Keynote Speakers


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.


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.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Abdallah Shami

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