Honor speaker

Ali Al Kuwari

Ali Al Kuwari
Acting CEO, Msheireb Properties, Qatar.

Biography: Ali brings eighteen years of experience with him, specialising in the fields of cost and planning engineering, and project management. He has successfully implemented many projects within Qatar, including the construction of the Ras Laffan Cracker, LPG Tanks at Mesaieed, field support workshop warehouses, the QNCC plant’s new fuel gas supply pipeline in Dukhan, the Family Affairs HQ in Doha, and the University of Qatar’s multipurpose hall, to name a few.

Before Joining Msheireb Properties, Ali previously held positions in Technip in Paris and spent fifteen years rising through the ranks at Qatar Petroleum where he eventually became the Acting Lead Cost/Planning Engineer.

At Msheireb Properties, Mr. Al Kuwari is responsible for developing and implementing strategic and operational plans for the Design and Delivery directorate. He ensures that the projects are devised and delivered within the agreed timeline, budgets, and quality measures as per Msheireb Properties’ stakeholders’ expectations.

Ali is further charged with a wide purview, namely directing the development and overseeing the implementation of policies, systems, procedures and controls to meet the objectivity, efficiency and effectiveness of operations. He further manages the Lead Design and Delivery directorate to ensure the achievement of objectives, while maintaining sustainability across the directorate’s functions, projects and resources.

Ali has consistently demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning and upgrading his skills to keep pace with international innovations in engineering. Subsequently, he excelled in training courses and programs such as project, leadership and management, effective planning and scheduling, Primavera project manager, contracts reading, writing and negotiation and contracts management.

Ali holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and an Executive MBA from HEC Paris in Qatar.

Keynote Speakers

Asmaa Al-hemaidi

Asmaa Al-hemaidi
Project Coordinator, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Qatar​

"Smart Country Transformation: Qatar's Digitization Journey"

Abstract: As the digital response to the Qatar National Vision 2030, Smart Qatar (TASMU) program harnesses advanced innovation and technology to deliver its nation-wide digital transformation with the aim of improving the lives of its citizens, residents and visitors; and achieve economic diversification and sustainability. This keynote talk will provide an overview of TASMU and its ambitious implementation across key delivery pillars, the technologies leveraged to deliver smart solutions and the role that TASMU plays in Qatar's digital economic growth.

Biography: Asmaa Al-Hemaidi is a project coordinator at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, working directly on the national digital transformation Smart Qatar (TASMU) Program . She leads the communications and Academic partnerships within the program. Al-Hemaidi holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Humanity and Societies from Hamad Bin Khalifa University and BSc in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

J.M. Corchado Rodríguez

J.M. Corchado Rodríguez
Director of the European IoT Digital Innovation Hub and of the BISITE Research Group, Spain

"Deepint.net For Smart Cities Development"

Abstract: The concept of smart cities is relatively new in research. Thanks to the colossal advances in Artificial Intelligence that took place over the last decade we are able to do all that that we once thought impossible; we build cities driven by information and technologies. In this keynote, we are going to look at the success stories of smart city-related projects and analyse the factors that led them to success.

The development of interactive, reliable and secure systems, both connectionist and symbolic, is often a time-consuming process in which numerous experts are involved. However, intuitive and automated tools like “Deep Intelligence” developed by DCSc and BISITE, facilitate this process.

Furthermore, in this talk we will analyse the importance of complementary technologies such as IoT and Blockchain in the development of intelligent systems, as well as the use of edge platforms or fog computing.

Biography: Juan Manuel Corchado (born May 15, 1971 in Salamanca, Spain). He is Full Professor with Chair at the University of Salamanca. He was Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer from December 2013 to December 2017 and the Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca, Director of the Doctoral School of the University until December 2017 and also, he has been elected twice as the Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Salamanca. In addition to a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Salamanca, he holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. Juan Manuel Corchado is Visiting Professor at Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015 and Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan.

Corchado is the Director of the European IoT Digital Innovation Hub and of the BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, which he created in the year 2000, President of the AIR Institute, Academic Director of the Institute of Digital Art and Animation of the University of Salamanca and has been President of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Spanish Chapter. He also oversees the Master´s programs in Digital Animation, Security, Blockchain, IoT, Mobile Technology, Information Systems Management and Agile Project Management at the University of Salamanca.

Corchado has supervised more than 30 PhD theses, is author of over 800 peer reviewed research papers and books, has chaired the scientific committee of more than 30 international conferences, and is also Editor-in-Chief of Specialized Journals like ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal) and OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology).

Tan Yigitcanlar

T. Yigitcanlar
QUT Smart City Research Group, Queensland

"The Role of Responsible Artificial Intelligence in Achieving Desired Smart City Outcomes"

Abstract: Today, ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) is one of the most prominent technologies of our time with significant impacts on our economy, society, environment and cities. However, as much as benefits, the impacts of AI also cause substantial risks. The increasing concerns on the negative AI externalities, particularly in smart cities, proved the need for the development of more ethical AI systems. Hence, in recent years, the concept of ‘Responsible AI’—that ensures the ethical, transparent and accountable use of AI technologies in a manner consistent with user expectations, organisational values and societal laws and norms—is coined. This keynote talk, thus, will focus on and further elaborate the role of responsible AI in achieving desired smart city outcomes.

Biography: Tan Yigitcanlar is an eminent Australian smart city researcher with international recognition, reputation, and impact on policy, practice, and society. He has been responsible for research, teaching, training, and capacity building programs in the field of urban studies and planning in esteemed Australian, Brazilian, Finnish, Japanese, and Turkish universities. Presently, he holds Professorial positions at the School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and at the School of Technology, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. He is the Founding Director of the Australia-Brazil Smart City Research and Practice Network, Urban Studies Lab and QUT Smart City Research Group. His research aims to address contemporary urbanisation challenges—that are economic, societal, spatial, governance, or technology related in nature. Further information is available from https://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/tan.yigitcanlar.

E. Martínez Gil

E. Martínez Gil
Smart Cities & Smart Territories, INDRA, Spain

"Communication protocols and infrastructure. From the Smart City to the Smart Territory"

Abstract: Current trends in the field of smart cities are focused on two large areas: The transfer of the smart city concept to a smart territory and the change of the service provision model towards a more sustainable management, alienated among others, to the SDGs.

To do so, we believe in the smart development of cities and territories with an integrated approach through state of the art solutions, with a focus on generating a tangible impact on the sustainability and societal factors within the territories and cities.

This transformation must be aligned in a three phases Strategy: 1)Change and transform: From within, based on current assets, with a focus on the digitization of operational models and processes and safe interaction with citizens; 2) Revalue: Future growth reinventing and dynamically adjusting the value proposition of the Territory, its services and their provision and the improvement of citizens’ wellbeing; and 3)Create the future: Through anticipation and intelligent planning actions that allow adapting products, channels of communication and interaction, resources, services and infrastructures, offering a territory with all kinds of guarantees against any future challenge.

Biography: Holds a degree in political science from the Pompeu Fabra University and the title of Superior Technician in Computer Systems and Networks. Graduate of the PMD management development program at ESADE.

His professional career has been closely linked to the areas of technology and public administration. He has worked for the European Union Council and is now the manager of the Smart Cities Center of Excellence at Indra-Minsait.

As a trainer, he regularly collaborates with the UPC and the Zigurat Institute of Technology on their smart cities programs. Sporadically, he collaborates with UB, UPF or UEM on this type of programs as well. He is also a tutor and trainer in a Smart Cities program for entrepreneurs of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Finally, he is coordinator of smart projects and of innovation projects at ESDi (Escuela Superior de Diseño)

E. Díaz-Plaza Sanz

E. Díaz-Plaza Sanz
Director of Business Development of IBM - Energy Sector and Smart Cities, USA

"Digital transformation and technology trends for smart cities"

Abstract: The digital transformation is having a full impact on all areas of industry and society. Thus, cities and regions are not alien to these trends and are also taking advantage of new technologies, which allows the development of new services and optimization of existing ones. Added to the above, digital transformation as well as collaboration and implementation techniques are empowering citizens and relating them in an ever greater way with the rest of the citizen stakeholders.

This keynote talk will focus, therefore, on the description of the main characteristics associated with digital transformation, the most relevant technological enablers and methodologies, as well as their application to the field of smart cities.

Biography: Enrique Díaz-Plaza is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer who currently leads the business development for the energy sector in IBM for the countries of Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Since joined IBM, Enrique has promoted different areas of innovation such as smart grids or electric mobility. In addition to having been linked to the energy sector, other industries and areas in which he has actively participated can be highlighted, such as the telecommunications sector, the definition, development and deployment of smart cities (both in Spain and in other countries), the promotion of the Internet of Things, the application of smart approaches for asset management, the deployment of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation, as well as the participation and management of several R+D+i projects and programs, both national and international, most of them related to the smart cities area.

On the other hand, he also has experience in the application of different technologies and methodologies such as those related to advanced analytics, blockchain, project management, agile and lean approaches, design thinking, etc., also focused on the smart cities landscape as well as for other industries such as energy and utilities.

He is also a member of different national and international technical and standardization boards, as well as a professor in several universities and business schools.

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