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National Council for Scientific Research
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research director
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I earned my BSc. and MSc. degrees in Computer Science from the Lebanese American University in the years 1988 and 2001 respectively. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Rennes 1, France in Telecommunication and Signal Processing in May 2008. I have been working for the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research as a Researcher and then as Director of Research since early 1996. I have many published research papers and book chapters, conferences, and referred journals covering many topics in many disciplines such as GIS, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, and natural resources management. My current subject of research is developing robust methods for satellite image processing. In addition to my research activities, I teach at many known national private and public universities such as the Lebanese University. Finally, I am a reviewer for many well-known scientific journals and conferences and a senior member of IEEE and many other international societies.

Datasets & Competitions

We used  Sentinel-2 images to create the dataset In order to estimate sequestered carbon in the above-ground forest Biomass.  Moreover, fieldwork was completed to gather related forest biomass volume. The clipped image has a size of 1115 × 955 pixels and consists of bands 3, 4, and 8, which correspond to green, red, and near-infrared.


A spectral signatures database of major crops in the East Mediterranean basin was created to support remote sensing applications specifically satellite hyperspectral and multispectral image classification. Moreover, it can be used to compute many important hyperspectral vegetation indices such as:

Atmospherically Resistant Vegetation Index (ARVI)

Modified Chlorophyll Absorption Ratio Index (MCARI)

Modified Chlorophyll Absorption Ratio Index - Improved (MCARI2)