Keynote Speaker


Professor Dhiya Al-Jumeily OBE

Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Title: Artificial Intelligence approaches to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In response to the United Nation (UN) sustainable development goals, the emergence of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has resulted, paralleled by the rise in prominence of the Intelligent Systems paradigm has played big role. Additionally, the term 'Big Data' has been introduced in recognition of the extended use and scale of data, which is now featured prominently as a critical component in many solutions. The Artificial Intelligence and more specifically Data Science discipline, along with related concepts, aims to address many problems including the problem of information processing, providing a capacity for problem analysis that may exceed immediate human cognitive capabilities, while offloading routine tasks to reduce human cognitive labour and its associated limitations. Data can be viewed as the information carrying substrate within this paradigm, a medium upon which the problem domain information is encoded.

The application of Artificial Intelligence techniques and big data solutions, enabled by data science approaches and intelligent system technologies, has already delivered transformative impacts in different aspects around us, including sustainable development. In this talk, we explore the possibility of using Artificial Intelligence, deep learning and their applications, to accelerate and achieve the 17th Sustainable Development goals of the UN, covering the potential of such approaches, highlighting challenges with applying AI in real-applications, and exploring possible future directions. The talk will be supported by 'real-world' examples on which the discussion will be based. This will be concluded by proposing a novel case study to tackling water shortage and its implications based on AI combined with sensing technologies.


Dhiya Al-Jumeily OBE is a professor of Artificial Intelligence and the president of eSystems Engineering Society. He is a member of the Board of Governors for Liverpool John Moores University. Dhiya has extensive research interests covering a wide variety of interdisciplinary perspectives concerning the theory and practice of Applied Artificial Intelligence in medicine, human biology, environment, intelligent community and health care. He has published well over 350 peer reviewed scientific international publications, 17 books and 17 book chapters, in multidisciplinary research areas including: Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Signal Prediction, Telecommunication Fraud Detection, AI-based clinical decision-making, medical knowledge engineering, Human-Machine Interaction, intelligent medical information systems, sensors and robotics, wearable and intelligent devices and instruments. But his current research passion is decision support systems for self-management of health and medicine.

Dhiya has successfully supervised over 25 PhD students' studies and has been an external examiner to various UK and overseas Universities for undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. He has been actively involved as a member of editorial board and review committee for a number peer reviewed international journals, and is on program committee or as a general chair for a number of international conferences.

Dhiya is also a successful entrepreneur. He is the head of enterprise for the faculty of Engineering and Technology. He has been awarded various commercial and research grants, nationally and internationally, over £7.5M from Overseas Research and Educational Partners, UK through British Council and directly from industry with portfolio of various Knowledge Transfer Programs between academia and industry.

Dhiya is the founder and general series chair of the IEEE International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering DeSE ( since 2007. He has a large number of international contacts and leads or participates in several international committees in his research fields. Dhiya has one patent and coordinated over 10 projects at national and international level. Prof. Al-Jumeily is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Chartered IT Professional. He is also a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

On the 31 December 2020, professor Dhiya Al-Jumeily was promoted and appointed by THE QUEEN to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, “OBE- Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order for the “Services to Scientific Research”-