Moustafa Elshafei (Keynote Speaker for SAC)

Application of deep learning in Arabic
speech processing and recognition

The presentation will give an overview of the recent advances in the applications of deep learning in language processing in general and speech recognition in particular. The talk will then provide a short review on the challenges facing Arabic Language and the recent research in Arabic language and Arabic speech. Finally we present our research activities along several Arabic language applications including, transcription of Arabic news, speech recognition of
Arabic dialects, Arabic language modeling using RNN, Arabic phoneme recognition, speech segmentation, automatic restoration of diacritical marks of Arabic text, Quran recitation, on-line Quran annotation, recognition of poem meters, and provide an overview of Arabic conversational agent.

Demba DIALLO (Keynote Speaker for PSE)

Incipient Fault Detection and Diagnosis

Fault detection and diagnosis has been an emerging topic for more than 30 years in all the engineering sectors. Because of the increasing requirements for more safety, reliability and cost effective industrial processes, a lot of methods have emerged for the monitoring of more and more complex systems. However most of fault indicators are devoted to detect significant abrupt deviations related to specific features but they fail to detect and estimate slight distortions caused by gradually evolving faults. At their earliest stage, they are called incipient faults and are defined through a Fault-to-Noise Ratio (FNR). In the region where  the fault is concealed in the noise and causes small changes in the process measurements. It is therefore important to design a methodology from knowledge building to fault detection and diagnosis performances assessment that can fulfil the more and more demanding requirements.

Faïz Ben Amar (Keynote Speaker for SAC)

Outdoor mobile robotics: from design to motion control and planning

With the present environmental challenges, agriculture and construction are two major economic branches for the future of robotics. In order to address the environment conditions in these kind of applications, robots must be fast and agile enough to explore and operate quickly in a large space, guarantee their integrity and that of the environment, and self-adapt to highly variable soil conditions and irregular surfaces with obstacles. In this presentation we will discuss aspects related to the design and control of agile robots with a high number of degrees of freedom capable of safely crossing any obstacles, without a priori knowledge of their shape and precise position. In a second part, we will address issues related to fast rover navigation and particularly their control based on a predictive based approach in the presence of slippages, rollover risks, and collision constraints, as well as the online estimation of the physical and geometric parameters of the local ground surface, required for the model based controller.


Thomas Fröhlich (Keynote Speaker for SCI)

The Planck Balance – calibration of E2 mass standards using the new definition

The Planck Balance (PB) is an electronic mass comparator, which allows the calibration of weights in a continuous range from 1 mg to 100 g using a fixed value of the Planck constant, h. It uses the physical approach of Kibble balances that allow the Planck constant to be derived from the mass.
Using the Planck-Balance no calibrated mass standards are required during the calibration of mass standards any longer, because all measurements are traceable via the electrical quantities to the Planck constant h, and to the meter and the second. This allows a new type of balance after the redefinition of
the SI-units on 20th of May 2019. In contrast to many scientific oriented developments of Kibble balances, the Planck Balance is focused on robust and daily use. The Planck Balance will allow relative measurement uncertainties comparable to the accuracies of class E2 mass standards, as specified in OIML Recommendation R 111-1. The Planck Balance is developed in a cooperation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the Technische Universität Ilmenau in a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Ibrahim Badran (Plenary Speaker, Speaker for the Special Session of Education)

Energy in a Changing World

  •  Accelerating pace and ever-widening horizon of change in the world
  • Role of Energy in modern society .
  • The question that needs to be answered continuously : How to deal with energy for the future ?
  •   Energy dilemma has to be solved on 3 levels : Global, National,  Region

The Arab Region in particular, additional amounts of energy are required to an average of 3.5 t.o.e per capita by 2050 to meet : (i) industrialization of the national economies, (ii) facing severe water shortage, (iii) facing desertification pressures, (iv) controlling air temperature, (v)Technology, Research and joint projects.  

Engineering Education

  • Role of Engineering in modern societies .
  • Involvement of engineering in every aspect of human life from micro cells in the human body to stars in the universe .
  •   The 5 aspects of engineering problem in the Arb World.
  • Engineering in figures e.c.f, e.c.m.i. index, engineering index, engineering idex and gdp/capita
  • Engineering education in the Arb World.
  • Engineering education in the Universities . 
  • Do we have engineering graduates or real engineers ?
  • Why engineering projects in the Arb World are mainly designed and executed by foregion engineering firms .
  • Global Engineering trends for the future.
  •  Arab Engineering trends for the Future.
  • Engineering Mentality and Engineering skills .
  • Engineering skills
  • Reverse engineering
  • Projects through all years of study
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship 
  • Building proto-types   

Faisal Mnif ( Speaker for the Special Session of Education)

Higher education quality assurance involves the formal assessment and analysis of performance monitoring processes and areas of progress. Within the scope of globalization, it is not possible to ensure credit transfer and student mobility, to address the needs of manpower, or to increase economic productivity without maintaining the performance of higher education programs.  In a globalized framework of the job market, Engineering graduates should prove themselves as having a solid educational foundation and are being capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.  Generally, Quality assurance and improvement in higher education are achieved through accreditation.   To name just two agencies; ABET, the EUR-ACE (European Accredited Engineer).  Both agencies of them accredit also international programs.

As a student, your degree is a significant achievement and perhaps the largest investment you will make toward your future. The quality of education you receive makes a big difference in your career success.  Accreditation:

  • Verifies that your educational background meets the global standard for technical education in your profession.
  • Enhances your employment opportunities in multinational companies.
  • Paves the way for you to work globally.

As an institution, accreditation tells your prospective students, peers and the professions you serve that your program:

  • Has received international recognition of its quality.
  • Promotes “best practices” in education.
  • Directly involves faculty and staff in self-assessment and continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Is based on “learning outcomes,” rather than “teaching inputs.”


This talk will focus on ABET accreditation process, and will clarify the ways to go through all its stages. Nevertheless, if the institution choses to seek accreditation from any other agency, the procedures should not be much different, as the whole idea focus on i) satisfying a number of criteria ii) a thoroughly assessment process, and iii) a well-documented and published information.