Cairo, Egypt

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Studies of Surveying: Univ. Applied Science Mainz (1971-74 & University of Bonn (1974-77), Germany;

Post Studies: PhD in Signal Processing, Univ. Bonn (1982); Habilitation in GIS, Techn. Univ. Munich (1990), Germany.

Appointments: 1992-2016: Full Professor and Director of the Institute for Photogrammetry, Univ. Stuttgart, 2016-now Research Professor and Professor Emeritus, 2007: Honorary Professor University of Wuhan, China


Professional Positions and Work: 1994-96 Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering & Surveying, Univ. Stuttgart, 1998-2000 Vice President “Teaching & Life-long Learning”, Univ. Stuttgart, 2000-06 President University of Stuttgart, 2000 Academic Co-founder “German University in Cairo (GUC), 2002-06 Board of Directors Leica Geosystem, Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 2002-today Member Board of Trustees GUC (since 2016 Vice Chairman BoT), 2005-12 Member of Apple’s University Education Form, Cupertino, USA, 2013-today Visiting Professor Surveying at GUC, 2014-today Visiting Professor Computer Science at Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST), 2017-today Vice Chairman UN-GGIM Private Sector Network, New York, USA.

Dr. Nidhal Carla Bouaynaya

Dr. Nidhal Carla Bouaynaya received the B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Telecommunications (ENSEA), France, in 2002 along with the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, in 2002, the M.S. diploma (DEA) in Signal and Image Processing from ENSEA, France, in 2003, the M.S. degree in Mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, in 2007. From August 2007 till August 2013, she was an Assistant then Associate Professor with the Department of Systems Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, USA. In September 2013, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rowan University, New Jersey, USA, where she is currently a Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies with the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering.


Her research interests are in signal, image and video processing, machine learning and optimization. Dr. Bouaynaya won the Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Conference on Visual Communication and Image Processing (SPIE VCIP'06) in 2006, the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics in 2013 (GENSIPS’13), the Runner-up Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine in 2015 (BIBM'15) and Top algorithm at the 2016 Multinomial Brain Tumor Segmentation Challenge (BRATS). She is also the winner of the UALR Faculty Excellence Award in Research in 2013 and the Rowan Excellence Award in Research in 2017. ]

Dr. Nitin Agarwal

Nitin Agarwal is the Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Information Science at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is the founding director of the Collaboratorium of Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMOS) at UA Little Rock. His research aims to push the boundaries of our understanding of digital and cyber social behaviors that emerge and evolve constantly in the modern information and communication platforms. At COSMOS, he is leading projects funded by over $15 million from an array of federal agencies including NSF, ONR, ARO, AFRL, DARPA, and Department of State, and plays a significant role in the long-term partnership between UA Little Rock and the Department of Homeland Security. He developed publicly available social media mining tools, viz., Blogtrackers, YouTubeTracker, and Focal Structure Analysis used by NATO Strategic Communications and public affairs, among others. Dr. Agarwal participates in the national Tech Innovation Hub launched by the U.S. Department of State to defeat foreign based propaganda.


Dr. Agarwal obtained Ph.D. from Arizona State University with outstanding dissertation recognition in 2009. He was recognized as one of 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s' by Arkansas Business in 2012. He was recognized with the University-wide Faculty Excellence Award in Research and Creative Endeavors by UALR in 2015. Dr. Agarwal received the Social Media Educator of the Year Award at the 21st International Education and Technology Conference in 2015. In 2017 the Arkansas Times featured Dr. Agarwal in their special issue on "Visionary Arkansans: A Celebration of Arkansans with ideas and achievements of transformative power." Dr. Agarwal was nominated as International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA) Fellow in 2017, an Arkansas Academy of Computing (AAoC) Fellow in 2018, and Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow in 2018.

Mr. Maged Elabyad

Mr. Elabyad is the Vice President of International Programs and Deputy to the President & CEO of the International Road Federation. He has over 17 years of management experience in organizations focusing on national and international transportation. During his tenure with the IRF, the organization has made significant improvements to its capacity building programs. As a leading purveyor of technology and knowledge transfer, the IRF has expanded it training and certification programs under Mr. Elabyad’s leadership, to become arguably the principal international and capacity building organization in the road and transport industry. Mr. Elabyad was also a driving force behind the newly-established IRF Global Training Institute and helped lead the expansion of IRF’s training programs over the last decade. In addition to its US-based training, IRF also provides in-country training options with multiple modules addressing technical and policy issues. Mr. Elabyad is actively engaged in the global public awareness campaign regarding road safety; and he led IRF’s efforts to get established as an accredited training organization for a Public Private Partnership Certification Program, which is a World Bank-sponsored initiative. IRF’s training programs have received superior acknowledgements from dozens of governments worldwide.


Mr. Elabyad is a frequently invited speaker at road and transport related events and conferences, and during his tenure at IRF, Mr. Elabyad has made presentations in more than 30 countries. Prior to joining the IRF, Mr. Elabyad was a Communications Officer at the Egyptian Embassy, where he worked as part of a special team that helped influence and shape the opinion of Egypt within the media of the United States. Mr. Elabyad is a native of the Cairo, Egypt and after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Decision Sciences & Management Information Systems from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, he earned his MBA from Ohio University. Mr. Elabyad is a certified Public Private Partnerships professional and he resides with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dr. Bill Sowell, MBA, PhD

Vice President- Business Development, Eberle Design, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Member- International Road Federation Global Executive Committee & Board of Directors Chairman, IRF Global Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee Chairman, NEMA 3TS “Performance Measures” Technical Committee (TS-9)

Dr. Bill Sowell has been involved worldwide with Intelligent Transportation Systems and the development of ITS standards and technology for more than 30 years. He has held top senior management positions with ITS-related firms, large and small, both publicly traded and privately held in the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America and Asia. He has served such firms as Eberle Design, Reno A&E, Econolite, Econolite South America, Iteris, Image Sensing Systems, (Aldis) Gridsmart, Peek Traffic, Swarco AG, TEC Engineering (Saudi Arabia) and Al Nasr International (UAE). He holds two (2) Doctoral degrees and two (2) Master’s degrees from California State University, University of Southern California and the University of Oklahoma. He played a key role in the early design, development and sale of the 1,600 intersection Saudi ATVAM project (value of US$40 million), the Mohd. Bin Zayed City Project (value $US20 million), in Abu Dhabi, and the adoption of the NTCIP systems open communications protocol in Chile, Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sowell has developed domestic and international sales channels and global strategic alliances. He is a member of the International Road Federation Executive Committee and Board of Directors, is Chairman of the IRF ITS Committee and the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA 3-TS) “Performance Measures Technical Committee” (TS-9). Dr. Sowell has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than five (5) years, and has promoted both U.S. and European engineered and manufactured ITS, vehicle detection and traffic data solutions in 184 countries. ai.

Dr. Lyudmila Mihaylova, MSc, PhD

Dr. Lyudmila Mihaylova, MSc, PhD is a Professor of Signal Processing and Control in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Her research interests are in the areas of autonomous systems with applications to cities, autonomous and assisted living systems. She has expertise in the areas of machine learning, intelligent sensing and sensor data fusion. She won the Tammy Blair best award from the International Conference of Information Fusion 2017, best paper awards from the IEEE DESSERT’2019, 17th IEEE SPA’2013 Conference and IEEE Sensor Data Fusion Workshop, 2013.

Prof. Mihaylova is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF) and was the ISIF President in the period 2016–2018. She has given a number of talks and tutorials, including NATO SET- 262 AI 2018 (Hungary), Fusion 2017 (Xi’an, China), plenary talks for the IEEE Sensor Data Fusion 2015 (Germany), invited talks at IPAMI Traffic Workshop 2016 (USA) and others.

She was the general vice-chair for the International Conference on Information Fusion 2018 (Cambridge, UK), of the IET Data Fusion & Target Tracking 2014 and 2012 Conferences, publications chair for ICASSP 2019 (Brighton, UK) and others.   

Mr. Marwan Madi, MSc

Marwan Madi brings over 18 years of experience in management and strategy consulting with a focus on the transportation industry. He is a Partner at CDM Smith, leading the firm’s global technology practice.

Marwan’s work focuses on planning, design, testing, and deployment of emerging and smart technologies to promote urban mobility, multimodal accessibility, and economic development and to support infrastructure efficiency and a more sustainable relationship between transportation and the environment through fuel use and emissions reductions. Mr. Madi’s work includes developing relationships with private industry and the public sector to facilitate the deployment of automated and connected vehicle technologies.

An illustrative sample of Marwan’s current portfolio of projects includes piloting and deploying freight connected technologies in California and Ohio; building enterprise data architecture in Rhode Island, Montana, and Illinois; modeling and planning for disruptive technologies in Virginia and Colorado; and the establishment of Smart Cities Programs in Columbus, Ohio; the Atlanta region, GA; and Amman, Jordan.

Marwan is the Chair of Emerging Technologies and Big Data for IBTTA. He also sits on the Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition, a collaborative focal point for federal, state, and local government officials; academia; industry; and their related associations to address critical program and technical issues associated with the nationwide deployment of connected and automated vehicles on streets and highways.

Marwan is a frequent speaker at transportation and technology conferences, discussing business strategies for developing smart cities strategies and ConOps and deployment of emerging technologies to improve traffic and incident management and operations.
Prior to joining CDM Smith, Marwan led Booz Allen Hamilton’s Federal/national surface transportation safety, freight, and technology transfer practices. He is a recipient of Booz Allen Hamilton’s highest performance achievement award for business development and program management.

Marwan holds a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the American university of Beirut.

DR. Tarek Sayed, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FCSCE

Tarek Sayed is a distinguished professor and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Transportation Safety and Advanced Mobility at the University of British Columbia. He has a distinguished research track record in transportation engineering and has received a high number of honors and awards. In 2004, UBC granted Dr. Sayed the title of Distinguished University Scholar, an honor held by a very small group of professors at UBC. Beyond several best paper awards, he also received the Sandford Fleming Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, the Award of Academic Merit from the Transportation Association of Canada, and the Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In 2014, he received the Centennial Road Safety Award from the Transportation Association of Canada. This one-time award recognizes his outstanding transformational and long-term contributions to road safety over the past 100 years. And in 2015, Dr. Sayed received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for the most outstanding international road safety initiative. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. His research has addressed a wide spectrum of transportation system applications with a focus on traffic operation and safety, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 journal and conference papers. As well, he has completed numerous consulting projects in North America and internationally. . His work on proactive road safety management has received wide recognition and is being applied in several countries worldwide.

Advances in Road Safety and Smart Mobility

There has been a remarkable decrease in road traffic fatalities and injuries over the last decades, especially in developed countries. However, despite the considerable progress achieved, there are still serious concerns regarding road safety: each year more than 1.25 million people die worldwide in road crashes and a further 50 million people suffer injury.  In recent years, considerable advances have been made in the road safety analysis. These developments are creating a movement towards the explicit consideration of safety in road planning and design. However, associated with these advances are a series of obstacles that are inhibiting or complicating the future direction of road safety. The application of innovations that are both progressing and disrupting the status quo will be an opportunity for improved transportation safety. However, with the introduction of new modes of mobility and the complex interactions created by these different technologies within the transportation system, governments will rely on advanced research and analysis techniques to support policies towards the transition to these new forms of mobility. While these technologies are intended to increase safety, the period of transition may result in more conflicts and collisions.  Therefore, the incorporation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, connected and autonomous vehicles, and a system made “alive” through internet-of-things, will require strategic insights through a collective and collaborative approach of academics from various backgrounds in order to appropriately advise decision-makers and limit the potential for unintended consequences.