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About the Conference

3rd edition of International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Sciences & Technology – 2018 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-18 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 3rd edition of the Conference expects to attract more than 500 participants from various National and International Institutions. The ICEEST-18 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-18 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE and IEEE Karachi Section. All accepted papers will be published on IEEE Xplore.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Nor Hisham bin Hamid

Associate Professor and Director Nanotechnology Mission Oriented Research, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia

Topic: STEM Education: A relentless efforts for future sustainability

Abstract:

The Integrated STEM approach for school level is gaining momentum in developed countries like the United States. Current developments in Malaysia have shown the interest of the Malaysian government to implement this approach. The keynote will address and highlight the progress of STEM initiative and the efforts that have begun to be made in Malaysia; specifically, by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Several key points in implementing this Integrated STEM will be presented; focusing on Framework and Programs on the principle of integration of knowledge and consideration in discussing with all stakeholders towards comprehensive and inclusive Integrated STEM education.

Biography:

The Integrated STEM approach for school level is gaining momentum in developed countries like the United States. Current developments in Malaysia have shown the interest of the Malaysian government to implement this approach. The keynote will address and highlight the progress of STEM initiative and the efforts that have begun to be made in Malaysia; specifically, by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. Several key points in implementing this Integrated STEM will be presented; focusing on Framework and Programs on the principle of integration of knowledge and consideration in discussing with all stakeholders towards comprehensive and inclusive Integrated STEM education.

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Dr. Daniela Gifu

Senior Researcher (CS III) Romanian Academy - Iasi Branch Institute of Computer Science

Topic: Measuring and Classifying Semantic Relations by Combining Linguistic Resources

Abstract:

One of the most important classes of constructors in linguistic theory has been semantic relations (SR) based on the premise that semantically cognate words tend to co-occur. Researchers in the natural language processing (NLP) field have found impressive results in deploying text mining methods to (semi)-automated tasks such as defining, discovering and extracting semantic relations between different kind of entities (e.g. medical). At the application level, semantic relations can support various NLP tasks requiring a (lightweight or heavyweight) interpretation of meaning. A key challenge is content analysis to organize, analyse and extract concepts from large amounts of data using different tools or text mining algorithms (e.g. MetaMap tool focused on biomedical text). Another challenge is text classification in order to define, for instance, entities types based on features sets (e.g. medical entities such as Disease or Drug). Moreover, many studies are based on semantic relations extracted from the biomedical data using different Question Answering (QA) systems (e.g. SemRep focused in MEDLINE citations). It can be said that research based on semantic relations assure an applicability on large scale regardless of the activity level to approach.

Biography:

Dr. Daniela Gîfu (Gender: female, 45 years old) is a senior researcher gr. II at the NLP-Group@UAIC-FII, Faculty of Computer Science, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi (UAIC), Romania and the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, Romanian Academy - Iaşi branch. She has received a PhD in Computer Science in 2016 and a PhD in Philosophy in 2010, both of them centered on the study of public discourses (political and journalistic) from different approaches. Her main research interests include semantic web, services computing, machine learning, etc. She has (co-) authored several books and journal articles, and more than 150 conference and journal papers, many of them focused on problems of semantic and pragmatics analysis. She was a member of the organizing and scientific committees in international events such as IJCAI, JCDL, LREC, ICOSST, NLPMJ, MFOI, FTRA AIM, etc. and has reviewed for numerous journals (Computational Linguistics – ACL; Bentham Science Journals; International Journal of Speech Technology; Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture; Scientific Bulletin of „Politehnica” University of Bucharest; International Journal of Computers Communications & Control; International Journal of Computers & Technology; Society of Electronics and Computer Engineering Journal; Computer Science and Information Technology; CEITJ; Avanti Publishers, etc.).
More information: http://profs.info.uaic.ro/~daniela.gifu/.

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Dr. Kamran Iqbal

Professor of Systems Engineering University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas

Topic: Muscle Synergy Hypothesis and its role in the Execution of Human Voluntary Movement

Abstract:

Muscle synergies have been hypothesized as primitive building blocks of human motor behavior. In the motor coordination tasks performed as part of everyday living, the neural control signals from the central nervous system (CNS) synergistically activate specific muscle groups to suit the task requirements. These task-specific and synergistic muscle controls are termed as motor primitives (MP) or muscle synergies (MS).These motor primitives usually develop from a neonatal stage to toddler's stage and are encoded into the spinal cord during skills acquisition. The hypothesis ofmuscle synergies is quite significant since it implies that the CNS uses a lower dimensional control space to coordinate and manage the kinematic and actuator redundancy and the enormous degrees of freedom existing in the musculoskeletal structure of the body. Muscle synergies can be extracted from the myoelectric recordings made from peripheral nerves using surface electrodes. Statistical methods such as principal component analysis are commonly employed for this purpose. Electromyography (EMG) patterns underlying movement can be used to detect movement abnormalities and gait disorders. Muscle synergies have been employed in clinical settings for diagnostics, rehabilitation, design of prosthetic devices, and personal mobility technologies. This talk will give an overview of muscle synergies, processing of myoelectric signals for extraction of MS, and the clinical and engineering applications of MS.

Biography:

Prof. Kamran Iqbal obtained his BE in Aeronautical Engineering from NED University, and his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has since held academic appointments at College or Aeronautical Engineering, GIK Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Northwestern University, California State University at Fullerton, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Irvine, and University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he currently serves as Professor in the College of Engineering and Information Technology.

Dr. Iqbal’s research interests include neuro-mechanics of human movement, myoelectric control of prostheses, biomedical engineering and signal processing, and computational intelligence. Dr. Iqbal is a senior member of IEEE, and member of IET (UK), ASEE, and Sigma Xi. He can be reached at kxiqbal@ualr.edu.

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Dr. Harin Sellahewa

Interim Dean of School of Computing University of Buckingham Buckingham, UK

Topic: Biometric Authentication for Wearable’s

Abstract:

Wearable technology has seen a substantial growth over the last decade, largely due to the improvements in technology and the realization of its potential applications. Wearable technology includes devices such as smart watches, smart eyewear, smart bands, smart fabrics, and smart jewelry. These devices are having a significant impact in the fields of healthcare, fitness and sports, education, entertainment, corporate enterprise, military, and law enforcement. One of the most important features of this technology is the communication capability it has with the wearer as well as other devices. Wearable devices are now equipped with sensors such as touch screen, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and electrocardiogram (ECG) and electroencephalogram (EEG) monitors.

Biography:

Harin holds a BSc in Information Systems and a DPhil in Computing, both from the University of Buckingham. During the latter stages of his DPhil at Buckingham, he worked on the EU-funded SecurePhone project as a Research Associate, which was followed by a post-doctoral position at Gray Cancer Institute (now the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology & Biology, University of Oxford). He rejoined the Department in 2008 to continue his research in biometrics and automated biomedical image analysis and to assist in the supervision of research students. Harin is currently a Reader in Computer Science and he teaches Fundamentals of Computing, Image Processing, Mobile Applications Development, Software Engineering and Software Project Management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is Programme Director for the BSc in Computing and Software Entrepreneurship, and Senior Link Tutor and Research Officer for SSST Collaboration.

Harin holds a BSc in Information Systems and a DPhil in Computing, both from the University of Buckingham. During the latter stages of his DPhil at Buckingham, he worked on the EU-funded SecurePhone project as a Research Associate, which was followed by a post-doctoral position at Gray Cancer Institute (now the Gray Institute for Radiation Oncology & Biology, University of Oxford). He rejoined the Department in 2008 to continue his research in biometrics and automated biomedical image analysis and to assist in the supervision of research students. Harin is currently a Reader in Computer Science and he teaches Fundamentals of Computing, Image Processing, Mobile Applications Development, Software Engineering and Software Project Management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is Programme Director for the BSc in Computing and Software Entrepreneurship, and Senior Link Tutor and Research Officer for SSST Collaboration.

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Important Dates

First Call for Paper  April 03, 2018
Paper Submission November 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance November 25, 2018
Final Manuscript December 02, 2018
Conference Dates December, 21-22, 2018