Keynotes & Invited Talks Speakers

Pr. Khaled B. Letaief

Chair Professor, HKUST University, Hong Kong
President of  IEEE Communications Society


Dr. Letaief is the New Bright Professor of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is an internationally recognized leader in wireless communications and networks with research interest in artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, big data analytics systems, tactile Internet, and 5G systems and beyond.  In these areas, he has over 600 journal and conference papers and given keynote talks as well as courses all over the world.  He also has 15 patents, including 11 US inventions and served as consultants for different organizations including Huawei, ASTRI, ZTE, Nortel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Motorola.

Dr. Letaief served in many leadership positions, including Dean of Engineering at HKUST, Provost at HBKU, Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology, Vice-President of IEEE Communications Society, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the well-regarded IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is currently the President of the IEEE Communications Society,  the world’s leading organization for communications professionals with headquarter in New York City and members in 162 countries.

As an esteemed scholar, Dr. Letaief is recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, which puts him among the preeminent individual researchers that are most highly cited.  He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications, IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, IEEE Harold Sobol Award, and IEEE Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award, and Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award.  He has also received many distinguished awards in the field of teaching excellence, including the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award at HKUST.

Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of HKIE.  He holds BS with Distinction, MS, and PhD Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA.

Prof. Saifur Rahman

Director, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA
President, IEEE Power & Energy Society, 2018 and 2019

Talk Title:“The Smart City Building Blocks and Their Synergy with Smart Villages”<abstract>


Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment (  He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner.  He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations.  In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries.  He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions.  He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia.

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Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia.

Title of Talk: “Smart Villages: When Affordable Electronics Meets Internet for All” <abstract>


Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member in the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems.

security. In addition, the wide-spread availability of these technologies, will lead to smart suburbs, smart towns, smart villages, etc., without the need to necessarily live in smart cities. This would reverse the trend and allow a more sustainable world with a more balanced distribution of the population density. In this context, this talk will present recently proposed solutions to provide high speed connectivity in rural areas along progress in affordable electronics to serve and contribute to the development of far-flung regions.

In particular, new solutions for both: (i) integrated satellite-airborne-ground networks providing global coverage and connectivity and (ii) terrestrial mesh/multi-hop directive networks connecting underserved areas will be discussed.

Wael Guibene

Dr. Wael Guibene

Amazon Lab126 – Sunnyvale, CA

Talk Title: “From smart homes to smart neighborhoods: a wireless perspective”


Dr. Wael Guibene is a Wireless Systems Architect at Amazon Lab126, based in Sunnyvale, CA.
Prior to this role; he worked as a Sr. Wireless Systems Engineer at Intel working on novel RF/wireless architectures and IoT systems/protocols design. Before joining Intel, he worked for Semtech as a wireless protocol engineer on LoRa/LoRaWAN systems. Prior to that, he worked at EURECOM on EU projects related to 4G/5G.

Dr. Guibene is holding a MEng and MSc in EE/Telecommunications from ENIT, Tunisia and a PhD in Electronics and Communications from Telecom ParisTech.

Dr. Guibene published 35+ IEEE/ACM papers and holds 10+ international patents. He is a Guest Editor for many IEEE Communication Magazine and Elsevier SIs.

Dr Guibene’s research interests include 5G, M2M/IoT, and E2E system architecture and design.

Daniel Adom

Dr. Daniel Adom

Former Chief Technical Advisor, UN-Habitat Water for African Cities Programme

Talk title (14 Oct. 2019, African SC2 workshop):Perspectives on Governance and Institutional Arrangements for Sustainable Urban Water Management” <abstract>


Dr. Daniel Adom has a PhD in Hydraulic Engineering (Water Resources Option) from the Polytechnic of Milan in Italy. His career path over the period of over 30 years has made him acquire substantial experience with water and sanitation sector issues at the research, policy and operational levels. During this period he served in various capacities including as: Chief Technical Advisor for the water and sanitation programme of UN-Habitat (2004-2017); Executive Secretary for the Ghana Water Resources Commission (1998-2004); Head of Planning and Research at the Ghana Water Company (1995-1998); Research Officer with the Ghana Water Research Institute (1994-1995) and with the Water Resources Research and Documentation in Italy (1986-1993).

His strengths include water resources assessment and management for development (with a focus on hydrological extremes), planning for water supply and sanitation services in both urban and rural areas, and engagement with networks of partners to facilitate dissemination of lessons and knowledge from such activities.

In his capacity as the Chief Technical Advisor for the UN-Habitat Water for Cities Programme, he coordinated interventions on water and sanitation in about 16 cities in Africa (at national and subnational levels). At the Africa Regional level, he served as an active member of the then Africa Water Task Force, which was involved in the processes leading to the establishment and subsequent activities of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), and served as the UN- Habitat representative on the UN-Water Africa Grouping which he Chaired from 2012-2014. He has also been active with water sector networks at global, and Africa regional levels in particular.

He retired from active service at the end of May 2017, and is currently a freelance consultant on water resources management, water supply and sanitation, and environmental theme areas.

Farouk Kamoun

Prof. Farouk Kamoun

Président de l’Université SESAME, Tunisia

Talk Title :Ville intelligente, enjeux et expériences”


Pr. Farouk Kamoun received an Engineering Degree from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Paris, France in 1970 and the Ph.D. degree in computer science, in 1976, from UCLA, where he participated in the ARPA Network Project and did his research on design considerations for large computer communication networks. Upon his return to Tunisia he joined the University and also served in government agencies. He conducted and supervised research on flow and congestion control in computer networks, routing and security in ad-hoc networks and sensor networks, e-commerce, flow optimization in VANETs. His current research and interest areas deal with Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks, Internet of Things and Smart Cities.

He is currently president of SESAME university and Professor Emeritus at ENSI (National School of Computer Science) Tunisia. He is co-founder of the CRISTAL research Laboratory.He previously served as Dean of ENSI as well as chairman and CEO of the Centre National de l’Informatique, CNI, Tunisia a Government Agency in charge of IT policies, regulation and government software development.

He is an international expert in IT, education, Science and technology. He is senior member of IEEE , co-founder and president of the African e-Governance for Inclusive Development Foundation, AeGID-F, created in august 2015. He is also co-founder and vice president of IoT Tunisia a new multi-stakeholder initiative to foster the development IoT in Tunisia.


Pr.  Constantinos B. Papadias

 Athens Information Technology (AIT), Greece

Talk Title : “Modelling mmWave Channels for Fixed Wireless Access in Urban Environments”

Biography :

Constantinos B. Papadias is the Scientific Director of Athens Information Technology (AIT), in Athens, Greece, where he is also Professor and Head of its Broadband Wireless and Sensor Networks (B-WiSE) Research Group. He is also an Adjunct professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. He received the diploma of electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1991 and the doctorate degree in signal processing (highest honors) from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France, in 1995. He was a researcher at Institut Eurécom (1992-1995), Stanford University (1995-1997) and Bell Labs (as a member of the technical staff from 1997-2001 and as technical manager from 2001-2006). He was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University (2004-2005) and Carnegie Mellon University (2006-2011). His research interests span several areas of advanced communication systems, with emphasis on wireless, cognitive, green and next-generation networks. He has published over 200 papers, one research monograph, two edited books, eight book chapters, and has received over 8,800 citations for his work with an h-index of 43. He has also made standards contributions and holds 12 patents. He was a member of the Steering Board of the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) from 2002-2006, a member and Industrial Liaison of the IEEE’s Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee from 2003-2008 and a National Representative of Greece to the European Research Council’s IDEAS program from 2007-2008. He has served as member of the IEEE Communications Society’s Fellow Evaluation and Awards Committees, as well as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and the Journal of Communications and Networks. He has participated in several European Commission research grants, in several of which in the role of technical / research coordinator, such as HARP in the area of remote radio heads, ADEL in the area of licensed shared access and the recently kicked-off Innovative Training Network (ITN) PAINLESS on the topic of energy autonomous wireless networks. He also participated in various industrially-sponsored projects and grants related to wireless systems. He often acts as External Expert in various National funded projects, such as in the UK’s EPSRC program and in the Academy of Finland, where he recently joined a project on energy-efficient IoT networks. His distinctions include the Bell Labs President’s Award (2002); a Bell Labs Teamwork Award (2003); the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Young Author Best Paper Award (2003); ESI’s “most cited paper of the decade” citation in the area of wireless networks (2006); his recognition as a “Highly Cited Greek Scientist” (2011); and the co-authorship of two papers that earned Best Student Paper Awards at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and BioEngineering (2013 & 2014). He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society for 2012-2013. Dr. Papadias is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, a Fellow of IEEE and was recently named Fellow of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI).


Pr Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli

University Mohammed V, Faculty of Science, Rabat, Morocco.
L’Oréal-UNESCO award for “Women in Science” – 2015
Resident Member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology

Talk Title : “Science, Technology And Innovation Strategy For Africa 2024 and SDGs”


Pr. Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli is a full-time Professor of Physics at the Faculty of Sciences, University Mohammed V, Morocco, a position she has held since September 1982 after her PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. She worked as a head of the Laboratory of Nuclear Physics (1996-2017). This responsibility led her to develop several themes around nuclear applications. She used this opportunity to implement several masters at the university, especially the first master of medical physics in Morocco.

Pr. Cherkaoui is one of the precursors of Morocco’s official participation in the international collaboration ATLAS at the CERN in Geneva in 1996.

She was Vice-President for Research, Innovation, Cooperation and Partnership of Mohammed V University (2013 – 2017).

In 2014, she signed for a new adventure as president of the Moroccan organizing committee of the francophone competition “My thesis in 180 seconds”. As part of this competition, she was a member of the international jury of the competition final in Paris in 2015 and she organized the competition final in Rabat in 2016.

She received the L’Oreal-UNESCO award for “Women in Science” as a Laureate representing Africa and the Arab States (2015). In the same year, she became a Member of the Selection Committee for Maghreb Grant L’Oreal-UNESCO. She was also appointed member of the committee Member of the International Council of Science (ICSU) Regional Committee for Africa (2015-2019). She was elected Woman of the Year in Morocco by the magazine “Illi Des Libertés 2015”.

In 2016, InterAcademy Council/InterAcademy Partnership for Research (IAP-R) nominated her as a member of the three-years IAP-Research’s project titled “Harnessing Science, Engineering and Medicine to Address Africa’s Challenges”. The same year, she was nominated member of the Board of the Moroccan Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security Agency and member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Foundation “Women for Africa” (Fundacion Mujeres por Africa).

Prof. Cherkaoui El Moursli has been honoured for her contribution and noteworthy achievements in science and technology fields in the Islamic world by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) (2017). She also obtained the first prize of the most important publication in science and technology in “The 2nd Day of Scientific Research and Innovation of the Mohammed V University” on 26th May 2017. The same year (July 19), at the First Global Challenge in Washington, a prize with three (gold, silver and bronze) medals was named “The Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement” and attributed to three winning teams.

In 2018, she was designed as member of the International Awards Jury in the Physical Sciences for the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science.

All through the years, she has supervised 16 doctoral theses and is currently supervising 3. She has been a rapporteur and a jury member of 51 theses. And she also is co-author of more than 700 indexed scientific publications and member of several committees within the university and also at national and international level.

She is a resident member of the Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology in Morocco. As well as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).


Pr. Saraju P. Mohanty

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76207, USA.

Talk Title: “Smart City – The State-of-the-Art”


Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX; a Tier-One (R1) Research University as per Carnegie Classification, where he directs the Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory (SESL). He received IEEE-CS-TCVLSI Distinguished Leadership Award in 2018 for services to the IEEE, and to the VLSI research community. He has been recognized as a IEEE Distinguished Lecturer by the Consumer Electronics Society (CESoc) during 2017-2018. He was conferred the Glorious India Award in 2017 for his exemplary contributions to the discipline. He received Society for Technical Communication (STC) 2017 Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions to IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He was the recipient of 2016 PROSE Award for best Textbook in Physical Sciences & Mathematics from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for his book titled “Nanoelectronic Mixed-Signal System Design” published by McGraw-Hill in 2015. He was conferred 2016-17 UNT Toulouse Scholars Award for sustained excellent scholarship and teaching achievements. Prof. Mohanty’s research is in “Smart Electronic Systems”. Prof. Mohanty’s research has been funded by many agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the US Air Force, the IUSSTF, and the Mission Innovation. Dr. Mohanty is an inventor of 4 US patents. Prof. Mohanty is an author of 300 peer-reviewed articles and 4 books. He has received multiple best paper awards and has delivered several keynotes the International Conferences.

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Pr. Serge Miranda

University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
Founder  of Master MBDS

Talk Title: ” Big Data management (data lakes)  for smart cities”


Serge Miranda is a full-time Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), France, a position he has held since October 1983 after a PH-D in Toulouse University (France) and a Master thesis at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles with an INRIA Scholarship). Serge Miranda has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications and published six successful French books on databases (15 Editions) with many invited conferences around the world (in French, English and Spanish). 

He has been running a MBDS master degree and innovation laboratory (since 1992) devoted to data base, Big Data and mobiquitous information systems with important financial involvement of industry partners to prototype information services of the future. A genuine MBDS business model was set up between the University of Nice and key IT industry partners based upon joined tutored contracts. Several innovative wireless information cell-phone-centrics applications with communicating objects (RFID, NFC, QR Code, captors, sensors,..) were prototyped at MBDS in the area of m-payment, digital campus, health (elderly people), travel/tourism, sustainable economy (fair trade, NFC posters for illiterate, etc.).  MBDS is de facto an INNOVATION laboratory which gave the key initial impetus of Nice becoming the 1st NFC city in Europe in 2010. MBDS has been successfully delocalized in Haiti (since 1998), Morocco (since 1998), Madagascar, Russia and Ivory Coast (2019).

Serge Miranda founded and became the first president (until 2012) of a multidisciplinary University foundation (DreamIT) on December 2009 around the MBDS kernel network. DreamIT was key in rebuilding MBDS facility in Haiti: on April 2011, was inaugurated the “first mobiquitous NFC building in America” for MBDS degree in the Science Campus of the University of Haiti in Port of Prince (the initial MBDS building was destroyed during the devastating 2010 earthquake)

After a successful MOOC in 2015 on FUN platform (From Data bases to Big Data) he launched a complete Mooc-based master degree “eMBDS” at University of Nice /UCA with Oracle as a key industrial partner. eMBDS is the first on-line Mooc-based master degree in Computer science in Europe. A start up Datum Academy has been created to enable different European on-line master degrees in the data economy. A new master degree on Artificial intelligence and big data (BIHAR) is to be launched in 2020 at ESTIA with university of Siena (Italy).

On March the 21st 1998, he was decorated (“Chevalier Ordre du Merite”) by Senator Pierre Laffitte (founder of Sophia Antipolis science park) on behalf of the Ministry of Industry of France for recognition of his original contribution between higher education and industry in the science park of Sophia Antipolis.

In 2015 he was nominated as a NFC academic expert in a patent litigation in New York (with Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP)

In 2019 he is nominated as a European expert on Next Generation Internet (Nexus project :


Pr. Honggang Zhang

College of Information Science & Electronic Engineering (ISEE)
Zhejiang University – China 


Dr. Honggang ZHANG received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kagoshima University, Japan, in March 1999. Prior to that, he received the Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), China, in 1989, and Lanzhou University of Technology, China, in 1992, respectively. From October 1999 to March 2002, he was with the Shin-Kawasaki Research Center, Telecommunications Advancement Organization (TAO) of Japan, as a TAO Research Fellow. From April 2002 to November 2002, he joined the TOYOTA IT Center, where he performed research and development on software-defined radio (SDR) with applications to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). From December 2002 to August 2004, he has been with the UWB Research Consortium, Communications Research Laboratory (CRL) and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan, where his R&D responsibilities were focused on UWB wireless communications, IEEE 802.15.3a & 4a WPAN standardizations, Wireless 1394 and “1394-over-UWB” smart home networks. He was the founding member of UWB Forum and the principle author and contributor for proposing DS-UWB in IEEE 802.15 WPAN standardization task group, for which he initiated the “Soft-Spectrum Adaptation (SSA)” technique and contributed to its worldwide developments. From September 2004 to February 2008, he has been with CREATE-NET (, where he leaded its wireless teams in exploring Cognitive Radio (CR) and its integration with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technologies for open-spectrum wireless communications and networks evolution (i.e. CR-UWB: Ultra-Wideband Cognitive Radio) while participated a number of European FP6/FP7 projects (EUWB, PULSERS 2).

   Dr. Honggang ZHANG  has served as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) during 2011-2012. He is the Co-Chair of IEEE Globecom 2008 Symposium and IEEE ICC 2013 Symposium. He is the founding TPC Co-Chair of CrownCom 2006 (International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications 2006) and the Steering Committee Member of CrownCom 2006-2009. He is the General Co-Chair of IEEE GreenCom 2010 (The 2010 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications) and the TPC Co-Chair of IEEE OnlineGreenComm 2014 (The 2014 IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications).

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Pr. Latif LADID
Founder & President, IPv6 FORUM
Chair, 5G World Alliance
Member of 3GPP PCG (Board)  


–     Member of 3GPP2 PCG (
–     Member of UN Strategy Council
–     Member of Future Internet Forum EU Member States (representing Luxembourg)

  • IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award, 2002
  • IPv6 Life Time Achievement Award, 2016
  • Research Associate @ University of Luxembourg ( ince 2006) on multiple European Commission Next Generation Technologies IST Projects.
Mehdi Bennis

Pr. Mehdi Bennis

Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu
Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Kvantum Institute, University of Oulu, Finland


Talk Title: “Resource Optimization for Context-Aware Smart Cities”



Dr Mehdi Bennis is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland, an Academy of Finland Research Fellow and head of the intelligent connectivity and networks/systems group (ICON). His main research interests are in radio resource management, heterogeneous networks, game theory and machine learning in 5G networks and beyond. He has co-authored one book and published more than 200 research papers in international conferences, journals and book chapters. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2016 Best Tutorial Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2017 EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of Wireless Communications and Networks, the all-University of Oulu award for research and the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award. Dr Bennis is an editor of IEEE TCOM.

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Pr. Nabil Abdennadher

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Talk Title: “SMart EDge fabric for Iot Applications (MEDInA)”<abstract>


Nabil Abdennadher received the Diploma in Engineering (Computer science) from Ecole Nationale des Sciences de l’Informatique (ENSI, Tunisia), and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of Valenciennes (France) in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He was an assistant professor at the University of Tunis II from 1992 to 1998 and a research assistant at the Computer Science Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) from 1999 to 2000.

In 2001, he joined the Department of Computer Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland (HES-SO, hepia) as an assistant HES professor. In 2008, he became an associate HES professor and in 2017 he was promoted to full HES professor.

He is currently head of both the inIT Research Institute and the Large Scale Distributed Systems research group ( His major research interests include high performance and distributed computing, Internet of Things and urban computing. Since 2019, he is member of the Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services. He was a member of the Swiss National Grid Association (SwinG) Executive Board from 2008 to 2013.

Nabil Abdennadher participates in several research projects funded by Europe and several Swiss research foundations (InnoSuisse, swissuniversities, Switch AAI, etc.). He is also the founder of two companies in Tunisia and Switzerland.