Shabaya

Dr.Rim Meziani

Assistant Professor

Email: rim.meziani@adu.ac.ae

Educational Background


  • Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan 2006
  • M.A. in Urban Planning, Ecole Polytechnique d'Architecture et d'Urbanisme, Algeria 2003
  • B.Sc. with Honors in Architecture (Biolclimatic Architecture.), Ecole Polytechnique d'Architecture et d’Urbanisme, Algeria

Mini Bio

Areas of Competence

  • Urban planning, Urban Design, Governance and urban policy
  • Spatial Analysis and modeling of urban dynamics.
  • GIS applications
  • 3D visualization of cities and virtual reality
  • Importance of Environmental factor in shaping urban forms and use of open spaces and urban landscapes

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Assistant Professor, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 2009 - Now
  • Assistant Professor, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE. 2008 - 2009
  • Post doctoral fellow, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan 2006 - 2008

Research & Scholarly activities

  • Recipient of several research grants from:
    • The Abu Dhabi University, UAE, 2012-2013, 8.000DHs.
    • The Abu Dhabi University, UAE, 2011-2012, 20.000Dhs.
    • The University of Sharjah, UAE, 2008-2009, 20.000Dhs.
    • he Board of the conference SB05 Tokyo "Action for Sustainability", 2005, 100.000 Japanese yens
    • The Japanese Foundation for Fusion of Science and Technology (FOST), 2005.
    • Hori Foundation, Japan, 2003 to 2004, 100.00 Japanese yens
    • The Japan Association of Simulation and Gaming (JASAG), 2003.
    • MONBUGAKUSHO scholarship from the Japanese government, Ministry of Education scholarship, Japan, 2003-2006.
  • Authored of 1 book and authored or co-authored over 20 technical papers (Refered journal papers, peer-reviewed Conference papers, International conference papers, seminars)
  • Authored of 1 book and authored or co-authored over 20 technical papers (Refered journal papers, peer-reviewed Conference papers, International conference papers, seminars)
    • Study Of The Relationship Between Visual Openess, Walkability And Climatic Comfort- Applications To The 2030 Master Plan Of Abu Dhabi, 02.2013 to present.
    • Study of Urban Forms for the Capital District in Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 From Visibility and Climatic Aspects (20,000Dhs funded by Abu Dhabi University), 02.2011 to 10.2012.
    • Educational Game for Sustainable Development of an Islamic city (20,000Dhs funded by University of Sharjah),01. 2009 to 07.2009.
    • Visibility Analysis of Ghardaia City By Using Visibility Graph and Space Syntax (funded by Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan), 06.2006 to 04. 2008
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    • "A Study on Spatial Analysis of Urban Sprawl on an Algerian Oasis City, M'zab Valley-Applications of GIS and 3D Visualization techniques" (funded by the ministry of Education and Research, MONBUKAGAKUSHO scholarship, Japan), 03.2004 to 03.2006.
    • Using GIS in Defining A Sustainable Urban Policy – Applications on A Strategy of Urban Development Of A Municipality (Epau, Algeria), 2001 to 2003.

Consultancy & Industry Experience

  • GIS coordinator between the Abu Dhabi University and Abu Dhabi Spatial data infrastructure, Government of Abu Dhabi (AD-SDI), 2013-Now.
  • Interview Panel member at the Embassy of Japan in Abu Dhabi to select the UAE citizens recipients of the MONBUGAKUSHO scholarship from the Japanese government for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Azad Islamic University, Dubai Branch. Interview of 37 candidates for PhD program, Teheran, Iran.
  • External examiner of capstone projects in Architecture and Interior Design programs at Al Hosn University, Abu Dhabi, 2012-2013.
  • Reviewer at International Journal of Society Systems Science (IJSSS)- Special Issue on: "Urban Modeling and Planning System" for the International Community on Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development.
  • Reporter in two sessions in: Breakout session reports of the unit 6: Healthy buildings/ cities (in Web) http://www.sb05.com/student_reports/6_Rim_rev.pdf and unit 12:Urban environmental system (in Web) http://www.sb05.com/student_reports/12_Rim.pdf, in the SBO5 Tokyo “Action for sustainability”, the 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference in Tokyo, 27-29 September 2005, Tokyo- Japan.

ORGANIZING TRAINING WORKSHOPS/ SCIENTIFIC EVENTS

  • Organizing the stand of Abu Dhabi University in the “Outdoor Design” Exhibition, Exhibition hall, Dubai. 04.2013.
  • Organized the event "Landscape Exhibition and Seminar" for Landscape community (students, professors and professionals) Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 04.05.2011.
  • "Building GIS Data for Urban Planning and Management", Community training course at the University of Sharjah. 02.2009.
  • Organization committee, International Forum on Islamic Architecture and Design (IFIAD 2008), University of Sharjah, 2008.
  • Internship in Human Security Project in the United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nagoya office, Japan, from 10. 2002 to 02. 2003.
  • Participation to the Seventh E-workspace organized by the Human security team of UNCRD-Nagoya office, theme 5: Citizen-government interface, sub-theme: Increasing efficiency (in Web). http://www.uncrd.or.jp/hs/02e_eworkspace/eng/discussion5.htm

Membership of Scientific & Professional Societies

  • International Community on Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development (SPSD), member. (September 2010 - Present).
  • Special Interest Group on Transportation and Spatial Development (SIG), member. (May 2003 - Present).
  • The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), member. (October 2003 - March 31, 2008).
  • Committee chair of the Graduate Council, Abu Dhabi University
  • Member in different committees at the level of the university
    • Academic Council, Abu Dhabi University.
    • The Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research, Abu Dhabi University.
  • Member in different committees at the level of the Department and the College:
    • Research Committee, Abu Dhabi University.
    • Learning Outcomes Committee, Abu Dhabi University
    • Curriculum Committee, Abu Dhabi University
    • Search and hiring committee, Abu Dhabi University
    • Accreditation and Academic committee, Abu Dhabi University
    • Website Committee, Abu Dhabi University
    • Teaching and Learning Committee, University of Sharjah.
    • Architectural Department Committee for the University Accreditation, University of Sharjah.