Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation signs MoU with IEEE to enhance global reach of UAE Drones for Good Award

Dubai, 17th November, 2015 (WAM): Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), paving the way for the second year of their strategic partnership on the UAE Drones for Good Award. The tie-up with the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology comes as part of the Foundation’s efforts to promote the UAE’s leading position in the field of advanced technologies at the regional and international levels.

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The MoU was signed by Saif Al Aleeli, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation, and Coordinator General of the UAE Drones for Good Award; and Dr. Nazih Khaddaj Mallat, Chair of IEEE Region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Chapters Coordination Committee.

The Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation has been working towards expanding the scope of the UAE Drones for Good Award, the most prominent award of its kind in the world, through cooperation efforts with government entities, private sector, international organisations and academic institutions. It has also enabled opportunities for direct communication between owners of innovative projects and businessmen, companies, organisations and business incubators interested in employing drones technology in civilian applications.

Based on the MoU, the IEEE will promote the second edition of the UAE Drones for Good Award during its various activities and events with the aim of raising awareness about the award at the local and international level. The IEEE will also encourage participation in the award, providing an opportunity for innovators to develop their projects with the support of IEEE’s extensive network of more than 430,000 members from more than 160 countries around the world.

Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Saif Al Aleeli said: “This partnership is a new step in Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation’s strategy to enhance the status of the UAE Drones for Good Award as an annual platform to highlight the most prominent innovations in the field of drones technologies to serve humanity. It will help achieve the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote the culture of innovation and strengthen the UAE’s position as a regional and global hub of innovation and new technologies.”

Al Aleeli added, “Our partnership with IEEE for the second year aims to take advantage of the available opportunities provided by the award and the extensive expertise of IEEE to enhance the global reach of the award among experts, researchers and specialists.”

On this occasion, Dr. Roberto de Marca, IEEE President, said: “IEEE is pleased to work with the Dubai Museum of the Future Foundation on the outstanding UAE Drones for Good Award, and to be a strategic partner in the inaugural UAE AI & Robotics for Good Award.”

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He added: “Extraordinary work is being undertaken for the benefit of humanity in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, and drones – both within the UAE and around the world. There were several exceptional projects in last year’s UAE Drones for Good Award. I look forward to seeing more of them this year, across both national and international competitions.”

The IEEE’s objectives are to achieve educational and technical advancement in the fields of electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computer engineering and allied disciplines.

The UAE Drones for Good Award’s national and international competitions aim to use modern technologies to facilitate people’s lives and provide them advanced services in all areas within the UAE and elsewhere. The award also aims to motivate the participants from all over the world to invest in modern technology and provide the opportunity for them to showcase their innovative abilities in developing applications that can help improve daily lives.

Towards an Open Judiciary Action Plan in the Open Government Partnership Summit 2015

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Open Government Partnership Summit 2015


Providing Access to Justice for All Through Open Judiciary:

Comparative Experiences from the U.S., Latin America, and China


In January 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for an open government, as measured by transparency, participation, and collaboration. This statement has sparked the commitment of governments worldwide to redefine openness initiatives in accordance with these principles. Yet, most of these governments largely focus on the executive or legislative branches, leaving many issues concerning open judiciary unaddressed. This session, Providing Access to Justice for All Through Open Judiciary: Comparative Experiences from the U.S., Latin America, and China, not only fills this gap, but also seeks to challenge the common belief that open judiciary cannot be meaningfully implemented in developing countries, let alone in closed societies.

This session will present, through highly-participatory dialogue conducted during a panel and three simultaneously held workshops, common threads and key differences in approaches to open judiciary in different contexts—from developed to developing and closed societies—and will culminate in the collaborative creation of a list of factors critical to providing access to justice for all through open judiciary. Participants of the panel will be asked to complete a short online survey to rank the factors discussed, add their own, and give comments. The survey results will be shared during the workshops to help participants brainstorm action plans for promoting open judiciary, both around the world and in participants’ own jurisdiction.


Designed to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal No. 16 (“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”) and to shed light on the Open Government Partnership Summit “Public Sector Innovation: Open Judiciary” topic. The session aims to draw on representative work accomplished by four experts with diverse backgrounds to develop a set of essential factors for making the judiciary around the world more open and to design a corresponding action plan for implementation.

The proposed session will begin with a 60-minute panel, featuring the four experts (three as panelists and one as moderator). The panelists will then simultaneously lead three separate workshops oriented toward drafting an action plan for promoting open judiciary, focusing on open judiciary efforts in developed countries, developing countries, and closed societies respectively. Attendees’ participation is key, and the format of this session will be highly participatory.

Panel experts are:

  • Carlos E. Jiménez-Gómez, (Moderator) Open & Smart Government Specialist (IEEE e-Government, USA; & Department of Justice of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Spain).

  • Phillip R. Malone, (Panelist – USA). Professor of Law, Director, Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic, (Stanford Law School, USA)

  • Rodrigo Sandoval-Almazan, (Panelist – Latin America) Professor, Political and Social Sciences School (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Mexico).

  • Mei Gechlik, (Panelist – China) Founder and Director, China Guiding Cases Project -“CGCP”-, (Stanford Law School, USA).

All are invited to attend and participate.

More info in this link

Best regards,
Carlos, Mei, Phil & Rodrigo

Join the ChallengeME! Competition and turn your IoT idea into reality

ChallengeME! Is an Internet of Things – IoT competition for the Middle East and North Africa – MENA that is being organized by Intel Corporation for the first time in the region in collaboration with prestigious educational institutions and non-profit entrepreneurship organizations across the Middle East and North Africa. The competition aims to recognize and support talented individuals who are building various elements for the Internet of Things  and will identify pioneering new ideas, innovations and solutions in that area with great business potential.

The challenge is open to all IoT enthusiasts who can provide a prototype about their innovation and have a scalable business model. The competition will shortlist top 15 outstanding projects, thru a jury of experts from Intel and the business community, who will be invited to travel to Beirut in November 2015 and participate in extensive face to face training, and pitching to win over $15,000 in cash prizes and many other awards. And an opportunity to fly two teams to the UK to attend the Intel Innovation Summit.

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IEEE Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series – Glasgow, Scotland

Learn More and Register Now

The IEEE Smart Tech Workshop is coming to Glasgow, Scotland 13 October. It will be held at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) and Royal College Buildings.

The one-day workshop offers two tracks, Li-Fi Technologies and their Appreciation and Real World Desktop Software Defined Radio using the RTL-SDR and MATLAB/Simulink, from which you may choose.

Learn More and Register Now

Li-Fi Technologies and their Appreciation: 

  • History of Visible Light Communication (VLC)
  • New Security enabled by Li-Fi
  • LED device basics
  • Digital modulation techniques and information rates
  • Channel models
  • Detector devices
  • Multiple input multiple output transmission in Li-Fi
  • Li-Fi business cases in lighting industry

Real World Desktop Software Defined Radio using the RTL-SDR and MATLAB/Simulink: 

  • Introduction to SDR: The Wireless Revolution is just beginning!
  • From Analog to Digital – the radio driven desire to sample at GHz
  • IF SDR 100s of MHz to 10s of MHz IF to baseband
  • The  RTL-SDR Architecture: Analog Receiver and MHz Sampler
  • Live  Demo: Design of a first SDR: AM radio Receiver at 433MHz
  • Live  Demo: GSM/LTE and 3G mobiles spectra viewing
  • Signal  Synchronization, Timing, and Data Recovery

View the complete workshop agenda 

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)

October 8-11, 2015        Seattle, Washington USA

Registration Now Open!

Early registration discount ends September 6, 2015


IEEE Global Humanitarian Conference (GHTC) is the perfect venue for enthusiasts from all backgrounds to connect, share and address critical issues for the benefit of the humanitarian endeavor worldwide. Join us in Seattle, WA, USA as we:

  • Enable a global sharing of skills, knowledge, networking in the humanitarian and emergency management fields
  • Highlight humanitarian technologies that promote successful practice, attract practitioners, and guide future research
  • Positively impact billions of people around the world

IEEE GHTC is the place to be whether you have experience to share, are looking for opportunities to join, or simply want to understand humanitarian work. In its 5th year, sponsored by IEEE Region 6 and IEEE Seattle Section, the conference is dedicated to “Advancing Technology for Humanity” with a focus on essential areas including energy, health, disaster management, connectivity, agriculture, and education.

Conference highlights include:

  • Maurizio Vecchione, Sr. Vice President of Global Good & Research plenary
  • “The Future of Humanitarian Technology” with a panel of experts from NGOs, the United Nations, and the Red Cross
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) for Humanity” with a panel of industry partners
  • IEEE SIGHT Gaetano Borriello Memorial Symposium on Humanitarian Technology
  • UNESCO 70th anniversary celebration.
  • IEEE Smart Village workshop on Energy, Education, and Empowerment

Interactive special sessions that support in-field humanitarian efforts:

  • Open Data Kit Workshop – learn to collect data and build data services for many humanitarian efforts
  • Entrepreneurship and Education – engage in workshops with interactive dialogue on grass-roots business development and collaborative educational strategies for entrepreneurs and practitioners
  • Demonstrations and Exhibitions – see and experience new technologies in water and sanitation, energy, and communication and connectivity technologies

Register today to participate in an extensive, vibrant, and innovative technical program with likeminded individuals across the world.

Advanced Discount Registration ends September 6:

Regular Registration ends October 7

On-Site Registration & One Day Passes Available

For more information, contact

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IEEE Jordanian SB Congress inspired more than 270 attendees

IEEE Hashemite University Student Branch had the honor of hosting the largest IEEE event in Jordan; 2 nd

IEEE JSBC was a wonderful opportunity to gather hundreds of students, Engineers, Professionals and even
school students to share their passion of advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

JSBC2 The congress played an essential role in bridging the gap between IEEE members from all over Jordan (11
Universities) and the attendees approved that IEEE mission and vision will be taken forward in their
universities via their further engagement.

After welcoming the participants and the guests on behalf of Hashemite University, IEEE Jordan Section
and HU student branch, Husam Momenah (IEEEHU SB Chair) asked the attendees to exploit this
opportunity and network with their IEEE fellows to get the maximum benefit out of the congress.


The congress aimed to inspire the participants to take their experience and interests to the next level by
inviting 15 professionals; IEEE EMBS Distinguished lecture, professional speakers, experts, Jordanian
entrepreneurs and young leaders, those who gave a number of diversified workshops and lectures about
Nanotechnology, Leadership, Motivation, User experience design and an IEEE workshop. Not to mention
the field trip to the 5MW PV system project at Hashemite University.

After a full day of inspiration and positive energy and with warm applause by the audience, Ahmed Al-
Omoush (IEEE JSBC 2015 Chair) closed the congress by sharing his thankfulness with the attendees for
their remarkable engagement to thank the organizing committee and volunteers for their efforts.

By Mustafa Almomani

IEEE Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series – Amman, Jordan

Eventbrite - IEEE Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series - Amman, JordanIEEE Smart Tech Metro Area Workshops provide participants with a unique learning experience with topics on the cutting-edge of technical innovation today. Each workshop is a springboard to a deeper understanding of technology and its myriad applications and potential for innovation.

Choose one Track Sunday and one Track Monday. Sessions under each track run in succession.

Communications Track: 

  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) Systems
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) Implementation
  • RF Propagation Models
  • RF Simulation Software

Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems Track

  • Specifications of Solar PV Systems
  • Fundamentals of Grid-Connected PV System Design
  • Commissioning of PV Systems
  • Grid Impact Studies
  • Mega-Scale PV Plants
  • Panel Discussion: Local Renewable Energy Regulations

Computer Engineering & Big Data Track

  • Secure Software Development
  • Cloud Computing
  • Big Data

View the full day agenda and course descriptions for IEEE Smart Tech in Amman

Registration opens on Sunday at 8:30 a.m, followed by a General Serssion at 9:30 a.m. and Coffee Break at 10:00 a.m. Track sessions then begin at 10:30 a.m.

Dress code for the workshop series is business casual.

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Landmark – Amman Hotel and Conference Center
1118 Al Huseen Bin Ali Street
P.O. Box 6399
Amman, Jordan
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM – Monday, September 14, 2015 at 5:30 PM (EEST)

Registration and Hotel Information

Join IEEE now to be eligible for the member rate. Only active IEEE members will qualify for the member rate. Society Affiliates are not eligible for the member rate.

Not ready to join IEEE right now? You may still register at the non-member rate. Then, if you choose to join IEEE onsite at the conference you will receive a US$30/20JOD credit toward your first-year professional membership dues. Be sure to bring a copy of your registration receipt.

Hotel Accommodations 

Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Center is offering a special rate to conference attendees. Use code JEASEP2015 when you make your reservation.

 Al Huseen Bin Ali Street| P.O. Box 6399 | Amman | Jordan | Phone: (866) 599-6674

 View Additional Area Hotel Information


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Have questions about IEEE Smart Tech: Metro Area Workshop Series – Amman, Jordan? Contact IEEE Jordan Section

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All IEEE Young Engineers’ Humanitarian Challenge 2015

AIYEHUM is a project competition where young scientists and engineers (between ages of 16 and 35 years) submit proposals of projects which are oriented around humanitarian issues. These proposals can be their curriculum projects or other projects that are developed out of passion.

The short-listed project proposals will be given a a grant of up to US $500 for prototype development. IEEE will assign a mentor for all short-listed teams. All successfully completed projects will be evaluated again and top teams will be partially funded to go to the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Conference to present their work. In addition, IEEE will also give prize money to winning teams.

For more information, please go to


  • Project proposal submission: June 21st
  • Notification of short-listed project proposals: July 12th
  • Announcement of top teams: November 10th


August 16-21, 2015
Protea Hotel Kruger Gate Skukuza, South Africa

Call for Participation

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2nd African Winter School on Information Theory and Communications to be held
at the Kruger National Park from 16 to 21 August, 2015. The goal of the winter school is to increase co-operation and knowledge
sharing between African students and universities. Doctoral students and young staff members, from Africa and other continents,
are encouraged to present and discuss their ongoing research with international experts. Students are welcome to make
presentations irrespective of the phase of their research. All submitted abstracts will be scrutinized by the technical chairs for
suitability. The number of topics will not be limited and we hope to have a wide range of presentations in the Information Theory
and Communications field. Study leaders are also encouraged to attend in order to establish more high-level co-operation
between African and other universities.

This event will be held in parallel with the First IEEE Seminar on Future Directions in Information Theory and Communications
(see previous post for details).


  • Jian Song, Tsinghua University, P. R. China
  • Yuan Luo, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P. R. China
  • Jos H. Weber, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Ivan Fair, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Bella Bose, Oregon State University, USA
  • Luca Tallini, University of Teramo, Italy

Important Dates

If you would like to participate in this event, please send a short one-page paper (using the IEEE template) of your work in
progress to by 18 May 2015. Notification of acceptance will be on or before 22 May 2015.

Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chairs:
Theo Swart (University of Johannesburg)
Ling Cheng (University of the Witwatersrand)

TPC Co-Chairs:
Jos H. Weber (Delft University of Technology)
Ulrich Speidel (The University of Auckland)
Ivan Fair (University of Alberta)

Local Arrangements:
Wendy Smith (University of Johannesburg)
Allan Emleh (University of Johannesburg)
Lucia Pelser (University of Johannesburg)

University of Johannesburg IEEE

Sponsored by the University of Johannesburg and the IEEE South Africa Information Theory Section

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