From IEEE Lebanon Communications Research Day to 2018 IEEE Middle East and North Africa COMMunications Conference

By Sarah Abou-Chakra - COMSOC - Lebanon Chapter Chair

The IEEE ComSoc Lebanon Chapter launched the IEEE Lebanon Communications Research Day (IEEE LCRD) in 2013. On April 22, 2017, the Chapter organized the fifth Lebanon IEEE LCRD’17 in collaboration with the Communications Society of the Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA)–Tripoli, within the context of the MOU signed between the IEEE Lebanon Section and the OEA–Tripoli.

During IEEE LCRD’17, we were pleased and honored to have a plenary session with three keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Ala’ Khalifa, Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Jordan Chapter, who spoke about “Hybrid Wireless Sensor Networks and their Applications in Critical Events.”
  • Ms. Rita Saadeh, IT Engagement Director–Ericsson, Lebanon, presented the “Mobile Technology Update.”
  • Prof. Walid Kamali, Dean of MUT University, gave a talk about the radio-amateur entitled “A Look into HAM Radio Practices.”

After the keynote presentations, 24 research papers were presented, distributed over six technical and parallel sessions: 5G Networks, Data and Energy, Optical Communications, E-Health, Resource Allocation, Antennas and Localization. More than 80 researchers and students attended the event. IEEE LCRD’17 was covered by the National News Agency.

The annual success of LCRD has motivated the chapter to enlarge it in order to cover the MENA region. Thus, IEEE LCRD will be upgraded to the 2018 IEEE Middle East and North Africa COMMunications Conference–MENACOMM’18 (

For the first time in the MENA Region, MENACOMM’18 is organized by the IEEE Communications Society Lebanon Chapter and Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), in collaboration with the IEEE Communications Society Chapters in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. The conference will be held at USEK in Jounieh, Lebanon on April 18-20, 2018.

The objective of MENACOMM is to bring together researchers from academic institutions and industry from all over the world. It is technically sponsored by the ICT–Federation of Arab Engineers, the University of Franche-Comté, France, and the University of Versailles, France, and financially sponsored by the IEEE Lebanon Section.