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Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Pervez Chattha,  PhD.

PhD. in Computer Engineering,  Senior IT Consultant/ Senior Faculty Member at Yanbu University College, Royal Commission  for Jubail & Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, Inventor for Inovation Inc. (http://www.inovatian.com/team-of-researchers)



Keynote Speech Title:

"Optimal use of Modern Technologies  for Smarter Education of Future Generations"



We are living in an era which is enriched with intensive use of technology in our lifestyle and environment. IT has evolved to meet not only our communication needs but also playing its part in all walks of life. Rapid application development systems have narrowed down the gap between expectations, inventions and bulk demand. Although the requirements of different verticals of society varies according to their core businesses, but the urge of improving efficiency while reducing costs is a common denominator for all sectors. The education sector is mainly focused on fulfilling the requirements of its two stakeholders i.e. the teachers and the students while continuously improving the standards and quality of education. The IT needs of both students and teachers vary drastically from each other and as a result IT has totally changed the learning culture.  Students of current era are already addicted with smartphone gadgets so concept of reading from books and lab manuals is history now. As policy makers we need to focus on this aspect and should encourage the use of gadgets for smart classroom environment as a knowledge bank for smart applications which eventually will be covering all subject areas taught in the conventional classrooms. Instead of prohibiting use of gadgets in the classrooms, we can take advantage of student’s addiction for smartphone gadgets and turn it into a productive habit for effective learning. With the help of smartphone application teachers and educationists can integrate latest interactive teaching methodologies in classroom through Flip classroom, Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Project Based Learning (PoBL).  As an instructor in a modern learning environment, the teacher is responsible to inculcate eagerness in the students not only to learn but to learn effectively which would result in applied research oriented teaching and learning.

This era of Smart Society is a result of investing huge amount of IT resources on Infrastructure of Smart Cities to automate the life of its citizens with a quest for perfection. This has raised the bars for competence level required in all walks of life. The students of Smart Societies of the future will be seeking state of the art knowledge platforms and teaching aids that would be interactive and effective for attaining knowledge. On the other hand, the teachers of this Smart era would have to enhance their knowledge, teaching skills and expertise as per the demands and needs of these students. The educationists would have to educate these students to deal and compete with machines (e.g. in Industry 4.0 where robots will be replacing workers at different levels of industry and eventually will totally replace human workforce). This is essentially a paradigm shift that requires non trivial forms of teaching and learning methods for preparing the students to meet the needs of increasingly complex digitally driven AI based Smart Societies. We will discuss these future challenges of the Smart Societies and their possible solutions by positively introducing these new technologies in pedagogy, curriculum design, ICT skills, fast learning, technology oriented and outcome based educational environment, where student will not feel any change during transition from classroom to the industry. Let us strive to make this future possible for us, today!



Dr. Shahbaz Pervez Chattha got his Masters and PhD in Computer Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan. With over 30 International Research Publications, and more than 10 international Certification (from IT industry leaders including Cisco Systems, Sun Micro Systems, Juniper Networks, EXIN, CompTIA, EC Council etc.), He is currently working as Faculty Member and Senior IT Consultant at Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is involved in planning & design of Secure Smart City Infrastructure and Smart City Services for Yanbu Smart City project (Approx. 420 Sq. Km - first ever Smart City of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). He also working as Faculty member in the Department of Computer Engineering & ICT where apart from teaching assignments for Computer Engineering and ICT curricula, he is responsible for curriculum development as per international standards on outcome based learning. His Core area of expertise includes implementation of cutting-edge technologies. He possesses diverse experience ranging from extensive background in the field of teaching, professional training and research with hands on experience of large scale IT projects and R&D for cutting-edge technologies in academia. Dr. Shahbaz have over 18 years of teaching and research experience at many international higher educational institutes. He has been working with international organization as consultant and successfully completed many international projects. He is winner for Many R&D Research grants in the field of information technology. Here is his philosophy of teaching and research:

 “I never approached research, teaching and services separately. I relish harnessing the benefits of one flowing into another. I enjoy when my teaching knowledge spills over my research and services, and research spills over my teaching and services, and the service in turn over the other two. It creates a very dynamic and evolving environment, where one part helps build the other parts, and in turn the whole system gets built up. I consider myself a facilitator rather than a conventional teacher”.

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