Keynote Speakers

keynote Speaker

Prof. Zakaria Maamar

Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

Internet of Things: The Way Ahead

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is among the latest ICT developments that is making the boundaries between reality and fiction vanish. According to Mark Weiser, “…The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it’’[i]. And according to Gartner[ii], 6.4 billion connected things were in use in 2016, up 3% from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. To sustain this growth, IoT should overcome different obstacles such as diversity of things’ development technologies and communication standards, users’ reluctance and sometimes rejection due to privacy invasion, lack of killer applications that would demonstrate their necessity, lack of an IoT-oriented software engineering discipline, and finally, the passive nature of things. In response to these obstacles, several solutions are put forward and would make things proactive and responsive to the surrounding environment. This means that things can for instance, reach out to peers that expose collaborative attitude, form dynamic communities when necessary things, avoid peers that expose malicious attitude, be accountable for their actions, etc. We already see some encouraging signs of thing empowerment through initiatives like semantic things, Internet of social things, Internet of agents, and agents of things. In this keynote talk, we present our ongoing research agenda revolving around 4 perspectives: Process-of-Things (PoT), thing mutation, thing cognition, and Everything-as-a-Thing (*aaT) abstraction model.

[i] W. Mark, The Computer for the 21st Century, ACM SIGMOBILE Mobile Computing and Communications Review, 3(3), July 1999.


Professor Zakaria Maamar is a Professor in the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His research interests include Internet-of-Things, social computing, and business process management. Zakaria has extensively published in different peer reviewed journals and conferences, regularly serves on the program and organizing committees of several international conferences and workshops, and serves on the editorial boards of many international journals. He is the recipient of an IBM Faculty Award in 2009. Zakaria has a PhD in computer science from Laval University, Quebec City, Canada.

Industrial Speaker

Mr. Andrew Holroyd (CBE)

Execute Chairman, The Jackson Lees  Group, United Kingdom

 Influence of AI on the delivery of legal services, a practitioners view’


Legal service delivery is a diverse and sophisticated service sector industry with a turnover in the UK alone of over £35 billion per annum in 2018. The Legal Service Act 2007 brought in a new regulatory regime opening up the market to non-lawyer ownership and external investment in legal businesses.  The sector has seen the entrance of some technology based disruptors but their influence has been limited thus far. Some external investors have put money into the sector but no revolution has yet occurred.

The talk will look at the ways in which IT solutions have begun to influence the provision of legal services. It will look at developments underway and speculate on how AI might influence the legal services sector in the future. It will consider the limitations of the use of AI and the continued role of the expert lawyer.


Andrew qualified as a Solicitor in 1974 and has gained a wide range of experience in a number of areas of law including Property, Family law, Wills Trusts and Estates and Immigration and Asylum law. He was elected to the Law Society Council in 1996 and between then and 2007 he was Chair of the Training Committee, the Standards Board (its then rule making body) before being elected as President in 2007/8 where he represented the 150000 strong profession around the world. He received an OBE for services to Legal Aid in 2005 and a CBE for services to Administration of Justice in 2009. He has served as a Non-executive Director of many public bodies. He is currently Executive Chair of Jackson Lees a North West England based legal practice and specialises in legal compliance issues.


Invited Speaker


A Machine Learning in Sports Analysis  

Professor Paulo Lisboa

Head of the Engineering and Technology Research Institute



Advances in data capture and cheap computer processing have made the analysis of data ubiquitous in sport and potentially of value for gaining a competitive advantage.   Simple visualization methods readily show player segmentation according to position, from annotated match data. Yet, in-match measurements are made at increasingly fast sampling rates – how much information can be reliably derived from this avalanche of data?

The talk will focus on multivariate analysis to generate actionable insights of potential value to football professionals. For instance, team formation is well known and an obligatory part of match preparation. However, what formation patterns actually arise in actual games?  Unsupervised methods give an answer to this. Alternative approaches are more powerful for gaining predictive insights into the structure of data. Among them conditional independence maps are powerful tools to map correlated data without redundancy. Examples will be given in relation to a key area of current interest, modelling injury risk.

A more complex but still preliminary study involves segmenting periods of possession according to playing style.  Even though this study deals with a fundamental aspect of play, it highlights the need for a more systematic taxonomy of playing styles, which builds on clustering and requires both knowledge discovery from data and interpretation by panels of experts. It also highlights the power that even relatively simple methods can provide for tactical profiling in professional football and, with it, the ability to quantify changing dynamics in football games.


Paulo Lisboa is Full Professor, Head of Department of Applied Mathematics and Head of the Engineering and Technology Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University (UK). His research focus is advanced data analysis for decision support, in particular applications to personalised medicine, public health, sports analytics and digital marketing. Professor Lisboa is former chair of the Horizon2020 Advisory Group for Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing, providing scientific advice to the world’s largest coordinated research programmes in health. He has extensive experience in editorial and peer review roles in journals and research funding bodies worldwide.




P Dr. Hoshang Kolivand

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

A Glimpse of Future Immersive Technologies using Virtual and Augmented Reality  


There is no doubt that Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have the potential to become a fascinating widespread technology not only in computer graphics but also in all other subjects. In about two decades, AR or in general, Mixed Reality (MR) has turned into one of the most attractive topics involved in variety of topics attempting to obtain satisfactory results. Immersive realistic AR systems are the open issue yet. In this speech, I am going to present what I have done so far in realism, robustness and interaction of AR/VR systems and discuss possibility directions toward this enhancement of immersive technologies taking much AR and VR into account. Moreover, interaction between real and virtual objects will be discussed in details.  How to engage our current research with new technology to enhance our current research will be the next part of my speech. At the end, some points will be highlighted to go further with the future needs of wearable devices.


Dr. Hoshang Kolivand is a Senior lecturer in Computer Graphics. He received his MS degree in applied mathematics from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, in 1999, and his PhD from Media and Games Innovation Centre of Excellence (MaGIC-X) in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in 2013. He has completed a Post-Doctoral in Augmented Reality in UTM. Previously he worked as a lecturer in Shahid Beheshti University, Iran and then as a Senior Lecturer in UTM. Currently he is a Senior Lecturer in Liverpool John Moores University. He has published numerous articles in international journals, conference proceedings and technical papers, including chapters in books. He is an active member of many international conferences and journals. He has also published many books in object-oriented programming and mathematics. His research interests include Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Recently he has chaired 5th International Conference on Interactive Digital Media in the UK. He is the general chair of Graphic Design, Animation and Virtual Reality in Japan, June 2019.