Karachi, Pakistan (Hybrid) | October 11-13, 2021

keynote speakers

Usman Sheikh, Founder and CEO, xiQ Inc.

Muhammad Ali Imran, Ph.D.

Zhiqiang Liu, Ph.D.

Michael Geiselmann, Ph.D.

Title: Going from good to great

Usman Sheikh
Founder and CEO
xiQ Inc.
“It’s good enough”, we’ve heard that so many times that it has become the standard of success. But success is about achieving greatness not just winning one time. Being good is often mistaken as being great. However, in reality, good is the enemy of great. Yes, that sounds counterintuitive. But think about it and look around you how many sports teams are always finishing second or third? Are they great? Compare those to the teams that consistently win championships decades after decades. What’s the difference? The good teams have accepted #2 - winning the league, not the super bowl as their final destination. This is an example of good enough.

Usman Sheikh
In this session, Usman Sheikh, CEO at xiQ, a leading provider of AI-based sales and marketing technology with leading clients such as Dell, Nutanix, Accenture, AWS, NTT Data and many more, will present the six key disciplines that help make an individual, company, or country GREAT:
• Leadership
• People
• Confronting the Brutal Facts
• Being the Best
• Culture of Discipline
• Relentless Execution
Speaker Biography:
Usman Sheikh is Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley based xiQ, Inc., a next-generation, AI-powered, SaaS platform for B2B sales and marketing. xiQ, recognized as Cool Vendor in Technology Marketing 2021 by Gartner and declared a Top Performer in Account-Based Web & Content Experiences by G2 Crowd, has a large presence in Pakistan.
Prior to founding xiQ, Usman served as Vice President with SAP SE, where he held leadership positions in Product Management, Sales Enablement and Digital Commerce globally. He left SAP to pursue his passion of developing next-generation technologies using AI on the intersection of B2B Sales and Marketing.
An architect by education and training from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mr. Sheikh has a diverse professional background having worked with Washington D.C. based firms, the International Monetary Fund, and his first tech venture Unit International. Mr. Sheikh is a pioneer of design thinking and has used it to develop business and technology solutions for the last three decades.
As an entrepreneur, Mr. Sheikh believes in building disruptive products that generate net new value for their audience. He is a proponent of achieving excellence through disciplined and relentless execution.

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Title: 5G to 6G: What should we expect and why it is important for us all?

Muhammad Ali Imran, Fellow IET, SM IEEE, Senior Fellow HEA
Dean UESTC and Prof. Wireless Communication Systems
University of Glasgow
The next generation of wireless communication systems will enable exciting new verticals of industry and most importantly the new use case of “tele-presence”. This will require communication of human senses beyond audio and visual. Communication technology needs to be co-designed with sensing and control systems in order to enable the beyond 5G or 6G system vision. This talk will provide an overview of emerging new technologies that will open the doors for the development of 6G and achieving the future vision of tele-presence and tele-operation.

Muhammad Ali Imran, Ph.D.
Speaker Biography:
Muhammad Ali Imran (M'03, SM'12) Fellow IET, Senior Member IEEE, Senior Fellow HEA is Dean University of Glasgow UESTC and a Professor of Wireless Communication Systems with research interests in self organised networks, wireless networked control systems and the wireless sensor systems. He heads the Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) research group at University of Glasgow and is Director of Centre for Educational Development and Innovation. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, USA; Adjunct Research Professor at Ajman University, UAE and a visiting Professor at 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, UK. He is also the Principal Investigator for Scotland 5G Centre’s Urban Testbed in Glasgow and an advisory board member for UK5G. He has over 20 years of combined academic and industry experience with several leading roles in multi-million pounds funded projects. He has filed 15 patents; has authored/co-authored over 400 journal and conference publications; has authored 2 books, edited 8 books and authored more than 30 book chapters; has successfully supervised over 40 postgraduate students at Doctoral level. He has been a consultant to international projects and local companies in the area of self-organised networks.

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Title: Van der Waals Epitaxy of Nearly Single-Crystalline Nitride Films on Amorphous Graphene-Glass Wafers for Photonics

Zhiqiang Liu
- Research and Development Center for Semiconductor Lighting Technology, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100083, China.
- Center of Materials Science and Optoelectronics Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China.
Gao Peng
- Electron Microscopy Laboratory, and International Center for Quantum Materials, School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China.
- Beijing graphene institute (BGI), Beijing 100095, China.
Semiconductors van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE), provides an abrupt and weakly bound interface for heteroepitaxy, has the potential to revolutionize future electronics and photonics by providing a novel material integration method and flexibility to transfer between different material systems. Several substantial progress and developments have been made based on graphene covered single crystalline substrates, in which the potential of the substrate still plays important role. While, the vdWE growth of nitrides on amorphous substrates, such as glass, is even more desirable to explore semiconductor vdWE on arbitrary substrates. It will enrich the concept of semiconductor heteroepitaxy, and will also enable nondestructive transfer, which is highly desirable in the emerging large-area flexible display industry.

Zhiqiang Liu, Ph.D.
In this work, we report the growth of high-quality GaN films on amorphous silica glass substrates by using nanorods assisted vdWE. The as-obtained GaN films exhibit the quasi-crystalline characteristic. The blue-LED fabricated on such a GaN film shows a record internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of 48.67%. Furthermore, a flexible inorganic light emitting device is demonstrated benefiting from the weak interfacial interaction. This work not only experimentally validates the growth of crystalline nitrides on amorphous substrates, but also provides a promising route to the monolithic integration of semiconductors for advanced electronics and photonics.
Speaker Biography:
Zhiqiang Liu (John) currently is based at the Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IoS, CAS). He has had leadership positions both in academia and industry throughout his career with an increasing managerial and fiscal responsibilities. Now, he is the Director of Fabrication Department at State Key Labs in Solid State Lighting. His research expertise is in building interdisciplinary teams in order to use compound semiconductor materials and devices for applications in the areas of Nitride Materials and Light Emitting Devices. The current research is supported through competitive research grants and contracts through government, industry and others totaling about $5M as a lead investigator in academia and industry. He has had highly active collaborations in the US, Europe, and Asia, which have resulted in numerous publications, conference proceedings, book chapters, and patents. Prof Zhiqiang Liu (John) a Fellow of the Chinese Solid State Lighting Alliance.
He is also a committee member of China Simulation Federation. In 2012, he won the first prize in Science and Technology Award of Beijing, China. In 2014, he further won the second prize in National Science and Technology Awards.

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Title: Silicon Nitride Photonic Integrated Circuits for Next Generation Products

Michael Geiselmann
- Managing Director, LIGENTEC, Inc.,
  EPFL Innovation Park, Batiment L, 1024 Ecublens, Switzerland
  Website: www.ligentec.com
The invited talk/presentation will provide an overview of photonic integrated circuits and especially the possibility to achieve low propagation losses. Silicon Nitride (SiN) is an excellent material that not only guarantees low-loss propagation, but also being transparent in a broad wavelength range enables to propagate high optical powers. LIGENTEC Inc., offers a unique fabrication platform using thick-film silicon nitride, which gives access to small bend radii, the possibility to propagate light in TE and TM modes and the option to access Dispersion Engineering of the waveguide. The presentation will provide a latest overview of emerging applications and developments where SiN platform is used. It will be useful both for new and experienced researchers in the industry and academe alike.

Michael Geiselmann, Ph.D.
Speaker Biography:
Michael Geiselmann (Managing Director) studied Physics and Engineering at the University Stuttgart and Ecole Centrale Paris. After his PhD at ICFO in Barcelona in 2014, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Tobias Kippenberg at EPFL in Lausanne, where he advanced frequency comb generation on integrated silicon nitride chips. He expanded the SiN chips work towards the applications and was involved in several international research projects. In 2016, he co-founded LIGENTEC and brought the company to the international stage of photonic integration.

invited speakers:

Junaid Zubairi, Ph.D.
Prof. and Chair,
Computer and Information Sciences,
Title: The Next Frontier: The Communication and Data Technologies for Aviation

Kamal Alameh, Ph.D.
Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
Title: High Crop-yield Energy-Efficient Smart Greenhouses

Muhammad Manshad Satti, Ph.D.
CEO, IT Butler e-Services & EduServ,
Title: Demystifying of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) Signaling Protocols Cyber Security Challenges (SS7, Diameter, VoLTE, and 5G Protocols)