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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Joe M. Tekli

Research interests

Main research area: Semi-Structured and Semantic Data Processing. Techniques: XML Document and Grammar Comparison; Structural Similarity and Tree Edit Distance; Semantic Similarity and Knowledge Bases; Semantic Analysis & Disambiguation, Clustering & Classification; Version Control; Schema Mapping; Applications: SOAP Processing & Multicasting; RSS Data Integration; RDF Normalization; SVG Semantic Annotation.
Other research Interests: Web Image Clustering & Retrieval; Image Search Result Organization; Multimedia Data Fragmentation; Image Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users, Text-based Sentiment and Affect Analysis.

Research Projects

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Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

International Journals:

  1. Joe Tekli, Youssef Bou Issa, and Richard Chbeir, Evaluating Touch-Screen Vibration Modality for Blind Users to Access Simple Shapes and Graphics, To appear in Elsevier International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCS), 110:115-133, 2018 Manuscript in pdf
  2. Manahel El Lahib, Joe Tekli, and Youssef Bou Issa, Evaluating Fitts’ Law on Vibrating Touch-Screen to Improve Visual Data Accessibility for Blind Users, To appear in Elsevier International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCS), 112:16-27, 2018 Manuscript in pdf
  3. Joe Tekli, An Overview on XML Semantic Disambiguation from Unstructured Text to Semi-Structured Data: Background, Applications, and Ongoing Challenges. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE), 28(6): 1383-1407, 2016 Manuscript in pdf
  4. Joe Tekli, Nathalie Charbel, and Richad Chbeir, Building Semantic XML Trees, Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics (JWS): Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web, 37–38:1–24, 2016 Manuscript in pdf
  5. Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, Agma J.M. Traina, Caetano Traina Jr., Renato Fileto, Approximate XML Structure Validation based on Document-Grammar Tree Similarity, Elsevier Journal of Information Sciences, 295:258–302, 2015 Manuscript in pdf
  6. Joe Tekli; Ernesto Damiani; Richard Chbeir and Gabriele Gianini, SOAP Processing Performance and Enhancement. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (IEEE TSC), 5(3): 387-403, 2012. Manuscript in pdf
  7. Joe Tekli and Richard Chbeir; A Novel XML Structure Comparison Framework based on Sub-tree Commonalities and Label Semantics, Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics (JWS): Science, Services, and Agents on the World Wide Web, 11: 14-40, 2012Manuscript in pdf
  8. Joe Tekli and Richard Chbeir, Minimizing User Effort in XML Grammar Matching. In Elsevier Information Sciences Journal, 210: 1-40, 2012Manuscript in pdf
  9. Joe Tekli; Ernesto Damiani; and Richard Chbeir, Using XML-based Multicasting to Improve Web Service Scalability, International Journal on Web Services Research (IJWSR), 9(1):1-29, 2012Manuscript in pdf
  10. Joe Tekli; Agma M.J. Traina; Caetano Trania Jr. and Richard Chbeir, XML Document-Grammar Comparison: Related Problems and Applications. The Central European Journal of Computer Science (CEJCS), Inaugural Issue, 1(1):117-136, 2011Manuscript in pdf
  11. Fekade Getahun Taddesse; Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; Marco Viviani; and Kokou Yetongnon, Semantic-based Merging of RSS Items. The World Wide Web (WWW) Journal, Internet and Web Information Systems, Special Issue on Human-Centered Web Science. Springer Netherlands, 13(1-2): 169-207, 2010Manuscript in pdf
  12. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yétongnon, An Overview of XML Similarity: Background, Current Trends and Future Directions. Elsevier Computer Science Review, 3(3):151-173, 2009. Manuscript in pdf

Encyclopedias:

  1. Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, and Kokou Yetongnon, Breakthroughs and Limitations of XML Grammar Similarity, Encyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking (2nd Edition), pp. 140-148, 2009, Margherita Pagani (Ed.), Information Science reference, Hershey, New York Manuscript in pdf
  2. July Diana Banda-Tapia, Regina Ticona Herrera, Dennis Barrios-Aranibar, Joe Tekli, and Richard Chbeir, A Multi-Level Fuzzy Logic Scheme for Modeling Complex Problems, Artificial Intelligence Driven Solutions to Business and Engineering Problems, pp. 54-60, 2012, Galina Setlak, Mikhail Alexandrov, Krassimir Markov (Eds.), Ithea, Rzeszow, Poland

Regional Journals:

  1. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yetongnon, Méthode Hybride de Comparaison Structurelle et Semantique des Documents XML”, Published in UBScience - The University of Bourgogne’s Scientific Journal, 2009, (4):83-90, Dijon, France Manuscript in pdf
  2. Antoine Abou Rjeily, Pélagie Houngue, Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, and Kokou Yetongnon, An Overview of the Semantic Web: Improving Web Data Accessibility and Performance. Published in Pertinence: The Antonine University’s Scientific Journal, 6th Edition, 2013, Baabda, Lebanon Manuscript in pdf

International Conferences:

  1. Issa Ayoub; Karl J. Codoumi; and Joe Tekli. Personalized Social Image Organization, Visualization, and Querying Tool using Low- and High-Level Features. In Proceedings of the 19th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE’16), Paris, France, 2016, pp. 287-294 Manuscript in pdf
  2. Minale Ashagrie; Joe Tekli; Fekade Getahun, Gilbert Tekli; and Richard Chbeir. A General Multimedia Representation Space Model Toward Event-based Collective Knowledge Management. In Proceedings of the 19th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE’16), Paris, France, 2016, pp. 512-521 Manuscript in pdf
  3. Nathalie Charbel, Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, and Gilbert Tekli, Resolving XML Semantic Ambiguity. 18th Inter. Conf. on Extending Database Technology (EDBT’15), Brussels, Belgium, 2015, pp. 277-288 Manuscript in pdf
  4. Regina Ticona Herrera, Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, Sébastien Laborie, Irvin Dongo, Renato Guzman, Toward RDF Normalization. 34th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER’15), Stockholm, Sweden, October 2015, pp. 261-275 Manuscript in pdf
  5. Khouloud Salameh, Joe Tekli, and Richard Chbeir,  SVG-to-RDF Image Semantization. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP’14), Los Cabos, Mexico, October 2014, pp. 214-228 Manuscript in pdf
  6. Richard Chbeir, Yi Luo, Joe Tekli, Kokou Yetongnon, Carlos Raymundo Ibanez, Agma J. M. Traina, Caetano Traina Jr., and Marc Al Assad, SemIndex: Semantic-Aware Inverted Index.  In Proceedings of the 18th East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS’14), Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, September 2014, pp. 290-307 Manuscript in pdf
  7. Joe Tekli; Antoine Abou Rjeily; Richard Chbeir; Minale A. Abebe; Pelagie Houngue; Kokou Yetongnon; and Gilbert Tekli, Semantic to Intelligent Web Era: Building Blocks, Applications, and Current Trends. Accepted (to appear) in Proceedings of the International ACM Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (ACM MEDES’13), 2013Manuscript in pdf
  8. Joe Tekli; Ernesto Damiani; and Richard Chbeir, Differential SOAP Multicasting. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Web Services (IEEE ICWS’11), Washington DC, USA, 2011, pp. 1-8. Manuscript in pdf
  9. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; Fernando Ferri; and Patrizia Grifoni, Toward Approximate GML Retrieval based on Structural and Semantic Characteristics. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE’10), Vienna, Austria, 2010, pp. 16-34. Manuscript in pdf
  10. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yetongnon, Extensible User-based Grammar Matching. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER’09), SPRINGER VERLAG LNCS 5829, Brazil, 2009, pp. 294-314. Manuscript in pdf
  11. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; Kokou Yétongnon, Structural Similarity Evaluation between XML Documents and DTDs. In Proc. of the 8th International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering (WISE’07), SPRINGER VERLAG LNCS, France, 2007, pp. 196-211. Manuscript in pdf
  12. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yétongnon, Efficient XML Structural Similarity Detection using Sub-tree Commonalities. Proc. of the 22nd Brazilian Symposium on Databases (SBBD’07), Best Paper Award, ACM SIGMOD DiSC, Brazil, 2007, pp. 116-130. Manuscript in pdf
  13. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yétongnon, A Fine-grained XML Structural Comparison Approach. In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER’07), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Auckland, New Zealand, LNCS 4801, 2007, pp. 582-598. Manuscript in pdf
  14. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yétongnon. A Hybrid Approach for XML Similarity. Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science (SOFSEM’07), SPRINGER VERLAG LNCS, Harrachov, Czech Republic,  2007, pp. 783-795. Manuscript in pdf
  15. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yetongnon, Semantic and Structure Based XML Similarity: An Integrated Approach. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Management of Data (COMAD’06), Delhi, India, 2006, pp. 32-43. Manuscript in pdf
  16. Bernard Semaan, Joe Tekli, Youssef Bou Issa, Gilbert Tekli, and Richard Chbeir, Toward Enhancing Web Accessibility for Blind Users through the Semantic Web, International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet based Systems (SITIS’12), Kyoto, Japan, pp. 247-256, 2013 Manuscript in pdf
  17. Awada A., Bou Issa Y., Ghannam C., Tekli J., Chbeir R., Towards Digital Image Accessibility for Blind Users Via Vibrating Touch Screen: A Feasibility Test Protocol. International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet based Systems (SITIS’12), Sorrento, Italy, pp. 547-554, 2012. Manuscript in pdf
  18. Manami Harazaki; Joe Tekli; Shohei Yokoyama; Naoki Fukuta; Richard Chbeir; and Hiroshi Ishikawa, XBeGene: Scalable XML Documents Generator By Example Based on Real Data.  Inter. Conf. on Data Engineering and Internet Technology (DEIT’11), Bali, Indonesia, 2011. Manuscript in pdf
  19. Fekade Getahun; Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; Marco Viviani; and Kokou Yétongnon, Relating RSS News/Items. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE’09), SPRINGER VERLAG LNCS, San Sebastian, Spain, 2009, pp. 44-452 Manuscript in pdf
  20. Fekade Getahun; Joe Tekli; Solomon Atnafu; and Richard Chbeir, Towards Efficient Horizontal Multimedia Database Fragmentation using Semantic-based Predicates Implication. In the 22nd Brazilian Symposium on Databases (SBBD’07), ACM SIGMOD DiSC, Brazil, 2007, pp. 68-82. Manuscript in pdf
  21. Samir Saad; Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yétongnon, Towards Multimedia Fragmentation, Proc. of the 10th East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS’06), SPRINGER VERLAG LNCS, Greece, 2006, pp. 415-429. Manuscript in pdf

International Workshops and Demonstrations:

  1. Alceu Ferraz Costa, Joe Tekli, Agma J.M. Traina, Fast Fractal Stack: Fractal Analysis of Computed Tomo-graphy Scans of the Lung, Inter. ACM Workshop on Medical MM Analysis & Retrieval (MMAR’11), with Inter. ACM Conf. on MultiMedia (ACM MM’11), Arizona, USA, 2011, pp. 13-18 Manuscript in pdf
  2. Fekade Getahun; Solomon Atnafu; Joe Tekli; & Richard Chbeir, The Use of Semantic-based Predicates Implication to Improve Horizontal Multimedia Database Fragmentation. ACM MM’07 Workshop on the Many Faces of Multimedia Semantics (MS’07), Univ. of Augsburg, Germany, 2007, 29-38 Manuscript in pdf
  3. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yétongnon, Semantic and Structure Based XML Similarity: The XS3 Prototype. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Management of Data (COMAD’06) demo sessions, New Delhi, India, 2006, pp. 235-238 Manuscript in pdf

National Workshops and Demonstrations:

  1. Issa Ayoub; Karl J. Codoumi; and Joe Tekli. Demo of the SICOS tool for Social Image Cluster-based Organization and Search. Inter. IEEE Multidisciplinary Conf. on Engineering Technology (IMCET’16), Nov. 2016 Manuscript in pdf
  2. Nathalie Charbel; Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Gilbert Tekli. Demo of the XSDF Prototype for XML Semantic Disambiguation, Inter. Conf. on Applied Research in Computer Science and Engineering (ICAR’15), Antonine University (UA) & Saint Joseph University (USJ), Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 2015 Manuscript in pdf

​Short Papers:

  1. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; Yi Luo; Marc Al Assad; Carlos Raymundo Ibanez; Agma J.M. Traina; Caetano Traina Jr.; Kokou Yetongnon. A Demo of SemIndex: Semantic-Aware Inverted Index on Textual Data. 21st LAAS (Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Science) International Science Conference, Saint Joseph University (USJ), Beirut, Lebanon, April 2015, pp. 506-507  Manuscript in pdf
  2. Amine Awada; Youssef Bou Issa; Joe Tekli; and Richard Chbeir, Evaluation of Touch Screen Vibration Accessibility for Blind Users, In Proceedings of the 15th ACM SIGACCESS International Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ACM ASSETS’13), Washington DC, USA, 2013, pp. 48-49  Manuscript in pdf
  3. Joe Tekli; Richard Chbeir; and Kokou Yetongnon, XS3: A System for Similarity Evaluation in Multimedia-based Heterogeneous XML Repositories. Proc. of the International ACM Conference on MultiMedia (ACM MM’08) demo sessions, Canada, 2008, pp. 1019-1020  Manuscript in pdf

Selected Oral Presentation

  1. Innovation & Technology Presentation given in LAU Artificial Intelligence Club Mixed-Culture Event titled: Automated Sentiment Analysis, duration: 30 minutes, Byblos, Lebanon, 10th of April 2017
  2. Innovation & Technology Seminar given at Lebanese Army Command and Staff College, titled: Static to Intelligent Web: A Military Creation in the Service of Global Society, duration: 1.5 hours, Fayadiyeh, Lebanon, 22nd of June 2016
  3. Innovation & Technology Seminar given in LAU Astronomy Club Special Event, titled: Artificial Intelligence in Astronomy: A Small Step for AI, A Huge Leap for Mankind, duration: 2 hours, Byblos, Lebanon, 8th of February 2016    
  4. Keynote speech given in the 3rd IEEE Lebanon Communications Research Day (LCRD’15), titled: Semantic to Intelligent Web Era: Building Blocks, Applications, and Current Trends, duration: 1 hour, Byblos, Lebanon, April 2015
  5. Innaugural Research Seminar given in the LAU SOE Research Seminar Series, titled: SemIndex: Semantic Aware Inverted Index, duration: 30 minutes, Byblos, Lebanon, October 2014
  6. Academic Presentation given in the 4th Lebanese National Network (LNN) Leadership Camp, titled: Evolution of Sciences and the Scientific Methodology, duration: 1 hour, Harrissa, Lebanon, July 2011 

Student Supervision

Ph.D. Theses:

  1. Minale Ashagrie, University of Pau and Adour Countries (UPPA), France – Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia, Ph.D. title: Collective Knowledge Management in Distributed Multimedia Systems, Co-supervisor (30%), with Pr. Richard Cheir (UPPA), Dr. Fekade Getahun (UAA), and Dr. Gilbert Tekli (UPPA). Started in 2012, and expected to defend in December 2017
  2. Regina Herrera, University of Pau and Adour Countries (UPPA), France – Catholic University of San Pablo (UCSP), Peru, Ph.D. title: RDF Syntactic and Semantic Normalization, Co-supervisor (50%), with Pr. Richard Chbeir (UPPA) and Dr. Sebastien Laborie (UPPA). Started in 2011, and defended in July 2016

M.S. Theses:

  1. Nathalie Charbel, XML Semantic Disambiguation, University of Bourgogne (UB), France, 2012
  2. Antoine Abou Rjeily, RDF Instance Semantic Matching, Univ. of Bourgogne (UB), France, 2012
  3. Khouloud Sameleh, XML-based Image Annotation, Antonine University (UA), Lebanon, 2012
  4. Manami Harazaji, Scalable XML Document Generation, University of Shizuoka, Japan, 2010
  5. Beddy Mohamed, XML Comparison using Path-based Similarity, Univ. of Shizuoka, Japan 2010
  6. Tsugutoshi Aoshima, Similarity-based Twitter Msg. Organization, Univ. of Shizuoka, Japan, 2010

Undergraduate Research Projects & Assistantships:

  1. Hagop Jamkojian, Automated Social Image Annotation. Summer 2017
  2. George Salloum, Personal Health Assessment and Nutrition Recommendation. Summer 2017
  3. Ralph Abboud, Music Sentiment-based Composition. Summer 2016
  4. Christian Kallas, A Prototype for Semantic Querying and Evaluation of Textual Data. Summ. 2016
  5. Issa Ayoub, Personalized Social Image   Management & Querying. Summer 2016
  6. Mireille Fares, Unsupervised Sentiment and Affect Analysis of Textual Data. Summer 2016
  7. Marc Al Assad, Optimizing the Design & Implementation of SemIndex. Fall and Spring 2015

B.E. Courses & Capstone Projects Student Publications:

I have also supervised various Final Year Engineering (Capstone) projects, where select projects have been presented and published in peer-reviewed national conferences.                                         

Full papers:

  1. Ralph Abboud, Intelligent Automated Vehicle Gear Switching Simulation Software based on Fuzzy Logic, based on a course project, published & presented in the 14th AUB (American Univ. of Beirut) FEA (Fac. of Eng. & Arch.) Student & Alumni Conf. (AUB/FEA/SAC’16), p.5, Beirut, April, 2016   Manuscript in pdf
  2. Joumana Moodad, Model United Nations (MUN) Simulation Software, based on capstone project, Published and presented in the 14th AUB (American Univ. of Beirut) FEA (Fac. of Eng. and Arch.) Student and Alumni Conf. (AUB/FEA/SAC’16), p.6, Beirut, April, 2016   Manuscript in pdf

Short papers:

  1. George Salloum and Elie Semaan, short demo paper titled: Intelligent Automated Nutritionist Agent,  Presented in the 5th IEEE Lebanon Communications Research Day (IEEE LCRD’17) 2017 and in the 4th Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference (LDE’17), 2017
  2. Ralph Abboud, short demo paper title: Demonstrating an Intelligent Fuzzy Gear Switching System, presented in 4th IEEE Lebanon Communications Research Day (IEEE LCRD’16), Lebanese University, pp. 5, Hadath, April, 2016
  3. Mark Al Assad, short demo paper titled: Implementing A Semantic-Aware Inverted Index, LAU, Presented in the 3re IEEE Lebanon Comm. Research Day (IEEE LCRD’15) 2015

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

 

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