Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dusit Niyato

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Speech Title: Business Transformation with Blockchain

AbstractThis talk focuses on the business adoption and transformation based on blockchain technology. First, some important features of blockchain are reviewed. Then, the blockchain business and monetization models will be presented. Examples of businesses that leverage the benefits of blockchain are given. Then, the presentation gives business case studies of blockchain in supply chain and payments in which different design approaches of the systems and blockchain adoptions are described and compared. The recommendations and major considerations of using the blockchain technology are also highlighted.

Bibliography: Dusit Niyato is currently a professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received B.E. from King Mongkuk’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand in 1999 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2008. He has published more than 380 technical papers in the area of wireless and mobile networking, and is an inventor of four US and German patents. He has authored four books including “Game Theory in Wireless and Communication Networks: Theory, Models, and Applications” with Cambridge University Press. He won the Best Young Researcher Award of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Asia Pacific (AP) and The 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award. Currently, he is serving as a senior editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Letter, an area editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (Radio Management and Multiple Access), an area editor of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (Network and Service Management and Green Communication), an editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications, an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He was a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas on Communications. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society for 2016-2017. He was named the 2017 and 2018 highly cited researcher in computer science. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Prof. Zahra Moussavi

Director, Biomedical Engineering Program
Professor & Canada Research Chair
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba

Speech Title: Application of Engineering into Alzheimer’s Disease Management: Diagnosis and non-Medication Treatments

Abstract: Memory and cognitive declines are associated with normal brain aging but are also precursors to dementia, in particular the so called the pandemic of the century, Alzheimer’s disease.  While currently there is no cure or “vaccine” against dementia, based on brain’s plasticity, there are hopes to delay the onset or to slow the progression of disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is multi-facet condition; thus, the key to its management is in a multi-disciplinary approach. In this talk, I will review diagnostic objective methods and non-medication treatments. In particular, I will elaborate on the application and research outcomes of virtual reality for its diagnosis, and three different treatment modalities (rTMS, tACS and cognitive exercises) on Alzheimer’s management.

Bibliography: Zahra Moussavi is a professor, a Canada Research Chair, and the founder and director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at University of Manitoba. Her current research focuses are on medical devices instrumentation and signal analysis for sleep apnea management and Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment using virtual reality, rTMS and EVestG technologies.  She is the recipient of several awards including the “Canada’s Most Powerful Women (Top 100)” and “Manitoba Distinguished Women” in 2014 and IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer, 2014 and 2019. She has published more than 259 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given 94 invited talks/seminars including 2 Tedx Talks and 9 keynote speaker seminars at national and international conferences. Aside from academic work, on her spare time, she writes science articles for public; also has developed and offered memory fitness programs for aging population.