Keynote Speakers

Prof. Gwo-Jen Hwang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Dr Hwang serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 40 academic journals of educational technology and e-learning. He is currently the lead editor of Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI), topic editor of Sustainability (SCI, SSCI), editor-in-chief of Computers & Education: Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier), editor-in-chief of International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (Scopus, Q1), editor-in-chief of Journal of Computers in Education (Scopus, ESCI), associate editor of PLOS ONE (SCI), and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Education (SCI). He has also been the principal investigator of more than 150 research projects funded by Ministry of Science and Technology as well as Ministry of Education in Taiwan. His research interests include mobile and ubiquitous learning, flipped learning, digital game-based learning, and artificial intelligence in education. Dr. Hwang has published more than 700 academic papers, including more than 350 journal papers and 350 conference papers. Among those publications, more than 250 papers are published in SSCI journals. Owing to the reputation in academic research and innovative inventions in e-learning, he received the annual most Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan in the years of 2007, 2010 and 2013. Moreover, in 2016, he was announced by Times Higher Education as being the most prolific and cited researcher in the world in the field of social sciences


Prof. Shakil Akhtar, Clayton State University

Dr. Shakil Akhtar is currently Professor of IT and Computer Science at Clayton State University. He has a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Computer Engineering, and M.S. and B.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and University of Peshawar, respectively. He was a Professor in the College of Information Technology at UAE University from 2002 to 2007 (Interim Dean 2002-03). During 2000 to 2002, he was a Performance and Simulation Engineer at Lucent Technologies in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for performance analysis and simulation of telecommunications equipment including third generation mobile systems. His prior work experience includes Computer Science/Engineering Departments at Central Michigan University, University of Toledo, and King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. His main research interests are Reliability Modeling, Performance Modeling, Cyber security, CS/IT Education and Simulation of Computer Networks.