Our Advisory Board​

Prof. Dr. Alexander Egyed

Alexander Egyed is a Full Professor and Chair for Software-Intensive Systems at the Johannes Kepler University, Austria (JKU). He received a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, USA in 2000 and then worked for industry for many years before joining the University College London, UK in 2007 and JKU in 2008. At JKU, he built up a research institute which has a staff of over 30 people today. He is most recognized for his work on software and systems design – particularly on variability, consistency, and traceability. Dr. Egyed has published nearly 200 refereed scientific books, journals, and conferences with over 5000 citations to date. He was recognized a Top 1% scholar in software engineering in Communications of the ACM, Springer Scientometrics, and Microsoft Academic Search. He was also named an IBM Research Faculty Fellow in recognition to his contributions to consistency checking, received a Recognition of Service Award from the ACM, Best Paper Awards from COMPSAC and WICSA, and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the USC. Dr. Egyed served as program chair/steering committee member (ASE, FASE, MoDELS,…) and as editorial board member (TSE, SoSyM).

He is a member of the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, ACM, and ACM SigSoft.

Prof. Qiang Qu

Qiang Qu is a professor and the director of Guangdong Provincial R&D Center of Blockchain and Distributed IoT Security. Before joining SIAT, he was an assistant professor, the director of Dainfos Lab, and the associate head for Research at Institute of Information Systems of Innopolis University. 

He received his Ph.D. at Aarhus University, supervised by Prof. Christian S. Jensen. His Ph.D. research was supported by the GEOCrowd project under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. He was a visiting scientist working with Prof. Gustavo Alonso at ETH Zurich in 2014-2015, a visiting scholar working with Prof. Christos Faloutsos at Carnegie Mellon University, a visiting scholar working with Prof. Gao Cong at Nanyang Technological University, and a research fellow at Singapore Management University. He obtained his M.Sc in Computer Science from Peking University. His current research interests are in data-intensive applications and systems, focusing on efficient and scalable algorithm design, blockchain, data sense-making, and mobility intelligence. He was TPC member of several prestige conferences, and he chaired workshops in VLDB 2018, ICDM 2018, VLDB 2017, ICDM 2015, and APWEB-WAIM 2017 on mobility analysis.

Prof. Zeng An

Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.

Email: (zangan2010@126.com) 

Dr. Bernhard Moser

Bernhard Moser has been President of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ASAI) since February 2020. He is a private lecturer in mathematics at the JKU and Research Director at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (SCCH). He is interested in the mathematical foundations of data-driven and human-centered AI. He is the coordinator of the FFG COMET module “S3AI: Safe and Secure Shared AI” and the H2020 project “TEAMING.AI: Human-AI Teaming Platform for Maintaining and Evolving AI Systems in Manufacturing”.

Prof. A Min Tjoa

A Min Tjoa is a full professor for Software Technology at TU WIEN (Vienna University of Technology) at the Institute for Information Systems Engineering since 1994. He was guest professor at the University of Zurich, the Technical University in Lausanne, Czech Technical University in Prague, University of Linz, University of Klagenfurt, National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo) and the University of Kyushu. He has been elected to Chairperson of UN-CSTD for the period 2018/2019 being its vice-chairperson from 2015 to 2018. Currently, he holds also the position of an executive-chairperson at the Austrian National Competence Center for Excellent Technologies (COMET- Competence Center for Excellent Technology) in the field of IT-Security (SBA). He is also Chief Scientific Officer of the COMET-Center for Software and Data Science (SCCH). Since 2012, he has been member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) and is currently its Honorary Secretary. He is also the chairperson of the IFIP-Working Group on “Enterprise Information Systems”. In 2018 he was the General Chairperson for SOFSEM (44th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science), the ICDCS 2018 (38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems) and Program Committee Chair of CONFENIS 2018 (12th IFIP International Conference on Research and Practical Issues of Enterprise Information Systems). He has been awarded the Honorary Doctoral degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the Czech University of Technology in Prague for his research work and the Honorary Professor title from Hue University, Vietnam. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed articles in journals and conferences. His main research interests are in Business Intelligence, Semantic Web, IT-Security & Privacy, Linked Open Data and ICT for SDGs. 

Dr. Shoab Khan

Dr. Shoab Khan has Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA. Analog Devices funded his Ph.D. on a project for MIT Lincoln Lab, which involved 64 SHARC DSPs based Mesh for parallel processing application. He obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from UET, Lahore 

He has 12+ years industrial experience in companies like Scientific Atlanta, Picture Tel, and Cisco Systems. Mostly he worked on multi-DSP-based systems. As head of R&D group at Communications Enabling Technologies, he headed the team that executed a pioneering work of System on Chip (SoC) design. The team designed the world highest density media processor for carrier class voice processing system. The SoC can handle 2000 calls of G.711 or 624 calls of G.729a with line echo cancellation, voice activity detection, and comfort noise generation. SoC has 40 DSPs with embedded silicon RTOS taking care of the scheduling of different voice channels on these DSPs. A system based on this chip is installed in PTCL 17-enquiry exchange in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is one of the five recipients of National Education Award 2001 in the category of “Outstanding Services to Science and Technology”.

Dr. Yasar Ayaz

Dr. Yasar is currently working at SMME as the Head of the Department of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. He has developed Pakistan’s first MS and Ph.D. programs in the area of Robotics and Intelligent Machine Engineering, which are currently offered at SMME, NUST. Dr. Yasar Ayaz’s research work on Humanoid Robot Footstep Planning, Navigation and Control has been cited by leading universities in more than eleven countries, including USA, Japan, France, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, China, Iran, Croatia, Singapore, and Pakistan. It is also worth mentioning here, that in January 2013, the biography of Dr. Yasar Ayaz has also been published in the Pearl Edition of “Who’s Who in the World 2013” in recognition of his extraordinary international contribution to research and academics in the field of Robotics. Author of more than 80 International Publications in International Journals, Invited Book Chapters, and International Conferences. Dr Yasar Ayaz also holds 2 x National Records for Maximum International Research Publications and Maximum Impact Factor Journal Publications from any Undergraduate Final Project in the Field of Engineering in Pakistan.

Wahaj us Siraj

Wahaj us Siraj is CEO and co-founder of Nayatel which has installed Pakistan’s first fiber to the home  (FTTH) network in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Peshawar to provide broadband, HD TV and phone services to business and home users. Earlier, Wahaj co-founded Micronet Broadband, the first one to launch broadband DSL services in Pakistan in 2002. Wahaj has vast experience in Internet and telecom and also worked with the Government of Pakistan for 14 years before switching his career as entrepreneur. 
Wahaj serves on board of directors of some leading Government organisations and universities and is often invited to speak on entreprenuership and self development.