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Joe M. Tekli

Research interests

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

Short Bio

Joe Tekli is an Associate Professor in the ECE Department, School of Engineering, Lebanese American University (LAU). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Univ. of Bourgogne (UB), LE2I CNRS, France (2009), awarded with Highest Honors. He has completed various post-docs and visiting scholar research missions: in the Univ. of Michigan, USA (Summer 2018), in the Univ. of Pau, France (Fall 2012-18), in ICMC, Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010-2011), in the Univ. of Shizuoka, Japan (Spring 2010), and in the Univ. of Milan, Italy (Fall 2009). He was awarded various prestigious fellowships: Fulbright (USA, 2018), FAPESP (Brazil, 2010-11), JSPS (Japan, 2010), Fondazione Cariplo (Italy, 2009), French Ministry of Education (France, 2006-09), and AUF (France, 2005). He has coordinated and participated in various international research projects including: FAPESP (Brazil, 2016-20), LAU-NCSR-L (Lebanon, 2018-20), NCSR-L (Lebanon, 2016-17), STICAmSud (France, 2013-14), and CEDRE (2012-13). His research covers XML and semi-structured data; multimedia data semantics, data-mining, and information retrieval, and has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the ACM SIGAPP French Chapter since 2018, and as a founding member of the United Nations ESCWA Knowledge Hub since fall 2020.

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

International Journals:

  1. Ralph Abboud and Joe Tekli, Integration of Non-parametric Fuzzy Classification with an Evolutionary-Developmental Framework to Perform Music Sentiment-based Analysis and Composition, Elsevier journal of Soft Computing, 2020 Manuscript in pdf
  2. Minale Ashagrie Abebe, Joe Tekli, Fekade Getahun, Richard Chbeir, Gilbert Tekli: Generic Metadata Representation Framework for Social-based Event Detection, Description, and Linkage. Elsevier Knowledge Based Systems journal, 188, 2020    Manuscript in pdf
  3. Joe Tekli , Richard Chbeir , Agma J. M. Traina, Caetano Traina Jr.:SemIndex+: A Semantic Indexing Scheme for Structured, Unstructured, and Partly Structured Data. Elsevier Knowledge Based Systems journal, 164: 378-403  (2019)   Manuscript in pdf
  4. Mireille Fares, Angela Moufarrej, Eliane Jreij, Joe Tekli , William Grosky:Unsupervised Word-level Affect Analysis and Propagation in a Lexical Knowledge Graph. Elsevier Knowledge Based Systems journal, 165: 432-459  (2019)   Manuscript in pdf
  5. Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, Agma J.M. Traina, Caetano Traina Jr., Kokou Yetongnon, Carlos Raymundo Ibanez, Marc Al Assad, and Christian Kallas, Full-fledged Semantic Indexing and Querying Model designed for Seamless Integration in Legacy RDBMS, Elsevier Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE),  117: 133-173, 2018.  Manuscript in pdf
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Joe Tekli and Richard Chbeir, Minimizing User Effort in XML Grammar Matching. In Elsevier Information Sciences Journal, 210: 1-40, 2012Manuscript in pdf
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

International Conferences:

  1. Mireille Fares, Angela Moufarrej, Eliane Jreij, Joe Tekli, and William Grosky, Difficulties and Improvements to Graph-Based Lexical Sentiment Analysis Using LISA. IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Computing (ICCC’19), part of the IEEE Word Congress on Services, 2018, Milan, Italy, pp. 28-35  Manuscript in pdf
  2. Joe Tekli, Richard Chbeir, Agma J.M. Traina, Caetano Traina Jr., Kokou Yetongnon, Carlos Raymundo Ibanez, and Christian Kallas, Upgraded SemIndex Prototype supporting Intelligent Database Keyword Queries through Disambiguation, Query As You Type, and Parallel Search Algorithms, IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Computing (IEEE ICCC’18), 2018, pp. 33-40., to appear Manuscript in pdf
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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

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 Journal2009, (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 Workshops and Demonstrations:

  1. Ralph Abboud and Joe Tekli, MUSE prototype for Music Sentiment Expression, IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Computing (IEEE ICCC’18), 2018, pp. 106-109., to appear Manuscript in pdf
  2. George Salloum, Elie Semaan, and Joe Tekli, PIN prototype for Intelligent Nutrition Assessment and Meal Planning, IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Computing (IEEE ICCC’18), 2018, pp. 110-113, to appear Manuscript in pdf
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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

Invited Presentations

  1. Invited Talk in UN LINKS Meeting titled: Toward Smarter Libraries and Digitizing Collective Intelligence, at UN-ESCWA Beirut, on October 7 -10, 2019
  2. Invited Talk in Second Arab High Level Forum on the World Summit on the Information Society (WISI) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, titled: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Sustainable Development, UN-ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon, March 21, 2019. I was invited to give the same presentaton in LAU Outreach and Civic Engagement Soft Skills Series (SSS), Byblos, Lebanon, on Wednesday September 25th, 2019
  3. Invited Talk: innaugural speaker in United Nations (UN) Techovation Talks series (https://unite.un.org/techevents/ESCWA_artificial-intelligence-intro), titled: Artificial Intelligence : An Introduction to Learning Human Emotions Through Intelligent Data Processing, UN-ESCWA, Beirut, Lebanon, February 19th, 2019
  4. Invited Talk in Lebanon Artificial Intelligence (AI) Day, titled: Processing Human Emotions toward Social Artificial Intelligence, Beirut, Lebanon, on January 12th, 2019. I was invited to give the same presentaton in the AI Digital Revolution and the Impact on the Economy conference organized by the Order of Engineering and Architects of Beirut, Lebanon, on February 27th, 2019
  5. Invited Talk: research seminar given in Beirut AI’s Global Startup Weekend AI (https://globalswai.co/) titled: MUSEC, a framework for Music Sentiment-based Expression and Composition, on December 1st, 2018
  6. Distinguished Lecture: presenting research activities during Fulbright Research Mission at University of Michigan, titled: XML Semantic Disambiguation, Dearborn, Michigan, USA, May 11th 2018
  7. Invited Talk in Mechanical Engineering Day organized by RHU ASME Student section, titled: Artificial Intelligence on the Forefronts of Space Exploration, duration: 1 hour, Beirut, Lebanon, April 17th 2018
  8. Invited Talk: innovation & technology seminar in LAU AI Club Special Event, titled: Explaining KNN Machine Learning in layman terms, at LAU Byblos, Lebanon, November 20th, 2017    
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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    
  12. 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
  13. Innaugural Research Seminar given in the LAU SOE Research Seminar Series, titled: SemIndex: Semantic Aware Inverted Index, duration: 30 minutes, Byblos, Lebanon, October 2014
  14. 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 

Research Projects

Coordination role:

Partnership role:

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

Education:

Academic Degrees

Post-Doctoral Missions:

Professional Memberships

Service Activities

Professional Service (Journal Editorship, Conference Activities):

School Service (last 5 years):

2018 - 2019
2018 - 2019
2018 – 2019
2017 - 2018
2015 - 2018
2014 - 2018
2014 - 2017
2014 - 2018
2013 - 2016
Interim Assistant Dean
Chair of School Ad-hoc Committee for Extra-Curricular Activities
Secretary of School Advisory Committee
Chair of School Admissions Committee
Member of School Ad-hoc Committee for Extra-Curricular Activities
Secretary of SOE
Secretary of School Admissions Committee
Member of School Academic Committee
Secretary of ECE Department

University Service (last 5 years)

2018 - 2019
2018 - 2019
Secretary of University Admissions Committee
Member of  International Services Committee

Initiatives and Special Events:

Fall 2019 Coordinating and hosting the BMW Group Beirut Hackathon 2019 at LAU Beirut campus. Dates: October 8 and 9. Hosting 74 students from 8 major universities in Lebanon, competing in a 24-hour AI programming marathon.
Fall 2019 Initiating and coordinating a collaboration between LAU and Daimler Mobility (DMO), offering a select number of LAU students internships at the company’s seat in Stuttgart. Jumstarted by recruiting one top LAU student in the company’s Data Analytics team.
2018-2019 Coordinating and hosting the First Lego League (FLL) 2019 international robotics championship, on June 14-16, at LAU Byblos  for the first time in the MENA region,  in collaboraton with the Education and Technology Center (ETC), Lebanon. Hosting more than 1000 international participants. In preparation for FLL, we have also coordinated and hosted two National Education Robotics Day (NERD) competitions: NERD Open 2018 and NERD National 2019, hosting more than 1000 national participants.
Spring 2017 Initiating and coordinating a collaboration between LAU and BMW Group, offering select students internships at the company’s seat in Munich, and promoting collaborative projects between both institutions. Since its start, more than 40 distingiushed students have conducted their internships in the company’s Logistics Robotics team. 
Fall 2016 Motivating students to launch the LAU Artificial Intelligence (AI) students’ club, which has organized since then various interesting and high-impact AI-related activities, many of which have been covered by the media. Personal role: Club advisor.

Intermin Assistant Dean Activities:

Spring 2019 Coordinating the Engineering Scholarship Awards Competition 2019 - Hosting than 80 top highschool students to participate in an Engineering competition, where the highest scoring candidates received up to 50% scholarships to join the School.
Spring 2019 Organizing the LAU Engineering Project Poster Day 2019 – Inviting students to showcase and present their capstone projects, and receiving awards for best posters
Spring 2019 Organizing the LAU Engieering Week (LEW) 2019, including variuous activities, workshops, and ceminars celebrating engineering at LAU.
Fall 2010 Organizing the 1st Annual SOE Clubs Gala Dinner, inviting all SOE students and Faculty to celebrate the 2018-19 academic year.
Spring 2019 Organizing the 1st Explore SOE@LAU Day 2019, a special orientation and live demonstrations event hosting more than 200 distinguished high school applicants and their parents at the School of Engineering’s lab facilities at Byblos campus.
2018-2019 Coordinating with the Dean of Students Office (DOS) in helping organize and promote various orientation seminars under the umbrella of the Connect With Your Future initiative launched by the DOS.
2018-2019 Coordinated with the SOE Carrier and Placement officer in managing the IAESTE international internship exchange program for SOE students.

Outreach and Orientation activities:

I have also regularly given orientation lectures and participated in the evaluation committees of various national engineering orientation and competition events, including You@LAU Carrier Exploration Day 2018-19, BLOM Chabeb Carrier Fair 2015-17, UNICEF Lebanon Youth Lab Program 2016, Ericson Wireless Course 2015, and INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2014.

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, and defended in February 2018
  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. Rayan Al Sobahi, Low Light Image Enhancement and Labelling, Started in Fall 2019, due in 2020
  2. Angela Moufarrej, Intelligent EHR Visualization, LAU, Stated in Spring 2018, due in 2019
  3. George Salloum, Nutrition Assessment, Monitoring, and Meal Plan Generation, LAU, 2019
  4. Nathalie Charbel, XML Semantic Disambiguation, University of Bourgogne (UB), France, 2012
  5. Antoine Abou Rjeily, RDF Instance Semantic Matching, Univ. of Bourgogne (UB), France, 2012
  6. Khouloud Sameleh, XML-based Image Annotation, Antonine University (UA), Lebanon, 2012
  7. Manami Harazaji, Scalable XML Document Generation, University of Shizuoka, Japan, 2010
  8. Beddy Mohamed, XML Comparison using Path-based Similarity, Univ. of Shizuoka, Japan 2010
  9. Tsugutoshi Aoshima, Similarity-based Twitter Msg. Organization, Univ. of Shizuoka, Japan, 2010

Undergraduate Research Projects & Assistantships:

  1. Heba Harb and Hamza Noueihed, 3-D Visual Simulator of a Semantic Sensor Network2019
  2. Joseph Atiyeh and Clara Akiki, Unsupervised Region-based Image Annotation, Summer-Fall 2019
  3. Sarkis Sarkissian, Knowledge Elicitation from UN Resolutions, Summer-Fall 2019
  4. Agapius Bou Ghosn, Semantic-aware Indexing of Semi-structured data, Summer-Fall 2019
  5. Jad Saba, Frequency-based Distributional Thesaurus Creation. Summer-Fall 2019
  6. Hagop Jamkojian, Automated Social Image Annotation. Summer 2017
  7. George Salloum, Personal Health Assessment and Nutrition Recommendation. Summer 2017
  8. Ralph Abboud, Music Sentiment-based Composition. Summer 2016
  9. Christian Kallas, A Prototype for Semantic Querying and Evaluation of Textual Data. Summ. 2016
  10. Issa Ayoub, Personalized Social Image   Management & Querying. Summer 2016
  11. Mireille Fares, Unsupervised Sentiment and Affect Analysis of Textual Data. Summer 2016
  12. Marc Al Assad, Optimizing the Design & Implementation of SemIndex. Fall and Spring 2015

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