About

The Beirut Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is a private non-profit research center based in Beirut, Lebanon, and is established as a department of the Lebanese Center for Studies and Research.

BRIC is:

  • A research platform, launching and conducting integrated research programs with high economic and social impact in line with national and regional priorities
  • An interface between academia, the business community and the public authorities
  • A pole of excellence attracting talented scientists
  • An intellectual hub where scholars, analysts, and researchers debate to better understand the nature of the challenges faced by our society

Currently BRIC has two divisions: one for scientific research and another for policy making and social studies.

Vision:

The challenge we are facing is to transform our society from a technology consuming society to a productive knowledge-driven society that is contributing to global progress. This necessitates a long-term vision to consolidate institutional and behavioral changes in the science and technology sector and contribute to the process of transition from an industrial era to the knowledge era with Lebanese and Arab societies playing an active role. This transformation can be achieved through systematic, sincere, and open minded efforts supported by intellectual integrity and economic sustainability.

The real engine for human development is the production and acquisition of knowledge through institutional infrastructure. This is a necessary condition for wealth generation, social progress and individual achievement. One of the higher aims of BRIC is to create the conditions to restore the knowledge cycle in our region through a coordinated effort involving vital elements of the society. The aim is to mobilize a critical mass of highly motivated researchers and provide them with the environment to dedicate themselves to the advancement of knowledge.

Goals:
  • Creating an environment for integrated research programs that would lead to scientific progress and useful sustainable solutions to social, economic and political challenges
  • Injecting the power of ideas and the discipline of scholarship into the restoration of the Lebanese and Arab knowledge cycle
  • Blending politics with science and technology based on ethical foundation to provide the tools for a real transformation of Lebanese and Arab societies

Our Work

Technological Innovation

Finding technologically advanced solutions to help Lebanon and the Arab World overcome common problems. Acquiring knowledge and expertise in technology subjects and sharing them locally and regionally.

Social Innovation

Launching and conducting integrated research programs with high economic and social impact in line with national and regional priorities.

Our Team

BRIC Team
Founding Director

Prof. Hassan Ghaziri

Phone: :+961-1-653177/142 ext: 102

Email: :hassan.ghaziri@lebcsr.org

Website: :www.lebcsr.org

Deputy Director

Mohamad Minkara

Phone: :+961-1-653177/142 ext: 104

Email: :mohamad.minkara@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org

Senior Researcher

Dr. Mohammed Husseini

Dr. Mohammed Al-Husseini is a Senior Researcher and Head of the Humanitarian Demining Research Program. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Computer and Communications Engineering in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He further completed his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 2012 from the American University of Beirut, where he was recipient of the Kamal Shair Ph.D. Fellowship. He stayed at AUB as a postdoctoral fellow until July 2012.

From 2001 to 2007, he worked as a research assistant at the ECE Department at AUB and as a lecturer at the Arab Open University in Beirut between 2004 and 2007. In 2013, he was a visiting researcher at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA, where he was also an exchange research scholar from 2009 to 2011.

Mohammed’s research interests include antennas and sources for high-power electromagnetics and the design and applications of antenna arrays, reconfigurable antennas, UWB antennas, antennas for Cognitive Radio, dielectric resonator antennas, wearable antennas, metamaterials, RF energy harvesting and RF circuits. He has over 100 publications in international refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Phone::+961-1-653177/142 ext: 105

Email::husseini[at]lebcsr[dot]org

Website::www.lebcsr.org/mhusseini

Senior Researcher

Dr. Mohammed Baydoun

Dr. Mohammed Baydoun is a Researcher also working on the Humanitarian Demining Research Program. He received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University and the American University of Beirut, in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

After working in the field of oil and gas in Abu Dhabi, Mohammed went on to earn his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2014. His research interests include digital image processing, digital signal processing, machine intelligence, and parallel programming. He currently has five publications, the most recent in 2014, entitled “Enhancing Stereo Matching with Classification”.

Phone::+961-1-653177/142 ext: 107

Email::mohammed.baydoun@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org

Researcher

Ali Al Takach

Ali Al Takach received his Master 2 degree in Micro­wave Engineering (MWE) in 2015 from the Lebanese University. He had obtained his Master 1 in 2014 and his Bachelor degree in 2013, both in Electronics and Embedded Systems and both from the Lebanese University.

From March 2015 to July 2015, he attended the IMEP­LAHC Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, as an intern. His research subject was on the ‘Measurement of the shielding efficiency for material used in the aeronautical applications’ Currently, he is a researcher at Beirut Research and Innovation Center, Beirut, Lebanon. His research interests include electromagnetism, characterization of materials, electromagnetic compatibility, and antennas.

Phone::+961-1-653177/142 ext: 105

Email::ali.takach@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org

IT Manager

Hassan Al Husseini

Phone::+961-1-653177/142 ext: 111

Email::hassan.husseini@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org

Software Engineer

Baraa Shiboub

Baraa Shiboub is a Software Engineer graduate from Yarmouk Private University (YPU), Damascus, Syria. He received his B.S. degree in Informatics and Communication Engineering in 2015.

Baraa’s main expertise focuses on programming, web development (different websites and mobile apps), digitization, archiving, and social media management. Baraa also works on social innovations across Lebanon, including projects on Syrian refugees (research on education for Syrian refugees).

Baraa has five years of experience in the field of Software Engineering in Damascus, Syria and one year working collaboratively with a company in the UAE for web development services.

Phone::+961-1-653177/142 ext: 104

Email::baraa.shiboub@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org

Design Studio Manager

Shadi Al Masri

Shadi Al Masri is a design studio manager and is in charge of the graphics and multimedia at BRIC. He received his Bachelor degree in Graphic Design from the Arts and Science University of Lebanon, Beirut in 2005.

Shadi’s main expertise focuses on branding, websites, printings, animations, motion graphics, voice over, video, social media, and budget cost.

Shadi has has a career spanning 14 years now in the graphic design field. He worked for nine years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam & Madinah), as well as in Kuwait, UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and Qatar (Doha).

He spent six years mainly involved in exhibition and conference organization and advertising, and three years mainly in real-estate and engineering construction where he collaborated in the branding of some of the biggest towers in Saudi Arabia.

His most recent years in Lebanon were varied between working for advertising agencies, printing presses, web development, and video production houses.

Shadi has taken part in project management courses in Saudi Arabia and attained certificates as a CIW designer from New Horizons (Beirut), with AutoCAD 2D and 3D Max, MAYA, Unreal Engine and Adobe Premiere.

Lastly, he participated in a lot of international design contests and different social innovations with the United Nations and Greenpeace.

Phone: :+961-1-653177/142 ext: 108

Email: :shadi.almasri@lebcsr.org

Website: :www.lebcsr.org

Fellows
Technical Advisor

Stuart Henley

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Lise Safatly

Dr. Lise Safatly is a senior research fellow at Beirut Research and Innovation center, a research associate at the American University of Beirut, and a part-time lecturer at the Lebanese University – Faculty of Engineering.

Her research focuses on the feature extraction and classification of biomedical signals for heart diseases diagnosis, and the automated localization of landmines.

She also investigated practical plans to integrate ethics learning in modern universities. Lise is an active member in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Lebanese Order of Engineers.

Lise received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut. She earned her Master in Electronic Systems from Ecole Polytechnique de Nantes, France and her Engineering diploma in Telecommunications and Information Technology Engineering from the Lebanese University.

Phone::+961-1-653177/142

Email::lise.safatly@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Sara Najem

Sara received her BS and MS in physics at the American University of Beirut with focus on network complexity and dynamics. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Physics at McGill University studying out-of-equilibrium morphodynamics of immune and neural cells.

She is the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). She was a Postodoctoral Fellow at the Couzin Lab at Princeton University from 2012-2014 and the Gordon & Betty Moore Postdoctoral Fellow at GALCIT at California Institute of Technology from 2014 till 2016. Currently, she holds a joint position at BRIC and the National Center for Remote Sensing of CNRS-L studying complexity at the urban scale using machine learning and statistical physics machinery.

Phone::+961-1-653177/142

Email::sara.najem@lebcsr.org

Website::www.lebcsr.org


Collaborators
Prof. Ali El- Hajj

Prof. Ali El- Hajj

American University of Beirut
Prof. Hussein Ismaeel

Prof. Hussein Ismaeel

American University of Beirut Medical Center
Dr. Abdallah El Bizri

Dr. Abdallah El Bizri

American University of Beirut Medical Center

PHD Students
Master Students

Current

2015

2017


Hassan Shwaykani

Title: Dielectric Material Spectroscopy

Mohammad Haidar

Title: Effect of Soil Properties on Electromagnetic Radiation Penetration

Karim Kassem

Title: Hybrid COMSOL model for QCM Bio-sensors

The COMSOL software has a module that simulates the bio-interaction behavior between enzymes and biomolecules without considering the transducer based on a QCM (Quartz Crystal Micro-Balance). On the other side, COMSOL has another module that simulates the characteristics of a quartz component. The objective of this work is to integrate the QCM Model with the COMSOL biosensor model, suggest a new hybrid model based on the two, and validate it by making a comparative study of the results obtained using this model and those obtained using the diffusion equations.

Nizar Tarabay

Title: Low Cost Assistive and Obstacle Detection System Applied to a Sip and Puff Wheelchair

Project Statement
Patients with tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) suffer from the loss of sensation and lack of control of their four limbs. Many systems such as the sip and puff wheelchair were developed to assist tetraplegic patients and help accommodate their mobility needs. A high end tetraplegia wheelchair (although not affordable to all) can allow for acceptable mobility whereby the patient can smoothly maneuver the wheelchair. On the other hand, a low cost sip and puff (S&P) wheelchair has limited adaptability and mobility. Low cost models are reported to cause respiratory fatigue due to the large number of commands (needed for navigation) which the patients have to feed the system (sipping and puffing). These low end models are also difficult to operate particularly in non- standard environments (sharp curves, circular curves, etc.). This project aims at enhancing the low cost S&P wheelchairs while keeping it an affordable choice for all patients. The project goals will be achieved by adding an array of obstacle detection sensors and integrating a fuzzy assistive system.

Approach
Ultrasonic sensors deployed on the S&P wheelchair help in creating a clear image of the surrounding environment. These sensors help in reducing the number of commands triggered by the patient who will still maintain complete command of the system. Moreover, an assistive system will further enhance the mobility and adaptability considerations by using a Fuzzy Logic controller. The rule base is developed through experiments that will provide the user with the best control results. Previous research by Al Halabi (Assistive Navigation of a Sip and Puff Controlled Wheelchair Using Obstacle Detectors) showed positive simulation results whereby combining ultrasonic sensors and fuzzy logic controllers reduced the number of commands needed to navigate the wheelchair by 10% to 40% (depending on the complexity of the environment). Moreover, the overall smoothness, precision, and stability of the system were enhanced by the Fuzzy Logic implementation (as compared to the human driving algorithms). MyRIO, the real-time embedded evaluation board made by National Instruments, will be the system controller, and the code will be developed using LabVIEW.

News


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BRIC and CNRS-L Sign MoU
Tackling Energy, Water, and Climate Challenges

13 March 2018 , Beirut, Lebanon

An MoU was signed on March 13, 2018 between BRIC Director Dr. Hassan Ghaziri and the National Center for Remote Sensing, represented by Secretary General of the CNRS-L, Dr. Mouin Hamze.
The MoU will formalize the relationship between the two institutions for sharing expertise, data, human resources and researchers to develop and implement projects on energy, water, and climate challenges, in addition to other technological projects of common interest.

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Swiss Delegation Visits the Women's Coalition for Tripoli

22 February 2018 , Tripoli, Lebanon

A delegation from the Swiss Parliament including Montreux Mayor Laurent Wehrli, Deputy Ambassador of Switzerland to Lebanon Elizabeth Galen, and National Program Support Officer Maria Abdel Rahman, met with the Women's Coalition for Tripoli at their Center in Tripoli.....

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REDEC-2018

REDEC 2018

1-2 November 2018, Beirut- Lebanon

REDEC 2018 is a specific scientific conference that helps in finding innovative and adequate solutions for energy saving and production in developing countries. During the first REDEC 2012, the second REDEC 2014 and the third REDEC 2016 conferences, participants from across the globe have discussed the scientific issues that were presented and subsequently published in IEEE Xplore ...

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SmartEx 2018

25-28 April 2018, Forum De Beyrout, Beirut- Lebanon

This year, BRIC will take part in the SmartEx exhibition that will be held from April 25-28, 2018, at the Forum De Beyrouth.
As an exhibitor this year, BRIC will showcase its latest work in technological innovation, as well as social development. ...

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MENACOMM 2018

18-20 April 2018, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Jounieh - Lebanon

MENACOMM (Middle East & North Africa COMMunications) Conference 2018 is organized by IEEE Communications Society – Lebanon Chapter and Holy Spirit University of Kaslik - USEK in collaboration with IEEE Communications Society – Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia Chapters. The objective of MENACOMM Conference 2018 is to bring together researchers from academic institutions and industry from all over the world.
Dr. Mohammed Husseini is a member of the organizing committee of MENACOMM 2018. ...

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