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An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Seifedine Kadry, from the American University of the Middle East, Kuwait

"I recommend open-access publication because it give the authors the maximum possible exposure of their work within the academic community and promotes the sharing of research and ideas to the widest possible audience."

I'm Seifedine Kadry, I obtained my BS in Computer Science from the Lebanese University in 2000 and MS in Applied Maths and Computer Science from AUF (joint program between three universities: Reims and Rennes from France and EPFL from Lausanne) in 2002, and my PhD degree in applied math from the Blaise Pascal University, France in 2007. Since September 2010, I joined the American University of the Middle East in Kuwait as Associate Professor in Applied Maths. During my PhD work, I develop a new method to find the Probability Density Function (PDF) of the output of a stochastic system; in addition I evaluated the PDF of a random matrix. It was a challenge for me to choose a domain not very close to my background but I'm sure that it is an added value to me and I'm happy to see my name between the names of the big scientists in this field. My supervisor advice me to concentrate my research in one field but always I like to be a multidisciplinary scientist and that added a special flavor to my publications from Applied Math to Computer Science to Stochastic Mechanics. Whether my supervisor is wrong or right, without him this interview will not exist, so thank you Professor Chateauneuf. My current research interests include numerical analysis, Quantum cryptography, XML technology and stochastic system. Recently, I have investigated the advantage to use XML technology in Database Replication, Database Backup and Data warehouse.

How did you gain interest in XML technology?
My interest in this field is due to a project on the banking sector. The problem was the replication between different and heterogeneous systems for reconciliation and generation of a unified report. The complexity of data transfer or import export technique, which is an old method, is a danger because the probability to loss data is high. My solution was to develop software solution and to use XML as interface between 4 systems using ORACLE, DB2, SQL SERVER and Sybase as databases. The large and suitable data types of XML language facilitate the compatibility between these systems and lead to a minimization of losing data.

What trend do you foresee in XML technology?
I believe that XML is an essential technology that will be used widely in the future and in many fields like: Database replication, Database backup, Data warehouse, security, and in any well structured format.

What did you investigate in your last publication?
As I recently moved to a new University with a new culture and environment, I was interested to search and to learn some teaching methodologies and I published a paper in an IEEE conference titled: "Performance Evaluation of Using Excel to Study Calculus", where I studied the effect on the students grades of using Microsoft Excel to teach calculus for different majors (business, engineering, etc). The statistical result of my study showed clearly the improvement on the student's grades if we use excel rather than the traditional method of teaching.

What was your most successful moment?
The most successful moment happen when my book "Exact probability density function using multivariate transformation: Applied to static and dynamic stochastic mechanical system" was published.

What topics have you been teaching so far?
I have a medium experience of teaching in universities for both undergraduate and graduate levels. I have lectured many courses like numerical methods, calculus, XML technologies, advanced programming, cryptography.

What are the current research projects you are working on?
The current project is to design and implement XLink. XLink is an XML markup language and W3C specification that provides methods for creating internal and external links within XML documents, and associating metadata with those links. The goal of this project is to propose a clear and new design of XLink based on the W3C recommendations then to implement this design in the internet browser.

What is your feeling about open-access publication? Do you recommend it?
I recommend open-access publication because it give the authors the maximum possible exposure of their work within the academic community and promotes the sharing of research and ideas to the widest possible audience.

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