VIRA’24: BMW Group-Lebanon Annual workshop on Vision Intelligence and Robotics Applications

LAU Byblos Science 607-608 and virtually on Webex

In collaboration with the BMW Group Logistics team and IdealWorks, in collaboration with InMind Academy and sister universities in Lebanon, with the support of IEEE Lebanon Section, IEEE Young Professionals Lebanon, and ACM SIGAPP French Chapter, LAU’s School of Engineering invites you to participate in the 6th BMW Group-Lebanon Workshop on Vision Intelligence and Robots Applications: VIRA 2024. Following the previous iterations of the event (VIRA’18-23), the 6th iteration of the workshop aims at promoting the collaboration between Lebanese Universities and BMW Group, allowing students who interned at BMW Group and IdealWorks to present and discuss their projects. The workshop also provides Lebanese faculty on the one hand, and BMW Group and IdealWorks experts on the other hand, with a yearly platform to share knowledge and experience in common fields of interest, including computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics systems, and related fields.


The event will be streamed on the following link:

Working Schedule

Session 1: Opening
Welcome notes
  • Jimmy Nassif, Ph.D., CTO of IdealWorks
  • Marc Kamradt, Head of BMW Tech Office
  • Michel Khoury, Ph.D., Dean, School of Engineering, LAU
10:10 - 10:30

BMW Group Innovation in Logistics Robotics

  • Wafic El Ariss, Logistics Robotics Team Lead, BMW Group 
10:30 - 10:50
IdealWorks Vision and Industry 4.0 
  • Nour Azzi, Senior Engineer, IdealWorks
10:50 - 11:10
Introduction to InMind Academy
  • Joe Tekli, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Engineering, LAU
Session 2: Doctoral Talk
11:10 - 11:50
Using AI and 3D Computer Vision to Create the Digital Factories of the Future
  • Anthony Yaghi, Ph.D. student and engineer
    Supervisors: Joe Tekli, Ph.D., LAU, Raphael Couturier, Ph.D., UBFC, France, and Marc Kamradt, BMW Group
11:50 - 12:00
Short break
Session 3: Student Projects
12:00 - 12:10
Self-supervised Learning of 3D Point Clouds
  • Ali Rammal, USJ
    Supervisor: Anthony Yaghi, BMW Group
12:10 – 12:20
Adding Realism to Synthetic Visual Assets
  • Michael El Assad, LAU
    Supervisor: Joe Khalil, BMW Group
12:20 - 12:30
Using Omniverse and Synthetic Data to Detect Faults and Scratches inside Cars
  • Abboud Hayek, LAU
    Supervisors: Joe Khalil and Mark Kamradt, BMW Group
12:30 - 12:40
Generating Industrial Digital Twins
  • Paul Khouba, LAU
    Supervisor: Anthony Yaghi, BMW Group
12:40 - 12:50
Generic Pipeline for Vision Applications in Robots
  • Ralph Aouad, LAU
    Supervisor: Daniel Jess, BMW Group
13:00 - 13:10 
Next Steps and Expectations of the Cooperation Round table