Keynote Speakers


Prof. Hossein Sarrafzadeh
Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Dr. Hossein Sarrafzadeh is Professor and Head of Department of Computing at Unitec Institute of Technology. He is well linked to the ICT industry both nationally and internationally, and has strong links to the international research and academic community. Leveraging these strong networks with industry, academia, and with government, particularly in the field of IT security and computational intelligence, he has attracted funding to his department and his institution. He understands global IT trends, needs and opportunities and has a firm grasp of the capability in NZ.
Dr Sarrafzadeh has developed one of the world's first real-time facial expression and gesture recognition systems. He has also developed a novel vision based targeted advertising system which has been patented in New Zealand and internationally. Dr Sarrafzadeh has led the establishment of New Zealand’s first cyber security centre in partnership with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan and has also been instrumental in the founding and development of the Centre for Computational Intelligence for Environmental Engineering and the Internet of Things (in partnership with Wuhan University and LJDY (IT Company), in China and NIWA (NZ)).
Professor Sarrafzadeh is known for his work in the areas of intelligent systems, cyber security, IoT, adaptive user interfaces and software engineering. He has developed one of the world’s first real-time facial expression and gesture recognition systems, and also a novel vision based targeted advertising system patented both in New Zealand and internationally. He has published over 140 research papers and supervised over 40 PhD and Masters theses. He is frequently invited as a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Prof. Nabil EL KADHI
University of Buraimi, Sultunate of Oman

Professor Nabil El Kadhi is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman, having more than 25 years of experience in the academe, and more than 15 years of experience in the management of higher education and research. He started his professional career in the early 90s; his assumed positions ranged from Project Manager and Department Head to Lab Director, Master Programs Director, Dean, Provost, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Vice-Chancellor; and he has contributed to institutional excellence, and several industrial projects, such as Data Security and Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Automatic Translation, Secure Payment, Smart Card Use and various Cloud-based applications. He was also Consultant for Quality Assurance and Accreditation where he re-engineered institutional and academic approaches of some universities and schools in Bahrain and Qatar for successful QA Reviews. He notably contributed to the design and revision of various curricula for both graduate and post graduate levels in France and Bahrain. Since 2006, he focused his professional activities on institutional strategies, research, program/ curricula development and review, and quality assurance in education. His experience encompasses leadership, administration, management, program design and development, quality assurance management, national and international accreditation, staff development, teaching, and assessment.

Professor El Kadhi has a PhD in Computer Science and Information Technology, which he earned in Tunisia (for academic requirements) and France (for research requirements). He has more than 60 international publications indexed by ACM, IEEE, DBLP and others. He is also a reviewer in various international scientific journals and conferences such as International Conference on Security and Management, Super-computing Journal, ICICT-IACSIT, IKE Conferences and International Conference of Network and System Security (NSS), as well as a keynote speaker or chair in numerous international conferences. His research expertise includes Quality Assurance in Higher Education, Instruction, Assessment, Smart Cities Security and Privacy Aspects, Internet and Information System Security, and Cloud Security and Cryptology

Professor El Kadhi is distinguished in developing leading ideas and forming new academic directions based on an analysis of institutional statistics and institutional image; and forging partnerships and collaborations that pave way for exchange programs.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Eko K. Budiardjo
University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Dr. Eko K. Budiardjo has been the faculty member of the Faculty of Computer Science - University of Indonesia since 1985. Teaching, research, and practical services are aligned; give result in a full spectrum of academic achievement. Majoring in Software Engineering as professional track record, he has made some scientific contribution such as Software Requirement Specification (SRS) patterns representation method, R3 Method, ZEF Framework, FrontCRM Framework, and Social CRM Framework for Higher Education Institution. Graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 1985, holds Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick – Canada in 1991, and awarded Philosophical Doctor in Computer Science from the University of Indonesia in 2007. He is a member of the International Association of Engineers (IAENG); a senior member of the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT). Currently he is the Head of Reliable Software Engineering (RSE) Lab., and Chairman of The Indonesian ICT Profession Society (IPKIN).