Keynote 1- ICACIS 2024

Towards AI-powered composable digital twins

Professor Gyu Myoung Lee

Professor, School of Computer Science and Mathematics

Liverpool John Moores University, UK


Designing a digital twin, as a virtual representation of an object or system, requires Al techniques to more accurately reflect the physical environments. AI-powered digital twins can be used to perform various simulations, analyze performance issues, and create potential improvements for emerging intelligent networking and services with many different purposes. This talk will briefly introduce recent technical trends from a data- and user-centric perspective and then highlight the importance of composable approaches along with the composable architecture concept for scaling up AI-powered digital twins to support monitoring, simulation, predictive maintenance for ICT infrastructures as well as vertical intelligent services. In addition, this talk will discuss several challenges to eventually build a virtual continuum supporting dynamic workflows with digital twin networks collaboratively towards decentralized date centric infrastructures and services.        


Gyu Myoung Lee is a Professor at the Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), UK. He was also affiliated with KAIST, Daejeon, Rep. of Korea, as an Adjunct Professor from 2012 to 2024. Before joining the LJMU in 2014, he worked at the Institut Mines-Telecom since 2008. Until 2012, he was invited to work at ETRI, Rep. of Korea. He worked as a research professor at KAIST, Rep. of Korea and as a guest researcher at NIST, USA, in 2007. 

His research interests include Internet of Things, digital twin, computational trust, blockchain with privacy preservation, data and AI governance, knowledge centric networking and services considering all vertical services, Smart Grid, energy saving networks, cloud-based big data analytics platform and multimedia networking and services.

Prof. Lee has actively participated in standardization meetings including ITU-T SG 13 and SG20, IETF and oneM2M, etc., and currently serves as a Working Party chair and the Rapporteur of Q16/13 on trustworthy networking and services and Q4/20 on data analytics, sharing, processing and management in ITU-T. He is the Vice-Chair of ITU-T FG-AN and FG-AI4A as well as the Convenor of CG-AIoT and Web3-adhoc. He was also the chair of ITU-T Focus Group on Data Processing and Management (FG-DPM). He has contributed more than 500 proposals for standards and published more than 200 papers in academic journals and conferences. He received several Best Paper Awards in international and domestic conferences and served as a reviewer of IEEE journals/conference papers and an organizer/member of committee of international conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Prof. Lee received his BS degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Hong Ik University, Seoul, Rep. of Korea, in 1999 and MS, and PhD degree from KAIST, Daejeon, Rep. of Korea, in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

Keynote 2 – ICACSIS 2024 

Artificial Super Communication: The Sunrise

Prof. Björn W. Schuller

Full Professor of Health Informatics, CHI – Chair of Health Informatics

Klinikum rechts der Isar (MRI), Munich / Germany


Enter the dawn of a new era in communication as we embark on a journey into the realm of Artificial Super Communication. In this keynote, we illuminate the horizon of possibilities unlocked by the convergence of artificial intelligence fueled by affective computing and communication technologies. As the sun rises on this transformative landscape, we explore how AI-driven communication systems transcend linguistic barriers, augment human interaction, and pave the way for unprecedented levels of artificial and human charisma, empathy, and understanding. From socioemotionally competent natural language processing based on emergent and few-shot learnt large language and audio models to personalised persuasive human-AI communication, we witness the birth of a communication paradigm that transcends boundaries, fosters inclusivity, and catalyses innovation even in human-to-human communication. The optimal exploitation of foundation models by deep prompt tuning, fine-tuning, and synergistic combination with target data-learnt deep approaches will be the source. Join us as we navigate through the dawn of Artificial Super Communication, where the promise of a more empathic and friendly communication between humans and machines awaits.


Schuller combines computer science with modern health care and medicine. The main focus lies in the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of biosignals including in daily life, such as those generated in monitoring heart activity, metabolism, or neuronal activities. Additionally, acoustic, visual, and a variety of other parameters are also evaluated. The goal is prevention, diagnosis, as well as decision support and intervention through efficient, transparent, and trustworthy methods of current Artificial Intelligence.

Prof. Schuller received his diploma (1999), doctoral degree (2006), and habilitation (2012), all in EE/IT from TUM where he became Full Professor of Health Informatics in 2023. Since 2013 he is also with Imperial College London now as Professor of Artificial Intelligence. Further, he is the co-founding CEO and current CSO of audEERING. Previous major stays include Full Professor at the University of Augsburg (2017-2023) and University of Passau (2014-2017), and Researcher at Joanneum Research in Graz (2012) and the CNRS near Paris (2009-2010).

Keynote 3- ICACSIS 2024

The Best of Both Worlds: When Cybersecurity Analytics Meets Smart Grid Operation

Dr. Adnan Anwar

Director, Post Graduate Cybersecurity, Deakin University, Australia


While the convergence of advanced Information/Communication technologies with the physical energy systems has enabled the Smart Grid to be far more efficient and competitive in addressing the growing global energy challenges, it has also introduced a large number of vulnerabilities in the cyber-physical space, including data integrity attacks that can influence and affect the stable operation of the physical grid. In this talk, Dr. Anwar will demonstrate how an intelligent adversary can construct data-driven stealthy integrity attacks without any prior information of system knowledge. To this end, he will demonstrate how an adversary can reveal the energy grid topology by gaining access to the measurement sensor signals only. Importantly, such grid topology can be used to construct data-driven integrity attacks under the convergence of IT/OT systems which may evade the traditional detection module of an energy operation centre and will remain ‘undetected’ but ‘manipulate’ the system states. 

In the second part of the presentation, Dr. Anwar will focus on a new challenge in the power system operation related to privacy-preserving data analytics. To address this challenge, Dr. Anwar will demonstrate possible strategies using Federated Learning-based privacy-preserving techniques, explore the vulnerabilities of existing mechanisms and discuss some possible countermeasures. He will also cover the future research directions aligning with this topic.


Dr. Adnan Anwar is the Director of Post Graduate Cybersecurity courses at Deakin University and leading the energy grid security research theme at the  Centre for Cyber Resilience and Trust (CREST). He has over 10 years of industrial, research, and teaching experience in universities and research labs including NICTA (now, Data61 of CSIRO), La Trobe University, Deakin University, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He received his PhD and Master’s by Research degree from UNSW Australia and worked as a data scientist team leader at Flow Power, Melbourne before joining Deakin University. He has obtained funding (total worth of ~$1M) in critical infrastructure security from the Australian Defence, Government, Industry, Cybersecurity Co-operative Research Centre (CyberCRC), CSIRO, DFAT, VMIA, AuDA Foundation, etc. Throughout his research career, he has contributed significantly to cyber security and energy data analysis. He has established himself as one of the pioneers by creating a research stream on “Data-driven Energy Security” (35+ Scimago Q1 articles related to this area) that led to 3,000+ citations with H-index 31 (according to Google Scholar). As research outcomes, he has developed tools, frameworks and published high impact articles in top venues in his discipline. Because of his contribution in research and education, he has received research excellence and outstanding contribution awards in 2020 and 2021 from Deakin University and has been recognized as a Finalist for the Cybersecurity Professional of the Year 2024 in the Government and Defence category. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.

Keynote 4- ICACSIS 2024

Emerging Trends and Key Challenges in Cybersecurity: Exploring New Opportunities and Future Perspectives

Prof. Brij B. Gupta

Distinguished Professor

Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE) Asia University, Taiwan


Today, computers are increasingly being used for storing and retrieving information. Some of this information is of a sensitive nature requiring adequate security measures to safeguard the sensitive information. It has also brought unparalleled and potential challenges with them. Moreover, attackers keep changing their attack strategies rapidly to hide their actually identy. In addition, cyber space is considered as fifth battle-field after land, air, water and space. Therefore, strengthening the security has become a vital homeland security mission and critical information infrastructure protection. Security Challenges is the protection of information systems, hardware, software, and information as well from theft, damages, interruption or misdirection to any of these resources and critical information infrasturetures. Therefore, to protect against various attacks, security specialists need to keep concocting new schemes to control any new attacks. While protecting against naïve attacks, some type of advanced techniques should be included in the lineup of security tools or software. Hence, in this talk, I will discuss about recent research trends and challenges in Cybersecurity and will also highlights various opportunities and future Perspectives to contribute to enhance overall security of a system.


Prof. Brij B. Gupta is working as Director of International Center for AI and Cyber Security Research and Innovations, and Distinguished Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE), Asia University, Taiwan.  In more than 18 years of his professional experience, he published over 500 papers in journals/conferences including 80 IEEE/ACM Transactions papers, 35 books and 11 Patents with over 29,000 citations. He has received numerous national and international awards including Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship (2009), Faculty Research Fellowship Award (2017), MeitY, GoI, IEEE GCCE outstanding and WIE paper awards and Best Faculty Award (2018 & 2019), NIT KKR, respectively. Prof. Gupta was selected for prestigious Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers in Computer Science (in top 0.1% researchers in the world) continuously for year 2022 and 20023. Moreover, he was also selected in the 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020 Stanford University’s ranking of the world’s top 2% scientists. Prof Gupta is also serving as Distinguished Research Scientist with LoginRadius Inc., USA which is one of leading cybersecurity companies in the world, especially in the field of customer identity and access management (CIAM).  He is also a visiting/adjunct professor with several universities (Including Birkbeck, University of London, University of Salerno, University of Murcia, Temple university, Deakin University, Ulster University, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Kyung Hee University, Yamaguchi University, Macquarie University, Staffordshire University, etc worldwide.

Keynote 5- ICACSIS 2024

Advancing AI-Driven Methods for Assessing the Impact of Environmental and Anthropogenic Stressors on Canada’s Blue Carbon Habitats through Enhanced Secured Underwater Communication Technologies

Dr. Navneet Kaur Popli  

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,

University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada


Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are revolutionizing the monitoring and analysis of ecosystems, particularly in assessing the impacts of various stressors on vital marine environments. This research focuses on the development and application of AI-driven techniques to monitor and evaluate the effects of both natural and anthropogenic stressors on Canada’s blue carbon ecosystems. Utilizing a sophisticated underwater communication suite, this study aims to enhance data collection and transmission from remote marine habitats, facilitating real-time analysis and a deeper understanding of these ecosystems’ health and resilience. By leveraging machine learning algorithms, the project seeks to identify, quantify, and differentiate the impacts of various stressors on blue carbon habitats, which are crucial for carbon sequestration and biodiversity. This approach not only provides invaluable insights into the preservation and management of these ecosystems but also contributes to the broader field of environmental science by offering a scalable, efficient method for ecological monitoring. The integration of enhanced underwater communication technologies ensures secure, reliable data flow, enabling comprehensive ecosystem modeling and the development of targeted conservation strategies. This research represents a significant step forward in the application of AI in environmental science, offering a novel tool for policymakers, conservationists, and scientists to safeguard Canada’s blue carbon ecosystems against the dual threats of natural and human-induced changes.


Dr. Navneet Kaur Popli has over 20+ years of progressive experience, training students into future leaders by teaching and mentoring them. She has a strong track record of research with publications in many International journals of repute. She is an IEEE Victoria Section Educational Activities and Student Counsellor and has presented, participated, and conducted many conferences, seminars, and workshops. She has been a speaker at many ISACA events like SheLeadsTech and is particularly working towards increasing female and BIPOC participation in technology through various STEM initiatives.She has worked extensively with the industry in fields of cybersecurity, distributive computing and software development, scalability and testing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is particularly interested in the strategies for development and security of large intelligent systems, smart cities, IoT devices and cyber physical systems.

Keynote 6- ICACSIS 2024

Are we truly evolving in the era of advanced communication and

intelligent systems?

Prof. Felix Bankole

University of South Africa, South Africa


The era of advanced communication and intelligent systems is upon us all but are we truly evolving in this age?

The advanced in communication and intelligent system has created an increase in varieties of globalised environment where organization requires a novel approach for innovation, resource sharing and re-invention of processes for human development. Although, the transition to such advanced environment in industries or other work places could be linear, non-linear, easy or fixed but necessitate a strategic approach. I would say, with the right leaders, people, and a mind-set full of curiosity, earnestness, and readiness to contest the existing architypes, prospects for technology advancement to impact human should be assured.

This keynote address characterizes the past, present and provides a glimpse into future endeavours as embedded in our industry, academic research, and project experience. The evolution of information communication technologies has resulted in an authoritative source of change and transition that has shaped the beginning of 4th industrial revolution. This evolution should be employed means to create holistic development for everyone. It is therefore imperative for all to use this era of advancement in communication and intelligent systems to create a better life. Simply put, the present view of human development as it entails ICT4D is multifaceted and comprises a range of different factors e.g., technological development and intelligent systems is one of the factors and should be consciously targeted to change the conditions in countries or organization through specific action plans, agenda, and strategies for wellbeing of people both in developed and developing countries.