I am passionate about technology, and I spend most of my time looking for new solutions to real problems.
I am currently a Senior Research and Development Expert and Product Manager at Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), located in the inspiring Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) in Doha, Qatar. I moved to Qatar and joined QMIC in November 2010 to contribute in making the center a regional leader in innovations, especially in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems and Connected Vehicles.
Before moving to Qatar, I was a researcher at HITACHI Europe, Information and Communication Technologies Laboratory (ICTL), in Sophia Antipolis, France. ICTL is the only ICT research lab Hitachi has in Europe and it is considered as the window for Hitachi Japan to Europe. I worked for Hitachi from February 2005 to November 2010, and was appointed Team Leader in the last year to lead the “Cooperative Systems (V2X)” team in the same lab in Sophia Antipolis.
My experience with HITACHI was a great opportunity to learn and become a pioneer in the field of innovation. Indeed, I was responsible at HITACHI for the design and the development of many vehicular communication prototypes that have been demonstrated at several public and internal events (Hitachi internal events, Hitachi/Eurecom symposium, Paris Motors show 2008, Car to Car Communication Consortium Demo 2008, PRE-DRIVE C2X Demo and final event, GeoNet final workshop, different international conferences and workshops, etc.).
I am proud for having heavily contributed to many important research projects and activities, such as the GeoNet European FP7, which provided the basis for the ETSI GeoNetworking Standard. Back in 2008, I was heavily involved in the preparation of the first Connected Vehicles demo by the Car 2 Car Communication Consortium in Europe.
I have also been involved in the standardization activities of the next generation of ITS (i.e. Vehicular Communication) in Europe, through ETSI TC ITS, and C2C-CC where I was a co-chair of the working group COM.
My experience continues in Qatar, where I have been leading the development of the first Standard-compliant Connected Vehicles platform in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and which was demonstrated back in 2014 in Doha, and it was witnessed by local VIPs.
My major interests include:
- Smart Cities and Smart Living
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Smart Mobility and Smart Living
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
- Connected and Automated Vehicles
- Smart Agriculture
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs / Drones)
- Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN)
- Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN)
- Indoor localization and wayfinding
- Embedded Systems
- Recently started looking at Blockchain technologies