Mohammad Vakil

Abstract

Technology Innovation in Emerging Markets

This keynote will articulate the need for a thriving innovation engine for emerging markets. It will shed light on what are the key ingredients required to spur innovation that solves problems, improves lives of people, and fuels the economic engine of emerging economies. It will help us understand how these ingredients work and blend together to create the magic of innovation learning from other parts of the world. Furthermore, this talk will also delve into observed trends in various technologies considering the future we are heading towards.

Biography


Mohammad Vakil is a Technical Program Manager at Facebook based in Seattle, WA, where he leads large scale infrastructure programs for Facebook’s Ads, Business Platform (BP), and Marketplace businesses. His core focus has been on the reliability and disaster readiness of swaths of ABP & Marketplace software systems and services. Prior to Facebook, he worked for Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Oracle, and a start-up based out of Texas and Washington in the US over the course of his 20+ year career serving in multiple software engineering roles.
Mohammad holds a master’s in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in computer engineering from KFUPM, Saudi Arabia.


Dr. Nasser Metwally


Classical vs. Quantum information and application in Smart cities
N. Metwally
Math. Dept., college of Science, University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain

Abstract

I show the relationship between handling information from two different perspectives; classical and quantum. This comparison show that IT, computer Science, mathematics and physics are integrated sciences. I review some basic tools that are used in computations and their corresponding in the quantum domain. I introduce an application that is based on the main principles of quantum mechanics. Finally, I will discuss the possibility of secure communication via freezing the travelling information between any two users in a quantum network.

Biography


Prof. Nasser received M.Sc. in 1994 from Assuit university, Egypt and PhD. from University of Minchin, Germany in 2002. He is a Professor with Faculty of Science, Aswan University, Egypt, and is currently associated with the Department of Mathematics, College of Science, Bahrain University. He has published more than 70 research papers indexed in Web of Science and Scopus. His area of expertise is quantum information, teleportation, coding cryptography, quantum communication and wireless quantum communication.


Dr. Ahmad Kamil Bin Mahmood


How can a ‘Digital Twin’ Helps in Optimizing the Oil and Gas Pipeline Infrastructure

Abstract

The pipeline infrastructure has reached over three million km globally and the investment continue to grow at about $40 billion a year for expansion and maintenance of the assets. The aging infrastructure, IT systems complexity and capabilities to leverage growing amounts of data continue to be challenging as it is estimated that less than 25% of the data generated for any given pipeline is used to formulate data-driven decisions. Big data analytics (BDA) and machine learning (ML) capabilities has been deployed quite substantially to reduce downtime and potential for human errors in the life cycle of a pipeline operation. Such analytics rely on the conceptual understanding of big data, framework, infrastructure and physical execution of these systems. This discussion is intended to explore the practical aspects of implementing the technologies as well as the issues and challenges of big data namely the velocity, volume, veracity and variety in managing the pipeline integrity for future research.

Biography


Ahmad Kamil Bin Mahmood has over twenty years of experience in various fields of Information Systems. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate programs and managed numerous R&D and consultancy projects successfully. He had supervised 17 PhD students successfully to completion. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Actuarial Science from University of Iowa in 1986, MSc in Actuarial Science and Statistics from the same university in 1988, and PhD from Salford University, UK in 2005. He currently holds the Head of High Performance Cloud Computing Centre (HPC3) at the Universiti Tecknologi PETRONAS (UTP). His last appointment was the Dean of Faculty of Science and Information and Technology (FSIT) (2013 – 2017). Prior to that, he held the position as the Director of Mission Oriented Research (MOR) Intelligent Cities managing and coordinating various research projects granted by the industries and the government funding bodies. He has also held various important positions in the industry such as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KPerak INC on a 2-year secondment, a state government agency promoting and implementing the knowledge economy and bridging digital divide at the state level and serving PETRONAS as an IS practitioner implementing a large scale SAP project called Dagangan Marketing & Distribution Systems (DMDS) for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad. His current research areas are in cloud computing, e-services quality and measurement, artificial intelligence application, and knowledge management. He has published over 100 papers in these areas.