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IEEE HTB Ad Hoc Committee on SIGHT Best Practices Lecture Series | Building and Sustaining Humanitarian Technological Initiatives by Dr Nizar Rokbani, University of Sousse, Tunisia

The IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Ad Hoc Committee on SIGHT Best Practices is cooperating with a number of IEEE OUs including IEEE SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT, IEEE Philadelphia Section SIGHT, IEEE Bahrain Section SIGHT, IEEE Karachi SIGHT and IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter to organise this Lecture as part of a Series of Best Practice Lectures.

IEEE Members, SIGHT Members, SSIT Members as well as non-IEEE Members are invited to Register and participate. IEEE Members should include their IEEE Membership Number when registering.

This is an online event and registered participants will be provided with the link prior to the event. 


Technical focused Humanitarian initiatives leveraging appropriate use of technology can have a great impact especially in developing countries and under-represented communities. 

Some examples of technological projects in this context include supporting uptake of technical education, health care, energy production, water monitoring and basic city infractures. Early prototypes may help to showcase the impact of such a project, but also to fill the gap between the technology designs and the real population’s needs in terms of technological solutions.  It is necessary to pave the way from needs, design, gahering financial support and prototyping to real implementation and sustainability. 

Dr Nikar Rokbani will share experiences from deploying technological solutions addressing community needs in Tunisia based on leveraging IEEE resources, volunteers, with a focus on educational programs and technology for health programs. 

About the Speaker

Dr Nizar Rokbani is an Assistant Professor at the University of Sousse, Tunisia and an IEEE Senior member. He has served in several volunteering positions in IEEE RAS and SMC Tunisia Chapters since 2009. He has organised the IEEE Robocomp robotics competition from 2010 to 2015. He is very active in promoting open hard electronics with a specific focus on robotics and related applications. He is very active in promoting STEM and early engineering activities. His research interests include applications of intelligent techniques such as Swarm intelligence, computational intelligence, fuzzy logic, evolutionary algorithms to robotic systems and industrial processes. 

Dr Rokbani received several IEEE awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award in Pre-University Education, IEEE Educational Activities Board 2019, IEEE, USA. “For significantly increasing the impact of the IEEE Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) in Tunisia through the Robotics for Democracy program”; The IEEE R8 Chapter of the year 2019 Award; and the  IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Chapter of the Year Award, 2017.

Dr Rokbani is a Member of the IEEE HTB 2023 Ad Hoc Committee on SIGHT Best Practices. 

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