Invited Speakers


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.


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.


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.