaziz University and M.Sc. from Arab Academy for Science and Technology in Alexandria.
He worked as Senior Director of Business Development with ACWA Power and prior to joining ACWA Power, he was working with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for 14 years in the area of Power System Planning, Operation, Control and Technical Services. He is now the CEO of Juffali Solar Energy.
He was Chairman of Electrical Chapter at Saudi Council of Engineers for 3 years, Chairman of Renewable Energy Chapter at Saudi Council of Engineers, Member of CIGRE, Chapter Chair for IEEE PES Western Saudi Arabia and advisory Board Member of Power-Gen Middle East.
Bander is Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) by Saudi Council of Engineers and he published many papers in the area of Electrical Power Systems.

He received GCC Power prize for the best applied research in 2006 & 2009 and the IEEE PES Outstanding Engineering Award in 2009.

Omar Ramahi, Professor, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Bio: Omar M. Ramahi received the BS degrees in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1993 to 2000, he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation (presently, HP), where he was a member of the alpha server product development group. In 2000, he joined the faculty of the James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park as an Assistant Professor and later as a tenured Associate Professor. At Maryland he was also a faculty member of the CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center. Presently, he is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is a co-author of the book EMI/EMC Computational Modeling Handbook, 2nd Ed.  Professor Ramahi has served as a consultant to several companies.  Professor Ramahi won the Excellent Paper Award in the 2004 International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Sendai, Japan, and the 2010 University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. In 2012, Professor Ramahi was awarded the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Technical Achievement Award. Dr. Ramahi is an elected IEEE Fellow. In 2009, he served as a Co-Guest Editor for the Journal of Applied Physics A Special Issue on Metamaterials and Photonics.  From 2007-2015, he served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging. From 2010-2012, he served as an IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer.  In 2014, he served as a Guest Editor for the journal Sensors, special issue on Metamaterial-Inspired Sensors.  He has authored and co-authored over 350 journal and conference papers.

Mohammad S. Sharawi, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Mohammad S. Sharawi is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He is the founder and director of the Antennas and Microwave Structure Design ( AMSD ) laboratory at KFUPM. Prof. Sharawi has brought more than 10 Million SAR in research funding (~ 2.5 Million USD) in 7 years while with KFUPM. He is the single author of the book "Printed MIMO Antenna Engineering", Artech House, 2014, and authored 8 invited book chapters for IET, Springer, McGraw Hill and other publishers. Prof. Sharawi was the recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Research and Distinction Awards from KFUPM in 2015 and the Best Research Project Award 2017.

He has published more than 180 refereed journal and conference papers and has 10 issued and 15 pending patents with the USPO. His research interests include Printed Antennas and Antenna Arrays, MIMO Antenna Systems, Millimeter-Wave antennas, Reconfigurable Antennas, Applied Electromagnetics, Microwave Electronics and Microwave System Integration. Prof. Sharawi is a Senior Member in IEEE and Fellow IET.

Mohamed El-Hadidy, Associate professor, CST Middle East, Egypt

Mohamed El-Hadidy received his PhD degree at the Institute of Communication Technology (IKT), Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Since July 2011, he has been with the Institute of Digital Signal Processing, University of Duisburg-Essen as the Leader of the Research Group Simulation and Measurements. His present research topics are mainly focused on UWB-MIMO wireless communications, Channel Modeling, Interference Alignment, Cognitive Radios and Test-beds Implementations. Mohamed has more than 9 years professional experience as a representative and consultant for several multi-national companies (CST, Dassault Systèmes, AWR, MA/COM, Satimo, MVG) in the Middle East area. Dr. El-Hadidy is the Conference Chair of the IEEE Middle East Conference on Antennas and Propagation 2016 (MECAP’16) and he is the Teaching Director and the Project Coordinator of the German Egyptian Scientific Remote Teaching Master Program (GESCR).

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Instructor, Administration | Lebanese University | UIT | CCNE Department