ICCIT 2015

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

General


Building on the success of ICCIT-2013 , ICCIT-2012, and ICCIT-2011 conferences, we invite you to participate in the Fourth International Conference on Communications and Information Technology (ICCIT-2015), under the theme Innovative learning Open Access Web and Mobile Technology, that will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on May 20-21, 2015 and hosted by the Emirates College for Advanced Education.

The conference aims to bring together leading scientists, academics, practicing engineers and policy makers from government, academia and private sectors. ICCIT-2015 seeks to be a forum for the exchange of ideas on the latest development in innovative learning open access web and mobile technology and use of Communications and Information technologies.

ICCIT-2015 will host distinguished keynote speakers who will address emerging areas of research.

Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers via the ICCIT 2015 – EDAS submission system. For attendees that do not have an EDAS account, you need to create a new account at http://edas.info. For any questions or problems related to the registration, please contact us.


Conference Important Dates
Deadlines Event
March 1, 2015 March 15, 2015 Paper submission.
March 27, 2015 Author notification.
March 27, 2015 Registration open.
April 6, 2015 Camera ready paper submission.


Latest Updates
Date Update
May 17, 2015 Conference Program updated.
May 14, 2015 Conference Detailed Program added.
May 14, 2015 Committees and TPC Members pages updated.
May 6, 2015 Conference program added.
April 13, 2015 UAE Visa information added to venue page.
April 12, 2015 Registration Deadlines updated.

Committees


Honorary Conference Chair

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi

Honorary Program Chair

Prof. Victor Leung, University of British Columbia, Canada

General Co-Chairs

Prof. Pin-Han Ho, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Prof. Jalal Karam, ECAE, UAE.

Technical Program Chairs

Prof. Myint Khine, ECAE, UAE
Dr. Alex James, Nazarbayev University
Dr. Khalim Meerja, Western University, Canada
Dr. Salah Al Majeed, MTC, Oman


Technical Tracks:

Educational Technology

Dr. Ieda Santos, ECAE, UAE
Dr. Nagla Ali, ECAE, UAE

Educational Policy and Practice

Dr. Mary Lynn Woolsey, ECAE, UAE

Educational Neuroscience

Prof. Mohamad Fahim, ECAE, UAE

Mobile & Cloud Computing

Dr. Khalil El-Khatib, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Dr. Osamah Al Quadoori, ECAE, UAE

Math Education & Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Dr. Derar Serhan, ECAE, UAE

Networks & Internet Technologies

Dr. Hadi Otrok, Khalilfa University, UAE
Dr. Ali Bu Nassif, Western University, Canada

Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

Dr. Ahmed Refaey, Mircom Group, Canada


Local Organization

Mr. Michael Rjeily
Mrs. Asma Almansoor
Mrs. Amal Hamiche
Dr. Samira Al Nuaimi, ECAE, UAE
Mr. Anthony Hill, ECAE, UAE
Dr. Mouna Abu-Assali
Ms. Wnya Al-Qubaisi

TPC Members

Prof. Dharma Agrawal, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
Prof. Nik Bessis, University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom
Prof. El-Bay Bourennane, University of Burgundy, France
Prof. Georgios Ellinas, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Prof. Abdelhakim Hafid, University of Montreal, Canada
Dr. Alex James, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
Prof. Ren-Song Ko, National Chung Cheng University, Chia-Yi, Taiwan
Prof. Peter Kropf University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Prof. Gyu Myoung Lee, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Prof. Ali Miri, Ryerson University, Canada
Prof. Nasser-Eddine Rikli, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Prof. Khaled Shuaib, UAE University, Al-Ain, UAE
Prof. Mohamed Faten Zhani, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal, Canada
Prof. Patrick Hung, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
Mr. Mehdi Adda, University of Quebec at Rimouski, Canada
Mr. Abdel-Karim Al-Tamimi, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan
Mr. Weiwei Chen, University of Southern California Marina del Ray, USA
Mr. Charbel Fares, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, France
Dr. Sameh Abdalla, University College, Dublin (UCD), Ireland
Dr. Mouhamed Abdulla, University of Québec, Ile Perrot, Canada
Dr. Mónica Aguilar Igartua, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
Dr. Salah, Al-Majeed Military Technological College – MTC, Oman
Dr. Raad Al-Qassas, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan
Dr. Khaled Almustafa, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Yazan Alqudah, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Amman, Jordan
Dr. Muhammad Anan, Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia
Prof. Sergiu Dascalu, University of Nevada Reno, USA
Dr. Ali El-Mousa, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Dr. Wissam Fawaz, Lebanese American University, Lebanon
Dr. Amjad Gawanmeh, Khalifa University, UAE
Dr. Abdullah Kadri, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center. Doha, Qatar
Dr. Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui,The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Dr. Karam Mustapha, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada
Dr. Ahmed Refaey, Mircom Group of Companies Markham, Canada
Dr. Ieda Santos, Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE
Dr. Derar Serhan, Emirates College for Advanced Education, UAE
Prof. Abdallah Shami, University of Western Ontario London, Canada
Dr. Muhammad Ummy, New York City College of Technology, USA
Dr. Muhammad Younas, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Program


Program

Please download the Detailed Conference Program (Last Updated: May 17, 2015). The program may be updated later; we recommend that you keep checking our website to have the latest version.


The Program at a glance (for the detailed version please download it through the link above):

Speakers


Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Arafat Al-Dweik received an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, USA in 1998 and 2001, respectively. From 2003 to 2013 he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Khalifa University, UAE. In 2014 he was an associate Professor at the School of Engineering at University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada. Dr Al-Dweik holds an Adjunct Research Professor position at Western University, London, ON, Canada, and he is a Visiting Research Fellow at Newcastle University in the UK. Dr. Al-Dweik has several years of industrial experience in the USA, recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, and has been awarded several awards and research grants. He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and a Licenced Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada. The main research interests of Dr. Al-Dweik include wireless communications, communications theory, intelligent traffic systems, OFDM technology, modeling and simulation of communication systems, error control coding, and spread spectrum systems.

Keynote Title: The Role of ICT in Next Generation Highways Infrastructure

Abstract: Every year, hundreds of thousands of people are killed in car accidents. For example, over 1.2 million people were killed in road traffic accidents around the world in 2003 according to a report published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, another 50 million may be left injured by crashes annually. These numbers are expected to increase by about 60% in the next few years unless a drastic change in the highways design is performed. This talk addresses the latest trends to improve the highways’ infrastructure by incorporating the information and communications technologies (ICT). The talk will also highlight the major challenges and obstacles that should be abolished to enable the adoption of ICT based technologies.



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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ahmed Nasri is a professor in computer graphics in the department of computer science at the American University of Beirut (AUB).  Since 2010, he has been seconded as Acting President of Fahad Bin Sultan University. In 1978, he received a BS in Mathematics and another in Teaching Mathematics from the Lebanese University. In 1985, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Graphics from the University of East Anglia (UK).   He was an invited researcher to various universities such as MIT, Cambridge U, Arizona State, Purdue, Brigham Young (Utah), Durham, Calgary, Seoul National, Nanyang Technological (Singapore), Bremen (Germany), Geneva, Tokyo, and the City University of Hong Kong. He is on the editorial board of several international journals such as the Visual Computer (Springer), Software & Informatics, and Computational Design and Engineering. He also served and continues to serve on the PC of numerous international computer graphics conferences, in some of which he was a keynote speaker.  In He published over 70 papers in prestigious journals and reputable conferences. He was one of the co-founders of T-spline surfaces, which are becoming the state of the arts in computer graphics, modeling and Animation. He is the recipient of the 2013 CNRS Research Excellence Award. His research interests include sketch-based modeling, 3D animation, Digital Islamic Arts, shape retrieval, and Computer Graphics in Education.

Keynote Title: Virtual Fitting Room for On-line Shopping.

Abstract: One of the problems in on-line cloth shopping is the inability to try on various items of a particular model, with possibly different colors, before making a final purchasing decision. To encourage users in such a domain, a virtual fitting room could be used to visualize this try-on process. A mannequin that could be adjusted to fit specific body measurements can be used to try the item on with animated walking facilities. To accomplish this, two basic ingredients need to be studied: the virtual garment design, and the garment animation. In this talk, we present a cloth modeling approach from a set of contours sketched on the surface of a mannequin. A subdivision mesh of the garment is then generated using permanence patches. The generated garments can then be animated to assess the dynamic behavior, the fitting, and the garment style according to body poses and motion.

Invited Speakers

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Invited Speaker: Timothy Reagan (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana), the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University, is an internationally recognized scholar and researcher. He has held faculty positions at Gallaudet University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of the Witwatersrand, has served as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dean of the School of Education at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and Executive Associate Dean of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of more than a dozen books and 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters dealing with issues related to foreign language education, applied linguistics and language planning, language policy studies, and educational reform.

Presentation Title: Language Planning and Language Policy in Education: International Perspectives on National Challenges

Abstract: Language planning is both an academic discipline and a practical activity resulting in the development and implementation of specific language policies. It is thus at the same time an effort, typically by governmental bodies and agencies, to guide individual and communal behavior with respect to language use, and to engage in the study of such efforts. In this presentation, I will begin by discussing the four major kinds of language planning activity: status planning, corpus planning, acquisition planning, and attitude planning, and will then explore the different orientations to language policy identified by Richard Ruiz, including the language-as-problem, language-as-right, and language-as-resource orientations. The focus of my presentation will be on the implications of international cases of language planning for national educational systems, including a number of specific cases of educational reform in which language and language education are playing a key role.



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Invited Speaker: George K. Karagiannidis – Dr. George K. Karagiannidis  received his university degree in 1987 and his PhD degree in 1998, both in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Patras, Patras, Greece. From 2001 to 2004 he was Researcher at the Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, Greece. Since June 2004, he joined the Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept. of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece as Professor of Digital Communications Systems and Director of the Telecommunications Systems and Networks Lab. In January 2014 he joined the Khalifa University as Professor at ECE Dept and coordinator of the ICT Cluster.
His research interests are in the broad area of Digital Communications Systems with emphasis on Communications Theory, MIMO and Cooperative Communications, Hardware-constrained Communications, Cloud-based Radio Access Networks, Optical Wireless Communications, Smart Grid and Wireless Security.
Dr. Karagiannidis is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), from July 1, 2011 to June 31, 2015 and former Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Greek Chapter.
Since January 2012, he is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters. He is a Fellow IEEE. He is being recognized for his “Contributions to the performance analysis of wireless communication systems”. 

Title: Wireless Communications: What is next?

Abstract: The talk will attempt to identify some of the important trends and challenges in future wireless communications and networks. The discussion will include topics as 5G Wireless Networks, Visible Light Communications.



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Invited Speaker: Dr. Fethi Bin Muhammad Belgacem was born in Tunisia on October 7th, 1962. After finishing highschool in the Lycee Technique de Monastir, Tunisia, he attended the University of Miami (UM), Florida, USA, where he got bachelors in Engineering Sciences, Math and Physics, a dual Masters in Maths and Biomedical Engineering, culminating into an Applied Mathematics Doctorate, in 1994. He was then hired by UM, as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering and a Director of the EMPhaSIS and IMPaCT Engineering Programs. Beginning 1998, he moved to Kuwait where he served in three different Universities, namely Kuwait University (KU), the Arab Open University (AOU), and currently the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), where he held various dual administrative and academic positions mostly related to Applied Mathematics and Information Technology.
Dr. Belgacem is the Author of several Mathematics books, more than fifty Applied Mathematics journal and conference articles, the Editor in ten Mathematics and Engineering journals, and the reviewer in forty others. His interests lie in Population Dynamics, Variational Inequalities and Control Theory, Computational Methods and Transform Theory and Applications to Integer and Fractional Calculus. He usually looks for theory applications in Engineering Technology, and Applied Physics with a parallel attempt to Education Technology and Curricula Improvement.

Title: Investigations and Applications Aspects of the Real Order Sumudu Transform in Science and Technology.

Abstract: In this talk, we intend to present the latest theoretical developments regarding the Sumudu transform and its real order powers. Moreover, we will clarify inherent differences and distinctions with the Laplace transform, despite established dualities in our previous work. Furthermore, we will show some applications aspects of the newly developed theory in various mathematical sciences, such as signal and numerical analyses, as well as fixed point and probability theories, thereby resulting in possible useful technological designs, and improved communication and information theories.



Invited Speaker: Dr. Marcel Karam primary research track aims at providing end-users with techniques and tools that are augmented with visual capabilities to improve the quality and efficiency of the many facets that comprise the software engineering process, as well as enhance end-users’ usability of web based systems. His secondary research track focuses on incorporating learned methodical techniques in the area of networking, in particular protocol strategies to solve emerging problems of interest. He is also an active researcher in the testing theories and practices of different programming paradigms. He has engaged in research activities in IBM Watson, (USA) Monash University (Australia), University of Reno, in Nevada(USA), and University of Ottawa, Canada. Marcel has served in the capacity of an Associate Dean and as a Chief Accreditation officer for both ABET and NCAAA at Taif University (KSA), where he was able to secure very large accreditation grant which resulted in the ABET accreditation of many programs.

Title: Can We Get Accreditation (Abet or Local Accreditation) Right the First Time?

Abstract: Accreditation ensures that your programs and graduates are recognized globally by employers, academic institutions, and professional licensing organizations as meeting the same standards as United States computing and engineering undergraduate programs. This talk will take you on an eye opening guided tour that will leave you with the understanding of the major challenges and solutions required to be off to a good start in the preparation of the daunting files and data required to have a well-rounded and successful onsite visit. An integral part of the talk will address direct assessment, the development of the right CLOs and their mapping to the proper SOs, the computations and analysis of the mapping results, and the loop closing. Interactivity via Q&A is highly recommended at any time during the talk.



Invited Speaker: Barbara Cole, Ph.D., has a broad background of management and education. In addition to working with Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, founding and managing her own testing and training company, she has taught management in the US, China, Ecuador, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan. Recently she chaired a communication department focused on helping science and technology students increase their skill in telling their computer science, math, physics, or robotics story. Whether she is guiding faculty to develop curriculum or working directly with students, she focuses on improving the student and faculty experience within the classroom.

Title: Teaching management and research within a science and technology classroom: Why and How?

Abstract: Integration of leadership and communication within the management and research skills are among the critical skills which undergraduate and graduate students need to acquire to be successful throughout their professional and personal lives. The talk focuses on the importance of why this is important and how it can be incorporated within a current science and technology classroom.

CFP


CFP

Prospective authors are invited to submit an original full-length paper (10-point font) in IEEE format via the ICCIT 2015 – EDAS submission system. For attendees that do not have an EDAS account, you need to create a new account at http://edas.info. For any questions or problems related to the registration, please contact us.

Note that the maximum number of pages is 6; 5 pages plus 1 additional page allowed with a charge for the one additional page of USD100 if accepted. Submitted papers must represent original material that is not currently under review in any other conference or journal and has not been previously published. IEEE specification based Latex and MS-Word templates for paper submission are available here.

The program committee may designate one accepted paper per track to the conference as ICCIT-2015 Best Papers. Every accepted submission is automatically eligible for this award. Each author on each of the selected papers will receive a certificate to be awarded at the award dinner banquet.


ICCIT 2015 TRACKS:

Educational Technology and eLearning

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Social Network Analysis (SNA)
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Development of Policies for Technology Integration
  • Instructional Design
  • Mobile Learning – Formal and Informal Learning
  • Games in Education
  • Early Childhood and Technology
  • E-Portfolio to Support Long Life Learning
  • Evaluation of Educational Apps

Educational Policy and Practice

  • Cultivation of National Expertise in Leadership and Teaching
  • UAE Educational Policies
  • International Policies and Practices
  • Language, Culture and Identity
  • Leadership Development
  • Educational Reform
  • Opportunities to Learn
  • Improving Student Outcomes
  • Student Assessment
  • Teacher Development, Assessment, and Outcomes
  • Program and School Leader Development, Assessment, and Outcomes
  • Teacher Quality
  • Inclusion

Educational Neuroscience

  • Neurocognitive perceptual function and training
  • Autism, dyslexia, and dyscalculia
  • Cognitive load and dual language learning
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neuropharmacology of learning and memory
  • Transcranial electrical stimulation
  • Brain development and aging

Mobile & Cloud Computing

  • Cloud Computing Infrastructure Technologies
  • Cloud Services and Applications
  • Distributed Cloud Networking
  • Mobile Cloud Computing Models
  • Cloud Design Methodologies
  • Cloud Performance Assessment Tools
  • Cloud Storage Architectures
  • Innovative Mobile Computing Applications
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Context-Aware Computing
  • Human-Centric Computing and Social Networks
  • Security and Trust Computing
  • Bio-Inspired Computing
  • Green Computing
  • Smart Devices and Intelligent Environments
  • Programming Paradigms for Pervasive Systems
  • Social and Economic Models for Pervasive Systems

Networks & Internet Technologies

  • Ad hoc, Vehicular and Sensor Networks
  • Future Internet, Next Generation Network Design
  • Network Architecture, Design, and Optimization
  • Network Planning, Operation, and Management
  • Network/Internet Applications and Services
  • Multicast, Broadcast, Anycast
  • Industrial Networks
  • Optical Networks
  • Smart Grids and Energy Efficiency
  • RFID and Internet of Things
  • Resource, Location, and Mobility Management
  • Routing, Switching, Traffic Engineering and Control
  • Survivability, Fault, Delay/Disruption Tolerance
  • Reconfigurable and Cognitive Networks
  • Virtual, Peer-to-Peer, and Overlay Networks
  • Performance Analysis, Measurements, and Testbeds
  • Mobile, Internet, and Cloud Security
  • Lightweight Security
  • Cyber Security

Wireless Communications & Signal Processing

  • Multi-Antenna and MIMO Techniques
  • Modulation, Coding, and Diversity Techniques
  • Wireless Technologies (HSPA, LTE, WiFi, UWB, etc.)
  • Machine-to-Machine Communications
  • Green Communications
  • Self Organizing Networks
  • Heterogeneous Networks
  • Multimedia Communications ,QoS and QoE
  • Channel Estimation, Equalization, and Modeling
  • Wireless Localization Techniques
  • Speech, Image and Video Signal Processing
  • Software Defined and Cognitive Radio
  • Bio-inspired Techniques for Wireless Communications
  • Blind Signal Processing for Wireless Communications
  • Transmitter and Receiver Design Techniques
  • VLSI and RF Circuits for Wireless Communications
  • Wireless Communications Testbed Development

Registration


Registration

The conference registration page: https://edas.info/registerPerson.php?c=19479

REGISTRATION FEES:
Author Main Conference Registration Before April 10 April 20, 2015 Amount: $350
Early Bird Main Conference Registration Before April 10 April 20, 2015 Amount: $350
Regular Main Conference Registration After April 10 April 20, 2015 Amount: $450
Non-Author Student Registration   Amount: $150

Venue


Venue

Accommodation

ICCIT 2015 will be held at the 5 star Yas Viceroy Island Abu Dhabi Hotel, located in the heart of Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is only 15 minutes from the city centre. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi has a stunning location – set half on land and half on water, overlooking the Yas Marina and the Yas Marina Circuit (Host of the Formula 1™ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix).


Hotel Booking

The conference has reserved a block of rooms at the Yas Viceroy Island Abu Dhabi Hotel with special prices for ICCIT 2015 attendees. Please fill in the following registration form to make your hotel reservation. For any questions regarding the hotel reservation or pick up service from the airport, please contact contact@iccit-conf.org . For any questions that you think need to be addressed by the conference local organization co-chairs, please contact Dr. Jalal Karam at contact@iccit-conf.org .

Yas Viceroy Hotel:

As Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 impeccable rooms and suites, 11 innovative dining and lounge venues, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. The interiors of this Abu Dhabi resort embody a contemporary fusion of elegance and momentum, created with sensuous curves and sleek lines.

Guests marvel at the incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of color and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1™ Circuit, defining the Abu Dhabi hotel as a landmark across Yas Island and one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations. Watch high-speed races and practices from the hotel daily or layout on the beach for a relaxing sunny day.

Delight in the art of cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. When you are dining in the most exciting hotel in the world you expect the food to be nothing short of spectacular, and our tantalizing Abu Dhabi restaurants showcase the finest specialties from around the world. Choose from a colorful host of eateries, from the freshest seafood and sushi to modern Italian, regional Indian cuisine, and a stylish array of bars and lounges. For fantastic cuisine throughout the day, we have the perfect Abu Dhabi dining spot for every taste.


Travel Information

Transit visas can be organized within 10 working days through an official request from the client of Yas Viceroy Hotel. The client will be kept liable in the unlikely case of abscond.
Transit visas are valid for 14 days from date of issue and 14 days from date of entry to Abu Dhabi and costs AED 700.00. In case of a no-show, visa rejection or cancellation, full visa cost will be automatically charged to the credit card or the company’s hotel account in the event that credit facilities have been approved.
In order for the hotel to process the visa we require a duly filled visa application form, attached with clear passport copies, scanned color copies of passport size photographs and copy of education certificate in English or Arabic. Please click on the following link for further information: www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/abudhabi

Sponsors


Sponsors

ICCIT 2015 is hosted and sponsored by ECAE in collaborations with Western University.

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