Keynote Speakers

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Dr Mohammad S. Obaidat

University of Sharjah,USA


Professor Mohammad S. Obaidat (Fellow of IEEE 2005, Life Fellow of IEEE 2018) is an internationally known academic/researcher/scientist/ scholar. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA. He has received extensive research funding and published To Date (2019) about One Thousand and Twenty (1,020) refereed technical articles-About half of them are journal articles, over 95 books, and over 70 Book Chapters. He is Editor-in-Chief of 3 scholarly journals and an editor of many other international journals.  He is the founding Editor-in Chief of Wiley Security and Privacy Journal.  Moreover, he is founder or co-founder of 5 International Conferences. 

Among his previous positions are Advisor to the President of Philadelphia University for Research, Development and Information Technology, President and Chair of Board of Directors of the Society for Molding and Simulation International, SCS, Senior Vice President of SCS, Dean of the College of Engineering at Prince Sultan University, Chair and tenured Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science and Director of the MS Graduate Program in Data Analytics at Fordham university, Chair and tenured Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Graduate Program at Monmouth University, Tenured Full Professor at King Abdullah II School of Information Technology, University of Jordan, The PR of China Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Professor at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China and an Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Amity University- A Global University. He is now the Founding Dean and Professor,  College of Computing and Informatics at The University of Sharjah, UAE.

He has chaired numerous (Over 175) international conferences and has given numerous (Over 175) keynote speeches worldwide. He has served as ABET/CSAB evaluator and on IEEE CS Fellow Evaluation Committee. He has served as IEEE CS Distinguished Speaker/Lecturer and an ACM Distinguished Lecturer. Since 2004 has has been serving as an SCS Distinguished Lecturer. He received many best paper awards for his papers including ones from IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, AICSA, CITS, SPECTS, DCNET International conferences. He also received Best Paper awards from IEEE Systems Journal in 2018 and in 2019 (2 Best Paper Awards). In 2020, he received 4 best paper awards from IEEE Systems Journal. In 2021, he also received the IEEE Systems best paper award.

He also received many other worldwide awards for his technical contributions including: The 2018 IEEE ComSoc-Technical Committee on Communications Software Technical Achievement Award for contribution to Cybersecurity, Wireless Networks Computer Networks and Modeling and Simulation, SCS prestigious McLeod Founder's Award , Presidential Service Award, SCS Hall of Fame –Lifetime Achievement Award for his technical contribution to modeling and simulation and for his outstanding visionary leadership and dedication to increasing the effectiveness and broadening the applications of modeling and simulation worldwide. He also received the SCS Outstanding Service Award. He was awarded the IEEE CITS Hall of Fame Distinguished and Eminent Award.  

He is a Life Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of SCS.


Speech Title:New Biometric-Based Security Techniques for Risk-Based Authentication in Web Systems

Abstract:Biometrics represents one of the most robust and reliable forms of human identification in physical and cyber security. The last decade has witnessed tremendous advances in sensor technologies and data processing techniques and algorithms. This has led to the strengthening of traditional biometrics technologies (e.g., fingerprint, face, iris, retina, keystroke dynamics, mouse gestures/dynamics and voice) and the emergence of several new technologies, which are showing great promises. The confluence of the consumer markets and national security needs have led to a growing demand for biometrics products and services. For instance, the integration of biometric sensors in smartphones and the use of these technologies for online banking have boosted the adoption of biometric technologies for the masses.

Existing risk-based authentication systems rely on basic web communication information such as the source IP address or the velocity of transactions performed by a specific account, or originating from a certain IP address. Such information can easily be spoofed, and as such, put in question the robustness and reliability of the proposed systems.

Risk-based authentication can be applied from two different perspectives: proactively and reactively. When applied proactively, risk-based authentication can be integrated with the login process and used to block from the beginning access to users flagged as risky. In contrast, reactive risk-based authentication can be used to identify and revert ongoing or completed transactions considered as risky. 

In this talk, we present our biometrics-based security schemes that are based on keystroke dynamics, which are considered breakthrough techniques. We them introduce our new online biometric risk-based authentication system that provides more robust user identity information by combining mouse dynamics and keystroke dynamics biometrics in a multimodal framework. Experimental evaluation of our proposed model with 24 participants yields an Equal Error Rate of 8.21%, which is promising considering that we are dealing with free text and free mouse movements, and the fact that many web sessions tend to be very short. 

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Dr Peter Palensky

Technische Universiteit Delft,Netherlands


Peter Palensky received his MSc. in Electrical Engineering in 1997 his PhD in 2001, and his Habilitation in 2015, all from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

He co-founded a Envidatec, a German startup on energy management and analytics, and joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, as researcher, and the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2008. In 2009 he became appointed head of business unit on sustainable building technologies at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), and later the first Principle Scientist for complex energy systems at the AIT. In 2014 he was appointed full Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft. He is active in international committees like ISO or CEN and serves an IEEE IES AdCom member-at-large in various functions for the IEEE. He is editor in chief of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, associate editor for several other IEEE publications, and regularly organizes IEEE conferences. His main research fields are energy automation networks, smart grids, and modeling intelligent energy systems.


Speech Title:Cyber-blackouts and digital substations

Abstract:The power system is currently upgraded to a more digital one. Renewable generation, smart loads, dynamic markets: all the requires fast reactions and a more flexible infrastructure. Digital substations and modern SCADA systems create a smart grid with lots of advantages due to the use of OT (operational technology). These new industrial control technologies, however, also increase the attack surface of the system. Careful cyber security must be applied in order to keep the power system protected. This talk will introduce you to the concept of digital substations and show you how easy it is to attack a non- protected power system so that it even leads to a cascading outage, also known as blackout. 

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Dr.Michalis Matthaiou

Queen’s University Belfast,United Kingdom


Michalis Matthaiou is a Professor of Communications Engineering and Signal Processing and Deputy Director of the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) at Queen’s University Belfast, U.K. His research interests span signal processing for wireless communications, beyond massive MIMO, intelligent reflecting surfaces, mm-wave/THz systems and deep learning for communications. He has published in excess of 220 papers on these topics, including some 95 IEEE journal papers. Dr. Matthaiou and his coauthors received the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Leonard G. Abraham Prize in 2017. He currently holds the ERC Consolidator Grant BEATRICE (2021-2026) focused on the interface between information and electromagnetic theories. He was awarded the prestigious 2018/2019 Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship and also received the 2019 EURASIP Early Career Award. His team was also the Grand Winner of the 2019 Mobile World Congress Challenge. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Physical Communication, a Senior Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and an Associate Editor for the IEEE JSAC Series on Machine Learning for Communications and Networks.


Speech Title:When Shannon met Maxwell: A long awaiting rendezvous

Abstract:After a decade of intensive research in massive MIMO, the scientific community has developed fundamental theory to characterize the operation of this technology. To date, the development of massive MIMO has been exclusively based on information theory (IT) tailored towards cellular communications. While IT is undoubtedly a versatile mathematical tool, it is based on mathematical logic. This theoretical framework now needs to be extended and reshaped to: (i) account for the unique electromagnetic (EM) properties and (ii) incorporate the main feature of future massive MIMO -based communication systems, namely their capability of sensing the system’s response to the radio waves, and thereby informing its modification. In this presentation, we will overview some recent advances in this space and discuss the open challenges for the upcoming years.

Keywords:Information theory; Electromagnetic theory; Spatial modulation; Intelligent reflecting surfaces