Departments and research areas


Research Areas (Faculty of Engineering)


Electronics and Communications Engineering

1. Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits and Systems

• Development of integrated circuits for wireless power transfer systems

• Development of low phase noise CMOS oscillators for millimeter wave applications

• Sensors electronics

• Radio frequency transceivers design

• RF-CMOS Front-end (LNA, PA, Mixer, VCO, VGA)

2. Digital System Architecture and Design

• Application specific, reconfigurable, and embedded architectures

• Networks-on-Chip, Network processor and router architectures

• System-on-Chips

• Parallel and multi-core systems

• Ultra low power and energy efficient architecture design

• High Performance Computing/Processing Systems

• Security Architectures/Secure Design of Embedded Systems

• Neuromorphic computing

• High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265)

• Embedded Machine Vision Systems

• Wireless body area networks

3. Digital Signal Processing

• Image and Video Processing

• Speech and Audio processing

• Multi-dimension Signal Processing and Stochastic Processes

• Multimedia Systems

• Pattern Recognition

• Computer Vision and Image Analysis

• Adaptive Filtering Design

• Sparse Signal Processing and Applications

• Compressive sensing

• Bioinformatics

• Biomedical Signal Processing

4. Wireless Communication Systems

• 5G Communication System

• Broadband Wireless Systems

• PHY layer Design

• Coding for communication Systems

• Cognitive and software – Defined Radio

• PHY layer security

• Wireless-Optical Communication

5. Photonics Communications Systems

• Silicon Photonics and Photonic Crystals

• Visible Light Communications (VLC)

• Free-Space Optics (FSO)

• Digital Signal Processing for optical Communication

• Optical Space- Division Multiplexing (SDM)

• Coherent Light wave Systems

• Optical transport and Access Networks

• Information Theory and Coding

6. Microwave Engineering and Remote Sensing

• Wireless Power Transfer Systems

• Nano- Antennas and passive Devices

• Antenna and Resonators for Imaging Technologies

• Microwave and 60GHz mm Wave Antennas and Circuits

• Antenna and Rectennas for IOT Applications

• Energy harvesting for Implantable and wearable devices

• Diagnostic and therapeutic Electromagnetic Applications

• Smart Antennas and Adaptive Antenna Arrays

• Antennas for Medical Applications

• Antenna imaging Technologies

• Antenna System for 5G Communication

• Frequency and Time Domain Techniques for Antenna and Microwave Devices

• Reconfigurable Antennas and Arrays

• Novel Electromagnetic Materials

• Remote Sensing and Satellite Observation

Computer Science and Engineering

1. Parallel Computing

• High Performance Computing

• Heterogeneous Systems/Accelerators

• HPC on the Cloud

• High Performance Embedded Systems/Edge Computing

• Big Data Processing and Knowledge Discovery from Data

• Parallelizing Compilers

• Dynamic Binary Translation

• Cloud Security/Homomorphic Encryption

• Analytical Performance Modelling

• Quantum Computing

• Neuro-Processing Acceleration

2. Mobile Wireless Networking and Computing

• Indoor Localization

• Calibration-free localization

• GPS replacement technologies

• Device-free localization

• Device-free activity recognition

• Automatic construction of indoor floor plans

• Cognitive radio networks

• Software-defined networks

3. Cyber-Physical Systems

• Machine Learning

• Computer-Aided Drug Design

• Road Traffic Control, Modeling, and Simulation

• Computational Robotics

• Human Activity Recognition

• Rigorous Simulation of Dynamical Systems

• Computable Analysis

 

4. Intelligent Systems

• Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

• AI and Multi-Agent Systems

• Natural Language Understanding

• Computational Intelligence

• Bioinformatic

5. Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

• Object/Person/Face Detection

• Object/Face Recognition

• Object/People Tracking

• Human Activity Recognition

• Optical Character Recognition

• Image Segmentation

• Feature Detection/Description/Matching

• Video Surveillance

• Large-Scale Visual Recognition

• Vision Computing on Modern Parallel Architectures

6. Theory and Analysis of Algorithms

• Analysis of Algorithms

• Data Structures

• Graph Algorithms

7.Stochastic modeling

• Queuing models

• Matrix analytic method

• Markov decision processes

• Performance evaluation and optimization

Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering

1. Bio-Mechatronic Systems

• Surgical Robots

• Rehabilitation Robots and Assistive Devices

• Human-Robot Interaction

• Prosthetic Devices

• Smart Medical Devices

• Bio-Inspired Robots

2. Magnetic Suspension and Bearing Systems

• Control of Magnetic Bearing Systems

• Applications of Magnetic Bearing in Medical Field

• Magnetically Levitated Wind Turbine

• Robots with magnetic bearing joints

• Vibration Isolation Systems Using Magnetic suspension

• Self-Bearing (Bearingless) Motors

3. Intelligent Mechatronics Systems

• Flying/Walking Robot.

• Tele-Operation Systems.

• Aerial manipulation systems

• Multi-Locomotion Robots

• Legged Robots

• Wearable Vehicle

• Brain-Based Devices

• Micro/Nano Manipulation

• Parallel Manipulators

• Swarm Robots

• Intelligent control of Smart Actuators

• Nonlinear Vibration System.

• Smart Structures

4. Field and Service Robots

• Mobile robot exploration, navigation and control

• Rescue Robots

• Inspection Robot

• Climbing Robots.

• Robot Motion Control in Unstructured Area

• Landmines Detection Robots

• Indoor Service Robot.

• Insect-killing Robot

• Solar Powered Rover

• Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, AUV

• Agriculture Robots

• Mining Robots

• Forestry Robots

• Construction Robots

• Aerial-Underwater Robots

5. Micro/Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

• Tactile Sensing Systems

• Micro Smart Sensor/ Actuators

• Micro Energy Harvesting Devices

• Micro Flying Robot

• Microfluidics Systems

• Aerial-Underwater Robots

6.Micro/Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

• Tactile Sensing Systems

• Smart Sensor/ Actuators

• Energy Harvesting Devices

• Micro Flying Robot

• Microfluidics Systems

Industrial Engineering and Systems Management

1. Industrial Engineering:

• Integrated Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment in Container Terminals.

• Operations research applications in container terminals.

• Discrete Event Simulation of Container Terminals.

• Discrete Event Simulation in production and service management.

• Equipment scheduling in automated and smart container terminals.

• The pollution routing problem.

• Operations Research Application in Healthcare Planning and Management.

• Smart Grid Management and Optimization Models

• Optimization application in energy systems management

• Optimization application in water resources management systems

• Applied operations research in crop planning.

2. Manufacturing Engineering

• Modeling and Simulation of Metal Cutting Processes.

• Correlating Additive Manufacturing and Product Characteristics.

• Machine Tool/Process Interaction.

• Chatter occurrence in cutting processes

•Characterization of Ultrasonic-Assisted Milling.

• Ultrasonic Assisted Machining of Hard-to-cut Materials.

• Abrasive Water Jet Machining.

Materials Science and Engineering

1. Nano-materials for energy, sensing, environmental and electronic applications

• Perovskite, CTS, Organic and Quantum Dot Photovoltaic Solar Cells: Fundamental Investigation & Device Engineering.

• Nanomaterials for Gas Sensing Applications; Fundamental Investigation& Device Engineering.

• Carbon Nanostructured Materials (Graphene, Carbon Nanofibers and CNTs): Synthesis, Charactrization and Device Engineering in Supercacitors/Batteries/Fuel Cells applications.

• Nano-Piezo Electronic Materials: Approaches to Energy Scavenging.

• Strain Gauge Sensors: Materials and Fabrications.

• Thin Film and Bulk Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials.

• Plasmonic Nanostructuted Materials as Photo-thermal Membranes.

• CNTs and Graphene-Based Materials for printed and Flexible Electronic Application.

• Photo catalysis and Environmental Catalysis for Hydrogen Generation and Fisher Tropcsh Synthesis.

• Modeling and Simulation of Nanostructured Materials for Science and Energy Systems.

• Corrosion and Super-hydrophobic Coatings with Self-heating Properties.

• Chitosan, Chitosan-Nanoparticles and Nanofibers Preparation and Characterization For Tissue Engineering And Drug Systems.

• Electro spun Nanofibers and its Applications in Water Desalination and Energy

• Materials of Solar Water Desalination

• Materials of Solar Hydrogen Generation

2. Mechanics of materials: Modeling, Simulation and characterization(properties, stress, strain and displacement)

• Mechanics of Friction stir welding of similar and dissimilar materials

• Mechanical electrical properties of biological materials and heart tissues

• Mechanics of microforming and micro-laser drilling

• Mechanical and electrical properties of Hydroxyapatite

• Modeling and simulation of nano-pieso electric materials

• Multi-physics and multi-scale analysis techniques.

• Evolution of boundary elements in fracture mechanics

• Material models on macro and micro levels for metals,polymer and nanocomposites

• Dynamic mechanical properties of composites and nano-composites

• Laser processing of steels .

• Hot Deformation of Metal Matrix Composites

• Formability of Ultrafine-Grained Structures

• Mechanical Processing of New TWIP Stainless Steels

• Evaluation of The Fatigue Performance of New High Strength Materials For Structural Engineering Applications

 Superplastic forming

 Stir casting of metal matrix composites

 Laser welding similar and dissimilar materials

 Crashworthiness of high strength steels, Modeling and Simulation, experiments

 Properties of advanced materials for thermal memory

3. Advanced Functional Metallic Materials (Design, Processing and Characterization)

• Ultra-high strength, super-alloys and high entropy alloys

• Dental, bio-implants, and bio-degradable metallic materials

• Bulk-nanostructure materials and severe plastic deformation

• Improved castability and cold workability of metals and alloys

• Shape memory and superelastic alloys for sensing, biomedical, and structural application

• Metal and metal-oxides nano-tubes and nano-rods (production, characterization and applications

• Structural High Temperature Alloys for Power Plants Applications (Design, Production and Characterization)

• Bulk-Nanostructured Thermo-Electric Alloys

• Metals and Oxides for Radiation Sensing And Shielding

• High Temperature Superconductors

Energy Resources Engineering

1- Renewable Energy systems

• Design of Solar Energy Systems

• Thermal Regulation of PV Systems Using Nanotechnology

• Renewable energy driven systems

• Smart Energy Grids

• Thermoelectric System

2- Thermo-fluid

• Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

• Power Plants and Thermal Compart

• Multi-Phase Flows

• Flow in Porous Media

• Heat and Mass Transfer with Applications to Energy Systems

• Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer

• Heat Pipe

• Desalination Systems

• Micro-and Nano Scale Flows

• Multiscale Computations (Continuum-Meso- Molecular Dynamic Simulation)

3- Alternative energy systems

• Fuel Cell Technology

• Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

• Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

• Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

• Solar Hydrogen Production

• Photoelectrochemical Cells

• Photovoltaic/Photoelectrochemical Cells

4- Energy Storage Systems

• Thermal Energy Storage

• Mechanical Energy Storage

• Electrochemical Energy Storage

• Hydrogen Storage

• Energy Storage Systems for Grid Support

5- Energy Conservation and Management

• Electric Vehicle and Fuel Cell Vehicle Energy Management Systems

• Intelligent Energy Management Strategies for PV-Wind–Fuel Cell- Energy Storage Hybrid Systems.

• Energy Audits, Energy Efficiency and Energy Managements

6- Fuel and Combustion Engines

• Spray and Liquid Atomization

• Alternative and low grade fuels.

• Internal Combustion Engines

• Biomass Gasification and Carbonization

Environmental Engineering

1-Water Resources Engineering

a.Nonconventional Water Resources (desalination, water reuse and their applications including)

 Integrated Thermal and membrane desalination
 Renewable Energy Driven Desalination
 Nuclear Power Plants - Desalination
 Water-Energy-Food Nexus
 Agriculture Greenhouse - Desalination systems
 Tri - hybrid generation of water, electricity and cooling system
 Other desalination related R&D Applications

b. Groundwater Modeling / Management (Salt water Intrusion)

c. Applications of remote sensing and modeling of evapotranspiration.

2-Environmental Assessment and Management

• Sustainability and Sustainable Development

• Environmental Impact Assessment

• Environmental Management for Sustaining a Green Environment

• Cleaner Production for Green Industry

• Green Healthcare Units

• Nuclear safety management

• Climate Change

3-Air Quality

• Air Pollution Assessment and Control

• Climate Change and Sustainability (Greenhouse Effect)

• Indoor Air Quality Improvement Techniques

• Assessment of Emissions from Industries and Minimization Techniques

Chemicals and Petrochemicals Engineering

1.Design and Applications of separation Processes

Improving the performance and design of a new systems suitable for separation processes such as, Distillation, Liquid-Liquid Extraction, Gas Absorption, Adsorption, Membrane Separation, etc ….

2. Desalination using solar Energy

• Design of new solar collectors using nanofluids and its applications in water desalination

• Desalination Using Capacitive Deionization Techniques.

3. Design of wastewater treatment units and its applications

• Advanced Oxidation Techniques such as Plasma for Water Purification.

• Photocatalysis and its applications in water treatment

• Using New materials as ion exchange for water treatment

• Preparation of New electrodes and it applications for wastewater treatment by electrooxidation techniques.

4. Preparation of Nano-materials and its applications

• Ion exchange

• Electrocatalysis

• Fuel cells

5. Corrosion Protection

• Preparation of New Smart Materials and its applications for corrosion control

 6. Catalysis and its applications

• Photocataysis and its applications in wastewater treatment, Production of new chemical and petrochemical materials.

• Electrocatalysis and its Applications in Supercapacitors, Batteries, Sensors and Biosensors.

• Enzyme-catalysis and its applications in wastewater treatment, production of foodstuffs and pharmaceutical materials

7. Membrane fabrication and modifications and its applications in

• Desalination and Ultrafiltration processes.

• Fuel cells and Hydrogen production

• Separation processes.

8. Design of Micro-reactor and its applications such as:

• Preparation of fine chemicals, food stuffs and pharmaceutical drugs, etc..

9. Development of new polymeric materials:

• Composites, insulators, fibrous materials and conducting polymers, etc.

10. Biodiesel production from agricultural and oil wastes.