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Distinguished Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

University Research Chair
in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications

Director: Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory (MCRLab)
and Distributed & Collaborative Virtual Environments Research Laboratory (DISCOVER)
Distinguished University Professor: (see EECS announcement)
Honours & Awards Editorial Board
  • ELG 5121 Multimedia Communications (log in into Blackboard)
  • information for students (s_info)

Press & News


  • Best Paper Award at the 13th ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA 2016), Agadir, Morocco, Nov. 29th – Dec. 2nd , 2016 for the paper titled: “Promoting Active Participation of the Learners in an Authoring based Learning Movie System”


  • Recipient of the 2014-2015 University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research (2015)
  • ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMM) Nicolas D. Georganas Best Paper Award 2015 for the article “A Quality of Experience Model for Haptic Virtual Environments” (TOMM vol.10, Issue 3)
  • Best Paper Award at the 7th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience (QoMEX 2015) sponsored by YouTube Google, 26-29 May 2015, Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece



  • Abdulmotaleb El Saddik is recipient of the 2013 IEEE Canada Achievement Award: C.C. Gotlieb (Computer) Medal for important contributions to the field of computer engineering and science



  • The Technical Award of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society for his “outstanding contributions to multimedia computing.”


  • Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC) (read more)
  • Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).(read more )


  • Prof. El Saddik and his team Jongeun Cha, Mohamad Eid, Ahmad Barghout, and ASM Mahfujur Rahman, won the ACM Multimedia 2009 Grand Challenge Most Entertaining Award for “HugMe: Synchronous Haptic Teleconferencing” System
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE)
  • Fellow of IEEE for contributions to interactive haptic audio visual systems (FIEEE)


  • Professional of the Year Award, Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • BEST Paper Award for "ALPHAN: A Haptic Enabled Protocol with Multi-User Collaboration", at ACM/IEEE DS-RT 2008
  • ACM SIG MM Recognition for contributing to the success of ACM MM 2008 as General Chair
  • IEEE Recognition of Service Award for outstanding organization of I2MTC 2008
  • ACM recognition as ACM Senior Member


  • University Research Chair in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Chair TC-37 Measurements and Networking, IEEE Instrumentation & Measutrement Society, 2007 -
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Physicians and Students of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
  • Best Paper Award for "A Dominating Set Based Peer-to-Peer Protocol for Real-Time Multi-Source Collaboration" at the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Collaborative Service-oriented P2P Information Systems (COPS 2007)


  • Best paper Award (Honor Article) "Graphical Password with Haptics", 6th International Conference on Virtual Concept, Cancun, Mexico, 26th Nov. - 1st Dec 2006
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society
  • International WHO'S WHO Historical Society
  • Best Short-Paper/Demo Award at the 2006 annual Intelligent Interactive Learning Object Repositories Conference (I2LOR-2006), Montreal Canada


  • Certificate of Appreciation from IEEE - GCC Section
  • Premier's Research Excellence Award (PREA)
    National Capital Institute of Telecommunications (NCIT)
  • New Professorship Incentive Award
  • Recipient of one of the three Best paper award for "Architecture and Evaluation of Tele-Haptic Environments" at the 8th IEEE DS-RT
  • 2017Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Multimedia Analysis with Collective Intelligence” in Elsevier Journal of Visual Communication and Image Representation
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Advances of Multisensory Services and Technologies for Healthcare in Smart Cities” in IEEE ACCESS
  • 2017Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Multimedia Cloud Computing for Smarter Cities” in Springer Multimedia System Journal
  • 2017Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Impact of Next-Generation Mobile Technologies on IoT-Cloud Convergence” in IEEE Communications Magazine
  • 2016 – Senior Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing,Communications, and Applications (ACM TOMM)
  • 2016 – Associate Editor Games for Health Journal (G4HJ) http://www.liebertpub.com/overview/games-for-health-journal/588
Conference Organization
  • 2017 Workshop co-chair of IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, October 5–8, 2017, Banff Center, Banff, Canada
  • 2017 Co-Chair of the IEEE ICME Workshop on “Deep Learning for Intelligent Multimedia Analytics” Nov, 7, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA
  • 2017 Panel co-Chair of The Third IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Big Data, April 19-21, 2017, Laguna Hills, California, USA
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), University of Ottawa
800 King Edward, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel: (613) 562-5800 x 6277, Fax: (613) 562-5664
Office: SITE, Room 5-037,