Invited Speakers


Prof. Naresh Agarwal
Simmons University, USA

Naresh Agarwal is a Professor and Director of the Information Science & Technology Concentration at the School of Library & Information Science at Simmons University, Boston, Massachusetts. Naresh’s research area is information behavior and knowledge management. His first book ‘Exploring Context in Information Behavior: Seeker, situation, surroundings, and shared identities’ was published by Morgan & Claypool in 2018. His second book was published in 2021 as 'Engineering to Ikigai: 25 Journeys towards Purpose' in South Asia and 'You know the glory, not the story: 25 Journeys towards Ikigai' internationally. He has been a keynote/invited speaker at workshops and conferences in Bangladesh, France, India, Iran, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, and the US. Naresh is the Immediate-Past President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). At ASIS&T, he has held various leadership positions, including co-chairing its Annual Meeting in 2017 and founding the South Asia Chapter. In 2012, he was awarded the ASIS&T James M. Cretsos Leadership Award. You can learn more about Naresh at and

Prof. Kazumasa Oida
Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

Kazumasa Oida received Bachelor of Information Science from the University of Tsukuba in 1983 and Doctor of Informatics from Kyoto University in 2002. He worked for the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation for twenty years, where he engaged in the development of high-performance network systems. He is currently a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan.

Collaborations with researchers around the world are always welcome. His research interests include neural network attack countermeasures, malware analysis, IoT security, blockchain applications, social network analysis, and complex networks. His recent work is at He is currently working with the Fukuoka Prefectural Police for smishing malware analysis, phishing sites detection, and malicious Tor traffic detection.

Assoc. Prof. Hazura Zulzalil
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Hazura Zulzalil received Bachelor of Computer Science in 1995, Master of Science in 1998 and PhD in Software Engineering in 2011 from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Hazura Zulzalil joined UPM as a tutor in 1995 and was appointed as a lecturer in 1998. She was promoted to a senior lecturer in 2008 and currently she is an associate professor at the Department of Software Engineering and Information System. She has successfully supervised and co-supervised 14 PhD students, 4 master by research students and 24 master by coursework students. Her research interests include software requirement engineering, software measurement, software quality and multi-criteria evaluation. To date she has successfully secured 13 research grants as the principal investigator and co-researcher and has published 77 journal and 39 conference articles. Currently, she is appointed as a committee member of the Board of Studies and external examiners for Software Engineering Program in a few higher Malaysian institutions. She is also a committee member of Malaysian Standard for NSC 07/TC 11, member of Malaysian Software Engineering Interest Group (MySEIG) and associate member of the National Council of Professor.

Assoc. Prof. Norjihan Abdul Ghani
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Norjihan is currently an Associate Professor in Department of Information Systems, FCSIT, Universiti Malaya. Her PhD in Computer Science from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2013), and her Master in Information Technology (2000) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and she obtained her Bachelor Degree in Information Technolgy from Universiti Utara Malaysia (2000). Currently, she is the Head of Department for Information Systems since 7 October 2019. Her research interest is in the areas of information security which she focuses more on information privacy, data security and data protection where it has been applied in several domains such as smart transportation, smart health and many more soon. She has interest and welcome any collaborations with other researchers from any universities in the same field domains.

Assoc. Prof. Sabrina Ahmad
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia

Dr. Sabrina Ahmad is an Associate Professor in Software Engineering at the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from The University of Western Australia in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Mark Reynolds and Professor Terry Woodings. Throughout her career, she has experiences as Head of Software Engineering Department, Coordinator for Centre of Excellence (Centre for Advanced Computing Technology), and Deputy Dean (Research & Postgraduate Studies). She endeavours to maintain the bridge between academia and practitioners and therefore, while being an academic, she also applies the knowledge through consultation projects with various industries. She is also a Certified Professional Requirements Engineer, a Certified Tester and a Certified Professional IT Architect.

Asst. Prof. Stefan Nastic
Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Stefan Nastic is an Assistant Professor on a tenure track at TU Wien, Institute of Information Systems Engineering, Distributed Systems Group (DSG). He joined DSG in August 2022 and started the tenure track in November 2022. Since 2021 Stefan is also a co-founding member and a Technical Steering Committee member in Linux Foundation’s Project Centaurus. He is also a founder and Managing Director of IntelliEdge GmbH. Stefan earned a Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) summa cum laude (“mit Auszeichnung”) in 2016 from TU Wien, with a thesis: “Programming, Provisioning, and Governing IoT Cloud Applications”.

During the last decade, Stefan has been involved in a number of large research and commercial projects related to Edge Computing, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things, such as a multi-million Pacific Controls Cloud Computing Lab (PC3L), H2020 U-Test, Urban Europe SMART-FI, and Futurewei Polaris Cloud. The main results of his research have been published in 35+ scholarly publications and 1 book, leading to the h index of 20 as tracked by Google Scholar.

Asst. Prof. Chao Wang
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Chao Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Taiwan Normal University. He is interested in studying cyber-physical systems (CPS), an informed integration between computing system and the environment within which the system operates. Chao received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 2019, and his M.S. in Computer and Communication Engineering in 2010 and B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2009, both from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

Dr. Chuadhry Mujeeb Ahmed
Newcastle University, UK

Chuadhry Mujeeb Ahmed is a Senior Lecturer in computing at the Newcastle University, UK. His research interests are in the security of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), the Internet of Things (IoT), Communication Systems, and Critical Infrastructures. Earleir he served as a lecture in the University of Strathclyde from 2020-2023. Before joining the University of Strathclyde he was a research fellow at the National Satellite of Excellence for Secure Critical Infrastructure in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He was a Presidential Graduate Fellow for the Ph.D. program at the SUTD. Mujeeb has been a visiting fellow at the EECS department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His work has been awarded the best paper award at ACM CPSS 2020, and the best research project SoilBuild award at FIRST 2020 and Kulicke and Soffa award 2018. Mujeeb has been a delegate at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF 2019). Mujeeb has been PC chair of the CYBERSECURITY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING AND SMART GRID RESOURCES (SECEVC2022) in conjunction with IEEE SmartGridComm, PC chair of the 2nd and 3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Internet-of-Things Security (AIoTS2020/2021) in conjunction with ACNS. Mujeeb has delivered invited talks at 7th International Conference on Networks, Communications, Wireless and Mobile Computing (NCWMC 2022) in London and at the Workshop on Data Mining and Machine Learning Applied to Cyber Physical Systems in Singapore.

Dr. Lars Nagel
Loughborough University, UK

Lars Nagel received his Diploma in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich in Germany in 2006 before he worked as a software developer for Siemens and Trium Analysis Online in Munich. In 2011 he received his PhD from Durham University, UK, where he studied randomised load balancing processes. At Paderborn University and Mainz University in Germany he continued these studies and developed algorithms for distributed systems and storage systems as a postdoctoral researcher. Since 2017 he is a lecturer at Loughborough University, UK. His main research areas are the development and analysis of algorithms for distributed systems, networks and storage systems.

Dr. S. M. Emdad Hossain
University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman

Dr. S.M. Emdad Hossain, Assistant Professor and the Head of the Department of Information Systems, University of Nizwa, Oman. He has received his PhD degree in Information Science and Engineering from University of Canberra, Australia, followed by Post-Doc from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA. He has diverse educational and teaching experience from a number of countries around the world. He is in the technical review committees and regular reviewer for several IEEE, Elsevier, ISI, and IET journals/conferences. His research interest includes multi-modal systems, computer vision, pattern recognition, data mining, medical image computing and mobile banking. He is holding a long-list of fully refereed Journal/Conference/Book Chapter publications with TWO (2) Intellectual PATENTS in pattern recognition and mobile banking. He established one of largest biometric gait-database named “UCMG-Database” which is open for world research community. However, he is highly interested in seeking wide and interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research.

Speech Title: Security of Biometric-based Security Systems
Biometric security systems are well established and advanced-technological solutions. Those solutions are; no-longer in question-mark in terms of applicability and viability. Government to private, small to medium, tech-based to non-tech based; almost all organizations are noble clients of biometric based security systems. Robustness in authentication are in place. Similarly, comfortability of both client and users are in an excellent stage. Therefore, the systems are in practice without hesitation. However, sensitivity of input of these kind of systems are very high. It is because of personal (physical or behavioral trait) information which is the key of a distinct system. In case of minimal data leakage; might cause huge impact of an individual’s life, sometime it can be life threatening too. Hence, security issues of biometric based security systems will be presented along with potential mitigation approaches. Furthermore, experimental results and effectiveness of a number of securing tools will be in focus.

Dr. Saminda Premaratne
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Samidna Premaratne is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa. He obtained his PhD in Informatics from Malaysia University of Science and Technology, Malaysia, and achieved an M.Phil from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He received his B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from American University of Asia. Throughout his career, he has completed his tenure as the Head of the Department of Information Technology, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and a coordinator for the postgraduate programs. He has successfully supervised more than 55 postgraduate students till 2022. His research interests are Multimedia systems, Data mining, and Multimedia Information Retrieval. He has published several research papers in international journals and conferences. Various organizations awarded him several national and international awards during the last five years. Throughout the last twelve years, he was involved in several consultancy projects by applying his knowledge to practice. He is interested in interdisciplinary collaborations with other researchers and universities in similar research areas and teaching.