Research Areas


1. Electronics and Communications Engineering


 Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits and Systems

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

• Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Applications

• Radio frequency transceivers design

• Sensors electronics


 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

• Interconnection networks, system-level communications and protocols

• Ultra low power and energy efficient architecture design

• High Performance Computing/Processing Systems

• Security Architectures/Secure Design of Embedded Systems

• High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.264)

• Embedded Machine Vision Systems

• Body Area Networks/Body Sensor Network


 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


 Wireless Communication Systems

• Broadband Wireless Systems Technologies

• PHY Layer Design

• Coding for Communication Systems

• Cognitive and Software-Defined Radio

• 56 Communication System


 Photonics CommunicationsSystems

• Silicon Photonics

• Space-Division Multiplexing

• Coherent Lightwave Systems

• Digital Signal Processing for Optical Communication Systems

• Optical Communications Networks

• Optical Code-Division Multiple-Access (OCDMA)

• Optical Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM)


 Microwave Engineering and Remote Sensing

• Wireless Power Transfer Using Antennas and Coupled Resonators

• Antenna Design for Medical Applications

• Smart Antennas and Adaptive Antenna Arrays

• Planar Ultra-wide Bandwidth (UWB) Antennas and Arrays

• Microwave and 60GHz mm Wave Antennas and Filters

• Novel Electromagnetic Materials (Metamaterial / Electromagnetic Bandgap Materials) for Antenna and Microwave Circuits Applications

• Radar Design

• Reconfigurable Antennas and Arrays

• Remote Sensing and Satellite Observation


 Analog/Mixed Signal Design and Test

• Testing of Analog/Mixed signal systems

• Energy harvesting for Implantable and wearable devices

• Non-Invasive Biosensors



2. Computer Science and Engineering


 Parallel Computing

• High Performance Computing

• Heterogeneous Systems/Accelerators

• Green Technologies

• Parallelizing Compilers

• HPC on the Cloud

• High Performance Embedded Systems

• Big Data Processing


 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


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


 Intelligent Systems

• Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

• AI and Multi-Agent Systems

• Natural Language Understanding

• Computational Intelligence

• Bioinformatics


 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

• Object/Person/Face Detection

• Object/Face Recognition

• Object/People Tracking

• Optical Character Recognition

• Image Segmentation

• 3D Computer Vision

• Feature Detection/Description/Matching

• Video Surveillance

• Large-Scale Visual Recognition

• Vision Computing on Modern Parallel Architectures

• Human Activity Recognition


 Theory and Analysis of Algorithms

• Analysis of Algorithms

• Data Structures

• Computational Geometry

• Graph Algorithms

• Amortized Complexity

• Algorithms for Computer Graphics and Visualization



3. Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering


Bio-Mechatronic Systems

• Surgical Robots

• Rehabilitation Robots and Assistive Devices

• Human-Robot Interaction

• Prosthetic Devices

• Smart Medical Devices

• Bio-Inspired Robots


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 (Bearing less) Motors


Intelligent Mechatronics Systems

• Flying/Walking Robot.

• Tele-Operation Systems.

• Aerial Manipulation Systems

• Multi-Locomotion Robots

• Legged Robots

• Wearable Vehicle

• Brain-Based Devices

• Micro/Nano Manipulator

• Parallel Manipulators

• Swarm Robots

• Intelligent control of Smart Actuators

• Smart Sensor/ Actuators

• Energy Harvesting Devices

• Smart Structures


Field and Service Robots

• Mobile robot exploration, navigation and control

• Rescue Robots

• Inspection Robot

• 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


Micro / Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

• Tactile Sensing Systems

• Micro Smart Sensor/ Actuators

• Micro Energy Harvesting Devices

• Micro Flying Robot

• Microfluidics Systems



4. Industrial Engineering and Systems Management


Industrial Engineering:

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

• Discrete Event Simulation of Container Terminals.

• Container Vessel Storage Planning.

• Green Vehicle Routing Problem.

• Operations Research Application in Healthcare Planning and Management.

• Smart Grid Management and Optimization Models

• Internet of Things (IoT) Applications in Transportation and Logistics

• Internet of Things (IoT) Applications in Manufacturing or Service Planning and Management


Manufacturing Engineering

• Modeling and Simulation of Metal Cutting Processes.

• Correlating Additive Manufacturing and Product Characteristics.

• Machine Tool/Process Interaction.

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



5. Materials Science and Engineering


  Nano-materials for energy, sensing, environmental and bioelectronic applications

• Chitosan, chitosan-nanoparticles and nanofibers preparation and characterization for tissue engineering and drug systems

• Assembly and architecture of nanoscale structures

• Nanoporous and mesoporous catalysis for organic synthesis and Fisher Tropcsh reaction

• Graphene–based materials for supercapacitor, batteries and fuel cell device fabrications.

• Flexible or portable graphene-based materials for electronic applications

• Carbon nanofibers-based materials for electrochemical sensors and catalysis applications

• Thin film and bulk structured thermoelectric materials

• Hybrid system for energy generation and storage.

• Theory, Modeling and Simulation of Nanomaterials

• Corrosion and corrosion protection of advanced materials

• Photovoltaic solar cells

• Materials for gas sensing application

• Strain gauge sensors: materials and fabrication


  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

• 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


  <AFMM>Advanced Functional Metallic Materials (Design, Processing and Characterization)

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

• Dental, bio-implants, and bio-degradable metallicmaterials

• 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 alloys for radiation sensing and shielding

• High temperature superconductors


Composites and polymeric materials(Not opened this semester)

• Improving UV resistance of Ploymering Materials

• 3D Fibrous Composites Materials

• Sustainable or Green Composites for Industrials Applications.

• Nanofiber Formation Technologies (electrospinning, solution blown, centrifugal spinning) and its applications (medical, energy, filtration…etc.)

• Developing, improving and characterization for novel textile materials


6. Energy Resources Engineering


Renewable Energy systems


• Design of solar energy systems

• Thermal regulation of PV systems using nanotechnology

• Renewable energy driving systems

• Smart Energy Grids

• Thermoelectric system



• 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


 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


 Energy Storage Systems

• Thermal energy storage

• Mechanical energy storage

• Electrochemical energy storage

• Hydrogen storage

• Energy storage systems for grid support


 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


 Fuels and Combustion Engines

• Spray and liquid atomization

• Alternative fuels and combustion performance

• Internal combustion engines


7. Environmental Engineering


Natural Resources Managements

• Hydrological Modeling and Integrated Watershed Modeling (including sediment transport, storm analysis)

• Hydraulic Modeling and Simulation (physical, mathematical and numerical)

• Hydrology of Arid and Semi-Arid Regions (incl. groundwater)

• Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

• Coastal Engineering (incl. sediment transport, ecosystem conservation)

• River Basin Engineering

• Nonconventional Water Resources (desalination, water reuse …etc.)

• Irrigation and Drainage Engineering Studies

• Optimization of Water Resources Conjunctive Use

• Water Quality And Health Risk Assessment

• Climate Change Impact Assessment (Water Cycle)

• Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS In Water Resources and Sewer Systems

• Sustainability of Water Supply Systems.

• Natural Resources Mapping and Assessment using Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies

• Sustainable ecosystem management


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


Waste Management

• Wastewater Treatment Technologies

• Industrial Waste Treatment and Management

• Biofuels, chemicals and bio-fertilizers production from solid wastes

• Hydrogen and Methane Generation from Waste Materials

• Waste Recycling and Management

• Applications of Nanotechnologies for Water and Wastewater Treatment

• Sludge Treatment

• Advanced Oxidation Processes

• Application of water chemistry and microbiology for treatment of organic and inorganic pollutant


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



8. Chemicals and Petrochemicals Engineering


Desalination using solar Energy

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

• Desalination Using Capacitive Deionization Techniques.


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.


Preparation of Nano-materials and its applications

• Ion exchange

• Electrocatalysis

• Fuel cells


Corrosion Protection

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


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.


Membrane fabrication and modifications and its applications in

• Desalination and Ultrafiltration processes.

• Fuel cells and Hydrogen production

• Separation processes.


Design of Micro-reactor and its applications such as:

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


Development of new polymeric materials

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


Biodiesel production from agricultural and oil wastes.