CICEM2013 Keynote Speakers


Enhancing User Interface Testing Coverage Through Mutation


Dr. Izat Alsmadi

Yarmouk University, Jordan



The main advantage of using mutation in testing is to test and improve the system ability to detect bugs. It also helps improving coverage through exposing software or code areas that may not be exposed by other types of testing. However, the value of mutation testing is usually overlooked as mutation testing consumes extra resources from the already limited ones. This talk presents an automatic technique to generate valid and mutant test cases. Traditional mutation techniques change one or more parameters in the software specification,

 design or code and then try to find the test cases that can detect or kill those mutations. 


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Dr. Izzat Mahmoud Alsmadi is an associate professor in the department of computer information systems at Yarmouk University in Jordan. He obtained his Ph.D degree in software engineering from NDSU (USA). His second master in software engineering from NDSU (USA) and his first master in CIS from University of Phoenix (USA). He had B.Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering from Mutah university in Jordan.  He has published several books, journals and conference articles mainly in software engineering and information retrieval fields.


The Chasm between Academia and ICT Industry

Kahir Alarda

 Exceltrain, Jordan

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Khair Ardah is a founder of ExcellentTrain Company where he performs consulting, and training activities. He has done a lot of seminars and research on web application and web services security. Khair started with web application security in mid 2005. He participated in several local and international conferences in different areas like SQL Server, Business Intelligence, SharePoint, and Web Security. Over the years, Khair got certified in Microsoft technologies like: MCP, MCAD.Net, MCSD.Net, MCDBA, MCT, MCTS in SharePoint 2010 Configuration, MCTS in SharePoint 2010 Development, and MCTS in SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence.


Voice over IP (VoIP) Technologies

Dr. Ala' Fathi Khalifeh

German Jordanian University

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Dr. Ala’ Khalifeh received the B.S., M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University ofJordan in 2001, 2004, respectively and the PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine -USA in 2010. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the communication department at the German Jordanian University. Dr. Khalifeh is the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship(2005-2007) sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Departmentof State. In April 2008, he was selected as a Pedagogical Fellow (PF) by the University of California,Irvine and received the Alpha Phi Beta Kappa award for his excellent academic and leadership merits. Dr. Khalifeh’s researchis in communications technology and networking with particular emphasis on optimal resource allocations for multimedia transmission over wired and wireless networks, VoIP, and multimedia signal processing. He has published around 15 refereed conference and journal papers and a book chapter.



The Art of Perfect Bloom Structures

Dr. Amjad M Daoud,

Jordan ACM, Jordan


Perfect Bloom (PBS) is a probabilistic succinct structure that is suitable for big data. PBS uses a perfect hash function of a static set S of keys to map all keys in S to distinct locations with no collision. The PBS uses an additional bitvector to tell if a key is inserted so far or not. When all input keys are restricted to S, the PBS will return "Definitely Not Found" quickly. Otherwise if the key is in S, at least one entry will have a count of 1, returns "Definitely Found", and the perfect hash function will return its associated value. The perfect bloom demo is available at

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Dr. Daoud earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1993; has taught Oracle Development, Query Optimization, Oracle Parallel Server, Oracle performance tuning, Java Server Pages (JSP) at PSUT, Petra University, and Isra University where he founded the ACM Jordan ISWSA chapter and the Research Bulletin of Jordan ACM ( Dr. Daoud has worked for Digital, Oracle, EMC and Network Appliance mainly on storage system for large Oracle databases. At Virginia Tech, he worked on automatic parallelization of scientific code using Parafrase on supercomputers like Alliant FX/8, Sequent, and Cray X-MP. Later he developed perfect hashing and order-preserving perfect hashing algorithms for fast storage and retrieval. Dr. Daoud completed a Masters in Telecommunication Engineering from University of Jordan in 1986; and BEng. in Electrical Engineering from Yarmouk University in 1984.


SESAME and linkSCEEM as Regional Research Opportunities in Jordan

Salman Matalgah

Computing Group Leader

Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications

 in the Middle East (SESAME), Jordan



(Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) is a major scientific facility under construction near Amman (Jordan), which is expected to begin operation in 2015. SESAME will foster scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, build scientific bridges between neighboring countries, and foster mutual understanding through international cooperation. The Members of SESAME are currently Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, the Palestinian Authority and Turkey. As in everyday life, in advanced scientific research we learn by ‘seeing’ things using light – except that scientists use light that ranges beyond the visible, in the infrared and the ultraviolet, to X-rays and beyond. Advanced sources of light (like lasers and synchrotrons) have become prime factors in promoting scientific and technological progress. In recent decades, the extraordinary power of synchrotron light has made it an essential tool for studying matter on scales ranging from biological cells to atoms, using radiation from the infrared to X-rays. It has had an immense impact in fields that include archaeology, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, medicine and physics.


The LinkSCEEM-2 project aims at the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) eco-system in the Eastern Mediterranean region by interlinking and coordinating regional compute, storage and visualization resources to form an integrated e-infrastructure. The main project objective is to enable scientific research in the region by engaging and supporting research communities with an initial emphasis in the fields of climate research, digital cultural heritage and synchrotron radiation applications. To achieve its mission, the project will link e-resources, provide user support and training, carry out targeted networking activities, and, develop and implement a well-structured HPC resource allocation mechanism. Three regional HPC centres, namely CaSToRC, BA and NARSS contribute computational resources to the integrated e-infrastructure of LinkSCEEM-2. Additional computational centres from the region may participate through integrating their resources during the course of the project.

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Salman Matalgah is the Computing Group leader in the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), Jordan.



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