JESICS’ 3rd spring school, Cairo, Egypt, 2020

The Joint Exploratory Society for Interdisciplinary and Cognitive Studies (abbreviated JESICS or simply J6) started as a German-Egyptian research society funded within the DAAD‘s German-Arab Research partnerships from January 2015 to December 2018. The mission of J6 is to maintain an active research and educational society that fosters the advancement in artificial intelligence and cognitive science. The J6 society is currently implementing its second version of the project: a Joint development of E-Learning Services for Interdisciplinary Computing Studies, called J6+, funded also by the DAAD from March 2019 to December 2020.
During the past five years of German-Egyptian collaborations in two DAAD-funded projects, the society achieved the following:
(1)  J6 helped in migrating the German experience for performing theoretical and experimental research in artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive sciences (CogSci) to the Egyptian higher-education community via training young Egyptian post- and under-graduate students in the German partner institution’s labs during the summer periods between 2015 to 2020.
(2) J6 established the first AI laboratory at the Egyptian partner institution (the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University) with equipment that is worth more than 150,000 euros, including PCs and workstations, EEG devices, eyetracking devices, drawing tablet screens, powerful server, Internet connection, etc.
(3) J6 team actively participated in international conferences around the world (e.g., Germany, Cyprus, USA, Spain, Italy), and organized international workshops, symposia (e.g, DySKET), plus the three international spring schools held in Egypt (–> see “Studies on Intelligence & Cognition” (6cool) below, and visit the following links for the First and Second schools).
(4) J6 organized general public lectures and hands-on seminars for students and young researchers at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, in various topics such as: LaTeX typesetting, introduction to AI and machine learning, publication and research methodologies, and project management, in addition to providing soft-skill courses for free to students at the DAAD Cairo Academy.

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JESICS helped many computer science students in successfully passing two soft-skill modules for free at the DAAD Cairo Academy during summer 2019.

J6′ 3rd International spring school (6cool3):

“Studies on Intelligence & Cognition” (6cool) is a series of international spring schools that are organized by the Mathematics Department at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, in Cairo, Egypt. As one of the activities of J6+, and to further support the migration of the interest in interdisciplinary computing studies (I.C.S.), JESICS proudly organizes the THIRD interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, during the period 14–19/March/2020.

(N.B. The first interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, has been organized during the period 25–30/March/2017, the second interdisciplinary spring school has been organized during the period 14–18/April/2018).

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The school will be hosted this year in the main conference room at the Faculty of Science, under auspices of the dean of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University. The school lays foundational background in interdisciplinary and cognitive studies for interested, young Egyptians who think to pursue interdisciplinary research but lack the guidance or the opportunity so far.

During the school days, the participants learn about a plethora of topics closely related to cognitive science (CogSci) & artificial intelligence (AI), delivered by prestigious figures in the respective fields from allover the world. The school is rich of interesting topics, international experts, student exchange, and social activities.

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The Mathematics Department Seminar room hosted part of the 2nd JeSICS Spring School’s activities.

Subjects, Speakers, and Schedule:

The lectures of the 3rd version of 6-cool give a broad overview on interdisciplinary issues related to “E-Studies on Intelligence & Cognition”. This includes:

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI + KRR),
  2. Cognitive Modeling (CogMod) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI),
  3. E-Learning applications, and
  4. Computational approaches to cognitive science (CogSci).

Here is the current list of confirmed teachers for 6cool, 2020:

  1. Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  2. Prof. Dr. Constantin A. Rothkopf (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany).
  3. Prof. Dr. M. Khairy (President of the Egyptian E-Learning University, Egypt).
  4. Prof. Dr. Haythem O. Ismail (Cairo University, Egypt).
  5. Prof. Dr. Tamer Emara (Director of Ain Shams Virtual Hospital).
  6. Dr. Stefan Schneider (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  7. Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdelfattah (Ain Shams University, Egypt).
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Prof. Martin V. Butz (Uni. Tübingen) [2nd 6cool, April, 2018]

The International Day of Mathematics 2020:

The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on March 14 all countries will be invited to participate through activities for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries and other spaces. The theme for 2020 is “Mathematics is Everywhere“. People and organizations all over the world are already preparing events in their cities. Learn more about this international day, and see our 6cool event being listed as one of the celebration activities, at https://www.idm314.org/ 

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Schedule / Program:

There are generally three lecture sessions and one training session [lab] on each of the weekdays of the school (N.B. Monday is reserved for the social activities and the visit to the Pyramids/Saqqara area).
Lectures are given by expert professors, and hands-on training sessions and/or study project labs involve professors, researchers, and exchange students.
All times are sharp.
N.B. The Following is still a tentative schedule.

  • Saturday (14-March-2020) Opening Day:
    • 9:00am- Opening session: [Inauguration Speeches by the Math. Dept. Head and the Faculty of Science Dean, followed by JESICS’ 5-year Documentary]
    • 10:30am- First session: [A German-Egyptian Joint Study Project and intro. to E-Learning Platform] (by JESICS German-Egyptian Team)
    • 11:45am- Invited Talk: [The National Egyptian E-Learning University: An Overview] (Prof. Dr. M. Khairy, President of the Egyptian E-Learning University, Egypt). [E-Learning, A.I. & modern education paradigms]
    • 1:45pm- Lecture: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  [Secrets in A.I.] (Prof. Dr. Haythem O. Ismail, Computer Science Department, the German University in Cairo [GUC]).
  • Sunday (15-March-2020):
    • 9:00am- First session: [AI][Computational Creativity]
    • 10:30am- Second session: [Interdisciplinary Challenges in AI & CogSci][Advances in Cognitive Computing]
    • 11:45am- Invited Talk: [ROAA Project: CS Student Presentation]
    • 1:45pm- A hands-on project training [Lab]
  • Tuesday (17-March-2020):
    • 9:00am- First session: [Computational Creativity]
    • 10:30- Second session: [Cognitive Modeling]
    • 11:45am- Third session: [Interdisciplinary Challenges in AI & CogSci]
    • 1:45pm- Study project: [Lab]
  • Wednesday (18-March-2020):
    • 9:00am- First session: [A.I. and hand-drawn sketch recognition]
    • 10:30am- Second session: [Future applications of Machine Learning]
    • 11:45am- Third session starts: [Virtual Reality & AI]
    • 1:45pm- Study project: [Lab]
    • Outlook and Goodbye!
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A group photo of the participants and teachers during the 2nd 6cool, 2018.

A social day @ Saqqara

There are no classes of 6-cool on Monday, 16-March-2020. This day is fully dedicated to social activities and a planned group trip by air-conditioned busses to visit one of Cairo’s most interesting places; namely, the Stepped Pyramid.

Venue:


The school is held at the main conferences room of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Application Procedure: 

[N.B. Registration is currently CLOSED! Confirmation emails have been sent to accepted participants.]

Participation is free of charge for interested Egyptian undergraduate students or Egyptian researchers in their first years of postgraduate studies (from all related field).

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Registered participants will receive an attendance certificate

Interested young Egyptians may apply by filling-in an online application (link), or by sending an application message to Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdel-Fattah at jesics@sci.asu.edu.eg.
[N.B. We hope that potential applicants appreciate that both our efforts to organize the school as well as their participation decisions are serious issues. A considerable amount of effort, people, money, hours of preparations, contacts, etc., have been –and will be– devoted to delivering the school and making it available for free. An applicant’s mere intention of participation is not enough; applicants need to demonstrate that they took an educated, serious decision, which they intend to commit to, and not waste any resources invested by others.]

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Acknowledgements

We’d like to express our gratitude and thanks to everyone who helped and supported the event. People in the following non-exhaustive list particularly contributed a lot. Others thankfully helped in making the event achievable, either by presentation, preparation, fund, or support in other ways:

  • Prof. Dr. Mohamed Ragaa (Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University),fos
  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  • Prof. Dr. Essam El-Seidy (Head of the Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University). MathLogo
  • Prof. emeritus Soheir M. Khamis (Ain Shams University).
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). -daad-.jpg
  • University of Osnabrück, Germany. -uos-.jpg

… and the team members of the JESICS group. We also thank you for visiting and reading this page.

You may find it also interesting to:

J6′ 2nd Spring School for “Studies on Intelligence & Cognition” SICS-COOL: “FUTURE APPLICATIONS OF COGNITIVELY INSPIRED AI”

The Joint Exploratory Society for Interdisciplinary and Cognitive Studies (abbreviated JESICS) is a German-Egyptian research society that is being funded by the DAAD within the German-Arab Research partnerships since January 2015. The mission of JESICS is to maintain an active research and educational society that fosters the advancement in artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

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As one of the new activities of JESICS, and to further support the initiation and migration of the interest in interdisciplinary studies, JESICS proudly organizes the second interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, during the period 14–18/April/2018.

(N.B. The first interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, has been organized during the period 25–30/March/2017).

The school lays the foundational background in interdisciplinary and cognitive studies for interested, young Egyptians who think to pursue interdisciplinary research but lack the guidance or the opportunity so far. During the school days, the participants learn about a plethora of topics closely related to cognitive science (CogSci) & artificial intelligence (AI), delivered by prestigious figures in the respective fields from allover the world. The school is rich of interesting topics, international experts, and social activities.

Cognitive Computing:

The focus of the school is on interdisciplinary studies that quintessentially contribute to the cognitive computing paradigm. The delivered lessons generally belong to one or more of fields such as: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Knowledge Representation & Reasoning (KRR), Computational Neuroscience, Machine Learning, Cognitive Modeling, Computer Vision, Computational Linguistics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), etc.

It goes without saying that the school does not provide an exhaustive overview over each and every subject related to cognitive computing. The intended level of the presented lectures is basic and introductory, with some specific workshop sessions dedicated to demonstrations on the delivered lectures. This kind of mix simply attracts the attention of interested researchers and sheds some light to these fields.

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The Mathematics Department Seminar room hosted part of the 2nd JeSICS Spring School’s activities.

Subjects, Speakers, and the Schedule:

The lectures of the 2nd version of 6-cool give a broad overview on interdisciplinary issues related to “Future Applications of Cognitively Inspired AI”. This includes:

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI + KRR),
  2. Machine Learning,
  3. Cognitive Modeling (CogMod),
  4. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and
  5. Computational approaches to cognitive science (CogSci).

Here is the current list of confirmed teachers:

  1. Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  2. Prof. Dr. Martin V. Butz (University of Tübingen, Germany).
  3. Prof. Dr. Haythem O. Ismail (Cairo University & the German University in Cairo, Egypt).
  4. Dr. Felix Weber (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  5. Dr. Stefan Schneider (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  6. Dr. Wael Zakaria (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt).
  7. Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdelfattah (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt).
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Prof. Martin V. Butz (Uni. Tübingen)

And, here is a list of selected material provided by the teachers:

  1. Eye-tracking lectures (day 1).
  2. A Computational Perspective on Mind and Brain. (day 1)
  3. Eye-tracking lectures (day 2).
  4. A Computational Perspective on Mind and Brain. (day 2)
  5. Other shared DropBox material for the lab practical sessions.
  6. A Computational Perspective on Mind and Brain. (day 3)
  7. Knowledge Representation features in SNePS.
  8. Sketching and sketch recognition.
  9. Dynamic Assembly of Figures in Visuospatial Reasoning..
  10. EEG in medical applications (project).
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Dr. Felix Weber (Uni. Osnabrück)

The Schedule:

The school opens on Saturday, the 14th of April, 2018, at 1:30pm after a gathering breakfast organized by the Mathematics Department at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University. After the short opening talks, two more lecture sessions follow on that same day. There are generally three lecture sessions on each of the following weekdays of the school’s week (except on Wednesday, which is reserved for the social activities). To continuously urge interesting discussions and social activities of several kinds, the sessions on each day interleave with three breaks inbetween (where the middle break from 11:30am to 1:00pm is a coffee break).

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A group photo of the participants and teachers.
The last day of the school is Tuesday, 17-April-2018, where we conclude the school by an open discussion after the lectures, and then hand-on the certificates of attendance and appreciation. A group photo at the main entrance of the Faculty of Science’s building is shown.

The Social Day: Moving Around Cairo and Alexandria

There are no classes of 6-cool on Wednesday, 18-April-2018. This is a day fully dedicated to social activities. There is a planned group trip by an air-conditioned bus to visit Cairo’s most interesting places (namely, the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, and the Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria).

The trip is followed by a group lunch on Al-Azhar Park.

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Cairo at night (from Al-Azhar Park, Cairo)

Venue:

The school is held at the AI & Cog Sci Lab., Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Application Procedure [closed]: 

[N.B. Registration is currently CLOSED!]

Participation is free of charge for the interested Egyptian undergraduate students as well as the Egyptian researchers in their first years of postgraduate studies (from all related field).

Interested young Egyptians may apply by sending an application message to Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdel-Fattah at jesics@sci.asu.edu.eg. The application message must include the contact information of a reference professor who will be contacted to recommend and confirm the participation of the applicant. [N.B. We hope that potential applicants appreciate that both our efforts to organize the school as well as their participation decisions are serious issues. A considerable amount of effort, people, money, hours of preparations, contacts, etc., have been –and will be– devoted to delivering the school and making it available for free. An applicant’s mere intention of participation is not enough; they need to prove that they took an educated, serious decision, which they intend to commit to and not waste any resources invested by others.]

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Acknowledgements

We’d like to express our gratitude and thanks to everyone who helped and supported the event. People in the following non-exhaustive list particularly contributed a lot. Others thankfully helped in making the event achievable, either by presentation, preparation, fund, or support in other ways:

  • Prof. Dr. Ahmed A. Ismail (Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University),fos
  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  • Prof. emeritus Fayed F. M. Ghaleb (Ain Shams University).
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). -daad-.jpg
  • University of Osnabrück, Germany. -uos-.jpg
  • The Mathematics Department at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University.

… and the team members of the JESICS group. We also thank you for visiting and reading this page.

You may find it also interesting to:

6cool: J6′ Spring School for “Studies on Intelligence & Cognition” SICS-COOL

The Joint Exploratory Society for Interdisciplinary and Cognitive Studies (abbreviated JESICS) is a German-Egyptian research society that is being funded by the DAAD within the German-Arab Research partnerships since January 2015. The mission of JESICS is to maintain an active research and educational society that fosters the advancement in artificial intelligence and cognitive science.

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As one of the activities of JESICS, and to further support the initiation and migration of the interest in interdisciplinary studies, JESICS proudly organizes the first interdisciplinary spring school in Cairo, Egypt, during the period 25–30/March/2017.

The school lays the foundational background in interdisciplinary and cognitive studies for interested, young Egyptians who think to pursue interdisciplinary research but lack the guidance or the opportunity so far. During a whole week full of lessons in closely-related interdisciplinary fields, the participants will learn about a plethora of topics closely related to cognitive science & artificial intelligence, delivered by prestigious figures in the respective fields from Egypt, USA, and Germany. The school is rich of interesting topics, international experts, and social activities.

Cognitive Computing:

The focus of the school is on interdisciplinary studies that quintessentially contribute to the cognitive computing paradigm. The delivered lessons generally belong to one or more of fields such as: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Knowledge Representation & Reasoning (KRR), Computational Neuroscience, Machine Learning, Cognitive Modeling, Computer Vision, Computational Linguistics, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), etc.

It goes without saying that the school will not provide an exhaustive overview over each and every subject related to cognitive computing. The intended level of the presented lectures is basic and introductory, with some specific workshop sessions dedicated to demonstrations on the delivered lectures. This kind of mix simply attracts the attention of interested researchers and sheds some light to these fields.

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Subjects, Speakers, and the Schedule:

The lectures of 6-cool give a broad overview on many aspects of the following subjects:

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI + KRR),
  2. Cognitive Modeling (CogMod),
  3. Computer Vision (CompVision),
  4. Quantum-based Artificial Neural Networks (QANN),
  5. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and
  6. Computational approaches to cognitive science (CogSci).

Here is the current list of confirmed teachers:

  1. Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  2. Prof. Dr. Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University, USA).
  3. Prof. Dr. Constantin Rothkopf (TU Darmstadt & Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany).
  4. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haythem O. Ismail (Cairo University & the German University in Cairo, Egypt).
  5. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wael Abouelsaadat (the German University in Cairo, Egypt).
  6. Dr. Ulf Krumnack (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  7. Dr. Danny Arlen de Jesus Gomez-Ramirez (Vienna University of Technology).
  8. Mr.Stefan Schneider (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  9. Mr. Mohammed Zidan (University of Science and Technology, Zewail City, Egypt).

The Schedule:

The school opens on the morning of Saturday, the 25th of March, 2017, at 9:00am. After the short opening talks, three more lecture sessions follow on that same day. There are generally four lecture sessions on each of the following weekdays of the school’s week (except on Tuesday, which is reserved for the social activities). To continuously urge interesting discussions and social activities of several kinds, the four sessionson each day interleave with three breaks inbetween (where the middle break from 11:30am to 1:00pm is a coffee break).

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The structure of the 6cool weekdays and sessions.
The Director of the DAAD in Egypt, Prof. Roman Luckscheiter, will honor us by giving a short talk on the morning of Wednesday, the 29th of March, 2017. This seems a good opportunity for the audience to ask related questions.
The last day of the school is Thursday, 30-March-2017, where we conclude the school by an open discussion after the lectures, and then hand-on the certificates of attendance and appreciation.

The Social Day: Best of Cairo Tour

There are no classes of 6-cool on Tuesday, 28-March-2017. This is a day fully dedicated to social activities. There is a planned group trip by an air-conditioned bus to visit Cairo’s most interesting places (namely, the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and Saladin’s Citadel in old Cairo).

There are EXACTLY two meeting points: one in front of the main entrance to Ain Shams University’s main campus [meeting 8:30am SHARP!], and another at the hotel (Le Méridien Heliopolis) [meeting 9:00am SHARP!].
We will start the tour to visit the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, the tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramids of Chephren.
Afterwards, we will get to visit Cairo Citadel, which was constructed by Salah El Din on the Moqattam hills in 1183 AD to defend Cairo from the armies of Crusaders. We also visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, which was designed by the architect Yousif Boushnaq, a Turkish man who came specially from Istanbul and built this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled Over 45 years.
We will be accompanied in the trip by professional, certified, English tour guides and Egyptologists.

The trip is followed by a group lunch on one of the floating boats of the River Nile.

[IMPORTANT: Registration to the trip and/or the lunch is made on the first day of the school. As a general rule, not all the attendees will automatically be joining the trip or the lunch (as, obviously, places are limited, and [partial] fees may apply).]

Venue:

The school is held at the Conferences Room, Ain Shams University’s Guest House, Abbasseya, Cairo.

Application Procedure [closed]: 

[N.B. Registration is currently CLOSED!]
Updates: We are very sorry to inform you that the registration to this event has been closed and is no longer available online. We received an extremely huge number of online applications during the last couple of weeks. People interested in joining the event should directly contact one of the organizers to discuss the possible ways to attend without an official registration. 

Participation is free of charge for the interested Egyptian undergraduate students in their last year of college as well as the Egyptian researchers in their first years of postgraduate studies (from all related field).

Interested young Egyptians may apply by filling in the form at the following URL https://form.myjotform.com/70104680334548, or by sending an application message to Dr. Ahmed M. H. Abdel-Fattah at jesics@sci.asu.edu.eg, with a statement (2–3 paragraphs) that outlines their personal information, research interests, and reasons for considering their participation as beneficial. The application message must include the contact information of a reference professor who will be contacted to recommend and confirm the participation of the applicant. [N.B. We hope that potential applicants appreciate that both our efforts to organize the school as well as their participation decisions are serious issues. A considerable amount of effort, people, money, hours of preparations, contacts, etc., have been –and will be– devoted to delivering the school and making it available for free. An applicant’s mere intention of participation is not enough; they need to prove that they took an educated, serious decision, which they intend to commit to and not waste any resources invested by others.]

If an applicant prefers to send an email to jesics@sci.asu.edu.eg (instead of filling in the online application form at https://form.myjotform.com/70104680334548), they are requested to kindly make sure that the title of their email reads: “Participation Request in 6COOL”.

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Acknowledgements

We’d like to express our gratitude and thanks to everyone who helped and supported the event. People in the following non-exhaustive list particularly contributed a lot. Others thankfully helped in making the event achievable, either by presentation, preparation, fund, or support in other ways:

  • Prof. Dr. Ahmed A. Ismail (Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University),fos
  • Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany).
  • Prof. Dr. Roman Luckscheiter (Director of the DAAD in Egypt).
  • Prof. emeritus Fayed F. M. Ghaleb (Ain Shams University).
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). -daad-.jpg
  • University of Osnabrück, Germany. -uos-.jpg
  • The Mathematics Department at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University.

… and the team members of the JESICS group. We also thank you for visiting and reading this page.

You may find it also interesting to: