Conférence animée par Dr. Nafaa Jabeur
Thanks to continuous progress on mobile and ubiquitous computing as well as the considerable advances on miniaturization, a myriad of devices are being deployed for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. These devices are, basically, equipped with communication mechanisms allowing them to share data and coordinate their actions with neighbouring peers. They are also being endowed with some intelligent mechanisms to pro-act and react to events of interest on-time. Due to heterogeneity matters, limited onboard capabilities as well as dynamic environments, these intelligent mechanisms remain difficult to implement. Solutions could, however, be inspired from the behaviour of small insects which are capable of acting selfishly or coordinating their efforts to jointly create complex behaviours. Following this trend, we are investigating options of embedding intelligent mechanisms in individual Real World Things (RWTs) to allow them perform the right actions at the right time for the right needs. The RWTs will ultimately interconnect to achieve goals that are beyond their individual limited capabilities. To meet our goals, we are exploring real-world problems falling within the large scope of Smart Cities, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Internet of Things. The presentation will be an opportunity to shed light on some of our past and ongoing related works.
Dr. Nafaâ Jabeur is Associate Professor (Computer Science Department) and Director of Research at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). He received his Master degree and his PhD degree in Computer Science from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) in 2001 and 2006 respectively. He received his degree of Engineer in Computer Science from Morocco in 1998. He has over than 12 years of experience in the industrial and academic sectors. He is active researcher in a variety of fields, including Drones, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence, Wireless Sensor Networks, Mobility and Transportation, Cartography, and Spatial Data Warehouses.
Nafaâ has participated in several R&D projects, authored/edited 2 books, and authored more than 80 research papers in prestigious conferences and high ranked journals. He is particularly collaborating with educational, industrial, and governmental organizations in several countries to design, implement, and introduce drone-based solutions in a variety of application fields, including surveillance, inspection, and logistics.
A part from his academic and research activities, Nafaâ is also entrepreneur. He is, indeed, the CEO of two startups; one in Tunisia for the development of IT-based solutions and one in Belgium for technology transfer.