Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Özcan Asilkan
Metropolitan University of Tirana
Tirana, Albania

Keynote Title: Understanding the Digital Transformation

Abstract: Are you ready for Digital Transformation? Do you really know where to start, how to proceed and manage the change?
There is no longer any doubt about whether the businesses should realize the digital transformation. Any business that wants to survive or increase profitability in today’s highly competitive marketplace must definitely go digital to satisfy the increasing expectations of its customers. The main concern for digital transformation should be how correct and efficient
to realize it.

Performing a right digital transformation is crucial for all organizations. Researches show that most of them fail the transformation when they primarily focus on IT investment. In fact, digital transformation is a complete transition that affects all areas of a business. It must start with a thorough understanding of the philosophy of digitalization and continue with modification of the current business plans to a new digital business model. When done right, it modifies the way organization works along with significant changes. That requires a thorough understanding of change management. Companies doing the digital transformation in the right way will be surviving and becoming more profitable while others will be disappointed.

This keynote will present the core issues on digital transformation to understand it better and implement successfully.


Bio: Prof. Dr. Özcan Asilkan is an experienced professor and computer engineer with a demonstrated academic and professional experience in universities and industry. His research interests focus on Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Database Systems, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Health Informatics and Hospitality. With more than 20 years of academic and business expertise, he has held many engagements throughout the world like Turkey, Germany, North Cyprus, Albania, North Macedonia, etc. As computer engineer, he worked at various positions like System Analyst, Database Administrator, Application Developer and Consultant. As academic, he founded and chaired the departments of Computer Engineering and Management Information Systems in various universities. He chaired several international conferences and took part as Keynote speaker in several others. In addition to his native tongue (Turkish), he also knows fluent English and intermediate German. Since September 2019 he has been working as the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and IT at Metropolitan University of Tirana in Albania


Assist Prof. Dr. Nazım Kaşot
University of the Mediterranean Karpasia, North Cyprus

Keynote Title : Teaching Environmental Education Through Technology

Abstract: It is very important to share information about the environment, to create awareness and to ensure its sustainability, to connect with and touch people. People need to know that the environment must be protected in order to survive. Addressing environmental problems and eliminating these problems can only be possible if people have environmental awareness. Various media tools and technologies can be used to spread environmental awareness among people.
It is known by all that social media raise awareness of the public by examining environmental problems. For this reason, it can be said that the easiest way to share information about the environment is social media. Increasing environmental knowledge and awareness with technologies that can be used alongside the media has become one of the important issues of today’s world. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that digital learning has become a part of our lives despite different opinions and will be used more often in the future.
In this presentation; Methods that will facilitate the learning of environmental issues in technology aid will be mentioned and examples will be given.

Bio: Nazım Kaşot studied biology at the Ege University between the years 2003 and 2007. His graduation project was about the biology of stripe necked terrapin (Mauremys rivulata). He was ranked third in the class and the fourth of section Nazım Kaşot, Kıbrıs Adası’nda Dağılış Gösteren Çizgili Kaplumbağa’nın (Mauremys rivulata) Ekolojisi ve Biyolojisi Hakkında Bir Ön Çalışma with 85/100 points. He has the master degree on Secondary Education Field Teaching at Atatürk Teacher Training Academy between the years 2010 and 2011 and then worked as a biology and science teacher at the Bekirpaşa High School, Mehmetçik Secondary School, Mağusa Vocational High School, Haspolat Vocational High School and Gazi Mağusa Türk Maarif College. He had many experiences in the field of secondary education and combined his experiences to improve the environmental education in secondary schools. He was graduated from the master program on environmental education at the Near East University in 2012. He was also graduated from his PhD program on the same area in 2016 at the same university. He is now working for University of the Mediterranean Karpasia as an associate professor. He is conducting researches especially on environmental educatiton and biodiversity issues.

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Murat Sönmez
Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus
Güzelyurt /TRNC Mersin Turkey

Keynote Title: The role of academics for engineers to enable them to fulfill their expected roles in sustainable development

Abstract: The adverse environmental impact of global warming has been accepted by the scientific community. Equally well documented is the catalyzing effect of fossil fuel consumption on global warming through greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of scientific and engineering research has inevitably drifted from achieving high output at any energy cost to accomplishing required work with minimum energy consumption. Large international companies have embraced “going green”, not only due to the positive public image repercussions of being environmentally friendly but also competitive advantages from reduced manufacturing costs. Nowadays, it is a very important and widespread mission to achieve organizational objectives at minimum energy, material, and water consumption and correspondingly at minimum cost, by supplying energy at the lowest available price, managing energy consumption at peak efficiency, and utilizing the most appropriate technology, finding the optimum shape and size for a product for having a sustainable world. After having national and international decisions and policies of country executives, engineers find their roles again at the conceptual design, detailed design, manufacturing, and maintenance stages. This article highlights that a sustainable world requires welleducated engineers with fresh ideas, analytical approaches, interdisciplinary research and development skills, and subjects not only the role of engineers but also that of academics in sustainable development.
Key Words: Sustainable development, Engineering education

Bio: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Sönmez, , was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1959. He received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), in 1995. He worked as a research engineer, a teaching assistant and then an instructor for METU (Ankara Campus) between 1981- 2007. Currently, he is a full-time faculty member in the
Mechanical Engineering Program at METU Northern Cyprus Campus. His main research interests include energy saving, energy management, technical education, computer aided design and manufacturing. He is editor in chief of World Journal of Environmental Research, member of Research and Publication Ethics Committee of METU NCC, and one of the members of the editorial board of the Science PG- Educational Journal. He is also one of thepeer reviewers of Science PG- American Journal of Energy Engineering, and that of British Educational Research Journal


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