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  • BMW Group offered the Faculty of Engineering and the Research Center TICKET Lab at the Antonine University (UA) a typical car, for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa! Students and researchers will now get the chance to think differently yet develop their engineering expertise and skills via applying different experiences in this car.

  • The National Council for Scientific Research-Lebanon (CNRS-L) and UA launched the first research projects co-financed by both parties within the framework of the cooperation agreement signed between the two institutions in 2017, during a ceremony held at the main campus of UA in Hadath-Baabda:

  • Innovation-Driven Economy
    Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency .Mr. Cesar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water, TICKET Research Laboratory and the Faculty of Engineering at the Antonine University signed a memorandum of understanding with BMW Group on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the campus of Hadat-Baabda.
    The signing ceremony took place in the presence of
    • His Excellency Mr. Abi Khalil
    • Fr. Michel Jalakh, UA Rector
    • Dr. Dirk Dreher, Vice-President and Head of the Logistics Planning at BMW Group accompanied by a delegation from BMW
    • Fr. Toufic Maatouk, former UA General Secretary
    • His Excellency Mr. Demianos Kattar, Former Minister of Economy and Trade, and member of the Board of Trustees at UA
    • As well as professionals in the engineering field, academicians and students.

    This MoU is a fulfillment of a relationship between the two institutions, which started three years ago. The signature of the MoU falls under a panel discussion entitled “Innovation-Driven Economy” moderated by Dr. Georges Chalhoub, and joining him Dr. Dirk Dreher, His Excellency Mr. Demianos Kattar and Mr. Pierre Kanaan, Executive Director of the Legal Department at Central Bank of Lebanon.
    On this occasion, UA screened a documentary at the beginning of the inaugural session about the collaboration between TICKET Research Laboratory and BMW Group. During the panel discussion Dr. Chady Abou Jaoudé, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Bechara Al Bouna, Director of TICKET Research Lab., both evoked the relationship between the two institutions.

  • In collaboration with Splunk and BMW Group, the Faculty of Engineering and TICKET Lab organized a 24-hour Hackathon where 19 teams from 7 universities in Lebanon (UA, AUB, LAU, USJ, LU-Roumieh, NDU, and USEK) participated and competed in.
    Six teams were pre-selected and offered the opportunity to pursue an internship at BMW Group:
    • 2 teams from UA
    • 1 team from NDU
    • 1 team from AUB
    • 1 team from USJ
    • 1 team from LU-Roumieh.

    The six teams presented their projects and applications in front of a jury consisting of:
    • Dr. Antoine Habchi, a Lebanese parliament member
    • Dr. Georg Birgelen, German Ambassador in Lebanon
    • Dr. Dirk Dreher, Vice President, Head of logistics planning - BMW Group
    • Dr. Tobias Afsali, General Work Council - BMW Group
    • Mr. Franz Kellhuber, Director of Sales Engineering Central Europe - Splunk
    • Mr. Fadi Naffah, Program Manager - Agrytech
    • Dr. Mohamad Nassar, Assistant Professor - AUB/
    • Mrs. Joelle Haykal, Administration and Human Resources Manager - Bassoul-Heneine

    During the Hackathon’s main session – SBS’18 and following the jury’s discussion, the three winning teams were announced:
    • First Place winners: AUB Team 4, consisted of Mohammad Ali Hamdan, Karim Kenaan, and Karl Hayek, who received 6000 dollars awarded by Splunk.
    • Second Place winners: NDU Team 2 consisted of Jason Eid, Ralf Zakarian, and Joe Karam, who received 3000 dollars awarded by BMW Group.
    • Third Place winners: UA Team 2 consisted of Gilbert Jabbour, Christian Eid, and Alexandre Ibrini, who received 1500 dollars awarded by
  • The Faculty of Engineering and TICKET Lab. in collaboration with BMW Group and Splunk, are organizing a 24-hour hackathon at Antonine University

  • Offline Question-Answer service
    In collaboration with the Innovation Lab. at BMW Group, researchers at TICKET Lab. are developing an offline Question-Answer service, an additional component to IBM Watson analytics.

  • Research Collaboration
    TICKET Lab. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BMW Group – Munich to work on the research project entitled “Data Mining and Anonymization”. The project aims at developing an anonymization technique to cope with data correlation attacks.

  • UA Internal Research Grant
    1. The research project entitled “Introducing 15- and 30- minute products in electrical market coupling” prepared and submitted by Dr. Elias Doumith to Antonine University Research Council has been accepted!
    2. The research project entitled “Differentially Private Image Based Classification” prepared and submitted by Dr. Bechara AL Bouna to Antonine University Research Council has been accepted!

  • Grant CNRS-L
    The research project entitled “Data Acquisition, Fusion and Analysis in Body Sensor Networks as part of Smart Home/City” prepared and submitted by Dr. Rony Darazi to CNRS-Lebanon, has been accepted!

  • Best Project Award!
    Jimmy TEKLI, a research assistant at TICKET Lab. Achieved the Best Project Award for his work entitled “Safe Grouping of Data Streams” at the Exhibition of ODDS’16.

  • Open Day for Data Science 2016
    The Faculty of Engineering at UA, in collaboration with TICKET Research Lab., has successfully organized the Open Day for Data Science (ODDS’16) on October 14, 2016.
    More than 250 participants have attended sessions with keynote speakers from University de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour and from BMW Group sharing their experiences and practical case studies in Data Science. Several tutorial sessions and an exhibition have accompanied the oral presentations throughout the day.

  • The TICKET Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering at UA signed a memorandum of understanding with the BMW Group - Munich and the software company ROBOTRON. This memorandum allows to work on a research project entitled "Data Mining and Anonymization", which aims to develop a technology that allows anonymity through effective barter A convenience between the confidentiality of information (concealing the link between sensitive and non-sensitive information) and its usefulness in a manner that allows for a comprehensive analysis: