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To help Lebanese students gain global knowledge and prepare them for the labor market, Maroun Semaan’s Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) at The American University of Beirut (AUB) partnered with LebNet to give engineering graduates the rare opportunity to work with US-based companies for their final year projects (FYPs) and course projects.

This collaboration was launched after LebNet and MSFEA signed a memorandum of agreement in 2019 to create a bridge between students and the Lebanese Diaspora. Final Year Projects is one of the major component in the partnerships and it helps students acquire the global and practical expertise needed in the workforce. Other components include advisory, internship opportunities, talks and seminars, entrepreneurship support and mentorship, and research with industry.

FYPs Academic Year 2019-2020: In 2019 and 2020, four teams from AUB worked with two companies in the US: Asurion (a device insurance, warranty, and support services provider for cell phones, consumer electronics, and home appliances) and FADEL (the creator of rights and royalty management software). Each of the four teams either worked on an FYP or a course project, closely collaborating with mentors from FADEL and Asurion. Find out more about the FYPs and course projects below:


If you want to read the entire summary and mentors' feedback, make sure you visit this link for more details. 


Team 1: Sara Hammoud, Aya Eido, and Dana Daoud

Company: Asurion

Mentors: Peng Xie and Sundar Kuppuswamy

Idea: Expert Helper (FYP)

Solution: The AUB team prepared and curated a data set of tech support sessions from Asurion into a category of replies. They then selected categories of these sets and automated initial replies to them using natural language processing techniques mixed with expert knowledge.



Team 2: Julia Zini and Issa Issa

Company: Asurion

Mentors: Peng Xie and Sundar Kuppuswamy

Idea: Emerging Problems (Natural Language Processing NLP Course Project)

Solution: The AUB team helped Asurion’s tech support team figure out whether a novel tech problem is emerging on social media (Twitter). And for novel emerging problems, it also helps determine if the problem is related to tech support or generic news events. 




Team 3: Mohamad Mansour, Fouad Khnaiser and Bassel Musharrafieh

Company: Asurion

Mentors: Harsh Tomar and Sundar Kuppuswamy

Idea: Extracting Insights (NLP course project)

Solution: The AUB team focused on extracting phrases of trends from collection of text data (emails) allowing the Customer Experience team to quickly identify and mitigate issues. The project was hosted by a startup incubated by Asurion, which had different IP regulations. 




Team 4: Hadi Ahmad, Hafez Jawahary and Samir Saidi 

Company: FADEL

Mentors: Rony Eid and Ziad Bassil

Idea: Image Match (FYP)

Solution: The AUB team was tasked with improving matching performance. Walid Daccache, FADEL’s CTO, explained that with the help of FADEL mentors, who met with students on a weekly basis, the team implemented a different algorithm that outperforms FADEL’s algorithm while being compatible with the rest of their system.  




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