Previous Keynote Speakers


Mohsen Guizani
Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), UAE
IEEE Fellow


Mohsen Guizani (S’85–M’89–SM’99–F’09) received the BS (with distinction), MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA in 1985, 1987 and 1990, respectively. He is currently a Professor and the Associate Provost at Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Previously, he worked in different institutions in the USA. His research interests include applied machine learning and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent systems, smart city, and cybersecurity. He has been an IEEE Fellow since 2009 and was listed as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Dr. Guizani has won several research awards including the “2015 IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award”, the Best ComSoc Journal Paper Award in 2021 as well five Best Paper Awards from ICC and Globecom Conferences. He is the author of ten books and more than 800 publications. He is also the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Wireless Technical Committee (WTC) Recognition Award, the 2018 AdHoc Technical Committee Recognition Award, and the 2019 IEEE Communications and Information Security Technical Recognition (CISTC) Award. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Network and is currently serving on the Editorial Boards of many IEEE Transactions and Magazines. He was the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Wireless Technical Committee and the Chair of the TAOS Technical Committee. He served as the IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Speaker and is currently the IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer.


Anu Gokhale
St. Augustine’s University, USA


Dr. Anu A. Gokhale is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at St. Augustine’s University. She is scheduled to visit Cairo University in Egypt during March 2022 as Fulbright Specialist in Big Data Applications. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and a Former Coordinator of the Computer Systems Technology program at Illinois State University (ISU). Gokhale has completed thirty years as faculty and has received several College and University research, teaching and service awards. Gokhale was named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in STEM+C in Brazil, 2016-17; was a Faculty Fellow in Israel and Fulbright Specialist in Cybersecurity in India during summer 2017. As a Visiting Professor in College of Business at Shandong University in Jinan, China in spring 2017, her focus was on data science and e-commerce. Her achievements encompass extensively cited refereed publications; ground-breaking externally funded research supported by a continuous 20-year stream of grants from state and federal agencies including the National Science Foundation; and elevation of the ISU student experience through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and the creation of opportunities for students to get involved in research. Originally from India, she has a master’s in physics‒electronics from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate from Iowa State University.


Emanuel S. Grant
University of North Dakota, USA


Emanuel S. Grant received a B.Sc. from the University of the West Indies, MCS from Florida Atlantic University, and a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, all in Computer Science. Since 2008, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science (August 2002 – June 2018) and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (June 2018 – present) at the University of North Dakota, USA, where he started as an Assistant Professor in 2002. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) and SEECS Graduate Program Director. His research interests are in software development methodologies, formal specification techniques, domain-specific modeling languages, model-driven software development, software engineering education, and ethics for software engineering. Emanuel Grant has conducted research in software engineering teaching with collaborators from Holy Angel University, Philippines; HELP University College, Malaysia; III-Hyderabad, India; Singapore Management University, Singapore; Montclair State University, and University of North Carolina Wilmington of the USA; and the University of Technology, Jamaica. He is affiliated with the SEMAT (Software Engineering Method and Theory) organization, as a member of the Essence - Kernel and Language for Software Engineering Methods (Essence) group. Emanuel is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Invited Speakers


Marvin Schneider
DeVry University, USA


Dr. Marvin Schneider has 36 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has a PhD in General Information Technology from Capella University. His research interests include computer security, logistics, Protection Motivation Theory (PMT), and artificial intelligence. He is an invited speaker at various conferences, most recently in 2021 - IEEE Big Data for cybersecurity. His research is published in several publications, including most recently in 2021 in the Information Technology in Industry (ITII) academic journal. He serves as a member in Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). For the last 14 years, Dr. Schneider has been a full-time professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at DeVry University in the subjects of computer programming, databases, and logistics. Dr. Schneider served as Chair of the CIS Department at DeVry University at the New York City main campus. Prior to entering the academic world, for 22 years he worked in business operations, management consulting and information systems, which included working for US Bank, Harris Bank, Genesis HealthCare Corporation, Publishers Clearinghouse, Bank of New York, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His positions included business analyst, senior business analyst, management consultant, project manager, operations manager, and computer supervisor.


Toshiro Minami
Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences, Japan


Prof. Toshiro Minami was born in Japan. He received his BS degree from Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan in 1973, and MS and D.Sc. degrees from Kyushu University, Japan in 1975, and 1999, respectively. He was a researcher of Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited, Japan from 1984 to 1999, a research fellow of Australian National University from 1992 to 1993, an associate professor of Kyushu University Library, Japan from 1999 to 2001. He has been a professor of Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences, Japan from 2001 to 2016, and emeritus professor since then. He was director of university library for 8 years. He got librarian certificate in 2016, and worked as director of a public library in Japan from 2017 to 2019. His research interests include analytics of the data obtained from educational, library, and bibliometric fields, as well as library informatics, library marketing, and multi-agent systems.