Research Grants

A total of around $210,000 was received from competitive research and travel grants during the period 1988-2004. The following sections provide the detail information shown in the table above. Furthermore, during my tenure as President of Dhofar University (2004-06), Oman, I facilitated a research budget for faculty – as Chair of the University Research Board – in the amount of around $1 million. It is also worth noting here that during my tenure as Vice President for Regional External Programs at AUB (2006-2011) I secured many projects (over 70 per year) with an average face value amount of over $12 million per year.

Research and Travel Grants Received During 1988-2004

Research Grants Travel  Grants All Grants
Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Total Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Total
International $9,500 $25,000 $34,500 $10,000 $19,500 $25,000 $44,500
Local $89,436 $16,200 $105,636 $58,300 $147,736 $16,200 $163,936
Total $98,936 $41,200 $140,136 $68,300 $167,236 $41,200 $208,436

Competitive Research Grants

A total of around $150,000 was received from competitive grants during 1993-2004. It is worth mentioning here that the main sources of research funding at the time in Lebanon was the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research with an average grant of less than $5,000 per year per grant during the same period.

International Grants

  1. M. Saghir, and H. Diab, “Accelerating next-generation Windows CE applications using run-time configurable coprocessors,” $25,000,Microsoft Research, USA, 2003-2004.
  2. H. Diab, “Parallel processing techniques,” $9,500. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, U.S.A. Supported by United States Information Agency (USIA), Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), July-September 1988.

Local Grants

  1. Principal Investigator, High performance reconfigurable computing for cryptographic algorithms, URB, AUB, Lebanon,
    • Grant #113030-088315: October 1, 2002 – September 30, 2003 and
    • Grant #113030-088345: October 1, 2003 – September 30, 2004.
  2. Principal Investigator, Performance analysis of computationally intensive algorithms using reconfigurable computing (grant #148860-73110), URB, AUB, Lebanon, October 1, 2001 – September 30, 2002.
  3. Principal Investigator, Performance evaluation of reconfigurable computer architectures (grant #179960-73604), URB, AUB, Lebanon, October 1, 2000 – September 30, 2001.
  4. Co-Investigator, Modeling and simulation of neural control of movement (grant #179960-73607), URB, AUB, Lebanon, October 1, 2000 – September 30, 2001 ($4,200) then renewed October 1, 2001 – September 30, 2002 ($4,500) and October 1, 2002 – September 30, 2003.
  5. Principal Investigator, Application of fuzzy methodology to performance evaluation in parallel processing systems, URB, AUB, Lebanon. Total grants budget of.
    • Grant #179960-73403: July 1, 1999 – September 30, 1999, and
    • Grant #179960-73503: October 1, 1999 – September 30, 2000.
  6. Principal Investigator, Application of fuzzy algorithms to cache memory management policies (grant #179960-73316), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1998 – June 30, 1999.
  7. Principal Investigator, Performance analysis of bus networks for multiprocessor systems (grant #113030-48214), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1997 – June 30, 1998.
  8. Principal Investigator, Intelligent automation in building management systems (grant # LCR-323030-32234), National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon, January 1, 1997 – December 30, 1997.
  9. Principal Investigator, Performance evaluation for interconnection networks (grant #113030-48012), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1996 – June 30, 1997.
  10. Principal Investigator, Performance visualization for parallel processing systems (grant #113030-48116), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1995 – June 30, 1996.
  11. Principal Investigator, Microprocessor-based industrial controllers (grant # LCR-323030-32222), Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon, April 1, 1995 – March 30, 1996.
  12. Principal Investigator, A tool for performance evaluation of parallel applications on multiprocessor systems (grant #113030-48509), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1994 – June 30, 1995.
  13. Principal Investigator, A Lebanese computer network (grant # LCR-323030-32216), Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon, January 1, 1994 – December 30, 1994.
  14. Principal Investigator, Simulation of parallel processing systems using neural networks (grant #113030-48810), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1993 – June 30, 1994.
  15. Visiting Researcher, Parallel and distributed systems, at the Northeast Parallel Architecture Center (NPAC), Syracuse University, U.S.A., July 15, 1993 – September 15, 1993. Supported by URB, AUB, Lebanon.
  16. Principal Investigator, A Lebanese computer network (grant # LCR-323030-32213), Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon, January 1, 1993 – December 30, 1993.
  17. Principal Investigator, A CAD package for the performance evaluation of dynamic data flow architectures (grant #113030-48718), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1992 – June 30, 1993.
  18. Principal Investigator, Engineering applications of fractals (grant #113030-48751), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1991 – June 30, 1992.
  19. Visiting Fellow, Modern educational techniques, at the Center for Educational Development and Academic Methods (CEDAM), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, September 3, 1991 – October 24, 1991. Supported by URB, AUB, Lebanon.
  20. Principal Investigator, A CAD package for parallel processing architecture identification for real-time simulation, (grant #18-4221), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1990 – June 30, 1991.
  21. Principal Investigator, Performance evaluation of parallel processing architectures, (grant #18-4203), URB, AUB, Lebanon, October 1, 1989 – June 30, 1990.
  22. Principal Investigator, Computer simulation of pavement management (grant #18-4203), URB, AUB, Lebanon, July 1, 1988 – June 30, 1989.
  23. Co-Investigator, Electrical performance improvement of the Lebanese electrical systems (grant #38-5230), Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Lebanon, October 1, 1987 – February 1, 1989.
  24. Principal Investigator, A computer graphics simulation of the Lebanese electrical networks, URB, AUB, Lebanon, November 1, 1987 – June 1, 1988.

Travel Grants

Received travel grants for around 20 trips during 1988-2004.

  1. Trips to Salalah, Oman as part of the REP team for establishing Dhofar University. Trips took place during July 10-13, 2004, March 26-30, 2004, and December 25-30, 2003.
  2. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to present a paper at the Applied Simulation and Modelling (ASM 2004) International Conference, Rhodes, Greece during June 28-30, 2004.
  3. Received an invitation from Malta Council for Science and Technology to present a paper on “R&D Potentials in ICT: Case of Lebanon,” within the Session entitled: “The Future Financing of RTDI” at the 4th eForsee International Conference, November 13-14, 2003, Malta.
  4. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to present a paper at the ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications, Tunisia during July 14-18, 2003.
  5. Received an invitation from Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK to attend the “Microsoft Research .NET Regional Crash Course”, held during June 21-23, 2003 in Dubai, UAE.
  6. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to present a paper at the 12th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, Montpellier, France during September 1-5, 2002.
  7. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to present a paper at the 10th International Conference on Computing and Information, Kuwait University, Kuwait during November 18-21, 2000.
  8. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to present a paper at the 2000 Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, Canada during July 16-20, 2000.
  9. Awarded a research grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), to visit the University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Federal Republic of Germany during July-August 1999.
  10. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to present a paper at the 4th International Conference on Numerical Methods and Applications, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria during August 18-24, 1998.
  11. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to visit the University of Birmingham, UK during August 2-15, 1997.
  12. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to visit the University of Birmingham, UK during August 10-24, 1996.
  13. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to visit Columbia University, New York, USA during August 6-20, 1995.
  14. Awarded a short-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cleveland State University, USA during August 15-30, 1994.
  15. Awarded a long-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to visit Syracuse University, USAduring July 15 – September 15, 1993.
  16. Awarded a long-term research grant by the University Research Board, American University of Beirut, to visit the Australian NationalUniversity, Canberra, Australia during September 2 – October 26, 1991.
  17. Awarded the Fulbright research award (grant #88-11362) by the United States Information Agency (USIA), Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), to visit the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Urbana, Illinois, U.S.A. during the period July 7, 1988 until September 24, 1988.