Research Opportunities

Graduate Student Research Opportunities
Student Category-(MSc/PhD) Project Title Project Abstract/Summary  Thesis Title Starting Semester Requirements Supervisor(s) Contact Info
MSc Improved drive train for electric vehicles (ADEK Fudned)  The research team headed by Dr. Balanthi Abdul R.Beig at power electronics and sustainable energy (PEASE ) research lab  at KU has developed has developed a novel high gain bidirectional DC DC converter, the patent application is submitted. The scope of this research is to develop small signal model, design closed loop controllers and stability analysis of this converter. A laboratory working prototype need to be designed and the closed loop operation of the drive under boost and buck mode operation need to be demonstrated.  Closed loop controller design of high gain DC-DC converter for Electric Vehciles Fall 2020 OR Spring 2021 UG level Control systems and  Master level Power Electronics knowledge  Dr.Balanthi Abdul R Beig
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Khaled Al Jafari
balanthi.beig@ku.ac.ae
050-7212075
PhD Improved drive train for electric vehicles (ADEK Fudned) The research team led by Dr.Balanthi A.R.Beig at power electronics and sustainable energy (PEASE ) research lab  at KU has developed a four wheel differential drive based on open ended winding induction motor drive . Also the research team has developed a novel high gain bidirectional DC DC converter, the patent application is submitted. This research will focus on further improving this system by developing a closed loop controllers and stability analysis of the above DC-DC converter, integrating with the above open needed winding drive, developing suitable of energy management scheme to improve the drive efficiency, fault tolerant operation of the drive and regenerative breaking.  A possible improvement is to use either three –level or five level inverter for intelligent selection (based on neuro-fuzzy algorithms)  of the switching vector through which the inner most PWM loop of the drive will take care the charge balance of the batteries and thus improve the power management and battery performance.    Efficient energy management and power conversion systems in Electric vehicles Fall 2020 OR Spring 2021 Master  level Control systems and  Master level Power Electronics knowledge  Dr.Balanthi Abdul R Beig
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Khaled Al Jafari
balanthi.beig@ku.ac.ae
050-7212075
PhD/Msc APEC/Theme II The objective of this project is to convert the open parking spaces in Abu Dhabi city to green parking.  The scope of the project includes selection of solar panels, calculating solar power generation capacity of the parking area, calculating the total demand on the system due to EVs and storage capacity required for the given parking area. Develop a program to optimize the battery capacity and maximum utilization of solar energy. Developing an energy management algorithm where batteries in EV to be used as secondary storage of power and exchanging the power between vehicle and grid. The forecast on additional load on system due to 100% EVs, additional generation capacity available due to solar generation and optimal energy storage capacity required under one substation area need to be determined. From this study the payback period need to be calculated.  Solar powered integrated Green Parking for Cities  Spring 2021 UG level Power sytems, Master  level Control systems and  Power Electronics knowledge  Dr.Balanthi Abdul R Beig balanthi.beig@ku.ac.ae
050-7212075
Msc APEC/Theme II Wireless charging is more convenient and preferred than plugged changing. The objective of this project is to develop wireless charging for slow charging of cars when they are parked for long time. Inductive coupling charging is mainly used, but the efficiency of the system depends on primary and secondary coil alignment, air gap length between primary and secondary coils.  The tasks involve designing primary coil and secondary coil for a 5 to 7 kW bidirectional  wireless charger system and associated power electronics circuit from a DC source.  Wireless bidirectional EV Charging ssytem  Spring 2021 UG level Control systems, Magnetic circuits  and  Master level Power Electronics knowledge  Dr.Balanthi Abdul R Beig balanthi.beig@ku.ac.ae
050-7212075
MSc APEC/Theme II Space vector PWM is preferred for voltage source inverters.  Since PWM forms the inner most block in any closed loop control system, it need to be fast. The objecitve is to develop an genralized space vector PWM algorithm which can be extended to any mube rof level and can be used for any topology. The research team headed by Dr. Balanthi Abdul R.Beig at power electronics and sustainable energy (PEASE ) research lab  at KU has developed the intial ideaon this whoch need to be further developed and can be patented. Also this SVPWM can be demonstrated on a modular multi level powered drives. Low speed operation using MMC will be a added novelty. Novel SVPWM algorithm for Mulit level inverters Spring 2021 Master level Power Electronics knowledge  Dr.Balanthi Abdul R Beig balanthi.beig@ku.ac.ae
050-7212075
PhD (preferred) Innovative microwave absorption 3D meta-materials based on nanocomposite film Design, modeling, and characterization of surfaces with broadband absorption proporties in the radar frequency range. The surfaces will use 3D radar-absorbing metematerials(RAMs) that are under development at Khalifa University. The project will include full-wave electromagnetic analysis of such surfaces using 3D  finite-element tools, the development and validation of braodband equivalent-circuit models of 3D RAMs, and the development of predictive models of 3D RAM EM behavior using machine-learning methods.  Machine-Learning Methods for the Design of Stealth Surfaces using Radar Absorbing 3D Meta-materials  Fall 2020 Electromagnetics, Microwaves, Communication. Backgorund in machine learning is a plus.

Prof. Ibrahim (Abe) M. Elfadel (EECS)

Dr. Daniel Choi (MME)

ibrahim.elfadel@ku.ac.ae
PhD (preferred) Secure FPGA as a Cloud Microservice The main security risks related to FPGA usage in the cloud, public or private, stem from the multi-user environment, where several users may be sharing the same physical hardware platform with the possibility of one user sniffing the bitstream file used to burn the logic design on the FPGA. Encrypting the bitstream file may be a possible defense, and high-end FPGA’s such that the 7 series from Xilinx already support such bitstream encryption using the 256-bit AES standard. In addition, the Xilinx 7 series FPGA devices have an on-chip bitstream keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) algorithm implemented in hardware to provide additional security beyond that provided by the AES standard alone. Aside from bitstream file sniffing, FPGAs may be subject to side-channel attacks (SCAs), which in a cloud environment, are most likely to come from an insider, especially when the cloud is private. The main goal of this project is to assess the FPGA security risks in a cloud environment and to address them in a comprehensive framework using various information security perspectives, including hardware security, cryptography, and SCA countermeasures Secure FPGA Cloud Services using Programmable Hardware Security Fall 2020 Digital design, hardware security, solid communication skills.

Prof. Ibrahim (Abe) M. Elfadel (EECS)
Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan  (EECS)

Prof. Ernesto Damiani (EECS)

ibrahim.elfadel@ku.ac.ae
PhD (preferred) Secure FPGA as a Cloud Microservice The main security risks related to FPGA usage in the cloud, public or private, stem from the multi -user environment, where several users may be sharing the same physical hardware platform with the possibility of one user sniffing the bitstream file used to burn the logic design on the FPGA. Encrypting the bitstream file may be a possible defense, and high-end FPGA’s such that the 7 series from Xilinx already support such bitstream encryption using the 256-bit AES standard. In addition, the Xilinx 7 series FPGA devices have an on-chip bitstream keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) algorithm implemented in hardware to provide additional security beyond that provided by the AES standard alone. Aside from bitstream file sniffing, FPGAs may be subject to side-channel attacks (SCAs), which in a cloud environment, are most likely to come from an insider, especially when the cloud is private. The main goal of this project is to assess the FPGA security risks in a cloud environment and to address them in a comprehensive framework using various information security perspectives, including hardware security, cryptography, and SCA countermeasures Programmable Data and Model Cryptography for AI Workloads Fall 2020 Digital design, applied cryptography, machine Learning, solid communication skills.

Prof. Ibrahim (Abe) M. Elfadel (EECS)
Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan  (EECS)

Prof. Ernesto Damiani (EECS)

ibrahim.elfadel@ku.ac.ae
PhD Atrial Fibrillation Data Analysis and Validation Project An investigation between Cerner Middle East and SEHA on the application of unsupervised machine learning to the SEHA electronic medical record, Malaffi, is looking at the replacement of traditional check lists for determining the risk of a patient having or developing Atrial Fibrillation (AF). AF, if untreated can increase the patient’s chances of a stroke, developing Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) and Chronic Kidney Disease. The current checklists such as CHARGE-AF underperform for both high and low risk patients and are not based on the genomic or phenomic characteristics of the majority of SEHA patients. This investigation leads to further research that is the use of wearable to measure ECG and other vital signs (e.g. blood pressure & temperature) with sufficient clinical accuracy and veracity to be incorporated into the medical record as well as provide early warning before the onset of fibrillation. Using Malaffi data, it is possible to measure diagnoses, treatments and outcomes of the citizens of Abu Dhabi to create an automated indicator of AF risk, (Abu Dhabi AF Risk Indicator) based on ML techniques which has better specificity and sensitivity for predicting AF, considers more factors and removes any genetic bias from the earlier studies. Atrial Fibrillation Data Analysis and Validation Project Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 MSc in Electrical and computer Engineering. Very good knowledge on ML techniques. Excellent Programming Skills Dr. Shihab Jimaa, Dr. Ahsan Khandokar, and Dr. Youssef Iraqi shihab.jimaa@ku.ac.ae
PhD Flow Characterization using Dynamic Multi-Nuclei NMR Imaging Novel Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurement principle is proposed for multiphase flow metering (MPFM) applications in the oil and gas industry.  SINGLE ECHO DYNAMIC FLOW PROFILE ACQUISITION Spring 2020 MS EE Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa mohammed.aboukhousa@ku.ac.ae 
PhD Development of Next Generation Antenna Systems (KU Space Technology & Innovation Center) This project is aimed at the development of 3D-printed metallic reflectarray for
Ka-band Spaceborne Antenna systems.
Novel 3D-Printed Reflectarray for Space Applications Fall 2020 MSc EE Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa mohammed.aboukhousa@ku.ac.ae
MSc Flow Characterization using Dynamic Multi-Nuclei NMR Imaging Novel Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurement principle is proposed for multiphase flow metering (MPFM) applications in the oil and gas industry.  METAMATERIAL-INSPIRED MULTIBAND RF COILS FOR DYNAMIC FLOW CHARACTERIZATION Spring 2020 BSc EE Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa mohammed.aboukhousa@ku.ac.ae
MSc UHF Imaging Array In this project, a new Ultra-high frequency (UHF) antenna element and array for sub-wavelength imaging a developed and experimentally validated.  COMPACT UHF NEAR-FIELD IMAGING SYSTEM Spring 2020 BSc EE Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa mohammed.aboukhousa@ku.ac.ae
MSc Development of Next Generation Antenna Systems (KU Space Technology & Innovation Center) The project is focused on developing efficient optically transparent  antenna to be integrated with the solar panels of a CubeSat.  Optically Transparent Antenna for CubeSat Platforms Fall 2020 BSc EE Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa mohammed.aboukhousa@ku.ac.ae
MSc Development of Next Generation Antenna Systems (KU Space Technology & Innovation Center) The development of wideband slot antenna element and array for satellite communications in the Ka-band.  Low-Profile Wideband Slot Array for Ka-band Applications Fall 2020 BSc EE Dr. Mohamed Abou-Khousa mohammed.aboukhousa@ku.ac.ae
Research Staff Opportunities
Job category-(PostDoc/RE/RA/Others) Project Title Project Abstract/Summary Job Summary Starting Date Requirements Supervisor(s) Contact Info
Postdoctoral Fellow Secure FPGA as a Cloud Microservice The main security risks related to FPGA usage in the cloud, public or private, stem from the multi -user environment, where several users may be sharing the same physical hardware platform with the possibility of one user sniffing the bitstream file used to burn the logic design on the FPGA. Encrypting the bitstream file may be a possible defense, and high-end FPGA’s such that the 7 series from Xilinx already support such bitstream encryption using the 256-bit AES standard. In addition, the Xilinx 7 series FPGA devices have an on-chip bitstream keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) algorithm implemented in hardware to provide additional security beyond that provided by the AES standard alone. Aside from bitstream file sniffing, FPGAs may be subject to side-channel attacks (SCAs), which in a cloud environment, are most likely to come from an insider, especially when the cloud is private. The main goal of this project is to assess the FPGA security risks in a cloud environment and to address them in a comprehensive framework using various information security perspectives, including hardware security, cryptography, and SCA countermeasures

Play a lead technical role in multi-year, externally sponsored project on secure FPGA microservices.

Design and implementation of reconfigurable post-quantum cryptographic systems for crypto as a cloud microservice.

Collaborate closely with the  graduate students, the faculty, and the industrial liaisons involved in this project.

Contribute to IP development.

Publish research results in top journal and conference venues.

1-Nov-20

Expertise in FPGA digital design.

Solid knowledge of applied cryptography.

Excellent English communication skills.

Journal pubication record.

Prof. Ibrahim (Abe) M. Elfadel (EECS)
Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan  (EECS)

Prof. Ernesto Damiani (EECS)

ibrahim.elfadel@ku.ac.ae
Postdoctoal Follow Secure FPGA as a Cloud Microservice The main security risks related to FPGA usage in the cloud, public or private, stem from the multi-user environment, where several users may be sharing the same physical hardware platform with the possibility of one user sniffing the bitstream file used to burn the logic design on the FPGA. Encrypting the bitstream file may be a possible defense, and high-end FPGA’s such that the 7 series from Xilinx already support such bitstream encryption using the 256-bit AES standard. In addition, the Xilinx 7 series FPGA devices have an on-chip bitstream keyed-Hash Message Authentication Code (HMAC) algorithm implemented in hardware to provide additional security beyond that provided by the AES standard alone. Aside from bitstream file sniffing, FPGAs may be subject to side-channel attacks (SCAs), which in a cloud environment, are most likely to come from an insider, especially when the cloud is private. The main goal of this project is to assess the FPGA security risks in a cloud environment and to address them in a comprehensive framework using various information security perspectives, including hardware security, cryptography, and SCA countermeasures

Play a lead technical role in the initiation of a new research activity in the area of FPGA side-channel attacks and their counter-measures.

Contribute to the setup of a lab and instrumentation infrastructure for the study of FPGA vulnerabilities to side-channel attacks and the development of efficient counter-meaaures.

Collaborate closely with the  graduate students, the faculty, and the industrial liaisons involved in the project.

Contribute to IP development.

Publish research results in top journal and conference venues.

1-Nov-20

Expertise in FPGA digital design.

Advanced Elecrtonic lab instrumentation skills.

Familiarity with various methods of side-channel attacks.

Excellent English communication skills.

Journal pubication record.

Prof. Ibrahim (Abe) M. Elfadel (EECS)
Dr. Abdulhadi Shoufan  (EECS)

Prof. Ernesto Damiani (EECS)

ibrahim.elfadel@ku.ac.ae