MATLAB & Simulink MENA Academic Forum


Join us in this online event where you can learn from professors in your region how they are using MATLAB & Simulink within their teaching and research activities for engineering and science. We will cover how to teach different technical topics using MATLAB and Simulink for a better understanding of concepts with ready-to-use resources.

You will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers, ask questions and discuss different approaches.


  • Discussion and examples of virtual, remote, and hardware at home labs.
  • Live scripts for exploring course concepts and creating interactive reports or electronic lab notebooks.
  • Creation of MATLAB-based assignments and auto-grading student’s solution
  • Model and simulate complex systems using Simulink
  • Programming low cost hardware like Arduino, Raspberry Pi and mobile devices, with MATLAB and Simulink

About the Presenters

Dr. Ragi Ghosn is a full professor at the Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth(USJ), Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB) - Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department. He obtained his PhD in 2001 from INP Toulouse. He held several administrative positions during his career including Head of Electrical and Mechanical engineering Department and Director of CINET (Centre des Industries Electriques et des Télécommunications). He’s currently responsible for administrative tasks to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at USJ. He has more than 30 years' experience in teaching and research and has been using MATLAB/Simulink ever since. His research interests including electrical machines, power electronics and variable-speed drives. He has many publications in these areas.

Dr. Chris Danezis is an Assistant Professor in Geodesy at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics. He is the Head of the CUT Laboratory of Geodesy, the Infrastructure Coordinator and Head of the Geoinformatics Cluster of the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence, and the Coordinator of the CyCLOPS Strategic Research Infrastructure Unit, which aims at monitoring natural disasters using novel space-based techniques. He has an extensive professional experience as a consultant engineer specialized in surveying, positioning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), location-based services (LBS) and the development of software for governmental institutions and the private sector. His teaching experience extends over ten years and spans the broader spectrum of Geodesy and Surveying with a focus on the fields of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Higher Geodesy. He is currently a coordinator of nine university modules in Geodesy and Geoinformatics. Throughout the years, he has been actively involved in important capacity building actions by employing the use of contemporary and effective learning tools in his teaching or training activities. One of his personal objectives is to convey his passion for programming to his students and turn them into fans of clear and robust software development.

Dr. Hussam Khasawneh is an associate professor in Mechatronics Engineering Department at the University of Jordan since 2015. He is also the national secretary of IAESTE Jordan, an international association for students' exchange. He received his BSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Jordan and MS in mechanical engineering and PhD in electrical engineering, both from the Ohio State University. He has been using MATLAB for more than 15 years in his research and teaching. His research interests are in renewable energy, smart grids, energy storage, and advanced automotive systems.

Dr. Stefano Olivieri – MathWorks

Stefano received a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Bologna, Italy, in July 1995, and got a Post Graduate Advanced Degree in Information Technology at CEFRIEL, Polytechnic of Milan the same year. He’s been with MathWorks since 2005. After spending eight years as a Senior Application Engineer in the field of Signal Processing and Communication Systems, supporting companies in the Communications, Electronics, Semiconductors and Aerospace and Defense industry segments, Stefano is currently working with the Academia Group to help the top universities with the adoption of MathWorks tools for effective teaching and research. Before that, he worked with R&D labs in STMicroelectronics and Philips Research, where he dealt with the design and development of wireless communication and video processing systems. Stefano has also been Contract Professor with the University of Milano for three years, where he was teaching Transmission Theory for the Telecommunication Software Engineering Bachelor Degree.


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Virtual Electrical Machines lab using MATLAB & Simulink

Presented by Dr. Ragi Ghosn from Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth.

The purpose of this session is to share the personal experience acquired in the field of virtual lab experiments during the closure of the university following the COVID-19 pandemic.

This unprecedented situation and the importance of lab experiments for electrical engineering students, prompted us to think about a way to replace the physical equipment in the laboratory by online experiments using MATLAB & Simulink. We tried to make these virtual experiments as close as possible to the real laboratory and we were able to reach this goal with Simscape. We will show few experiments related to the Electrical Machines lab and demonstrate how these are done in practice by students.


Implementing embedded applications on programmable and mobile devices with MATLAB and Simulink

Presented by Stefano Olivieri from MathWorks.

This presentation focuses on how to design, implement, test, and run embedded applications on programmable platforms, like Raspberry Pi, mobile devices (Android and iOS), or Arduino boards, through the MATLAB and Simulink built-in support. Those platforms aim to address the growing need for easy-to-use hardware and software environment to address proof-of-concept demonstrators, rapid prototyping, hands-on activities, and project-based learning.

The built-in support for hardware enables developers, researchers and students to access the hardware capabilities of the various devices from within MATLAB/Simulink environment, and to deploy for embedded implementation. Faculty and instructors attending the session will have a chance to understand the potential for use in the classroom with their students.




Examples of MATLAB Integration in Civil Engineering & Geomatics Curricula

Presented by Dr. Chris Danezis from Cyprus University of Technology.

The session will showcase the use of Live Scripts and MATLAB Online for an interactive teaching approach as well as the use of MATLAB Grader in integration with Moodle for exercise assessment. I use these tools as part of my Geodesy course in the Civil Engineering & Geomatics Department at Cyprus university of Technology. During the session I’ll also tackle Geodesy and the relevant geometry transformations.


Teaching system-level performance in senior level classes in Mechatronics curriculum

Presented by Dr. Hussam Khasawneh from The University of Jordan.

Mechatronics Engineering students need to simulate and implement full systems all the way to the physical level, so they can comprehend such systems in real life. MATLAB & Simulink are great tools to understand system-level performance before moving to physical experiments and implementation at the laboratory.

This session presents how Simscape was integrated in the Transducers and Sensors class at the Mechatronics Engineering Department at the University of Jordan. Also, this session shows how Simulink was used as an alternative solution to physical experiments during the university lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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