2018 IEEE Middle East & North Africa COMMunications Conference


Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Jounieh - Lebanon, April 18-20, 2018

Keynote Speakers

 Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
 American University of Beirut
Topic: Cellular IoT: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions.
Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss recent advances related to Internet of Things (IoT) communications over cellular networks with focus on technical challenges such as scalability, compatibility, and energy efficiency in addition to corresponding solutions and research opportunities. We will also present our recent work on traffic modeling using experimental measurements, performance analysis using stochastic geometry, and hardware implementation for RF based wake-up and energy harvesting for IoT sensors.
Biography: Zaher Dawy received the BE Degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB) in 1998 and the Doctoral Degree in Communications Engineering from Munich University of Technology (TUM), Germany, in 2004. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at AUB in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2014. He currently serves as the Coordinator of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and as Associate Provost for research and graduate studies. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of wireless communications, internet of things, computational biology and biomedical engineering. He received in 2012 the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers and in 2011 the IEEE Communications Society Outstanding Young Researcher Award in Europe, Middle East, and Africa Region. He is also the recipient of AUB’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 and several professional service recognitions.

 Research Engineer 
 Orange Labs
Topic: D2D communications for mobile network offload in 5G networks.
Abstract: Direct Device to Device (D2D) communications are expected to play an important role in 5G networks. This talk explores the usage of D2D communications for capacity and coverage extension in 5G networks. For capacity offload, we explore the usage of internal device memories as caches where popular contents are prefetched in off-peak hours. Devices can then serve as local access points in peak hours for serving neighboring users. In addition, devices can be used as relays for serving users in coverage holes. They will allow thus a coverage extension of the mobile network with higher energy efficiency.
Biography: Salah Eddine Elayoubi obtained his engineering diploma from Lebanese University in 2000 and the Ph.D. and habilitation degrees from University Paris 6, France, in 2004 and 2009, respectively. From 2004 to 2017, he worked at Orange Labs as a principal researcher. In 2018, he joined CentraleSupélec, an engineering school located south of Paris, as associate professor. His research interests include design and performance evaluation of mobile networks and his current focus is on 5G RAN design. He is active in several EU research projects as contributor and coordinator and acted as head of the vision working group of 5G Infrastructure Association.

 Professor of Computer Science
 Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté
Topic: Collaborative Body Sensor Network management while integrating passive sensors in hostile environments.
Abstract: Single Body Sensor Networks have gained a lot of interest during the past few years. However, the need to monitor the activity of many individuals to assess the group status and take action accordingly led to the emergence of Collaborative BSNs that allowed gathering and analyzing data from multiple bodies rather than single one. CBSN is still in its early phases, and studies around it are very few. This talk investigates CBSNs, their architectures, applications, challenges and open research issues, and highlights the difference between CBSN and other sensor networks to justify the need to develop new protocols and algorithms suitable for CBSNs. Routing protocols are particularly investigated, while an European project needing further developments in CBSN is presented.
Biography: Christophe Guyeux is a full professor in computer science at Femto-ST Institute, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté (France). The research interests of Pr. Guyeux are in the areas of interdisciplinary sciences and complex systems. He applies techniques from mathematics and/or computer science to solve scientific questions raised in biology, environment, or computer science. Current areas of application in computer science include chaos study of discrete dynamical systems applied to information security and wireless sensor networks. In multidisciplinary sciences, he contributes to solve issues raised in biology and environment (data analysis, clustering, etc.). Since 2010, he published 54 articles in peer-reviewed international journals. He is co-author of 3 scientific monographs and 4 software patents, and 67 papers that appeared in proceedings of peer-reviewed international conferences.

 CTO, Co-founder at Cognitus 
Topic: Big Data Science: The Trident of Supernatural Intelligent System.
Abstract: Today, the unit of measuring the scale of data is Exabytes which in a few years will reached to Zettabyte and Yottabyte. No wonder data is increasing at alarming rate which was unprecedented. This massive growth of data volume over the last five years has created “data deluge” and given rise to the most celebrity technology hype called Big Data. However, Big Data has fostered enormous opportunities for industries of almost all types including finance, telecommunication, insurance etc. With the advent of advanced technologies for processing, analysis, and visualization of huge volume of data having variety that flows with high velocity, the industries seeing it the dawn of a new era of powerful analytics. Large-scale industries that once were locked into the high volume problem of data, today, they are using massive scale data in their intelligent systems. In this talk, the speaker will provide a wide and depth introduction of Big Data and data science, opportunities of Big Data in various data-intensive industries, an overview of Big Data 3.0 ecosystem, and technologies used in data driven intelligent systems.
Biography: Rafiqul Haque holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Information System from University of Limerick, Ireland. He is the lead scientist and chief technology officer of Cog¬nitus – a research, innovation and development startup in Paris. His research is dedicated to mainly Big Data and Data Driven Cyber security but he also performed research activities in Service Oriented Computing (SOC) and Cloud Computing. Over the years, Dr. Rafiqul worked with novel techniques/algorithms for optimizing performance of data-centric solution within scalable architecture. Dr. Rafiqul worked in different academia and research centers in different countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, and France. He published, several articles in conferences and journals sponsored by IEEE, ACM, and Springer.

 EMEA Regional Product Manager
 NOKIA/Radio Frequency Systems
 United Arab Emirates
Topic: Base Station Antennas in the era of broadband mobile networks.
Abstract: Nowadays, the omnipresence of mobile applications requiring high bit rates is pulling up the demand on the radio bandwidth. The multi-broadband antenna is offering an answer to the exponential increase of the bandwidth demand.  Continuous innovation on new antenna topologies is an enabler for the introduction of new technologies on top of existing infrastructures, playing a key role in the acceleration of capacity increase in the mobile networks. This talk is providing an overview on the market demand in terms of antenna configurations for the coming 3-5 years, taking into consideration the introduction of new technologies like 5G as well as the expansion of the current 4G+ networks. It will then focus on the answers offered by the antenna manufacturers to cope with those challenges.
Biography: Rani Makke is a senior engineer with 17 years’ experience record in the field of mobile telecommunications. He has an electronics engineering degree, a Master degree in Networking and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Networking from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST, a.k.a. Telecom-ParisTech) in Paris. Currently, Dr. Makke is a Regional Product Manager within Radio Frequency Systems (RFS, a Nokia Company), handling  the base station antennas product line management for a wide region covering Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is also a lecturer in the Lebanese University.


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