The beauty of life …

A couple of simple quotes to live by as we embrace the gift of yet another new year — as far as I know, it never hurts aspiring to an ideal:
“The beauty of life does not depend on how happy you are; but on how happy others can be because of you.”


“Often the best friend a person has is not comfort, but the challenge of antagonistic environment to awaken their slumbering soul.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of land which is given to him to till.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Designing IoT Systems with Humans-in-the-Loop

One of the long-term implications of the IoT is the ultimate automation (and/or augmentation) of “everything” at ubiquitous scale. Citing real-world examples of failures in design approaches that tend to give complete control to AI, this post discusses the idea of designing IoT systems with humans in the loop.

Applications of Big Data Analytics: Trends, Issues, and Challenges

I am thrilled, and slightly daunted, to announce the contract signing — together with colleagues: Profs Alani (UAE), Tawfik (UK), and Saeed(UAE) — for an edited book on Applications of Big Data Analytics: Trends, Issues, and Challenges by Springer. This book is aimed to provide an analysis of current trends in the application of big data analytics across diverse industries, including healthcare, marketing and advertisement, management, education, agriculture, government agencies, etc. A key focus of the book would be to uncover issues and challenges that individuals and organizations encounter in the effort to leverage analytics in their discovery and decision making problems. Finally, we hope the book would be a valuable resource for researchers, academics, and data scientists in the design and execution of big data analytics projects, and identify roadmaps to guide businesses, and even individuals, in leveraging big data analytics results, and above all, help define the future research agenda for big data analytics applications.

You can learn more about the project or get the call for chapters from Applications of Big Data Analytics: Trends, Issues, and Challenges.

Self-realization: who am I …

One day, a man returning from his farm saw the egg of an eagle. He took it and put it in the nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the chicks and grew up with them. It fluttered and squeaked like a chick, and picked the ground for worms with the chicks.
One day, the eaglet saw a bird high up in the sky and asked the accompanying chick, “What is it far high up in the sky?” The chick answered, “That’s the eagle, king of the birds. Eagles belong to the sky, we belong to the ground.”
The young eagle grew up, lived and died a chicken, because that’s what it believed that it was.

Finding that balance …

Grow up, stay young
Be a realist, remain a dreamer
Pride yourself, be unselfish
Behold mankind, look up to God