This project involved three countries with three academic partners to deliver high-quality research: Inria in France, International University of Rabat in Morocco, and Carnegie Mellon University in USA.

Inria (National Institute for Applied Research in Computer Science, Control and Mathematics) is a French public-sector scientific and technological institute operating under the dual authority of the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Industry. INRIA’s missions are to undertake basic and applied research, to design experimental systems, to ensure technology and knowledge transfer, to organize international scientific exchanges, to carry out scientific assessments, and to contribute to standardization. The research carried out at INRIA brings together experts from the fields of computer science and applied mathematics covering the following areas: Networks and Systems; Software Engineering and Symbolic Computing; Man-Machine Interaction; Image Processing, Data Management, Knowledge Systems, Simulation and Optimization of Complex Systems. It is also strengthening its involvement in the development of research results and technology transfer. INRIA gathers in its premises around 3.000 persons: 900 INRIA permanent employees (400 researchers, 500 engineers and technicians), 750 post-docs, engineers and visitors, 700 doctoral candidates, 450 Researchers and professors from other organizations and 200 “Expert engineers” (on research contracts).


The RESIST team (former MADYNES) is s a leading research team on network and security management. It is physically located in the Inria Nancy Grand Est centre. It aims at designing, implementing and validating novel models, algorithms  and tools to make networked systems elastic and resilient so as to enhance their scalability  and security, assuming large and heterogeneous ecosystem of users, applications and devices.


The International University of Rabat (IUR) was founded in 2010 with support of the Moroccan state and the Caisse of Depot et Gestion. IUR has witnessed rapid growth since then. Today the university has around 2900 students across 9 departments. IUR is committed to supporting major development projects in the country (digital Morocco, energy action plan, aerospace, logistics..). The university has developed strong partnerships with industry and other academic institutions both nationally and internationally. The  university has many research contracts and grants. In 2012 and 2013, the university filed the largest number of patents in the country. In 2014, the university received the national innovation award from the prime minister.

TIC lab

TIC lab is a research laboratory that works on information and communication technologies with a focus on big data, Internet of things, smart cities, energy efficiency, logistics, cyber security, urban mobility, and socio-technical systems. The TIC lab has a dozen full-time faculty members, mainly from the Moroccan diaspora. Since its creation in 2010, the lab has received funding for a dozen research projects from national and  international organizations (Moroccan CNRST, US National Academy of Sciences, IBM, US army, ICARDA, and VLIR-UOS). TIC lab has written more than 200 journal and conference papers and filled 25 patents. TIC lab has also organized many international conferences.


  • Ghita Mezzour, Assistant professor (main contact)
  • Mounir Ghogho, Professor
  • Mohammed Boulmaf, Professor
  • Abdellah Houmz, Professor
  • Mehdi Zakroum, PhD student
  • Taaha Hamzaoui, PhD student
  • Othmane Cherqi, PhD student
  • Hicham Haamouchi, PhD student

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a first tier private research university in Pittsburgh PA, USA. World renowned for its computer science, engineering and performing arts programs. CMU was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, as the Carnegie Technical Schools, and began granting four year degrees in 1967. CMU developed one of the first departments of computer science and today has an entire college of computer science replete with 7 departments.

CMU has a unique interdisciplinary approach to education with many classes being project based. Research at CMU is also strongly interdisciplinary. For example, CYLABS, is an interdisciplinary center for cyber security and privacy that is joint between the college of engineering and the college of computer science.


The center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) is a university wide center of excellence in Network Science and Complex Socio-Technical Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.  The center, directed by Dr. Kathleen M. Carley, is world renowned for developing new theories, methods and technologies for addressing social issues using high-dimensional network analytics and agent based models.  One of the core technologies originally developed in the center, ORA, is today a widely used COTS tool for network analysis and visualization at scale that supports a wide range of networks from those derived from social media, to netflow data, to social and organizational networks to semantic networks.


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