Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Interior & Municipalities Nouhad Machnouk, the Lebanese American University (LAU) launched the ‘Associated Research Unit on Intelligent Transport and Vehicular Technologies’, the first founded associated research unit supported by the National Council of Scientific Research (CNRS) in the field of IT and engineering.
The unit is hosted and coordinated by LAU with the collaboration of several researchers from the Lebanese Ministry of Interior & Municipalities, the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Khalifa University (UAE), ETS Montreal (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), Blaise-Pascal University LIMOS (France) and Team International (Lebanon).
The unit is composed of 15 faculty members from the academy, 1 General Director and 1 Engineer from the Ministry of Interior, and 1 Director from the industry. Such grouping from the different sectors will have a very positive impact to direct our research and reduce the gap between theoretical research and practical solutions.
The launching ceremony was attended by H.E. Minister Machnouk represent by the Director General of the Lebanese Traffic, Trucks and Vehicles Management Authority Hoda Salloum, CNRS Secretary General Dr. Mouin Hamze, AUB Faculty of Engineering and Architecture acting Dean Dr. Fadl Moukalled and Lebanese University Doctoral School of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Fawaz El Omar. Among those who were present from LAU are its President Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, Vice-President for Human Resources and University Services Roy Majdalani, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences Dr. Nachat Mansour and his Assistant Dr. Samer Haber, Unit coordinator and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Azzam Mourad, LAU Faculty and Staff, in addition to researchers and academics.
Speeches by President Jabbra, Mrs Salloum, Dr. Hamze, Dr. El Omar and Dr. Moukalled focused on the importance of such an initiative and the added value it can bring to research, to public good and to finding strategic solutions to the long-term problems Lebanese has been facing in terms of traffic.
The main goal of the ARU-ITVT is to address the problems pertaining to intelligent transport and vehicular technologies within limited and basic infrastructure environments, whereas the long-term vision of the unit is to realize the output of the research work into practical solutions and academic learning.