ODSIE 2023 Workshops

From Sustainability to Circularity: Transforming Supply Chains for an Eco-centric Economy


     Dr. Alireza Goli

     Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

Short Bio:

Alireza Goli is currently an assistant professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Future Studies Faculty of Engineering at the University of Isfahan, Iran. He received his Bachelor and Master Degree in Industrial Engineering from Golpayegan University of Technology (Iran, 2013) and Isfahan University of Technology (Iran, 2015), respectively. Then, he received a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Yazd University (Iran, 2019). Recently, he has been featured among the "World’s Top 2% Researchers/Scientists in 2021" list identified by Elsevier BV, Stanford University. He has published more than 60 papers in high-quality journals and conferences and has been serving as a reviewer in many reputed journals such as IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System, Journal of Supercomputing, and Annals of Operations Research. He has been serving on the guest editorial board in several journals such as Annals of Operations Research (Springer) and Environmental Science and Pollution Research (Springer). In addition, He has been serving as a reviewer in many reputed journals such as Supercomputing, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy System, and expert system with application. He is working as a member of the editorial board in different journals like Mathematical Problems in Engineering and Journal of Applied Research on Industrial Engineering. His current research interests include supply chain management, disaster relief optimization, meta-heuristic algorithms, robust optimization, artificial intelligence, and portfolio management


As global sustainability challenges continue to mount, the need for a transformative approach in supply chain management becomes increasingly evident. This presentation focuses on the shift from a traditional sustainability framework to a more comprehensive circular economy perspective. The abstract highlights the key challenges faced by sustainability practices and emphasizes the advantages of embracing circularity in supply chains. By adopting an eco-centric economy approach, businesses can create closed-loop systems that minimize waste, promote resource efficiency, and foster economic growth. This abstract sets the stage for a thought-provoking discussion on the benefits and potential of circular economy in reshaping supply chains for a sustainable and regenerative future.


Unlocking the Potential of Drones: Exploring Diverse Applications


    Prof. Sadia Samar Ali, Professor

    Department of Industrial Engineering , Faculty of Engineering

    King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 , Saudi Arabia 

Short Bio:

Sadia Samar Ali is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Holding a Ph.D. in Operations Research, she possesses extensive experience in engineering and management, encompassing teaching, training, research, and mentorship. Her primary research focus lies in Sustainable Supply Chain Management, Technology, and Innovation within developing countries, utilizing Optimization and Quantitative Analysis approaches. Dr. Sadia is actively involved with the EURO and IFORS groups, working towards the promotion of Sustainable and Optimization practices, as well as Smart Technologies practices specific to developing countries. Her research contributions include numerous publications and special issues in esteemed journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, Computers In Industrial Engineering , IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Central European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management.

She serves as an editorial board member and guest editor for various topics related to data analytics, optimization, and industrial engineering. Driven by a passion for academia and research, Dr. Sadia Samar Ali continues to make impactful contributions in the research field. 


The successful integration of technology into systems relies on enablers and determinants. Enablers facilitate the smooth integration of technology, while determinants ensure the adoption of appropriate and suitable technology. This research introduces a robust decision framework influencing the adoption of drone technology, emphasising the enablers connected to innovative technology integration. The study provides valuable insights into the factors that encourage the utilisation and acceptance of new technologies while also highlighting areas that require further investigation and addressing prospective challenges. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of these dynamics, organisations can effectively navigate the intricacies of technology integration and optimise the advantages gleaned from adopting drone technology across various industries, such as the publishing industry and the warehousing industry. Moreover, this presentation will integrate authentic case examples that demonstrate the practical implications of the research findings.


A Multidisciplinary Landscape of Data Sciences



    Dr. Maria Anjum

    Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan

Short Bio:

Maria Anjum is serving as Associate Professor in Department of Computer Science, faculty of Engineering and Technology, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), Lahore, Pakistan. She received her PhD in software architecture from Durham University, U.K. Her research interests are in the areas of service-oriented computing specifically e-services in the field of agriculture and healthcare, social media analysis, cyber security, robot navigation, application of deep learning and satellite imagery in crop analysis and instructional design in computer education. Her research contributions involve numerous publications and funded projects from DAAD and British Council.

Speakers short bios:

Dr. Yasir Niaz Khan obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Tubingen in 2013. During his Ph.D. he conducted research on detection of terrain (ground surfaces) using a camera mounted on a flying and a ground robot. Upon completing his graduate studies, Dr. Khan started teaching robotics at FAST-NU, Lahore, Pakistan. He started a new robotics Lab at FAST-NU for robotics students to promote robotics in Pakistan. Dr. Khan supervised many national and international level robotic events held at FAST-NU where professors and students from different universities presented their works in robotics field. Dr. Khan joined The University of Lahore, the largest private sector university in Pakistan, and has started to extend his work further. He established a Research Group on Robotics and AI at the university. He has been involved in multiple projects on Agricultural Automation funded by DAAD Germany. He has been working as a consultant with Engro Corp, etc. Currently he is working at 10Pearls as an AI Architect. For more information on Prof. Khan's work visit www.yasirniaz.com

Prof. Dr. Mian M. Awais is presently working as Full Professor (tenured) at the Department of Computer Science, LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan.  Prof. Awais received PhD from Imperial College, University of London, UK in Applied Artificial Intelligence. His Ph.D. work related to the development of AI based on-line models for parametric estimation of solid fuel-fired industrial boilers. Prior to joining LUMS, Prof. Awais worked for a UK based SME and successfully completed European Union research and development projects. His present research is in Soft Computing, Boosting, Genetic Algorithms, and Data Analytics. With over 100 publications and 1100+ citations, Prof. Awais has extensive teaching, research, and development experience. He has been visiting scholar at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, University of Cardiff, UK, University of Limerick, Ireland and SP Jain Institute of Management, Singapore. 

Dr. Malik Jahan Khan did his PhD in Computer Science from Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2012. His PhD research work was focused on achieving self-managing behavior in autonomic systems using approximate case-based reasoning. His research interests include autonomic computing, machine learning and applications of machine learning in agriculture and livestock. He has won research grants from Ignite and DAAD as PI and co-PI on technology interventions for rural uplift. He is currently working as an  associate professor of computer science on teaching track at LUMS, Pakistan. Previously, he has been working as an associate professor at Namal University Mianwali for more than 10 years.

Dr. Wajahat M. Qazi is working as Assistant Professor at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore and heading “Intelligent Machines and Robotics” research group. His areas of research are Quantum Cognitive Computing and Machine Consciousness. Currently, he is developing a quantum and bio-inspired software framework for the implementation of systems (agents/robots) which possess a certain level of consciousness. Within the area of machine consciousness and robotics he has contributed in the development of following artifacts: QuBIC (A cognitive architecture), quantum computing framework, quantum neural computing framework and unified theory of artificial mind.

Dr. Hajra Waheed was awarded fully-funded Ph.D. fellowship at ITU in 2017 and completed her PhD in January 2022. She joined FAST-NUCES in the Spring 2023 semester as an Assistant Professor in the Data Sciences Program. Hajra’s interest lies in exploring human behavior coupled with machine learning techniques to identify influential patterns. She specializes in educational data science, determining the academic performances of students and the impact of their assessment on their learning experiences. Over time she has built her interest in applied side of AI and information systems.


A multidisciplinary workshop to share contributions made by researchers and industry personals in the field of data sciences. The invited talks will be delivered to share experiences and lessons learned from real world problems. The workshop will provide an opportunity to investigate the broad landscape of data sciences and get involved into discussion about data science future roadmap, challenges in dealing real world situations and opportunities that can facilitate industry and academia. 

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Indispensable Arbitration of Leaders is truly Conducive for the Utmost Clarity of an Organization


     Dr.  Rudrarup  Gupta

     A. Faculty of Skill Development, Tagore School of Rural Development and Agriculture Management, Kalyani University
     B. Guest Lecturer, Skill Development, JIS College of Engineering, JIS University
     C. Sustainable Cosmos Ambassador, Global Change Maker and SDG Expert, Green ThinkerZ Society, United Nations
     D. Registered Author, LapLambert International Publishing House, Germany
     E. Asia Pacific Excellence Award Holder, Global Education and Research Alliance

Short Bio:

Dr.  Rudrarup  Gupta  is  a  high-end  Academic  Scholar,  Researcher, Thought-Provoking  Educationist,  Reviewer,  Editor and the masterly educational accelerator in all over the globe. He has already been able to re- entrench the desired academic richness not only for the booming researchers but for the phenomenal educational splendor, which shall undoubtedly be the victorious path way in all the regards. Dr. Gupta has already flourished his brilliant artistic intellect for “Research Education” through his adroit academic magnification within a very short while.

As  per  the  Incredible  Achievements:  He  has  got  the  “Best  Paper Presenter award William Harvey Award-2015 in Business Management,COSMIC-Outstanding    Researcher   Award,   Green   ThinkerZ Bright  Researcher  Award,  COSMIC-Young  Engineer  Award,  The  honoris causa   degree   of   Doctor   Business   Counseling   and   Doctor   Business Management, I2OR Promising Educator Award, Doctorem, honoris causa for commitment  to the  Reconciliation  of  Science  and  Religion,  Distinguished Researcher  Award,  IRTD 2017-Best  paper Presentation   Award,  Honorary Post   Doctor   Degree,   Academic   Leadership   Award,   i-Proclaim   Annual Research  Award,  Young  Researcher  National  Award,  Adroit  Researcher Award,  A.P.J.  Abdul  Kalam  Life  Time  Achievement   National  Award, COSMIC-Bright  Researcher  Award-2019,  Preeminent  Researcher  Award, Rising Star Award, Best Featured Author Award, Top 50 International Distinguished Academic Leaders Award, Honorary D.Litt, Innovation and Knowledge   Excellence  (Global   Awards),    National    Eminent    Academic Leader  Award, 8th  Faculty Branding Awards 2020,  India Creative  Awards 2020,  10th    International   Scientist  Awards  on  Engineering,   Science  and Medicine, Albert Einstein’s Research Scientist Award 2020, Positive Deviant Leader Award 2020, Global Teacher Hall of Fame Award 2020, BRAVO International Book of World Records Asian Sub continental Edition 2020, Best   Outstanding   Research   Scholar   National   Award   2020,   Award   of Excellence in Research.

He is an exemplary academic researcher in the era of our modern educational synthesis  and  he  is exclusively  desirous  to  entrench  the  infinite  value  of educational research for the booming researchers and their superlative  future in deed. Most notably he is in a prior position to restyle an astounding path way  of  education  alongside  the  encyclopaedic  spunk  of  research  in   our coming days. Dr. Gupta has invented his exclusionary metamorphosis of leadership through his emblamatic inclusions of various chapters which have already been applauded in some expressive Books.



Sustainable development should be the ultimate objective of our present combative globe and all the global leaders indeed. This is a highly competitive situation and it has the real uncertainty as well. That is why, all the global leaders should be deciding to sustain their existing organizational growth along with their words and wisdom. On the other hand, leaders take the calculative risks and they desperately move through their structured planning and the amicable initiation of protocol indeed. That is the reason why the first and foremost responsibility would be to analyze their both individual and entire strength of workforce respectively. It shall be decisive their needful speed of movements and the consequential interpretation at the same time. How many front-line workers would be participating in this most pivotal organizational paradigm, what are their professional agilities and how they shall be implementing the same for their existing organization? These are all the very relevant questions for both the leaders and followers to focus upon and they have to immediately find out the prompt solutions accordingly. The concept would be their “Human Resource Cell” will have to be really strong and sound in the end. It shall be reflecting at the time of recruitment and their professional appointments as well. Because all the leaders shall have to judge them based upon their real occupational expertise and the existing educational merits. Then only they will be able to perform according to their given situations. First of all, they need the detailed counseling in an open session where they shall have to defend in front of all the esteemed experts then they will be allotted for their very important trainings for overall refinements and qualitative developments.  Leaders will be solely responsible to communicate about the root maps of an organization and how it shall be regulated by them   based   upon   the “Requirement Friendly Strategy” where everybody will be concerned about the same to think about and they will be raising their invaluable points not only to finalize the plan but to execute the same as per the requirements.


Leading the Charge: Optimizing Sustainable Finance Strategies through Data-Driven Decision-Making in Industrial Engineering 


     Sameera Fernandes

     Director - Corporate Affairs & Sustainability - Century Financial, UAE and Research Scholar - Garden City University

Short Bio:

Sameera Fernandes is the Director of Corporate Affairs at Century Financial. Professional, creative and strategic in approach, she manages the Corporate Social Investments, Government and Media Relations, Issues and Crisis Management of Century Financial Consultancy.
Sameera also oversees International Business and collaborations, facilitating trade partnerships and exploring the company's investment prospects. Sameera has over 22 years of international experience in Corporate Affairs, Strategic Marketing, Corporate Communications, Sustainability, and International Partnerships in diverse sectors.
Her other portfolios include Director - European Board Room Advisors, Director – Dream India Network and more. As an established Sustainability professional, she spearheads various drives on climate neutrality, waste management & resource efficiency, all aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals Vision 2030. She is also the author of two books – The Price of Truth & Educating the Next,

Sameera’s certifications include Leading Sustainable Corporations Programme – Oxford University, Sustainable Finance from the United Nations Climate Change and ESG from the Corporate Finance Institute. She is also a certified GRI & Change Management Practitioner and Crisis Communication professional. She has vast experience with multi-nationals such as Sun Microsystems, Nokia, Al Ghurair, Gulf News, Jet Airways and more. 


In today's rapidly evolving industrial landscape, the integration of sustainable finance and global leadership competencies has become imperative. The workshop "Leading the Charge: Optimizing Sustainable Finance Strategies through Data-Driven Decision Making in Industrial Engineering" aims to address this critical intersection. This interactive session will delve into the latest methodologies and tools in optimization and data science that can be employed to enhance sustainable finance initiatives. Participants will gain insights into how data analytics can inform risk assessment, capital allocation, and performance metrics, thereby driving sustainability goals in alignment with corporate strategy.

The workshop will feature case studies from industry leaders who have successfully implemented data-driven approaches in their sustainable finance strategies. It will also provide hands-on exercises that allow participants to apply optimization techniques to real-world finance challenges. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to lead sustainable finance initiatives more effectively, contributing to both organizational success and global sustainability.

This workshop is designed for industrial engineers, finance professionals, data scientists, and leaders who are committed to driving change through informed decision-making. Join us to explore how you can lead the charge in optimizing sustainable finance strategies for a sustainable future.