Research Clusters | American University of Sharjah

As part of our commitment to excellence, CEN has established six ground-breaking research clusters, each focusing on specific research themes closely aligned with the expertise of our esteemed faculty members. Ground-breaking ideas converge in these dynamic hubs, fostering collaborative efforts that drive pioneering solutions to real-world challenges.

By creating these research clusters, our aim is twofold: to showcase our areas of research strength within CEN and to forge impactful partnerships with industry collaborators and endowments, further enriching our research endeavors. These strategic collaborations will not only propel our institution's growth but also stimulate innovation and drive economic development.

Our research themes within these clusters not only reflect CEN's commitment to pushing boundaries but also align with the strategic national agendas of the United Arab Emirates. By addressing crucial societal and technological challenges, we contribute to the development and progress of the nation, while elevating our own research agenda and enhancing the visibility, ranking and branding of CEN on a global scale.

We invite you to explore these research clusters and learn more about the transformative work being conducted by our faculty members and students. Join us on this exciting journey as we continue to push the frontiers of engineering research, innovation and education.


Cluster 1: Intelligent and Next-Generation Systems

Intelligent and next-generation systems is a multidisciplinary field that combines principles of engineering with decision-making systems to improve human life. Numerous research projects conducted by experienced AUS-CEN researchers cover this research theme. This field spans a wide range of areas including robotics, intelligent autonomous systems, unmanned air vehicles, computer vision, face biometrics, neuroengineering, sensors and connectivity, electronic chip design, flexible and wearable electronics, cyber physical systems, control of physical systems, sustainable and resilient operation and maintenance of civil infrastructures, networking, electronic warfare systems, communication systems, and satellite systems and applications. Due to the importance and nature of this theme to achieve the UAEs’ Sustainable Development Goals and with the large capacity of available well-reputed researchers, the college is looking forward to establishing an Endowed Chair in Intelligent and Next-Generation Systems.

Theme 1-1: Robotics and Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Theme 1-2: ICT and IoT
Theme 1-3: Semiconductors and Integrated Circuit Design
Theme 1-4: Cyber Systems, Infrastructure, Platforms

Publications by Year

Theme 1-5: Mechatronics and Control
Theme 1-6: Intelligent Civil Infrastructure
Cluster 2: Bioengineering

Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines principles of physics, chemistry and biology with engineering sciences to study and advance knowledge in biology, anatomy, physiology and human health. A bioengineer can develop diagnostic instruments, novel materials, drug delivery systems or informatics, to name a few examples. The main objective of the bioengineering field is to improve patients' quality of life and help advance health professions. This discipline is rapidly evolving throughout the world, with excellent employment opportunities. The American University of Sharjah College of Engineering has expertise in various areas of bioengineering, including biosensors, implantable devices, bioprocesses, drug delivery, microfluidics, medical imaging, signal processing, bio-informatics and neuroengineering. AUS research projects range from examining the severity of spinal cord injury to a patented technology aimed at reducing the side effects of chemotherapy. With this wide array of research and skills, the college is seeking to establish an Endowed Chair in Bioengineering.

Theme 2-1: Biosensors, Implantable Devices and Bioprocesses

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Projects by Year

Theme 2-2: Drug Delivery, Microfluidics and Lab on a Chip
Theme 2-3: Medical Imaging and Bio-Informatics
Theme 2-4: Neuroengineering
Cluster 3: Materials, Mechanics, Manufacturing and Structure

The research efforts within the College of Engineering at AUS span across various areas related to materials, structures and manufacturing. About 25 faculty members from the different engineering departments conduct cutting-edge research under this cluster with significant productivity in terms of publications in international journals and graduating students with significant expertise in these relevant engineering and scientific fields. Industry-relevant and practical research projects include the development of polymers and composite materials, 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, engineering structures and structural materials, advanced and functional smart materials, and non-destructive assessment and structural health monitoring. With this wide array of research and skills, the college is seeking to establish an endowed chair for this research cluster.

Theme 3-1: Polymers and Composite Materials
Theme 3-2: Experimental and Computational Mechanics
Theme 3-3: Quality and Non-Destructive Evaluation
Theme 3-4: Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing
Theme 3-5: Advanced and Functional Materials
Theme 3-6: Additive Manufacturing

Publications by Year

Theme 3-7: Structures and Structural Materials
Cluster 4: Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

AUS faculty have been active in the development and application of AI techniques in their respective fields of research. The faculty are engaged in AI-related research in wide-ranging areas including computer vision, image, audio and video analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), education, computer security, signal analysis, earthquake prediction, power and manufacturing system applications, biomedical applications, logistics and transportation, natural disaster management, structural systems and components, and geospatial science and remote sensing. Moreover, AI has the potential to add value to a variety of industries that are the backbone of the UAE economy including travel and transportation, logistics, retail, oil and gas, chemicals, media and entertainment, banking and insurance, healthcare and telecommunications. The College of Engineering at AUS seeks to establish an Endowed Chair in AI to support high-quality undergraduate and graduate research and development in the various areas of AI and its applications.

Theme 4-1: AI Applications
Theme 4-2: Machine Learning Techniques
Cluster 5: Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Systems

The UAE 2021-2030 roadmap initiatives bring new opportunities and improvements to the availability and mobility of goods and services. These strategic initiatives aim at cutting transportation costs by 44 percent, reducing environmental pollution by 12 percent, as well as generating AED 18 billion in annual economic returns by increasing the efficiency of the transportation and logistics sector in Dubai alone. With the advent of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, data science and blockchain, the supply chain industry is deploying new solutions, leaning continuously towards increasing operational efficiency and cutting costs, while addressing global sustainability concerns. The College of Engineering is seeking to establish an Endowed Chair in Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation.

Theme 5-1: Sustainable Supply Chain Systems
Theme 5-2: Operations and Logistics Planning
Theme 5-3: Smart Logistic Systems

Publications by Year

Cluster 6: Energy, Water and Sustainable Environment

The AUS College of Engineering is at the forefront of research in the fields of energy, water and sustainable environment, collectively accumulating valuable experience and expertise in these areas. The engineering faculty at AUS have developed significant laboratory infrastructure to support research activities in this area. AUS faculty and scholars have been involved in research to find viable solutions to the challenging problems that arise in these key areas, with the findings and results of their cutting-edge studies being published in reputable international journals.

Theme 6-1: Water and Wastewater Treatment
Theme 6-2: Renewable Energy and Power Systems
Theme 6-3: Sustainability of Environmental and Chemical Processes
Theme 6-4: Sustainable Construction Management
Theme 6-5: Environmental Hydraulics and Hydrology
Theme 6-6: Smart Grid
Theme 6-7: Thermofluids and Combustion
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