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About the Conference

4th edition of International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Sciences & Technology – 2019 will be held at Iqra University, Main Campus, Karachi, Pakistan, where visitors can enjoy a variety of professional and learning activities. The Conference will be having paper presentations from National and International Scientific Community. The main goal of ICEEST-19 is to promote and co-ordinate the exchange of knowledge and publication of technical and scientific literature in the field of Computers, Machine Learning, Communication, Security, Software Engineering, Power Electronics, Control Systems and Robotics.

1st edition of the Conference was jointly organized by Iqra University and Shah Abdul Latif University in 2016, whereas 2nd edition was jointly organized by Iqra University, Mehran University, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and Sunway University. These Conferences were sponsored by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, National and Multinational Organizations. Further, more than 500 participants from academia and industry attended the conferences. The conferences consisted of several plenary and keynote sessions by international speakers (USA, UK, France, Australia, Romania and Malaysia) and eminent national academician/ researchers.

The 4th edition of the Conference expects to attract more than 500 participants from various National and International Institutions. The ICEEST-19 will consists of regular oral sessions, key notes, tutorials, workshops, exhibitions and poster presentations. In addition, the sessions will provide an opportunity to the participants to exchange ideas with experts of relevant fields.

For this purpose, we invite papers that match the Conference Theme, addressing current issues and suggesting important innovations in the area of Sciences and Technologies. Submission of scientific and technical research from experts in academia and industry worldwide will be highly encouraged. The submission will be blind peer-reviewed by two independent reviewers.

ICEEST-19 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE and IEEE Karachi Section. All accepted papers will be published on IEEE Xplore.

SPEAKERS

Professor Hussain Mahdi

Director - Peer Supported Learning Centre (PSLC),
Joint Director - ICT Learning Centre (ICTLC),
Leader -Text Analytics & Knowledge Organisation (TAKO) Research Group,
Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick (UL), Ireland.

TOPIC:
Peer-Supported Learning Groups for Engineering and ICT Courses: An Insight into Students’ Perceptions and Experience

Abstract:
In this talk, I will present a non-traditional tutoring programme, which is based on collaborative peer learning, and provide an insightful reflection on more than a decade of its implementation to specific subjects in electronic engineering and ICT based courses at the University of Limerick. The programme, known as Peer-Supported Learning Groups (PSLG), is an academic enrichment scheme, has been developed by adapting the American SI model to meet the needs of the students in Ireland and fits into the Irish third-level education system. PSLG is a proactive student-centred academic enrichment scheme run by the students for the students. It targets difficult modules/subjects, and fosters cross-year collaborative support between students on the same course under the guidance of student leaders from the year(s) above. The talk will first provide a rationale for the introduction of the PSLG to the targeted subjects, followed by descriptions of the characteristics and operational structure of the scheme. I will then presents the main findings of our latest study on the evaluation and effectiveness of the PSLG, in terms of developing students’ learning and transferrable skills, and creating a community of mutual support among the students, as well as enhancing their academic performance. The talk concludes with thoughts and reflection on the implications of above findings in terms of challenges and our plans going forward.

Biography:
Professor Hussain Mahdi (Abdulhussain E. Mahdi) is the Leader of the Text Analytics & Knowledge Organisation (TAKO) Research Group at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick (UL), Ireland. He is Director of the Regional Peer-Supported Learning Centre – UL and Joint Director of the ICT Learning Centre – UL. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Member of the Engineering Council (1994-2017). Prof. Mahdi is a Graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of Basrah (BSc 1st Class 1978) and earned his PhD in Electronic Engineering at the University of Wales – Bangor, UK in 1990. He is also a SEDA Accredited Teacher of Higher Education (SEDA & University of Plymouth, UK 1998). His current research focuses on text data mining & analytics, knowledge organisation & linked data, information retrieval & information extraction, as well as signal, speech, and NLP. His research interests also include learning analytics, inquiry-based learning, collaborative and student-centred active learning. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 peer- reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, and has edited two books.

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Dr. Syed Saad Azhar Ali

Associate Professor,
Center for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS Bandar Seri Iskandar 32610, Perak, Malaysia.

TOPIC:
Deep Learning based Real-Stress Assessment for Efficient Mental Stress Management

Abstract:

Biography:
(Senior Member IEEE) received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from NED University, Pakistan, and the master’s and doctoral degrees in nonlinear control from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia. He was with Air University and Iqra University prior to being engaged as Associate Professor with the Center of Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia. Recently, he has been involved in neurosignal processing. He has authored over 70 peer- reviewed publications, including four books/chapters. His research focus has been on neurosignal processing, intelligent control, signal processing, underwater robotics with the emphasis on image enhancement and 3-D scene reconstruction. He is the PI for several funded research projects.

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Dr. Helen Crompton

Professor of Instructional Technology,

Topic: Moving Toward a Mobile Learning Landscape: Effective Device Integration

Abstract:

Teaching styles have emerged from a nebulous blend of rituals, traditions and beliefs built over time. Affordances of recent digital technologies have conflicted with those practices as 21st century tools are used with 20th century teaching methods. This problem is amplified with mobile technologies that push beyond the boundaries of traditional pedagogies. This requires educators to shed old beliefs and ideas to make way for a new contextualized, ubiquitous mobile learning landscape. The speaker presents frameworks for effective device integration that provide a lens for educators to structure new educational thinking and practice.

Biography:

Dr. Helen Crompton is a Professor of Instructional Technology at Old Dominion University Virginia USA. She is a highly experienced researcher, educator, author and presenter in the field of educational technology. She draws from over 20 years in education and a PhD in educational technology and mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Crompton has won numerous awards in the USA and her home country England. Dr. Crompton has worked with UNESCO and ITU, two divisions of the United Nations, and the International Society for Technology in Education. Dr Crompton has presented at national and international conferences on the topic of educational technology and published over 100 articles, book chapters, and white papers in this field.

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Dr. Eranjan Padumadasa

Lecturer in Information Technology Management / Programme Director Degree Apprenticeships,
Queen Mary University of London

TOPIC:
Social Network of Influence: Regulating Online Social Media Influencers “How Twitter Network Analysis Helped in Legal Reforms”

Abstract:
This study was completed at the invitation of European Commission to investigate the enforcement measures of online gambling regulations in Europe. The regulators were particularly interested in the use of social media influencers used for gambling advertising. The case study explored the networks and subnetworks on twitter to identify the influencers emanating from these sub networks. Identification of these influencers helped to understand how to regulate them. Twitter has been identified as one of the social media networks (SMN) that help users exchange information, what some might call as “digital noise”, used in the context of online gambling to share betting odds, betting tips, deals with gambling enthusiast. Due to the nature of being able to share concise information with mass amounts of people have made twitter a popular social media network and have gained traction over some other social media outlets such as YouTube, Facebook for certain types of gambling.

Biography:
Dr. Eranjan Padumadasa, is an academic from EECS at Queen Mary University of London, who has over 10 years of academic experience in higher education. His field of expertise ranges from Computer Science to Law. He hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from which he moved on to Management and Economics and completed a PhD in Commercial Law. His area of expertise is in cyberspace law and is currently working on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning projects. Dr. Eranjan has suggested to deliver a talk which relates to Social Media and its Influence. The talk will focus on the context of social media and discuss the twitter network analysis that went in to identifying social media influencers. The discussion will be accessible to any audience as the technical details will be kept out to make it easy to understand.

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Dr. Sergio Pinna

Integrated Photonics Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), California, USA.

TOPIC:
Integrated Photonics for Free Space Optics Communications and Sensing.

Abstract:
Free space optical systems are becoming ubiquitous instruments in science, industry and consumer systems. Integrated photonics is an enabling technology capable of reducing system costs, size and power consumption, while improving system performance. In this talk we will discuss applications, challenges and development opportunities opened by integrated photonics for free space optical systems.

Biography:
Sergio Pinna is a project scientist at the Integrated Photonics Laboratory, University of California Santa Barbara, California, USA. His research focuses on Photonics for microwave and sensing applications, and on highly energy efficient optical transceivers for free space optics and data-centers applications.

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Dr. Manzoor Ahmed Hashmani

Biography:
Dr. Hashmani has more than 25 years of broad IT experience both in the fields of research and development. He has done both his M.E. and Ph.D. from Nara Institute of Science & Technology, Japan in a very short duration of four years. He did B.E. (Computer Systems Engineering) in 1991 from Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan. After Ph.D. he worked in NS Solutions Corporation, Japan for about three years. Here he supervised parts of a large governmental project (Japanese) and worked as a lead researcher and developer. He then worked for BBR (Broadband Research) Japan for about two years. Here he participated in a project which involved HDTV, VoIP and teleconferencing. As part of this project, Dr. Hashmani designed and developed a bandwidth broker to allocate and manage network bandwidth. Besides industry experience of 5 years, Dr. Hashmani has worked in academia for around 20 years. He has on his credit many funded research project. He successfully supervised 7 PhD projects and 50 MS/MPhil projects. He has more than 100 research papers (in journals and conferences of international repute) on his credit. His research areas of interest include: • Blockchain • Data Analytics • Deep Learning • Artificial Intelligence • Soft Computing • Software Engineering • High Speed Communication Networks

Blockchain to Disrupt Industries -- Can Developing Countries Leverage?
Every now and then a technology comes along that changes everything. Blockchain has the potential to disrupt many industries from currency to education. It would have an impact on effective healthcare programs, improve supply chain processes and, perhaps, clean up unethical behavior in high-value businesses such as diamond trading, Finance, Politics, Real Estate, Security, Education. Blockchain is like the Internet, which is an open, global infrastructure that allows companies and individuals making transactions to cut out the middleman, reducing the cost of transactions and the time-lapse of working through third parties. It is celebrated as General Purpose Technology (GPT) like the wheel, electricity, and the internet before it. The core capabilities of blockchain technology are beyond any that we have seen before. The only difference is that unlike previous GPTs, blockchains will spread far more rapidly throughout the world due to the global communication infrastructure even in developing countries like Malaysia, Pakistan, etc. In a World Economic Forum report released in September 2015, 58 percent of all survey respondents said that by the year 2025 it is expected that 10 percent of vital global gross domestic product (GDP) data will be stored using Blockchain technology. And according to a recent report by Santander, Oliver Wyman and venture capital investor Anthemis, it is estimated that the technology could cut banks’ infrastructure costs for cross-border payments, securities trading and regulatory compliance by $15bn-$20bn a year from 2022. A large portion of the population in the developing world can benefit from blockchain technologies. According to the ICT Facts and Figures 2017 report, 42.9 percent of households in developing countries have Internet access. It can be argued that in many ways, blockchain has a much higher value proposition for the developing world than for the developed world. And it has the potential to bridge the gap between the developed world and developing nations because blockchain has the potential to make up for a lack of effective formal institutions — rules, laws, regulations, and their enforcement. Blockchain is proliferating in the developing countries but at a relatively slower pace. The question before the policy makers in the developing countries is very simple, “Are they Willing and Aware-Enough to Leverage on Blockchain”. I will address this question in detail in my talk.

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Important Dates

First Call for Paper  May 15, 2019
Paper Submission September 30, 2019 October 20, 2019
November 10, 2019
Notification of Acceptance October 31, 2019
Final Manuscript November 17, 2019
Conference Dates December, 10-11, 2019