Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Kumar Laxman, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Kumar Laxman is an associate professor of education with the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. He graduated with a PhD in instructional design and technology from Macquarie University, Australia. He has been actively promoting the use of technology to advance innovation in teaching and learning and he has served as a catalytic leader in participating in numerous e-learning and educational initiatives. He is knowledgeable in the various aspects of the field of educational technology and design, having published widely in reputable journals and presented at numerous international conferences. He has also provided consultancy to a number of organizations in the domain of education, particularly enabling them to leverage upon technologies in enhancing teaching and learning. His areas of research interest include mobile learning, collaborative online learning and e-learning instructional design.

Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Abdelgawad, Central Michigan University, USA

Dr. Ahmed Abdelgawad received his M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 and 2011 and subsequently joined IBM as a Design Aids & Automation Engineering Professional at Semiconductor Research and Development Center. In Fall 2012 he joined Central Michigan University as a Computer Engineering Assistant Professor. In Fall 2017, Dr. Abdelgawad was early promoted as a Computer Engineering Associate Professor. He is a senior member of IEEE. His area of expertise is distributed computing for Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), Internet of Things (IoT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), data fusion techniques for WSN, low power embedded system, video processing, digital signal processing, Robotics, RFID, Localization, VLSI, and FPGA design. He has published two books and more than 82 articles in related journals and conferences. Dr. Abdelgawad served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals, including IEEE WF-IoT, IEEE ISCAS, IEEE SAS, IEEE IoT Journal, IEEE Communications Magazine, Springer, Elsevier, IEEE Transactions on VLSI, and IEEE Transactions on I&M. He severed in the technical committees of IEEE ISCAS 2007, IEEE ISCAS 2008, and IEEE ICIP 2009 conferences. He served in the administration committee of IEEE SiPS 2011. He also served in the organizing committee of ICECS2013 and 2015. Dr. Abdelgawad was the publicity chair in North America of the IEEE WF-IoT 2016/18/19 conferences. He was the finance chair of the IEEE ICASSP 2017. He is the TPC Co-Chair of I3C'17, the TPC Co-Chair of GIoTS 2017, and the technical program chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2018. He was the keynote speaker for many international conferences and conducted many webinars. He is currently the IEEE Northeast Michigan section chair and IEEE SPS Internet of Things (IoT) SIG Member. In addition, Dr. Abdelgawad served as a PI and Co-PI for several funded grants from NSF.

What all you need to know about Internet of Things (IoT)

Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity. It enables the objects to collect, share, and analyze data. The IoT has become an integral part of our daily lives through applications such as public safety, intelligent tracking in transportation, industrial wireless automation, personal health monitoring, and health care for the aged community. IoT is one of the latest technologies that will change our lifestyle in the coming years. Experts estimate that as of now, there are 23 billion connected devices, and by 2020 it would reach 30 billion devices. This tutorial aims to introduce the design and implementation of IoT systems. The foundations of IoT to build a project will be discussed throughout real applications. Challenges and constraints for future research in IoT will be discussed. In addition, research opportunities and collaboration will be offered for the attendees.