Keynote 1 : Prof. Mohamed Essaaidi

« Harnessing Digital Transformation for Sustainable Development »

Mohamed Essaaidi, Prof. Dr., IEEE Senior Member (, obtained the State Doctorate (1997) from the Faculty of Science, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetuan, Morocco. He is currently the Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance (Morocco). He has been Dean of ENSIAS College of IT Engineering of Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco (November 2011-April 2019), he has been a Professor at the Faculty of Science, Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Tetuan, Morocco (2001-2011) and an Assistant Professor at the same university (1993-2001). He is the founder and past Chairman of the IEEE Morocco Section (2005-2015), co-founder and chair of IEEE Morocco Communications / Computer Society Chapter (2006-2008) and current Chairman of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Morocco Joint Chapter and IEEE Education Society Morocco Chapter chair from 2007 to 2009.

He has been a member of Committee of Global Accreditation activities of IEEE Education Activities Board between (USA) 2017 and 2018. He has been also Director of the Morocco Office of Arab Science and Technology Foundation, ASTF (2006-2009) and the Coordinator of ASTF RD&I Network of Electro-Technology between 2006 and 2008 (UAE).

He has authored and co-authored 7 books and more than 200 papers in international refereed journals and conferences in the field of Electrical and Computer engineering and its diverse applications including smart homes, smart mobility smart grid and smart cities. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal on Information and Communication Technologies, Serial Publications, India (2007-2011) and Guest Editor of several international journals. He is also an active member of the editorial boards of several international journals in the same fields mentioned above.

Furthermore, Prof. Essaaidi is the founder and the General Chair / co-chair of several IEEE technically sponsored international conferences, such as Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (which is organized on a yearly basis since 2000 in the Mediterranean countries), Information and Communication Technologies International Symposium (2005, 2007). He also organized and co-chaired the US National Academies 5th Arab American Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontiers Symposium in November 2017, Rabat, Morocco and US NSF sponsored workshop on Smart Cities in January 2016 in Rabat, Morocco. He has also served in the Organizing committees and TPC and presented keynote talks at many other international conferences worldwide including on smart cities. He’s been also co-chair of Casablanca IEEE Core Smart City Workshop in January 2016 and a key member of Madinat Al-Irfane University Smart Campus initiative in Rabat.

Prof. Essaaidi holds 10 patents in the field ICT. Some of these patents received several international innovation awards. He was also a member of the IEEE 802.16 Sponsor Ballot Pool of IEEE Standard Association that defined the technical specifications for WiMAX. Prof. Essaaidi supervised several Masters and PhDs Theses and he has been the principal investigator and the project manager for several research projects in the framework of national and international programs.

Furthermore, in the framework of his current position as the director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance, he is extensively involved in the coordination of the World Bank Morocco Country Partnership Framework (2019-2024) and OECD Morocco Country Program (2019-2021) among other international cooperation programs.


Keynote 2 : Prof. Ismail Berrada

« AI Trends in Intelligent Transport Systems »

Ismail Berrada received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University Bordeaux 1, France, in 2005. He was an Assistant Professor with the University of La Rochelle for 5 years. He is currently an Associate Professor of computer science with the Faculty of Science, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fes. His research interests include vehicular ad hoc network, intelligent transport Systems, autonomous systems.