Keynote Speakers



University of Stirling in Scotland, UK

Title : "Cognitively-inspired multi-modal Big Data analytics: Selected real-world case studies and future directions"

AMIR HUSSAIN ( obtained his BEng (with the highest 1st Class Honours with distinction) and PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), both from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, in 1992 and 1997 respectively. He is currently full Professor of Computing Science, founding Director of the Cognitive Big Data Informatics (CogBID) Research Laboratory, and Head of the Data Science and Security Research Group at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK.

Professor Hussain’s research interests are cross-disciplinary and industry focused, aimed at pioneering next-generation cognitive Big Data technology for solving complex real world problems. In 2017, he was ranked, in an independent survey (published in Elsevier’s Information Processing and Management Journal), as one of the world’s top two most productive  researchers in sentiment analytics (since 2000). He has (co)authored more than 300 publications (with around 120 journal papers, and a dozen Books, including the world’s first research monographs in multi-disciplinary areas of: cognitively-inspired audio-visual speech filtering, sentic computing, and cognitive agent based computing). He has led major multi-disciplinary research projects as Principal Investigator, funded by national and European research councils, local and international charities and industry, and has supervised more than 30 PhDs to-date.

He is founding Editor-in-Chief of (Springer Nature’s) Cognitive Computation journal (ISI SCI Impact Factor (IF): 3.44), the (Springer Nature/BMC) journal of Big Data Analytics, and the Springer Book Series on Socio-Affective Computing, and Cognitive Computation Trends. He also serves as Associate Editor of several other leading journals including, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (ISI IF 6.1), and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (ISI IF: 6.34).

He is Vice-Chair of the Emergent Technologies Technical Committee of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and Chapter Chair of the IEEE UK & RI Industry Applications Society Chapter. He is a Senior Fellow of the Brain Sciences Foundation (USA).

Ahmed Lbath

Pr. Ahmed LBATH

Grenoble Alpes University (UGA) in Grenoble, France

Title:  An Example of Innovation Ecosystem and Challenges in Smart Networked Applications

Ahmed Lbath is Full Professor of Computer Science at Grenoble Alpes University (UGA) in Grenoble, France. He received a PhD in computer science from the University of INSA Lyon and hold an « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches » from the University of Lyon.

He is member of the Board of Thrustees of the University of Grenoble, and President of the Finance Committee. He is Associate at the French Embassy of the United Sates at the Department of Science and Technology. He is also former Deputy Director of National Institute of Technology, former Head of the Department of Communication Networks and Services. He has served as Director of R&D Department in a French company. He is leading research program at MRIM/LIG research Lab.

He carried out research activities as Visiting Professor at ITL Lab, Washington Dc Metro, USA where he is conducting research collaboration and co-supervising PhD students. He is also acting as project manager coordinating scientific collaborations in the domain of Cyber Physical Systems and Smart Cities.

His research interests include cyber physical social systems, pervasive computing, web services, knowledge dissemination and recommendation systems, mobile tourism, GIS, UML modeling and software engineering. His research activities focus on the development of new framework in order to customize location based applications and mobile software such as mobile tourism applications. He also has proposed and implemented a patented CASE tool for Open Standards and Interoperable geomatic applications (AIGLE). He also has invented a system and framework for developing context aware mobile services named MOBI-S.

He published different papers in books, journals and conferences and he regularly acts as a reviewer for international conferences, journals and research programs. He is co-chair and/or member of several committees of International conferences. He is the local coordinator in Grenoble of several international projects such as Erasmus-Mundus and received innovation award from the ministry of research and high education.