In the context of the recent measures taken by national competent authorities at MS@CPS project participating countries to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the consortium faces mobility restrictions. Moreover, in the light of confirming the first positive Covid-19 case on the campus of the University of Hertfordshire at Hatfield, the University canceled holding all planned meetings at its campus. Therefore, the MS@CPS consortium is forced to cancel its scheduled physical meeting from 16-20 March 2020 at Hatfield and it is replaced it by an electronic meeting on Tuesday, 17.3.2020. The consortium is committed to the announced measures to ensure the safety of its participating members.
On Tuesday, 17.3.2020, the MS@CPS consortium held an online meeting instead of the scheduled face to face meeting because of imposed travel restrictions to limit Coronavirus (Covid-19) spread. The meeting discussed status, progress and planned activities in the project work packages. The meeting agenda lasted all full day and included presentations from the leaders of project Work Packages. All measures will be taken by the consortium partner universities to ensure a successful implementation of its tasks
The team of MS@CPS at Palestine Technical College – Deir El-Balah (PTC) held a briefing day to present the cyber-physical systems (CPS) in an event that took place at the main meetings hall on the 27th of February 2020. The event is devoted to informing fifth-year students at the computer systems engineering department at PTC about the applications of CPS in different fields. At the end of the event, the panel was opened for questions from the audience about the intended master program.
On the 18 of January 2020, Prof. Faiez Gargouri the local coordinator of the MS@CPS project at the University of Sfax and the project’s team member Dr. Nadia Bouassida participated in a live radio interview program at “radio Sfax” with Dr. Hansen Trichili to present the MS@CPS project and the master program in cyber-physical systems at the university.
On the17th of January 2020, the national Erasmus+ office of Tunisia represented by its coordinator Prof. Adel Alimi accompanied with the coordinator deputy Dr. Nesrine Baklouti conducted the first monitoring visit to the University of Sfax (USF) to evaluate the progress of the MS@CPS project. Prof. Faiez Gargouri the local coordinator of the MS@CPS project at USF and the project’s team presented the project status in preparation activities, curricula development and quality plan. Representatives from Carthage University were present as well. The discussions were very fruitful and Prof. Alimi praised the progress conducted so far. Representatives of the project leader, the University of Siegen in Germany, presented the management status of the project. Other consortium partners participated in this meeting as well via video conference and presented their work progress. The dissemination activities and sustainability plan were presented by the representative of Palestine Technical College – Deir El-Balah, Palestine.
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The team of MS@CPS at the higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia (ISIMS), University of Sfax held an internal workshop on the 4th of January 2020. The team discussed finalizing the accreditation application so the master program can be launched within the year 2020 as planned. It should be noted that the MS@CPS team at Sfax university is headed by Prof. Faiez Gargouri, the director of the higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia.
The team of MS@CPS at Palestine Technical College – Deir El-Balah (PTC) participated and presented the MS@CPS in the Erasmus Plus information day, which took place at the Islamic University of Gaza in Gaza City on Monday 23rd of December 2019. The event, which is devoted to increasing awareness of the Erasmus+ calls that are available for academic community. MS@CPS was present with brochures and a roll-up of the project at the event venue. The event was launched by president of the Islamic university of Gaza Prof. Naser Farahat and the director of the National Erasmus+ Office Dr. Nedal Jayousi. The event included presentations about the different calls of the Erasmus+ program.
Press article in “La Gazette du Sud” magazine about MS@CPS project meeting at ISIMS, university of Sfax, Tunisa. The magazine language is French and it covers news and information related to Sfax region, Tunisia