Continuing Education program: Artificial intelligence, big data and ethical hacking

Many remarks were made about the positive experience of such a program, particularly as a chance for Lebanon to become a technology hub in the years to come.
by Rolande El Ghusayni

23 February 2019 | 13:42

Source: by Annahar

  • by Rolande El Ghusayni
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 23 February 2019 | 13:42

Left to Right: Prof. Fadi El Hage (Delegate of the Rector for Regional Development & External Programs, USJ), Mr. Mitri Doumet (CEO, BMB), Prof. Toufic Rizk (Vice-Rector, Academic Affairs, USJ), Prof. Salim Daccache s.j. (Rector of USJ). (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: Technological innovations are accelerating at an exponential rate, said Mr. Mitri Doumet, CEO of BMB Smart, a programming academy designed for teens and adults interested in technology. Doumet was speaking at the launching event of the “Continuing Education” program that took place on Friday at Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ).

The “Continuing Education” program was launched Thursday in collaboration with the “Office of Regional Development and External Programs of Saint Joseph University of Beirut” (USJ), the “Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth” (ESIB), the “National Institute of Telecommunications and Informatics” (INCI), and BMB Smart.

The initiative is focused on new technologies, namely: Artificial intelligence, big data and ethical hacking. It is composed of five complementary yet independent training modules, “Big Data Frameworks,” “Data mining for massive data sets,” “Artificial Intelligence Module 1,” “Artificial Intelligence Module 2,” and “Ethical Hacking."

Under the program, training sessions will offered in English in a fully immersive intensive ten-week program ranging from one to two sessions per week depending on the module of choice. Students may enroll in one or more modules.

Professor Fadi El Hage, Delegate of the Rector of the USJ for the Office of Regional Development and External Programs, stressed the importance of lifelong training, as advocated by the European Council, since the year 2000.

These modules focus on the improvement of expert abilities and skills, hence the setting up of interactive workshops including useful and solid applications.

“This intensive ten-week program is becoming a necessity for both executives and companies, as well as students, since it offers its participants the knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and innovations, while keeping the practical nature of the training with applications on concrete projects,” said Doumet.

The “Big Data Frameworks” module is about configuring, installing, and running big data, it allows participants to identify latest frameworks used for big data analysis, choose an appropriate framework to solve a big data problem, and install and configure big data frameworks.

The “Data mining for massive data sets” module is about analyzing and solving Big Data problems with the latest techniques. It allows participants to analyze Big Data problems to propose adequate solutions, and apply appropriate techniques and skills to solve big data problems.

The first module of “Artificial Intelligence” is about exploring AI through problem-solving paradigms, search and control methods and adversarial search problems. It allows participants to implement uninformed search, use informed search to improve previous algorithms, and generalize algorithms to games or situations where there is an adversary.

The second module of “Artificial Intelligence” is about harnessing the power of machine learning algorithms and applications. It allows participants to apply and implement certain algorithms to real-world problems such as vehicles detection, heart problems detection, unsupervised learning, and much more.

The last module “Ethical Hacking” is about sorting and prioritizing potential threats and learning how to best remediate them. Upon completion of this training course, participants will be able to compare and contrast three types of hacking, differentiate ethical hacking issues such as “cybercrime” and “cyber terrorism,” use network scanning, evaluate security techniques to protect system and user data, and much more.

Many remarks were made about the positive impact of such a program, particularly in terms of transforming Lebanon to become a technology hub in the years to come; as Professor El Hage said, “this bridge built between the academic and the professional world contributes to the development of people and companies.”

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