Dr. Ziad Salem

Dr. Ziad Salem

Senior Scientist at JOANNEUM RESEARCH
Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Graz, Austria

Dr. Ziad Salem is Senior Scientist of Smart Connect Lighting at Institute for Surface Technologies and Photonics, Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria.

Since completing his PhD at Cardiff University, Dr. Ziad Salem worked an IT Deputy Head and Systems Manager, at the Intelligent Systems Laboratories, Manufacturing Engineering centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

Dr. Salem was an associate professor of Computer Engineering at University of Aleppo, Syria. He also occupied the position of dean of information engineering faculty at Al-Shahbaa University, Surroundings Aleppo, Syria. Dr. Salem was an academic staff of computer science at the American University of Nigeria (AUN). He was Post-Doc of EU project evaluated and graded with an excellent “ASSISIbf (Animal and robot Societies Self-organise and Integrate by Social Interaction (bees and fish))” at University of Graz, Graz, Austria.

Dr. Salem published a couple of textbooks, a book chapter and tens of peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He obtained a patent from Graz University in 2018. Dr. Salem held several workshops directors in Syria, Nigeria and UK. He served a chair of seminar and research publications at the AUN. He was a promotions committee of the School of Information Technology and Computing at the AUN. Dr. Salem reviewed several peer-reviewed journals and conferences articles. In addition, he developed Curricula for the information-engineering faculty at Al-Shahbaa University. Dr. Salem served as an instructor for winter school at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and summer school at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Dr. Salem participated in several different EU projects.

Dr. Salem research interest covers Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Knowledge Discovery in Database, Datamining, Evolutionary Algorithms, Visible Light Communication (VLC), Li-Fi, Indoor Positioning System (IPS), VLC Localisation, Optical Wireless Communication (OWC), Internet of Things (IoT), Smart cities, Smart home, Smart farming.


Keynote speaker (Title and short explanation)
Visible Light Communication (VLC) and the Innovation Ahead for Internet of Things (IoT).

Transmission of data is one of the most important day-to-day activities in the fast growing world. With the increase in the number of devices, which access the Internet (IoT), the availability of fixed bandwidth makes it much more difficult to enjoy high data transfer rates and to connect a secure network.

Visible light communication (VLC), or Light Fidelity (Li-Fi), is a subset of Optical Wireless Communications (OWC) technologies that uses light as medium to deliver high-speed communication in a manner similar to Wi-Fi and complies with the IEEE standard IEEE 802.15.7. VLC is the next generation of communication. It uses visible light between 400 and 800 THz (electromagnetic spectrum 780–375 nm). VLC provides better bandwidth, efficiency, connectivity, security and high speeds larger than 1 Gbps. By leveraging the low-cost nature of LEDs and lighting units, there are many opportunities to exploit this medium. VLC uses fluorescent ordinary lamps to transmit signals at 10 kbit/s, or LEDs for up to 500 Mbit/s over short distances.

VLC had already implemented in many installations related to Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, Smart Farming, Smart Street lighting, and Automotive. This technology is expected to grow rapidly. “Indoor navigation through visible light communication” provides an easy approach for example “visitors to shopping malls”, “airport terminals” etc. to find their location and navigate their way forward.

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