Cognitive Approach to Building Safe and Smart Cities/Societies πŸ—“

Organized by IEEE SusTech
register Speaker: Fawzi Behmann, TelNet Management Consulting Inc.
Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM PST (Zoom, on the Internet)
Cost: none
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Summary: Layers of smartness β€”- using technology and data β€”- are being built into cities to make them safer, more efficient and sustainable. Developed cities around the world are actively launching smart solutions, while new and emerging cities are integrating intelligent, connected systems from the start. The big cities of today may not be those of tomorrow. The opportunities are immense β€”- across infrastructure, mobility, energy, healthcare and beyond. Innovative technology applications and their adoption in society offer a turning point. At its core, the smart city is about people and improving the quality of our everyday lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the shortcomings of major cities in times of crisis.
The talk will cover the following areas: — Current state and challenges of Smart Cities; — Disruptive technologies (IoT, 5G/6G, analytics); — Key examples; — Adoption of disruptive technologies.

Fawzi Behmann Bio: Fawzi Behmann is a visionary, thought leader, author and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity. Fawzi spent over 35 years in industry and held various executive and leadership positions with Tier 1 companies in the areas of communications & networks spanning Semiconductor, communication systems and service provider. He was a senior product manager with Nortel Networks for enterprise broadband edge and core product releases. Fawzi also served as the Director of Strategic Marketing with Motorola/Freescale for SoC networking & Communications product line in Austin.
Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE ComSoc Regional Director for North America Board (2020-2021) and chairing several society chapters (ComSoc, Signal Processing, Computer, EMB, Cons Elec.). He has several publications and co-authored a book on “Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business” published by Wiley.
Fawzi was the recipient several awards from Industry and the IEEE: Freescale CEO Diamond Chip Award in 2008, and IEEE Communications Society Chapter Achievement and Chapter of the year awards in 2015 and 2017, Outstanding Region 5 member award for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Most recently, Fawzi received the IEEE USA Regional Professional Leadership Award in 2018 and Outstanding Large Section and Section Visionary chair for 2018-2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction from Concordia University, Montreal; Masters in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Executive MBA from Queen’s University, Ontario Canada.

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