Keynote Speakers

IT Innovations With Applications in Teaching Computer Networks and Security Courses

Dr. Shakil Akhtar
Clayton State University, USA.

The talk will highlight several innovations in the fields of computing and IT including telecommunications networks, wearable computers, nanotechnology and biometrics. Examples of learning/teaching tools for Networks/Security courses utilizing these and other latest technology will be presented including implementations to support virtual classrooms, video/audio chat and conferencing, podcasting, visualization by animation/simulation and course management systems.


Dr. Shakil Akhtar is currently a Professor of IT and CS Programs at Clayton State University. Before this, he chaired the IT Department until December 2008. Previously, he was a Professor in the College of Information Technology at UAE University from 2002 to 2007 including Interim Dean during 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, CS/IT Education and Simulation of Computer Networks. He has a wide teaching experience that includes undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Networks, Reliability, Performance Modeling, Simulation, Programming (Java, Visual Basic and C++), Computer Architecture and Digital System Design. 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.