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King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Electrical Engineering Department


Associate Professor of Applied Signal Processing

Dean, Entrepreneurship Institute

Dr. Wail A. Mousa


My Research Work

Research is a very important component of a nation’s development and progress. Without research, countries would lag in terms of the cutting edge science and technology required to advance. Therefore, as a citizen who holds a Ph.D. and wants to contribute his share to his beloved country, I enjoy research and publishing. The amount of work and time it takes sharing ideas with reviewers, as well as the process of exchanging thoughts with each other, is a very important aspect to the development of novel work and solid research contributions.


I have published more than 25 papers have been published between refereed well known DSP and Applied Geophysics journals and conferences, and a few pending patents, where more than 80% are related to signal processing of seismic data processing and other geological data. In May 2012, I published a paper in the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (the magazine ISI impact factor is the highest in all IEEE publications for the year of 2011) special issue on Geo-Signal Processing. Also, I have been working closely with our Earth Sciences colleagues at KFUPM on various topics related to processing of seismic data. Such constant scientific discussions and efforts have resulted in many referred published journal papers, a book, and an NSTIP project. Currently, we received an approval for a grant from King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST) to develop a geophysical model of the Red Sea (I am the principle investigator), where it will be a benchmark model for testing new algorithms for seismic migration and imaging. This funded project is among the very first projects to be guaranteed to a Saudi University, namely, KFUPM, by KAUST.  These research projects, as well as teaching efforts, have triggered a very important collaboration between KFUPM and Georgia Institute of Technology, where both will be investing time and money together working mainly on Geo-Signal Processing research and teaching.


My Research Interests

Digital signal, image, and video processing and their applications in geophysics, geology, and  petro-physics, with particular emphasis on Seismic Data Processing. Additional interests include design and implementation of digital filters including wavefield extrapolation filters, image segmentation, pattern recognition, and classification and their applications related to geophysical and geological data. The most recent area of concentration has expanded to compressive sensing with applications for seismic data. These areas of interest have resulted in more than 25 publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings, one published book, a recent contract for a textbook, and  a few pending patents.




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