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My Favorite Publication! October 17, 2009

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I’ve been delighted recently by Dr. Khaled Mahdi‘s visit to my humble blog.

I have published a post earlier this year about My First Publication, but never got the opportunity to talk about the rest of them.  Today I choose to write this post about my favorite publication, so far.

The reason this paper is really special to me is that it primarily presents a major part of my master’s research work. I’ve put a considerable effort in understanding the involved aspects of the problem (still can’t get a full grasp of it, though!).



The work can be summarized as follows: the usage of an evolutionary algorithm in the enhancement of a Social Network structure, subject to a number of constraints, with respect to this network’s robustness.

Terror Networks

The discussion in the literature about the robustness of a network can be found correlated to the analysis of so-called terror networks.  The objectives included attempts to study the coherence and/or resilience of such networks to external attacks or internal failures.  Extensions to this idea imposed a more general question: How can you study the robustness of a network in the first place? What metrics will you rely on? How can you quantify it? What is an optimally robust network? How does it look like?  How can you build one up? … etc.

The topic was extremely appealing to me.  And what made things more fun, is that this paper was accepted in a conference in Portugal, last June, 2009 (IADIS/WBC); same conference where one of my best friends, Lama, had her masters research paper accepted as well.  Yes, what a pleasant surprise it was :)  And what an extraordinary experience we had.

WBC 2009 Algarve - Portugal

WBC 2009 Algarve - Portugal

Paper Title: Cyclic Entropy Optimization of a Scale-Free Social Network using Evolutionary Algorithm

Authors: M. Safar, (Myself), K. Mahdi

Link: Not available yet! (e-mail me for questions).

9KH: Hallway of Memories. October 7, 2009

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Yesterday I passed by Khaldiya campus to pick-up something then attend a meeting with my ex-masters paper supervisor(s).

It was night. Handasa was relatively empty.

As I took each step in the famous -at that time quite empty- 9kh corridor, flash-backs from the past started popping up.

Mamar 9kh
Mamar 9kh

At the end of that corridor were stairs that took us to the IEEE headquarters upstairs, where a group of my friends loved hanging out and/or studying (occasionally?).  I remembered the Microcontrollers project and how we used to stay late at night trying to get the stupid low-level assembly-programmed chip to work! I remembered being the queen of Monkey-fight.. *giggle*. I remembered whining about how much I hated Electronics to my nerdy EE friends.

At the beginning of that corridor is another path on your left that leads to 4KH: a building that I can only think of as my second home. Actually, statistically speaking, for couple of semesters I believe I had been spending longer hours in its labs than I had at home.

A lot longer.

Every room and/or computer lab in 4KH is crammed with memories of different flavors.

I remember the Database lab being really creepy. I remember getting kicked from the Senior design lab when it got too late and the security dudes had no option but to kick us.. politely (Ahmad & Mahmoud – you gotta love them!).

I remember being an ACM Student Chapter officer and how much I sucked at it.  I remember Typing Day and how I couldn’t participate because I was the organizer. What a waste.

I remember my office as a TA next to the JAVA lab upstairs, in a dark corner – more like a prison cell.  I remember being spotted by my own students bringing coffee from Caribou and cracking-up for some reason that I don’t recall, with my friend, 10 minutes late to the JAVA lab (that I’m supposedly teaching). The shame.

Then I remembered the lab I used to work in as a part-time research assistant.  I remembered how much it sucked trying to install NS-2 on Fedora Core 6 (I hate you, Fedora. Yes, you heard me).

OK, I admit switching the focus from 9KH to 4KH, but 9KH is where it all started.

9KH Corridor is the connecting path between different buildings in College of Engineering.   And for that reason, 9KH isa hallway of memories.

My First Publication. February 18, 2009

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Finally, my first published work has been officially uploaded to the online IEEE Xplore library.


"N" is My Name, Smart is My Game.

Title: Automatic Placement of Actors within Wireless Sensor-Actor Networks.

Conference: ATNAC (Australasian Telecomm. Networking and Application Conference) 2008.

Update: e-mail me for full text, if interested.

Comprehensive Exam Night February 17, 2008

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Salam Alaykom,
The Gmail mess turned out to be
Fast Telco’s fault (my ISP), not the Gmail dudes.
I have a MS Comprehensive Exam tomorrow, have been studying for almost 3 weeks, it all comes down to this day, tomorrow. Wish me God’s guidance and help; it is 70% written 30% Oral. Results are only Pass/Fail. I will post the result here as soon as I know it. I hope I pass inshallah, just got some pipelining sections to revise and few chapters in Data Structures and Algorithms that I’ve totally forgot by now especially Graph operations and trees..Mmmm what else, oh I think I need to study process synchronization again from Operating Systems.. if I had the time..

Oh God..I think I have a lot of work to do :/ Catchya later.

محاضرة الشيخ نبيل العوضي April 22, 2007

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لتاريخ: 10 أبريل 2007awady

المكان: كلية الآداب – كيفان

الشيخ نبيل العوضي

ذهبت الى كيفان أبحث عن مكان المحاضرة , و قبلها أبحث عن موقف لسيارتي.. كانت هذه ثاني مرة تقريبا اذهب فيها الى كلية الآداب في كيفان, و لله الحمد بفضل ارشادات الأهل و الأصدقاء وصلت في الوقت المناسب. كان الشيخ نبيل العوضي لم يبدأ محاضرته بعد..أخرجت ورقة و قلما و هيأت نفسي لأسجل أهم ما يقال.. فالمحاضرات في نظري لا قيمة لها ان جلست كأني مستمعة في Seminar , بل أحببت أن تعمّ بها الفائدة ان شاء الله, و أن أطلع عليها من حين الى آخر, لعل الذكرى تنفع المؤمنين.

افتتح الشيخ حديثه بتذكيرنا في ما قاله الله تعالى عن أعداء الاسلام : “ضربت عليهم الذلة و المسكنة”.. من هم الاسرائيليون ان لم تكن تساندهم الولايات المتحدة بأسلحتها و بسماحها لهم بامتلاك الترسانة النووية , انهم قوم أذلاء يختبئون وراء دباباتهم بينما يواجههم أطفال فلسطين بأقدام عارية و أيد تقذف عليهم الحجارة بلا خوف أو تردد.

و أشار الشيخ الى اختلال معايير الغرب في تقديس النفس البشرية حيث أقامت بريطانيا الدنيا و أقعدتها , على سبيل المثال , عندما احتجزت ايران جواسيسهم الذين اخترقوا مياهها, بينما المسلمون الأسرى في جوانتانامو لا يجدون من يدافع عن حقوقهم و كرامتهم..

و استفسر الشيخ عن كيفية حدوث ذلك في الوقت الذي يصرف فيه في بلاد المسلمين ما يقارب 100 مليون دولار على مسابقة ستار أكاديمي وحدها و ما شابهها..

و من اختلال معايير الغرب كذلك نظرتهم الى مفهوم الديمقراطية. فالديمقراطية عندهم مرفوضة عندما يختار شعب عربي مسلم حكومته بارادته و رغبته, و ضرب على ذلك مثالا حكومة حماس التي اختارها الفلسطينييون لأسباب عديدة, و بأغلبية كبيرة..لكن ذلك لم يمنع الغرب من محاصرتهم و مقاطعتهم الاقتصادية و محاربتهم بشدة, تثبيتا لقوله تعالى “وَلا يَزَالُونَ يُقَاتِلُونَكُمْ حَتَّى يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَن دِينِكُمْ إنِ اسْتَطَاعُوا” البقرة: 217.

و نبّه الشيخ الى حقيقة ما يجري من حفريات مستمرة تحت المسجد الأقصى التي لا يستبعد أن تنهار أركان المسجد يوما ما بسببها, و تساءل عن ما قد يحدث حينها, فلم يستبعد أن لا يحرك أحد من المسلمين ساكنا, فما من جيش مسلم قوي يردع أعداء الله أو يهب حينها للذود عن مقدسات الاسلام..

ان ذروة سنام الاسلام هو الجهاد في سبيل الله كما أخبرنا رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم.. لا!! بل هو….”الارهاب”؟؟ فما عاد للجهاد ذكر غير ما يحاول الغرب أن يقنعنا بكونه ارهابا. ان الارهاب الحقيقي هو ما يجري كل يوم من انتهاك النفس البشرية كالذي يجري على سبيل المثال لا الحصر في أرض فلسطين بأسلحة امريكية و اياد اسرائيلية.. أم اننا قد تعودنا عليه فلم يعد يعني لنا شيئا. أم ان القلوب قد ماتت فلا تتأثر بالشهداء المسلمين الذين يكثر عددهم يوما بعد يوم.

ما هو المسجد الأقصى؟

هو المسجد الذي جمع الله فيه الأنبياء يوم صلى بهم نبي الله محمد على الصلاة و السلام جماعة..فما أجمله من مجمع. و هو المكان الذي أراد الله أن يسرّي فيه عن نبيه.

هو المسجد الذي تعد الصلاة الواحدة فيه ب 500 صلاة.

هو المكان الذي قال عنه تعالى و نجيناه و لوطاً إلى الأرض التي باركنا فيها للعالمين”.

هو أول قبلة للمسلمين.

و ذكرنا الشيخ بسؤال الصحابة لرسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم عن حالهم حينذاك و استعجالهم النصر من الله عندما أصابتهم المصائب, فأنزل الله قوله:

أولما أصابتكم مصيبة قد أصبتم مثليها قلتم أنىّ هذا قل هو من عند أنفسكم”..

فهو اذا من عند أنفسنا نحن..و الحل يكمن في اصلاح أنفسنا و تقويمها. الحل في احياء روح الجهاد فينا.

كيف لا و عدد القتلى في العراق قد بلغ منذ بداية الحرب الى الان ما يفوق ال 650 الفقتيل وفقا لمصادر بريطانية! كيف لا و رسول الله يخبرنا انه “من لم يغز و لم يحدث نفسه بالغزو مات على شعبة من نفاق” (رواه مسلم).

جزى الله عنا الشيخ القدير نبيل العوضي خير الجزاء.

و السلام عليكم.


Networks — Graffiti April 12, 2007

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Monday April 9th, 2007. 3:57pm
So im sitting there in class waiting for the Dr to arrive and start the Networks class, “Boring..” I decided to grab a chalk & start writing on the board, I wrote

Later when Dr came I thought he was going to erase it but he didnt, he just drew border lines around it and started writing in the empty space on the board.. That was something I really appreciated, you have all my respect and appreciation , Dr :-) He certainly knew that my piece of art was not to be destroyed..


أسبوع لك يا أقصى العهود April 4, 2007

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[Ad17x26.jpg]أقامت لجنة القدس التابعة للاتحاد الوطني لطلبة الكويت أسبوع الاقصى الرابع تحت شعار “لك يا أقصى العهود” في الفترة 8 الى 12 أبريل 2007. و قد وفقني الله لحضور معظم فعاليات هذا الأسبوع الذي وافق الأسبوع الماضي.

لا شك أن القضية الفلسطينية تستلزم منا أكثر من مجرد حضور الندوات او اقامة المهرجانات, لكنني أؤمن عن تجربة شخصية, أن مثل هذه الأنشطة له فضل كبير في نشر الوعي بقضية المسلمين الأولى و واجباتهم المختلفة تجاه ثاني القبلتين المسجد الأقصى واخوانهم المجاهدين في سبيل الله, و في تذكيرهم بأنه من الخطأ الفادح الظن بأن القضية مقتصرة على اخواننا الفلسطينيين أو أن تحرير الأراضي المحتلة في فلسطين هو مسؤوليتهم وحدهم. ان أي اعتداء على جزء في أرض من أراضي الاسلام هو اعتداء على الأمة بأسرها, فما بالكم بأرض قدسها الله تعالى و جعل فيها مسجدا الصلاة فيه ب 500 صلاة.. و عندما أراد أن يسرّي عن نبيه صلى الله عليه و سلم في وقت محنته, أسرى به اليه و أقام فيه الصلاة جماعة مع كافة الأنبياء..

احياء تلك المعاني و غيرها هو أحد الأهداف التي أرى أن تلك الأنشطة تسعى لتحقيقها..بالاضافة الى حثّ الناس على نشر الوعي بالقضية و مستجداتها كالحفريات التي يقوم بها أعداء الله في المسجد الأقصى على سبيل المثال لا الحصر.. من المؤسف القول ان الكثير شباب المسلمين قد لا يعلم شيئا عما يجري هناك, لكن المؤسف أكثر أن تعلم أن أكثرهم قد لا يعنيه الأمر أو القضية بأسرها.

أحيي الجهود التي بذلت من قبل اخواننا و أخواتنا في لجنة القدس بمحاولة الوصول الى تلك الفئات و غيرها, و اخلاصهم النية لله ان شاء الله في ما أقاموه من مختلف الفعاليات..جزاهم الله عنا خير الجزاء.


Java Tutorial (2) – Put Your Comment! March 6, 2007

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Assalam Alaykom,

So, The End of the Java Tutorial series ;) I think today’s was a lot better, considering that the students’ faces looked more satisfied this time ;) I decided to change the Approach this time. In the first section I used to explain a certain point then apply it on Eclipse by writing a code that illustrates this point and then executing it.

I got complaints after the First tutorial about two things.. First some students said that I type too fast and they cant keep up, and the ones sitting in the back said they cant see the text clearly, they couldnt follow up as well. So this time I decided to explain the rest of the topics in the Manual I prepared on the BOARD instead. And believe it or not, the old style worked a lot better!

Anyway, I dont think I have the right to judge myself or evaluate my first tutorial ;) I’ll email the students and ask them to put their comments here so I can look back at them 5 years from now and laugh so hard.

So waiting for your comments here….be honest, be fair ;)\

Edit: This post had 11 comments from my students, on Blogspot — lost them all.  Sniff.

Java Tutorial (1) March 5, 2007

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Assalam Alaykom,

[Java.jpg]This is Engineer N. speaking ;p lol. Well lets see. First of all Alhamdulellah things went smoothly to a reasonable extent. I had worries regarding the laboratory we’re going to use and the Data show availability, but both issues were solved. The number of students registered had increased by the actual time of the tutorial to 50 students, almost half of them at 12.30pm and the other at 5pm.

@ 12.30pm
I turned on the data show, turned off the lights and took a deep breath.
The lab was full, about 75% girls and 25% guys. I usually think that the girls are pretty much talkative, more than guys, but in this lab the guys proved they can be talkative as well. I distributed the manual I had prepared for them and asked everybody to be quiet so we can start. (actually I sort of clapped my hands and said “shshshsh” LOOL).

They all paid attention -thankfully-, and so the class started. I went through the basics of Java installation, Java I/Os, class String, Random Numbers, and some other topics I cant remember.
The guys were the ones asking Questions all the way. To tell you the truth having a student ask you a question about something they dont understand feels kind of good. The feeling that OK, there’s someone listening to what I’m saying out there! lol. I wasnt annoyed as I thought I would be. Maybe sometimes when I felt like the Qs are just being asked to waste time..but Watever.

One time this guy asked me to explain a certain point again so I did, then I offered -out of my generosity- to explain the preceding point, He said ma ma3naah..(No you took too much time in explaining that one) lol.. CONFUSION.

Anyway Tomorrow is my next and final episode in the Tutorial. I will ask them afterwards to post their comments here if they didnt mind ;)

To all professors, TAs, any teachers out there, God bless you. didnt know teaching can be such a burden ;)

Java Tutorial Night March 3, 2007

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Assalam Alaykom,
I know I’m making this sound like a big deal, but yeah its kind of new for me ;) Tomorrow insh’Allah if things go smoothly I’ll be giving a tutorial about “Java for Beginners”, with the ACM Society. Just the basic concepts. Up to this point about 35 students have registered to take the tutorial, I’ll be dividing them into two sections. It feels important saying such stuff ;p

Anyway, I pray that it turns out for the best, for everyone Insha’Allah ;)
I’ve prepared a manual for the students; I think I know many of them but not very well. I hope they dont ask me embarrassing Questions or dont understand what I’m saying and give me blank faces all the way. hehehehe..Watever!

Engineer N :p