BOURAS Abdelaziz

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Office address: 
IUT Lumière - Université Lyon 2 , 160 Bd de l'Université, 69676 Bron

A. Bouras is currently on leave at Qatar University where he holds the Professor Scientific Chair position of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR), at the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering.  A. Bouras was Full Professor (Exceptional Class) at Université Lumière of Lyon (France), Deputy Director of the DISP research laboratory and Director of the CERRAL innovation and knowledge transfer center. In 2011 he has been conferred the Honoris-Causa Doctoral Degree in Science of the Chiang Mai University (Thailand) from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.


  • Research Habilitation in Computer Science, ICT for Engineering, University Claude Bernard of Lyon, France, 2000
  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Aided Design & Modeling, University Claude Bernard of Lyon, France, 1992
  • Research Master in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence & Computer Graphics, University Claude Bernard of Lyon, France, 1988
  • Engineer in Maintenance Engineering, Nat Inst. of Engineering Boumerdès, Algeria, 1987 


  • Professor in Computer Science, Computer Science Department, Faculty of Engineering, Qatar University, 2013-.
  • Professor in Computer Science, Lumiere Technology Institute, University Lumière of Lyon, 2000-2013
  • Associate-Professor in Computer Science, Faculty of Computer Science, University C. Bernard of Lyon, 93-2000

Invited Positions

  • Guest Researcher, NIST, Engineering Design Technologies Group, Manufacturing Engineering laboratory, Gaithersburg- MD, USA, 8 months, 2006
  • Guest Researcher, NIST, MSID Divison, Gaithersburg- MD, USA, 8 months, 1998
  • Invited Professor, Indian Institute of Science - Bangalore, India, 1 month, 2006
  • Invited Professor, UAEH University of Hidalgo at Pachuca, Mexico, 1 month, 2005 Invited Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 1 month, 1995


  • Honoris Causa PhD in Science (ICT & Knowledge Management), Thai Government, conferred by HRH Princess of Thailand, 2011-.
  • Exceptional Class (Professor), -. First Class (Professor), 2006
  • Scientific Excellency Award, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, France, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011
  • Nato Mobility Award, 1998 
  • Algerian Research Scholarship, 1987


IEEE, ASME, IFIP, Design Society, Interop V-lab,  SEE (EE and ICT, FR), MICADO (Digital Engineering, FR)

Research activities

A. Bouras current research interests focus on architectures for lifecycle engineering, and information modeling including ontology construction, semantic consistency, intelligent products modeling and digital preservation. He published over 200 papers and was invited as visiting researcher in several institutions: USA (NIST), Thailand (Chiang Mai), India (IISc Bangalore), Mexico (Pachuca), China (Fudan Shanghai), etc.

He supervised more than 26 PhD students in these fields. Some of them were/are co-supervised with international higher institutions from EU, Africa and Asia.


  • Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS), Editorial Board Member
  • International Journal of Product Development (IJPD), Associate-Editor and co-founder
  • International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM), Honorary Editor-In-Chief and Founder
  • International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics (IJIEI), Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Modern Project Management (JMPM), Editorial Board Member



  • QNRF NPRP SupplyLedger on Blockchain for rail Supply Chains smart contracts, 2019-2022
  • QNRF NPRP SIMUPOR on Simulation of microscale biogeochemical processes, 2016-2019
  • QNRF NPRP CEPROQHA on AI for Digital Cutural Heritage Preservation, 2016-2019
  • QNRF NPRP PRO-SKIMA on Ontologies for Skills Modeling, 2015-2019
  • FP7 EASY-IMP on intelligent products in the cloud, 2013-2016
  • FP7 FITMAN on future internet technologies for manufacturing, 2013-2015
  • Qatar DIGICULT QU-Grant on Digital Preservation, 2014-2016 
  • EU Erasmus-Mundus cLink program, 2012-2016
  • FR-China PHC/Cai YuanPei on Sustainable PLM (sPLM), 2012-2014
  • EU Erasmus-Mundus Sustainable eTourism program, 2010-2014
  • FR ARP-ANR FUTURPROD on prospective future production, 2012-2013
  • FR ARC8-M24PLM on maturity models, 2013-2014
  • FR EDF Nuclear-PLM on PLM and digital preservation, 2013-2014
  • FR FUI PEGASE on Serious Games for Product Lifecycle, 2009-2011
  • FR-Thai eTourism, 2009-2010
  • FR ISPRI-PLM on Process/IT alignement for Product lifecycle, 2008-2010
  • FR ANCAR-PLM on characterization of PLM in Rhône-Alps, 2006-2008
  • FR COPILOTES1 on Supply Chain Management, 2003-2006
  • EU ECW Asia-Link eLink program, 2008-2011
  • EU SQUARE on Quality Management Systems for Research and Education in North-Thailand, 2009-2010
  • EU ETHICS-FED on cooperative teaching at graduate level in North-Thailand, 2009-2010
  • FR-Greece PLATON on Intelligent Product Modeling, 2003-2005
  • FR-Morocco CPI on Data Modeling and Exchange Standards, 2000-2002



  • IFIP International Conference on PLM, Co-Founder (Annual Conference:
  • IEEE SKIMA International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications, Co-Founder (Annual Conference:
  • ACS/IEEE AICCSA2014, Program Committee Co-Chair
  • PLMSS 2012, Program Committee Co-Chair
  • Program Committee for about 80 international conferences.



Prof. Bouras teaches for graduate and undergraduate students. He is regularly invited for seminars in several countries and coordinated several Erasmus-Mundus exchange programs, such as the Sustainable ICT for eTourism exchange program (103 mobilities from South East Asia to European Universities in France, England and Italy).



  • Algorithms and programming, BSc and DUT
  • Software Lifecycle Modeling, MSc MSc Decision Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation, BSc Computer Science
  • Information Systems, MSc MSc Decision Information Systems
  • Product Lifecycle Management and Data Preservation, MSc Decision Information Systems
  • Digital Engineering and Smart-Entreprise, Research Master
  • Flow simulation, MSc Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain ICT execution tools, Supply Chain Professional BSc
  • Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management, BSc and DUT



  • Computer Graphics, MSc Image and Networks 
  • Geometric Modeling, MSc CAD/CAM
  • Computer Languages, MSc Computer Science
  • Algoritms and programming, BSc MIAGE



  • Knowledge Management for PLM, PhD in KM



  • Product Lifecycle Management, Master of Innovation & Design Engineering
  • Digital Preservation, Master INGENIUM



  • MSc IADE Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making, Representative at Université Lumière of Lyon, 2011-2013 
  • MSc CODE, Informatics and Decision, Representative at Université Lumière of Lyon, 2007-2011 
  • MSc Image and Networks, Coordinator, 1992-2000
  • BSc Productics, Coordinator, 1989-1992