IEEE Western Saudi Arabia

March 10th, 2018

On 25-26/2/2018 Effat University, Jeddah, KSA hosted the 15th Learning & Technology Conference. L&T 2018 was technically sponsored by IEEE Western Saudi Arabia (WSA) Section. 2018 theme was Internet of Things: Embedding Intelligence.


IEEE WSA section had a strong presence in the different conference committees and activities. Dr. Adnan Al-Bar, a member of WSA section and Professional Activities officer in the ExCom was the conference general co-chair. Both Dr. Heba Alkurdi from King Saud University and Ms. Reem Turki Chair of WIE Affinity Group, joined the conference Scientific Committee.

During the conference, Dr. Abdulrahman Alahdal, Um Al Qura University, Makkah and member of IEEE WSA section gave a keynote speech about different activities of IEEE in large and IEEE WSA section. Dr. Alahdal also gave a technical talk entitled Biomedical Application of IoT Technologies and its Effect.

Dr. Mousa Al-Akhras, Saudi Electronic University, senior IEEE member, IEEE WSA section and section’s secretary gave a four hours technical workshop on Web Applications Hacking: SQL Injection & Cross-Site Scripting. The workshop covered both theoretical and technical aspects of web application hacking. The demonstration was built using Linux Kali and OWASP BWA.




March 5th, 2018
In order to grant the approval, we must plot a policy and implement it.
The policy includes the following:
  1. The chapter must have a plan submitted using Vtools and approved by the Excom.
  2.  Chapters should submit their plans through the Chairs of their activities, i.e. if the activity is for young professionals, the  Chair of YP must submit the plan, if it’s for students chapter, the student activities chair must submit.
  3. The section encourages and supports activities across the section and not activities for each chapter and branch.
  4. Activities which are limited to one branch or chapter (OU) shall be funded according to the rebate that OU received.
  5. All future requests must follow the section’s policy and abide by it.


March 3rd, 2018

International Disability Day Dates: 19-20 December 2017

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mish’al bin Majid bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Jeddah, the Vice President for Development, Dr. Amin bin Yousef Naaman, inaugurated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017 event at the King Abdul Aziz University. This event held at King Faisal Conference Center organized by the Deanship of Students Affairs for Special Needs, drew the participation of 22 organization, with almost 1000 attendees.

IEEE-Western Saudi Arabia (WSA) SIGHT under the leadership of the Section’s chair,  Dr. Hafidh Al Samarrai is the initiator of this annual event and has taken a lead role in organizing, planning, and conducting this event since January 2017.         

IEEE-WSA SIGHT was also responsible for coordinating between the different organizations participating including, Marrakiz Alahya, Reaayat Alajyal, King Fahad Public Library and King Abdulaziz University to organize this event. SIGHT also played a leading role in developing the plan for the event, the time schedule, and the workshops.

The Exhibition

The Vice President for Development, during his tour of the exhibition held as part of this celebration, reviewed three projects implemented by the University, as initiatives related to National Transition Program 2020 of Saudi Arabia. These projects were all concerned with the promoting of the status of people with special needs within a university environment: The Project providing the blind path “Bluetooth”, the development of English language curricula in the form of “Daisy Format” for the blind on mobile phones and the exhibition of mobile awareness life on wheels.

During the exhibition, IEEE-WSA SIGHT also showcased a number of technologies and applications which can be of assistance to those with Special Needs in their day-to-day life.

The Main Event

The day’s ceremonies began with the recitation of verses from the holy Quran and continued with a presentation entitled “Department of Life” focusing on people with special needs and the need to expand what’s on offer to them through the preparation of the place and provision a variety of services targeted to them. 

This was followed by a speech given by the Secretary General of the Neighborhood Centers in Jeddah, Engineer Hassan Zahrani, reviewing the efforts of the centers, in the service of people with Special needs, through their employment, their integration in the community and the setting up of programs and forums for their own. He also praised the holding of this celebration and the active participation of the organizations and people interested with special needs people.

The President of the Generations Welfare Society Dr. Ibrahim Muhanna Al-Muhanna, speaking next stressed the importance of celebrating those with special needs by activating practical initiatives in raising the level of service provided to them. He stressed that this celebration gives a clear indication of the University’s keen interest in serving the people with special needs. He also noted the many initiatives and projects launched for people with special needs in order to better serve them by the University.

Then a play entitled “Point of View” was presented to the students of the university with special needs, as the first production in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to represent the heroes of students with different disabilities “visual-motor-nervous” written by the great writer Lenin Ramli, directed by Faisal Harbi, From the judging committee at the Third Theater Festival where the first participation was for people with special needs in the festival.

In his speech given on behalf of HE Dr. Abdulrahman bin Obaid Al Youbi, the University’s Vice-Dean for Development, Dr. Amin bin Yusuf Al-Youbi welcomed the participants and said, “King Abdulaziz University celebrates in December each year the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. To achieve a learning environment that is equal to everyone regardless of their physical and sensory abilities.”

“At this year’s ceremony we are celebrating a number of achievements such as the establishment of the first agency for people with special needs in the Kingdom’s universities within the Deanship of Student Affairs and the launching of projects within the initiative to promote the status of people with special needs at the university, which was funded by the National Transition Program 2020. The three projects are providing the blind path “Bluetooth”, the development of English language curricula in the form of “Daisy Format” for the blind on mobile phones and the exhibition of mobile awareness life on wheels.”

He added that “one of the proudest in the service of the issues of people with special needs at the University of the “founder” is to change minds about their issues and their rights, there are high committees under the chairmanship of the Director and an executive working to study needs and adjust the course when needed, and pledge to all to continue tireless efforts in order to be the first university in the region to serve people with special needs.” At the end of the ceremony, the Under-Secretary for Development, Dr. Amin bin Yousef Naaman, honored the sponsors and participants in the ceremony.

The Workshops

The activities of the International Day of Disability are marked by a number of sessions and workshops. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Muhanna runs the “Visual Disability Course”, in which Isaac Harsi presents the aids to visual impairment. The second session focuses on the deaf and mute, and includes a workshop by Dr. Nabil Al-Hashemi, “Light Sensitivity and Autistic Children” workshop by Dr. Hanan Baqbas, followed by a workshop: “Media Coverage on Persons with Disabilities” by Aya Jibril, and then the experience of Professor Autek Mulla on “the correct integration of comprehensive autism”, Professor Ashgan al-Ghamdi concluded sessions for the first day with a paper entitled “the impact of technology on the life of blind women”.

IEEE-WSA SIGHT hopes, based on the very positive feedback received from the participants that this will be the start of a new series of events focusing on People with Special Needs.




February 18th, 2018

The IEEE WSAS student branch of KAU has participated with a booth during the Engineering Day 2018.

February 18th, 2018

A SumoRobot competition organized by the IEEE WSAS student branch at King Abdulaziz University during the Engineering Day 2018.

April 8th, 2017

The IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapters Co-sponsored 2017 2nd International Conference on Anti-Cyber Crimes (ICACC) held during March 26-27, 2017, at King Khalid University. ICACC is an annual conference that brings together leading academicians, researchers, students, authorities, and agencies responsible for security, safety and law enforcement to interact and exchange pertinent ideas related to Anti-Cybercrimes. ICACC 2017 is the 22nd IEEE sponsored conference in the Kingdom, and the dignitaries from IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section and King Khalid University participated in various committees of the conference. ICACC 2017 has made an impact in the region and has received 72 papers that span authors from 32 Universities of 14 countries among which 25 papers were selected for oral presentation and 24 papers for poster presentation after rigorous review from at least three potential reviewers for each submitted paper.

March 31st, 2017

The IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section, the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Chapters for extending technical co-sponsorship and thereby including the ICACC 2017 proceedings in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.  The entire IEEE Western Saudi Arabia Section deserves recognition, mainly, Dr. Hafidh Al Samarrai, Dr. Adnan Al Bar and Dr. Akila Sarirete for their continuous support during ICACC 2017. Dr. Hafidh Al Samarrai supported us a lot by clarifying our doubts, providing us suggestions and guidelines.


March 16th, 2017

Chair of Students Activities

Western Saudi Arabia IEEE Section Bylaws

Roles and Responsibilities

1) Make sure that there are students chapters/branches in all the universities and colleges in the region of the Section and establish them if they don’t exist.
2) Make sure that each chapter has a full team consisting of a chair, vice chair, secretary and a treasurer.
3) Follow up with the chapters in order to plan, organize and report a minimum of four activities a year.
4) He will immediately replace the chair if he/she does not organize an activity for three month, and report this replacement to the excom.
5) Be in charge of organizing the Extreme Programming Competition and make sure that there are teams in all chapters.
5) Organize a minimum of five membership development activities a year, in coordination with Membership Development Chair.
6) Organize the annual Students Competition of the WSA IEEE’s Section.
7) Give a report on the above in the periodic meetings of the Excom of the Section.

March 16th, 2017

Chair of Membership Development
Western Saudi Arabia IEEE Section
Roles and Responsibilities
1)Receiving mailings of membership materials from IEEE Operations Center
2)Developing a local Membership Development plan and/or plan of Membership Development activities.
3)Monitoring a current record of membership
4)Working with other volunteer leaders to develop, execute and monitor plans and goals for membership growth, retention, and recovery
5)Analyzing membership information and trends to identify membership problems and opportunities
6)Ensure adequate supplies of membership development materials are available for distribution at appropriate venues within your entity (chapter meetings, conferences, job fairs, etc).
7)Communicating regularly with the Regional or Society Membership Development Officer.
8)Providing quarterly membership status report with recommendations to Regional or Society Membership Development Officer.
9)Coordinating membership exhibits for local meetings and conferences, including but not limited to use of IEEE Cooperative Displaying program, soliciting materials for exhibits, identifying volunteers to staff booth
10)Optimizing local recruitment efforts by ensuring that Membership Development activities parallel headquarters’ programs and processes
11)Cultivation of prospect lists for membership.