Researchers Share Innovative Concepts at HCT’s International Conference on Information Technology Trends (ITT 2017)

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In partnership with IEEE, the HCT’s Computer Information Science (CIS) Faculty organized the 4th IT research conference – the 2017 International Conference on Information Technology Trends (ITT) – on 25th and 26th of October, 2017 at the Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW).

The conference provided a great opportunity for the participants to increase their knowledge and broaden their horizons about the latest in Information Technology through presentations, discussion and hands-on-sessions.

More than 18 researchers from across the globe shared their research findings in the areas of learning and smart devices. More than 250 faculty and students from HCT, as well as participants from overseas and the UAE, attended the conference.

The aim of the conference was to foster IT research through leadership that provides pragmatic solutions to global and community needs.  The conference hosted 2 keynote speakers – Prof. Dr. Fatos Xhafa from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, and Prof. Dr. Adnan Yazici from the Department of Computer Engineering Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

Dr. Fatos Xhafa discussed the current and new trends and challenges arising in designing and building Smart Learning Systems from Big Data Processing and Mining. He concluded his remarks with some lessons learned and challenges faced ahead in the research and development of New Generation of Smart Learning Systems.

Dr. Adnan Yazici’s talk was about Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks for Smart City Solutions. His research focused on developing a cost-effective and feasible solution by achieving higher accuracy in detecting objects and events for safety and security of people in cities as a smart city solution.

Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, Director of HCT Al Ain Women’s Campus said: “The Al Ain Women’s family was really excited to welcome all delegates, speakers and presenters for the two days of knowledge sharing and networking. It is very appropriate that the Higher Colleges of Technology, a forerunner in embedding technology in its curricula, is hosting this vital opportunity for educators, students, industry stakeholders and experts to explore the latest trends and innovations in Information Technology, and particularly how they apply to higher education.”

“The conference has provided a fantastic opportunity to hear from and meet with leading international and UAE-based experts, covering a diverse range of topics including Smart Learning, Big Data, Smart Cities, Mobile Learning, and the Internet of Things. The historic oasis city of Al Ain is the beautiful backdrop for this conference, where we saw industry-relevant and cutting-edge ideas and concepts spring to life for the betterment of us all,” Mrs. Hamsa added.

Dr. Hamad Odhabi, HCT Executive Dean of the CISAM Faculties, said: “Due to globalization and digitalization, industries are increasingly dependent on Information Technology to bring them innovative ways of competing in the global market. The conference has given rise to much collaboration between HCT-CIS and various regional and international research based institutions which will bring the UAE to the forefront of IT research.”

Dr. Nasser Nassiri, Associate Executive Dean at CIS Faculty said: “Embedding IT with organizational business processes is no longer merely an option, but a necessity. To this effect, I see academics such as CIS faculty taking a leading role in the sharing and dissemination of knowledge regarding new trends in IT.”

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