Salem Al-Agtash has participated as a keynote speaker in the 48th Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN48) Meeting, which was held in Malaysia during 22 - 26 July, 2019. The topic he presented was on interoperable e-infrastructures between regional RENs as means to enhance collaboration and facilitate access to computing resources and repositories. The APAN48 and its collocated events and workshops have been hosted at University Putra Malaysia and was attended by more than 200 participants.
Similar to ASREN’s e-AGE annual conference, APAN48 provides a platform for participants to exchange ideas, promote and share their network-enabled R&E activities and discover novel opportunities to collaborate within the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Dr. Al-Agatash has met with key staff from APAN, Internet2, Malaysia NREN, OmanREN, and others to explore opportunities of cooperation.
In his keynote, Dr. Al-Agtash presented the importance of ultra high-speed networks to advance the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, mainly focusing on Education, Health, Environment, Society, Partnership, Economy, Poverty, Resilience, and many others. He also added that the role of e-infrastructure is important in advancing the development of smart cities, enhancing the use renewable energies, and supporting the invention of new technologies in the context of Artificial Intelligence for good.