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Researcher Profiles

Dr Catherine Todd

Dr Todd is an active lecturer and researcher in electrical engineering and computer science. Her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘A Clinically Valid Simulator with Tactile Sensing to Train Specialists to Perform Cochlear Implantation’, was undertaken with industry sponsor Cochlear TM and accepted without modification in October 2006. Her research specialisation is in electrical engineering applied to virtual manipulation and biomedical applications for middle and inner ear surgery.

Dr Todd has won various teaching and research awards at UOWD. Dr Todd has co-supervised one PhD graduate in medical image processing applied to cervical cancer diagnosis; who received her PhD in 2012. Dr Todd is currently co-supervising another PhD candidate in the area of content-based image retrieval and classification. Dr Todd has, and continues to, supervise research projects in postgraduate and undergraduate research.

Her teaching interests align with her research specialisation, in real-time control, digital signal processing, modelling and simulation, robotics, mechatronics, computer graphics and project management. Dr Todd has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, receiving awards for excellence in teaching and for the promotion of engineering, demonstrating excellence in teaching in a multi-cultural environment.

Dr Todd’s research interests are in the development of real-time control systems for virtual manipulation, visualisation and modelling of the middle and inner ear, and haptic rendering of surgical procedures, principally cochlear implantation, inner ear force sensor technology and fabrication of associated devices, and supporting software applications.

She is conducting medical simulation research in collaboration with the ENT Department, American Hospital Dubai, and the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia. She submitted a National Research Foundation (UAE) research proposal based on a new application of nanotechnology applied to in vivo measurements associated with cochlear implantation. It was ranked in the third and final round of the NRF Awards as ‘Highly Competitive’ (top category).

Dr Todd has published in recognised journals and conference papers in the field of medical simulation and virtual manipulation research, including quantitative papers on force measurement and haptic rendering, medical image analysis and visualisation of the inner ear and surrounding landmarks, simulation of cochlear implantation and qualitative analyses on the impact of hearing loss in developing nations.

She has been invited by the Editor-in-Chief of internationally recognised journals: the International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (IJCARS), Pattern Recognition Letters, and Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds (CAVW) to review submissions related to biomedical engineering research and advancements in visual and haptic-rendering.

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Dr Mohamed Watfa

Dr Watfa is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at UOWD. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Dr Watfa received his PhD from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, USA. He obtained his BS in Computer Science from the American University of Beirut and his Master’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. At 24, Dr Watfa was one of the youngest PhD holders to graduate from his university. He was also on the Dean's Honours list and received a number of prestigious awards and scholarships.

Dr Watfa received the competitive UOWD Research Excellence Award in 2009, which was a direct result from his ambitious research track record. He also received the same excellence award again in 2011 along with the Teaching Excellence Award. He has also been granted a number of national research grants including an Emirates Foundation research award for his work on wireless energy transfer. He was also shortlisted in the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2011.

Dr Watfa's research work has been referenced in a number of international journals and local newspapers. His research interests include wireless and computer networks, wireless sensor networks, Internet of Things, Vehicular Adhoc Networks (VANETs), intelligent and ubiquitous systems, network security, and energy efficient protocols.

He is the author/editor of more than three books, the guest editor of a number of international journals (e.g. Journal of Communications), the associate editor of a number of international conferences (e.g. IEEE CCNC). He also held a position as a lead network engineer at different networking companies. He is a professional member of the ACM and IEEE. He has more than 50 journal and conference publications ranked among the top in his research domain.

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Dr Kamal Jaafar

Dr Jaafar is an Associate Professor in Engineering Management in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at UOWD. He holds BS, MPhil and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA from the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge.

In 2004, Dr Jaafar was honoured by Prince Charles as a Fellow of the Cambridge Overseas Trust. In 2005 his research won first prize at the Royal College of Engineering in London organised by KRSF.

Dr Jaafar he has been honoured by the Lebanese government for his academic achievements. His research interests focus on structure design and sustainable developments.

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