The ICTEA conference series was inspired by the need to help provide an opportunity for professional development of scientists and engineers in the Middle East, including the Gulf region and North Africa. The need for such development persists, despite the strong commitment of regional governments for improving undergraduate education and for building research capabilities in institutions of higher learning.

The purpose of starting a biannual international conference to be rotated around the Middle East, Persian Gulf, and North African region countries was and still is to meet this need and to provide a well-structured platform to boost research activity and productivity in the region as well as provide a point of contact and networking opportunities. Such a conference can serve as a focal point for the gathering of scientists and engineers who hail from this region and who are working abroad in Europe, North America,...

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