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Engineering and Information Sciences Staff Profiles

Professor Khalid Hussain

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Professor Hussain is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and a Professor in Systems Engineering. He has more than 25 years of teaching, research and industrial experience. His professional and academic expertise lies within the area of leadership and management in learning, teaching and research within higher education.

Qualifications: PhD, Loughborough University, United Kingdom; BSc, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Telephone:  +971 4 278 1930

Location: Block 15, Level 3, Room 3-22

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):KhalidHussain

Professor Hussain is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and a Professor in Systems Engineering. He has more than 25 years of teaching, research and industrial experience. His professional and academic expertise lies within the area of leadership and management in learning, teaching and research within the higher education. He has significant experience in curriculum development and in quality assurance and enhancement.

Professor Hussain’s teaching and research expertise lies in the areas of Dynamics and Control of Structural Systems, Environmental Water Flow and Management, and Applied Mathematical Modelling. He has published over 50 articles in reputable journals, and refereed conferences. He has supervised the completion of  more than 13 PhDs, 6 MPhils and 60 MSc Students. He was successful in generating industrial funding from Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Company, Honda Motor Company, Hilti GB, Cummins Turbochargers, Thames Waters, and Yorkshire Innovation Funds.

Professor Hussain is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Chartered Mathematician, a member of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Mathematics and its Applications. He is also a member of the UKQAA Institutional Reviewers Committee.  Prior to joining UOWD, Professor  Hussain was the Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Bradford in UK.

Dr Farhad Oroumchian

Associate Dean (Education)

Dr Oroumchian’s research interests include information retrieval, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. He is a member of several Centres of Excellence and Research groups and is a prominent researcher on multilingual search engines.

Qualifications: BSc, National University of Iran, MSc, Sharif University of Technology, PhD, Syracuse University

Location: Block 15, Floor 3, FEIS Dean's Office

Telephone:  +971 4 2781924

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):FarhadOroumchian

Dr Farhad Oroumchian is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dr Oroumchian obtained a PhD from Syracuse University in New York. Prior to this, he received a Masters from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran and a Bachelors degree from the National University of Iran (since renamed Shahid Beheshti University).

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Oroumchian worked as a project manager and consultant for many years in the United States and Iran. His previous posts include Chair of the Department of Software Engineering at the University of Tehran, Manager of IT Services in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Tehran, Senior Research Engineer at TextWise LLC in Syracuse, New York, and Database/Computer Consultant for DefelskoInc, Ogdensburg, New York.

He has developed an intelligent search engine which uses human-like reasoning to find relevant documents. He is a member of several Centres of Excellence and Research groups and is a prominent researcher on Persian text processing and retrieval as well as multilingual search engines.

His ongoing research interests include information retrieval, natural language processing and artificial intelligence. Dr Oroumchian has more than 100+ journal and conference publications and his research has been cited more than 1000 times in academic journal and conference papers.  His publications, including his Google Scholar and Research Gate profiles, are available for download from http://works.bepress.com/farhadoroumchian/ 

His recent publications include:


•Zareh Bidoki, Ali Mohammad, Ghodsnia, Pedram, Yazdani, Nasser,  “A3CRank: An adaptive ranking method based on connectivity, content and click-through data”, Information Processing and Management, Volume 46, Issue 2, Pages 159-169, March 2010.
•Abolfazl AleAhmad, Hadi Amiri, Ehsan Darrudi, Masoud Rahgozar, Farhad Oroumchian, Hamshahri: “A standard Persian text collection, Knowledge-Based Systems” , Volume 22, Issue 5, July 2009, Pages 382-387.(ISSN: 0950-7051) (ISI Listed).
•Asma Damankesh, Farhad Oroumchian, and Khaled Shaalan, “Multilingual Information Filtering by Human Plausible Reasoning”, C. Peters et al. (Eds.): CLEF 2009, LNCS Vol. 6241, Part I, pp. 366--373. Springer, Heidelberg (2010).

Dr Oroumchian is a professional member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR).

Dr Mohamed Watfa

Associate Dean (Research)

Dr Watfa's research interests include wireless and computer networks, wireless sensor networks, vehicular adhoc networks (VANETs), intelligent and ubiquitous systems, network security, and energy efficient protocols.

Qualifications: BSc, American University of Beirut, MSc, University of Toledo, Ohio, PhD, University of Oklahoma

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-29

Telephone:  +971 4 2781929

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):MohamedWatfa

Dr Mohamed Watfa is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. 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 undertook his Masters degree in Engineering Science at the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, and his Bachelors in Computer Science at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. At 24, Dr Watfa was one of the youngest PhD holders to graduate from his university. He was also on the Dean's Honors 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 of his ambitious research track record. He also won the same excellence award again in 2011 along with the Teaching Excellence Award. He was also shortlisted in the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2011.

Aside from this, he has also been granted a number of national research grants including an Emirates Foundation Research Award and the National Research Foundation Grant in 2012.

Dr Watfa is a professional member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

His research interests include wireless and computer networks, wireless sensor networks, vehicular adhoc networks (VANETs), intelligent and ubiquitous systems, network security and energy efficient protocols.

Dr Watfa is the author/editor of more than three books, the guest editor of a number of international journals, the associate editor of a number of international conferences. He has more than 50 journal and conference publications ranked among the top in his research domain (IEEE, ACM, Wiley, and Elsevier Publishers). He was also invited as a keynote speaker in IEEE ICSCCN 2011.

A selection of Dr Watfa's journal publications include:


•Watfa M., J.Kawtharani, O. Mirza, “BARC: A Battery Aware Reliable Sensor Network Clustering Algorithm.” Journal of network and Computer Applications, (Elsevier Publishers), (Impact Factor: 1.7. SJR: 0.053.) Volume 32, Issue 6, Pages 1183-1193, 2009.
•Alaa Al Tahan, Watfa M., “A position-based routing algorithm in 3D sensor networks”, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (Wiley Publishers, ISSN: 1530-8669), (Impact Factor:1.83) Volume: 12, No: 1, Page(s): 33-52, DOI: 10.1002/wcm.888).2012.
•Watfa M., Samir Selman, Haitham Al Hassaneih “Multi-Hop Wireless Energy Transfer in WSNs”, IEEE Communication Letters, (IEEE Publishers), (Impact Factor: 1.3) Volume: 15, No: 12, Page(s): 1275-1277, 2011.

Dr Abdelghani Benharref

Associate Professor

Dr Benharref’s research interests include mobile applications, ehealth applications, web services and distributed systems. His career in industry included positions with Ericsson Montreal and SAP Labs in Canada.

Qualifications: PhD, Concordia University, Montreal

Location: Block 5, Floor 1, Room 1-06

Telephone: +971 4 2781921

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):AbdelghaniBenharref

 

Dr Benharref is an Associate Professor and the Program Leader for the Bachelor of Information Technology Management and the Bachelor of Computer Science degree programs at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

He obtained his PhD in Computer Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and also holds a Master’s degree in Network and Telecommunication from ENSIAS / University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Caddi Ayyad University, Morocco, along with university teaching certificates from Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

TEACHING

Dr Benharref teaches on the Bachelor of Computer Science degree program. He teaches a broad range of computer science courses including programming (all levels, C/C++ and Java), operating systems, systems development, network security, distributed systems, as well as supervising students in their capstone projects. His student centric teaching approach is designed to favour learning through pragmatic realisation of theoretical content.

RESEARCH

Dr Benharref’s research interests include mobile applications, ehealth applications, web services, and distributed systems. He collaborates with researchers from many universities in the UAE, Canada, and the USA. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, and has been for many years.

INDUSTRY AND CONSULTING

Prior to his tenure at UOWD, Dr Benharref held industry positions with Ericsson Montreal and SAP Labs in Canada. His roles at Ericsson included the design and the implementation of a third-party and independent platform for quality management of web services. At SAP Labs, his main duties included supervision of research students and contribution in elaborating a platform that would facilitate the portability of business intelligence into mobile platforms. In terms of consultancy, Dr Benharref is able to consult on mobile computing, Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud computing, network and protocol design, and networks security. As a solution architect, he is also an expert in designing and implementing end-to-end solutions that consist of open and emerging standard technologies.

Dr Abdullatif Tchantchane

Associate Professor

Dr Tchantchane's research interests include quantitative research methods, econometrics and computational math. He has many publications in nuclear physics, modeling, simulation and econometrics.

Qualifications: BSc, Case Western Reserve University; MA, Arizona State University; State Doctorate, Ferhat-Abbas University, Algeria

Location: Block 15 , Floor 1, Room 1-16

Telephone:  +971 4 2781922

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):TchanLatif

 

Dr Tchantchane is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. He is the Program Leader for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences' undergraduate, First Year students and responsible for providing them with academic advice and support.

He  received his State Doctorate in Nuclear Physics, with the highest honours, from Ferhat-Abbas University, Algeria. In earlier days, he was a Mathematics Instructor at Arizona State University and during the period 1984-1997, Dr Tchantchane worked extensively toward the development of a number of nuclear analysis techniques applied to environmental studies and quality of life. Since 1997, he has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Engineering and Quantitative Research Methods.

His research interests include quantitative research methods, econometrics and computational math. Dr Tchantchane has consecutively won two teaching excellence awards from the University of Wollongong in Dubai in 2010 and 2011 and has supervised a number of master thesis and doctorate students.

He has produced numerous publications in nuclear physics, modelling, simulation and econometrics. A small selection of his recent work is listed below:

  • Abdellatif Tchantchane., Gwendolyn Rodrigues and Pauline Carolyne Fortes, An Empirical Study of the impact of Remittance, Educational Expenditure and Investment on Growth in the Philippines. Applied Econometrics AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Volume 13-1, (2013)
  • Abdellatif Tchantchane, Pauline Fortes, Swapna Koshy, An Evaluation of Technology Integration in Teaching Statistics: A Multivariate Survey Analysis, International Journal of Web-Based Learning Teaching Technology (2013)
  • Tchantchane, Natasha Amar, Meryl Prabhakaran “Cointegration between Gross Domestic Product and Population Variables: The Case of India “, International Journal of Financial Economics and Econometrics” No.1 Jan–June, 2012.
  • Hela Miniaoui, A. Tchantchane, "Investigating Efficiency of GCC Banks: A Non-Parametric Approach", The Review of Business, vol. 14, n°2, Summer, 2010  
  • Hosie, P, Jayashree P, Tchantchane, A & Lee, BS 2011, Book chapter, An Asian perspective on the influence of age, job characteristics and training opportunities on job satisfaction, Athens Institute of Education and Research.
  • Tchantchane “Categorical data Modeling: Logistic Regression Software “, International Conference on Computational Statistics and data Analysis Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Volume 39, ISSN 2070-3740, 2009

 

 

Dr Assane Lo

Assistant Professor

 Dr Lo is a mathematics specialist. His main research interests are in the areas of PDE methods in mathematical physics and statistical physics; control theory; and computed tomography.

  Qualifications: BSc, University of Dakar; MSc, University of Arizona, USA; PhD University of Arizona, USA

  Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-04

  Telephone: +971 4 2781936

  Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):AssaneLo

 

Dr Lo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Prior to joining UOWD he was an Assistant Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). He was evaluated as a distinguished professor at KFUPM from 2007-2008 and from  2011-2013.

Dr Lo obtained a PhD and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Arizona, USA.  He also holds a BSc in Mathematics, with a minor in Physics from the University of Dakar. Prior to his role at KFUPM, he was a Mathematics Instructor at the University of Arizona.

He is a registered member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the International Association of Mathematical Physics (IAMP).

Dr Lo’s main research interests are in the areas of PDE methods in mathematical physics and statistical physics; control theory. His recent publications include

  • Lo, A, A short Proof of the McCoy conjecture in higher dimensional classical continuous models of Kac types, Modern Physics Letters B Vol. 31, No. 10 (2017) 1750111 (14 pages).
  • Lo, A, Lo and N., Tatar, A., Exponential stabilization of a structure with interfacial slip, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical System A. 6285 - 6306, Volume 36, Issue 11, (2016).
  • Lo, Assane and N., Tatar, A., "Uniform Stability of a Laminated Beam with Structural Memory, Qualitative Theory of Dynamical Systems," Qualitative Inquiry, 2015.
  • Lo, Assane and N., Tatar, A., "Stabilization of laminated beams with interfacial slip," Electronic Journal of Differential Equations, 2015.
  • Lo, A., "Witten Laplacian method for generalized models of Kac type," Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 54, no. 06, June 2013.
  • Lo, "On the Viscous Convective Cahn-Hilliard Equation," International Journal of Evolution Equations, vol. 6, no. 4, 2013.

 

Book/Monograph:

Lo, Witten Laplacian Methods for Critical Phenomena, Vol. 12041, Germany: Vdm Verlag Dr Mueller E K, 2008.


 

Dr Haile-Selassie Rajamani

Associate Professor

Dr Haile-Selassie Rajamani is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences and currently teaches Signals & Systems and Control Theory to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has a special interest in Renewable Energy and Power Electronics.

Qualifications: B.Eng, M.Eng University of Zambia; PhD, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-06

Telephone: +971 4 278 1923

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):HaileRajamani

 

Dr Haile-Selassie Rajamani is Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and currently teaches Signals & Systems and Control Theory to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has a special interest in Renewable Energy and Power Electronics.

He obtained his PhD in the area of power electronics from Trinity College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and a member of the Zambia Renewable Energy Agency.

Prior to joining UOWD, he was Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Cambridge University, Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics and Systems at the University of Bradford, Associate Dean for Admissions and Recruitment and Head of the Energy and Smart Grid Research Group at the University of Bradford.

Dr Rajamani’s passion is to integrate more practical hands on learning and also to facilitate innovative and creative thinking in students.

He has a keen interest in working with developing countries such as India, Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia, exploring how technology could be used to address global challenges in energy.

Dr Rajamani’s research expertise lies in power which led to his interest in the area of energy, particularly on the aspects of energy storage and real-time pricing, virtual power plants, energy analytics, integration of renewable energy, demand side response, and energy policies. His power electronics interest is in high voltage high current switching, power converters, flexible AC transmissions systems and motor drives. As part of a multidisciplinary faculty, his expertise has been applied to polymer processing, advanced signal processing research and regenerative braking.

His recent publications include:

 

  • R. Zubo, G. Mokryani, H.S. Rajamani and P. Pillai, “Operation and Planning of Distribution Networks with Integration of Renewable Distributed Generators Considering Uncertainties: A review”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier. Oct. 2016
  • U. Anuebunwa, H.S. Rajamani, and P. Pillai, "Investigating the Impact of Discomfort in Load Scheduling Using Genetic Algorithm", The IEEE International Conference on Power Systems Technology (POWERCON2016), Wollongong, Australia, Sept.28 - Oct.1, 2016
  • O. Okpako, H.S. Rajamani, and P. Pillai, "Smart energy resource sharing algorithm for virtual power plants", IEEE PES PowerAfrica 2016, Livingstone, Zambia, June 28-July 2, 2016
  • U. Anuebunwa, H.S. Rajamani, and P. Pillai, "Novel genetic algorithm for scheduling of appliances", IEEE PES PowerAfrica 2016, Livingstone, Zambia, June 28-July 2, 2016
  • S. Ravichandaran, A. Vijayalakshmi, K.S. Swarup, H.S. Rajamani, and P. Pillai, "Short Term Energy Forecasting Techniques for Virtual Power Plants", 6th IEEE International Conference on Power Systems 2016 (IEEE ICPS2016), New Delhi, India, 4-6th March 2016

Dr Halim Khelalfa

Associate Professor

Dr Khelalfa’s current research interests include digital forensics of small digital devices, malicious software, intrusion prevention, security of healthcare information systems, performance evaluation of networks. He has several journal publications to his name.

Qualifications: Ingeniorat Algiers, MSc American University, PhD Illinois Institute of Technology

Location: Block 5, Floor 1, Room 1-08

Telephone:  +971 4 2781926

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):HalimKhelalfa

Dr Khelalfa is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

He received his Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from The American University in Washington D.C. and a PhD in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

From 1988 to 2002, Dr Khelalfa directed the Basic Software Laboratory at the Centre of Research on Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST), Algeria. During the same period, he supervised eight Masters theses, was an external examiner in more than twenty Masters theses and established the very first graduate one-year certificate program in information security in Algeria. Prior to this, he was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bells Laboratories, Naperville, Illinois, USA.

Dr Khelalfa’s current research interests include, digital forensics of small digital devices, malicious software, intrusion prevention, security of healthcare information systems, performance evaluation of networks.

A recent sample of his work is listed below:

  • Forensics Challenges in Mobile Phone Security in, Te-Shun Chou (Eds.), Information Assurance and Security Technologies for Risk Assessment and Threat Management: Advances, Idea group publishing, December 2011.
  • A Formal Model for Implementation of OR Parallelism, Journal of Economic Computation and Economic Cybernetics studies and research, Volume 43, Issue 2, 2009.
  • Risk Management: Prevention and Handling of Malicious Code, in  D. Khadraoui and F. Herrmann (Eds.), Advances in enterprise information technology security, Idea Group publishing June 2007.

Dr Khelalfa was elected as the Executive Member of the Information Technology Sub group of Dubai Quality Group for the period 2005-2008.

Dr Hock Chuan Lim

Assistant Professor

Dr Hock Chuan Lim interest and research is in gaming and game development. His ongoing research focus includes game analytics, enterprise planning, social networks, the application of ecosystem approach for game development and visualization tools for teaching and learning.

 Qualifications: BSc, Philippines Military Academy, MSc, University of New South Wales, Australia, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia

 Location: Block 15, Room 2-19

 Telephone:  +971 4 278 1986

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):HCLim

Dr Hock Chuan Lim is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.

He obtained a PhD from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Prior to this, he received a Masters from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Bachelor’s degree from the Philippines Military Academy (on a Singapore Overseas Training Award scholarship).

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Lim worked as lead instructor in games programming in Canberra, Australia. He served as an instructor for Higher Education in Australia for 10 years and as IT manager and consultant for many years in the Asia Pacific region. His previous posts include Assistant Director of eASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat, Senior IT Manager, APAC travel, and Field Manager of APAC Services, WorldGate Communications, USA.

Dr Lim has worked on improving gaming research awareness and ICT initiatives for the Asia Pacific region. He is a member of International Simulation and Gaming Association (ISGA), International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) and Australian Research Council Complex Systems Research Network (COSNet). He is an avid researcher of complex systems, gaming and game development. His ongoing research focus includes game analytics, enterprise planning, social networks, the application of ecosystem approach for game development and visualization tools for teaching and learning.

His recent publications include:

 

  • H. C. Lim, “Rebel Design: Exploring Social Network Analysis-enabled Management Information Systems Strategy and Connected Learning”, GS Journal of Computing, 2017
  • H. C. Lim, “Computational Thinking (CT) and Rebel Game Design: CT in Health Games,” Paper accepted for the 5th IEEE Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health, SeGAH'17, Perth Australia, 2017
  • HC Lim, “Exploring Ecosystem Approach for Games Development and Connected Learning, Computer Game Development and Education: An International Journal (CGDEIJ), Vol. 1, Number 1, 2016, AIRCC Publishing Corporation, pp 29-33.
  • H. C. Lim, "Social Network Analysis-enabled Management Information Systems Strategy: Towards Connected Learning," in 2016 2nd International Conference on Communication Systems and Computing Application Science (2nd CSCAS 2016), Jeju Island, Korea, 2016.
  • H. C. Lim, "Adopting Game Development and Visual Curriculum Design (VCD) Framework For Connected eLearning," in The Second International Conference on Digital Information Processing, Data Mining and Wireless Communications (DIPDMWC2015), Islamic Azad University, Academic City, Dubai,2015.

Dr Joel Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Dr Joel Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering. Dr Kennedy’s PhD from the University of Wollongong, Australia, focused on modelling the effects of embedded generation on distribution protection systems, and he has a keen research interest in power systems analysis, protection, embedded generation and smart and microgrids.

Qualifications: PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia; Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Class I), University of Wollongong, Australia

Location: Knowledge Village Block 15, Office 2-19C

Telephone: +971 4 278 1938

Email: joelkennedy@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai. He received his Bachelor of Engineering Honours (1st class) and PhD from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
 
With prior experience as an Associate Lecturer, Tutor and Lab Demonstrator at the University of Wollongong, Australia and as a Cadet Engineer with Country Energy, Australia, Dr Kennedy is a firm believer that engineering education should draw comparisons between theory and experience. Students in his classes are encouraged to apply the concepts to simulated environments in order to gain a visual understanding of the issues faced by industry. His subjects generally include bespoke project work to maintain constructive alignment between assessment tasks, intended learning outcomes, simulated industry problems and industry work environments.
 
His research areas of interest include the effects of embedded generation on distribution protection systems, strategic management/control of grid-connected battery storage systems, microgrid protection design and engineering education.
 
Dr Kennedy has published journal articles in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews and the Journal of Energy Storage. His research work has also been published in a number of conference proceedings, including the Power Engineering Society General Meeting (2012), IEEE Energy Con (2014) and AUPEC (2014).

Dr Kamal Jaafar

Associate Professor

Dr Jaafar's research interests focuses on seismic design and safety implementations for concrete structures. He has presented his research at various international conferences in the UK, USA, Greece and Italy and has been published in several international journals.

Qualifications: BS, MPhil, PhD, Cambridge University, MBA, Ashcroft International Business School

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-26

Telephone:  +971 4 2781927

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):KamalJaafar

Dr Kamal Jaafar is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai. He is the Program Leader for the Master of Information Technology Management, Master of Engineering Management and the Master of Engineering Asset Management.

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. He also undertook studies in international relations at Harvard University. In 2004, he 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 Physicists in London organised by KRSF. 

Dr Jaafar he has been honoured by the Lebanese government for his academic achievements. His research interests focuses on seismic design and safety implementations for concrete structures. His research has been published in well known engineering journals such as the ACI Journal, Canadian Journal for Civil Engineers, and Magazine of Concrete Research. He has presented his research at various international conferences in UK, USA, Greece and Italy.

Dr Jaafar is a corporate consultant and a trainer in Project Management.

Dr Khaled El-Akruti

Assistant Professor

Dr El-Akruti has focused his main research on Engineering Asset Management, Maintenance Management, Systems Engineering, Life Cycle Management, and Life Cycle Cost. He has also worked on other areas including condition monitoring and failure mode and effect analysis, production.

Qualifications: B.Eng, Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada;  MSc, Higher Institute of Industry, Misrata, Libya; PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia                                                                  

Telephone: +971 4 2781957

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae): KhaledElAkruti

Dr Khaled El-Akruti is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a Discipline Leader for the Engineering Asset Management Master Program. He has more than 15 years of experience in teaching at international universities. His teaching experience consist of subjects in the engineering asset management master program and a range of academic mechanical and industrial engineering subjects in the undergraduate program including: life cycle and risk management, maintenance requirement analysis, Asset management system design, quality system and management, fundamentals of machine component design, statics, mechanics, Thermodynamic, heat transfer, He has attained the University of Wollongong Learning and Teaching Certificate.     

INDUSTRY AND CONSULTING

He has over 13 years of experience in the steel industry and has worked on a number of industrial and infrastructure projects. He has been delivering Engineering Asset Management subjects since 2007 for various industries in Australia including RailCorp, Energy, Water infrastructure and Gas & Oil Pipelines Industry and MTR in Hong Kong.

RESEARCH

Dr El-Akruti has focused his main research on Engineering Asset Management, Maintenance requirement analysis, Systems Engineering, Life Cycle Management, and Life Cycle Cost. He has also worked on other areas including condition monitoring and failure mode and effect analysis, production. His work involves developing decision frameworks and quality systems including optimization decisions, process efficiency, quality management, cost control and optimisation, production or service strategy, planning and control and performance measurement and analysis.

He has worked on three funded projects for the Energy Pipeline-Corporate Research Centre (EPCRC) at University of Wollongong in Australia and supervised PhD students and MSc students. He is a member of the Engineering Australia, Asset Management Council as well as the Engineering Asset Management Group at University on Wollongong. He is qualified as a professional engineer in Canada and Australia.  

He has more than 25 publications, numerous research reports for production industry.

List of publication:

 

Books:

El-Akruti, K, (2017) Strategic Engineering Asset Management, Noor Publishing ISBN-13: 978-3-330-85159-7, ISBN-10: 3330851597, EAN: 9783330851597

Articles:

El-Akruti, K. Kiridena, S and Dwight, R (2017). " Contextualist-retroductive Case Study Design for Strategic Asset Management Research",  Journal of Production Planning & Control, SCI, EI. ERA A,

El-Akruti, K., Zhang, T and Dwight, R. (2016). “Developing an optimum maintenance policy by life cycle cost analysis – a case study", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 54 , Iss. 19,  SCI, EI.

El-Akruti, K., Zhang, T. and Dwight, R. (2016). " Maintaining Pipeline Integrity through Holistic Asset Management", European Journal of Industrial Engineering , Vol.10, Iss. (5).  S CI, EI.  (IF=1.50). 

El-Akruti, K., Dwight, R. and Zhang T. (2014). "Exploring Structure and Role of Engineering Asset Management System in Production Organizations., International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management. (http://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/forthcoming.php?jcode=ijseam)

El-Akruti, K., Zhang, T. and Dwight, R (2014). "A Tool to investigate the status of   engineering asset management in organizations", AMPEAK Asset Management Conference, Perth, Australia (2 to 5 June 2014). (PDF: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4950&context=eispapers )

El-Akruti, K., Dwight, R. and Zhang, T. (2013). "The Strategic Role of Engineering Asset Management." International Journal of Production Economics, 146 (1), 227-239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2013.07.002.  SCI, EI.  ERA A   ‎Cited by 29 (PDF: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2354&context=eispapers )

El-Akruti, K. and Dwight, R (2013). "A Framework for Engineering Asset Management System.", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering 19 (4), 398-412. EI.  ‎Cited by 16  (PDF: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2361&context=eispapers )

 

 

Dr May El Barachi

Associate Professor

Dr El Barachi is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences and is a next generation networking expert currently teaching the subjects of Information & Communication Security, Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing, as well as Programming in the Bachelor of Computer Science and the Bachelor of Information Technology programs.

Qualifications: BSc, Arab Academy for Science and Technology, MSc PhD, Concordia University

Location: Block 5, 1st Floor, Room 110

Telephone:  +971 4 2781977

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):maielbarachi

Dr El Barachi is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences and is a next generation networking expert currently teaching the subjects of Information & Communication Security, Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing, as well as Programming in the Bachelor of Computer Science and the Bachelor of Information Technology programs.

Dr El Barachi obtained her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She completed the Certified Ethical Hacker v8 Training and is a certified CISCO CCNA and IT Essentials Instructor and a member of the order of Engineers of Quebec, as well as the IEEE & IEEE Computer Societies.

During her teaching career, Dr El Barachi developed and taught a variety of IT and computer science/engineering courses which included: IT essentials, programming, security, networking, mobile computing, green computing, penetration testing & ethical hacking, emerging technologies and sensor networking.

Dr El Barachi employs a student-centric, pragmatic teaching approach in which students are encouraged to actively engage in the teaching/learning process, and subjects’ relevance are highlighted using real life examples, systems, and case studies. Striving to motivate students and use innovative teaching techniques, Dr El Barachi puts the emphasis on offering her students a highly interactive and friendly learning environment. She oversees the participation of her students in interactive workshops and academic competitions as well as advocates the use of co-teaching strategies and the involvement in inter-disciplinary course projects.

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr El Barachi worked as Associate Professor and Research Lab Director at Zayed University (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates). Prior to her role at Zayed University, she worked as a researcher with Ericsson Research Canada, as part of an industry/academia cooperation program for six years. She was also part of the IST Ambient Networks project - a European Union (EU) 6th framework project and worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Québec – École de Technologie Supérieure.

Dr El Barachi has a keen research interest in next generation networking and has 12 years’ experience in the field with a strong focus on Smart and Resource Efficient Systems. Her current research interests include mobile phone sensing as a service, wireless sensor networks / cloud integration, Internet of Things, network function virtualisation (NFV), dynamic resource management, network intelligence and adaptation, enhanced cloud computing models, network and cyber security, context awareness, and quality of service.

She is currently involved in several research collaborations with international universities (in Canada, the UK, and Lebanon) and local industrial partners, in areas varying from cyber security, to cloud computing and Network Function virtualisation (NFV), to e-healthcare, and smart cities. She is also involved in several collaborative projects with local and international industry partners, including Rogers Canada, Du, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and the UAE Ministry of Health.

As part of her research activities, she is co-supervising a number of PhD and Masters students as well as research assistants. In the past, she co-founded and directed a cutting-edge research lab (the SMART lab) aiming at investigating three next generation networking technologies (sensor networking, mobile computing, and cloud computing). In these areas, she has authored many peer-reviewed papers and has one accepted patent.

Throughout her career, Dr El Barachi was actively involved in ABET & CAA accreditation activities, curriculum review and development, students and faculty recruitment and the organisation of various conferences. She chaired various committees including the Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee, the students’ affairs/recruitment committee and has been a member of the CAA steering committee, member of the ABET accreditation task force, member of the college research committee and member of the graduate program committee. Furthermore, she received the exemplary faculty award on two occasions (in 2013 and 2015), as a testimony to her excellent performance in the areas of teaching, research, and service.

A selection of Dr El Barachi’s recent publications include:

1.    Ricardo Marco Alaez, Jose M. Alcaraz Calero, Fatna Belqasmi, May El-Barachi, Mohamad Badra, and Omar Alfandi, “Towards an Open Source Architecture for Multi-Operator LTE Core Networks”, The Journal of Networks and Computer Applications (JNCA), Elsevier, Vol. 75, pp. 101-109, 2016. (Impact Factor 2.331 – Class A Journal)

2.    Monther Aldwairi, Rima Masri, Haneen Hassan, and May El Barachi, “A Novel Multi-Stage Authentication System for Mobile Applications”, The International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security, Vol. 14, No. 7, pp. 389-396, 2016.

3.    Nizar Triki, Nadjia Kara, May El Barachi, and Souad Hadjres, “A Green Energy-Aware Hybrid Virtual Network Embedding Approach”, The Computer Networks Journal, Elsevier, Vol. 91, pp. 712-737, 2015. (Impact Factor 1.256 – Class A Journal)

4.    A. Boukhtouta, D. Mouheb, M. Debbabi, O. Alfandi, F. Iqbal, and M. El Barachi, “Graph-Theoretic Characterization of Cyber-threat Infrastructures”, The Journal of Digital Forensics & Incident Response (Digital Investigation), Elsevier, Vol. 14, pp. 3-15, 2015. (Impact Factor 2.379 – Class A Journal)

5.    Sleiman Rabah, May El Barachi, Nadjia Kara, Rachida Dssouli, and Joey Paquet, “A Service Oriented Broker-Based Approach for Dynamic Resource Discovery in Virtual Networks”, The Journal of Cloud Computing: Advances, Systems and Applications, Springer, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 1-30, 2015. 

Dr Mohamed Fareq Abdul Malek

Associate Professor

Dr Mohamed Fareq Abdul Malek is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. Dr Abdul Malek received his B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic and Communication Engineering from The University of Birmingham, UK. 

Qualifications: B.Eng (Hons) The University of Birmingham, UK; MSc (Eng) and PhD, The University of Liverpool, UK

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-19A

Telephone : +971 4 2781939

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):MohamedFareqMalek

 

Dr Mohamed Fareq Abdul Malek is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai. Dr Abdul Malek received his B.Eng (Hons) in Electronic and Communication Engineering from The University of Birmingham, UK. Subsequently he obtained MSc (Eng) in Microelectronic Systems and Telecommunications (with Distinction) and PhD in Electrical Engineering (Applied Electromagnetic) from The University of Liverpool, UK.

He teaches a broad range of engineering courses including Network Engineering, Circuits and Systems, Engineering Electromagnetics, Engineering Design for Sustainability, Wireless Communication Systems, Essentials of Engineering Mathematics and Power Engineering.

Before he joined UOWD, he worked for Universiti Malaysia Perlis. Prior to this, he held industry positions for five years with Alcatel Malaysia and Siemens Malaysia. At Alcatel, he worked in the Asia Pacific Regional Centre of Competence, specialising in mobile radio network design. At Siemens, he worked in the Information and Communication Mobile division, where he developed the mobile strategy for the Malaysia market.

Dr Abdul Malek maintains a broad range of research interests that covers a wide range of applied engineering, including applied electromagnetic, telecommunication engineering, antenna, microwave absorbers from agricultural wastes (rice husks, sugar cane bagasse, banana leaves), microwave drying, effects of RF on health, RF energy harvesting, and wireless communication. He believes in hybrid, multi-disciplinary teamwork and collaboration with researchers from other disciplines.

He has obtained various national research and commercialisation grants at the national level in Malaysia. He has generated total R&D funds of AED 4.8 million over the past seven years, coordinated 28 research projects, published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific articles, received more than 1000 citations, chaired seven international conferences and successfully graduated 20 PhD students. He has also won 52 medals and one Special Award (World Invention Intellectual Property Association) at a number of high profile international exhibitions. He is a professional member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute Of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Dr Mohamed Fareq has written seven books/book chapters. His research outcomes have appeared in journals such as SCIENTIFIC REPORTS (Nature Publishing Group) and IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

Some of his recent publications include:

 

  • K. N. Abdul Rani, M. Abdulmalek et. al., “Hybridization of Strength Pareto Multiobjective Optimization with Modified Cuckoo Search Algorithm for Rectangular Array”, Scientific Reports, 7:46521 (2017), DOI: 10.1038/srep46521
  • Rahim, H.A., Abdulmalek, M., et. al., “Subject-Specific Effect of Metallic Body Accessories on Path Loss of Dynamic on-Body Propagation Channels”, Scientific Reports, Volume 6, 20 July 2016, Article number 29818.
  • Malek, F.,et. al. ,"Effect of Short-Term Mobile Phone Base Station Exposure on Cognitive Performance, Body Temperature, Heart Rate and Blood Pressure of Malaysians", Scientific Reports, Volume 5, 19 August 2015, Article number 13206.
  • F. H. Wee, F. Malek, et. al., “Effect of Two Different Superstrate Layers On Bismuth Titanate (BiT) Array Antennas”, SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 4: 3709 (2014), DOI: 10.1038/srep03709.
  • Fwen Hoon Wee, F. Malek, et. al., “Integration of Miniaturized Array Antenna With High-Permittivity Rectangular Bismuth Titanate for WiMAX Applications”,  IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 60, No. 12, December 2012.

 

Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz

Associate Professor

Dr Abdulaziz's research interests include image and video coding, line coding, wavelet transform, digital watermarking  and engineering education and she has published over 37 journal and conference papers in these subject areas.

Qualifications: BSc and MSc, University of Basrah, PhD, Monash University

Location: Block 5, Floor 1, Room 1-07

Telephone:  +971 4 2781932

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):NidhalAbdulaziz

Dr Nidhal Abdulaziz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai. She is also the Program Leader for the Bachelor of Engineering degree programs.

After completing her BSc and MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Basrah, Dr Abdulaziz obtained a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Monash University, Australia, in 2001. Her doctoral focus was on Watermarking and Data Hiding in Multimedia and she won the Lampard prize for the best PhD thesis submitted to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at her University.

Prior to joining UOWD, she taught numerous Engineering subjects at Monash University, University of Western Sydney and Heriot Watt University.

Dr Abdulaziz’s research interests include image and video coding, line coding, wavelet transform, digital watermarking and engineering education and she has published over 37 journal and conference papers in these subject areas.

Dr Abdulaziz is a professional member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Women in Engineering (WIE).


 

Dr Obada Al Khatib

Assistant Professor

Dr Al Khatib is very passionate about teaching and feels that mentorship and interaction with students in the course of teaching are some of the aspects that make an academic position so rewarding. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Information Engineering (IEEE), the IEEE power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE communication Society (ComSoc).

Qualifications: BSc, Qatar University; MSc, National University of Malaysia; PhD, University of Sydney

Telephone: +971 4 2781797

Office Location : Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-19B

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae): ObadaAlKhatib

Dr Al Khatib is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and currently teaches Data Communications, Programming for Engineers, Engineering Computing and Analysis, Communication Systems and Wireless Communication Systems to undergraduate and postgraduate students and has a keen interest in Telecommunication Engineering. He obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia specialising in “Modelling and Performance analysis of wireless communication systems for smart grid communications”.

Dr Al Khatib is very passionate about teaching and feels that mentorship and interaction with students in the course of teaching are some of the aspects that make an academic position so rewarding.  His teaching philosophy is concerned with fostering: (1) students’ inquisitiveness and passion for learning, (2) life-long learning, (3) association with the real world, (4) organised study, (5) confidence building, and (6) student and lecturer accountability.

Prior to joining UOWD, Dr Al Khatib held the position of Research Associate in Wireless Engineering at the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications at the University of Sydney, Australia. Previously he was Tutor and Lab demonstrator at the University of Sydney and taught courses on Radio Frequency Engineering and Wireless Engineering. He was also an Electrical Engineer for the Consolidated Contractors International Company in Qatar.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Information Engineering (IEEE), the IEEE power and Energy Society (PES) and the IEEE communication Society (ComSoc).

RESEARCH

Dr Al Khatib research interests are in modelling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems with current emphasis on massive-MIMO, green communications, millimetre wave communication, small cell/heterogeneous networks and wireless network virtualisation.

His recent publications include:

  • [J1] O. Al-Khatib, W. Hardjawana, and B. Vucetic, “Traffic Modeling and Optimization in Public and Private Wireless Access Networks for Smart Grids,” Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 5, no. 4,  pp.1949–1960, July 2014.
  • [C1] O. Al-Khatib, W. Hardjawana, and B. Vucetic, “Wireless Networks Virtualization: Traffic Modeling and Spectrum Sharing,” in Communications (ICC), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, June 2015.
  • [C2] O. Al-Khatib, W. Hardjawana, and B. Vucetic, “Traffic Modeling for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Last Mile Wireless Access Networks,” in Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), 2014, IEEE, Dec 2014. (Selected as one of the best 50 papers).
  • [C3] O. Al-Khatib, W. Hardjawana, and B. Vucetic, “Queuing Analysis for Smart Grid Communications in Wireless Access Networks,” in Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, Nov 2014.
  • [C6] O. Al-Khatib, W. Hardjawana, and B. Vucetic, “Channel- and Buffer-Aware Scheduling and Resource Allocation Algorithm for LTE-A Uplink,” in Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), 2014 IEEE 25th International Symposium on, Sept 2014.

INDUSTRY AND CONSULTING

  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Information Engineering (IEEE)
  • Member of IEEE power and Energy Society (PES)
  • Member of IEEE communication Society (ComSoc)

Dr Shafiz Affendi Mohd Yusof

Associate Professor

Dr. Shafiz’s research interests focuses on the social impact of Information Technology - Information behaviour, Virtual/e-community, e-Government, Teleworking, Community networks, Rural ICT, Technopreneurship and Open source.

Qualifications: BSc in Information Technology (Hons), Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia; MSc (Telecommunications and Network Management), Syracuse University, USA; MPhil, Syracuse University, USA; PhD, Syracuse University, USA

Location: Dubai Knowledge Park, Block 15, Office 125

Telephone: +971 4 278 1956

Email: ShafizMohdYusof@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr Shafiz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai.

Dr Shafiz has 18 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He currently teaches Information Technology Strategic Planning and Organisational Issues in Information Technology at the postgraduate level and Information Systems at the Undergraduate level.

His teaching philosophy is based on the humanistic approach which is based on exploring the self and instilling ‘fun’ to the students in his classes. He feels that when students have fun, they tend to be comfortable and the information that is taught to them tends to remain in their long term memory.

Dr Shafiz was previously a faculty member of Computer Science and Engineering at UOWD as an Assistant Professor and then as Associate Professor from 2009 to 2012. During that period, he was the Director of the Master of Information Technology Management (MITM),   and BSc Information Technology in MIS. He has also worked as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the School of Computing, Universiti Utara Malaysia. He held various other senior roles including Deputy Director of Cooperative and Entrepreneurship Development Institute (CEDI) and Director of International Telecommunication Union - Universiti Utara Malaysia Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence (ITU-UUM ASP CoE) for Rural Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Development. He is a certified professional trainer (Train of Trainers’ Programme) under the Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia and has conducted several workshops on computers and ICT.

Before joining UOWD, Dr Shafiz was awarded the “Excellence Service Award 2008” for his teaching, research and administrative contributions to his university. He was also awarded several research grants under several national and international bodies such as the Windows on Science (WOS) Program from the Asian Office of Aerospace Research & Development (AOARD) Japan; Ministry of Energy, Water and Communication (MEWC), Ministry of Higher Education (MED), Malaysia; and Malaysian Commission of Multimedia and Communications (MCMC). He was chosen to represent Malaysia to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Workshop on Embedding Entrepreneurship at University Curriculum in Hanoi, Vietnam (2008) to present a paper on Malaysia’s initiatives on developing entrepreneurship programmes at institutes of higher learning.

Dr Shafiz’s research interests focuses on the social impact of Information Technology  -- information behaviour, virtual/e-community, e-government, teleworking, community networks, rural ICT, technopreneurship and open source. He has published his works in refereed journals, conference papers, encyclopaedias, and book chapters. He has supervised the completion of 6 PhDs and over 70 MSc Students. Currently, he is supervising five PhD students in Malaysia examining various Information Systems and ICT issues.

Dr Soly Mathew Biju

Associate Professor

Dr Soly Mathew Biju's research interests include software testing, cryptography, e-learning, innovations in teaching, agile software development and programming techniques. She has several years experience in network administration and software development.

Qualifications: BCS, MCS, University of Pune, PGDip Indian Institute of Bioinformatics, ISQTB, MBCS CITP, PhD, Banasthali University,BCS Approved CIPT Assessor.

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-01

Telephone:  +971 4 2781933

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):SolyMathewBiju

 

Dr Soly Mathew Biju is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai. Dr Biju has achieved the Chartered IT Professional status which is a symbol of excellence in the field of IT and is also an ISTQB-certified software testing professional. 
 
Dr Biju has been in the field of the field of teaching, training, network administration and software development since 1999. Prior to joining UOWD, she worked for various universities including University of Wales, Robert Kennedy College and Champlain College. She is a certified online instructor and has worked extensively on online teaching methods and online material design and development.
 
As a System Administrator, Dr Biju was responsible for leading two teams (Windows NT and Lotus Notes) for British Airways at Heathrow UK, and Pune, India. In addition to this, she was also an online trainer responsible for organising and providing training sessions for professionals at British Airways, Pune branch (1999-2001). 
 
She has conducted a number of workshops on e-learning ,WebCT and Blackboard at UOWD. She was nominated for Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence awards at UOWD on numerous occasions and received the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and in 2015.
 
Her research interests include software testing, cryptography, e-learning, innovations in teaching, agile software development, online teaching, network security and programming techniques. She has papers published in reputed journals and books and presented and reviewed papers at national and international conferences and journals. She has been a scientific committee member on various national and international conferences.
 
Dr Biju is a lifetime member of Computer Society India and a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS Chartered IT professional). She is also BCS Approved CITP Assessor responsible for conducting interviews for CITP applicant for BCS.
 

Dr Stefano Fasciani

Assistant Professor

Dr Stefano Fasciani is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Wollongong in Dubai. With a PhD specialising in integrative sciences and engineering from the National University of Singapore, Dr Fasciani is a specialist in digital sign processing, embedded systems, interactive systems, digital electronics and sound and music computing.

Qualifications: PhD, National University of Singapore; MSc.Eng, Tor Vergata, Italy; BSc.Eng, Tor Vergata, Italy

Location: Dubai Knowledge Park, Block 15, Office 2-19F

Telephone: +971 4 278 1940

Email: stefanofasciani@uowdubai.ac.ae

Dr Stefano Fasciani is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Wollongong in Dubai.

With a PhD specialising in integrative sciences and engineering from the National University of Singapore, Dr Fasciani is a specialist in digital sign processing, embedded systems, interactive systems, digital electronics and sound and music computing.

He has a vast range of international experience, having worked in Singapore for seven years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nanyang Technical University, Singapore and as a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He has also travelled extensively throughout Europe during his time working on two large research projects funded by the European Commission in his role as a DSP Application Engineer at Atmel Corporation, Italy.

Dr Fasciani’s main areas of research include sound and music computing, interfaces for musical expression, sound synthesis, psychoacoustic sound analysis, music information retrieval, human-computer interaction, machine learning, digital signal processing, embedded systems for and real-time audio applications. His work has been published in international journals and conference proceedings.

Dr Fasciani is a member of the International Computer Music Association (ICMA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS). 

Some of his recent publications include:

  • S. Fasciani, L. Wyse, Vocal control of sound synthesis personalized by unsupervised machine listening and learning, in Computer Music Journal, 42:1, 2018
  • S. Fasciani, Physical Audio Digital Filters, in proceedings of 17th conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017
  • S. Fasciani, TSAM: a Tool for Analyzing, Modeling, and Mapping the Timbre of Sound Synthesizers, in proceedings of 13th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 2016.
  • S. Fasciani, Interactive computation of timbre spaces for sound synthesis control, in Array - the Journal of ICMA, special issue Proceedings of Si15, the 2nd International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity, 2015
  • S. Fasciani, L. Wyse, A self-organizing gesture map for a voice-controlled instrument interface, in proceedings of the 13th conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Daejeon, Korea, 2013
  • S. Fasciani, L. Wyse, A voice interface for sound generators: adaptive and automatic mapping of gestures to sound, in proceedings of the 12th conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Ann Arbor, US, 2012

Dr Zeenath Khan

Assistant Professor

Dr Khan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. Dr Khan completed her Bachelors and Masters from University of Wollongong in Dubai. She completed her PhD under full fee scholarship from UOW in Ethics and E-cheating among Students under A/P Peter Hyland and Dr Mark Freeman, UOW.

Qualifications: B.Comp.Sc, MIB with Distinction, University of Wollongong in Dubai, PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia

Location: Block 5, Floor 1, Room 1-13

Telephone:  +971 4 2781935

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):ZeenathKhan

 

Dr Khan is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong in Dubai and has been teaching at the University since 2001. Prior to this, she worked with Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Young Times, Book Corner and The Central School. Dr Khan completed her Bachelors and Masters from University of Wollongong in Dubai. She obtained her PhD with commendation from the University of Wollongong in Australia, specialising in information technology ethics and e-cheating among students. 

Dr Khan’s teaching areas include business and informational ethics, and educational computer applications. She currently teaches on University of Wollongong in Dubai’s Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Information Technology in Management Information Systems programs. Dr Khan practices a teaching philosophy which centres on guided discovery, using classroom discussions, learner-centred approaches, technology, and collaborative group work to engage students in actively constructing meaning whilst exploring ethical dilemmas. Her teaching philosophy states ‘my enthusiasm is key, my students’ brains the lock… let’s get picking!’ 

Dr Khan’s research interests are in community informatics, women and workplaces in Bangladesh, ethics in IT, responsible business in garment manufacturing, and education and the teaching and learning sector. She has presented over 19 papers to international conferences, including presenting research at Harvard University (USA) and Cambridge University (UK). She has four book chapters, seven journal articles, a case and short documentary production to her name, and has been awarded a UOWD Research Grant three times since 2009. She also had the opportunity to work closely with the garment industry in Bangladesh, alongside Centre for Policy Dialogue and Yunus Centre.

Currently Dr Khan is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Multimedia and Its Applications ERA2012, and the editor of the upcoming book Emerging Academic Integrity Issues in Middle East. She also chaired the International Conference on Academic Integrity in Middle East in collaboration with the Centre for Academic Integrity, Rutland Institute of Ethics, Clemson University, USA. 

She has been nominated thrice for the Research Excellence Award by UOWD’s Research Committee. She is the winner of UOWD Teaching Excellence, BE Excellence in Teaching by Bangladesh Consulate in Dubai, Sony Gulf Federal Environment Award, Turnitin Global Innovation Awards: Africa and Middle East Region – Academic Integrity Category and recently Wollongong VC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning 2016. 

She has a proven track record of community engagement and believes in extending services for the benefit of the greater society. Based on her research interests, she has conceptualised, initiated and hosted nearly 15 conferences, workshops and other events.

Dr Khan has to-date four book chapters, seven journal articles, 19 conference papers to her name. She chaired the ranked International Conference on Academic Integrity and Editor of the upcoming book Emerging Academic Integrity Issues in the Middle East.

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