ByAbdessalem Bouferrouk

Feature | Renewable energy development in Algeria

Renewable energy comes from natural resources such as the sun, in contrast to energy derived from finite resources based on fossil fuels like coal and oil that sooner or later will run out. Serious interest in renewable energy was sparked following the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and since then much progress has been made towards exploiting a variety of renewable energy resources, including solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, biofuels, biomass, and ocean waves and tides. Put together, these are often referred to as the ‘renewable energy mix’. Read More

ByOussama Metatla

Event Report | The making of the 2013 Algerian Paper of the Year Awards

As any researcher will know, producing scientific work that pushes the boundaries of science is an intensive process that requires rigorous planning, hard work, commitment and creativity as well as a scientific culture and a working environment that supports these efforts. Recognising contributions that advance scientific knowledge is therefore essential to nurturing and maintaining successful research environments. With this in mind, [1] launched the first edition of the Algerian Paper of the Year Awards in January 2013. Our aim is to establish these awards as an annual event to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Algerian scientists through a process of nomination, shortlisting and peer review that fully engage the wider community of Algerian scientists and researchers in and out of the country. Read More

ByOussama Metatla

Opinion | Prospects for an Algerian academy of science and technology by 2014

There is no doubt that science is a crucial driver of social and economic development. Scientists therefore have a duty to both inform the general public about how findings from science can benefit day to day activities, and to direct the best of their efforts towards addressing national and international problems. Science academies can play an important role in empowering scientists to help them realise this duty because they provide a framework through which scientists can corroborate and channel their efforts. They act as collective hubs to organise scientific endeavour as well as motivate, support and reward excellence in scientific research. Read More

ByOussama Metatla

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

ByTaki Eddine Djeffal

Feature | The potential of a solar powered irrigation system to support Algerian farmers

In a sunny North African country like Algeria, the potential of solar power is yet to be fully explored. To secure power resources needed for their daily activities, Algerian farmers currently have to resort to two basic options. The first is to use free power that is supplied by the government as part of the various schemes deployed around the country for this purpose. Algeria has a well-established network of electricity reaching the majority of towns and villages, but unfortunately when it comes to agricultural lands, it only covers a small portion of farming instalments. Additionally, this option is not ideal since not all farmers within the reach of the network receive their supply of free power during adequate times of the day. Read More

ByAbdeldjalil Ouahabi

Feature | Signal and Image Multiresolution Analysis

Multiresolution analysis has received considerable attention in recent years from researchers in various fields. It is considered to be a powerful tool for efficiently representing signals and images at multiple levels of detail with many inherent advantages including compression, level-of-detail display and editing, as well as for practical applications such as pattern recognition, data mining and transmission. Read More

ByNassima Abdelouahab

Thesis | Topical delivery and effects of Harpagophytum procumbens

Research field(s): Topical and transdermal drug delivery, medicinal chemistry of natural products, drug design, inflammation, microbiology, pharmacology and cytochemistry.
Thesis title: Topical delivery and effects of Harpagophytum procumbens.
Degree: PhD
Supervisor: Dr Charles M Heard Read More

ByKarim Yaici

Feature | Mobile telecoms market in Algeria: the untapped potential of 3G

The introduction of mobile communications in Algeria had a tremendous impact on its economy and its society. The deregulations of the telecommunication market at the beginning of the 21st century enabled a large proportion of the population to be finally connected to the global telecommunication network, and by the end of 2011, there were over 35 million mobile subscribers, compared to only 5 million in 2004 – a seven-fold increase. The anticipated launch of the 3G high-speed network during 2013 could have an even more far-reaching impact, as it will open up access to the Internet for anyone with a sufficiently capable mobile phone.

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ByChoukri Mecheraoui

Thesis | Development of a wireless distributed neurostimulator for people with hemiplegia

Research fields:  biomedical signal processing and control, functional electrical stimulation, wireless body-centric networks, wireless control
Thesis title: Development of a wireless distributed three-channel stimulator system used for automated triggering of stimulation to enable coordinated task execution in stroke patients
Degree: PhD.
Supervisors: Prof. Ian Swain, Dr Jon Cobb Read More