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Dr. Mohammad Hamdan

Associate Director of Research, MACS at Heriot-Watt University Dubai


Mohammad Hamdan is Associate Director of Research in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. He is a senior member in IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and a member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT.  Dr Hamdan got his MSc in Knowledge-based Systems and PhD in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University.  


Dr. Hamdan spoke to us in the lead up to the event about the following questions on the topic of Cloud in education, his presentation and Cloud in MENA:

How important is Cloud right now for education and how is this likely to change/evolve in the future?

Universities are putting regulations to minimize or ban working from home due to security issues. We as academics do not adhere to working hours 9-5 and prefer open desk and time. For example, working in the evening and weekend. IT departments do not like academics use the facilities remotely and prefer to use only when in campus. We as IT professional try to convince IT departments that Cloud security is high and safe for working remotely. Thus, giving flexible working hours. To give an example, reading and writing research papers could be more productive at home than office due to relaxed atmosphere. We academic like to mix between working and home and office.

You will be speaking at Cloud MENA on April 9th about evolutionary optimization in Cloud problems - Could you give us a little bit of insight into what we can expect to find out during your presentation?

Will highlight how we can use evolutionary computing techniques in solving multi-objective problems in the cloud. For example, how to schedule tasks in the cloud or load balancing work across the system. I will cover evolutionary multi-objective optimization first.

What are the other technologies related to Cloud that you are currently exploring?

Edge computing can be thought as the other side of cloud computing. For example, rather than load all the data to the cloud to be process, why not do all the data analysis directly where the data was gather. This would save data transmission and storage.

What are you most looking forward to with regards to speaking and attending the Cloud MENA event in Dubai?

Networking with IT professionals and getting insight into latest technologies.

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