March 22, 2019 – The Department of Electrical, Computer and Communication Engineering – Faculty of Engineering (FE) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) hosted the fourth meeting of the “Communication Systems with Renewable Energy Micro-Grid” (COM-MED) project, coordinated by Ghassan Kraidy, Associate Professor Department of Electrical & Computer & Communication Engineering – FE, NDU. Funded under the first European-Mediterranean Partnership (ERANET-MED) call, the project involves partners from various universities across the Mediterranean – NDU, the University of Patras, Greece, the University of Cyprus, and INRIA-Lyon, France – coming together to study the interplay between communication and power networks in the context of smart, small-scale power-grid, system with renewable energy sources.
An all-day event, the meeting hosted at NDU saw professors from each of the participating universities hold a consortium meeting to update each other on their work within the project, and discuss deliverables. In the afternoon workshop co-organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-NDU (IEEE-NDU) Student Branch was held, over the course of which the partners shared their research with the local community: NDU and other universities. As this is the final year of the project, the partners are finalizing their work with the goal of publishing a common piece among the partners, and providing ways to implement the project’s findings. However, this is far from the end of the partnership, with part of the meeting revolving around the creation of a consortium to discuss future proposals for research grants, and to continue the work developed within the COM-MED project.
During the visit, final year NDU undergraduate students, Serge Haddad and Christian Hokayem, presented their work on “Modeling and Performance Analysis of Airborne-Assisted Next Generation Wireless Networks” conducted under the supervision of Dr. Maurice Khabbaz, Assistant Professor Department of Electrical, Computer and Communication Engineering – FE, NDU, and Dr. Kraidy. The partners all expressed how impressed they were with the student’s work, particularly in light of their undergraduate status.
Speaking on the event’s success, Dr. Kraidy said: “I believe the participation of international researchers in the meeting contributes to placing NDU on the research map. Moreover, the workshop was a valuable opportunity for our students to participate in an international event.”