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 EE Graduate Seminar Series (EE 699/599)

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The purpose of the EE Graduate Seminar is to acquaint attendees (professors and graduate students) with a spectrum of research in electrical engineering. The seminar topics have been selected to give a mix of subjects, areas, and depth of coverage. Some seminars will be detailed technically and others will provide a broad perspective.

 Thanks to Dr. Ali Muqaibel for maintaining the EE Seminar series and summarizing the different tasks and regulations, most of the details below are taken from his previous seminar coordination.


    Seminar Schedule:   

   TERM 102        TERM 111


TERM 111

No. Title Speaker Date Presentation Type

Performance Analysis in Classification Problems using the Receiver Operating Characteristic Approach

Dr. Mohamed Deriche  29 Nov 2011   Signal Processing
11 On the Design of efficient electrostatic preceptors: Experimental Findings Dr. Zakariya Al-Hamouz 22 Nov 2011   Power
10 Introduction to Nano-Electronics Dr. Mohammad Taher Abul-Maati 15 Nov 2011   Electronics
9   No Seminar  8 Nov 2011    
8   No Seminar  1 Nov 2011    
7 Characterization of Obstructed Through Wall Propagation Dr. Ali Muqaibel 25 Oct 2011   Communications
6 4-layer folded microstrip power divider for array antennas Dr. Sheikh Sharif Iqbal 18 Oct 2011   RF/Microwaves
5 A Novel Tracking Analysis of the Normalized Least Mean fourth Algorithm Dr. Azzedine Zurguine 11 Oct 2011   Communications
4 Automated Pilgrim Identification and Tracking Dr. Mohammad Mohandes 4 Oct 2011   Electronics
3 Subcarrier and Power Allocation Algorithms for MIMO-OFDM Dr. Samir Al-Ghadban 27 Sep 2011   Communications
2 Electrically Small Antennas for 4G Handsets Dr. Mohammad S. Sharawi  20 Sep 2011   RF/Microwaves
 1   No Seminar  13 Sep 2011    


TERM 102

No. Title Speaker Date Presentation Type
16 1. Power Stability Study of a Power System with STATCOM and super-capacitors through  Real Time Digital Simulation

2. Study the power quality with FACTS devices

3. Gas Insulated Lines; The Future Power Transmission Solution

4. Competitive Electricity Wholesale Market: A Proposal for Developing Countries

5.Post-compensation of Transmitter’s Non-Linear Distortions at the Receiver Using Compressive Sensing Techniques for OFDM Applications

1. Mustafa Al Ramadhan

2. Fouad Al-Zaro

3. Ali Hasan Al-Muhammad

4. Abdul Aziz Al-Naim

5. Damilola Sadiq

31 May 2011   Power (1-3), Room 2009

Power (4) and Communications (5), Room 2002


15 1. Active Plasmonics

2. Dielectric Measurement of Sand

3. Strategic Bidding for Load Serving Entity in Electricity Markets

4.  A photo-voltaic damping system for suppressing power system oscillations

5.  Analysis of harmonic interactions between DG Inverters and polluted grids

6. Spectrum Sensing Using Compressive Sensing

1. Syed Rashed

2. Yanal Faouri

3. Afzal Biyabani

4. Mohammed Touseef

5. Mohammed Ahmed

6. Zahid Salim

24 May 2011   EM/Photonics (1, 2), Room 2002

Power (3,4,5), Room 2009

(6) Communications, Room 2002


14 1. Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radios

2. Acoustic Source Localization: Theory and Algorithms


1. Mr. Umar Raza

2. Mohammad Omer and HaiderAli

 17 May 2011   Communications


13 LED LaTeX Editor and Mendely Mr. Syed Faraz Ahmed 10 May 2011 ppt

LaTeX Ref

12 KAUST Visitors   3 May 2011   Various topics in Engineering
11 1. Joint Distributed Compression and Encryption in Sensor Networks

2. The utilization of distributed generation in Cost Optimization-Jordan Case Study

1. Dr. Mohammad Abdul Haleem

2. Muhammad Latif (WERTSILA Company)

 26 Apr 2011   1. Communications (1pm)

2. Power (2pm)

10 Measurements of RF radiation from Mobile Base Stations Prof. Mahmoud Dawoud  19 Apr 2011   RF/Microwaves
9   No Seminar  12 Apr 2011    
8 On line Transformer Dissolved Gas Analysis Eng. Yousef Rashidi  5 Apr 2011   Power
7 Scheduled Control for Robust Attenuation of Non-stationary Sinusoidal Disturbances Dr. Hakan Koroglu  29 Mar 2011   Control
6 Current topics in algebraic coding theory Dr. Harald Niederreiter  22 Mar 2011   Communications
5 Prof. Ibrahim Alamin  15 Mar 2011 pdf Education
4 Aperture Stacked Array with Analogue-Digital Phase Shifters Dr. Sharif Iqbal  8 Mar 2011   RF/Microwaves
3 A model reduction approach for OFDM channel estimation under high mobility conditions Dr. Tareq Al-Naffouri  1 Mar 2011   Communications
2 All You Wanted to Know About Metamaterials But Were Afraid to Ask Prof. Raj Mittra (invited)  22 Feb 2011 Room 1001 RF/Microwaves
 1   No Seminar  15 Feb 2011    

 Note: Click on talk title to view abstract.


    For Speakers:   

  • Unless agreed upon otherwise, the seminar should be (30 minutes presentation, 10 minutes for Q& A, and the remaining time for face to face contact and refreshments).

  • The room should be equipped with computer with power point installed and a computer projector. The speaker is strongly advised to test his presentation in advance.

  • Please keep the level of the presentation reasonable. It is fair to assume a background of a BS in Electrical Engineering.

  • If the presentation has been presented in a technical conference or Journal, please modify to suit the audience (Professors and Graduate students from EE and possibly other departments)

  • Please provide a written short biography to be introduced to the audience at the beginning of the seminar.

  • Please send a pdf version of your presentation to be posted in the department website.

    For Registered Students:

  • The first thing to do is to send an e-mail to the coordinator (Dr. Mohammad S. Sharawi) with all your contact information. It is your sole responsibility to check the course website before the seminar day.

  • You must arrive at the seminar room before the starting time. Please do not arrive late. Please be courteous to our speakers.

  • Attendance: students are expected to meet the course attendance objectives. While this is a zero credit course, grades of NP (No Grade Pass) or F (Fail) are awarded. Attendance is recorded each seminar. (NP Does not mean NOT PASS :) )

  • For the part timers, you need to attend at least 60% of the seminars to get (No grade Pass). The seminars schedule  is tentative. I advise you to attend as much as you can in the beginning of the semester.  

  • If you wish to contribute to the seminars you may contact Dr. Mohammad S. Sharawi. You can contribute by presenting yourself or arranging with your company to present.

  • Seminars can provide excellent opportunity to expose you to possible thesis problems.

  • You are responsible for checking your official e-mail provided by the University. If you prefer to use another e-mail address please make sure that you forward your e-mails accordingly.

  • Should you have any questions regarding this course, the professor in charge is Mohammad S. Sharawi.

  • Please make sure that no PhD student is enrolled in EE 599. All PhD students must take EE 699, and they should register for it in the same semester of their comprehensive exam. They also need to present in the EE699/599 seminar series.

 Attendance Sheet ]


  • The coordinator is responsible for the students officially registered under EE599. He should follow their attendance and assigned them NP (No Grade Pass) or NF (No Grade Fail) letter grade at the end of the semester.

  • Decide and reserve the room to be used for the seminar.  The usual time allocated by the department is 1:00-2:00PM. During this time no other classes are offered.

  • Make proper arrangement with the Department secretaries to request refreshments for the seminar.

  • Prepare and send the announcement for the seminar a head of time (subject, speaker, abstract, time, location). Technical seminars should be sent to colleges and departments of common interest (College of Engineering Sciences, College of Science, and College of Computer and System Engineering). General interest seminars should be sent to the university at large through the postmaster.

  • Contact speakers from the academia and the industry and provide a variety of topics related to the department interest. Special occasions like conferences and short courses might attract speakers who can be invited to give seminars within the department.

  • Make sure the seminar runs smoothly with good interaction.

  • Provide help and support to the speaker if needed.

  • Update the seminar webpage and promote the attendance and utilization.

  • Coordination for local/international speakers invitations.


Seminars given By Dr. Sharawi

Dec. 2012  Isolation Techniques for Printed MIMO Antenna Systems (KFUPM)
Sep. 2011  Electrically Small Antenna Systems for 4G Wireless Handsets (KFUPM)
Dec. 2010  Use of UAV Structural Components as Smart Antenna Elements (KFUPM).
April 2010  Applied Electromagnetics: From LAAS to PCBs (KAUST).
Nov. 2009  Inter/Multi-Disciplinary Engineering: Education and Research (KFUPM).

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