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

workshop/symposium speakers

Workshop on Innovation Ecosystem in Pakistan & Role of Universities

Keynote Title: University Supported Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: New Modes and Changing Roles of Incubation Programs in the Digitally Enabled Post Covid-19 Environment

Sarfraz Mian
Department Chair and Prof. of Entrepreneurship and Management Policy,
School of Business
SUNY-Oswego
Abstract:
The development of modern university supported entrepreneurship ecosystems (USEE) demands new forms of interactions between university, government, firms, and society. Recent research shows that these agents assume different roles in each development phase for different dimensions of the USEE ( economic, geographic, and social) (Etzkowits, 2019) .
These new interactions have given rise to a plethora of new modes of entrepreneurship and innovation support incubation programs (e.g., accelerators, innovation hubs, maker spaces, living labs, etc.) and new “generations” of traditional ones (e.g., business incubators and science and technology parks) .
Some technology incubators have evolved into accelerators (Vandeweghe et al, 2019) , while initiatives, of what traditionally would have been implemented as science parks, have broadened their mission beyond their “walls” to become “areas of innovation” (Pique et al, 2020) .

Sarfraz Mian, Ph.D.
This phenomenon has attracted the attention of academic researchers, who have increasingly published in scholarly journals in the last decade. However, the consolidation and evolution of these innovation habitats offer the opportunity to further develop our conceptual understanding and underlying theory, as well as consolidate research methodologies (Mian et al, 2016) .
The COVID-19 crisis, and its consequences across several dimensions, e.g., health, economic, and social, has posed huge challenges to the planning and operation of these entrepreneurship and innovation support mechanisms all around the globe. New strategies equipped with digitally technologies enabled business models to have been rapidly adopted to face the crisis and prepare for the new normal, post-COVID-19.
Therefore, this address aims to explore the emergence of new forms of these popular tools , with challenges in the design, implementation, and operation of such initiatives, as well as to discuss their dynamic roles in the development of sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems, particularly in the time of COVID-19. The event will also allow us to deliberate the prospects of assessing the progress of incubation programs in Pakistan.
Speaker Biography:
Dr Mian earned his Master’s in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University and an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from the George Washington University. He was a visiting faculty at University of Maryland (US), Osnabruck University (Germany), LUMS (Pakistan).

Mian is the first scholar who highlighted the prominent role of modern universities in supporting knowledge/technology-based entrepreneurship by promoting startup ecosystems with the help of business incubation mechanisms. Building on his early doctoral work on university business incubators, he continued to study entrepreneurial universities and business incubation programs in North America (US, Canada, Mexico), Western Europe, South America, and Asia over the last 30 years. Recently, he was ranked both by the Journal of Technology Transfer (2018) and the Journal of Business Research (2016) as the most productive scholar with highest impact (measured in citations of his work) on technology business incubation and acceleration research in the world.

Besides studying business incubation and the emerging role of entrepreneurial universities, he has worked in the areas of entrepreneurship education for engineers and scientists, student startups and entrepreneurship networks. As head and a PI of Pakistan’s Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Program since 2010, he has led 3 national studies for Pakistan. The author of 4 recent scholarly books, professor Mian has published in various prominent journals such as: Journal of Business venturing, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Journal of Technology Transfer, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Int’l Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Project Management Journal, among others. Dr. Mian has guest edited special issues for Technovation, Small Business Economics, Journal of Technology Transfer, Int’l Journal of Small Business, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change over the past 5 years. He served the Academy of Management and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) in various elected capacities (division chair, executive member, newsletter editor) and is the Associate Editor of Journal of Small Business Management.

Dr. Mian received SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2012. As lead faculty in entrepreneurship, he directs his business school’s entrepreneurship initiatives, recently developed a minor entrepreneurship program for all university students and taught several entrepreneurship courses since 2004.

Symposium on From 5G to 6G: Secure, Automated and Intelligent Networks

Keynote Title: Introduction to the work of 6G Flagship project and future 6G research directions

Matti Latva-aho
Prof. and Director for 6G Flagship Program
University of Oulu
Finland
Abstract:
The key drivers for necessitating 6G can be categorized to societal, business ecosystems, technical and regulation related foreseen developments. In particular, United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs) alongside with accelerating digitalisation of societies are setting the needs and timescale for future development. A number of both value based and technical oriented KPIs have been identified and those will be utilized in the global 6G systems requirements to be defined during 2023 by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Local spectrum licensing enabling efficient development of new verticals allowing new businesses already in 5G clearly indicates how spectrum regulation should evolve in the future. Vertical needs will start to dominate the future evolution of wireless systems placing us to cross-roads between a compromise one-solution-fits-all-verticals or customized solutions for some of the most critical future verticals.

Matti Latva-aho, Ph.D.

Speaker Biography:
Matti Latva-aho is a Director for 6G Flagship Program in Oulu, Finland, and serves as an Academy Professor in the University of Oulu, where he has worked on wireless communications research since early 1990s.

He was a Director of Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu during the years 1998−2006, and a Head of Department of Communication Engineering until 2014. Prior to his joining the CWC, Matti worked as a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones in Oulu, Finland.

Matti completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland in 1998. His research interests lie in the area of wireless radio data communications, and currently his research group focuses on 6G systems research ranging from theory to design and implementation. He has worked so far with all the generations from 1G to 6G of mobile networks.

Matti has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the area of wireless communications. He has received a several awards, including Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in wireless communications research.

Symposium on Emerging Technologies:5G/6G, IoT, Robotic Manufacturing and 3-D Printing

Keynote Title: Roadmap to 5G-6G-AI empowered future Wireless Networks


Fawzi Behmann, DL, MBA, M. Comp. Sc., Author
President, TelNet Management Consulting Inc.
Abstract: The recent upsurge of diversified mobile applications, especially those supported by AI, is spurring heated discussions on the future evolution of wireless communications. While 5G is being deployed around the world, efforts from industry and academia have started to look beyond 5G and conceptualize 6G. It is envisioned that 6G will undergo an unprecedented transformation enabling intelligent global connectivity and enabler for several potential 6G use cases and support to ubiquitous AI services from the core to the end devices of the network.
In this talk, we will discuss key trends in the evolution to 5G/6G enabled by AI and edge computing and examples of use cases.

Fawzi Behmann, Ph.D.
Speaker Biography: The recent upsurge of diversified mobile applications, especially those supported by AI, is spurring heated discussions on the future evolution of wireless communications. While 5G is being deployed around the world, efforts from industry and academia have started to look beyond 5G and conceptualize 6G. It is envisioned that 6G will undergo an unprecedented transformation enabling intelligent global connectivity and enabler for several potential 6G use cases and support to ubiquitous AI services from the core to the end devices of the network.

In this talk, we will discuss key trends in the evolution to 5G/6G enabled by AI and edge computing and examples of use cases.

Symposium on Emerging Technologies:5G/6G, IoT, Robotic Manufacturing and 3-D Printing

Plenary Presentation Title: 3D Printing and Innovating Sculpturing


Davide Prete, Ph.D.
University of the District of Columbia,
Washington DC, USA
Abstract: Dr. Davide Prete will present the latest 3D Modeling and Additive Manufacturing Techniques related to the fabrication of sculptural and architectural artwork. Dr. Prete will explain how a digital model can be converted to a printable file and which technology is best suitable for specific applications (from FDM, SLA to Binder Jetting) and present examples of famous artists and architects using 3D printing as the main technology for the fabrication of their design. He will also show some of his work related to computational design, and mathematical modeling printed by using binder jetting technologies.
Davide Prete, Ph.D.
Speaker Biography: Davide Prete is an Assistant Professor of Art at University of the District of Columbia’s Division of Arts and Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, Washington DC.

Born in Treviso, Italy, Davide was introduced to the art of metalsmithing by his father, Alessandro, and by the famous sculptor Toni Benetton. He studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the Institute of Art in Venice. In 2003, he obtained his degree in architecture at IUAV, Venice, Italy.

After working as an architect for several years, he moved to the U.S. in 2007 and in 2010 he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Fontbonne University, in St. Louis, where he studied with Hank Knickmeyer and developed a personal sculptural process, mixing traditional metal casting and new technologies.

He also earned a certificate on Principles and Applications of Digital Fabrication from FabAcademy and a certificate in Additive Manufacturing fror Innovative Design and Production from MIT xPRO. His work has been shown at the national and international venues (Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, England, France and USA) and his urban scale sculptures have been installed in Italy and the USA.

Recently, his work has focused on new technologies such as 3D printing and laser scanning combined with traditional metalsmithing techniques.

For his last projects, mathematical equations provided him with a pretext to connect figurative images with a new language to discover what he called "a new form of shamanism".

Symposium on Emerging Technologies:5G/6G, IoT, Robotic Manufacturing and 3-D Printing

Plenary Presentation Title: Industrial Robotics Trends Enabling Advanced Manufacturing Applications


Paul Evans (tentative)
Director R&D, Manufacturing & Robotics Technologies,
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio Texas, USA
Abstract: Industrial robots, both stationary and mobile, have been used in manufacturing applications for decades and are most often employed based on requirements for dedicated and repetitive manufacturing operations. Industrial robot capabilities have continued to advance in areas such as payload, accuracy and speed. Looking to the near-future, the use of robots must also transition to operate in dynamic environments for high-mix low-volume production. A variety of affordable technologies are emerging and blending to bridge the gap between the traditional use of industrial robotics and the future where robots react to consumer-driven customized product demands.
Paul Evans
This presentation is intended to be informational in nature and will present advances in industrial robotics that enable advanced manufacturing solutions. Additionally, this presentation will provide example applications where robots have greater intelligence, more flexibility and the ability to work collaboratively with humans.
Speaker Biography: Paul Evans, P.E., directs the Manufacturing and Robotics Technologies Department of Southwest Research Institute which specializes in process improvement, lean manufacturing, six sigma, quality systems, innovation tools, workforce training, electromechanical systems, robotics, controls, machine vision and optical sensing, image processing, machine perception, computer modelling and simulation, automated surface processing, structural and thermal analysis, technology feasibility studies, and third-party analysis and review of electromechanical systems. The department is noted for founding ROS-Industrial, an open-source extension of the Robot Operating System (ROS) software framework, that enables advanced applications for industrial robotics. Pauls areas of technical expertise include mechanical system design, software design, programming, industrial and custom robotics, and project management. During his tenure at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), he has managed projects in a variety of industries including automotive, food, and aerospace.

His technical contribution also includes development of an automated fiberglass material handling and packaging system. He contributed to a NASA Astrobiology

Science and Technology for Exploring Planets program known as DEep Phreatic THermal eXplorer (DEPTHX). This project involved the development of an autonomous underwater vehicle for robotic exploration and biologic sampling in hydrothermal springs. He was the project lead for the development of a system for forming and cutting

extruded food products. He led the development of an automated paint removal system for automotive components. Mr. Evans led a project to develop and implement a preventative maintenance and inspection program for a multimachine food product manufacturing line.

Paul is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT); National Center for Défense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM); National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS); Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); ASME Robotics Technology Advisory Panel; Stakeholder Executive Committee for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute. He has a BS from Walla Walla College and an MS from Iowa State University, both in Mechanical Engineering

Symposium on From 5G to 6G: Secure, Automated and Intelligent Networks

Title: Open RAN and RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) Architecture

Muhammad-Zeeshan Asghar
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Communications and Networking
Aalto University, Finland
Abstract:
With the on-going evolution of 5G towards 6G, the Radio Access Network (RAN) is becoming more and more complex especially because of the network densification and stringent requirements of the more demanding applications. The RAN needs to be able to automate the process of deploying, optimizing, and operating while leveraging novel data-driven technologies to ultimately improve the end-user quality of experience. In this keynote, we will discuss the terminologies (such as ORAN, vRAN and OpenRAN), the RAN evolution among mobile generations and will introduce a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform decoupling control and data planes of RAN.

Muhammad-Zeeshan Asghar, Ph.D.

Speaker Biography:
Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Asghar is CEO of Finnish startup company, Ultra-lean Networks Solutions Pvt Ltd. He is post-doctoral researcher at the department of communication and networking, Aalto University Finland.

He was a principal investigator of BusinessFinland funded project of on 5G Cognitive Self-organizing Networks (CSON) at the University of Jyväskylä during the years 2017−2019. He raised 500K euro for the commercialization of his research on 5G. The project outcome is a startup company that provides R&D support to telecom vendor and mobile network operators on AI/ML powered network automation for 5G/6G networks.

Prior to this, Muhammad worked as a Research Engineer for Nokia-Siemens Networks Solutions, Finland during 2008-2014. During this work he wrote one patent that was granted in year 2016. His research interests in 5G/6G Radio Access Networks, Open RAN, AI/ML based network automation, private 5G/6G networks and industrial IoT.

Muhammad completed his Ph.D. in Wireless Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland in 2016. He has received a several awards, including Future City Challenge (Jyväskylä) Winner 2018 and conference paper award at ICEIC Barcelona 2019.