Prof. Dr. Riadh Al-Mahaidi
Professor of Structural Engineeing; Vice President (International Engagement); Director, Smart Structures Laboratory
Dr Riadh Al-Mahaidi is a Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology. He also holds the position Vice President (International Engagement) at Swinburne. Prior to joining Swinburne in January 2010, he was the Head of the Structures Group at Monash University. Over the past 20 years, he focused his research and practice on life time integrity of bridges, particularly in the area of structural strength assessment and retrofitting using advanced composite materials.
He currently leads a number of research projects on strengthening of bridges using fibre reinforced polymers combined cement-based bonding agents, fatigue life improvement of metallic structures using advanced composite systems and shape memory alloys. He recently started some projects on hybrid testing of structures. He received a BSc (Hon 1) degree in civil engineering from the University of Baghdad and MSc and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University in the United States.
To date, Riadh published over 185 journal and 235 conference papers and authored/edited 10 books and conference proceedings. He was awarded the 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Internationalization Award, the RW Chapman Medals in 2005 and 2010 for best journal publication in Engineers Australia Structural Journal, best paper awards at ACUN-4 (2002) and ACUN-6 (2012) Composites conferences. Prof Al-Mahaidi and his research group won the 2016 Engineers Australia Excellence Award for Innovation, Research and Development (High Commendation) for the Multi-Axis Substructure Testing (MAST) System they built at Swinburne. He was recently awarded the 2017 WH Warren Medal by Board of the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia.
Prof. Dr. Sabah A. Jassim
Professor of Mathematics and Computation, Applied Computing Department University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK
I am a pure mathematician by training but have a strong interest in computing research that are intensively reliant on mathematical techniques and structures. My original interest was in Group theory and Riemann surfaces influenced to varying degrees my different computational research activities. My research profile covers a wide range of mathematics and computation areas of Computational Geometry; Graph and group algorithms; classification of Riemann surfaces and Riemannian manifolds; Biometrics authentications and crypto-systems; Security of multimedia objects; Dimension reduction and Compressive sensing; Dynamic cryptography; Bioinformatics; Visual speech and word recognition. My recent research investigations are focused on developing smart machine learning algorithms that exploit topological features (persistent homology). These algorithms are currently applied for biomedical image analysis and intelligent diagnostics, as well as for digital Forensics. I published over 120 papers, in refereed journals and conferences, on the work done above research areas. I also contributed 5 book chapters, and edited the proceedings of an annual international SPIE conference held in the USA since 2007. I have successfully supervised 21 PhD and 8 MSc theses in areas of Mathematics and Computation. Currently I am supervising 10 PhD students at different stages of their program.
I act as External examiner of PhD thesis at various UK and EU universities, and review publications for international journal and conferences. I participated in EU funded FP6 projects, e.g. the SecurePhone and the BROADWAN projects.
I am contributing to supervision of Innovate-UK funded Knowledge Transfer Projects (KTP) with industry.
Prof. Dr. Bayan Salim Al-Nu’man
Civil Engineering Dept., Tishk International University
Bayan Salim Obaid Al-Nu'man is a professor of civil engineering in Tishk International University since 2009. He received his PhD in structural engineering from Mustansiriya University/ Baghdad in 1996. He had started academic service in Iraqi universities since 1992, and received professorship in structural engineering in 2007.
Professor Bayan had supervised dozens of MSc and PhD students in various Iraqi universities. He is a co-author of a textbook "Corrosion Chemistry" Wiley Ed. Dec.2011, and an author of numerous published papers. Main fields of research are long term behavior of concrete structures, Durability of structures, behavior of synthetic and natural fiber reinforced concrete members, strengthening methods, ultra high strength concrete members and sustainability in construction.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Öztaş
Head of IRO, Tishk International University
Ahmet Öztaş is the Director of International Relation Office of Tishk International university in Erbil. He was the President of Tishk International University from september 2012 to June 2017, prior to which he was the Dean of Engineering and Architecture Faculty at Epoka University in Tirana, Albania.
Ahmet’s background is in Mathematics and Civil Engineering. He graduated first from the Mathematics department of İnönü University in Malatya, Turkey and then from Civil Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has a MSc. in Construction Management from Istanbul University and obtained his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in Manchester, U.K. His PhD title was “The Mitigation of the Effects of Delays in Construction Projects – A Knowledge Based System Approach”.
He joined the Civil Engineering department at Gaziantep University in Gaziantep, Turkey as a Research Assistant and received a PhD. scholarship from the Turkish Higher Education Council (YOK). While he was lecturing in the Civil Engineering department, he was involved in administrative duties as well. He became the Director of the Kilis Vocational High School of Gaziantep University from 1999 to 2004. Apart from academic works, he was involved in implementing “Quality Assurance System (QAS)” in the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) plants as Concrete Quality Chief Inspector in the southeastern region of Turkey while working at the Turkish Ready-Mixed Concrete Association for 12 years. During this period he supervised 25 RMC plants in 9 cities to establish the QAS.
He was involved in a number of national and international projects as a researcher and project leader. Apart from other projects, he has also worked on the EUROCODE project as a visiting fellow researcher at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EU) in Italy from April 2006 to October 2007. Another research project involved as project leader is “Predicting the Compressive Strength and Slump of High Performance Concrete using Artificial Neural Networks”, TÜBİTAK.
He has published more than 50 journal and conference papers and supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students in Gaziantep and Epoka Universities. Prof. Öztaş has been a member of the GEDC since 2010.
Asst. Prof. Qubad Zeki Henari
Head of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Department, Tishk International University
Lecturing Engineering Surveying and Photogrammetry for under and post graduate students at Engineering College, and supervising two Master thesis, in addition of eight papers at University of Salahaddin-Erbil.
In the field of Surveying and Photogrammetry extends for a long period with different companies and organizations.
Dr. Saman M. Abdullah
Head of Higher Education and Scientific Affair Unit, Koya University
Dr. Saman Mirza Abdullah received a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Salahaddin University, Erbil – Iraq. He obtained his MSc in Computer Security (Intrusion Detection System) from Software Engineering Department, Koya University, Iraq.
He achieved his Ph.D. on 2013 in Compute Security (PE Malware Classification Models) in Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Malaysia. Currently, he is lecturer at Software Engineering department, Koya University. He is member in many National and International computer science society (IEEE society) and reviewer in many international academic journal (IAJIT).
Asst. Prof. Dr. Tara Ibrahim Ali Yahiya
Computer Science and Engineering Dept., University of Kurdistan Hewler
Tara Yahiya is an assistant professor in the University of Kurdistan-Hewler. She holds an HDR (Habilitation a diriger des recherches) which is a qualification for obtaining full professorship from the University of Paris
Sud 11 (France), a PhD in mobile and wireless networks from the University of Paris 6 (Pierre & Marie Curie) and a MSc from the University of Marne-La-Vallee (Paris Est) and a BSc in computer science from the University of Mosul.
After completing her PhD, she carried out her post-doctoral research in the domain of telecommunication in Telecom Sud Paris (School of Engineering) and then she worked as associate professor in the University of Paris Sud 11 for six years before joining the University of Kurdistan. Her main research interests include 4G, 5G, Quality of Service, interference management, Heterogeneous networks, cloud computing, software defined networks and IoT.
Mr. Dler Mawlod
Director, CISCO ASC/ITC
Director, CISCO ASC/ITC with over seven years of experience, specializing in direct and coordinate College activities with member academies. Responsibilities include establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with educational institutions designated as members of the Cisco Academy Support Center; providing services as described within the membership agreements; serving as a liaison with educational institutions, industries, and governmental agencies to support and promote training seminars.
The purpose of this cooperation is to increase the access to education and career opportunities as well as to provide the adequate number of qualified experts.