Industrial research institute – Lebanese University Campus
The Lebanon SoftShore cluster has arranged a meeting at the Industrial
Research Institute between 5 major ICT companies and 7 Researcher Professors
from AUB and Balamand Universities. The meeting aimed at reaching a joint
cooperation between the two parties in order to be able to satisfy their needs
as effectively and efficiently as possible. Dr. Bassam Frenn, General Director
of IRI, started the meeting by asserting that IRI’s doors are open for such
activities and that it should be seen as the bridge through which companies and
universities can reach places they can’t do alone. Later, Mr. Talal Hijazi, the
manager of the cluster presented an overview of the Software Cluster (SoftSHore)
and the activities of the past with a summary of achievements to date. He also
shared with attendees the future plans of activities that the cluster hopes to
Dr. Fuad Mrad, ELCIM consultant and AUB professor, presented an executive
summary of a study that was sponsored by ELCIM during summer 2008 entitled: ICT
R&D Capacity in Lebanon. This presentation highlighted the strong R&D potential
that already exists in Lebanese universities with concrete outcomes that are
very relevant to the software development sector*. He invited the participants
to share their views on the strategy that can deploy and harness the university
professors’ efforts in ICT R&D towards the development of this sector and the
Lebanese economic growth.
Later an open discussion between companies and academics took place were
companies expressed their research and Development needs, and universities
confirmed their abilities in satisfying them.
Moreover, the representatives of the Software industry were asked to present
top priority needs for research based on their areas of interests assuming their
willingness to work together with academia on addressing these needs and commit
time and probably resources including funding when justified.
The following research needs priorities were proposed:
1. Arabic search engine: Requested by Mr. Jamal Anouti CEO of IDS
2. Cashing techniques in the DOT NET: Requested by Mr. Jamal Anouti CEO of IDS
3. Open source platform for ER: Requested by Mr. Jamal Anouti CEO of IDS
4. Open source solutions: Requested by Mr. Georges Antaki CEO of NETIKS
5. Financial sector software integration tools: Requested by Mr. Georges Antaki
CEO of NETIKS
6. Health Care software interfacing to machines: Requested by Ms. Stephanie
Papadopolous Managing Representative of DC Soft.
7. Modeling WIMAX using dynamic simulation techniques: Requested by Mr. Labib
Shalak CEO of MOBINETS
8. Artificial Intelligence applications in Optimization of Communications
Network traffic: Requested by Mr. Labib Shalak CEO of MOBINETS
9. Parallel Computing and Multi-threading: Requested by Mr. Labib Shalak CEO of
10. Methodologies of Testing and Design in Software development: Requested by
Mr. Habib Maaz CEO of UNILOG
11. Database modeling: Requested by Mr. Habib Maaz CEO of UNILOG
It was agreed to share these topics with the departments that the faculty
members represented and contact directly the requesters to meet and propose mode
of collaboration. It was felt that the requester might assess the collaboration
offers from various universities and chooses the partner in research that makes
more sense to him/her.
In addition to this, it was requested that a knowledge database of all
available skills, experts, published papers, projects, graduate theses, and
other interests be started in order for the industrialists to be able to query
such an archive to identify potential research support from local universities.
The cluster will be hosting this as part of its web site soon.
Finally, The attendees agreed to meet another time towards end of January
2009 after starting a few of the above listed research projects and invite more
participants and organizations from both sides.
For the full study findings and related table of available
ICT R&D resources/outcomes
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