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Arab-American Frontiers Home > 3rd Symposium


The third Arab-American Frontiers symposium was held in partnership with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia on December 5 - 7, 2015. The meeting convened U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers and medical professionals to discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics under the overarching theme of "Sensing Technologies, Networks and Applications". 
This program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 21 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in Arab countries and the United States, including the Arab science diaspora, and through this interaction, facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region.

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In early 2015, an organizing committee of young researchers met at KAUST to decide on research topics to be discussed at the Symposium in 2015.They were asked to look for research areas that are relevant to the Arab world as well as to the United States and, within those, identify exciting advances and opportunities for future research and cross-disciplinary collaboration regarding sensors. Based on their discussion, the committee members agreed on the following sessions' program:
  • Session I: Sensor Processes, Circuits, and Networks
  • Session II: Advanced Materials and Assemblies for Sensing
  • Session III: Advances in Biomedical Sensing Technology
  • Session IV: Advances in Environment Sensing
  • Session V: Sensors to Maintain Agroecosystem Health
  • Session VI: Integrated Approaches to Sensing Across Modalities
One of the main objectives of Frontiers symposia is to foster pluridisciplinary dialogue and collaborations. Therefore, while speakers in each session are selected as experts in the topics above, each general participant also has the opportunity to present his or her research during poster sessions.
The following individuals served as organizing committee members:

Dr. Jason P. Schrum, KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Dr. Joy Ward, University of Kansas, USA

Dr. Aram Amassian, KAUST, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Nader Behdad, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA
Dr. Youcef Bentoutou, Algerian Space Agency, Algeria
Dr. Moncef Bouaziz, University of Gafsa, Tunisia
Dr. Baratunde Cola, Georgia Tech, USA
Dr. James Harwood, University of Kentucky, USA 
Dr. Mandë Holford
, Hunter College, USA
Dr. Rihab Nasr, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr. Mourad Zghal, Sup’Com – Tunis, Tunisia

Please see the biographies of our committee members to learn more about the diverse fields they are working in and their contributions in research.


Dr. John Hildebrand, University of Arizona (Chair)
Dr. Teofilo Abrajano
Dr. Farouk El-Baz
, Boston University
Dr. Rula Deeb
, Geosyntec Consultants


The Arab-American Frontiers Symposium aims at establishing long-term bi- or multi-national research cooperation. To further this goal, a small number of Fellowships are provided after the symposium to teams of participants who intend to cooperate.

AAF Organizing Committee




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The third Arab American Frontiers symposium is made possible by the support of
KAUST and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).