Vision Intelligence And Robotics Applications

LAU Byblos, Science 607-608

In collaboration with the BMW Group and IdealWorks, the Lebanese American University invites you to participate in the 5 th LAU-BMW Group Workshop Day on Vision Intelligence and Robots Applications: VIRA 2023. Following the successes of its predecessors (VIRA’18-21), this year’s event aims at promoting the collaboration between LAU and BMW Group, allowing LAU students who interned at BMW Group and IdealWorks to present and discuss their projects. The workshop also provides LAU faculty on the one hand, and BMW Group and IdealWorks experts on the other hand, with a yearly platform to share knowledge and experience in common fields of interest, including computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics systems, and related fields.


The event will also be streamed on the following link:

Workshop Schedule

Session 1: Opening


Welcome Notes

  • Jimmy Nassif, Ph.D., CTO of IdealWorks

  • Marc Kamradt, Head of BMW Tech Office

  • Michel Khoury, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering, LAU


BMW Group Innovation in Logistics Robotics

  • Wafic El Ariss, Logistics Robotics Team Lead, BMW Group


IdealWorks Vision and Industry 4.0

  • Anthony Rizk, Senior AI Engineer, IdealWorks


Introduction to InMind Academy

  • Joe Tekli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Engineering, LAU

Session 2: Keynote Talk


Challenges for a Sustainable Automotive Industry

  • Christian Imgrund, Ph.D., Senior Advisor and former BMW Manager for planning and production


Short break

Session 3: Doctoral Talk


Using AI and 3D CV to create the factories of the future

  • Anthony Yaghi, Ph.D. student and software engineer
    Supervisors: Dr. Raphael Couturier, UBFC, France, Dr. Joe Tekli, LAU, and Marc Kamradt, BMW Group

Session 4: Robotics Applications


From user interface design, to state machine modelling, and hardware construction.

  • Ralph Sakhat
    Supervisor:Marlene Denk, BMW Group


Industrial Robot Optimization adding free drive mode, communication, and state machine modeling

  • Khaled Jalloul
    Supervisor: Benedikt Hoffmann, BMW Group


Industrial Robot Optimization adding free drive mode, communication, and state machine modeling

  • Youssef Abi Aad
    Supervisor: Boulous Al Asmar, IdealWorks

Session 5: Vision and Cognition


Generation of synthetic industrial data based on real assets

  • Anthony Semaan
    Supervisor: Chafic Abou Akar, BMW Group


Creating synthetic scenes using OpenCV for image and video processing

  • Chloe Boueri
    Supervisor: Chafic Abou Akar, BMW Group


Generating physics properties for synthetic industrial data objects

  • Ziad Saoud
    Supervisor: Chafic Abou Akar, BMW Group


Creating Digital Twins of BMW Factory Scenes using Nvidia Omniverse

  • Sarah Karam
    Supervisor: Chafic Abou Akar, BMW Group


Short break


Next Steps and Expectations of the Cooperation

Round table