List of lectures 2013

Here are the information about all lectures of  the Summer School 2013:
Prof. Dr. Martin Koch was born on Dec. 4th 1963 in Marburg, Germany. After having completed his degree in Physics at the Universities of Marburg he earned his Ph.D. degree in Marburg in 1995 with a thesis in the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors. From 1995 to 1996 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Advanced Photonics Research Department at Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies in Holmdel, NJ. From 1996 to 1998 he worked as a scientific assistant in the Photonics and Optoelectronics group at the University of Munich, Germany. From 1998 to 2008 he was associate professor for terahertz systems technology at the electrical engineering department of the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. In 2003 he spent a three month summer sabbatical at the University of Santa Barbara. Also in 2003, he was awarded with the Kaiser Friedrich research price. Since Jan. 2009 he is full professor for semiconductor physics at the physics department of the Philipps University Marburg, Germany. His research interests include ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors, semiconductor disk lasers, and terahertz systems and their applications. He published more than 117 journal papers, 210 contributions to international conferences, and 7 book chapters. Furthermore, he is holding 5 patents.
Prof. Dr. Faiez Gargouri is a professor in Computer Science at the Higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia at Sfax University (Tunisia), where he is the director of the MIRACL (Multimedia, InfoRmation systems and Advanced Computing Laboratory) research laboratory since October 2011. He was the head of the Higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia from 2007 to 2011. He has got his maitrise diploma in Computer Management, faculty of economics and management of Sfax (1988), his master in Computer Science from the Paris 6 University (1990) and his Ph.D. from Paris 5 University (1995). He got his Habilitation Degree in Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (2002). His research interests include Business Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Multimedia Information Systems, Ontology, etc. He is responsible for the Information Systems Engineering Team at the MIRACL laboratory and supervises several theses. He published more than 150 papers in journals and conferences as well as books (pedagogical and conference proceedings). He is member of the Scientific and Steering Committees of many international conferences. He is namely one of the founders of the JFO conference (French Workshops on Ontologies) and ASD (workshop on decisional systems).
Prof. Dr. Haja Tounsi-Guermazi is a full professor at Sfax University, Tunisia, where she is director of the laboratory in "Physics of Insulator and Semiconductor Materials". Her research topics include condensed matter physics, characterization of insulators and semiconductor materials used in photovoltaic devices, optoelectronics, and many more. She is interested in polymers, composites, nanocomposites, and oxides. Structural, electrical, and optical properties are studied. Used techniques are: IR, Raman, MEB, Dielectric Spectroscopy and Thermal Analysis.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ben Hamida, born in 1963 in Sfax (Tunisia), graduated in Electrical Engineering 1988, obtained Master degree in Telecommunications 1993 (ENIT School of Engineering, Tunis Tunisia), Doctorate degree (PhD) in 1998 and the HDR degree for research Director 2003, ENIS School of Engineering, Sfax-Tunisia). Currently, he is the head of ‘TIEM’ Research unit (information Technology & Medical Electronics), a novel creation of the year 2006, gathering university researchers in technological sciences (Schools of Engineers, Faculty of Science…), and of the university of Medicine (Two Professors in Medicine, with assistants and doctors). This ‘TIEM’ creation is original in its direction, where researchers of two various fields are brought together: a technological field and a medical field. It coordinates and takes an active part in ENIS Doctoral Formation in Electronics, more specifically in Signal Processing, in Electronics and in Telecommunication applications. Undertaken research was mainly directed according to three topics: Speech processing (for medical), Medical Image and standard image processing and Medical Electronics (Stimulation algorithms). Major part of the undertaken research tasks were in co-operation with foreign Laboratories such as GRAMS Université of Sherbrooke Canada in the beginning, LASL Laboratory in Calais France, LAMIH Laboratory in Valenciennes France, GRIF Laboratory at Telecom lille1 France, Neuroscience Laboratory at University CLB Lyon France, as well as with several alternatives with industrial companies like TELNET Tunisia. Various research levels (DEA, Master, Doctorate) were being directed around various topics involving Information Technologies and Medical Electronics : Recognition and synthesis of word as well as the relevant Algorithms, Medical and satellite image processing, Medical Teledetection, Image, Biometrics, Data fusion and pattern recognition, Biomedical Stimulators and prosthesis, CAD. Various papers and high level scientific publications could describe more specifically this research in biomedical technologies, such as Elsevier, Maghrebian Annals, IJSP, JAS, JOLPE, GESTS…, and in international conferences such as WMSC, EMBS, CIAP, ISIE, ICSCCP, SSD, JTEA, SETIT… High level scientific activities were marked for various circumstances: Invited Professor at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada) for the years 1999-2003, Invited Professor at LASL Laboratory Calais France and GRIF Telecom Lille1 France, Director HDR degree, Director of various Theses, Reviewer of HDR and Thesis degree, Reviewer in high qualified revues, Invited Lecturer in conferences and Workshops, President and chairman of various conferences’ sessions…
Prof. Najoua Kammoun is a full professor at the  Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, where she is the director of Condensed Matter Laboratory and director of the research team "Growth and Multiscale characterization of semiconductor materials used in devices Photovoltaic". Her research topics include Condensed Matter Physics, Nanomaterials (in particular  science and  applications of semiconductors), nonconventional energy (photovoltaics) and physics of semiconductor components.
Dr. Dorra Sellami Masmoudi is a full professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering since November 2006 at ENIS, University of Sfax, Tunisia. She is the founder of the research group CIELS (Computer Imaging Electronics and Systems). The group is specializes in the Design of dedicated electronic circuits or Systems suitable for bio-inspired applications, image and signal processing. Our research work concentrates on advanced mimic techniques such as neural network neuro-fuzzy and genetic algorithm implementation. A main field of interest in application is image processing. The main emphasis here is to integrate efficient digital circuits for medical application segmentation and diagnosis (breast and lung) and biometric authentication. Her main research is focused on “Pulse Mode Neural Networks Implementation, Image Processing Theory Tools and Applications and Hardware Implementation of Image processing algorithms on FPGA.
Cristof Pruss studied physics at the University of Stuttgart and at the UMSL in St. Louis, USA. He joined the ITO in 1999, since 2002 he is heading the group “Interferometry and Diffractive Optics”. His main interests are in the field of aspheric and freeform testing, and in the design and fabrication of diffractive optics for applications in interferometry, imaging and sensing.
Dr. Jihene Makni is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sfax University, where she teaches and researches Entrepreneurship strategy in ICT and innovative projects. She has delivered and advised numerous entrepreneurs and SMEs in Sfax Technopark. She experienced first-hand how to support young students to set up their own start up and how to run business from a standard education program of entrepreneurship (coaching-mentoring-networking). She is faculty member at a regional network of investment to reinforce relationships between industrials and research institutes. She received her Ph.D. from Sophia-Antipolis University (France). She is now responsible for development and international cooperation in Sfax technopark.
Nicole Poëdras is head of department for the International Masters of Science and International Internships for Engineer Students at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes (France). Within the Direction of Industrial and International Relations at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes since 1997, she is specialized on design, stimulation, and trainings. She also offers personalized accompanying to ensure the formulation and the implementation of student projects in a professional context and in the context of their future career plans. She drafts specification for master thesis and international internships, she is in charge of validation of projects of and she ensures the progress of these projects. Furthermore, she is in charge of the assessment of the projects carried out as a member of the jury for the oral presentations by the students and assessor for written reports. 
Diplo.Phys. Sandy Peterhänsel has studied Physics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen and at the Imperial College in London. During her Diploma thesis at the Institute of Optics, Information, and Photonics she analyzed phase measuring deflectometry for applications in biological microscopy. For her studies she was awarded with a poster price at the joint DGaO and SIOF meeting in Brecia / Italy in 2009. In 2010 she joined the Institute of Applied Optics in Stuttgart, where she is a Ph.D. student in the “High Resolution Metrology and Simulation” research group. The main focus of her work is the numerical simulation of light – matter interactions for applications in scatterometry and interferometry.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Kirstin Baum is a doctoral candidate at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. She gives lectures in: “Fundamental Optics”, “Tissue Optics” and “Fluorescence Microscopy” for the subject of “Molecular Imaging”, and “Digital Image Processing and Image Presentation for Scientific Publication” at the Department of Biomedical Science, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. Her research is focused on near infrared imaging of small animals and diffuse optical tomography with integrated 3D fringe projection scanners. During and after her diploma she worked for several companies in Germany, such as Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT), Agfa and Fries Research and Technology GmbH FRT, where her work was focused on optical measurement techniques. In August 2011 she developed the concept for “Get ahead with Optics”. Since summer 2013 she is also a member at the research group of Prof. Martin Koch at the physics department of Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.

Program 2013

Get ahead with Optics - Part II will take place in Sfax, Tunisia from 3.-10. Nov. 2013.


With lectures and workshops about/in:

• Interferometry
• Spectroscopy
• THz-Imaging
• Image processing
• Optical signal processing
• Scatterometry
• Ellipsometry
• White light interferometry
• Triangulation


and softskill courses about:

• Intercultural training
• CV and cover letter writing
• Job interview training
• Scientific writing 
• Referencemanagement
• Projectmanagement


Review by Elsevier Foundation on "Get ahead with Optics" 2012

In Tunisia, optics workshops help women pursue emerging field

In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Elsevier Foundation supports an optics summer school for young women scientists
Over the past decade, optical technologies have become an indispensable part of daily life: fiber optics for telecoms, optical methods for medical imaging and cancer research, and optical parts in cars and computer screens are at the core of the world’s technical infrastructure. The need for more experts in this discipline — along with the desire to encourage more women to pursue careers in science and engineering in a region disrupted by violent protests from the Arab Spring — inspired two universities to organize a summer school program for young female scientists: Get ahead with optics. Read full story and watch the video. 


Review 2012: International and national guest lectures

1. Prof. Maria Yzuel is a full professor at the Department of Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain, since 1983. She earned her Physics and also her Ph. D. degree from the University of Zaragoza, Spain and is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona. She had a British Council scholarship for a post doctoral stay at the University of Reading, UK. Prof. Yzuel has worked in diffraction image theory, image  quality evaluation, apodization, applications to photolithography, optical pattern recognition, color information in correlators and design of filters. She also worked in medical optics and is  recently  working in liquid crystal panels in diffractive optics. She served in SPIE board of directors from 2001 to 2003 and in several SPIE  (International Society for Optics and Photonics) committees. She received the SPIE board of directors Award in 2005. Dr. Yzuel was the SPIE president in 2009.
2. Prof. Zohra Ben Lakhdar, emeritus professor of Physics at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of  Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. She received the 2005 L'Oreal UNESCO Award Laureate for Africa for her experiments and models on infrared spectroscopy and its applications to pollution detection and medicine. Educated at the Universities of Tunis and Orsay (France), she is the author of dozens of scientific papers on atomic and molecular spectroscopy and a founding member of the Tunisian Physics and Astronomy Societies. She  also is founder of the Tunisian Optical Society Director and served as itspresident from 2002 to 2012. Prof. Ben Lakhdar was director of the Laboratory of Atomic-Molecular Spectroscopy and Applications at the FST. She is fellow member of SPIE and is vice-president of the International Commission of Optics (ICO) from 2011 to 2014.
3. Prof. Maria L. Calvo graduated in Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain, in 1969. After her graduation she firstly visited Phillips (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and started working in quality control on glass fabrication (surface quality and stress analysis). Later, she became a fellow of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. At Parisian´s Institute of Optics she continued to work on optical properties of glasses and amorphous materials and obtained a Doctorate Diploma from the University of Paris (France) in 1971. She joined the Optics Department of UCM as a full professor and started theoretical studies on light scattering defects in isotropic media. In July 2008 she was elected President of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) for the term 2008 to 2011.
4. Dr. Hamid Dehghani is author of the Nirfast - FEM based - package for modeling Near-Infrared light transport in tissue and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the School of Computer Science. He also is Assistant Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Dr. Dehghani has a M. Sc. in Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (1995) from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in Electrical Impedance Tomography  (1999) from Sheffield Hallam University (U.K.). He has published widely on image reconstruction in alternative imaging modalities.
5. Dr. Jean Luc Doumont: An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering (Belgium) and Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University, he now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes. With his rational background, he approaches  communication in an original, engineering-like way that contrasts sharply with the tradition of the field, rooted in the humanities. He thus is well received by students and professionals in search of a method they can apply with the same rigor they have  come to value in every other aspect of their occupations. Articulate, entertaining, and thought-provoking, he is a popular invited speaker worldwide, in particular at international scientific conferences, research laboratories, and top-ranked universities.
6. Prof. Najoua Kammoun is a full professor at the  Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia, where she is the director of Condensed Matter Laboratory and director of the research team "Growth and Multiscale characterization of semiconductor materials used in devices Photovoltaic". Her research topics include Condensed Matter Physics, Nanomaterials (in particular  science and  applications of semiconductors), nonconventional energy (photovoltaics) and physics of semiconductor components.
7. Prof. Souad Lahmar is a full professor at the Institut Préparatoire aux  Études Scientifiques et Techniques (IPEST) La Marsa – Tunis, Tunisia. Her research topics include: Theoretical study of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy, Applications in Environment, Biology and  Astrophysics. She is founding member of the “Société Tunisienne d’Optique (STO)” (Tunisian Society of Optics). Furthermore she is resource person and facilitator for the UNESCO International Program in Physics and also in UNESCO´s project: “Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP): Training of Physics Trainers”.
8. Dr. Ute Kämper has a doctorate in the field of the molecular genetics of fungi at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) in cooperation with and stay abroad at the Ohio State University, Columbus (USA). She is a translator of science-related manuscripts, managing director of the Graduate Center for Life and Natural Sciences (Marburg University) and of MARA, the Marburg Research Academy of the Philipps-University of Marburg. Dr. Kämper also is a trainer for scientific writing in the life and natural sciences (“Scientific Writing Lab”), for quality assurance in advising doctoral candidates, and for “Good Scientific Practice”.
9. Leila Chettaoui is the first coach certified by the International Coach Federation in Tunisia and North Africa. She is executive coach at Erickson College, Tunisia – and owner of Impact coaching. Leila Chettaoui is specialized in: Leadership and team coaching, time and project management, balance between private and professional life, public speaking and job interview as well as stress management. public speaking and job interview as well as stress management.
10. Dr. Alexandra Elli studied biochemistry at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany. She did her Ph.D. in the physics department at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), where she built up a confocal laser scanning microscope to study single Photosystem I complexes at low temperatures. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Philipps University of Marburg she was working on a kidney cancer project and coordinated the bio-imaging facility of the SFB 593. Since 2011 she is working as a product manager for correlative microscopy at Carl Zeiss, Oberkochen (Germany).
11. Khaled Ben Yahia has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He is an expert in systems and functional development. Through his training as a transactional analyst he won farreaching and future-oriented knowledge for communication processes and stress fields in organizations; knowledge which now enables him to impart it to his audience. He is profoundly skilled in coaching, team building, management and organizational development.
12. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Kirstin Baum is a doctoral candidate at Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. She gives lectures in: “Fundamental optics”, “Tissue optics” and “Fluorescence microscopy” for the subject of “Molecular imaging”, and “Digital imaging processing and image presentation for scientific publication” at the Department of  Biomedical  Science, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. Her research is focused on near infrared imaging of small animals and diffuse optical tomography. During and after her diploma she had worked for several companies in Germany, like Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT), Agfa and FRT. In August 2012 she developed the concept for “Get ahead with Optics” and together with Dr. Cherif she found a motivated partner to elaborate this project.
13. Dr. Rim Cherif is assistant professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis (FST), the University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia. She received her M.Sc. degree (2005) and her Ph.D. degree (2009) from the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis, Tunisia (Sup’Com). Her current research focuses on the numerical and experimental characterization of photonic crystal fiber properties, on the super continuum generation, on nonlinear effects, and on nanophotonics. Dr. Cherif is a member of the executive board of the Tunisian Optical Society and founder of the student chapters of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). She is a member in the education committee of SPIE.
14. Comsol Muliphysics Workshop by Elnady Engineering & Agencies, Comsol representative in Arab countries.
COMSOL is a Swedish engineering, design, and finite element analysis software company developing state-of-the-art  software that is capable of simulating any physical problem that can be described.


"Get ahead with Optics" online at Facebook

Click here to visit „Get ahead with Optics“ online at Facebook.
For all participants: you can meet online in a private group for conversation and exchange with the other participants.

April 2012

The following speakers confirmed their participation today:

  • Prof. Maria Yzuel (Past SPIE President, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain) - Holography, Career development for women in optics
  • Prof. Zohra Ben Lakhdar (L'oréal-Unesco winner, Faculty of sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia) - International career in optics 
  • Jean-Luc Doumont (Principiae, Belgium) - Journal paper writing and oral presentation training
  • Prof. Najoua Kammoun (Faculty of sciences of Tunis, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia) - Ellipsometry
  • Dr. Ute Kämper (Marburg University Research Academy MARA, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany) - Good scientific practice, reference management
  • Dr. Chedlia Ben Neila (Waseda University, Japan) - New generation free space optical networks    
  • Dr. Alexandra Elli (PM at Carl Zeiss Oberkochen, Germany) New fluorescence microscopy methods
  • Leila Chettaoui (Erickson College, Tunisia) - Time and project managment
  • Dr. Rim Cherif (Faculty of sciences, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia) - Photonics crystal fibers and nonlinear optics/ Nanophotonics
  • Dipl. Ing. Kirstin Baum (Philipps-Universiy Marburg, AG med. Physik, Germany) - Basics of microscopy methods, new fluorescence markers

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January 2012

Amsterdam, January 10, 2012 – The Elsevier Foundation announced today the 2011 grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars award programs. In total, $650,000 has been committed to nine institutions around the world in addition to seven ongoing multiyear grants and the Nurse Faculty program. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.
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December 2011

The Elsevier Foundation award "Get ahead with Optics" a New Scholars grant.

September 2011

The application for the grant was mailed to the Elsevier Foundation.