16 Jun 2021 |
Research article |
Information and Communications Technologies
Software Systems and Mobile Applications for Smart Cities
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Naouel Moha’s decision to join ÉTS was based on a desire to seek new challenges in a new environment where close relationships with industry would provide opportunities for applied research. A member of UQAM’s Department of Computer Science since 2010, she recently made the jump to the Department of Software Engineering and IT at ÉTS. She intends to continue her ongoing research, but also to pursue new areas of interest in collaboration with her ÉTS colleagues, and to increase her participation in industrial research projects.
A computer scientist specializing in the evolution and quality assessment of software-based systems, Dr. Moha brings to ÉTS complementary, leading-edge expertise in the evolution and analysis of systems and services for mobile applications, acquired over the past ten years.
She is now interested in studying these systems and mobile applications within the Internet of Things, and particularly in relation to smart cities. ÉTS’ involvement in the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living (LabVI), equipped with all sorts of high-tech devices and infrastructures, turned out to be a deciding factor in convincing Professor Moha to apply to ÉTS.
“A real revolution is taking place in urban development, with new ways of managing and optimizing transportation and traffic, monitoring environmental pollution, and much more”, she remarked. “The smart city is based on a set of information technologies that aim to make municipal infrastructure components, as well as critical services (such as education, health and transportation) more intelligent, more interactive and more effective for the population. The Internet of Things (IoT), big (open) data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) are all part of these smart city technologies”.
A specialist in detecting patterns and antipatterns and identifying and correcting bad practices in software systems, Naouel Moha aspires to develop a multidisciplinary framework of fundamental and applied research on developing applications software for smart cities that will incorporate best practices.
This new member of the ÉTS software engineering team is a deeply committed woman. For example, she sits on the boards of directors of both the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI, which assists with managing major public infrastructure projects), and the UQAM daycare centre. At UQAM, she was Assistant Director of the LATECE Research Laboratory on Emerging Internet Technologies and Director of Graduate Programs in Software Engineering, one of which is a joint master’s program with ÉTS. Though she no longer holds those official roles, she hopes to lend a helping hand as a resource person for those at ÉTS who hold similar responsibilities.
Equally engaged in the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion, Dr. Moha is very active in terms of representing women in the world of computer science and new information technologies. For instance, she chaired the organizing committee for the second edition of the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC) conference, held in Montréal in 2017, which brought together almost 600 attendees and about 30 industrial sponsors. She now sits on the CAN-CWiC steering committee.
Her solid experience in teaching includes 10 years as a UQAM professor, one year as a lecturer at the University of Rennes in France, and almost four years as a teaching assistant and sessional lecturer during her graduate studies in France and Canada.
Naouel Moha has also published a large number of journal articles, including two articles in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and 50+ conference papers (MOBILESoft, ASE, ICSOC).