Keynote Speaker

    Safaa Sayed Mahmoud
Dean of Computer Science and Information Systems, Professor at Ain Shams University, Egypt

Safaa S. Mahmoud is Full Professor of Information Technology and Education at Ain Shams University. She has International award from the World Education Congress, India, for the outstanding achievement of e-learning, 29-30 June 2012. Also, Awarded the Ain Shams University Prize. Has Leadership and management competence such as : Head of the Department of Educational Technology, Faculty of Specific Education, from 17-10-2005 and until 31-8-2009 then Head of Education Technology Department, Faculty of Education, 2011-013, Founder of Ain Shams University e-Learning University Center, and the first director of the Center by the President of the University 2007. Head of Documentation and Information Technology Unit, Middle East Research Center, Ain Shams University, from 2011-2015. Participating in organizing the Ain Shams University Scientific competence. Arbitrator of the Standing Scientific Committee of the Supreme Council of Universities for curricula and teaching methods of education technology 2013-2016. Arbitrator in a number of international and local magazines. Also a Chair of a number of local and international conferences since 2009. A Keynote Speaker and Rapporteur for a number of conferences and International Magazine. Information Systems and Organizational Excellence Consultant. Authoring a number of scientific books in the field of specialization. Participating in committees to review the regulations of graduate studies in the faculties of the university. Attendance of many conferences and seminars held in the postgraduate sector such as attending a workshop of ethics of scientific research, funding of scientific research, quality seminars, e-learning, information technology, .... Internal resident of the university faculties through the Quality Assurance Center. Community Service. Member of the university committee for community service and medical convoys, • Training NGOs, • Member of a number of national and international associations. Writer of Al-Ahram Foundation in the magazine of the age of the age. Scientific Supervisor of Al-Safir Newspaper. Certified trainer in some Arab countries such as Abu Dhabi Police United Arab Emirates Arab European Center - ProMedia Center Kuwait - Ministry of Education Saudi Arabia. 



Plenary Speaker

    Frank Gunzer
German University in Cairo, Egypt

Frank Gunzer received his diploma in physics in 1999 and the doctoral degree in physical chemistry in 2003 from the Christian‐Albrecht‐University in Kiel, Germany. The doctoral thesis was in the field of laser mass spectrometry. In 2003, he joined the German University in Cairo, where he is currently employed as a Full Professor in the Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology. His research is focused on the detection and analysis of substances with the help of different spectroscopy and spectrometry techniques supported by computer algorithms. Since 2011, he is the head of the Electronics Engineering Department of the Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology.

Honorary Award:
2013, 2017 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the international scientific exchange program (WAP)
2004 Familie-Schindler-Foerderpreis Award for the doctoral thesis, Christian-Albrecht-University, Kiel, Germany


Speech Title: Advanced Information Systems at Work: Structural Analysis of Molecules for Pharmaceutical Applications

    Alaa A. Hefnawy
Electronics Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
Alaa A. Hefnawy is a Professor at the Electronics Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt.He joined the Electronics Research Institute in 1993, and he headed the Computer & Systems Dept. for four years (2013-2017). His department has five main research groups; the digital signal processing group, the biometrics group, the high performance processing group, the artificial intelligent group, and the computer network group. Professor Hefnawy supervises all the research and academic activities of his 77 Faculties, Phd, and MSc students in his Dept. including the currently running research projects. His fields of interest are digital communications, digital signal processing,biometrics, image/speech coding, image indexing and retrieval, pattern recognition and machine vision. Prof. Hefnawyreceived his B. Sc., M. Sc., and Ph. D. in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University in 1992, 1995 and 2000 respectively. He was a visiting professor at UBC, Canada in 2015, at Kobe Univ., Japan, twice in 2007 & 2014, and a visiting fellow at Brno Univ. of Technology, Czech, in 2012, and atthe Univ. of Texas at Austin (USA), in 2011.

Prof. Hefnawy has joined the Ministry of communications and Information Technology of Egypt in 2005 till 2007, as IT Project Manager. He participated also as anOutreach and Implementation Consultant, under the United Nation Development Program (UNDP). He has many publications in his scientific fields, supervised many master and Ph. D. thesis, and attended more than 16 international conferences around all over the world.

Prof. Hefnawy has a wide teaching experience for more than 24 years. He has been teaching and enhancing courses in Electrical Communications Engineering and some other conducted and developed custom short courses, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He was teaching in many places; Cairo University, Misr University for Science & Technology, October 6 University, American University in Cairo, and Eltaief University (KSA).


Invited Speaker

    Ahmad Zamzuri Mohamad Ali
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

Ahmad Zamzuri MOHAMAD ALI
is Professor of Multimedia in the Faculty of Art, Computing and Creative Industry, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia. He has a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, a Master in Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and PhD in Multimedia Design from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Has taught both face-to-face and online classes in higher education for over 20 years. His research and publication interest is in instructional technology specifically in multimedia design and programming learning and teaching. To date, he has published 4 books and over 100 articles in journals, chapter in books, national and international proceedings, and monthly periodical.


Speech Title: Hardware-Software Interfacing Visualizer to Improve Students’ Logical Thinking Skills in Programming learning

Abstract: Teaching and learning programming is considered difficult, and it is considered as one of the seven grand challenges in computing education. Research finding shows that among the reason of students’ difficulty in mastering programming skills was due to their inability in visualizing the flow of the programming process in a meaningful manner. Moreover, the problem worsens when static media were employed in teaching dynamic concepts of programming. Therefore, the development of experimental tools that can assist learners in visualizing programming process dynamically seems crucial, specifically in hardware-software interfacing fields. Since programming tools were generally developed to meet professional preferences requirement, they often have extensive sets of concepts and features that are problematic for novices. It is complex to develop a tool that could accommodate both novices and experts. Whereby, requirement of programmers of different levels of knowledge is not easy to be fulfilled by a single tool. Therefore, efforts are needed to develop tools specifically designed to fulfill the requirements of beginner programmers. In conclusion, the talk will address this issue in more specific.