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3rd Forum on

Emerging Technologies

April 9, 2019

Open Day for Telecommunications

Antonine University
April 9, 2019

3rd Forum on

Emerging Technologies

April 9, 2019

Open Day for Telecommunications

Antonine University
April 9, 2019

3rd Forum on

Emerging Technologies:

April 9, 2019

Open Day for Telecommunications

Antonine University
April 9, 2019

3rd Forum on

Emerging Technologies

April 9, 2019

Open Day for Telecommunications

Antonine University
April 9, 2019

Time Left To Conference:

Under the Patronage

of the Lebanese Minister Of Telecommunications

His Excellency

Mr. mohamed Choucair

About Conference

In the past two decades, the Telecommunication sector has experienced remarkable growth and development that has made our daily life relying on the various services it provides. Due to this continuous development, many services and applications, which have been for many years of pure science fiction, have become a tangible reality.

The latest technological breakthroughs have unleashed the imagination of engineers and researchers to develop new services as well as new technologies in different sectors such as “Space and Astronomy”, “Vehicular Communication and Embedded Systems” and “Large Scale Networks”.

In the continuity of the series of forums on emerging technologies, the Faculty of Engineering at the Antonine University (UA) is pleased to announce its 3rd Forum on Emerging Technologies: Open Day for Telecommunications, to be held at the main campus in Hadath Baabda on April 9Th, 2019.

    Organized in conjunction with main national and international experts, this day aims to:
  • Highlight technological advances in various Telecommunication sectors.
  • Identify the expected profile of a Telecommunication engineer for the next decade.
  • Build relationships between local and international companies.
  • Set up new collaborations between UA and participating companies.

Our Speakers

meet our speakers

Dr. Giovanni Toso
Senior Antenna Engineer at European Space Agency

Short Biography:

Giovanni Toso [Antenna and Submillimeter Waves Section of the European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands]. He has been initiating several R&D activities on satellite antennas. With Dr. P. Angeletti, instructor of short courses on Multibeam Antennas and Beamforming Networks during international conferences that have been attended by more than 550 participants.

Abstract:

Multibeam Antennas find application in several fields including communications, remote sensing, electronic surveillance and defense systems, science, RF navigation systems. Multibeam antennas constitute also key enabling element for emerging 5G applications. Depending on the mission different architectures may be selected: from antennas based on reflectors to hybrid systems based on both arrays and reflectors, from phased arrays to lens antennas. In the last ten years innovative configurations have been proposed exploiting new frequencies, materials, polarization properties and reconfiguration capabilities. The talk will provide an overview on recent developments in the field of Multibeam Antennas with special emphasis to satellite applications.

 

Dr. Giovanni TosoSenior Antenna Engineer at European Space Agency
Dr. David Prinsloo
Antenna Design Engineer at ASTRON

Short Biography:

Biography (50 words) Dr. David Prinsloo is currently employed as Antenna Design Engineer at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON). His research interests include wide field-of-view antenna elements for phased array radio telescopes as well as the signal and noise modelling of such active receiving antenna systems.

Abstract:

Aperture Array Radio Telescopes: Reflection, and a Glimpse to the Future

The sheer number of antennas, remote location, and stringent sensitivity requirements present unique challenges to the design of aperture array radio telescope systems. In this talk, we revisit the science questions that drive the need for aperture array radio telescopes and take a closer look at the antenna and array architectures designed to find answer to them. These include the Low-Frequency Array, currently the world’s largest radio telescope, as well as a number of demonstrator arrays under development for the next-generation Square Kilometre Array telescope.

 

Dr. David PrinslooAntenna Design Engineer at ASTRON
Dr. Domingos Barbosa
Senior Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) - Portugal

Short Biography:

Senior Researcher at IT; PhD in Astrophysics and Space Techniques, 1994 (University of Paris VII). Was research visitor in the United Kingdom and USA. My interests cover Scientific Instrumentation, Information and Computing Technologies for Radioastronomy, cooperation for sustainable development. Coordinates ENGAGE SKA, the national node of the Square Kilometre Array project.

Abstract:

Large sensor-based science infrastructures for space science and radio astronomy projects like the Square Kilometre Array will be among the most intensive data-driven projects in the world, facing very high demanding computation, storage, management, and above all power demands. Cloud computing technologies have been under heavy development during the last decade, paving the way to a new computing paradigm: a convergence between High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud based environments enabling promising data mining scenarios. This new system philosophy that can take into account the requirements for scalability, availability and reproducibility needed in fundamental science and space projects.

 

Dr. Domingos BarbosaSenior Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) - Portugal
Professor Lionel Brunie
Professor at National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon, France

Short Biography:

Lionel Brunie is professor at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon, France. He is the Director of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (400 students) of INSA Lyon and the Co-Head of the IRIXYS International Research and Innovation Center.

Abstract:

Recent advances in mobile communications open a dramatic field for innovation with intelligent transportation systems (ITS) as one of the most promising application domains. In this talk, we will especially address Vehicle to Vehicle communications. Candidate network infrastructures such as opportunistic/delay tolerant networks, and edge/fog computing platforms will be considered. Opportunities for novel applications related especially to road safety will be considered. An overview of the issues related to privacy and security will be discussed before we conclude the talk by addressing open technological and scientific challenges.

 

Professor Lionel BrunieProfessor at National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon, France
Dr. Mazen Saghir
Associate Professor at American University of Beirut

Short Biography:

Mazen Saghir is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the American University of Beirut. He received his BE in CCE from AUB (1989), and his Ph.D. in ECE from the University of Toronto (1998). His research interests include reconfigurable computing, computer architecture, and embedded systems design. He is a senior IEEE member.

Abstract:

Modern automobiles may contain up to 100 sensors and microcontrollers to monitor operational functions and enhance passenger safety and comfort. But as automobiles become smarter, more autonomous, and better connected, they will be required to process much larger volumes of data at faster rates while still protecting passengers, pedestrians, public property, and other vehicles from physical harm and cyber-attacks. In this presentation we will highlight some of the key milestones in the evolution of embedded automotive systems, and we will identify some of the technological, business, and legal challenges facing the automotive industry.

 

Dr. Mazen SaghirAssociate Professor at American University of Beirut
Dr. Jihad Boura
Chief Architect, Director of Engineering at IPG Photonics

Short Biography:

CTO and Founder of three technology companies in the telecom sector. Expertise in communication systems, ASIC/FPGA design and process, System level architecture, modeling, and analysis. Deep knowledge of embedded, DSP, communication systems and processor design.

Abstract:

Communication systems have evolved in the past 25 years from simple low speed systems to complex networks of interconnected resources with high speed links. The role of embedded control in such systems has also evolved as a result of advances in silicon technology. This talk will address current trends in using embedded control in high speed communication systems.

 

Dr. Jihad BouraChief Architect, Director of Engineering at IPG Photonics
Dr. Alain Mourad
Director Engineering R&D at InterDigital

Short Biography:

Dr Alain Mourad is a Director Engineering R&D at InterDigital. He is currently leading the research and development of Next Generation Radio Access Networks (NG-RAN) at InterDigital International Labs (Europe and Asia). Prior to joining InterDigital, Dr. Mourad was a Principal Research Engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D (UK) and previously a Senior Research Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (France). He is a prolific inventor with over 50 issued patents and a thought leader with numerous publications. He received the Inventor of the Year Award from Samsung Electronics R&D in 2012 and 2013, InterDigital Innovation Awards in 2016 and 2018, and the 2018 Global Telecoms Awards “Highly Commended” in the category “Advancing the road to 5G”.

Abstract:

An excursion into 5G and the beyond 5G is no longer a hype, it is now real. The 3GPP has just released its submission of specifications to ITU-R IMT2020, telecom operators worldwide are spending billions of US dollars in 5G spectrum auctions, and the vendors are announcing first nodes and devices as early as 2019. This talk will outline what 5G is as it stands today and provide insights into what is coming up next beyond 5G.

 

Dr. Alain MouradDirector Engineering R&D at InterDigital
Eng. Joseph Abou Rjeily
Corporate Strategy & PMO Director at Alfa

Short Biography:

Joseph is currently in charge of Corporate Strategy, Program Management Office (PMO), IoT and Roaming at Alfa.


Joseph holds an Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from St Joseph University (Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth, ESIB), and an MBA degree from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESA).

Abstract:

With over 20 years of experience in the Telecommunication and consultancy sectors, Joseph witnessed, and contributed to, the technological evolutions from 2G, 3G, LTE and recently 5G.


His active involvement in the Information Communication and Technology sector put him at the forefront of the latest technological trends, such as Artificial and Augmented Intelligence, Digitalization, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Technologies, Industry 4.0 and others.


Prior to joining Alfa, Joseph consulted operators in the region and around the globe and supported them in building strategies and business plans that allowed them to embrace and deploy new technologies, improve their performance and achieve operational efficiency.

 

Eng. Joseph Abou RjeilyCorporate Strategy & PMO Director at Alfa
Eng. Amin Jaber
Chief Maintenance Equipment Department at Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)- Lebanon

Short Biography:

Telecommunication Engineer, Radar and Navigation-Aids Specialist DGCA employee since 1995 Graduated From Beirut Arab University on 1992 Bachelor of Electronics and Telecom Engineering 1st Class Honors. 1991-1997 Doctor Assistant, Beirut Arab University, Communication Department. 1995-1997 Telecom Engineer, DGCA- Maintenance Department. 1997-2000 Chief of Radar Section- DGCA - Beirut Int’l Airport. 2000-2004 Chief of Radar and Navigation- Aids- DGCA- Beirut Int’l Airport 2004-2019 Chief of Maintenance Equipment Department- DGCA- Beirut Int’l Airport. Hold many Training certificates from Canada, UK and USA for Radar – Instrument Landing Systems and Air Navigation Equipments between 1997 and 2010. Representing LEBANON in many events in EU and ICAO.

Abstract:

My presentation will cover the difference between the conventional Air navigation systems and the new GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite system) Navigation systems, which I believe will give an idea about the future of Air Navigation Management in the region.

The main topics I will be covering during my talk are:

  • - Air Navigation Services
  • - Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • - Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS)
  • - Conventional and Global Navigation Satellite System
  • - Augmentation System for GNSS air Navigation systems

 

Eng. Amin JaberChief Maintenance Equipment Department at Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)- Lebanon
Dr. Giovanni Toso
Dr. Giovanni Toso
Senior Antenna Engineer at European Space Agency
Dr. David Prinsloo
Dr. David Prinsloo
Antenna Design Engineer at ASTRON
Dr. Domingos Barbosa
Dr. Domingos Barbosa
Senior Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) - Portugal
Professor Lionel Brunie
Professor Lionel Brunie
Professor at National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Lyon, France
Dr. Mazen Saghir
Dr. Mazen Saghir
Associate Professor at American University of Beirut
Dr. Jihad Boura
Dr. Jihad Boura
Chief Architect, Director of Engineering at IPG Photonics
Dr. Alain Mourad
Dr. Alain Mourad
Director Engineering R&D at InterDigital
Eng. Joseph Abou Rjeily
Eng. Joseph Abou Rjeily
Corporate Strategy & PMO Director at Alfa
Eng. Amin Jaber
Eng. Amin Jaber
Chief Maintenance Equipment Department at Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)- Lebanon

STEERING COMMITTEE

Tony Makdissy
Assistant Professor at Antonine University
Kabalan Chaccour
Assistant Professor at Antonine University
Chady Abou Jaoude
Dean of Faculty of Engineering
Rémi Sarkis
Associate Professor at Antonine University

The Schedule

FORUM SCHEDULE

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Welcome Drink

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening Ceremony

  • Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
  • R.F. Michel Jalakh - UA President
  • Ministry of Telecommunications
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Coffee break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Panel Session 1: Space and Astronomy

  • Emerging Antenna Technologies for Space Applications
    Dr. Giovanni Toso - European Space Agency
  • Antenna Development for World's Biggest Telescope (SKA)
    Dr. David Schalk Van Der Merwe Prinsloo - ASTRON
  • High Performance Cloud Computing in Space & Astronomy
    Dr. Domingos Da Saliva Barbosa - Institute of Telecommunications
  • Open discussion
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Coffee break

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Panel Session 2: Vehicular Communication & Embedded Systems

  • Enhancing V2V communication for road safety
    Prof. Lionel Brunie – INSA de Lyon
  • Embedded System Design for Automotive Applications
    Dr. Mazen Saghir – American University of Beirut
  • Embedded System for Communication
    Dr. Jihad Boura – IPG Photonics
  • Open discussion
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunch break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Panel Session 3: Large Scale Networks

  • An excursion into 5G and the beyond
    Dr. Alain Mourad - Interdigital
  • IoT Connectivity for Mobile Network Operator
    Eng. Jospeh Abou Rjeily - Alfa
  • Modern Communication Network for Air Traffic Management
    Eng. Amin Jaber - Beirut International Airport
  • Open discussion
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Ceremony

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