Dr. Hossam Hassanein

Hossam Hassanein is a leading authority in the areas of broadband, wireless and mobile networks architecture, protocols, control and performance evaluation. His record spans more than 500 publications in journals, conferences and book chapters, in addition to numerous keynotes and plenary talks in flagship venues. Dr. Hassanein has received several recognitions and best papers awards at top international conferences. He is also the founder and director of the Telecommunications Research Lab (TRL) at Queen's University School of Computing, with extensive international academic and industrial collaborations. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and is a former chair of the IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Ad hoc and Sensor Networks (TC AHSN). Dr. Hassanein is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Speaker (Distinguished Lecturer 2008-2010).

Big Sensed Data in the Internet of Things

The rise of ad hoc sensors, and new manifestations of sensing systems (e.g., Cloud sensing, M2M-driven sensing, Crowd sensing) in the Internet of Things resulted in a tide of sensed data that is potentially drowning our communication resources. In this talk I overview the evolution of sensing systems as they contributed to Big Data, and outline the rising challenges in both communicating and understanding this data. I argue that a solution lies not in sensing systems alone, but in the expedited funneling and processing of data as we attempt to prune the unnecessary, and make sense of the valuable. The quest for energy efficiency that dominated Sensor Networks for so long, is now matched with a more pressing demand for ubiquity and real-time latency.

Dr. Kamiel Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science (honors), and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He holds a diploma in Space Science from the International Space University, France, and an M.B.A. from the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He is the recipient of national and international awards including the Society of Automotive EngineeringRalph TeetorlEducational Award (Aerospace), the Distinguished Research Supervisor Award, and the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance’s “Builder Award”.He is listed in Who-is-Who International, and is a frequent guest speaker in national and international conferences and public events.

The Anatomy of Innovation-what makes innovation succeed in the 21st century?

For innovation to occur and succeed, it needs all parts of its anatomy to work in harmony - as with the body, the brain controls the thought process to bring forth ideas; it also controls the nerveous system to make parts move and put such ideas to action; it enables the eyes to see what the rest of the members are doing and hence work in harmony while the heart produces the blood flow necessary to either walk, run or sprint to produce the desired outcome. The speaker eloquently draws on the analogy and presents a fascinating discussion on the main parts of a successful innovation system. The workshop is based on a book by the same title and is presented with many audiences in mind including students enrolled in entrepreneurship and innovation programs, administrators at higher education institutions; government S&T departments; business people; and most of all entrepreneurs and economic development personnel.