Dr. Ali Al Alili

Dr. Ali Al Alili

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Office: Umm Shaif Building, Room 4015
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5722

Email: ali.alalili@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Ali Al-Alili received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, USA. Then, he joined a combined M.S. / Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, USA, where he received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

His research focuses in solar air conditioning simulation, experimentation and optimization, high-performance buildings, indoor air quality, solar resource assessment and forecasting , and solar collectors’ performance. He is also interested in using machine learning and deep learning techniques to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization. He worked on various funded research projects with a total funds of $3.5 M. He is the Founder and Director of the “Solar and Weather Observation Laboratory” and “High Performance Building Laboratory”.

Dr. Al-Alili has successfully supervised and granted MSc. degrees to 12 students, supervised 5 interns, and was the academic advisor to 8 capstone projects. Currently, he is the main dissertation advisor to 2 PhD and 4 MSc students.

Dr Al-Alili has won many competitions such as The Petroleum Institute Ebtikar best project award, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award for Innovative Research & Development for UAE National Institutions, Third place, and the Abu Dhabi University Undergraduate Research Competition, Second place.The results of his research findings are published in reputable international conference and high ranked peer reviewed journals. He is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

Advisor to the following students & staffs:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Hemant Mittal

PhD Students

  • Hajer Alyammahi
  • Muna Alqaydi
  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland (2012)
  • BSc, Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University (2006)
  • MEEN 240 Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 343 Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 603 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 613 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 614 Advanced Energy Conversion

Research Topics

  • Solar thermal air conditioners
  • Solar radiation measurement, modeling, and forecasting
  • High performance buildings
  • Machine Learning Techniques
  • Optimisation

Recent Research Projects

  • “An Intelligent Resilient and Reliable Integration of Renewable Energy Resources for Smart Grid in Abu Dhabi” (Sponsor: ADEC Award for Research Excellence, Principal: Ali Al-Alili, Co-Investigator: Ehab F. El-Saadan, 2018-2020)

The overall goal of this research is to identify the key factors for effective implementation and management of a smart grid (SG) for Abu Dhabi. This involves developing a probabilistic risk-based Fault Semantic Network (FSN) model for the SG operation.

  • Solar Activated Thermo-responsive Polymer for Atmospheric Water Collection” (Sponsor: Khalifa University – Competitive Internal Research Award (CIRA), Principal: Ali Al-Alili, Co-Investigator: Saeed Alhassan, 2017-2021)

  1. Abdul Ahad Iqbal, and Ali Al-Alili,(2019), “Review of Solar Cooling Technologies in the MENA Region”, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Vol. 141, pp. 010801-1-25
  2. Ayesha AlQubaisi and Ali Al-Alili, (2018),” Efficient Residential Buildings in Hot and Humid Regions: The Case of Abu Dhabi, UAE”, International Journal of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, Volume 17, No. 1, pp. 29-40
  3. Hussain, S. and Al Alili, A. , (2017),  “A hybrid solar radiation modeling approach using wavelet multiresolution analysis and artificial neural networks”, Applied Energy,Volume 208, Pages 540-550
  4. Hussain, S. and Al Alili, A., (2017), “A pruning approach to optimize synaptic connections and select relevant input parameters for neural network modelling of solar radiation”, Applied Soft Computing, Volume 52, pp. 898–908
  5. Asadullah Saeed and Ali Al-Alili, (2017), “A review on desiccant coated heat exchangers”, Science and Technology for the Built Environment, Volume 23, issue 1, pp. 136-150 (Special Issue: Humidity Control Topical Issue)
  6. Eveloy, V., Rodgers, P., Al Alili, A., (2017),  “Multi-objective Optimization of a Pressurized Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine Hybrid System Integrated with Seawater Reverse Osmosis”, Energy, Volume 123, 15 March 2017, Pages 594–614
  7. Eveloy, V., Karunkeyoon, W., Rodgers, P., Al Alili, A., (2016). ” Validation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Thermodynamic Models for System-level Integration”. International Journal of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, Volume 11, No. 1, 25-32
  8. Hussain, S. and Al Alili, A., (2016), “A new approach for model validation in solar radiation using wavelet, phase and frequency coherence analysis”, Applied Energy, Volume 164, pp. 639–649
  9. Eveloy, V., Rodgers, P., Olufade, A., Wang,  Y., Al Alili, A., (2016)  ”Waste Heat Recovery from Gas Turbine Flue Gases for Power Generation Enhancement in a Process Plant”, International Journal of Thermal & Environmental Engineering, Volume 12, No. 1, pp. 53-60
  10. Al-Alili, A., Hwang, Y., Radermacher, R., (2016), “Solar hybrid air conditioner: Model validation and optimization”. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Volume 138, issue 3, pp. 0310031-03100310
  11. Eveloy, V., Karunkeyoon, W., Rodgers, P., Al Alili, A., (2016) , “Energy, Exergy and economic Analysis of an Integrated Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine – Organic Rankine Power Generation System” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 41, Issue 31, pp. 13843–13858
  12. Hussain, S. and Al Alili, A., (2016), “On-line Sequential Learning of Neural Networks in Solar Radiation Modelling using Hybrid Bayesian Hierarchical Approach”, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering,  Volume 138, issue 6, pp. 0610121-  06101210
  13. Al-Alili, A., Hwang, Y., Radermacher, R., (2015), “Performance of a desiccant wheel cycle utilizing new zeolite material: Experimental investigation”, Energy, Volume 81, Pages 137–145
  14. Al-Alili, A., Hwang, Y., Radermacher, R., (2014), “A hybrid solar air conditioner: experimental investigation”, International Journal of Refrigeration, Volume 39,  Pages 117–124.(Special Issue)
  15. AlAlili, A., Hwang, Y., and Radermacher, R., (2014),“ Review of Solar Thermal Air Conditioning Technologies”, International Journal of Refrigeration, Volume 39, Pages 4–22 (Special Issue)

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