Congress Keynote

Mohamed Cheriet
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada
Université du Québec, Canada

Title: Sustainable ICT realm before and after 5G era

Abstract: This keynote talk will discuss the role and impact of the transformational power of ICT for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life forever more people without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs. Through our research projects on sustainable ICT achieved in the past years in collaboration with world-class players, we will review the technical evolution of sustainable ICT solutions from micro to macro levels, from 4G to 5G, and from Telco cloud to the cyber-physical space. The talk will also highlight key actions towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations General Assembly with a critical importance for the humanity and the planet.

Biography: Dr. Mohamed Cheriet received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI) in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Since 1992, he has been a professor in the Systems Engineering department at the University of Quebec - École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, and was appointed full Professor there in 1998. Prof. Cheriet is the founder and director of Synchromedia Laboratory for multimedia communication in telepresence applications, since 1998.

Dr. Cheriet research has extensive experience in cloud computing and network virtualization and softwarisation. In addition, Dr. Cheriet is an expert in Computational Intelligence, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Perception. Dr. Cheriet has published more than 450 technical papers in the field. He serves on the editorial boards of several renowned journals and international conferences. As Tier 1 Canada Research Chair on Sustainable and Smart Eco-Cloud, he leads the establishment of the first smart university campus in Canada, created as a hub for innovation and productivity at Montreal. Dr. Cheriet is the General Director of the FRQNT Strategic Cluster on the operationalization of sustainability development, CIRODD (2019-2025). Dr. Cheriet is a 2016 Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition (IAPR), a 2017 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and a 2018 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC). Dr. Cheriet is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE J.M. Ham Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, the ÉTS Research Excellence prize in 2013, for his outstanding contribution in green ICT, cloud computing, and big data analytics research areas, and of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a senior member of the IEEE, the founder and former Chair of the IEEE Montreal Chapter of Computational Intelligent Systems (CIS), and a Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Green ICT Initiative.

Prof. Cheriet research addresses the issues related to a sustainable smart eco-cloud platform for big data computing and machine learning analysis. By means of smart IoT meters, the analytical gears in the cloud are able to acquire all the knowledge of targeted environment and establish automated control processes. This will pave the way for a new class of approaches addressing the fundamental issues of machine-learning and artificial-intelligence systems.

In efforts to develop sustainable methodologies for cloud computing, Prof. Cheriet is currently pursuing research objectives in three key areas:

Virtual platform model for multi-tenant infrastructure
• New virtualization techniques
• New resource-sharing techniques
• Intelligent machine-learning techniques for context-aware modelling
• New ecosystem-oriented architecture

Incremental learning and unstructured intensive data analytics
• Big data collection, information extraction and classification
• Cognitive and distributed behaviour analysis
• Incremental learning framework
• Schema-free data-intensive analytics

Environmental assessment and optimization
• Life-cycle inventory of cloud computing equipment and services
• User-oriented slicing lifecycle analysis
• Multi-dimensional optimization model for cloud ecosystem
• Holistic definition of “green ICT” concept

The results of Professor Cheriet’s research will leverage research on smart technologies, leading to the establishment of new inter-sector and inter-disciplinary collaborations with academia and industries.