Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical entity, whether living or non-living. By bridging the physical and virtual worlds, data is seamlessly transmitted, enabling the virtual entity to coexist with its physical counterpart. Utilizing AI, a digital twin facilitates monitoring, understanding, and optimizing the functions of the physical entity, providing continuous feedback to enhance the quality of life and well-being of individuals. The Metaverse, on the other hand, represents a universe consisting of persistent digital twins. This research program aims to explore the design and development of frameworks, methodologies, and techniques that converge multimedia technologies such as AR/VR, AI, IoT, Big Data, Cybersecurity, and 5G towards the realization of the Metaverse. We will delve into Metaverse streaming techniques and the potential application of AI techniques to dynamically select appropriate bit rates for multiple users sharing a bottleneck network. Additionally, we will present preliminary results, discuss unresolved questions, and identify potential research and development avenues.

Before joining Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik served as a Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. He is an internationally recognized scholar who has made significant contributions to the knowledge and understanding of intelligent multimedia computing, communications, and applications. As of February 2022, El Saddik holds the position of Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications (ACM TOMM), and serves as an Associate Editor and Guest Editor for various transactions and journals. He has co-authored 10 books and published over 600 research papers. Additionally, he has chaired more than 50 conferences and workshops and supervised the work of more than 150 researchers. El Saddik has secured research grants and contracts exceeding $20M. Furthermore, he is the author of the book "Haptics Technologies: Bringing Touch to Multimedia."

El Saddik is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is also recognized as an ACM Distinguished Scientist and has received numerous awards, including the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the German Humboldt Foundation and the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Achievement Award. Moreover, he has been honored with the IEEE Canada C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal and A.G.L. McNaughton Gold Medal for Important Contributions to the Field of Computer Engineering and Science, as well as the IEEE Technical Community on Scalable Computing Achievement Award for Excellence in Scalable Computing.