Invited Speakers

Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal

BA in Communication Design (2003), MA in Multimedia Art (2007) and PhD in Digital Media (2013) from the University of Porto. In 2020, he completed a Post-Doctorate in Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the School of Design of the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA) and Director of the MA in Digital Design. He is an Integrated Researcher of the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+), where he has focused his research in the area of Communication Design for Digital Media. He is currently Principal Investigator (PI) of the project “ECHO – Echoing the Communal Self: designing the dissemination and replication of self-initiated practices in underprivileged urban communities in a post-pandemic world”, funded by FCT (EXPL/ART-DAQ/0037/2021); and has participated, as a team member, in several funded research projects. He is member of the editorial board of several scientific journals and was co-editor of more than several scientific publications in the area of Design, namely chapter books and proceedings of international conferences. He is the Founder and Chair of DIGICOM – International Conference on Design & Digital Communication (; and Co-Chair of International Conference on Human Dynamics and Design for the Development of Contemporary Societies, conference track of AHFE (USA). He has won numerous awards, namely: 3 Graphis Gold Award (2021, 2015 and 2014, USA); 2 Graphis Silver Award (2020 and 2014, USA); 1st prize – Mascot of the Oceanário of Lisbon; 1st prize – Mascot of the Water Pavilion of Porto; 1st prize – Porto Digital logo; 1st Prize “Winner Online” in the contest Webdesign 2004, promoted by ESTAL. Some of his design projects appear in over two dozen books on Communication Design, published in Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, USA, Austria, Netherlands, France, China and UK.




University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China

Dr Sherif Welsen is an associate professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering, the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). He received his MSc. from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Cairo, in 2006 and Ph.D. from Ain-Shams University in 2010. He has been with UNNC since November 2013. He is the faculty senior tutor since 2017. He is also the founder and head of the Science and Engineering research group. He led teaching and learning in the faculty of science and engineering from 2017 to 2021 when he served as the faculty deputy director of teaching and learning and the director of teaching and learning. Dr Welsen had a scientist position in Shenzhen from 2011 to 2013. He had an assistant professor position in Egypt from 2010 to 2011 and as an associate lecturer and researcher from 2004 to 2010. His research interest includes blended learning, digital reading, wireless communications, coding techniques for emerging wireless technologies, location estimation, and digital chip design.




Universi Teknologi MARA (UiTM),Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr Mah Boon Yih, who is also a Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer (2021-2022), Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (2021-2022) and Graduate Technologist, is an Associate Professor at the Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Penang Branch, Malaysia. He holds three degrees: PhD (E-learning), MA (Applied Linguistics), and BAEd (Hons) in ELS. As the outcome of his doctoral thesis, Dr Mah has become the founder of Web-based Cognitive Writing Instruction (WeCWI), an award-winning hybrid e-framework for instructional design and language development, as well as WeCWI Integrated Solutions (WeCWIIS), a solution-driven web-based consultancy at Dr Mah is included in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2011-2012 & 2016-2017, Who’s Who in Asia 2012, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (7th and 9th Editions), Top 100 Educators 2012, Dictionary of International Biography (36th-38th Editions), Who’s Who in the World 2013-2015, Top 100 Professionals 2015, Leading Educators of the World 2015, and 50 Fabulous Edutech Leaders 2019. In addition, he is also the winner of the World Education Congress Global Awards 2016: Education Leadership Award (for Excellence in Education, Leadership & Teaching), Rector’s Special Award 2017, Award for Excellence in eLearning 2019, The Top Best E-learning Award 2020, and Anugerah Pengajaran (Kelompok Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan) in UiTM AAU2020.