Team members

A team of researchers at Qatar University is working on the Intelligent Document Management System project (IDMS) funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The project is a collaboration between researchers in Qatar, and UK.

Dr. Somaya Al-Ma’adeed is the lead principle investigator (LPI) of this team.

IDMS

Dr. Somaya Al-Ma’adeed is the head of Computer Science department at Qatar University (QU). She is also the coordinator of Computer Vision research group at Qatar University. She received Letter of thanks and recognition from Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for her work and consultancy in Biometric Security. She and her team are the recipient of the best performance in ICDAR2011 and ICDAR2015 signature verification. She enjoys excellent collaboration with National, International institutions and industry. She was a visiting Academic at Northumbria University, UK. She organized several workshops and competitions related to biometrics and computer vision. She was selected as a participant in Current and Future Executive Leaders Program at Qatar Leadership Centre QLC (2012-2013) established in 2008 by an Emiri Decree. She published extensively in computer vision and pattern recognition. She is a principal investigator of several funded research projects generating approximately five million dollars in the last three years. She attended workshops related to higher education strategy, assessment methods, and interactive teaching. She published and delivered workshops on teaching programming for undergraduate students. She supervised students through research projects related to community and industry. This year she was elected as IEEE Chair for Qatar section. She is a senior IEEE member and a member of other Engineering Societies such as IEEE Women in Engineering Member, IEEE Education Society Member, IEEE Electric Vehicles Member

Email: s_alali@qu.edu.qa

Prof. Ahmed Bouridane received the “Ingenieur d’Etat” degree in electronics from “Ecole Nationale Polytechnique” of Algiers (ENPA), Algeria, in 1982, the M.Phil. degree in electrical engineering (VLSI design for signal processing) from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, U.K., in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (computer vision) from the University of Nottingham, U.K., in 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he worked as a Research Developer in telesurveillance and access control applications. In 1994, he joined Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, U.K., initially as Lecturer in computer architecture and image processing and later on he was promoted to Reader in Computer Science. He is now a full Professor in Image Engineering and Security at Northumbria University at Newcastle (UK), and his research interests are in imaging for forensics and security, biometrics, homeland security, image/video watermarking and cryptography. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications and one research book. Prof. Bouridane is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Email: ahmed.bouridane@northumbria.ac.uk

Prof. Ali Mohamed Jaoua is a faculty member of computer Science and engineering department, University of Qatar. He obtained the degree of “Docteur es-Science” (1987) in computer science, from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse (France), “Doctor Engineer” (1979) from Institute Polytechnic of Toulouse, and “Engineer in Computer Science” from ENSEEIHT of Toulouse (1977). He has also initially been selected to study in the higher school of Mathematics and Physics, in Lycee hoche (Versailles, from 1971-1974), and got also a degree from Orsay (Paris Sud) University in 1973 in Mathematics, and Physics. His research areas are Software and Information Engineering, Text Mining, Knowledge Engineering, Program Fault Tolerance, conceptual reasoning, search engine, information retrieval and document structuring. He has been working on the Use of Relational Methods in Computer Science since 1984, and the application of formal concept analysis in Information Engineering since 1990.

He has been Invited Prof./researcher in the following universities:

  • University Joseph Fournier, Grenoble, France, July 2004
  • University of Sherbrooke (Canada), in 1989
  • Sophia-Antipolis (I3S) (France) during December 1991

He has been associate Professor in computer science in Laval University (Quebec, Canada), 1989-1992. He has been invited speaker for international conferences and universities during the last ten years, program committee member of CLA2006, and CLA2008, with evaluation of several papers on applied aspect of formal concept analysis. He got several research grants as from NSERG and FCAR in Canada, and DGRST and SERST from Tunisia, Qatar University, and participated to several pilot projects in France, Canada, and Tunisia. He also has organized several conferences in computer science, (RelMiCS97 Hamamet, IEEE Workshop on New Trends in Distributed Systems, 97, Tunis, and CSPA2006 in Sharja (UAE), and CSPA 2008 in Doha), and has been the seminar coordinator for about 12 years of his carrier. He supervised more than 12 Phd-thesis defended mostly on conceptual information engineering, and several Masters. He published about 35 papers in International Journals, and many conferences, and contributes in several books. He is a Member of the Steering Committee of Relational Methods in Computer Science Group, RELMICS, and Editorial member of the associated electronic journal (JORMICS), Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computing, since 2004. He has been a member of the editorial board of the international Journal of Information Science, Elsevier publisher, during several years. Starting from January 2009, he is nominated as the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Computer Science and Engineering in Arabic, Philips Publisher. He has also been member of many associations in computer science and engineering. He is currently the general chair of RelMiCS11/AKA6 conferences to hold in Doha from 1 to 5- November 2009 (http://www.qu.edu.qa/RelMiCs11) and the Graduate Committee chair of the Master Program of Science in Computing, to start in September 2009.

Email: jaoua@qu.edu.qa

Prof. Jihad Mohamad Alja’am received his Ph.D in Computer Sciences and Mathematics of Computing, Southern University – National Council for Scientific Research – CNRS UNIT 816, 1994, an M.S. Computer Science (Soft Computing, Algorithms, Logic, and Artificial Intelligence), Southern University and INRIA-Toulouse 1990 and a B.Sc. Computer Science (Soft Computing, Algorithms, Logic, and Artificial Intelligence), Southern University, 1989. Dr. Alja’am is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Qatar University. He teaches many courses in computing starting from basics to advanced like: Programming Concepts, Advanced Programming, Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Compiler, Graph Theory and Artificial intelligence. His research interests includes: Soft Computing, Combinatorics, Intelligent Algorithms and Optimization, Data Mining and Natural Langauge Processing. Dr. Alja’am has rich experiences in IT projects management and consultancy services (IBM, RTS, INRIA) as well as in IT training and community services (i.e., Office Automation). Dr. Alja’am is co-author of 12 IT books and has over 70 journal and conference publications. He participated in different scientific international conferences. Dr. Alja’am is involved in different research projects funded by Qatar Foundation and Qatar University. He is a regular reviewer for the ACM Computing Reviews.

Email: jaam@qu.edu.qa

Dr. Abdelâali Hassaïne received the Ingenieur d’Etat degree in computer science from Université de Tlemcen, Algeria in 2005, the Master recherche degree in imaging and computer graphics from INSA de Lyon, France, in 2006, and the Ph.D. degree in mathematical morphology from Mines ParisTech, France, in 2009. In 2010, he worked as a postdoctoral fellowship on the identification and authentication of paintings and artworks in Université de Saint-Etienne, France. In February 2011, he joined Qatar University as a postdoctoral researcher on document management and writer identification. Dr. Hassaïne is the winner of the ICDAR2009 Offline Signature Verification competition, the ICFHR2010 Handwriting Segmentation Contest, the ICDAR2011 signature verification competition for Dutch offline data and the ICDAR2011 music scores writer identification contest. He also organized the ICDAR2011 Arabic Writer Identification Contest and the ICFHR2012 Writer Identification Contest for Arabic Scripts. His research interests include mathematical morphology, feature extraction, pattern recognition and document image processing.

Email: hassaine@qu.edu.qa

Wael Ayouby is a telecom engineer. He was born in Koura, Lebanon (1987). He was graduated from the Lebanese University-Faculty of Engineering. He received the Master degree in “Electronics and Electrical Engineering”, “Telecommunications and Computer” option from “University of Technology of Compiegne-HEUDIASYC Laboratory ” in France and the “Lebanese University-Faculty of Engineering” in Lebanon in August 2010. During his studies in the university, he did training in “Ogero Telecom”(the official ISP in Lebanon) (summer 2008- summer 2009) about telecommunication systems, satellite communications, mobile and telephony systems. He has also been graduated from a CISCO Academy in Beirut, Lebanon where he received the CCNA 1, 2, 3 and 4 concerning networking, switching, wired and wireless networks. He is a research assistant in the current project (2011-2012) in Qatar University.

Email: wael.ayouby@qu.edu.qa 

IPAM

Dr. Somaya Al-Ma’adeed is the head of Computer Science department at Qatar University (QU). She is also the coordinator of Computer Vision research group at Qatar University. She received Letter of thanks and recognition from Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for her work and consultancy in Biometric Security. She and her team are the recipient of the best performance in ICDAR2011 and ICDAR2015 signature verification. She enjoys excellent collaboration with National, International institutions and industry. She was a visiting Academic at Northumbria University, UK. She organized several workshops and competitions related to biometrics and computer vision. She was selected as a participant in Current and Future Executive Leaders Program at Qatar Leadership Centre QLC (2012-2013) established in 2008 by an Emiri Decree. She published extensively in computer vision and pattern recognition. She is a principal investigator of several funded research projects generating approximately five million dollars in the last three years. She attended workshops related to higher education strategy, assessment methods, and interactive teaching. She published and delivered workshops on teaching programming for undergraduate students. She supervised students through research projects related to community and industry. This year she was elected as IEEE Chair for Qatar section. She is a senior IEEE member and a member of other Engineering Societies such as IEEE Women in Engineering Member, IEEE Education Society Member, IEEE Electric Vehicles Member

Email: s_alali@qu.edu.qa

Prof. Ahmed Bouridane received the “Ingenieur d’Etat” degree in electronics from “Ecole Nationale Polytechnique” of Algiers (ENPA), Algeria, in 1982, the M.Phil. degree in electrical engineering (VLSI design for signal processing) from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, U.K., in 1988, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (computer vision) from the University of Nottingham, U.K., in 1992. From 1992 to 1994, he worked as a Research Developer in telesurveillance and access control applications. In 1994, he joined Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, U.K., initially as Lecturer in computer architecture and image processing and later on he was promoted to Reader in Computer Science. He is now a full Professor in Image Engineering and Security at Northumbria University at Newcastle (UK), and his research interests are in imaging for forensics and security, biometrics, homeland security, image/video watermarking and cryptography. He has authored and co-authored more than 300 publications and one research book. Prof. Bouridane is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Email: ahmed.bouridane@northumbria.ac.uk

 

Prof.Mohamed Cheriet received the B.Sc. CE (Bab Ezzouar University, Algiers), DEA and Doctorate of University of Paris 6 (Paris 6, France). As a scientist and educator, Prof. Cheriet has taken an active role in publishing technical papers and authoring books. He has published 70 international journal papers and 135 international conference papers, and has delivered 17 invited talks. In addition, he has authored and published 6 books on pattern recognition, document image analysis and understanding, and computer vision. Among them, the book entitled Character Recognition Systems, a Textbook for Students and Practitioners, is highly acclaimed. Prof. Cheriet is also recognized for his activities in technical journal editorial writing, organizing and taking part in many conferences. He has contributed to the training of 65 high qualified personnel. He has also served as chair of the IEEE’s Montreal CIS Chapter.​

Email: mohamed.cheriet@etsmtl.ca

Dr. Asim Baig has been working in the area of Image Processing and Computer Vision for over a decade. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Communications Engineering from U.E.T. Lahore in 1999. After his graduation he started his research career as a Research Associate at the Computer Vision Lab of Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2003. He received his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010. His research focus since his PhD has been on biometric identification and recognition algorithms. Since his PhD he has focused on the application of machine learning and image processing algorithms to multiple domain within the field in imaging such as multimodal biometrics, biomedical image analysis, visual navigation systems and document analysis.

Email: asim.baig@qu.edu.qa

Ms. Kalthoum Adam is a Ph.D candidate in Computer Science at Qatar University. She received her M.Sc. in Computer Science degree from SDSU, California, USA. and her B.Sc. in Computer science degree from UAE University. She worked as an IT Auditor at CHASE, USA. She also worked as an IT instructor at The Ministry of Education in UAE. Kalthoum joined Qatar University as a Ph.D student in 2015 and her main research areas are Machine learning and Image processing.

Email: kalthoumadam@gmail.com

Rachid Hedjam received his M.Sc. (Computer Science and Operations Research) from the University of Montreal in 2009. He then joined the “Synchromedia laboratory for multimedia communication in telepresence” at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS, university of Quebec), and obtained his Ph.D. with highest honors in 2013 under the supervision of the Professor Mohamed Cheriet. R. Hedjam was awarded by FQRNT and ÉTS doctoral scholarships. He has received numerous academic awards during his doctoral studies. R. Hedjam is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at McGill University, where he is working on multispectral image processing and pattern recognition for cultural heritage preservation, forensic applications and remote sensing. He is also a member of Synchromedia laboratory

Atena Shahkolaei  received her bachelor degree in information technology (IT) in 2010 from Azad University of Ghaemshahr. In 2013, she received her masters degree in software engineering from Research and Science University in Amol.
Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. in a topic of document image quality assessment at Synchromedia Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Mohamed Cheriet since January 2015.

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