American University of Sharjah

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Fadi Aloul

Dr Fadi Ahmed Aloul

Professor and Department Head

PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Fadi Aloul's areas of expertise include cyber security, mobile applications and design optimization. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and the founder of several cyber security awareness initiatives in the UAE including the UAE's Cyber Academy. Dr. Aloul has received a number of awards including the Global Engineering Deans Council Airbus Engineering Diversity Award, Khalifa Award for Higher Education, Sheikh Rashid Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Young Arab Researchers, AUS Excellence in Teaching Award and the Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowship. He has 100+ publications and 1 US patent. He is a frequently invited speaker and panelist at international conferences related to cyber security, technology, innovation and education.

Dr. Raafat Aburukba

Dr Raafat AbuRukba

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD in Software Engineering, Western University, Canada

Dr. Raafat Aburukba’s areas of expertise include cloud computing, decentralized scheduling, smart spaces, economic-based modeling and approaches, and collaborative intelligence and assistance. Prior to joining AUS he was a faculty member with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He was also a senior software engineer research assistant at EK3 technologies where he led multiple research and commercialization projects.

Dr. Rana Ejaz Ahmed


Associate Professor

PhD in Electrical Engineering, Duke University, USA

Rana E. Ahmed has worked as a faculty member at Lakehead University, Canada, and at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He was a visiting faculty member at the University of Ottawa during academic year 2007-08 while on sabbatical leave. He also worked at Research In Motion (RIM) and SpaceBridge in Canada in the areas of software testing, ATM switch testing and software quality assurance. His current research interests are in the areas of computer networking, telecommunications and computer architecture.

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ali



PhD in Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, USA

Abdul-Rahman Al-Ali's research and teaching interests include embedded systems hardware and software architectures, interface and programming, and applications in smart grid, remote monitoring and control industrial plants utilizing Internet, GSM and GPRS networks Dr. Al-Ali has around 100 publications, one US patent and one European patent. He has been a keynote and an invited speaker at several conferences. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He previously taught at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Gerassimos Barlas



PhD, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Gerassimos Barlas' research interests include parallel computation, high-performance computing, grid computing, multimedia systems, compression of biomedical signals and images, and medical informatics. Dr. Barlas is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society.

Dr. Khaled El Fakih


Associate Professor

PhD in Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Canada

Khaled El-Fakih worked as a graduate fellow at the IBM Toronto Laboratory and as a verification engineer at a Nortel Company. He was a visiting researcher at Osaka University, Tomsk State University, University of Ottawa, University of Verona, University of Sao Paulo and Nara Institute of Science and Technology. He spent one year’s sabbatical leave at Verimag Laboratory, Université Joseph Fourier, France. He was program co-chair of the 2008 IFIP International Conference on Formal Techniques for Networked and Distributed Systems. His research is in formal and software testing, synthesis of distributed systems, formal methods, optimization and application of genetic algorithms.

Dr. Taha Landolsi



PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Taha Landolsi worked in the North American telecommunications industry for more than seven years designing and planning wireless and optical networks in several US and international markets. He taught courses in wireless and optical networks at the University of Texas at Dallas, USA, and at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, KSA. He joined AUS in 2005, where he teaches a variety of networking courses. His research interests include wireless and optical networks, optical switching and computing, wavelet transforms applications to communications and signal processing, optical devices and materials, and MEMS applications.

Dr. Tarik Ozkul



PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, USA

Tarik Ozkul has worked in industry in different capacities ranging from design engineer to director of research and development, designing and manufacturing various computer-based equipment and systems. He has published two books and dozens of scholarly articles related to computer engineering. His research interest is in computer architecture, soft computing and engineering applications of soft computing. He has several patents and is avid supporter of the implementation of innovation in engineering education. Dr. Ozkul is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Society of Automation (ISA).

Dr. Michel Pasquier


Associate Professor

PhD in Computer Science, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France

Michel Pasquier has 15 years' experience teaching artificial intelligence and related CS courses at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Previously, he was a researcher for the AIST and Sanyo Electric in Tsukuba, Japan. His research interests include cognitive computing and systems, adaptation and learning, knowledge discovery, as well as nature-inspired methods for approximate reasoning and decision making. He has published, led projects and served as a consultant in application areas including intelligent robotics and transportation systems, online learning, medical diagnosis and healthcare, and financial engineering.

Dr. Ghassan Zaki Qadah


Associate Professor

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan/Ann Arbor, USA

Ghassan Qadah has taught in computer science and engineering departments at institutions such as Northwestern University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and American University of Sharjah. He also worked at AT&T/Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. His area of research and teaching interests are programming, traditional and non-traditional database systems, serial and parallel algorithms, information retrieval, data mining and machine learning in health informatics. Dr. Qadah has served as a symposium chair, track chair and a member of technical program committees of international conferences. He has presented tutorials worldwide and published many Journals and conference papers. Dr. Qadah holds a patent for his work on Voice-over-IP (VOIP) at Lucent’s Bell Labs.

Dr. Assim Sagahyroon



PhD, University of Arizona, USA

Assim Sagahyroon has taught at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and California State University. He joined AUS in Fall 2003 and served as Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from 2009 to 2016. During his tenure as a head, the computer science and computer engineering undergraduate programs were reaccredited by ABET and the UAE Ministry of Higher Education, with the computer science ABET self-study report being selected as an exemplary study for display in ABET international workshops and conferences. In industry, he worked with Zhone Technology in California. He has published in international conferences proceeding and journals. His teaching and research interests include digital systems design, power consumption in VLSI circuits, computer architecture, FPGA based solutions, innovative applications of emerging technologies, and medical informatics.

Dr. Tamer Shanableh



PhD in Electronic Systems Engineering, University of Essex, UK

Tamer Shanableh joined AUS in 2002. Previously, he worked as a senior research officer at the University of Essex from 1998 to 2001, and at Motorola UK Labs in 2001. He contributed to establishing the Error Resilient Simple Scalable Profile within ISO/IEC/MPEG-4. Dr. Shanableh spent the summers of 2003 to 2008 as a visiting professor at Motorola Multimedia Labs. In 2012 he worked as a visiting academic at the Multimedia and Computer Vision Lab at the University of London, UK. His research interests include digital video processing and pattern recognition.

Dr. Imran Zualkernan


Associate Professor

PhD, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA

Imran Zualkernan has taught at the University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University. He has held C-Level positions in various startup companies. His current research interests include ubiquitous tangible learning systems, wearable learning, and adoption and alignment models for learning technologies. He has published over 80 papers in refereed conference proceedings and journals.

Ahmad Al Nabulsi

Ahmad Al Nabulsi

Lab Instructor

MS in Mechatronics Engineering, American University of Sharjah

Prior to joining AUS, Ahmad Al Nabulsi taught in electrical and computer engineering departments in different institutes across UAE for more than six years. His teaching areas and research interests cover a wide spectrum of mechatronics engineering topics such as embedded systems, automation control, robotics, power electronics, measurements and instrumentation, and circuits design. He has several cited journal and conference publications. Al Nabulsi was among the first batch of AUS alumni to be included on the AUS Alumni Wall of Fame, which recognizes the legacies of those alumni who contributed to making a difference at AUS during their time as students.

Sameer Allan Alawnah

Sameer Alawnah

Lab Instructor

MS in Computer Engineering, American University Sharjah, UAE

Sameer Alawnah has taught in programming, digital systems and Internet and network computing for more than two years at American University of Sharjah. His areas of research and teaching are programing, mobile computing, mobiles devices power modeling and web technologies.

Wissam Abou Khreibe


Laboratory Instructor

MS in Computer and Communications Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Wissam Abou Khreibe has taught in programming, networking and system/database administration for more than six years at American University of Sharjah. His areas of research and teaching are Internet technologies and networking. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a Senior Software Engineer and Consultant for Integrated Digital Systems and Netways, Lebanon.

Praveena Kolli

Praveena Kolli

Laboratory Instructor

MS in Computer Science, Nagarjuna University, India

Prior to joining AUS, Praveena Kolli taught in computer science and engineering departments in India and the Middle East for more than 12 years at institutions such as Al Ghurair University, Dubai; Emirates Center for Management and Technology Dubai; and PRRM Engineering College, Hyderabad, India. Her teaching and research interest is in the areas of programming, database system, programming languages, data structures and mobile app development.

Suresh Radder

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Laboratory Instructor

Master of Technology in Industrial Electronics, National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, India

Prior to joining AUS, Suresh Radder taught in the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department in India for 12 years. He has served in software industry for three years in Bangalore, India. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Java programming, C and C++ programming, software engineering, software design patterns and wireless microcontrollers.

Hammam Orabi

Hammam Orabi

Laboratory Instructor

Master of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications, University of Technology, Malaysia

Prior to joining AUS, Hammam Orabi worked as a Research Officer in the University of Technology, Malaysia. He was responsible for handling the development and troubleshooting of government-sponsored projects in image processing and dedicated hardware architectures. His research interests are in FPGA prototyping, embedded systems programming and structured computers organization.