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Mon 19 Nov

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks
Sheikha Aida Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
H.H. Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah Informatics Award

09:10 AM - 09:20 AM

H.E. Mr. Lawrence Silverman
US Ambassador to Kuwait

09:20 AM - 09:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Welcoming Remarks
Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin
Director General
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote speech

Henrik von Scheel –Keynote speech
Originator of the Industry 4.0 and Digital themes today

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Session I AI, Advancing Science and Technology

Moderator    Abdullah M. Almutawa
Associate professor, and Director of the Office of E-Services and Engineering Education, College of Engineering and Petroleum, Kuwait University

How Computational Biology Revolutionized the Biological Sciences
Saja Adel Fakhraldeen

Assistant Research Scientist
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Identifying the structural features that endow real-world networks with resilient and dynamic abilities using a biological network as model

Bader F. Al-Anzi
Research scientist Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

Mohammad Khajah
Associate research scientist
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Machine Learning on FPGAs/ASICs: Current Efforts and Future Outlooks

Hassab Elgawi Osman Assistant Professor
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, OMAN

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Building Robots that Teach

Brian Scassellati
Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science
Mechanical Engineering
Yale University
Director of the NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics

12:30 PM - 13:30 PM

Lunch Break

13:30 PM - 14:00 PM

Session II AI is changing our Lives Profoundly

Moderator Faisal Alobaid
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Information Systems Dept.,
College of Business Studies,
The Public Authority of Applied Education and Training, Kuwait

Local AI Success stories in Kuwait

Jassim Mutawa
The Advanced Technology Group

14:00 PM - 14:30 PM

The Recruitment Conundrum and How To Fix IT

Faisal Buzuobar
TalentScript, Kuwait

14:30 PM - 15:00 PM

Industry 4.0: SASHA Robot and the transform of Human-Robot cooperation

Wassim El Hariri
Inventor of SASHA

15:00 PM - 16:00 PM

Discussion and wrap-up

Tue 20 Nov

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Session III AI is shaping the Future of Education

Moderator Thalaya Al-Fouzan
Computer Science Professor
College Of Computing Sciences and Engineering
Kuwait University

Why cognitive and emotional details matter in education: How AI is being used for fine-grained assessment and to support learning across contexts

H. Chad Lane
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Informatics
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Taking the Future of Education to the Next Level

Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi
Computer Science Department
Columbia University

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

AI and future Education

Abdullah Al-Mutawa
Associate professor
Director of the Office of E-Services and Engineering Education
College of Engineering and Petroleum
Kuwait University

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Discussion and wrap-up

12:00 PM - 13:30 PM

Lunch Break

13:30 PM - 16:00 PM

Session IV Recommendations (closed session)

Drafting the conclusion and recommendations
Meeting with KU and KISR researchers
Visiting KU AI laboratories

Wed 21 Nov

19:00 PM - 21:00 PM

Session V Public Event – KFAS Building

AI in Interaction: Perceptions of Social Robots in Different Cultures

Oliver Korn
Professor of Human Computer Interaction (HC)
Director, Affective & Cognitive Institute (ACI) Offenburg University, Germany