Invited Speaker 1: Prof. Hatim Zaghloul,
Calgary University, Canada.

 Keynote: The story and future of WiFi

  This keynote will focus on the following points:

        - The story behind its invention and inventors.

     - Some vision into the future and how a WiFi variant could be the basis of 6G.

Prof. Zaghloul's Bio

Dr. Hatim Zaghloul is recognized as a visionary leader in the Canadian hi-tech community. In 1992, Dr. Zaghloul co-founded Wi-LAN Inc., and under his direction, the technology he co-invented with Dr. Michel Fattouche became the heart of many wireless communications standards. Dr. Zaghloul holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University as well as a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Zaghloul has published extensively in technical journals and holds over ten patents. Dr. Zaghloul envisioned in 1991 how WOFDM technology can become the main driver for all wideband wireless communications applications including wireless local area networking, wide area networking and cellular telephony.

Dr. Zaghloul has served as a Director on a variety of Boards, specifically in the high-technology arena including Wi-LAN Inc. ( Cell-Loc Inc (; DTS Inc. (; Imaging Dynamics Corp. (; Wireless Inc. (; QCC Technologies Inc. (, NTG Clarity Networks Inc. (,  Solutrea well as other private entities. Dr. Zaghloul is currently the CEO and Chairman of IPL Media Inc. for Technology.

Dr. Zaghloul co-founded Wi-LAN Inc., Cell-Loc Inc., NTG Clarity, QCC Technologies Inc., Wireless Inc., IPL Media Inc., IPL Media Inc. for Technology, Innovative Products for Life Inc., the Solutrea group of companies.  Dr. Zaghloul has been awarded many awards: Named one of 10 Great Canadians by MacLeans’ Magazine in July 2000; Calgarian of the Year 2000 with Dr. Fattouche by magazine; Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for 2 consecutive years; First Broadband Wireless Hall of Fame inductee; 2000 Pinnacle Award by Fraser Milner law firm. Dr. Zaghloul led Wi-LAN Inc. from its inception in 1993 till 2008.

Invited Speaker 2: Dr. Thea Radüntz,
Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany.

Keynote: A look at the working world of tomorrow’s digital society


Advanced information and communication technology has fundamentally changed the working environment. Complex and highly automated systems impose high demands on employees with respect to cognitive capacity and the ability to cope with inappropriate levels of workload. Although the main goal of automation is to simplify work, employees are complaining more frequently about high mental workload and stress but also about monotonous tasks. The long-term negative consequences of inappropriate workload on employee health constitute a serious problem for a digitalized society. Hence, this keynote will focus on the following points:

- Brief overview of changes in the working environment

- Opportunities and risks in the context of work and health

- Research on mental health and cognitive capacity at the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Berlin

Dr. Radüntz's Bio

 Thea Radüntz studied computer science with a minor in psychology. The emphasis of her education was on biosignal processing and pattern recognition. She holds a Dr. rer. nat. and a master of science degree from the  Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. During her studies she worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Human-Machine Systems (ZMMS) on a project financed by Volkswagen and focussed on biosignal processing for driver fatigue detection.

Following an enriching time employed at the European Commission in Luxembourg, she came back to Berlin to work for an IT consulting company, where she served as project management assistant on a contract with the Bundesdruckerei (Government Printing Office). After working at the Berlin University of Technology on 3D TOF face recognition and the implementation of image processing algorithms on FPGA, she returned to the research field of biosignal processing and neurophysiological research.

Since 2011 she has been working in that field at the department of Mental Health and Cognitive Capacity of the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Berlin.

Invited Speaker 3:   Professor (Dr.) Hongbo Liu

Title: A Hierarchical Model Approaches to Cognitive Computing 

School of Computer Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China


Cognitions are the actions or processes of subjects themselves about internal and external interactions. Starting from the evolutionary tree, cognitions are divided into four hierarchies, with each including two levels. Such eight-level cognitions correspond to different cognitive behaviors, starting from the natural behaviors, and being followed by more complicated ones, namely, instinctive behaviors, swarm behaviors, learning and memory, correlation, language, knowledge, decision making, and finally terminating at innovations and creations. I will present a hierarchical model approaches to cognitive computing by biological mechanisms in the nature. In our model, there exist fourth hierarchies and each hierarchy is mapped to one cognitive level. The first one has only one-order feedback, while the fourth one has four-order feedbacks, where each feedback is linked one after another in the cognitive chain manner. I will also demonstrate our model to perform big data analysis, knowledge extraction, and decision theory, etc. Some future works are also discussed about cognitive computing.

Short Bio: Professor (Dr.) Hongbo Liu is the Director of Institute of Cognitive Intelligence Technology (ICIT). His research interests are in cognitive computing, big data, etc. He participates and organizes actively international conference and workshop and international journals/publications. He received the New Century Excellent Talents Award in 2011.

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