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Research in Algeria : What Strategies ?

Moderator : Pr. Yamine Ait Ameur

Panelist 1 : Pr. Mokrane BOUZEGHOUB

Panelist 2 : Pr. Hassan BELBACHIR

Panelist 3 : Pr. Ahmed GUESSOUM


Steffen StaabYamine Ait Ameur


Yamine AIT AMEUR is Full Professor since 2000 and at INPT (National Poly-technique Institue) in Toulouse (France) since Sept 2011. Previously he was at ENSMA (National School of of Mechanics and Aeronautics) in Poitiers (France) between 2002 and 2011, and he has been the head of LISI/ENSMA (Laboratory of Industrial and scientific computer science at ENSMA). He got his HDR (Habilitation to conduct research) in 2000, and his Phd in Computer Science in 1992 at ENSAE-SUPAERO. His Research topics concern : i) Formal methods for validation and verification ii) Ontololgy based modelling and ontology based databases, iii) Application domains : embedded systems, interactive systems, semantic web, PDM databases, etc.Two main important aspects characterise his research activities. On the one hand the fundamental aspects through the use of formal modelling techniques based on refinement and proof, explicit formalisation of semantics using formal ontology models. On the other, hand, practical aspects, through the development of operational applications, allowing to validate the proposed approaches. Embedded systems in avionics, engineering, interactive systems, CO2 capture are some of the application domains targeted by this work. Yamine AIT AMEUR is the author of several research papers published in international journals and/or in the proceedings of international conferences. He participates to the programme committee of several international conferences and to the editorial bord of international journals. He has participated to several national and international research projects. He is one of the main editors of the ISO 13584 international standard series.



Yannis Manolopoulos

Mokrane Bouzeghoub

University of Versailles, France


I am a full professor in Computer Science at the University of Versailles SQY (since 1992). Since december 2009, I am deputy director of INS2I (the CNRS National Institute of Informatics and its Interactions). My teaching concerns Database Technology, Information Systems and Software Engineering. I am responsible of the Database and Distribued Information Systems Speciality (BDSID) within the COSY Master, and responsible of the Data Engineering speciality (IdD) within the ISTY Engineering School. I am leading The AMIS research group on Advanced Modeling of Adaptive Information Systems. My research topics mainly concern data integration, data warehousing, data quality, context-aware applications, query personalization, web services discovery. I am currently involved in two ANR projects (Quadris project on data quality, and AOC project on complex objects matching) and in a STIC-AMSUD project (quality in data integration systems).




Hacène Belbachir

DGRSDT, Algeria

Hacène Belbachir is a full professor at the faculty of mathematics of USTHB. He is also the head of the direction of programmation of research, evaluation and prospective in the DGRSDT (Algeria). In matter of scientific research he is the chief of the team “Combinatoire, Arithmétique et Informatique Théorique” located in the LRECITS laboratory of USTHB. In the same time, he is an associated member of LITIS laboratory of the “Université of Rouen” – France and member of the Euro-Maghrebine Laboratory of mathematics and interactions (LEM2I). Professor Belbachir has more than 50 international publications covering different domains of mathematics.




Yannis Manolopoulos

Ahmed Guessoum

USTHB University, Algeria

Pr. Ahmed Guessoum received his Ingéniorat from the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene in 1984, his MSc from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) in 1986 and Ph.D. from the University of Bristol (UK) in 1992, all degrees being in Computer Science. He was a Research Associate on the ESPRIT Pragmatics-based Language Understanding System project at the University of Bristol from 1990 to 1993 and a Guest Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim (Norway) from 1993 to 1995. Between 2/1996 and 8/2000 Ahmed Guessoum was an Assistant Professor at King Saud University in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and an Associate Professor from 9/2000 to 8/2007 at the University of Sharjah (UAE). He is currently a faculty member of the Computer Science department of the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene where he is the Coordinator of the department Doctoral Programme. Pr. Guessoum’s research interests cover Machine Learning and Natural Language Understanding as well as Logic Programming, Knowledge-Based Systems, and Non-Monotonic Reasoning. For a number of years he has been working on Arabic NLP with a special focus on Machine Translation, parsing, POS-tagging, Named-Entity Recognition, text summarisation, grammar induction, and Question-Answering Systems. He has tens of publications in international journals and conferences and book chapters. Pr. Guessoum has more general scientific interests such as the state of the university teaching and scientific research in Algeria, ICT development, brain drain, and related topics. He has given general lectures on these topics and participated in a dozen programmes of the Algerian national radio.