Tuesday, September 22 / 2020

Mohamed Essaaidi

Prof. Dr. IEEE Senior Member
Director of ENSIAS College of Engineering
Founder of the IEEE Morocco Section
Ex Chairman of IEEE Morocco Section
Mohammed V University of Rabat

Title: Smart Cities Technologies, Opportunities and Challenges

Abstract: Many cities around the world are currently transitioning towards Smart Cities to attain several key objectives such as a low carbon environment, high quality of living, and resource efficient economy. Urban performance depends not only on the city's endowment of hard infrastructure, but also on the availability and quality of knowledge communication and social infrastructure. There is a growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), social and environmental capital in profiling the competitiveness of cities. Information and communication technologies play a critical role in building smart cities and supporting comprehensive urban information systems. This brings together citizens and integrates technologies and services such as transportation, broadband communications, buildings, healthcare, and other utilities. Advanced communication and computing techniques can facilitate a participatory approach for achieving integrated solutions and creating novel applications to improve urban life and build a sustainable society.

Extensive research is taking place on a wide range of enabling information and communication technologies, including cloud, network infrastructure, wireless and sensing technologies, mobile crowdsourcing, social networking, and big data analytics.

The main purpose of this keynote talk is to present an overview about Smart Cities technologies, applications, opportunities and research challenges.

Short Biography

Mohamed Essaaidi, Prof. Dr. IEEE Senior Member, received the “Licence de Physique” degree, the “Doctorat de Troisième Cycle” degree and the “Doctorat d’Etat” degree in Electrical Engineering and with honors, respectively, in 1988, 1992 and 1997 from Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetuan, Morocco. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering in Abdelmalek Essaadi University since 1993.

He is the founder and the current Chair of the IEEE Morocco Section since November 2004. He is the founder and the General Chair of Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (MMS) since the year 2000, the co-founder and the General Chair of Information and Communication technologies International Symposium (ICTIS) since 2005, and NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Information Security Assurance Co-director, Tetuan, June 3-6, 2005. He is the Chairmen of the Scientific Committees of SETIT’07, SETIT’09 (Tunisia) and e-MEDISYS’07 (Morocco) and e-MEDISYS’09 (Tunisia) as well. He was also a member of the Organizing and the Scientific Committees of several international symposia and conferences dealing with topics related with RF, microwaves and Information and Communication technologies and their applications. Furthermore, he is a referee of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Advanced Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal, European Microwave Association Proceedings, Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute Journal.

Professor Essaaidi is a member of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, IEEE Communications Society and European Microwave Association. His biography was listed in Who’s Who in The World in 1999. He is also the co-founder and the current coordinator of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) RD&I network on Electrotechology. His research interests focus mainly on RF and microwave passive and active circuits and antennas for wireless communications and medical systems.

He was the editor of the MS2000 Proceedings, the co-editor of the MMS’2002, ICTIS’05 and ICTIS’07 Proceedings and MMS’2006 special issue of the European Microwave Association Proceedings. He is the author and co-author of more than 80 papers which appeared in refereed specialized journals and symposia. He was the co-editor of the book “Information Assurance and Computer Security”, IOS Press, 2007. He was also the co-editor of the book "New Trends in Biomedical Engineering", AEU Publications, 2004 and the author of 3 book chapters. He was a Guest-Editor of special issues of European Microwave Journal (2007), International Journal Of Computer Science Applications (2007,2008) and International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems (2008). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Information and Communication Technologies (Serials Publications, India) since November 2007.

Prof. Essaaidi holds four patents on antennas for very high data rate UWB and multiband wireless communication networks (OMPIC 2006, 2007, 2008). He has also co-organized several competitions aiming at fostering research, development innovation in Morocco and in the Arab World (Moroccan Engineers Week 2006, 2007 and “Made in Morocco” and ASTF “Made in Arabia” Competitions in 2007 and 2009).

Moreover, he has supervised several Ph D and Masters Theses and has been the principal investigator and the project manager for several research projects dealing with different research topics concerned with his research interests mentioned above.

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