Interview | Winners of’s 2013 Algerian Paper of the Year Award in Computer Science & Engineering

Dr. Nabil Belkhir is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Ferhat Abbas Setif 1, working in the area of surface treatment of optical components. He received a Bachelor degree in 1989, then obtained an engineering diploma in 1994 and a Master’s degree (Magistère) in 1997 in optics an precision mechanics from the same university. He successfully defended his PhD in 2008. Inspire Magazine spoke with Dr. Belkhir to find out more about his work which won him and his coauthors the prize of the 2013 Algerian Paper of the Year Award in the category of Computer Science & Engineering. The winning paper is entitled “Morphological behavior and wear of polyurethane pads used in glass polishing process” and can be accessed here.   Read More

Interview | Winners of’s 2013 Algerian Paper of the Year Award in Physical Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Boumaiza Ahcene is Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Jijel with research interests in the properties of physical materials. He received the high studies degree (D.E.S), a Master degree (Magistère) and a Ph.D degree in Physics in 1992, 1995 and 2008, respectively, all from the University of Constantine. Inspire Magazine spoke with Dr. Boumaiza to find out more about his work which won him and his coauthors the prize of the 2013 Algerian of the Year Award in the category of Physical Sciences & Mathematics. The winning paper, published in the journal of Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics is entitled “XRD peak broadening characterization of deformed microstructures and heterogeneous behavior of carbon steel” and can be accessed here. Read More

Interview | Artificial antibodies for self-testing technologies

Each year, MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35 recognises the achievements of young innovators from both industry and academia whose work show potential to influence or profoundly transform their fields. In this year’s edition, Dr. Abdennour Abbas received an Honourable Mention for his research on artificial anti-bodies. Inspire Magazine spoke with Dr. Abbas about his invention and how it influences the field of diagnosis technology as well as its potential for contributing towards improving future healthcare systems. Read More

Interview | Dr. Habib Zaidi, from anatomical to molecular imaging technology

Dr. Habib Zaidi is Chief Physicist and Head of the Positron Emissions Tomography (PET) Instrumentation & Neuroimaging Laboratory at Geneva University Hospital. He is also a Professor of Medical Physics at the University Medical Center of Groningen (the Netherlands) and visiting Professor at École Nationale Supérieure d’Electronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA, France). Dr. Zaidi is actively involved in developing imaging solutions for cutting-edge interdisciplinary biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. His academic accomplishments in the area of quantitative PET imaging have been well recognized through many awards and distinctions most notably the prestigious 2010 Kuwait Prize of Applied Sciences (also known as the Middle Eastern Nobel Prize) awarded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), which he received for outstanding accomplishments in Biomedical Technology. Read More

Interview | Prof. Noureddine Melikechi on the NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover mission

Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, Professor of Physics, Dean of the College of Mathematics Natural Sciences and Technology at Delaware State University (DSU) and the founding director of the first Applied Optics Center of Delaware at the same university, speaks to Inspire Magazine about his involvement with NASA’s Curiosity Rover Mars mission, his research and thoughts on science strategy, innovation and culture. Read More

Interview | Harnessing cloud computing for diabetic patients and caregivers: Imagine Cup 2012 Winners

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is an international student technology competition that gathers young developers from around the world who come together to compete by building technology-based solutions to solve challenging  problems. This year’s competition took place in Sydney, Australia, and Algeria was represented by The Klein Team who made it to the top 3 in the Windows Azure Challenge with their software solution for diabetes management. Inspire Magazine caught up with Amine Bounoughaz, a member of the Klein Team, to talk about their innovative application and inspiring experience. Read More

Interview | Environment friendly pesticides: Innovation Prize for Africa Runner-up 2012

Innovation Prize for Africa is an annual award co-founded by the Africain Innovation Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to mobilise and honour the achievements of African innovators and entrepreneurs who deliver market oriented solutions for African-led development. Inspire Magazine spoke with Zeinou Abdelyamine, the winner of the 2012 IPA Runner Up prize about his winning invention, work and future plans. Read More