Keynote Speaker: Eric Brewer,Professor
He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in EECS from MIT, and a B.S. in EECS from UC Berkeley.
He was named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, by the Industry Standard as the "most influential person on the architecture of the Internet" by InfoWorld as one of their top ten innovators, by Technology Review as one of the top 100 most influential people for the 21st century (the "TR100"), and by Forbes as one of their 12 "e-mavericks", for which he appeared on the cover.
Dr. Brewer focuses on all aspects of Internet-based systems; including technology, strategy, and government.
As a researcher, he has led projects on scalable servers, search engines, network infrastructure, sensor networks, and security. His current focus is on (high) technology for developing regions, with projects in Cambodia, India, Ghana, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (so far), and including communications, health, education, and e-government.
In 1996, he co-founded Inktomi Corporation with a Berkeley grad student based on their research prototype, and helped lead it onto the Nasdaq 100 before it was bought by Yahoo! in March 2003.
In 2000, he founded the Federal Search Foundation, a 501-3(c) organization focused on improving consumer access to government information. Working with President Clinton, Dr. Brewer helped to create FirstGov.gov, the official portal of the Federal government, which launched in September 2000.
Effective July 1, 2014, Professor Brewer is 50%-time with the University and also serving as a leader at Google.
Keynote Speaker: Prof Sanjay Misra, Covenant University, OTA, Nigeria
Sanjay Misra is full Professor of Computer Engineering at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria. He has 21 years of wide experience in academic administration and researches in various universities in Asia, Europe and Africa. He is Ph.d. in Information and Know. Engg (Software Engineering) from University of Alcala, Spain and M.Tech.(Software Engineering) from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, India. He is a software engineer and previously held academic positions at FUT Minna - Nigeria (as Head Department of Computer Engineering and Cyber security), Atilim University - Turkey, Subharati University and UP Technical University - India. He is also visiting/Collaborative professor at the University of Alcala – Spain(since 2011-), UCV- Valparaiso – Chile(since 2013-), UNICEN, Tandil – Argentina(since 2011-), and Atilim University – Turkey(since 2011-). His current researches cover the areas of software quality, software process improvement, software project management, object oriented technologies, XML, SOA, Web services, cognitive informatics, artificial intelligence, neural network, health Informatics, e-learning, cloud computing and cyber security. Prof Sanjay is coordinating/working/collaborating with several research groups (as visiting/adjunct professor/collaborative researcher) in various universities and industry around the world (Spain, Argentina, Turkey, Singapore, Chili, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, France, South Africa, Malaysia, Nigeria, Myanmar, Vietnam, India). He has author/coauthor in more than 200 papers- (with colleagues from nearly 30 countries) and majority the publications are in ISI Web of Sciences and got several awards for outstanding publications. Recently, Institute of Engineering and Technology(IET), United Kingdom awarded him ‘2014 IET Software Premium Award’ for Best Paper published in last two years. He has delivered 30 plenary and keynote speeches (IEEE, Springer, Elsevier sponsored conferences) and 33 invited talks (workshops/seminars/lecture) in various universities and institutions in more than 40 Countries. He is editor in chief of the book series on Advances in IT Personals and Project management (IGI Global), author of 1 book and editor (one of) in 25 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer), 5 IEEE conference proceedings. He is General Chair of (IEEE) International Conference on Computing, Networking and Informatics (ICCNI 2017) and 6th IEEE ICAST: 2014 and founder chair of 3 annual international workshops: Software Engineering Process and Applications (SEPA), Springer (2009-2016), Tools and Techniques in Software Development Process, IEEE (2009-2016), Software Quality, IEEE (2009), LNCS (2011-2016) and Software Metrics and Measurement, IEEE (2009). Presently, he is Editor in chief editor of International Journal of Physical Sciences(SCOPUS Indexed), founder EIC of Covenant Journal of ICT and International Journal of Computer Science and Software Technology, and also serving as editor, associates editor and editorial board members of many journals (more than 20) of international repute.
Keynote Speaker: Prof Mammo Muchie, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
The world is now undergoing two major changes; the first is the 4th industrial revolution is upon us. The second is the demand that the entire world must implement the 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets for green industrialization. Given these two challenges, at a time when Africa is still an agricultural and mineral based economy, there is a real need to find and discover a new transformation or development path for Africa.
Colonialism did not transform African agriculture and mineral based economy. Policies emanating from development economics studies that replaced direct colonial policy also have failed to transform Africa’s predominantly agricultural and mineral based economy. The problem is that the policy guidelines that came from the development economics studies have not helped to eradicate poverty or transform the agricultural and raw material based economy in Africa.
There is currently a new experiment with the innovation systems approach. There is suggestion that transformative innovation can make changes where colonial and development studies policies failed. The real question now is if indeed combining innovation and development can make a difference to promote Africa’s transformation by addressing the challenge of African industrialisation by breaking the current value chain by leapfrogging from mechanical to digital economy. The linking of development studies with innovation studies was highlighted when “The Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems” conference was organized in Aalborg, Denmark. Subsequently the book (with this title) came out in 2003 when the first Globelics conference was launched in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new field of development and innovation studies has now been on the research agenda for over a decade. The search to reflect and address Africa’s integrated transformation and development at the time when the 4th industrial revolution is upon the world is urgently needed. The Presentation in the Science Talk will introduce ways for rediscovering/revisioning new approaches to address the Africa’s development challenges at this time of the 4th Industrial revolution.
GFCS Regional Coordinator for Africa