1. Title: “Smart Multimedia in the Multiverse”

Abdelmotaleb El-Saddik


University of Ottawa, and MBZUAI


Prof. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik is acting chair of the computer vision department at MBZUAI, UAE & Distinguished University Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is an internationally recognized scholar who has made strong contributions to the knowledge and understanding of intelligent multimedia computing, communications and applications. His research focus is on the establishment of digital twins to enhance the quality of life of citizens using AI, IoT, SN, AR/VR, haptics and 5G to allow people to interact in real-time with one another as well as with their smart digital representations in the metaverse in a secure manner. He is Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (ACM TOMM). He has co-authored 10 books and more than 600 publications and chaired more than 50 conferences and workshops and has supervised more than 150 researchers. He has received research grants and contracts totaling more than $20M. He is the author of the book Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia. Dr. El Saddik is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and has received several awards, including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the German Humboldt Foundation, the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Achievement Award. He also received IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal and A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science and the IEEE TCSC Achievement Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing.


2. Title: "Smart HCI in Industry and Medicine."

Margarita Anastassova

Head of Ambient and Sensorial Interface Laboratory


Dr. Margarita Anastassova is Head of the Sensory and Ambient Interfaces Laboratory (SAIL). She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics from Paris Descartes University and, for 20 years, she has been extensively working in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and innovative technologies. Her main research interests lie in the field of human factors (usability, utility, accessibility) of emerging technologies such as haptic and tactile interfaces, mobile systems, virtual and augmented reality with applications in healthcare, automotive and manufacturing.


3. Title: “Haptics as a first-order media: current states and challenges ahead”

Eric Vezzoli

Razer Inc.

Associate Director, Haptics | GM Interhaptics