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HONET-ICT Int'l Symposium '16


IEEE HONET CIU hosting 13. IEEE HONET (High Capacity Optical Networks and Emerging/Enabling Technologies) Conference

HONET's Vision

To bring together professionals and practitioners from the academia, industry and government functionaries from around the world, with the objective to share knowledge and experience in the field of ICT, Photonics and Energy for global partnerships and collaborations aiding economic growth to support peace and prosperity in the world.

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Keynote Speakers 

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, IEEE Fellow Bodine Chair Professor, ECE Director, Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA .

 Speaker Biography:

Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour (IEEE Fellow) is the Bodine Chair Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at IIT. He is also the Principal Investigator of over $60 million grants on smart grid research and development. His DOE Project on Perfect Power Systems has converted the entire IIT Campus to an islanded microgrid. He has recently initiated CSMART (Center for Smart Grid Applications, Research, and Technology) at IIT for promoting the smart grid cybersecurity research and implementation and enhancing the resilience of wireless networked communication and control systems in smart cities. He is the 2009 recipient of the honorary doctorate from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He is currently a Research Professor at King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia), Sharif University of Technology (Iran), as well as several universities in China including Tsinghua University, Xian Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, North China Electric Power University, and Hunan University. He was the recipient of the IEEE Burke Hayes Award for his research on hydrokinetics, the Edison Electric Institute’s Power Engineering Educator Award, the Innovation Award from the Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads, and the IEEE/PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2012. He has co-authored 6 books and 450 papers on electric power system operation and planning, and served as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Dr. Shahidehpour was a member of the United Nations Commission on Microgrid Studies. His SPIKE initiative, which is established in conjunction with the School of Business at IIT, is facilitating the design and the implementation of affordable microgrids in impoverished nations.


Prof. Ian Ferguson, IEEE and SPIE Fellow Professor of Engineering and Computing Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA 

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Ferguson recently stood down as the Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Prior to this he has been based at Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Imperial College, the University of St Andrews and other institutions, most often in leadership roles. His research has focused on the area of wide bandgap materials and devices and developing them for applications in the areas of illumination, solar power, spintronics, and nuclear detection. He has authored over 470 refereed journal and conference papers, book chapters, and has edited multiple conference proceedings. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering the, Institute of Physics, and the International Society for Optical Engineering.

Title: High Temperature Energy Harvesting in Wide Bandgap Semiconductors


The development of wide-band gap compound semiconductors materials and devices led by the III-Nitrides are fueling a revolution for energy related applications. The III-Nitrides can provide auniversal solution for many applications were traditionally III-V devices are used. This presentationwill highlight the use of the III-Nitrides and other wide bandgap materials in thermoelectric applications. Thermoelectric (TE) conversion of waste thermal energy into electrical energy have seen pioneering developments over the past 20 years. A figure of merit ZT, used to measure the efficiency of the TE materials. Various approaches have been taken to increase the efficiency of TE materials such as; electron quantum confinement, and phonon scattering to increase the power factor and decrease the lattice thermal conductivity, respectively. Some recent measurements of the thermoelectric properties–the Seebeck coefficient, the electrical conductivity and the power factor – of GaN and InGaN thin films will also be reported. A comparison will be made with some preliminary measurements from ZnO.

Dr. Na (Luna) Lu Materials Engineering Lyles School of Civil Engineering Purdue University, USA

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Na (Luna) Lu is an associate professor of materials engineering at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. She has research interests/expertise in using nanotechnology to tailor a materials’ (electrical, thermal, mechanical, and optical) properties for renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure applications. She has authored over 60 referred publications; 2 book chapters, and 3 pending patents. She has given a keynote talk, 10 invited talks and numerous contributed talks at top research conferences, including Material Research Society (MRS), The Mineral, Metals and Materials (TMS) and International Conference on Composites/Nano-engineering, etc. Her research work has been featured in national and regional media, including ASCE Podcasting, Charlotte Observer, and the Charlotte Business Journal. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.




Prof. Dr. Mary Ann Weitnauer Director, Smart Antenna Research Laboratory Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA, USA

 Speaker Biography:

Dr. Mary Ann Weitnauer (formerly Ingram) has been a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1989 and Director of the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory (SARL) since the mid ‘90s. SARL applies both real and virtual multiple-input- multiple-output (MIMO) architectures to wireless networks, with emphases on WLAN, ad hoc, mesh, and sensor networks and on cooperative strategies. SARL designs new algorithms and protocols for Layers 1 through 3 and demonstrates many of its works on a 20-node network of software defined radios (SDRs) in practical environments and topologies. Dr. Weitnauer has authored or co-authored over 180 refereed journal and conference papers, including four conference papers that won Best Paper awards. She held the Georgia Tech ADVANCE Professorship for the College of Engineering for 2006-2012. She was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing from 2009-2012 and is currently an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. She was a Visiting Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark in the summers of 2006-2008 and at Idaho National Labs in 2010. Dr. Weitnauer is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Invited Speakers

Title: Self-Healing in 5G Wireless Networks 


5G networks promise to offer 1000 times the aggregate throughput of 4G networks, and provide users with throughput levels on the order of gigabits per second, with sub-millisecond delays and with high reliability. To achieve this promise, different technologies are used in 5G networks including Cloud-based Radio Access Networks (C-RAN), Software Defined Networks (SDN). massive MIMO, millimeter waves, small cells and device-to- device communications. With the increase in number, diversity and complexity of the network and its components, the likelihood of failures of devices and network elements in 5G networks increases.

Prof. Ahmed E. Kamal, IEEE Fellow Iowa State University, USA

 3GPP has therefore included Self-Healing as a fundamental functionality of the Self Organizing Networks (SON) concept in order to address this increasing failure rate. Under Self-Healing, network elements should automatically detect, classify and mitigate failures without human intervention. This talk will overview the state-of- the-art in Self-Healing in wireless networks in general, and cellular networks in particular. The talk will also introduce some of the latest developments made by our group for implementing the Self-Healing functionality in 5G wireless networks. These include Self-Healing of backhaul and fronthaul network failures, Self-Healing of small cell failures and Self-Healing using proximity services and device-to- device communications.



Distributed and Intelligent Systems

Title: Big Data Analytics: An In-Memory Platform for High Performance Analytics in Clouds


With an unstoppable growth in data collection, new platforms and approaches are needed that can process the huge amounts of data in relatively short spans of time. To achieve this objective, we have produced an In-Memory Analytics platform that can process large volumes of data by exploiting state of the art analytical engines. The platform offers a scalable, robust and high throughput cloud computing environment for performing automated analysis of thousands of datasets. The platform exploits a spark based in-memory environment and makes use of GPU mounted servers in a cloud environment. This cloud based solution offers the capability for an on-demand and on-the- fly analysis of datasets. We evaluate the platform by storing and processing the video stream data that we have collected from a large deployment of video monitoring cameras.


Prof. Ashiq Anjum, PhD (CS), FHEA Professor of Distributed Systems Department of Computing and Mathematics College of Engineering and Technology University of Derby

 The following are the main points of my talk: Firstly, I will summarize the architectural challenges to build a scalable, robust and high throughput cloud computing based solution that can perform quick analysis on thousands of stored/recorded video streams. Secondly, I will explain the steps carried out to automate the video analysis process so that no or minimal manual intervention is needed. Thirdly, I will present our findings so far to achieve high accuracy and performance in object detection and classification during the video analytics process.

Speaker Biography:

I am a Professor of Distributed Systems in the School of Computing and Mathematics at the University of Derby, UK. Before this I worked at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London as a Research Associate. I have been working on various collaborative projects with CERN Geneva Switzerland for the last twelve years. My areas of research include Distributed and Parallel Systems, Cloud Computing and scalable methods to mine large and complex datasets. I have been part of the EC funded projects in Grids/Clouds such as Health-e- Child (IP, FP6), neuGrid (STREP, FP7) and TRANSFORM (IP, FP7) where I have been dealing with resource management of large scale systems, performance monitoring and optimization, data mining and service orchestration. I have been granted a three year project (two plus one year) from Technology Strategy Board, UK which will capture video streams from live cameras and then using machine learning algorithms will process these images in a cloud environment for security and surveillance domains. I recently got funding from RCUK to provide a large scale cloud computing based Video Analytics (VaaS) platform for surveillance and object tracking. I have been working with a leading Pharma company to develop a large scale In-Memory clinical trial management system across distributed data centres for optimizing the drug discovery processes and reducing the operational costs. I am a European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Champion, the general chair for the 8th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2015) and the programme chair for the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Computing, Applications and Technologies(BDCAT) being held in Shanghai, china in December 2016.

Renewable Energy and Smart Grids Title: Grid of the twenty first century and beyond: What are the challenges?


Grid encompasses (i) wires (ii) substations, (iii) transformers, (iv) switches etc. Grid of the 21st century and beyond is expected to be smart. That is the addition of two-way communication technology to devices associated with the grid. This will lead to generation of big data that must be processed and managed to be shared by consumers and the utility company. Also, the resilience and reliability of the electric grid infrastructures are critical to building the 21st century and beyond grid to be smart. More so, the grid of the future should be dispatchable to circumvent any security issues surrounding the central electricity utility.


Prof. Abasifreke (Aba) Ebong EPIC Professor Department of E & CE University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

 The high penetration of renewable energy and storage, which could be incorporated at any location is a more compelling need to build a strong and smart grid for the 21st century and beyond. This work will review all areas of smart grid and make recommendations.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Aba Ebong, a Professor and Director of Graduate Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with specialty in Photovoltaic Devices and Technologies. He obtained his PhD from the University of New South Wales, obtained his post-doctoral experience at Samsung Electronics in South Korea before joining the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaic Research (UCEP) at Georgia Tech. Professor Ebong joined GE Global Research Center as engineer, working on LED, for three years after which he returned to UCEP as the Assistant Director. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at full Professor in 2011. He has more than 26 years’ experience in PV field and has collaborated with several companies worldwide to develop photovoltaic materials, equipment and processes. He has developed highly efficient crystalline silicon solar cells in the lab and guided technology transfer to manufacturing lines. He is directing the Photovoltaic Research Laboratory (PVRL) infrastructure at UNC Charlotte to promote the science, technology and education in photovoltaic. He also teaches semiconductor devices and electronics courses to lay foundation for broader participation in semiconductor devices and systems design. He has published more than 130 journal and conference papers with over 130 co-authors worldwide.

Network Security Title: Next Generation Security Operation Center (SOC) and Correlation Techniques for Security Information and Events Management (SIEM)


The System which would serve next generation Internet security will work along the guidelines of common platform and enhance the ability of common security product like firewall, Intrusion Detection systems, anti-virus, Virtual Private Network (VPN) PKI and systems access control in order to differentiate between real anomaly events and the false alarms on a full time basis. This prolific solution based on 3-Tiers technology requires minimum onsite deployment modification and has the ability to correlate security incidents. It works by using revolutionary inference technology that understands the different protocols used by the numerous security products in the market. It should however not impact on the speed of the network core functions. Basically it will not replace any previous Security hardware and software but just fit into existing security infrastructure and provide addition management console as a single point of response and interaction.

Dr. M. Manshad Satti, CEO ITButler, Dubai Internet City, Dubai, UAE

 Managing from single point would be lot easier and quicker in response, rather tracing attacks from different log files and even from multiple GUI Interfaces. The Correlation Engine is an ultimate solution of these tedious processes and these complex subtleties of Security monitoring. In this presentation I would like to highlight the need of 24X7X365 monitoring of Security Information and Events Management (SIEM) and establishing SOCs.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Muhammad Manshad Satti has received B.E (Elec.) and M Eng. (Telecom) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, and PhD (Comp Engr) from Deakin University Melbourne Australia. He has over twenty five years of industrial experience in Electronics, IT and Telecoms. He was chief information security officer (CISO) of Australia’s largest corporate telecom where he developed telecom security policies, risk assessment, security strategies, Innovation and Leadership and complex design for Dedicated hosting, co-location, e-commerce and online businesses. During this tenure he has contributed at number of forums and worked on Information Security Management System (ISMS). He has been engaged in research and development at leading R & D Security research Laboratory, studying on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), Lawful Interception (LI), monitoring and Analysis,(LIMA) Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Data mining techniques for 3-tier security architecture. He has authored more than twenty five publications on ICT Security, Risk Analysis, and GRC and conducted over thirty international lectures and seminars. He is a member of IEEE, the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIE Aust.) and earned Chartered Engineer (CEng.) recognition. Dr. Satti is enlisted at National Professional Register (NPR) Australia in IT, Telecom and Electrical Engineering chapters. His research interests are on Data mining, DPI, LIMA, Mobile Location Tracking, LBS Data Analytics and advance Detection systems used for mitigating future DOS / DDOS attacks at Internet and Corporate networks, where ISPs are most victims of such attacks.

Power Systems Title: Managing energy resources for flexible and efficient power systems


Demand growth, new demand-side technologies and the desire to integrate more renewable energy sources are driving rapid changes to the power grid. These changes pose operational challenges because the existing paradigm is not designed to deal with the added uncertainty from inherently variable and intermittent renewable energy sources or the changes in the system behavior that will arise from replacing synchronous generators with new asynchronous power sources. This talk illustrates the use of control and optimization based methods to provide insight into the analysis, design, and operation of the envisioned new power system through case studies of conventional and wind integrated power grids. First, we discuss algorithms for optimizing storage dispatch and allocation throughout the network as a means of providing greater system flexibility and efficiency.

Dr. Dennice F. Gayme Department of Mechanical Engineering Johns Hopkins University, USA

 Our analysis exploits convex relaxations and model reduction techniques to understand the factors that drive optimal storage integration strategies. In the second part of the talk, we examine how increasingly distributed generation resources affects power system efficiency.

Speaker Biography:

Dennice F. Gayme received a B. Eng & Society from McMaster University in 1997 and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998, both in Mechanical Engineering. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the California Institute of Technology, where she was a recipient of the P.E.O. scholar award in 2007 and the James Irvine Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 2003. Prior to her doctoral work (1999-2003) she was a Senior Research Scientist in the Systems and Control Technology and Vehicle Health Monitoring Groups at Honeywell Laboratories in Minneapolis, MN. She joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University in 2012, where she is currently an Assistant Professor. In 2015 she was awarded a JHU Catalyst Award. Prof. Gayme's research interests are in the study of large-scale networked and spatially distributed systems in applications such as power networks, wind farms and wall-turbulence.

Title: Career Choices for Computer Science Graduates


This talk is a general discussion about career choices available to a Computer Science graduate student with emphasis on PhD students. Sibu Ray will discuss several issues including choice of coursework, publication, choice of employer, importance of applied and theoretical skill sets etc. He will try to illustrate his points from real life examples.

Dr. Sibabrata Ray Google Research Los Angeles, CA, USA

 Speaker Biography:

Sibabrata Ray did his MS in Statistics and Computer Science from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He completed his PhD from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. After PhD, he taught in Universities for many years. Currently, he is working at Google. He areas of investigation includes Parallel and Distributed Computation, Algorithms, Analysis of Large Data Sets.





Title: E-Ummaha (E-Pakistan Vision-2025 a Case Study)

 Mr. Ammar Jafri Chief Executive Pakistan Institute of ICTs for Development 

 Speaker Biography:

Mr. Ammar Jaffri is Former Additional Director General of Federal Investigation Agency - Government of Pakistan and currently Chief Executive Pakistan Institute of ICTs for Development (PIID) and Director General Center of Information Technology (CIT) Islamabad.. Having strong educational background and hands on experience in implementation of latest technologies (ICTs) during his stay in Government Service and after leading Mega IT Projects, Mr Jaffri is now contributing at National and International Level in use ICTs in development sector of Pakistan. He is Pioneering lead of many International initiatives on ICTs for development in Pakistan and Cyber Security and now representing Pakistan in these Initiatives (To see details please Google ) He has special passion to promote the use of information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Health, Education , Agriculture &, Governance.. To convert his vision into reality Mr Jaffri started ( In 2010 ) from a project ' E-Village ' from the platform of a country level NGO Pakistan Social Association which was established by his late father Syed Yasir Hussain Jaffri on the desire of Quaid Azam in 1947. Project E-Village aimed to take the power of ICTs to rural parts of Pakistan. After learning from E-Village Project he established partnerships with leading NGOs of Pakistan, public & private sector universities, Relevant Government organizations, technology partners and scaled up his concept at district level and established the required ecosystem under ' E-District ' to enable the working of development sector Public & Private stakeholders in a District to work together on one page to utilize the potentials of ICTs collectively for the benefit of gross root communities. Based on his established network of Human Resource and Partner Organizations at National and International level Mr. Jaffri is currently leading the initiative 'E-Pakistan Vision-2025' which is strictly aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To engage all relevant stake holders, sector-wise Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been constituted having representation from Public & Private sector organizations. Mr Jaffri intends to proceed further to promote Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Pakistan to build the future leaders of Pakistan and to achieve the goals of SDGs in best possible form with inclusive approach and Partnership Model under the Project ‘ E-Skills Centers ‘ which aims to bridge the existing Gaps between Trainings and Placements ( Jobs or Self Employed workforce ). Also to link our Gross Root level Entrepreneurs with National & International Markets (Through E-Shop Initiatives )

Title: The Role of Biogas in the Sustainable Energy Supply


As well as all over the world, the concept of sustainability has a great importance in Turkey. “Sustainability” term refers improving social, economic, and environmental conditions while preserving existing situations. Sustainable cities and regions have numerous advantages such as improvements on medical, employment, education, green zones, cultural activities, and handing down the next generations. Accordingly, depending on wide range of renewable resources, Turkey has to decrease using fossil fuels and start utilize renewables. On the other hand, it shouldn’t be forgotten that employment and creating added value are also important while renewable energy strategies are considering.

Dr. Günnur KOÇAR

 Ege University and the Director of Solar Energy Institute (EU-ISE),

When viewed from this aspect, energy plants have been started to build up and set into operation, energy production and utilization have been carrying out according to Turkey’s geographical area, flora, cultural wealth, and underground treasures.

Speaker Biography:

Günnur KOÇAR is a Professor at Ege University and the Director of Solar Energy Institute (EU-ISE), also project manager of Biomass Energy Systems and Technology Center (BESTMER). She graduated from Ege University; Faculty of Agriculture in 1985. She received her MSc Degree in 1989 and PhD in 1993 from Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences, Ege University, Turkey. Profession fields are use of energy in agriculture, renewable energy systems, biomass energy, energy and environment. She has a reward called TTGV, Dr. Akın Çakmakçı The Best Thesis and Founding Reward In University-Industry Co-operation and has a Useful Model named “Gas-Purification Functioned Gasometer for Biogas Systems”. She has authored/co-authored 7 book and more than 150 papers on a national and international basis.