Keynote Speaker information of ICSIS 2015 is as below:

Prof. Dr. Houssain Kettani
Fort Hays State University, USA

Title of Speech: The United States' Challenges in Science and Engineering Education

Bio: Dr. Houssain Kettani received the Bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, North Cyprus, in 1998, and Master’s and doctorate degrees both in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He joined as faculty member the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA in 2002-2003, then department of computer science at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, USA in 2003-2007, and department electrical and computer engineering and computer science at Polytechnic University, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA in 2007-2012 where he also was director of partnership development office. He joined Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA in 2012, and is currently professor and director of computer science and information systems engineering. Dr. Kettani has served as Staff Research Assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA in summer of 2000, Visiting Research Professor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA in summers of 2005 to 2011, Visiting Research Professor at the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA in summer of 2008, and Visiting Professor at the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA in summer of 2010. Dr. Kettani’s research interests include computational science and engineering, high performance computing algorithms, information retrieval, network traffic characterization, number theory, robust control and optimization, and Muslim population studies. He presented his research in over sixty refereed conference and journal publications and his work received over four hundred citations by researchers all over the world. He chaired over hundred international conferences throughout the world and successfully secured external funding of more than a million dollars for research and education from US federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, DOD and NRC.

Abstract: Numerous statistical data indicate that science and engineering workforce in the United States is aging and nearing retirement. Moreover, various studies show that it has become increasingly difficult to attract American students to science and engineering fields. We present supporting data for different ethnic groups and international students for various degrees in these fields. The situation is particularly grim for Hispanics, who are the fastest growing segment in the population. They remain an untapped in resource, which could either present the solution needed to overcome this challenge, or further deteriorate the situation. The objective of this talk is to shed some light on the situation and suggest some solutions to this predicament that the nation is facing.



Prof. Rory McGreal, UNESCO/COL Chair in OER
Athabasca University, Canada

Title of Speech: The Need for Open Licences in Research and Education

Rory McGreal is a UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources and Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University (AU) – Canada’s Open University. He is also a co-Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL). And, he is also a professor of Computer Technologies in Education. He was previously the Associate Vice President Research at AU. He has also worked internationally in the Middle East, Seychelles, and Europe. His research interests include OER, MOOCs, ICT, assessment and accreditation, virtual mobility, and mobile learning.

Abstract: Openly licensed content, either Open Educational Resources (OER) or Open Access (OA) research papers constitute important resources with the potential to facilitate the expansion of research and learning worldwide. The flexibility, both technological and legal afforded by openly licensed content is an important pre-condition for enhancing research and supporting ubiquitous learning. Open standards support the deployment of scholarly articles and learning objects on a wide variety of different devices, applications and operating systems. The open license frees researchers, instructors and learners from concerns about how, when, where and how long the content, video, audio or application can be used.