Poster Session

The Poster Session is a virtual space for the students to present and exhibit their creative and pioneering projects related to IR 4 in the form of a Poster. Students who are pursuing their studies in any discipline are invited to participate.

The Poster template is available for downloading through the button below or by scanning the QR Code.

IR4 Leading Companies’ Virtual Exhibition

The virtual exhibition is a space for companies dealing with IR4 related technologies to present their initiatives, products, solutions and consultancy for academician, researchers, students and industry

Interested companies are invited to participate by completing the form available through the link or by scanning the QR Code.

Important Dates

Full Paper Submission:

24 April 2021

Paper Notification:

15 May 2021

Camera Ready:

25 May 2021

Conference Date:

08 June 2021


The Industrial Revolution Four (IR4)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, which provides tremendous scientific and technological potential, is currently the most powerful engine for creating changes and opportunities worldwide. It promotes change that will undoubtedly encompass all areas of economic and social life.

It also brings a torrent of opportunities and challenges that need to be seized upon and overcome. Out of the Sultanate’s firm belief in the necessity for a rapid response to the requirements of change, together with its desire for both positive and responsible engagement in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Oman’s Vision 2040 considers education to be a fundamental pillar to economic and social development, and as the main locomotive for achieving national competencies in both scientific and technological empowerment whilst also playing a central role in  building a knowledge-based economy.

In preparation for dealing with the requirements of this stage, higher educational institutions in the Sultanate must overcome challenges whilst laying down the necessary plans and foundations to respond to the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and thereby achieve an effective contribution in sculpting its features and making use of its capabilities  in their academic programs and research projects.

Higher educational institutions should also establish various events including holding workshops, scientific meetings, and conferences that promote the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its application in all fields. From this standpoint, the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Ibra  is organizing  a conference entitled “IR4 Era”.

Goals of the Conference

  • Highlight the role of IR4 as a factor for the realization of Oman Vision 2040.
  • Envision the role of the higher education institutions in the IR4.
  • provide an interdisciplinary platform to discuss the most recent innovations and trends in the fields of IR4 by bring together academics, researchers, industry and other stakeholders.
  • Emphasize the role of IR4 on the development of various fields: education, information technology, business, engineering, healthcare and others.
  • Scrutinize the challenges that stand in the way of establishing successful executions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

About UTAS - Ibra

University of Technology and Applied Sciences - Ibra is one of the established technical college in the Sultanate of Oman since 2001.

The idea to improve College of Technology to Higher College of Technology is through the help of the Academic committee who worked and developed a new B.Tech program which was first offered in the 2003-2004 Academic Year.

The College believed that all individuals, regardless of economic or social status, are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect and should be provided with opportunities to develop their skills and benefit the welfare of society.

Both technological and general education are essential parts of the Ibra College Technological curriculum, enabling students to develop self-awareness and social responsibility necessary to successfully compete in their chosen occupational fields. The programs offered by University of Technology and Applied Sciences - Ibra are directed towards serving the needs of all individuals within the community, as well as the needs of the community as a whole.

Conference Committee

Dr. Azzah Ahmed Al-Maskari
Conference Chairperson


Dr. Sami Al-Ghnimi

Dr. Thuraya Khalifa Al-Riyami

Mr. Wahab Salim Al Hussini

Ms. Faiza Rashid Al-Harthy

Dr. Habiba Mohammed Al-Mughairi

Dr. Yousuf Khamis Al Mabsali

Dr. Fatma Nasser Al-Harthy

Dr. Ghadna Sulaiman Al Maskari

H.E. Dr. Saeed bin Hamad bin Saeed al-Rubaie
Vice Chancellor
University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Sultanate of Oman

Keynote Speakers

The Industrial Revolution Four (IR4)

H.E. Dr. Ali Al Shidhani
Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology
Ministry of Transport Communications and Information Technology, Sultante of Oman

Dr. Ali Al Shidhani is currently the Undersecretary for Communications & Information Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, with the mission to architect a Technology Economy that contributes to Oman's more...

Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis
Director of the Interactive Robots and Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA

Freelance Academic & Consultant, Numerous Clients, 2013 Teaching graduate university courses and seminars, as well as training; Supervising PhD thesis; Designing courses, curricula and degree Programs; Performing and supervising Research and Development projects; read more...

Dr. Ben Cheng
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechatronics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
[Featured Speaker]

Dr Cheng received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Hong Kong in 2004 and 2005, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2009. He was a recipient of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship in 2009 during his Ph.D. studies. Read more...

Dr. Ibrahim Aljarah
Associate Professor of BIG Data Mining and Computational Intelligence, The University of Jordan
[Featured Speaker]

Ibrahim Ibrahim Aljarah is an associate professor of BIG Data Mining and Computational Intelligence at the University of Jordan — Department of Information Technology, Jordan. He obtained his bachelor degree in Computer Science from Yarmouk University — Jordan, 2003. Read more...

Dr. Ahmed Khamis Al-Hadi
Assistant Professor at CBFS and Adjunct Researcher, Curtin University School of Accounting, Australia
[Featured Speaker]

Ahmed Al-Hadi is PhD holder from Australia, he serves as Assistant Professor in CBFS, and an adjunct Researcher at Curtin University in Australia. He teaches in Australia and in Oman including Sultan Qaboos University, Nizwa Applied Science, and Curtin University. read more...

Mr. Abdullah Al-Rashdi
Head of Digital Strategy & Integration Petroleum Development Oman, Sultanate of Oman
[Featured Speaker]

Abdullah Al-Rashdi joined Petroleum Development Oman in 1994 after completing his Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication from Sultan Qaboos University. He pursued his further studies and completed his Master of Science degree on High Frequency Engineering in 1995 from University of Leeds in UK. Read more...

Dr. Yousuf Abdullah Al Bulushi
Chief Innovation Advisor, GUtech, Sultanate of Oman
[Featured Speaker]

Former senior diplomat, innovator in a wide range of global high-tech business environments. Highly adaptive, using extensive experience to solve academic, business and government challenges in domestic and international markets, particularly in frontier technologies. Read more...

Call for Contribution

The Industrial Revolution Four (IR4)

Prospective authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the Conference through submissions of their research abstracts (500 words) describing original results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of IR4 are cordially invited to abstracts in any of the following themes:

Theme 1

Cybersecurity and the IR4




Theme 2

4IR Technologies and Immersive Solutions in Power Generation and Management, Water Desalination, Agriculture, Smart Cities & Logistics

Theme 3

Life Applications of IR4 Technologies




Theme 4

Global Economy & Industry in the Age of IR4




Theme 5

IR4 and Financial Technology




Theme 6

Enhancing Knowledge Management in the IR4 Era



Theme 7

Exploring New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship in IR4




Theme 8

IR4 Skills for Graduates: Opportunities and Challenges




Theme 9

Artificial Intelligence and Education





Theme 10

Teaching and Learning in the IR4




Theme 11

Challenges Facing the Successful Implementation of IR4



Ask Question?

The Industrial Revolution Four (IR4)

Q. When is the conference date?
A. The conference is on 8th of June 2021
A. The conference will be conducted online through the IR4-Era virtual conference page.
A. You may submit your paper through IR4-Era online submission form. Follow the link, IR4 Online Submission Form.
A. We will post announcements in the website soon.
Q. When will be the deadline for full paper submission?
A. The full paper submission deadline is on 24 April 2021
A. Yes. You can download it from here.
A. The conference themes are:
  • Cybersecurity and the IR4
  • 4IR technologies and Immersive Solutions in Power Generation and Management, Water Desalination, Agriculture, Smart Cities & Logistics
  • Life Applications of IR4 technologies
  • Global Economy & Industry in the age of IR4
  • IR4 and Financial Technology
  • Enhancing knowledge management in the IR4 era
  • Exploring New Frontiers of Entrepreneurship in IR4
  • IR4 Skills for Graduates: opportunities and challenges
  • Artificial intelligence and Education
  • Teaching and learning in the IR4
  • Challenges facing the successful implementation of IR4.
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