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The Smart Systems, Robotics, Sensor Networks and Ubiquitous Computing Research Group is led by Dr Mohamed Watfa. The Group is engaged in research projects relating to pervasive computing, distributed techniques for sensor networks, data mining and healthcare-related senors systems.

Non-Conductive Touch Systems on Consumer Behaviour

Market research has explored how touching a product can increase the endowment effect. The proposed innovative paper touch interface (as opposed to normal touch screen) may generate implied endowment, and ownership of the interface may transfer to the viewed object.
In collaboration with some international companies, the research group led by Dr Watfa has successfully developed and implemented material touch sensors, which can transform any non-metal and non-conductive surface into interactive displays. This opens the doors for a number of applications in many fields including product marketing and consumer behaviour. Read more or watch a video of the touch board in action.


Wireless Energy Transfer in Future Electric Cars

In a significant step towards fulfilling the UAE's vision for sustainable transport, the first fully electric cars were introduced in October 2008. According to some estimates, by 2020, a third of all new cars would be plug-in electric cars. The problem is not developing the cars; the success of the electric car will depend on how accessible and easy it will be to recharge a car’s battery.
 Our research will propose new techniques for multi-hop wireless energy transfer using magnetic resonant coupling such as the energy store and forward technique, the direct flow technique and the hybrid technique. For each of these techniques, we will mathematically derive the figure of merits and the efficiency equations. Read more


An Innovative, Cost-Effective Semi-Holographic Approach

Ongoing developments in information technology and engineering have led to an increasing demand for 3D projections and holographic displays.
The available systems, however, suffer from the drawback that users have to wear special devices to separate the images resolved on the left and right eye. Further expansion to the educational sector will require "free viewing" systems with improved viewing comfort and most importantly be of an affordable price. In this proposed research, we want to demonstrate and rigorously analyse 3D holographic displays and propose semi-holographic projections as tools to enhance learning with perceived educational benefits, projecting real-world 3D models for visual analysis and inspection. Read more


Quadcopter for Intelligent Surveillance and Patrolling

 Aerial robotics is a growing field with tremendous applications in surveying and maintenance tasks, aerial transportation and manipulation, search and rescue, and surveillance.
The challenges associated with tackling robotics tasks in complex, three dimensional, indoor and outdoor environments bring into focus some of the limitations of accepted solutions already established in traditional robotics. Moreover, the fundamental weight and size limitations of flying vehicles pose challenges in engineering design. In this research, we explore a team of Quadcopter aerial vehicles which are one of the most flexible and adaptable platforms for undertaking aerial surveillance. Read more or watch a video of quadcopters in action.

For more information about research grants awarded to the Group, visit the Internal and External Grants section.