Keynote Speakers Biographies

Pr. Philippe ROOSE
Pr. Aawatif HAYAR
Pr. Mohamed BAKHOUYA

Pr. Jalel BEN-OTHMAN received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both in Computer Science from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, (Paris 6) France in 1992, and 1994 respectively. He received his PhD degree from the University of Versailles, France, in 1998. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Orsay (Paris 11) and University of Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Versailles from 2000 to 2011. He is now full professor at University of Paris 13. Dr. Ben-Othman.s research interests are in the area of wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, Broadband Wireless Networks, multi-services bandwidth management in WLAN (IEEE 802.11), WMAN (IEEE 802.16), WWAN (LTE), security in wireless networks in general and wireless sensor and ad hoc networks in particular. His work appears in highly respected international journals and conferences, including, IEEE ICC, Globecom, LCN, VTC, PIMRC, etc. He has supervised and co-supervised several graduate students in these areas.

Abstract: Vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) has been researched and achieved by several organizations to develop the intelligent transportation system (ITS). VANET is also a specific case of mobile ad hoc network (MANET) in which nodes are vehicles. The goal of the construction of a VANET network is to make sure of its safety and reliability. Hence, the development of VANET aims to improve transportation reliability, optimize driving and navigation and enhance the vehicle users safety. Vehicles can self - react in order to avoid accidents by preventing the proximity location and transporting them to the conductor. Communications in the VANET are very challenging and existing solutions, for instance, from which the Ad Hoc networking field are not adapted. Some solutions have been proposed and researched for security in the VANET. However, they have not resolved strictly VANET communication problems. This is due to some special features of the VANET, including the high speed of vehicles, mobility patterns of vehicles. New efforts at different levels of the communications systems are required to be present at the routing and security levels. In this talk we tackle the problems of security in those networks. Existing problems/solutions are showed, issues and perspectives will be exposed as well.


Pr. Philippe ROOSE is associate Professor at LIUPPA research lab – University of Pau/France. He is currently head of the ANR MOANO Project and head of the Computer Science Dept. of the IUT de Bayonne. He is co-author of the KalimuchoTMplatform (patented) and is currently involved in the creation of the Kalimucho Start-up. He supervised 7 PhD thesis and was involved in more than 20 PhD defenses. He published many national and international articles, journals and books (>50). His works are mainly focuses on middleware, software architecture, dynamic adaption, context-aware, and multimedia documents.

Abstract: Network usages never stop evolving since the beginning of modern computer science (> year 2000). Computer science has been qualified with the following terms: distributed, ubiquitous, pervasive, mobile, ambient, on the cloud, context-aware, etc. and with all combination of those adjectives. Each computer science step has been associated with new needs, usages and challenges… or may it was the contrary! The objective here is to propose an overview of such evolution, but most of all, to go beyond presenting solutions under development as eternal applications which objective is to replace ALL applications by only one: your application!


Pr. Aawatif HAYAR received the “Agrégation Génie Electrique” from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 1992. She received the “Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies” in Signal processing Image and Communications and the degree of Engineer in Communications Systems and Networks from ENSEEIHT de Toulouse in 1997. She received with honors the Ph.D. degree in Signal Processing and Communications from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse in 2001. She was research and teaching associate at EURECOM’s Mobile Communication Department from 2001 to 2010. Aawatif Hayar is currently with GREENTIC R&D Organization (Morocco) as General Secretary and expert in cognitive green ICT field. She has also joined in 2011 the engineering school ENSEM at the University Hassan II Casablanca in Morocco. Aawatif Hayar is also member of Casablanca “Avant-garde” City think-tank. Her research interests includes fields such as cognitive green communications systems, UWB systems, smart grids, smart cities, ICT for eco-friendly smart socio-economic development. Aawatif Hayar was a Guest Editor of Elsevier Phycom Journal Special issue on Cognitive Radio Algorithms and System Design in 2009 and General Co-chair of Crowncom2010 (France) dedicated to cognitive radio systems and IW2GN2011 (Morocco) dedicated to wireless green systems. She was co-organiser of GDR-ISIS Cognitive Radio workshop in France in 2011. Aawatif Hayar was also General co-chair of ICT 2013 Conference (Morocco). She is also expert at the European commission level for cognitive and UWB systems. Aawatif Hayar received with one of her PhD students the "best student paper" award at CogArt2010 and has a European patent in cognitive radio field on “Process for sensing vacant bands over the spectrum bandwidth and apparatus for performing the same based on sub space and distributions analysis”.

Abstract: Telecommunications technology research is expanding rapidly worldwide, both in the public and private sector, and the field will play a central role in socioeconomic transformations over coming years. Also, the interest in environmentally friendly or green technologies was recently spurred by different reports and European Commission recommendations. Indeed, in addition to high-traffic high-speed multimedia ubiquitous communications requirements, the Information Society is facing new challenges such as energy efficiency, self-deployment/self-organizing behavior, low electromagnetic radiation, scalability, and flexibility. Moreover, "Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Greening the World" is also new direction promoting information and communication technologies as tools that enable the design of eco-friendly solutions and systems to encourage innovation and improve citizens lives. This presentation will cover cognitive radio techniques and tools combined with Cross Layer Design approach to enable green and environment friendly radio systems. Indeed, cognitive radio offers the opportunity to improve spectrum and power efficiency by sensing the spectrum voids and adapting transmissions accordingly. CR efficiently uses the spectrum to guarantee high system capacity while minimizing the interference to their environment for health issues for example. It includes designing of a flexible spectrum sharing system able to operate simultaneously at different bands and also devising new collaborative, low complexity and energy efficient distributed sensing techniques using advanced tools such as information theory metrics and compressed sensing techniques in order to minimize reporting overhead and optimizing energy efficiency. Cross-layer design approach and advanced resource allocation techniques, such as “Always transmit” scheme in cognitive radio context, to guarantee energy efficiency and system performance while reducing electromagnetic radiation and controlling intersystem interference are also within the scope of this presentation.


Pr. Mohamed BAKHOUYA is an associate professor at International University of Rabat. He was a senior scientist at Aalto University-Finland. He has more than five years experiences in participating and working in sponsored ICT projects. He was PI of Aalto starting grant at Aalto University-Finland (2011-2013), Co-PI (UTBM side) of two European projects ASSET (Advanced Safety and Driver Support in Efficient Road Transport, FP7-SST, 2008-2011, and TELEFOT (Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and Nomadic Devises in Vehicles, FP7-ICT, 2008-2012. He spent two years as a research scientist in US at George Washington University, HPC laboratory participating and working in sponsored projects, mainly UPC (Unified Parallel C) and NSF Center of High-performance and REConfigurable Computing. He is also a member (UTBM side) of EU EACEA Erasmus Mundus project TARGET (Transfer of Appropriate Requirements for Global Education and Technology), 2011-2014. He was a reviewer of research project for Agence Nationale de la Recherche, (France, 2011), Ministero dell' Istruzione, dell' Università e della Ricerca (Italy, 2012), and currently for EU-FP7. He also serves as a guest editor of a number of international journals, ACM Trans. on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems, Product Development Journal, and Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. His research interests include various aspects on the design, validation, and implementation of distributed systems, architectures, and protocols. He is member of IEEE and ACM.

Abstract: Adaptive systems are composed of different heterogeneous parts or entities that interact and perform actions favouring the emergence of global desired behavior. In this type of systems entities might join or leave without disturbing the collective, and the system should self-organize and continue performing their goals. Furthermore, entities must self-evolve and self-improve by learning from their interactions with the environment. The main challenge for engineering these systems is to design and develop distributed and adaptive algorithms that allow system entities to select the best suitable strategy/action and drive the system to the best suitable behavior according to the current state of the system and environment changes. In this talk, existing work related to the development of adaptive systems and approaches will presented. We also highlight how features from natural and biological systems could be exploited for engineering adaptive approaches.



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