Phone : +964 (750) 473-6993

Birth Date: 1978-09-30

Nationality: Iraq

Address: KAYAR CITY

Dr. Razwan M.S. Najimaldeen

Lecturer

Department of Computer Science


Speciality
Remote Experimentation
Area Interest
Remote Laboratories Technology-Enhanced learning E-Learning Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
Teaching Materials
First and Second Courses: System Analysis and Design Computer Graphics English For IT Computer Skill and Applications Software Engineering Research Methodology Information Security

Dr. Razwan M.S. Najimaldeen graduated in 2003 BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Technology (UoT), Baghdad-Iraq. He obtained an MSc degree in Information Technology (IT) from the University Utara Malaysia (UUM), Kedah-Malaysia, respectively. He pursued a PhD degree in Online Labs fields from the Universidade do Algarve (UAlg), Faculty of Science and Informatics, Faro-Portugal, within partially collaborated with the Polytechnic of Porto-ISEP. Since 2003, Dr. Razwan is a staff member at the University of Duhok, Computer Science Department, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, and, currently, he is a Head of the Computer Science Department in the Cihan University-Duhok, in Kurdistan Region-Iraq. Dr. Razwan is a member of the IEEE- Iraq Section and a member of the Special Interesting Group (SIG) of the VISIR System. He has authored and co-authored several research papers, which include a book chapter, conferences, and Journal papers. Dr. Razwan has participated and served many national and international conferences in Iraq and Kurdistan Region, Germen, Portugal, Morroco, Spain, Australia, etc. He also invited to be Session Chair in several conferences for example ICOASE2019-2020, CSASE2020, and CITISIA2020 Conferences, plus made the workshops in ICOASE2019 and IEC2019 Conferences. Additionally, Dr. Razwan has worked as a review in different Journals and conferences. Currently, Dr. Razwan serves in two journals in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq as an Editorial board Team, namely The Journal of Duhok University and Journal of Applied Science and Technology Trends. Dr. Razwan has been involved in two research projects (e.g. VISIR System and REXNet Project). His research interests include Remote Labs, E-learning, Technology Enhanced Learning, and Virtual Reality.

Languages

1

Kurdish (Native)

2

Arabic (Proficient)

3

English (Proficient)

4

Portuguese (Beginner)

Skills

1

PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE

Programming: C++, HTML, CSS, PHP, JAVA Script, Java, prolog.

2

COMPUTER SKILL:

Operating System (Windows, ISO), Computer Applications (Words, PowerPoint, Excel, Access)

3

Modeling language: Visual Paradigm

Unified Modeling Language (UML): Rational Rose, Microsoft Visio

4

Cross-Platform

Unity 3D

Hobbies

1

Football

Watching World cup and UEFA Champions League

2

Reading

Reading Research Papers and Stories for reducing stress and helping maintain a work-life balance.

3

Traviling

Proving Curiosity, courage, and self-organization

4

Blogging

Proving communication and writing skills

Education

2017 – 2019

M.S.

WEB and WAP Technology

University Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

2012 – 2017

Ph.D.

Online Labs Field

University of Algarve, Portugal

1998 – 2003

B.S

Networks

University of Technology, Iraq

Academic Title

2018-01-01

Lecturer

2010-01-01

Assistant Lecturer

Experience

2019-10-01 – Present

Head of Department

Cihan University-Duhok

Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

Head of the Computer Science Department since 2019

2019-04-01 – Present

Editorial Board Member and Peer-Reviewed Articles Service

Journal of Duhok University and the Journal of Applied Science and Technology Trends (JASTT)

Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

Editorial Board Member of two Journals named JDU and JASTT since 2019. Also, Peer-Reviewed Articles several Journals and Conferences.

2013-09-30 – Present

Community Service in Conferences

CITISIA 2020, CSASE2020, ICOASE2018 and ICOASE2019,

Australia, Portugal, Iraq, Morroco

Community Service in Several Conferences from different countries as Track Chair and Chair Session

2003-10-01 – Present

Teaching

University of Duhok

Duhok, Kurdistan region-Iraq

Staff Member

Membership

Member of the IAOE community (Newsletter, Mailing List, Special Interest Groups)

2020-04-09 – Present

IEEE- Iraq Section

2014-03-14 – Present

InterestingGroup (SIG) of the VISIR System

Book Chapter

The growing interest of society in science and engineering disciplines has lead to a quality improvement in curricula; a more careful definition of the educational outcomes; and; an increased concern with the continuous improvement of student learning and the quality of teacher training programmes. Hands-on experiments with innovative instructional technologies (e.g. online labs) built confidence and skills of academics and students by helping them to better understand, especially in those disciplines. A community of practice is a group of people informally bound together by shared expertise or an area of interest in a topic. It focuses on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice. In addition, it shares the appropriate activities and instructional technologies that support the higher educational systems.

Evaluation

2021-01-05

Promoting ICT in Higher Education in the Middle East: (UNESCO IITE)

Contribute as the Expert and Consultant to the project “Promoting ICT in Higher Education in the Middle East” initiated by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) with the financial support of Huawei. The project objective is to explore the current situation in ICT-related education, in particular education that covers 5G/AI/Cloud technologies, in ten selected countries to lay the foundation for further ICT talent development programmes led by the donor, the Organisation or other stakeholders. The project will result in the ICT in Higher Education & TVET Insight Report based on data and information from ten selected countries (Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates).

2020-10-10

EXTERNAL EXAMINER (THESIS EVALUATION)

Duhok Polytechnic University, Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, 2020.

2019-11-10

EXTERNAL EXAMINER (THESIS EVALUATION)

University of Kurdistan Hewlêr, Erbil, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, 2019

2015-09-01

Evaluated online labs project

Evaluated RELLE online labs project http://relle.ufsc.br/.

Presentation

2021-04-21

2021 IEEE EDUCON Conference

Vienna, Austria

2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)

2020-11-25

IEE CITISIA 2020

Sydney, Australia

IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies in Intelligent Systems & Industrial Applications

2020-04-09

CSASE 2020

Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

2020 International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering-IEEE

2019-06-15

IEC 2019

Erbil, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

5th International Engineering Conference on Developments in Engineering Applications- IEEE

2019-04-24

KU-ICST

Duhok, Kurdistan Region- Iraq

5th Kurdistan International Conference on Science and Technology

2018-10-09

ICOASE 2018

Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

International Conference on Advanced Science and Engineering-IEEE

2016-02-26

REV-2016

Madrid, Spain

International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV),

2015-11-02

iCERi

Seville, Spain

8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

2015-07-11

EDULEARN

Barcelona, Spain

7th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

2015-05-15

TEEM 2015

Porto, Portugal,

International conference of Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality

2014-02-22

REV 2014

Porto, Portugal

International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation

2013-07-21

iCEER

Marrakesh, Morocco

International Conference on Engineering Education and Research

2013-03-13

IEEE EDUCON 2013

Berlin, Germany

The IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference

2012-01-22

NGNS

Faro, Portugal

Next-Generation Networks and Services Conference

2011-04-01

Imagine Cup Competition ((2011 and 2012).

Erbil, Kurdistan Reigon-Iraq

Participated in the Imagine Cup competition in 2011 and 2012 sponsored by Microsoft Corporation.

Thesis

2021-02-10

MSC Course

Course Title: - Virtual and Augmented Reality,

2020-11-01

MSC Course

Course Title: - Computer Applications,

2019-02-02

MSc Course

Course Title:- Technology Enhanced-Learning.

Training Course

2017-05-15 – 2017-05-20

REXNet Project

It aims to use Virtual Labs in higher education and serve students and teachers in a computer science field.

2010-11-21 – 2010-11-23

TOEFL ITP Administration

Training and Development of the TOEFL Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) Center at the University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq.

2009-02-02 – 2009-03-28

Java2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE)

Java Applications provided by JobKey Training center, University Utara Malaysia, Kadah, Malaysia

2006-10-12 – 2008-12-08

CCNA1

Cisco Certified Network Associate Course at ICT Center, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region-Iraq.

Workshop

2020-05-11

Real-Life Experience in Virtual Reality

India

Guest Lecturer

2019-06-01

Remote Experimentation Labs for Engineering and Science Education

Erbil, Kurdistan Region-Iraq,

Fifth International Engineering Conference on Developments in Engineering Applications (IEC2019) in Tishk International University

2017-05-15

REXNet Project

USA

Center for Cyber Physical System (CCPS), Oklahoma State University (OSU), Oklahoma City

2009-11-21

TOEFL ITP administration

Amman, Jordan

TOEFL ITP administration for TOEFL Center at the University of Duhok.

2008-08-12

Applying Data Mining Techniques Using Enterprise Miner

Malaysia

Applying Data Mining Techniques Using Enterprise Miner organized by Collage Arts and Sciences, University Utara Malaysia, in SAS Center.

2008-02-27

Model-Based Systems for Industrial Applications

Malaysia

Model-Based Systems for Industrial Applications organized by Collage Arts and Sciences, University Utara Malaysia

Publication Journal

2020-09-30

Integrating Enterprise Resource Planning with the Organizations’ Management Structure for Decision Making

ARO-The Scientific Journal of Koya University (ARO) : (Issue : 8) (Volume : 2)

The unstable situation of some countries in Middle East have caused several crises. Many humanitarians Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) intervene to provide services to the affected groups. Good information management may have an effect on the project’s activities and the accuracy of decisions making, especially for organizations that have limited resource. This paper presents the integration of a Management Information System (MIS) and its' impact in a local organization operating in Duhok City, Kurdistan Region-Iraq (KRI), namely voice of older people and family (VOP Fam). The goal is to increase the quality of humanitarian work through good decision making and data management. Based on the System Usability Scale (SUS) result, the system includes many components as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and is used by the organization staff for managing and organizing their activities. This system is essential to provide knowledge and can bring together the management and the organization’s senior staff members to make decisions, collect the important information, and allow the donors and the staff of the NGO to follow work timely. The importance of the research lies in its contributes to highlighting the positive impact of integrating a computer-based information system (IS) in conducting humanitarian activities of NGOs in KRI. In addition, it will add a level of reliability to the NGO’s activities data and make it trustworthy. This study has concluded that Integrating IS in organizations can help in decision-making based on analyzing the aggregated data, and prepare more accurate reports in a short period.

2020-06-07

Developing an Ontology for Retrieving Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Information in Coursera Platform

The Journal of Duhok University (JDU) : (Issue : 32) (Volume : 1)

With the exponential proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), online learners face difficulties in finding and highlighting relevant course contents. This makes learners to lose their motivation and surrender the learning process. For solving the issue and enhancing MOOCs resource utilization, Semantic web technology has the potential to play an important role by adding semantic annotation to the MOOCs resources for helping learners to access appropriate MOOCs pretty quickly according to their wishes. Furthermore, Ontology helps to shares a common understanding of the structure about any domain of interest amongst people and software agents. This paper presents Ontology for MOOCs Courses domain in the Coursera platform to retrieve the educational resources pretty quickly based on learners' request.

2020-06-07

A Framework for Enhancing Higher Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq through a dedicated MOOC platform

The Journal of Duhok University (JDU) : (Issue : 32) (Volume : 1)

Technology-enhanced learning is utilized to support teaching and learning processes by using technology. ICT has enabled Open Online Learning to become a phenomenon and a prominent feature of higher education in developed countries because it can deliver a wide range of high-quality courses to a massive number of students and increase the collaborative learning experience among learners. It is possible to suggest that the range of pedagogical practices based on open online learning. MOOCs are presently shifting the educational landscape from classical scenarios to digital scenarios where open educational resources are being shared among universities and institutions. In this paper, a framework based on open online learning for serving higher education institutions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is proposed. The proposed framework aims to serve teachers and students by providing adapted high-quality contents and scaffolding teaching and learning processes, in a cultural-aware context, in order to improve the existing higher education system.

2016-05-01

Using UML models to describe the VISIR system

International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE) : (Issue : 12) (Volume : 6)

Analysis and design are important phases in the system development lifecycle. In these phases, developers record information necessary for properly understanding the nature of the systems under consideration. We consider a particular type of system, named Remote Lab that allows both teachers and students to perform real experiments over the internet and we focus on Virtual Instrument Systems in Reality (VISIR). We describe a summarized web interface of VISIR using the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Our case study aims at identifying the requirements of VISIR and at creating a set of UML diagrams that succinctly provide enough information to both developers and users so that they acquire enough information for building a general understanding of it. Additionally, we provide elements for extending UML to better support further user interface development in VISIR.

2015-10-01

IT-Based Education with Online Labs in the MENA Region: Profiling the Research Community

International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals (IJHCITP) : (Issue : 6) (Volume : 4)

Education plays a primary role in developing countries, fostering their economy and augmenting their human potential. It is now easier to learn newest methods and techniques in many fields, particularly in engineering and science, where IT-based educational tools-such as online laboratories-have been instrumental to improve the teaching and learning process. Online laboratories are widely used in several universities around the world, particularly in developed countries. There is evidence that online laboratories have a positive effect on the students' skills and promote cooperative and collaborative learning by allowing them to work remotely without restrictions. This led to a quality increase of the teaching and learning process. Likewise, students from other countries, namely in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, could also benefit from using online labs. This paper studies the existing collaboration …

2012-12-01

Monitoring and Evaluating Land Cover Change in The Duhok City, Kurdistan Region-Iraq, by Using Remote Sensing and GIS

International Journal of Engineering Inventions : (Issue : 11) (Volume : 1)

The rapid urban development in the Duhok city since the 1990s has dramatically enhanced the potential impact of human activities. To identify and monitor this urban development effectively, remote sensing provides a viable source of data from which updated land cover information can be extracted efficiently and cheaply. In this study, three satellite datasets, Landsat Thematic Mapper (Landsat TM), and two Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (Landsat 7 ETM+), acquired during 1989, 2001 and 2012, respectively, were used to detect and evaluate Duhok’s urban expansion. Two change detection techniques were tested to detect areas of change. The techniques considered were image differencing, and post-classification comparison. The land use/land cover (LULC) maps of the years 1989, 2001 and 2012 were produced and the changes were determined with significant accuracies. The simplicity of our methods and the minimal investment of time and money make incorporation of remotely sensed data into urban growth a potentially powerful tool for the urban planner/manager. Moreover, the understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of Duhok’s urban expansion is the cornerstone for formulating a view about the future urban uses and for making the best use of the limited resources that are available.

Conference

1

Remote laboratory VISIR: recent advances, initiatives, federation, limitations and future

2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)

Publisher : IEEE
Vienna - Austria
2021-04-21
2

A Novel Augmented Reality Approach in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Super-Imposition Based on Modified Rigid and Non Rigid Iterative Closest Point

2020 5th International Conference on Innovative Technologies in Intelligent Systems and Industrial Applications (CITISIA)

Publisher : IEEE
Sydney - Australia
2021-03-09
3

Survey on Real-Time Tracking and Treatment of Infectious Diseases Using Mixed Reality in Visualisation Technique with Autoimmune Therapy

2020 5th International Conference on Innovative Technologies in Intelligent Systems and Industrial Applications (CITISIA)

Publisher : IEEE
Sydney - Australia
2021-03-09
4

DFA Taxonomy for the classification of ECG data for effective health monitoring using ML technology

2020 5th International Conference on Innovative Technologies in Intelligent Systems and Industrial Applications (CITISIA)

Publisher : IEEE
Sydney - Australia
2021-03-09
5

Enhancement Framework of Semantic Query Expansion Using Mapped Ontology

2020 International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSASE)

Publisher : IEEE Xplore Digital Library
7 - Iraq
2020-04-16
6

Collaborative Remote Laboratories for Serving Sciences and Engineering Education in Iraq: REXNet Project

2018 International Conference on Advanced Science and Engineering (ICOASE)

Publisher : IEEE Xplore Digital Library
7 - Iraq
2018-10-09
7

VISIR System @ BTH, Deusto, ISEP, and UNED Institutes: Assisting and Supporting Hands-On Laboratories to Serve Higher Education Students

8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

Publisher : IATED Digital Library
13 - Iraq
2015-11-18
8

A federation of online labs for assisting engineering and science education in the MENA region

TEEM '15: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Technological Ecosystems for Enhancing Multiculturality

Publisher : The ACM Digital Library
13 - Iraq
2015-10-10
9

WHY VISIR? PROLIFERATIVE ACTIVITIES AND COLLABORATIVE WORK OF VISIR SYSTEM

7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Publisher : IATED Digital Library
13 - Iraq
2015-07-06
10

Reshaping higher education systems in the MENA region: The contribution of remote and virtual labs

2014 11th International Conference on Remote Engineering and Virtual Instrumentation (REV)

Publisher : IEEE Xplore Digital Library
13 - Iraq
2014-02-26
11

Remote Labs to improve Engineering Education in the MENA Region

International Conference on Engineering Education and Research (iCEER 2013)

Publisher : Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
13 - Iraq
2013-07-01

Awards


Best Paper: A Novel Augmented Reality Approach in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Super-Imposition Based on Modified Rigid and Non-Rigid Iterative Closest Point

This paper aims to improve the accuracy of super-imposition and processing time during Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Methodology: The proposed system consists of Enhanced Tracking Learning Detection (TLD) enhance by an occlusion removal algorithm to remove occlusion in the region of interest. In addition, we propose a Modified Rigid and Non-Rigid Iterative Closest Point (MRaNRICP) for pose refinement. Moreover, this proposed MRaNRICP having a new error metric Boolean function to dictate the Iterative Closest Point (ICP)’s stopping condition.


REXNet Projects

Leader of Building a Remote Experimentation Network for serving higher education teachers and students in Iraq (REXNet) Project.


PhD fund

Granted by Erasmus program to study PhD in online labs field (Remote and Virtual Labs) at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

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