IEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshop series is coming to Amman 6-7 March 2016.

The two-day intensive workshop will be held at the Landmark Amman Hotel and Conference Center, Amman, Jordan. Receive two days of instruction, plus meals, for only JOD (Jordanian dinar) 40 (US$56) for IEEE members and Student members* and JOD 80 (US$113) for non-members. Smart Tech Workshops offer parallel, all-day, and half-day track sessions that allow attendees to immerse themselves in a given technology. Below you will find the agenda and course description for each track. 

*Society affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Workshop agenda

Below is the schedule for the Metro Area Workshop in Amman. Three different tracks are presented over the two days. Click on the session title for a detailed description of what is covered, as well as the speakers for each course.

 *All times shown in Arabic Standard Time (AST), UTC-03

Sunday, 6 March

08:30
(0530
UTC-03)
Registration
09:30
(0630 UTC-03)
General Session – MAW Opening
10:00
(0730 UTC-03)
Coffee Break
Track Name: Communications
Track Name: Grid-connected Photovoltaic Systems
Track Name: Computer Engineering & Big Data
10:30
(0730 UTC-03)
Digital and Wireless Communications Principles
10:30
(0730  UTC-03)
Specifications of Solar PV Systems
10:30
(0730 UTC-03)
Secure Software Development
11:30
(0830 UTC-03)
Evolution of Wireless Communications
12:30
(0930 UTC-03)
Coffee Break
13:00
(1000 UTC-03)

LTE Standard Overview and Design

13:00
(1000 UTC-03)
Fundamentals of Grid-Connected PV System Design
13:00
(1000 UTC-03)
Coding Security Guidelines
14:00
(1100 UTC-03)
15:00
(1200 UTC-03)
Lunch
16:00
(1300 UTC-03)

5G Research and Development
16:00 
(1300 PM UTC-03)
Commissioning of PV Systems
16:00 
(1300 UTC-03)
Security Testing in Software Development
16:45
(1345 PM UTC-03)
18:00
(1430 UTC-03)
17:00  
(1400 UTC-03)
Security Maintenance in Software Development

Monday, 7 March

Track Name: Communications
Track Name: Grid-connected Photovoltaic Systems
Track Name: Computer Engineering & Big Data
09:00  
(0600 UTC-03)
Radio Frequency Propagation
09:00  
(0600  UTC-03)
Grid Impact Studies
09:00  
(0600 UTC-03)
Cloud, Virtualization & Delivery Models
10:00 
(0700 UTC-03)
Popular RF Propagation Models
11:00 
(0800 UTC-03)
Coffee Break
11:30
(0830 UTC-03)
Enhancing and Adapting the RF Models For Jordan
11:30
(0830  UTC-03)
Mega-Scale PV Plants
11:30
(0830 UTC-03)
Cloud Architecture, Migration & Security
12:30
(0930 AM UTC-03)
Coverage Study
13:30
(1030 UTC-03)
Lunch
14:30
(1130 UTC-03)
RF Simulation Software
14:30
(1130  UTC-03)
Panel Discussion: Local Renewable Energy Regulations
14:30
(1130 UTC-03)
Big Data Motivation, Tools & File systems
15:30
(1230 UTC-03)
Coffee Break
16:00
(1300 UTC-03)
RF Simulation Software
16:00
(1300  UTC-03)
Panel Discussion: Local Renewable Energy Regulations
16:00
(1300 UTC-03)
Big Data Analytics & Visualization
17:00
(1400 UTC-03)
Closing and certificates
17:00
(1400 UTC-03)
Closing and certificates
17:00
(1400 UTC-03)
Closing and certificates

 

Communications Track Details

Session: Evolution of Wireless Communications

Covered in these sessions:

  • History of wireless communications and how different generations evolved
  • RF planning and design issues related to 4G LTE
  • Current 5G research activities that try to address major issues such as:

(1) Optimization of energy consumption to save the limited energy resources
(2) Coping with increasing energy demand as well as reducing the worldwide CO2 emission
(3) Accommodating the tremendous trend in increase of data traffic Information and communication technology (ICT)*

*Currents trends show ICT data traffic, mainly caused by video transmission, is expected to increase by 1,000 by 2020 and we will have at least 50 billion Internet-capable devices by that time. Due to this increased demand for bandwidth, we are running out of radio space sooner than expected and this is an alarm for a breakdown which may affect the nations’ economy

The mission of 5G is to develop a spectrum-and energy-efficient (EE) network which is capable of reaching speeds of 10 GBPS. Most important, is its capability to minimize the energy requirements of web devices and network infrastructure due to recent concerns for energy consumption in ICT industry.


Who should attend: Engineers, technical managers, and graduate students interested in learning novel techniques in wireless communications, especially in depth knowledge of advancements in 5G and 4G LTE.

Speaker: Eng. Abolfazl Mehbodniya, Department of Communications Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan


 

Session: Radio Frequency Propagation

Covered in this session:

1. Studying the theory of Radio Frequency propagation
2. Discuss the main used models for RF propagation
3. Enhancing and adapting the RF models to meet Jordan area

Who should attend: Engineers, technical managers, and graduate students

Note: Attendees are required to bring their own notebook computers.

Speaker: Dr. Jamal Rahhal, The University of Jordan 


 Session: RF Simulation Software

Covered in this session:

The simulation of different functions of the operating networks based on GIS simulation software, including:
1. Coverage study
2. Drive tests
3. Traffic study
4. Frequency Plan

Who should attend: Engineers, technical managers, and graduate students.
Special requirements: Notebook computer required for this session

Speaker: Dr. Jamal Rahhal, The University of Jordan 

Photovoltaic Systems Track Details

 

Session: Specifications of Solar PV Systems

This session will present and discuss the details of significant technical specifications for the components of solar PV systems that are crucial for the success of these systems. This session can serve as a good introduction to engineers with little experience in PV systems. It can also be helpful for engineers responsible for the preparation of tender documents and procurement of PV systems. For engineers who have good experience in the topic, it will emphasize the crucial specs that need to be taken into consideration in the design phase.

Who should attend: Practicing engineers with basic or advanced experience in PV systems; procurement and tendering engineers.

Speaker: Dr. Iyad Sartawi, Applied Science University, Jordan


Session: Fundamentals of Grid-Connected PV System Design

This session presents and outlines the engineering design aspects for grid-connected PV systems, including orientation, sizing of strings, matching with demand, losses, overall efficiency, etc. It will not only target the basics but will also go into details on specific issues of interest that identify common design scenarios and limitations that are encountered in local context. The session will be concluded with an introduction to common design software tools.

Who should attend: Practicing engineers with basic or advanced experience in PV systems.

Speaker: Dr. Iyad Sartawi


Session: Commissioning of PV Systems

This session is of great importance to all engineers, even those who are experienced with PV systems. It will also be of benefit for engineers in electricity distribution companies who are responsible for approving grid connected PV systems. It will give a detailed discussion of best practices in system commissioning along with the presentation of a sample commissioning plan for small and large scale PV systems.

Who should attend: Practicing engineers with advanced experience in PV systems; engineers from utilities.

Speaker: Mohammad Obaydat, Enviromena Power Systems, UAE


Session: Grid Impact Studies

Discussion of the main aspects of impact on the grid from renewables, including the presentation and discussion of a sample grid impact analysis. This session is of great benefit for all engineers working in utilities, or with companies associated with medium or large scale PV projects.

Who should attend: Practicing engineers with advanced experience in PV systems; engineers from utilities.

Speaker: Salma Azzam, Transmission System Planner, National Electric Power Co (NEPCO)


Session: Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring of Mega-Scale PV Plants

Discussion of best practices for operation, maintenance, and monitoring of PV power plants with special emphasis on practical considerations in similar environments, and future challenges. This session will be of great interest to all developers and companies expected to execute Mega-scale projects in Jordan.

Who should attend: Practicing engineers with advanced experience in PV systems; engineers from utilities.

Speaker: Mohammad Obaydat


Session: Local Renewable Energy Regulations

Interactive discussion of the RE law, by laws, ERC guide and regulations, requirements of ENA standards including G59, G83, etc. This session can serve as an educational session for engineers new to the sector to highlight the local legal framework. In addition, the expected discussion/debate can be very helpful in outlining gaps/windows for improvement resulting from local practical experience. 

Who should attend: Practicing Engineers with basic or advanced experience in PV systems.

Panel moderator: Dr. Ismael Al-Hinti
Panelists:

Dr. Iyad Sartawi
Mohammad Obaydat
Salma Azzam
Representative from ERC/Ministry of Energy

Computer Engineering & Big Data Track Details

 

Session: Secure Software Development

This session covers the security and safety analysis in software design and development. It defines the basic security principles. Topics include threat modeling, defensive programming, Web security and database security. The session focuses on introducing the best practices applied for security in software development in each development stage.

Topics:

  • Why You Need To Learn Secure Programming
  • Secure Software Development Process
  • Principles of Security and Quality
  • Software Requirements and Security
  • Designing for Security
  • Development Tools and Security
  • Testing for Quality and Security
  • Web Security
  • Database Security

Who should attend: Engineers, technical managers, and graduate students.

Speaker: Dr. Sufyan Almajali, Princess Sumaya University for Technology 


Session: Cloud Computing

By the end of this workshop, you will learn the fundamental concepts about cloud computing. Also, there will be a hands-on part using Amazon Web Services. The hands-on session will enable you to learn the basics of starting your own cloud-based business.


Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Data centers and virtualization
  • Cloud delivery models & architecture
  • Business continuity & migration in cloud environment
  • Security concerns in the cloud
  • Introduction to Amazon Web Services

Who should attend: Engineers, technical managers, and graduate students.

Speaker: Dr. Amjed Al-mousa, Princess Sumaya University for Technology 


Session: Big Data

By the end of this workshop, you will learn what is meant by Big Data, areas where Big Data is important, and the tools that can be used to store, manage, and analyze Big Data. You will also be able to acquire deeper technical experience in Hadoop File System HDFS and Map & Reduce programming. Also, you will be introduced to some of the Big Data analytics techniques. Finally, the importance of visualization for Big Data will be explored.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Big Data
  • Overview of Big Data Tools
  • Distributed File System Architecture (Hadoop)
  • Map & Reduce Programming Model
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Big Data Visualization

Who should attend: Engineers, technical managers, and graduate students.

Speaker: Dr. Amjed Al-mousa, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Speaker bios

 

Headshot of Dr. Abolfazl MehbodniyaDr. Abolfazl Mehbodniya, Department of Communications Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Abolfazl Mehbodniya received his Ph.D degree from the National Institute of Scientific Research-Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications (INRS-EMT), University of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada in 2010. From 2010 to 2012 he was a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Tohoku University. Since Jan 2013, he has been an assistant professor at department of communications engineering, Tohoku University.

Dr. Mehbodniya has 10+ years of experience in electrical engineering, wireless communications, and project management. He has over 40 published conference and journal papers in the areas of radio resource management, sparse channel estimation, interference mitigation, short-range communications, 4G/5G design, OFDM, heterogeneous networks, artificial neural networks (ANNs) and fuzzy logic techniques with applications to algorithm and protocol design in wireless communications. He is the recipient of JSPS fellowship for foreign researchers, JSPS young faculty start-up grant and KDDI foundation grant. 


 Headshot of Dr. Jamal RahhalDr. Jamal Rahhal, The University of Jordan
Jamal Rahhal received the BSc degree from the University of Jordan in 1989, the M.S. and Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL, in 1993, 1996, respectively. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Jordan. His current research areas include Cellular Communication Systems, Array Processing, and Optimization.     

 

 

 


Dr. Iyad Headshot of Dr. Iyad SartawiSartawi, Applied Science University, Jordan

Dr. Iyad Alsartawi has a vision in the energy sector to develop, secure, improve and increase the profitability of the renewable energy business in the Jordanian market by utilizing certified engineering techniques and providing solutions for many challenges that facing the renewable energy market; mainly solar Photovoltaics.

Dr. Alsartawi has supervised and/or directed the installation of many PV projects in Jordan. Dr. Iyad is highly trained in the Design, Installation, Monitoring and Power Analysis of different types of PV projects. He has achieved this experience by taking part in more than 22 MWp of PV systems installed/ under-construction or in tendering process in the local market for the private and public sectors.

Dr. Alsartawi trained dozens of engineers on PV concepts and applications in corporation with leading German PV companies on practical projects on different technologies.    
 


Headshot of Mohammad ObaydatMohammad Obaydat, Enviromena Power Systems, UAE
Krinner GmbH: - Senior Project Engineer (0.4 MW– ilmenau tracker 2 axes-Germany) December 2011 - Senior Project Engineer (8 MW Power Plant – Straubing-Germany) March 2012 - Senior Project Engineer (10 MW Power Plant –Schwarzheide-Germany) Jun 2012 - Senior Project Engineer (6.4 MW Power Plant –Müssentin) October 2012 - Site Manager (15 MW Power Plant –Mauritania) January 2013 Belectric Meddle East Ltd: - Project manager (6 MW Power Plant Aqaba - Ayla) May 2014 Enviromena Power Systems: - Construction Consultant (10 MW Power Plant - Egypt) November 2014 - Project manager (6 MW Power Plant – Jordan) November 2011 - Project manager (6 MW Power Plant– Egypt) April 2015 - Project manager (2X1 MW Power Plant –Jordan) July 2015 

 

 

 


Headshot of Salma AzzamSalma Azzam, Transmission System Planner, NEPCO

Salma Azzam is a Transmission System Planner at the National Electric Power Co (NEPCO). She started her professional career in the Operation Dept at the National Control Center then moved four years later to the System Planning. Among different system studies, she has been working on connecting utility scale renewable energy plants to the national grid of Jordan, and verifying their Grid Impact Studies to be compliant with the Technical Requirements. She has contributed in updating such requirements as well. Salma is currently preparing her Master thesis for the Renewable Energy program at University of Jordan, where she earned the BSc in Electrical Engineering in 2009.

She has extensive experience in renewable energy integration, power market analysis, and design of wind, solar, biomass, as well as energy storage, with numerous significant publications in the power industry. Ms. Ballouz has also served as expert witness on resource adequacy and transmission grid reliability in California and provides same expertise in Texas.

An accomplished and published industry writer and presenter, Mrs. Ballouz backs her work with certifications in substation engineering and design as well as wind energy and wind turbines. She is a registered Professional Engineer in several States and other countries. Ms. Ballouz also serves as a board member of several organizations including Association of Women in Energy (AWE), and the Wind Coalition.  
 


Headshot of Dr. Sufyan AlmajaliDr. Sufyan Almajali, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Dr. Sufyan obtained his Bachelor and Master in Computer Science from University of Jordan. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL. Dr. Sufyan has 15 years of academic and industrial experience. This includes teaching at Robert Morris University, Devry University, and Benedictine University in the United States in the period of 1999-2011. Teaching experience included three main Areas: Software Development Courses, Computer Networking Courses, and Security courses.

In addition, Dr. Sufyan worked at multiple companies in Chicago such as Lucidlnie, Neotick, and Secure Data Replicator. His industrial experience included building, configuring, and maintaining data centers, Internet Service Providers, in addition to developing software solutions for security and other purposes. Dr. Sufyan is currently an assistant professor at Princess Sumaya University – Software Engineering Department.


Headshot of Dr. Amjed Al-mousaDr. Amjed Al-mousa, Princess Sumaya University for Technology

Dr. Amjed Almousa is an assistant professor at the Computer Engineering Dept. at Princess Sumaya University for Technology. Dr. Almousa has more than 14 years of Software Engineering, BI, and Big Data analytics experience. He built his experience by working at the heart of Silicon Valley for world class companies: Intel, PDF Solutions & SEVEN Networks. His latest post was a senior manager for Data Analytics where he worked with cloud based architecture that supported millions of customers across the globe. In addition to his industrial experience Dr. Almousa teaches Cloud Computing and Big Data classes at PSUT, as well as instructing a computer science course at edraak.org.

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