The 2015 Smart World Congress Keynotes

August 10-14, Beijing, China

Congress Keynote
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Jamal Deen

Fellow of IEEE & Royal Society of Canada
Distinguished Univ. Professor, Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology
ECE Dept, McMaster Univ., Canada


The ubiquitous healthcare smart home in smart cities was identified by governments and medical institutions as a key component of the economical, technological, and socially acceptable solution to maintain the viability of their healthcare systems. The goal of the smart home is to help the elderly to continue to live a more independent life as long as possible in their own homes while being monitored and assisted (as much as possible) in an unobtrusive and non-invasive manner. Seamless monitoring plus a self-managed intelligent system, capable of autonomously handling situations that are usually handled by humans, will be described. Smart home connected via secure communications access to back-end health-care providers such as hospitals or specialized medical institutions will be discussed. Within this ubiquitous computing, communications, technological framework, healthcare providers can be continuously informed about the status of the monitored inhabitant(s) for handling emergency situations that necessitate their intervention. In this keynote presentation several examples including a smart “walking‐age” analyzer; a smart sleeping environment; smart sensing systems; smart home server; and a smart living diary will be described. Also, some future perspectives for smart homes in smart cities will be discussed.


M. Jamal Deen was born in Guyana, South America. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, U.S.A. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the design and modeling of a new CARS spectrometer for dynamic temperature measurements and combustion optimization in rocket and jet engines, and was sponsored and used by NASA, Cleveland, USA. He is currently Distinguished University Professor and holder of the Senior Canada Research Chair in Information Technology, McMaster University. His current research interests are nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanotechnology and their emerging applications to health and environmental sciences. Dr. Deen’s research record includes more than 500 peer-reviewed articles (about 20% are invited), two textbooks, 6 awarded patents that have been used in industry, and 13 best paper/poster/presentation awards. Over his career, he has won more than fifty awards and honors. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Deen was the top ranked mathematics and physics student and the second ranked student at the university, wining the Chancellor’s gold medal and the Irving Adler prize. As a graduate student, he was a Fulbright-Laspau Scholar and an American Vacuum Society Scholar. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Electron Device Society for more than a decade. His awards and honors include the Callinan Award and the Electronics and Photonics Award from the Electrochemical Society; a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada; McNaughton Gold Medal (highest award for engineers), the Fessenden Medal and the Ham Education Medal, all from IEEE Canada IEEE Canada In addition, he was awarded the three honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his exceptional research and scholarly accomplishments, professionalism and service. Dr. Deen has also been elected Fellow status in ten national academies and professional societies including The Royal Society of Canada - The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences (the highest honor for academics, scholars and artists in Canada), IEEE, APS (American Physical Society) and ECS (Electrochemical Society). Most recently, he was elected President of the Academy of Science, The Royal Society of Canada.


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