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8th SCS - 2024 SYMPOSIUM

8th SCS-2023 - 1-3 December 2024
Symposium Keynote Speakers and Details



Symposium President Opening Ceremony Speech

09:00 am, 1st of December 2024, 

Zain - E-learning Center 

University of Bahrain - Sukhair - Kingdom of Bahrain


Opening Speech by His Excellency

H.E. Dr. Fuad Mohammed Al-Ansari.  

University of Bahrain President

Honoring Symposium Patron and  Symposium General Chair


His Excellency Speech will be posted

December 1, 2024, 09:00+03 - 09:10+03













Keynote Talk



Enhancement of the Smart City concept through a low-cost-on-the-Road-Unit for Traffic Management



Dr. Fotis Giannopoulos
Prisma Electronics S.A.
HQ-Factory: 87 Demokratias Ave,
68 100, Alexandroupolis,



The advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution has completely changed the landscape of many scientific disciplines. An extension of the Industry 4.0 revolution concerns the Internet of Vehicles, integrating interconnected vehicles in a network exchanging information, rapidly enhancing efficient transportation and the passengers' and pedestrians' safety. Ιn the context of the ODOS2020 project, a sensing networking architecture is presented to conduct vehicular detection based on MEMS magnetometers, as well as allowing predictive maintenance of the infrastructure, contributing to the increase of road safety. The integrated solution is intended to be of low cost and cover all types of vehicles. The focal point of the current work is on evaluating the prototype On-the-Road Unit laid on the road for detecting bypassing vehicles and measuring their speed and movement direction by employing low-cost magnetic sensor modules. The developed system is able to detect vehicle movement, alongside its direction and speed using a single device acquiring data from a number of low-cost sensors. The developed system has been evaluated in controlled and real environments.

About Dr. Fotis Giannopoulos

Dr. Fotis Giannopoulos received his diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He has a PhD degree in Signal Processing and Pattern Recognition from the National Technical University of Athens. He is experienced in designing, simulating and testing analog and digital circuits. He is also experienced in designing Internet of Things (IoT) applications and products. He is currently a member of the R&D department of Prisma Electronics.


Keynote Talk



Smart Cities in Small Island Nations: Paving the Way to Green Small Island Developing States


Dr. Abdel Khoodaruth

Professor Sir Edouard Lim Fat Engineering Tower
University of Mauritius




Given the current state of urbanization in many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that places severe stress on their city infrastructure, the government’s ambitious plan to come up with a series of smart cities augurs an era of urban development characterized by environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Rather than copying successful western smart city models which are not necessarily applicable to the SIDS context, the local authorities need to focus on an approach that addresses the pressing issues specific to their urban regions. In a nutshell, the core guiding principles for this endeavour should be the application of innovative ICT to improve the overall performance and efficiency of infrastructure and processes, particularly the electricity grid, the water distribution system, transportation, public services, and waste management. Above all, a human-centred strategy must underpin all these efforts to promote safer and better standards of living for all citizens. Sustainability criteria should be included in evidence-based decision-making. The population should be involved through a participative democratic process right from the beginning. Politicians have to engage key stakeholders and not leave a few interest groups with the power to decide for others. Economic growth in terms of GDP should not be the only parameter of success. Good governance based on clear ethical principles is needed. Everything should be done to avoid radical policy changes as a result of political instability. In other words, Smart Cities in SIDS will not become a reality unless there is a departure from the ongoing business-as-usual approach.


About Dr. Abdel Khoodaruth


Abdel Khoodaruth holds a PhD in Energy Engineering. He has been actively involved in a number of projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings in Mauritius. In particular, these projects identified, formulated and evaluated energy saving opportunities in these buildings. Moreover, Abdel has conducted several research projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The outcomes of these projects have been published in international IEEE conferences and recognized impact factor scientific journals. He is presently working as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Mauritius and is also  the Chairman of the Mauritius Accreditation Service (MAURITAS).


Keynote Talk



Re-Imaging Smart Cities Search Applications  with LLMs


Lakshmanan Sethu Sankaranarayanan

TAM - GenAI/AI & ML Solutions
Google USA, California




The ever-expanding landscape of smart cities presents a challenge: efficiently navigating the vast amount of data and resources available to citizens. Traditional search applications often struggle to keep pace with the dynamic nature of these environments. This talk explores how Large Language Models (LLMs) can revolutionize smart city search, offering a more intuitive and comprehensive user experience. We begin by outlining the limitations of current search functionalities in smart cities. Siloed data and keyword-based search make it difficult for citizens to find the information they need, hindering engagement and overall user satisfaction. Next, we introduce the transformative potential of LLMs. By ingesting and understanding vast amounts of unstructured data, LLMs can provide a more nuanced and context-aware search experience. Imagine a resident asking, "What's the fastest way to get to the public library considering current traffic conditions and nearby bike-sharing availability?" An LLM-powered search engine could not only understand the natural language query but also synthesize data from transportation departments, bike-sharing services, and real-time traffic feeds to deliver an optimal answer. The talk will delve into the specific applications of LLMs in smart city search. We'll explore how LLMs can personalize search results based on user preferences and past interactions, fostering a more user-centric experience. We'll also discuss the potential for LLMs to anticipate user needs and proactively surface relevant information, promoting proactive citizenry and engagement with city services. In conclusion, this talk presents a compelling vision for the future of smart city search, powered by the transformative capabilities of Large Language Models. By harnessing the power of LLMs, we can empower citizens to navigate their smart cities with greater ease and efficiency, ultimately fostering a more connected and thriving urban environment.


About Lakshmanan Sethu Sankaranarayanan


Lakshmanan  is an award winning Technical Account Manager  for Google Cloud in North America where he works with enterprise customers to help them innovate on AI/ML Solutions. He has delivered five + Keynote speeches for IEEE international conferences in 2023 & 2024 across the globe and reviewed 110+ IEEE Research papers and springer journals . He is currently focusing on Generative AI/ML & Data Solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the technology industry. He has a passion to transform enterprise organizations with Google Cloud. Prior to Google, He had helped fortune 500 companies to migrate to cloud across North America & Asia & UK regions. Lakshmanan's influence in AI extends to his contributions as a member of the Technical Advisory Board for AI/ML solutions at Packt and as a Technical Editor for AI publications. He is also serving on the Advisory Board for both the University of Colorado and the University of California, Irvine.

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Keynote Talk



Securing the Visual Landscape: Image Cryptography Solutions for Smart Cities


Dr. Renjith V Ravi

FIETE, C.Eng (IE) Associate Professor
Head of Department Electronics and Communication Engineering
M.E.A Engineering College
Vengoor, Pattikkad PO, Malappuram



It is very important to ensure the security of visual data which has become an integral part of smart cities. Images and videos collected through various sensors and cameras are critical for the smooth functioning of smart cities, such as security monitoring, traffic management, etc. However, this visual data may be vulnerable to unauthorized access, misuse and alteration. The science of image cryptography offers effective solutions to ensure the privacy and integrity of images and videos. This keynote speech explores the importance of image cryptography for securing visual data in smart cities. It discusses the benefits that can be achieved through image cryptography such as privacy protection, security against unauthorized exploitation, and assurance of data integrity. In addition, the lecture will present advanced image cryptography techniques that meet the specific needs of smart cities.

About Dr. Renjith V Ravi


Dr Renjith V Ravi is presently employed as Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and Institute level Coordinator of the Post Graduate Programmes at MEA Engineering College, Kerala, India. He possesses B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering in, M.E. degree in Embedded System Technology and Ph.D. in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is a member of the panel of academic auditors of APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, Kerala and had conducted external academic auditing in various affiliated institutions under the same University. He had published several research articles in SCIE and Scopus indexed journals, Edited books and international conferences inside and outside the country. He is an academy graduate and academy mentor in Web of Science and a certified peer reviewer from Elsevier Academy. He has been serving as a reviewer for various SCIE and Scopus indexed journals from IEEE, ACM, Springer, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, IET, Inderscience, World Scientific, IOS Press De-Gruyter and IGI Global and completed more than 700 peer reviews in Web of Science. He has been published five edited books and currently editing one edited book from renowned international publishers. He got granted one patent, one industrial design and two copyrights. He had been awarded several outstanding achievement and outstanding service awards, and several best paper awards from international Conferences. He is a Fellow of IETE and member of IE, ISTE, CRSI, IACSIT, IAENG, SDIWC and senior member of SCIEI and SAISE and a chartered engineer certified by the Institution of Engineers (India). He has been served as the Program Committee member, Session Chair as well as reviewer of several National and International conferences conducted in India and abroad. His research areas include Image Cryptography, Image Processing, Machine Learning, Internet of Things Etc. He is currently focusing his research in the area of secure image communication using image cryptography.

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