Seventh International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization

April 4th-6th 2017

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


Sponsors

Technical Sponsor, IEEE and IEEE-UAE Section


In Cooperation with

Overview

We would like to invite you to submit your original research paper to the 7th International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’17) to be held from April 4–6, 2017 at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. ICMSAO’17 provides a venue for engineers and scientists from all over the world to share their latest research results in the areas of modeling, simulation and optimization. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology (ICCST/11). Prospective authors are invited to submit original work related to, but not limited to, the following topics. A student poster competition is also organized during the conference. The conference is technically sponsored by IEEE and IEEE UAE Section.

For more information about the conference, please visit our website: http://www.aus.edu/icmsao17

Artificial Intelligence Industrial Engineering/Engineering Systems Management
Biomedical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Applied Mathematics
Computer Engineering Statistics and Probability
Civil Engineering Mathematical Modeling and Simulations
Electrical Engineering Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics

A student poster competition is also organized during the conference. The conference is technically sponsored by IEEE and IEEE UAE Section.

For more information about the conference, please visit our website: http://www.aus.edu/icmsao17

Important Dates

Full paper submission: December 03, 2016
Student posters submission: December 03, 2016
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2017
Camera ready manuscripts: February 15, 2017

Committees

Conference Chairs
Mohamed El-Tarhuni, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Hana Sulieman, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Technical Program Committee
TPC Chairs
Assim Sagahyroon, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Taher Abualrub, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Track Chairs
Artificial Intelligence
Mohammad Jaradat, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Ashraf Saleem, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Biomedical Engineering
Hasan Al-Nashash, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Awad Al-Zaben, Yarmouk University, Jordan
Chemical Engineering
Paul Nancarrow, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Denis Ring, University College Cork, Ireland
Computer Engineering
Raafat Aburukba, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Weiming Shen, National Research Council Canada, Canada
Civil Engineering
Rami Haweeleh, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Murat Tanarslan, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey
Electrical Engineering
Hasan Mir, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Kainam Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Indusrial Enginnering/Engineering Systems Management
Malik Ndiaye, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Said Salhi, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Mechanical Engineering
Maen Alkhader, American University of Sharjah, UAE
T. Venkatesh, Stony Brook University, USA
Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics
Taher Abualrub, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Irfan Siap, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Applied Mathematics
Marwan Abukhaled, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Statistics and Probability
Shou-Hsing Shih, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Alberto Gandolfi, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
Mathematical Modeling and Simulations
Youssef Belhamadia, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Peter Minev, University of Alberta, Canada
Publicity Chairs
Jamal Abdalla, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Hussain Al-Ahmad, Khalifa University, UAE
Kutsi Erduran, Nigde University, Turkey
Publication Chair
Mahmoud Ibrahim, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Web and IT
Aniss Zakaria, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Steering Committee
Jamal Abdalla (UAE)
Mahmoud Anabtawi (UAE)
Mohamed El-Tarhuni (UAE)
Ismail Kucuk (Turkey)
Hana Sulieman (UAE)

Call For Papers

Over the past decade, ICMSAO conferences have been held in the U.A.E, Malaysia, Tunisia and Turkey. ICMSAO’17
will be held in the U.A.E to provide a venue for engineers and scientists from all over the world to share their latest research results in the areas of modeling, simulation and optimization. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Composite Science and Technology (ICCST/11). The conference is technically sponsored by IEEE and IEEE U.A.E Section. Prospective authors are invited to submit original work related to, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering/Engineering Systems Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematical Modeling and Simulations
  • Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics

Paper submission

Prospective authors should submit either a two-page extended abstract or a full paper (5 pages maximum) using the two-column IEEE conference template (http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html) to an appropriate track using the EDAS online submission system available through this URL: http://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=22489. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceeding. Full papers presented at the conference will be submitted to IEEE Xplore for indexing.

Registration

Registration fees covers access to all conference activities (excluding tutorials), coffee breaks and banquet dinner.

Author Registration Fees

Registration Type Early Registration
(by February 8, 2017)
Late Registration
(after February 8, 2017)
IEEEor SIAM Member $400 $500
Non-Member $500 $600

Authors are encouraged to take advantage of the early registration rates and complete their paper registrations by February 8, 2017. However, registration will be open for authors until March 1, 2017. At least one author must register at the regular rate even if the paper is presented by a student. Registration fees cover up two papers; authors with three or more accepted papers will be required to pay $200 for registering each additional paper. The registration fees covers access to both ICMSAO and ICCST sessions, Gala Dinner, conference bag and proceedings.

Non-Author Registration Fees

Non-author registration will be open until and throughout the conference duration.

IEEEor SIAM Member $400
Non-Member $500


Student Registration Fees:

Students are offered a reduced registration rate but they need to show a proof of enrollment as a student.

Student - IEEE Member $200
Student - Non-IEEE Member $250

Student Poster Competition

ICMSAO’17 will include a student poster competition. Certificates will be awarded for the best three posters. Students are invited to submit their research or project work related to the conference theme. Please submit a two-page paper in two-column format to Dr. Maher Bakri-Kassem (mbakrikassem@aus.edu) for the Engineering Track or to Dr. Amjad Toufaha (atufaha@aus.edu) for the Math Track by December 03, 2016. Note that papers submitted to the conference do not qualify for the poster competition.

Keynote Speakers

Fueled by the sheer volumes of data and computing power, the rapidly progressing developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning led to recognition algorithms with unprecedented performances. Current image recognition performances are nearing a level approaching that of human performance. On some specialized domains, computers even outperform humans in image recognition abilities. The impressive developments enable a next step in the integration of computers and computing devices in our everyday world. In order to achieve a seamless integration of computers in our daily life, computers should be able to communicate in a human-like manner. The long-standing challenge to achieve human-level verbal communication, i.e., speech recognition and speech production, obscured the importance of its non-verbal counterpart. Non-verbal communication is crucial to the social interactions between humans. Examples of nonverbal expressions are vocal expression, such as vocal pitch or intensity, and facial expressions such as smiling or frowning. Nonverbal expressions provide indispensable contextual cues to social interactions. Our research focuses on the understanding, modelling and simulation of the interactive nonverbal dynamics of communicating humans, with the aim to develop computers, robots or intelligent agents with social capabilities. We formalize the nonverbal interactions between human-human or human-computer dyads in terms of dynamical systems theory. In this formalization, dyadic nonverbal communication gives rise to an attractor manifold representing the complex expression dynamics of both interlocutors. This allows us to study and simulate the causal interactions between communicating faces and voices by means of the powerful tools offered by dynamical systems theory. The result is a characterization of the dynamical building blocks of nonverbal communication. In the presentation the results obtained will be demonstrated and their contribution to the development of social computers will be explained by means of illustrative examples.

ericEric Postma is a professor in Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University, The Netherlands and at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. His main research interest is in computational models of vision and in the analysis of vocal and facial social signals. In addition, he works on a wide variety of data science problems involving signal and image processing. His seminal work on the automatic recognition of paintings (“artist attribution”) initiated in collaboration with the Van Gogh museum in The Netherlands gave rise to an international joint effort to develop digital methods to the analysis of art works. His work has been often covered in the international media. Professor Postma has published papers in international scientific journals ranging from cognitive science to artificial intelligence. He was Editor-in-Chief of special issues of the journals Pattern Recognition Letters and Signal Processing. In most of his work, the combination of (mainly visual) sensing and machine learning plays an important role. He supervised over 20 PhD students on topics such as intelligent agents, image recognition, painting analysis, social signal processing, manifold learning, and deep learning. Professor Postma is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, leads the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence group at Tilburg University, and is a member of the scientific core group of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.

Hotel/Travel

Note: Sharjah International Airport is located a short drive from the AUS campus. The drive from Dubai International Airport takes approximately 30 minutes to the hotels in Sharjah assuming normal traffic conditions. The taxi fare can vary between 35-50 UAE Dirhams (1 US Dollar = 3.65 UAE AED) depending on traffic conditions. Abu Dhabi International Airport is a two-hour drive from Sharjah.

More information about Sharjah is available at http://sharjahtourism.ae/.

Centro Sharjah

centro sharjah hotel

Special Room Rates

  • 10% discount on our best available rate on all rooms category.
  • Inclusive of the complimentary buffet breakfast.
  • With complementary Internet access at the room and lobby

Transportation

Complimentary transfer to and from the AUS conference venue. Timing to be informed in advance.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy

Reservations or bookings require a valid credit card (guest's credit card number and expiry date) to guarantee the booking and to keep the reservation in the system for guests arriving at a later time. Non-guaranteed reservations/bookings may only be kept in the hotel's system. Any cancellation received three days before arrival will attract no cancellation fees. Any no show rooms will attract full stay accommodation fee.

All the above rates are subject to availability and previous reservation is required with enough notice period.

For reservations, you may contact:

Reservation 

PO Box 3677, Sharjah, UAE
Tel: + 971 6 508 8155 or + 971 6 508 8000
Fax: + 971 6 508 8111
res.centrosharjah@rotana.com
website

Holiday International Hotel

holiday international hotel

The Holiday International Hotel, located on the edge of Khaled Lagoon overlooking the beautiful cornice, offers the convenience of a central location. A mere 20-minute drive from Dubai and Sharjah airports, the hotel is a short walk from the Sharjah Souk and has easy access to shopping malls, the Sharjah Expo Exhibition Centre and entertainment centers.

Room Rates

Single Room AED 250.00 Net BB per room per night
Double Room AED 275.00 Net BB per room per night
Meal Supplement Lunch or Dinner
Adult AED 75.00 Net per person

The above rates are net, inclusive of tax, service charge, buffet breakfast, with complementary Internet access at the room and lobby

For reservations, you may contact:

Reservation

PO Box 5802, Sharjah, UAE
Tel: + 971 6 573 6666
Fax: + 971 6 572 5060
reservation@hhi.ae
website

Hilton Hotel, Sharjah

hilton sharjah hotel

Set near the heart of the Emirate along the magnificent Khalid Lagoon, Hilton Sharjah is a 20-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and 25 minutes from Sharjah International Airport. The hotel is near popular Sharjah attractions, including Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba Entertainment Zone and Sharjah Art Museum. Choose from 259 elegant guest rooms and suites with stunning lagoon or city views.

Room Rate

Single Room AED 600.00 net bed and breakfast per room per night

Terms and Conditions

  • Above rate is inclusive of breakfast and 10 percent municipality and service tax.

Reservations

PO Box 3930
Sharjah, UAE
Tel +971 6 519 2222
sharjah.reservations@hilton.com
website

Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah

This stunning resort hotel in Sharjah is the perfect choice for both business and leisure travelers with its proximity to prime shopping and business areas, the Arabian Gulf's spectacular beaches and the glimmer city of Dubai. Other features, such as private beach and a lagoon, ensure a memorable and unique stay.

Room Rates

Single Room AED 630.00 net bed and breakfast per room per night
Double Room AED 690.00 net bed and breakfast per room per night

Terms and Conditions

  • Above rate are inclusive of 10 percent municipal taxes and 10 percent service charges.
  • Above rates are net and non-commissionable.
  • Above rates are inclusive of one buffet breakfast for single and two for double.
  • Above rates are inclusive of 24 hour-Internet access.
  • Free group transfer to AUS and back for minimum of 10 rooms booked in house.

Reservations

Corniche Street, PO Box 3527
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 6 565 7777
Fax +971 6 565 0090
info.sharjah@radissonblu.com
website

Sharjah Grand Hotel

Sharjah Grand Hotel

Ideally located on the beach of the Arabian Gulf and just 12 kms from Dubai and Sharjah International airports, the highly acclaimed Sharjah Grand Hotel with its 220 beautifully furnished rooms is the convenient spot for tourists and business explorers. This four-star fine beach resort is known for its friendly atmosphere and excellent service.

All rooms are spacious and furnished in style, with either a scenic view of the Gulf or the picturesque city of Sharjah. The rooms are equipped with an international controlled direct dialing telephone, LCD television, satellite receiver, in-house movie, a mini-bar, in-room safety deposit box and free Internet usage up to 1 GB.

Rooms Rates

Single Room (City View - with Breakfast AED 270 + 20% tax & service charge
Double Room (City View - with Breakfast) AED 320 + 20% tax & service charge
Extra Bed - with Breakfast AED 100 + 20% tax & service charge
Extra Bed - without Breakfast AED 50 + 20% tax & service charge
Confirmed Sea View AED 50 + 20% tax & service charge

*Above-mentioned rates are subject to 10 percent Municipality Tax and 10 percent Service Charge, inclusive of buffet breakfast.

Terms and Conditions

  • Complementary airport pickup and drop for group arrivals only. Individual airport transfers will be charged at AED 90 per trip.
  • Complimentary daily group transfer (12 pax minimum) from the hotel to AUS and from AUS to hotel.
  • Complementary Wifi.
  • Complimentary shuttle bus service to Dubai and Sharjah City centers operating three times daily through air-conditioned bus with specified drop and pick-up time.

Cancellation and No-Show Policy

  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card details (guest's credit card number with expiry date; one night stay must be pre-authorized at the time of booking).
  • Cancellation five days prior to arrival-no charge. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, 100 percent of the total booking will be charged.
  • All rooms are subject to availability.

Reservations

Tel +971 6 528 5557
Fax +971 6 5282861
sales@sharjahgrand.com
website

Golden Tulip Hotel Apartments- Sharjah

Sharjah-Golden-Tulip

Room Rates

Room Type

Room Rate

City View

Room Rate

Lagoon View

Studio Standard

SGL. 270.00 / DBL. 300.00

SGL. 300.00 / DBL. 330.00

Junior Suite

SGL. 300.00 / DBL. 330.00

-

1 Bedroom Standard

SGL. 330.00 / DBL. 360.00

SGL. 360.00 / DBL. 390.00

2 Bedrooms Standard

650.00

700.00

3 Bedrooms Standard

-

1,000.00

Terms and Conditions:

  • Above rates mentioned are in UAE Dirhams (AED), per room, per night.
  • Inclusive 10% Municipality Fee & 10% Service Charge.
  • Complimentary WIFI internet usage in rooms (max up to 03 device)
  • Including buffet breakfast served at Tulip Restaurant between 06:30 till 10:30 am on daily basis.

Transportation:

  • Free transportation from Hotel to University and vice versa
  • Hotel arranges airport transfers to Sharjah & Dubai (Terminal 1, 2 and 3) only.
  • Transfer to or from Dubai & Sharjah International airport is for the cost of AED 120 net per car per trip.
  • Complimentary airport transfers available to SHJ or DXB airports for bookings having a minimum length of 04 nights and above

Reservations:

Al Fardan Center - Corniche Center, Sharjah
Telephone: +971 6 5197777
Fax: +971 65197778
Reservations: 800 358 0846
reservations@goldentulipsharjah.com
Website

Final Paper Submission

Final versions of accepted papers must be submitted on EDAS. Each paper must have one of the authors register for the conference at the specified rate through EDAS as well (see registration page). One author registration covers for up to two papers. Papers that are not presented at the conference will not be included in IEEE Xplore®.

I. Prepare the Final Manuscript


Please consider and address the reviewers' recommendations in your final paper. Note that both the title and author list of an accepted paper can NOT be changed in the final manuscript. Your manuscript should be prepared as a two column PDF file without the page numbers using the standard IEEE 2-column paper format that can be found at:


http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

The appropriate copyright clearance code notice is to appear on the bottom of the first page of each paper (at the center). This is absolutely needed for IEEE Xplore® purposes.The following codes are to be used according to the authors’ affiliations:

  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is: U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is: 978-1-5090-5454-1/17/$31.00 ©2017 Crown
  • For papers in which all authors are employed by the European Union, the copyright notice is: 978-1-5090-5454-1/17/$31.00 ©2017 European Union
  • For all other papers the copyright notice is: 978-1-5090-5454-1/17/$31.00 ©2017 IEEE

II. Prepare the IEEE Xplore compatible PDF file

The final manuscript you prepared must pass the IEEE Xplore compatibility check. This is done by uploading your file to the IEEE PDF eXpress site and receiving the final PDF file automatically generated by the site as follows:

  1. Access the IEEE PDF eXpress site at http://www.pdf-express.org
First-time users: Previous users, but using it the first time for a new conference: Returning users:
a. Click "New Users - ClickHere". a. Enter 39807Xfor the Conference ID, your email address, and enter the password you used for your old account. a. Enter 39807Xfor theConference ID, email address and password.
b. Enter 39807Xfor theConference ID, your emailaddress, and choose a newpassword. Continue to enter

information as prompted.

b. When you click "Login", you'll receive an error saying you need to set up an account. Simply click "Continue". By enteringyour previously used email address and password combination,you will enable
c. Check that the contactinformation is still valid, andclick "Submit". c. You will receive online and email confirmation of successfulaccount setup.
d. You will receive online and email confirmation of successfulaccount setup.

 

  1. For each conference paper, click "Create New Title".
  2. Enter identifying text for the paper (title is recommended but not required).
  3. Click "Submit PDF for Checking" or "Submit Source Files for Conversion".
  4. Indicate platform, source file type (if applicable), click Browse and navigate to file, and click "Upload File". You will receive online and email confirmation of successful upload.
  5. You will receive an email with your Checked PDF or IEEE PDF eXpress-converted PDF attached. If you submitted a PDF for Checking, the email will show if your file passed or failed.

I was told the fonts were not embedded in my PDF file. What does that mean?

When you create a PDF file of your book document you need to make sure you embed your fonts in the PDF file. This ensures that if the person who opens the document does not have the font you used on their computer that they are able to view and print the file with the font you used.

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How you embed fonts in your PDF depends on which program you are using to create your PDF. Below we will show you how to embed fonts from a Word document using Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Open your document in Microsoft Word
  • Choose File > Print
  • Choose Adobe PDF as your printer
  • Click on Printer Properties
  • In the Default Settings choose PDF/X-1a:2001. This setting will automatically embed all of your fonts and is the recommended settings for the majority of printers.
  • You will also want to set the Page Size drop down the size of your book set in Microsoft Word. If your page size does not show in the drop down menu click on Add then add your book's page size as an option.

Microsoft Word Save as PDF (Available in Word 2010)

  • Open your book's document in Microsoft Word
  • Click on File > Save As > and choose .PDF as the file type
  • Check the Optimize for Standar' option
  • Click the drop down arrow for Tools (next to the Save button) and select Save Options
  • Check Embed all fonts in this file
  • Uncheck Do not embed common system fonts'
  • Click OK
  • Click the Save button

Verify your PDF has all fonts embedded

After creating your PDF it is a good idea to verify your PDF has all fonts embedded. You will need Adobe Reader to view your PDF and check your settings. Most computers have Adobe Reader installed by default. If you do not have it, or if you have an old version, you can donwload the most recent version for free here.

  • Open your PDF in Adobe Reader (your PDF should automatically open in this program if you have it installed).
  • Click on File > Properties
  • Click on the Fonts tab
  • Check to make sure that every font listed shows (Embedded Subset) after the font name. If it does not, the font is not embedded in your PDF.

III. Submit your Paper

  1. Your camera-ready paper must be submitted no later than February 15, 2017 in order to be included in the conference proceedings.
  2. To submit your camera-ready paper, please go to EDAS, click on the “My Papers” button, and then upload your paper on the link provided.


IV. IEEE Copyright Form

After you upload your camera-ready paper to EDAS, you will need to submit your IEEE copyright form also on EDAS.

V. Over length Pages

The maximum number of pages per paper is 6. There is no accommodation for extra pages.