Keynote Speakers

Amir Razavi

Amir H. Razavi holds a Master’s degree in computer software engineering from Tehran university focused on Search engine design and optimization. He received his Ph.D. on Machine learning and NLP from the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Prof. Stan Matwin in February 2012. He also has done 2.5 years of Post-Doctoral fellowship in social network analytics and NLP to improve his practical experience and skills in ML, NLP and Data Mining. Then after, for more than 6 years he is working as Senior Data Scientist and team lead on BigData analytics in general; and User profiling and Cyber Security including Behavioral analysis, CTI, Data Loss Prevention, Fraud detection, and Cyber Attack Prevention/ Detection specifically, at well-known companies such as Bell Canada and Blackberry. He was also project manager of 3 enterprise projects of Customer Care, Billing and Fraud management at telco company.


Ling Liu

Ling Liu is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. She directs the research programs in the Distributed Data Intensive Systems Lab (DiSL), examining various aspects of large scale big data-powered artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and machine learning (ML) algorithms and analytics, including performance, availability, privacy, security and trust. Prof. Liu is an elected IEEE Fellow, a recipient of IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award (2012), and a recipient of the best paper award from numerous top venues, including IEEE ICDCS, WWW, ACM/IEEE CCGrid, IEEE Cloud, IEEE ICWS. Prof. Liu served on editorial board of over a dozen international journals, including the editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing (2013-2016) and currently, the editor in chief of ACM Transactions on Internet Computing (TOIT). Prof. Liu has been given invited keynote speeches in many top tier venues in Big Data, AI and ML systems and applications, Cloud Computing, Services Computing, Privacy, Security and Trust. Her current research is primarily supported by USA National Science Foundation under CISE programs and IBM.


Lisa Kearney

Ms. Kearney has been serving the cybersecurity community for over two decades securing networks, systems and data for hundreds of companies around the globe. In 2009, she started her own cybersecurity consulting practice which provides technical and business expertise to Canada’s largest security providers while working with governments, academia and fortune 500 companies. Lisa has a degree in computer science, numerous certifications and is active within the cybersecurity community. She keeps up to date on the latest trends and attack vectors currently used to compromise organizations and breach data and uses that information for threat hunting exercises. She continues to developed new products, services and processes to address the increasing threat levels of targeted attacks which affects Canada’s national and economic security.

Early in 2018, Lisa founded the Women CyberSecurity Society (WCS2) which provides support through programs and services to women and minorities interested in a cybersecurity career. The society’s mission is to advance and retain women and minorities within the industry to positions of leadership and decision making.

By working with strategic partners across industry, academia and government, they hope to increase the representation of those underrepresented groups to 30% by 2025.

WCS2 offers memberships, mentoring, coaching, scholarships, training, career development, and more to address the growing demands throughout the industry.


Mourad Debbabi

Mourad Debbabi conducts research activities in the areas of cyber security, cyber forensics and privacy. As such, together with his students, colleagues and collaborators, they work on the design and implementation of new methodologies, techniques and technologies that allow for the early detection, prevention, analysis, mitigation and attribution of cyber attacks. He is affiliated with the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering, known as CIISE, which is one of the departments of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University. He has holds the academic titles of NSERC/Hydro-Quebec Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technology, Concordia University Research Chair TIer I in Information Systems Security, Full Professor, and Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies.