Nafaa Ben Hedi Jabeur

Bio


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nafaa Ben Hedi Jabeur
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science

GUtech, PO Box 1816, Athaibah PC 130, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Room: 410M
+968 2206 1189 (office)

nafaa.jabeur@gutech.edu.om

Short biogaphy:

Dr. Nafaâ Jabeur is Associate Professor (Computer Science Department) and Director of Research at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). He is member of the Board of Directors in the Oman Association for Quality in Higher Education (OAQHE). He is member of several international organizations, including IEEE and Drone Valley International. Nafaâ received his Master degree and his PhD degree in Computer Science from Laval University (Quebec, Canada) in 2001 and 2006 respectively. He has over than 12 years of experience in the industrial and academic sectors. He is active rese…
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Education
  • PhD , Computer Science, Laval University, Canada, 2006.
  • MSc , Computer Science, Laval University, Canada, 2001.
  • BEng , Computer Science, High National School of Informatics and System Analysis, ENSIAS, Rabat, Morocco, 1998.
  • Prep School , Preparatory Classes to High Schools of Engineers, Redha Slaoui - Agadir, Morocco, 1995.
  • Diploma , French type of Baccalaureate in Mathematics, Farhat Hachad High-School, Tunisia, 1993.
Teaching
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Theory of Computation
  • Operating Systems
  • Analysis and Design of Information Systems
  • Analysis and Design of Object Oriented Systems
  • Database Systems
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Architecture
  • Research Methods
  • Computer Applications in Business
  • Web System Integrations
  • Geographic Information Systems (GISs)
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data Analytics
Research

Research Areas

  • Smart Cities
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Multiagent systems
  • Web and mobile cartographic services
  • Spatial Data Warehouses
  • Security, Trust, and Privacy
  • Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • Social networks
  • Crowd Computing
  • Blockchain
  • Drones
  • Machine Learning

Research Projects

  • Project title: Toward a Hydrogen-Powered Multi-Copter Drone for Last-Mile Parcel Delivery
    Period: 12/2019–12/2020
    Role: Co-principle Investigator
    Funded by: GUtech
    Porject description:

    The adoption of drone related technologies in a wide range of business applications is increasing exponentially. This adoption is particularly motivated by the capability of drones to provide professionals, researchers, and practitioners with a bird-view on objects and events of interest as well as to allow them reach areas with limited or costly access. In the specific context of supply chain, drones have been recognized as promising, cost-effective tools in last-mile delivery, where the focus is on transporting parcels from a distribution hub to their final destinations within predefined short deadlines. Although several professional multi-copter drones are already available, their limited flight-times still present a major challenge toward delivering merchandise to clients within satisfactory time windows. In order to address this shortcoming, recent studies and initiatives are investigating hydrogen-fuelled systems as a serious alternative to the current electrochemical cells (batteries) for their high energy density, zero-emission, and low maintenance costs. In this proposal, we are aiming to explore the potential of powering multi-copter drones with hydrogen for the important field of last-mile parcel delivery in Oman. We are also aiming to explore design and structural options that would make these drones more robust as they are not yet capable of operating correctly in temperatures higher than 40 °C.

  • Project title: Culture sensitive and demand oriented development of housing typologies for sustainable growth in Muscat
    Period: 12/2019–12/2020
    Role: Co-principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: MARSC: A Mobile Augmented Reality system for Smart Construction
    Period: 11/2019–11/2020
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: Towards a network of smart road signs for congestion alert
    Period: 07/2019–08/2020
    Role: Co-principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
  • Project title: Modeling Pedestrian accessibility of transit stops in Muscat
    Period: 02/2019–02/2020
    Role: Co-investigator
    Funded by: GUtech
  • Project title: Smart Water Management System
    Period: 10/2018–10/2020
    Role: Co-investigator
    Funded by:
  • Project title: Sensor Networks for an Enhanced and Personalized Management and Use of Resources (SNEPMURe)
    Period: 02/2010–06/2013
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: The Research Council of Oman (TRC)
    Porject description:

    SNEPMURe stands for Sensor Networks for an Enhanced and Personalized Management and Use of Resources. It aims at elaborating mechanisms, protocols, and algorithms allowing static and mobile sensors to collaborate within the same Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). WSNs are promising tools in solving some of the most pressing challenges facing the world today, including the need for conserving energy, carrying out sustainable development, lowering the cost of healthcare, and improving governmental response to natural disasters. In the context of Oman, these emergent tools could be very beneficial in the monitoring of the existing rich and abundant natural resources.

    Basically, a WSN consists of hundreds of sophisticated small wireless devices (sensors) that could be deployed over a geographic space to cooperatively monitor physical or environmental conditions, such as temperature, sound, vibration, pressure, motion, and pollutants. Since the energy and processing constrained sensors are frequently prone to failure, robbery, and destruction, the WSN commonly faces problems in managing its resources as well as the resources related to its application.

    By increasing the context awareness of sensors and allowing them to make a convenient use of data and environmental semantics, these small devices will leverage their interactions in order to adapt their processing with respect to current user requirements and the intended use of the WSN. The ultimate goal of this interaction is to enhance and personalize the management and use of the available resources.

    The contributions of SNEPMURe will include, but not limited to:
    - Personalize the WSN services with respect to the user requirements.
    - Personalize the WSN processing for better interactions between sensors.
    - Build a prototype that complies with the objectives of SNEPMURe.

  • Project title: Framework for Marine positioning engine
    Period: 10/2008–10/2009
    Role: Principle Investigator
    Funded by: Dhofar University
    Porject description:

    The project aims to survey the existing positioning technologies being used for marine applications. It also aims to study their effectiveness under several environmental conditions. Based on the results of the study, a framework for a new marine positioning engine will be proposed.

  • Project title: SWAN: Sensor Web Automated Network
    Period: 03/2007–09/2012
    Role: Co-investigator
    Funded by:
    Porject description:

    The projects aims to create an automated sensor web system for telemetry applications. Since a "deploy-and-ignore" approach does not work, especially in harsh and remote areas, sensors must be endowed with intelligent mechanisms to increase their context-awareness, set up and maintain safe communications pathways, and report the right data, at the right time, to the right sink, while preserving their limited energies.


Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals
  • Fatma Outay, Nafaa Jabeur, Hedi Haddad, Zied Bouyahia, Hana Gharrad (2021). Toward an Intelligent Driving Behavior Adjustment Based on Legal Personalized Policies Within the Context of Connected Vehicles. Frontiers in Built Environment .
  • Siham Farrag, Ansar Ul-Haque Yasar, Jenssen Davy, Bruno Kochan, Nafaa Jabeur (2020). Towards the Improvement of Traffic Incident Management Systems using Car2X Technologies. International journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing . doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-020-01368-5
  • Soufiene Djahel, Nafaa Jabeur, Farid Nait-Abdesselam, Thomas Wolstencroft (2020). A WAVE based and Collaboration driven Framework for Reduced Traffic Congestion in Smart Cities. IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine . doi: 10.1109/MITS.2019.2953487
  • Mbarek, B., Jabeur, N., Pitner, T., Yasar, A. Ul-H (2020). Empowering Communications in Vehicular Networks with an Intelligent Blockchain-Based Solution. Sustainability , 12 (19) .
  • Hedi Haddad, Zied Bouyahia, Nafaa Jabeur (2019). Transportation Service Redundancy From a Spatio-Temporal Perspective. IEEE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MAGAZINE , 11 , 157–166.
  • Bacem Mbarek, Nafaa Jabeur, Tomas Pitnera, Ansar-Ul-Haque Yasar (2019). MBS: Multilevel Blockchain System for IoT. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing , 1–8.
  • Mbarek, B., Jabeur, N., Yasar, A.U.L (2018). ECASS: an encryption compression aggregation security scheme for secure data transmission in ambient assisted living systems. International Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing , 1–7.
  • Outay, F., Absar, A., Kamoun, F., Yasar, A., Sommer, Ch., Jabeur, N., El-Amine, S. (2018). Investigation of the impact of a wireless Fog Warning System with respect to road traffic on a highway. Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing .
  • Perez, A., Zeadally, S., Jabeur, N. (2018). Security and Privacy in Ubiquitous Sensor Networks. Journal of Information Processing Systems , 14 (2) , 286–308.
  • Jabeur, N., Sidi Moh, A.N., Zeadally, Sh. (2017). Crowd Social Media Computing: Applying Crowd Computing Techniques to Social Media. Applied Soft Computing Journal , 21 (6) , 1079–1096. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-017-1033-1
  • Jabeur, N., Karam, R., Melchiori, M., Renso, C. (2017). Comprehensive Reputation Assessment for Georeferenced data in Crowd-sensing Applications. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Personal and Ubiquitous Computing , 1–17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-018-1122-9
  • Jabeur, N., Sidi Moh, A.N., Yasar, A., Barkia, M. (2017). From Competitive Sensor Redundancy to Competitive Service Redundancy in a Smart City Context. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Personal and Ubiquitous Computing , 1–18.
  • Jabeur, N., Yasar, A., Shakshuki, El., Haddad, H. (2017). Toward a bio-inspired adaptive spatial clustering approach for IoT applications. Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems .
  • Boubaker, B., Jabeur, N., Alimazighi, Z. (2016). Toward integrating grid and cloud-based concepts for an enhanced deployment of spatial data warehouses in cyber-physical system applications. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing , 7 (4) .
  • Jabeur, N., Haddad, H. (2016). From Intelligent Web Of Things To Social Web Of Things. FACTA UNIVERSITATIS - Series: Electronics and Energetics , 29 (3) , 367–381.
  • Jabeur, N., Sahli, N., Zeadally, Sh. (2015). Enabling Cyber Physical Systems with Wireless Sensor Networking Technologies, Multiagent System Paradigm, and Natural Ecosys. Mobile Information Systems , 2015 .
Conference Papers
  • Gharrad, H., Jabeur, N., Yasar, A. Ul-H, Al Abri, Kh., El-Hansali, Y., Kochan, B. (2020). Enabling Drones Collaboration in ITS Applications using a BDI Architecture Based on a 5-Dimensional Social Model, in Proceedings of FTC 2020 - Future Technologies Conference 2020, Online/Virtual (due to COVID-19), 5-6 11 2020. : Springer.
  • Ijaz Khan, Abir Al Sadiri, Abdul Rahim Ahmad, Nafaa Jabeur (2019). Tracking Student Performance in Introductory Programming by Means of Machine Learning, in Proceedings of 2019 4th MEC International Conference on Big Data and Smart City (ICBDSC) (pp. 1–6), Muscat, Oman, 15-16 Jan. 2019. : IEEE.
  • Bacem Mbarek, Nafaa Jabeur, Tomas Pitnera (2019). Toward Enforcing Security in Smart Homes Using a Trust-Based Scheme, in Proceedings of The 34th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA-2020), Caserta, Italy, April 15 - 17, 2020. (Submitted)
  • Perez, A., Zeadally, Sh., Jabeur, N. (2017). Investigating Security for Ubiquitous Sensor Networks, in Proceedings of The 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (pp. 737–744), Madeira, Portugal, MAy 16-19, 2017. : Elsevier B.V..
  • Jabeur, N., Al-Belushi, T., Mbarki, M., Gharrad, H. (2017). Toward Leveraging Smart Logistics Collaboration with a Multi- Agent System Based Solution, in Proceedings of The 8th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (pp. 672–679), Madeira, Portugal, MAy 16-19, 2017. : Elsevier B.V..
  • Jabeur, N. (2016). A Firefly-inspired Micro and Macro Clustering Approach for Wireless Sensor Networks, in Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Emerging Ubiquitous Systems and Pervasive Networks (EUSPN 2016) (pp. 132–139), London, UK, 19-22, September, 2016. : Elsevier.
  • Jabeur, N., Ahmed Nait Sidi Moh, Barkia, M.M (2016). A Bully Approach for Competitive Redundancy in Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Network, in Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT 2016) (pp. 628–635), MAdrid, Spain, 23-26 May 2016. : Elsevier.
  • Gusmini, M., Jabeur, N., Karam, R., Melchiori, M., Renso, C. (2016). Evaluating Reputation in VGI-enabled Applications, in Proceedings of EDBT/ICDT 2017, Venice, Italy, 21-24 March 2017.
Other Articles
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Published Books
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Patents
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Trainings taken.
  • Drone training, 15/07/2019 – 17/07/2019, Hasselt, Belgium.
Student activities Supervision

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  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Beauty Bounty Application (2021), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: iPC: E-Commerce App for Computer Parts (2021), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Complaint Mangement System based on mobile application (2021), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: CONTACTLESS ELECTRONIC TOLLING SYSTEM TO TRACK ENTERING AND EXITING CARS IN A PARING LOT (2020), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Mobile app for outdoor equipment renting (2020), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: A STUDY TO ASSESS THE EFFECTIVNESS OF A DUAL AXIS SUN TRACKING SOLAR SYSTEM AGAINST A FIXED PV SYSTEM USING ARDUINO (2020), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Zero Waste (2020), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: EV1 – Accessibility for All (2020), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Car Parking System (2019), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: A Mobile Application for Sharing things with Neighbors (2019), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Transportation mobile app (2019), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Gamification to Promote Public Transport (2019), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis in Oman: Toward a Prototype for Augmented Reality Case-Study: Medical Education (2019), , .
  • Supervision of GUtech BSc thesis outside Oman: (Thesis title): Assembling visual analytics (va) methodology for mobility data (2019), , .
Awards
Awards
  • National Research Award, 2020.
  • Outstanding Survey Paper, 2017.
  • Best paper, 2016.
Participation in competitions
ICE Reporting