Kuwait University
College of Life Sciences

Information Science Department

Department Seminars

Academic Year (2016-2017)

  • May 10, 2017: In a joint effort to foster a culture of collaboration among faculty members in College of Computing Sciences and Engineering, the social committees at both the CS and ISC departments are hosting the 2nd seminar overviewing research that faculty are conducting to spark an interest among them and encourage collaborative research:
    Speaker: Dr. Hosam AboElFotoh (Title: The use of Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) for General Purpose Computing (GPGPU))
    Speaker: Dr. Sabu Emmanuel (Title: The research problems in media forensics and security)
    Speaker: Dr. Hamdi Yahyaoui (Title: Functional and non-functional aspects of services)
  • April 19, 2017: In a joint effort to foster a culture of collaboration among faculty members in College of Computing Sciences and Engineering, the social committees at both the CS and ISC departments are hosting the first seminars overviewing research that faculty are conducting to spark an interest among and encourage collaborative research:
    Speaker: Prof. Muhammad Sarfraz (Title: On Collaborative Research from Information Science Department, Kuwait University)
    Speaker: Dr. Loulwah AlSumait (Title: Deep Learning For Arabic Text: Creating a Rational Mind For Our History)
    Speaker: Dr. Dari Alhuwail (Title: Exploring Research Opportunities in Health Informatics)
  • Apr 12, 2017: Seminar by Prof. Paul Manuel (Title: Myth and Paradox of Social Media)
  • Mar 13, 2017: Seminar by Prof. Muhammad Sarfraz (Title: Funding Research in Kuwait University)
  • Dec 28, 2016: Seminar by Prof. Muhammad Sarfraz (Title: A Quadratic Alternate to Cubic Splines for Graphics Design)
  • Nov 30, 2016: Seminar by Dr. Zainab AlMeraj (Title: An overview of 29th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST) 2016)
  • Oct 26, 2016: Seminar by Dr. Dari AlHuwail (Title: Health Informatics: Applications and Opportunities for Kuwait’s Healthcare System)



Seminar Abstracts


Myth and Paradox of Social Media

Prof. Paul Manuel

Social media is undoubtedly the state-of-the-art technology in the modern computing world. It has revolutionized the social life across the globe. It has made huge impact on business, healthcare and education. In this seminar, we discuss the two current topics “A Privacy Paradox - Private versus Public Space” and “Myth of Privacy data” in the social media. We will focus on Personal Identity data (privacy data) and relational identity data and then proceed to relational identity algorithm. We will also explore some interesting facts how our private data are commercialized through social media. As a search algorithm made the difference between Google and other search engines, a relational identity algorithm made the difference between Facebook and other social media sites. In this talk, we also discuss some potential research topics related to social media.

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Funding Research in Kuwait University

Prof. Muhammad Sarfraz

In a University environment, it is one of the fundamental requirements to set the mo-mentum of its academic community for scientific innovation and creativity. Such a momentum is possible to achieve through greater provisions, benefits and resources as stimulants for high quali-ty research. Fortunately, Kuwait University has successful well established Research Support Sys-tem which assists its faculties to avail funds under any of the established grant support catego-ries. This can be done by submitting well defined, original and scientifically sound proposals in basic and applied sciences, and in arts and humanities. This talk is dedicated to enlighten on the KU Research Support System together with highlighting major issues and guidelines to write a great and successful research proposal.

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A Quadratic Alternate to Cubic Splines for Graphics Design

Prof. Muhammad Sarfraz

Computer Graphics (CG) is a significant area of study and practice in the world of computing today. In addition to its critical importance in the traditional fields of automobile, aircraft manufacturing, shipbuilding, shoe industry, and general product design, more recently, the CG has proven to be indispensable in a variety of modern industries, including robotics, medical imaging, visualization, Textile, Fashion, Painting, Art, Archeology, Games and even media and others. This presentation aims to provide and enlighten on the tool of splining for Graphics Design. Specific concentration would be made on a new spline approach which is quadratic in nature but acts like a cubic as far as geometric features are concerned. It focuses on interdisciplinary methods and affiliate research in the area, shape control, and design. It aims to provide the audience with a variety of techniques, applications and examples for various real life problems. The major goal of the talk is to stimulate views and provide a source where researchers and practitioners can find the latest developments in the field.

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An overview of 29th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium (UIST) 2016

Dr. Zainab AlMeraj

With the rapid advancement of technology and software there is an ever growing demand of practicality and application. In this presentation, Dr. AlMeraj will overview the cutting edge research in the area of user interfaces and technology, the challenges and future directions of the field as presented in the UIST conference in Japan, October 2016. UIST brings together people from diverse areas including graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, and new input & output devices.

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Health Informatics: Applications and Opportunities for Kuwait’s Healthcare System

Dr. Dari AlHuwail

Health informatics is a rapidly growing field and a part of modern healthcare delivery. The field is concerned with the use of information and information and communication technologies in healthcare to enhance patients’ experiences, improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, health informatics requires a trained workforce capable of developing and using informatics tools while considering the unique aspects of medicine and healthcare delivery. In this presentation, Dr. Alhuwail will overview the field of health informatics, discuss its various subdomains and explore relevant challenges and opportunities for the field in the State of Kuwait.

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