Vision Intelligence and Robotics Applications - VIRA 2020


In collaboration with the BMW Group Logistics Robotics team, the Lebanese American University invites you to participate in the 3rd BMW Group Lebanon Workshop Day on Vision Intelligence and Robots Applications: VIRA 2020. Following the successes of its predecessors which were organized locally at LAU: VIRA’18 and VIRA’19, this year’s event has been promoted to a national scale allowing distinguished Lebanese students from major Lebanese universities to present and discuss their projects, and providing Lebanese faculty and BMW experts with a yearly platform to share knowledge and experience in common fields of interest, including computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics systems, and related fields.


  • Jimmy Nassif, Ph.D., Head of IT Planning Systems, BMW Group
  • Joe Tekli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Engineer, LAU

Working Schedule

Session 1: Opening
9:30 - 9:40

Welcome notes

  • Markus Bauer, Ph.D., Head of Planning – Processes and Systems, BMW Group
  • Lina Karam, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering, LAU
9:40 - 10:00 BMW Group Project Innovation And Industry 4.0
  • Karl Fares Kattar, Team Leader in BMW Group Logistics Robotics team
Session 2: Robotics Applications
10:00 - 10:15 CutBot: A Mechanically Intelligent Robot 
  • Rudy Youssef (AUB), Gabriel Chelala (AUB), Ralph Mezher (AUB), and Nour El Hoda Khalfeh (AUB) Supervisors: Michael Niedermeier and Thomas Irrenhauser, Ph.D.
10:15 - 10:30 Placebot and Splitbot: from Steering Development to State Machine Planning
  • Tala Dannawi (LAU), Nay Abi Akl (LAU), Gabriel Ajami (LAU), and Elie Nseir (LAU) Supervisors: Mohamed Benslimane and Wafic ElAriss
10:30 - 10:45

SplitBot Motion Planning and State Machine Development

  • Nour El-Hoda Khalifeh (AUB), Anthony Eid (LAU), Theodore Hraiki (AUB), Bchara Salemeh (AUB), Lynn Thoumy (AUB), Serj Haidar (AUB), Pamela Chaaya (AUB), Lea Sawaya (LAU), Tala Dinnawi (LAU), Maribelle Zarazir (AUB), and Khalil Hanna (AUB) Supervisor: Wafic El-Ariss
10:45 - 11:00 Harware and Software Vision Tasks for SortBot and PlaceBot
  • Jamil Haidar-Ahmad (LAU) Supervisors: Mohamed Benslimane, Mario Trautner, and Chrisitan Poss 

11:00 - 11:10

Short break

Session 3: Software Intelligence and Vision applications
11:10 - 11:25 3d Object Detection and Pose Estimation in a Point Cloud 
  • Gilbert Bustros (UL) Supervisor: Boulos Asmar, Ph.D.
11:25 - 11:40 Smart Transpiration Robot Simulation Format and Environment 
  • Mirna Rajab (LAU), Reem Haddara (LAU), and Peter Louis Sakr (LAU) Supervisors: Boulos El Asmar, Ph.D., and Elie El Khoury
11:40 - 11:55 Logistics Development Web Applications
  • Joe Abou Nakoul (UA), Abdallah Al Chami (LAU), Michael Ghosn (UA) Supervisors: Daniel Neuemier and Alexander Decker
11:55 - 12:10 Natural Language Processing for Logistics Applications
  • Philippe Saade (LAU) and Moussa Zgheib (LAU) Supervisor: Nils Gutsche
12:10 - 12:25 Hubraum Next Multilingual Text Annotation Tool 
  • Hamza Noueihed (LAU) and Charbel Badr (LAU Supervisor: Boulos Asmar 
12:25 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30 Next Steps and Expectations of the Cooperation
Round Table

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