Virtual Distinguished Lecture on : “Disruptive Technology Adoption and Acceleration in building Smart Cities”



Hosted by

- IEEE Galveston Bay Section

Organized by

- IEEE Galveston Bay Joint Societies' Chapters


Supported by:

- IEEE Austin ComSoc & Signal Processing and Consumer Elec. Society Chapters 

- IEEE Austin Computer & EMBS Joint Chapters 

- IEEE Communications Society NA Regional Board




 The IEEE Galveston Bay Section in collaboration with Joint Societies' Chapters are pleased to host a Virtual Distinguished Lecture (VDL) on “Disruptive Technology Adoption and Acceleration in building Smart Cities”

This pilot VDL is supported by IEEE Austin Comsoc and IEEE Communications Society NA Regional Board. 


Time:       11:30 am - 1:00 pm Central Time 

Location:  Zoom (Dial-in information will be provided shortly)


Speaker:  Fawzi Behmann, DL, MBA, M. Comp. Sc., Author,                          

President TelNet Management Consulting Inc.

IEEE Communications Society Director for NA Board


Target Audiance:

IEEE members & non members

Industry leaders, academic researchers, students, entrepreneurs,  and others 





Layers of smartness—using technology and data—are being built into cities to make them safer, more efficient and sustainable. Developed cities around the world are actively launching smart solutions, while new and emerging cities are integrating intelligent, connected systems from the start. The big cities of today may not be those of tomorrow. The opportunities are immense—across infrastructure, mobility, energy, healthcare and beyond. Innovative technology applications and their adoption in society offer a turning point. At its core, the smart city is about people and improving the quality of our everyday lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the shortcomings of major cities in times of crisis.

The talk will cover the following areas:

Intro: Current state and challenges of Smart Cities

  • Disruptive technologies enable building solid foundation for smart cities - highlights of current and future of IoT, 5G/6G, Analytics (AI/ML/DP) across key markets
  • Key examples – technology convergence & adoption in new use cases
  • Covid-19 accelerate return to new norm with greater innovation, and end-to-end services

Conclusion: Adoption of disruptive technologies and acceleration to a new norm  will help transition to smart societies.



Fawzi is a visionary, thought leader, author and contributor in advancing adoption of technology in serving humanity.  He has over 35 years professional and leadership experience in the communications and networking areas in product development, marketing and services at Freescale, Nortel Networks and Teleglobe. He was chief architect in building national telecom network management and participated in the development of ITU TMN M.3000. In 2009, Fawzi founded TelNet Management Consulting Inc. offering consulting services in the areas of disruptive technology positioning (5G, IoT, AI) and implementation of smart solutions development.


Fawzi is a senior member of IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE ComSoc Regional Director for North America Board (2020-2021), chair for WCNC 2022 and chair of  several society chapters (ComSoc, Signal Processing, Computer, EMB, Cons Elec.). Prior, Fawzi was IEEE Region 5 Conference committee chair and Central Texas Section chair (2018-2019). Fawzi organized several international conferences, summits/workshops and panel sessions. This included: Smart City Summit (2019), Blockchain for Healthcare (2018) and Greentech of Smart Cities (2018) and Advanced technologies in Healthcare (2017) and co-chairs several tracks at Globecom, ICC, WFIoT, Himss, BHI, WF5G and others. Fawzi has been keynote speakers at international conferences and has several publications and co-authored book on "Collaborative Internet of Things for Future Smart Connected Life and Business" published by Wiley. 

Fawzi was the recipient of several Industry and IEEE Awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science with honors and distinction; Masters in Computer Science and Executive MBA.



Limited capacity

All those registered will be provided with on-line Zoom dial in information.


if you have any question, Please connect with Dr. Zafar Taqvi at or F. Behmann at

  Date and Time




  • Date: 12 Jun 2020
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
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  • Virtual Event
  • Galveston Bay, Texas
  • United States
  • Co-sponsored by
  • Starts 23 May 2020 02:59 PM
  • Ends 11 June 2020 11:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge