Distinguished Keynote Speakers

  1. Speakers Affiliation Keynote Title

    Fawzi Behmann

    President, TelNet Management Consulting, Inc., Vice Chair,  IEEE NA Communications Society, Texas, USA
    Cognitive approach to building a safe and smart city



    Assistant Vice President, Urban Observatory, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), MALAYSIA To be announced later
    Department of ECE
    4 Engineering Drive 3
    National University of Singapore
    Singapore 11758
    Cyber Security Challenges and Solutions for the Internet of Things

Keynote 1:  Fawzi Behmann 

  • Biography:

Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author, entrepreneur and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 35 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions in the areas of communications and networking spanning global service provider, equipment systems and semiconductor in US and Canada. Core competencies include strategic planning, product management, solution development, marketing and business development.

Fawzi was a principle architect and championed the definition, development and deployment of a multi-million dollars integrated TMN-based telecom real-time alert system of network traffic overflow conditions and facilities failure for Teleglobe Canada. He was a senior product manager with Nortel Networks for enterprise broadband edge and carrier network core product releases. Fawzi, also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for a $1 billion SoC networking & Communications product line in Austin, Texas.

Fawzi is passionate about technology automation and has founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. in 2009 offering professional and educational services in the areas of technology positioning, deployment of use cases and smart solution across multiple vertical markets from sensing to AI/Analytics and empowered by collaborative IoT Technologies, 5G and virtualization for scalability, security and reliability.

In collaboration with other consortiums, Fawzi offered consulting services and proposals for risk-based GIS/IoT/LTE in the area of public safety to Interior ministry of Ghana and Togo and Business KPI-based Improvement Strategy and 5-Year Roadmap for 38 departments of the ministry of Environment & Water at UAE. Fawzi gave IoT workshops in Africa (Uganda and Kenya) and as a distinguished lecturer he delivered various talks on IoT, 5G, Virtualization to many countries in US, Canada, Europe and Africa.

Fawzi organized international technical sessions, and conferences on advancement of technology, and solutions. He has been a distinguished lecturer and a keynote speaker at several domestic and international conferences. Fawzi has several publications and co-authored a book on the subject of future IoT “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business“ published by Wiley, June 2015 that was selected as textbook by University of Tulsa in the fall of 2016.

Fawzi is active in international forums and standards activities with ITU, ITRS and IEEE. Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Communications and Computer Societies. He is the vice chair for IEEE ComSoc North America Board, Co-founder of Intelligent Health Association IoT for Healthcare consortium, and member of Austin Smart City Consortium. Fawzi is founding chair, IEEE Central Texas EMBS chapter in Austin. He is currently the chair of IEEE Computer Society, ComSoc/Signal Processing Austin chapters, and IEEE Central Texas section conference chair. Fawzi was a recipient of Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award in 2008, IEEE Region 5 Outstanding member service award for 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also,  in 2015 and 2017 received IEEE Communications Society Chapter Achievement award in North America and Chapter of the Year award globally across 212 chapters.

Fawzi holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Masters in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, and Executive MBA from Queens University, ON, Canada.

Title:  Cognitive approach to building a safe and smart city”

Modern cities and municipalities are confronted with and increasing need for real-time response and advanced measures to effectively control threats and challenges, and provide residents with well being and a quality of life.

Risk based approach and municipal services are becoming more technologically based offering opportunities that answer infrastructure needs for smart connectivity & operations, mitigating risks, and improving performance to keep an entire city safe.

This session will address the safe city concept focuses on risk management approach and preparedness – developing capabilities sensing & surveillance, intelligent software and services, high-speed communications networks to harmonizing multi-source systems,  and AI/data analytics that will contribute in lowering risks and treats.

The keynote will discuss collaborative technologies such as IoT/GIS, 5G, Virtualization that will transform a city to a scalable and sustainable Smart and Safe City and improving the overall well being of its citizens.
Several examples and benefits will be highlighted followed an outline for successful implementation, deployment and adoption.


Keynote 2:  Dr Syaril Nizam Omar

  • Biography:Dr.Syaril completed his Ph.D. at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) in Computing in April, 2016. He has extensive research and teaching experiences in Security Architectures and Information Security. His research interests include Mobility Management, Sensors Network, Network Analysis, Renewable Energy, Information Security, Public Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Video Analytic, and energy optimization.After graduating from his diploma’s in Computer Science and Mathematics, he joined Sapura Research in October, 1997, the local’s largest IT and Systems services provider company, as a programmer. In the company, he synergized with colleagues from diverse domain expert, and achieved goals targeted by stakeholders within stringent deadlines in SCADA. From there, he develops a great interest in analyzing and developing novel solutions from system automation and networking with Telekom Applied Business, MCSB, and Sapura Technology. During that time, he decided to pursue his Degree and Master by taking part-time programmed with UTM in computer science majoring in Systems and Information Security. After gaining enough industries experience, he then decided to pursue his Ph.D under the most prestigious Ph.D fellowship in Malaysia – National Science Fellowship Scheme under MOSTI.He is currently working as a Head of Infrastructure and Innovation department of Urban Observation Division at Iskandar Regional Development Authority. His main responsibilities is to lead, plan and manage the  Technology and Infrastructure department, strategize the business plan and oversea, provide consultancy and advise in ICT related projects, to ensure the agenda in ICT Plan, ICT blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia is accordance to initiative in Comprehensive Development Plan ii and Iskandar Malaysia’s vision.
  • Title: To be updated

Keynote 3: Dr Biplap Sikdar  

  • Title: Cyber Security Challenges and Solutions for the Internet of Things


  • Abstract:

    The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a great opportunity to connect people, information, and things, which will in turn cause a paradigm shift in the way we work, interact, and think. The IoT is envisioned as the enabling technology for smart cities, power grids, health care, and control systems for critical installments and public infrastructure. This diversity, increased control and interaction of devices, and the fact that IoT systems use public networks to transfer large amounts of data make them a prime target for cyber attacks. In addition, IoT devices are usually small, low cost and have limited resources. Therefore, any protocol designed for IoT systems should not only be secure but also efficient in terms of usage of chip area, energy, storage, and processing. This presentation will start by highlighting the unique security requirements of IoT devices and the inadequacy of existing security protocols and techniques of the Internet in the context to IoT systems. Next, we will focus on security solutions for the IoT, with special focus on protection against physical and side channel attacks. In particular, we will focus on mutual authentication protocols for IoT devices based on security primitives that exploit hardware level characteristics of IoT devices.


  • Biography:

    Biplab Sikdar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He received the B. Tech. degree in electronics and communication engineering from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India, in 1996, the M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2001. He was an Assistant Professor from 2001-2007 and Associate Professor from 2007-2013 in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2001 to 2013. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Tan Chin Tuan fellowship from NTU Singapore, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowship, and the Leiv Eiriksson fellowship from the Research Council of Norway. His research interests include wireless wireless MAC protocols, network security, and network performance evaluation. Dr. Sikdar is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2007 to 2012 and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

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