Eng. Mohammed S. Elbasheir

Title: Role of Mobile Network coverage in e-Service

Mobile wireless networks are the fastest-growing technology compared to other communication solutions. The widespread use of smart devices and the introduction of 4G and 5G networks enable great facilities for service providers, public organizations, health care bodies, educational institutions, financial systems, governmental authorities, and customers to perform successful and massive e-services. Mobile network coverage plays a major role in providing easy and quick access to perform e-services and run businesses. Developing countries face challenges in deploying modern mobile networks that provide quality coverage and sufficient capacities.


(IEEE Senior Member, SUST University, Etihad Etisalat Co.)

Has received the B.Sc. and ‎the M.Sc. ‎degrees in Communication Engineering from ‎the University of Khartoum, ‎Sudan. From 1998 to ‎‎2005 he worked as a planning and ‎optimization engineer ‎at Etisalat Corporation in UAE. Since 2006 till ‎currently, ‎he is working as Senior Director for mobile ‎network planning and design in Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) in KSA, his major role is planning and deploying modern mobile technologies such as 4G, 5G, and IoT. He is currently pursuing a ‎Ph.D. degree in wireless communication at the School of Electronic ‎Engineering, Sudan University of Science & ‎Technology‎, and he has published a group of research articles and papers in IEEE.

Dr. Bharat S Chaudhari

Title: Low-power wide-area network technologies in developing countries


Bharat S. Chaudhari received the BE in Industrial Electronics from Amravati University in 1989 and then ME in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and PhD in Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 1993 and 2000, respectively. After being a Full Professor in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering with the Pune Institute of Computer Technology, and the Dean and Principal of the International Institute of Information Technology, Pune, he joined MIT World Peace University (then MIT Pune) Pune, as a Professor, in 2014. Currently, he is serving as Dean – Academics and Head of the School of Electrical Engineering. With 32 years of experience in teaching and research, he has authored more than 98 research papers in the field of wireless, telecom, and optical networks and edited several conference proceedings, and authored three books. His research interests include low-power wide-area networks, Internet of Things, wireless sensors networks, and Si-Photonics.

Dr. Chaudhari has successfully executed several research projects and accomplished international research collaborations. He has delivered technical talks at various conferences and platforms in different countries. Dr. Chaudhari is a recipient of 2020 IETE N V Gadadhar Memorial Award for outstanding contribution in fostering research and education, the MAEER Pune’s Ideal Teacher Award 2015, and the Young Scientist Research Grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, in 2003.

Dr. Chaudhari has also been awarded as Visiting Scientist (Simons Associate) of the ICTP, Trieste, Italy (Tier I Research organization of UNESCO and established by the Nobel Laureate Dr. Abdus Salam) from 2015. He is associated with ICTP since 2005.

Dr. Chaudhari is a fellow of the IETE and IE (I), the Founder Chair of IEEE Pune Section (R-10), and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is the Program Evaluator of Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, United States, for accreditation of computer, communications, and similar engineering programs. So far, he has been part of ABET Teams for onsite accreditation at the several US and other foreign Universities. He has also undertaken more than 25 NAAC accreditation peer team visits to various colleges and Universities in India.

Dr. Hisham Ahmed

Title: ICT-Enabled FinTech Innovation: A Catalyst for Inclusive Growth in Developing Countries

Information and communication technology (ICT) plays vital and indispensable role in powering up innovation and enabling the advances of financial technology (FinTech). Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud, and internet of things (IoT) are shifting the landscape of FinTech and enabling unprecedented innovation. Consequently, e-Money, Mobile Money, Digital Currency, decentralized finance (DeFi), and Cryptocurrency, to name a few, emerged as new FinTech products and services. Undoubtedly, Technology-enabled FinTech accelerates financial inclusion, access to financial services to financially underserved communities, and fosters sustainable growth and development, and helps in eradicating poverty. This speech focuses on harnessing ICT resources and Fintech innovation to ignite the progress of UN SDGs for the good of the bottom billion.


Hisham Ahmed is a business executive, accredited consultant engineer, and assistant professor with extensive experience in the fields of digital systems, information technology (IT), financial technology (FinTech), and digital transformation.

Currently, in addition to his academic position, he is the CEO of Maestros Co. Ltd a company that it is established with the vision to make Africa a digitally inclusive place through translating concepts and methodologies to create innovative ICT solutions.

As a team player with an eye for details with strong creative and analytical skills, he worked in a number of institutions and companies in Sudan and Malaysia in designing integrated electronic systems, information technology, and project management.

Hisham is an active member of several digital transformation committees in the public sector to set the regulatory frameworks and laws. Furthermore, he gives consultancy and training to public sector organizations and private companies and institutions.

He holds BEng., MSc., and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
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Dr. Amitava Mukherjee

Title: 5G IoT Implementation and Management — From the Edge to the Cloud in Industry 4.0

Research advances in the last decades have allowed the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) concepts in several ndustrial application scenarios, leading to the so-called Industry  4.0 or Industrial IoT (IIoT). The Industry 4.0 has the ambition to revolutionize industry management and business processes,  enhancing the productivity of manufacturing technologies through field data collection and analysis, thus creating real-time digital twins of industrial scenarios.  Moreover, it is vital for companies to be as “smart” as possible and to adapt to the varying nature of the digital supply chains. This is possible by leveraging IoT in Industry 4.0 scenarios.

When looking only at distinctive use cases for Industry 4.0, manufacturing will drive the most demand for B2B 5G IoT units from 2021 through 2030. At that point, manufacturing will account for over half of all 5G sales for distinctive use cases. For all years from 2021 through 2030, 5G IoT demand will be more moderate for other distinctive use cases within Industry 4.0, including those related to construction and mining, supply chain, and agriculture.

This talk will describe some of the most compelling distinctive use cases within industrial manufacturing relate to the following innovations and technologies.

1. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs): At factories, AGVs now rely on sensors to assist with navigation and collision control. AGVs’ movement are implemented and managed with a directed control by a combination of software and sensor-based guidance system. Because they move on a predictable path with precisely controlled acceleration and deceleration, and include automatic obstacle detection bumpers, AGVs provide safe movement of loads. The next generation of AGVs will use advanced analytics  and machine learning to make decisions of predictable paths. And these predictable paths’ information will generally be stored in cloud server.

2. Augmented reality (AR): Users can use AR glasses that display instructions in their visual field to guide the workflow in various tasks, such as quality inspections, complex assembly line of manufacturing process, maintenance work, etc. To implement AR applications in  Industry 4.0, the concept of spatial computing is executed to manage superimposing different virtual  layers. The required data generated can be stored, for example, in an AR cloud or in an edge server. Thus,  the visual representation can be connected with real-time data from sensors, production or maintenance or quality inspection key figures or information from other IoT objects. Here, 5G is an enabler, since AR  glasses must process data in real time to provide a seamless and responsive experience.

3. Real-time process control: Companies can capture significant value by using advanced analytics applications to optimize and adjust process parameters in real time. The core of real-time process control in industry 4.0 is cyber-physical system (CPS). To implement CPS, it can be a device, a piece of equipment or a production line. They contain sensors to monitor the conditions around them. This information is passed down the line, and the machines are able to self-optimise by adapting their performance to the specific job and operating conditions. This stream of data will be stored in edge storage devices connected to CPS or in CPS Cloud. All of this naturally requires access to a constant stream of real-time data. With its wireless, reliable, and low-latency communication, 5G enables this capability.

4. 3-D bin picking: At most factories, machines pick parts from bins by taking items from a fixed location. In Industry 4.0, 3D bin picking system can use a variety of 3D imaging techniques to recognize and determine the position of objects randomly piled up in a container and directly interface with a variety of robots. It uses AI–based vision to allow the robot to move without colliding with its surroundings, the container or the pieces to be extracted. So, with 5G IoT, robots will be able to use sophisticated vision systems to locate parts, regardless of their location.


Dr. Amitava Mukherjee has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University Kolkata, India. Dr. Mukherjee is a Professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Amrita  Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University), Amritapuri, Kerala, India from Feb, 2022. Dr. Mukherjee is a Courtesy Adjunct Professor at College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany, NY since Aug, 2021.

As a Senior Manager of IBM India and Principal Consultant of PwC India over 22 years until 2017 he has extensive experience in realizing computational solutions to interdisciplinary fields of engineering, telecommunications, and biomedicine as well as global strategy implementation.  Academically, Dr. Mukherjee has served as Dean at the School of Engineering and Technology and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Adamas University, Barasat, Kolkata, India, as well as visiting Professor on sabbatical at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He has designed and taught courses for undergraduates and graduates in cutting-edge areas of technology, including Theory of AI; Advanced Graph Theory and Cloud Computing. His recent contributions in research include the areas of Neural nano communication networks and systems, Application of AI/ML in bio-engineering, Compressive Sampling in wireless healthcare, information-centric networking (ICN), 5G wireless networks and IoT, Complex network and Core communication networks. Dr. Mukherjee’s research collaborations have included numerous research abs/institutes across continents: Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic institute, USA; Intel USA; Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Jadavpur University; Northeastern University, USA; Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany; Alberta university, Canada. His teaching and research accomplishments during his corporate and academic career are reflected in the success of his students. In research, undergraduate students under his mentorship have received prestigious fellowships including Ross and Bilsland USA; and S.N. Bose, India; DAAD,  Germany. Dr. Mukherjee has been serving as a member of the Technical Program Committee for international conferences such as the International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC),  LOBECOM, and Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (WPMC). He is a journal reviewer for a number of IEEE  transactions journals, including Networks (TON), Mobile Computing (TMC), and Wireless communications (TWC). Dr. Mukherjee is currently serving on the IEEE Standard 1913 Working Group on software-Defined Quantum Communication (SDQC). He has also served as an active member of 1906.1  EEE Standard 1906.1 and 1906.1.1 Working Groups on Nanoscale Communications. Dr. Mukherjee has 188  publications including papers, patents, book chapters and books.