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Keynote Speakers

Prof. Fakhri Karray
IEEE Fellow

University of Waterloo, Canada

Fakhri Karray is the founding co-director of the University of Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute and is the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence in the Department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is also a Professor of Machine Learning and the former Provost at the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), a graduate-level, research-based artificial intelligence (AI) university, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Fakhri’s research interests are in the areas of operational AI, cognitive machines, natural human-machine interaction, and autonomous and intelligent systems. Applications of his research include virtual care systems, cognitive and self-aware machines/robots/vehicles, predictive analytics in supply chain management and intelligent transportation systems. He serves as Associate Editor and member of the editorial board of major publications in smart systems and information fusion.

His most recent textbook in foundational machine learning “Elements of Dimensionality Reduction and Manifold Learning” was published by Springer Nature in February 2023. He was honored in 2021 by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) with the IEEE VTS Best Land Transportation Paper Award for his pioneering work on improving traffic flow prediction with weather Information in connected cars using deep learning and AI. His recent work on federated learning in communication systems earned him and his co-authors the 2022 IEEE Communication Society’s MeditCom Conference Best Paper Award. Fakhri is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE and a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. Fakhri received the Ing. Dip degree in electrical engineering from the School of Engineering of the University of Tunis,Tunisia and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.