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Eric Fossum, inventor of CMOS image sensors visits KAUST

posted Apr 20, 2017, 3:41 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 4:04 PM ]

In this KAUST Live interview Eric Fossum, inventor of the CMOS image sensor, brings his expertise to KAUST for Enrichment in the Spring 2017 
#SEP2017. Fossum talked about how CMOS was developed and the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS), which is set to be the next big thing. Hosted by Michelle Ponto.






Eric Fossum @SEP2017


Harry Potter's cloak around the corner

posted Apr 19, 2017, 12:19 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 8:05 PM ]

A collaborative work with Prof. Hakan Bagic have been accepted at Physics Review B ("the largest and most comprehensive international journal specializing in condensed matter and materials physics and is ranked number one in total citations in condensed matter physics.").  In this work we show that plasmonic-like elastic materials can be engineered with potential applications in various areas including earthquake sensing or elastic imaging and cloaking.  The work can be found at:
M. Farhat, P. Y. Chen, S. Guenneau, K. N. Salama, and H. Bagci, “Localized Surface Platonic Modes via Flexural Mie Resonances,” Physics Review B, 2017, accepted [web][ Arxiv] 
 
This builds on our earlier work, where A new cloaking mechanism, which makes enclosed objects invisible to diffusive photon density waves, has been developed in a multi-university collaboration where a photon flow outside the cloak behaves as if the cloaked object were not present. More details at:
M. Farhat, P. Y. Chen, S. Guenneau, H. Bagci, K. N. Salama, and A. Alu, “Theory of Diffusive Light Scattering Cancellation Cloaking,” Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Vol. 472,  20160276 (2016) [web]; this paper was on [press coverage].

[Postdoc opening] neuromorphic computational circuits

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:18 AM by Khaled salama

A Postdoctoral Fellow is sought with experience in the general area of neuromorphic computational systems. The ideal candidate will have experience in neural computing and biologically inspired computations. The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or a related discipline, demonstrating proven capacity for world-class research that is reflected in his/her publication record. In particular, good technical writing skills are fundamental. The successful applicant will be involved in conducting research, mentoring graduate students, and active in reporting research results, including journal publications and conference presentations. Furthermore, the successful applicant may be expected to help Graduate Research Assistants. A generous compensation package will be offered, including a competitive, tax-free salary, health care (medical and dental), housing and 15 days of paid annual vacation (in addition to 15 days of national holiday). The appointment is for one year and will be renewed for up to three years, based on performance.

Experience in the following areas is desirable:

1.     Neuromorphic Circuits

2.     Biologically Inspired Computations

3.     Neural Computing

 

Application material:

1.     Complete, professional CVs, including educational backgrounds, experience and lists of publications.

2.     Names, affiliations, telephone numbers and email addresses of two individuals, who will provide letters of reference, if requested.

3.     Brief descriptions of past research experience and future research interests (no more than two pages).

 

Lab Webpage: sensors.kaust.edu.sa

Contact: khaled.salama@kaust.edu.sa

 

About KAUST:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is actively recruiting world-class students, faculty and researchers who are committed to meeting the grand challenges of science through bold and collaborative inquiry that focuses on issues of regional and global significance. The diverse and international faculty, staff and student body create a unique multicultural experience, while the beautiful and quiet residential campus favors dedicated research and study. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities, attracting top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students to conduct fundamental and goal-oriented research to address the world’s pressing scientific and technological challenges. In the Nature Index Rising Stars, KAUST was ranked #19 in the world of the fastest rising universities for high quality research output. KAUST was also ranked as the world’s top university (#1) in citations per faculty ranking indicator as per QS World University Rankings for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. In addition, KAUST was ranked #1 in the percentage of international student and #1 in the percentage of international faculty. More information at  www.kaust.edu.sa

 

[Graduate Student Scholarship] Circuits and Systems

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:17 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 12:18 AM ]

There are 3 MS/PhD and/or PhD opportunities for senior undergraduates and masters students at the sensors lab at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). We are seeking students from all over the world who bring new perspective, different educational systems, new methods and new ideas to enrich our diverse student body. KAUST has students from over 80 countries coming from 200+ different institutions worldwide. Currently our lab has students from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Lebanon. Our lab alumni came from Greece, Russia, India, Egypt, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Mexico and Brazil. They ended up pursing opportunities at: USC, CMU, JHU, UMICH, UC-Berkeley and at companies like Mckinsey, ARAMCO, …. Students receive full tuition scholarship, enjoy free shared accommodation on campus, round trip tickets from their home country, generous tax free monthly stipend, free health (medical and dental) insurance and full access to all of the research, academic and social facilities at KAUST. 

 

Areas of interest:

1.     Brain-inspired computing

2.     Future computing systems

3.     Biosensors and bioelectronics

4.     Sensor interface Circuits

Requirements:

1.     Students should have EE, physics, materials or CS background.

2.     Excellent GPA (3.5 or above)

3.     Strong circuits, microelectronics, VLSI knowledge

4.     Past research experience is a plus.

5.     Knowledge of scripting languages (Paython), VHDL and 3D max is a plus. 

 

Application material: CV, transcripts and names of two references

Lab Webpage: sensors.kaust.edu.sa

Scholarship: https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en/study

Start Date: Spring 2018 with deadline August 2017 and/or Fall 2018 with deadline January 2018

Contact: khaled.salama@kaust.edu.sa

 

About KAUST:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is actively recruiting world-class students, faculty and researchers who are committed to meeting the grand challenges of science through bold and collaborative inquiry that focuses on issues of regional and global significance. The diverse and international faculty, staff and student body create a unique multicultural experience, while the beautiful and quiet residential campus favors dedicated research and study. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities, attracting top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students. In the Nature Index Rising Stars, KAUST was ranked #19 in the world of the fastest rising universities for high quality research output. KAUST was also ranked as the world’s top university (#1) in citations per faculty ranking indicator as per QS World University Rankings for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. In addition, KAUST was ranked #1 in the percentage of international student and #1 in the percentage of international faculty. More information at  (www.
kaust.edu.sa)

[Postdoc opening] Analog and RF circuits

posted Apr 14, 2017, 12:15 AM by Khaled salama

A Postdoctoral Fellow is sought with experience in the general area of analog and RF circuits. The ideal candidate will have experience in front end sensor interface circuits, RF circuits and or Data convertors. The successful applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Microelectronics, Physics or a related discipline, demonstrating proven capacity for world-class research that is reflected in his/her publication record. In particular, good technical writing skills are fundamental. The successful applicant will be involved in conducting research, mentoring graduate students, and active in reporting research results, including journal publications and conference presentations. Furthermore, the successful applicant may be expected to help Graduate Research Assistants. A generous compensation package will be offered, including a competitive, tax-free salary, health care (medical and dental), housing and 15 days of paid annual vacation (in addition to 15 days of national holiday). The appointment is for one year and will be renewed for up to three years, based on performance.

Experience in the following areas is desirable:

1.     Analog to digital converters

2.     Low power interface circuits

3.     RF circuits

 

Application material:

1.     Complete, professional CVs, including educational backgrounds, experience, and lists of publications.

2.     Names, affiliations, telephone numbers and email addresses of two individuals, who will provide letters of reference, if requested.

3.     Brief descriptions of past research experience and future research interests (no more than two pages).

 

Lab Webpage: sensors.kaust.edu.sa

Start Date: July 2017 or until filled

Contact: khaled.salama@kaust.edu.sa

 

About KAUST:
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is actively recruiting world-class students, faculty and researchers who are committed to meeting the grand challenges of science through bold and collaborative inquiry that focuses on issues of regional and global significance. The diverse and international faculty, staff and student body create a unique multicultural experience, while the beautiful and quiet residential campus favors dedicated research and study. Located on the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, KAUST offers superb research facilities, attracting top international faculty, scientists, engineers and students. In the Nature Index Rising Stars, KAUST was ranked #19 in the world of the fastest rising universities for high quality research output. KAUST was also ranked as the world’s top university (#1) in citations per faculty ranking indicator as per QS World University Rankings for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. In addition, KAUST was ranked #1 in the percentage of international student and #1 in the percentage of international faculty. More information at  (www.kaust.edu.sa)

 

KAUST's Discovery highlights our work: A simple nose for noxious gases

posted Mar 27, 2017, 8:34 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Apr 22, 2017, 8:08 PM ]

Better known as “sewer gas” for its characteristic rotten-egg odor, hydrogen sulfide doesn’t just smell bad; it is harmful to humans at concentrations as low as just a few parts per million (ppm). In industrial settings, where hydrogen sulfide release is a risk factor, including oil and gas refining and sewage treatment plants,  gas-sensing systems based on gas chromatography are typically deployed; however, these systems are bulky, complex and expensive. Recently, KAUST researchers developed a MOF-based sensor that can selectively sense hydrogen sulfide at concentrations of just a few parts per billion (ppb)1. Their method of altering the structure of the MOF electrode coating allows them to detect a range of gases. More details are found KAUST Discovery, Phys.org, ECNmag


Omar Yassine, Osama Shekhah, Ayalew H. Assen, Youssef Belmabkhout, Khaled N. Salama and Mohamed Eddaoudi "H2S Sensors: Fumarate-Based fcu-MOF Thin Film Grown on a Capacitive Interdigitated Electrode" , Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.. doi:10.1002/anie.201608780
This builds on our earlier work with Eddaoudi's group:
  1. Sapsanis, C.; Omran, H.; Chernikova, V.; Shekhah, O.; Belmabkhout, Y.; Buttner, U.; Eddaoudi, M.; Salama, K.N. Insights on Capacitive Interdigitated Electrodes Coated with MOF Thin Films: Humidity and VOCs Sensing as a Case Study.Sensors15, 18153-18166, 2015.

Internship opportunities in our lab [in 2018]

posted Mar 18, 2017, 12:50 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated Apr 16, 2017, 8:38 PM ]

There are few internship opportunities for undergraduates and masters students at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
[Winter 2018]. KAUST is a post-graduate school in Saudi Arabia with a state of the art research facilities. In the 2016 Nature Index Rising Stars, KAUST was ranked #19 in the world of the fastest rising universities for high quality research output. KAUST was ranked as the world's top university in citations per faculty ranking indicator as per QS World University Rankings for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. In addition, KAUST was ranked #1 in the percentage of international student and #1 in the percentage of international faculty. In addition, KAUST was ranked #1 in the percentage of international student and #1 in the percentage of international faculty. 

We are seeking students from all over the world who bring new perspective, different educational systems, new methods, new ideas.... to enrich our diverse student body. KAUST has students from over 80 countries coming from 200+ different institutions worldwide. 

Students receive research credits they can transfer to their own school, enjoy free shared accommodation on campus, round trip tickets from their home country, tax free monthly stipend ($1000 USD), free health insurance and full access to all of the research, academic and social facilities at KAUST. The internship duration is 3-6 months.  Generic details of the program can be found at: https://www.kaust.edu.sa/internship/home.html

Areas of interest (not a full list):
- Brain-inspired computing
- Biosensors and bioelectronics
- Integrated Circuits

Students should have EE, physics, materials or CS background. Excellent GPA. Strong circuits, microelectronics, VLSI,.... background. Past research experience is a plus. Knowledge of scripting languages (Paython), 3D max,.....is a plus. If interested send an email to (khaled.salama@kaust.edu.sa) with your CV, interests and transcripts.

Currently, our sensors lab has students from Saudi, Lebanon, India, Turkey, Tunisia and this summer from Vietnam and Kazakhstan. We had in the past members from China, Egypt, Russia, Greece, Syria, Mexico, Brasil,... Alumni from our lab ended up pursuing further studies or careers at: USC, UNC, UC-Berkeley, UMICH, Imperial college, Mckinsey, Oracle, ARAMCO,IBM,...... So if you got the skills, passion for science, dedication to hard work and love to add to our diversity you will find KAUST a good place to study, do research and have fun.

Dr Ouda joins Imperial Collage london

posted Mar 11, 2017, 6:08 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated Mar 11, 2017, 6:10 AM ]

Dr Mahmoud Ouda defended his PhD on wireless energy harvesting from ambient RF signals at the sensors group.Dr Ouda will be joining Imperial college London as a postdoctoral fellow starting April 1st, 2017 The dissertation is unique in developing an integrated RF-DC converter with on-chip antenna for lowering costs—in essence eliminating the cost of fabricating a different antenna.  Another unique aspect of this thesis is the RF harvester’s integration with a wireless powered implantable sensor. The details are outlined in his thesis  "Wide-Range Highly-Efficient Wireless Power Receivers for Biomedical Sensors". 





His work resulted in following publications:
  1. M. Ouda, W. Khalil and K.N. Salama, "Self-Biased Differential Rectifier with Enhanced Dynamic Range for Wireless Powering" IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, 2016 (accepted)
  2.  M. Ouda, W. Khalil and K.N. Salama, "Wide-Range Adaptive RF-to-DC Power Converter for UHF RFIDs," IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, 2016 10.1109/LMWC.2016.2586077
  3. M. Ouda, L. Marnat, A. Shamim, K N Salama, 5.2-GHz RF Power Harvesting Module in 0.18 μm CMOS for Biomedical Implantable Sensors, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol 61, n 5, pp 2177-2184,  2013
  4.  L. Marnat, M. Ouda, M. Arsalan, K. Salama, A. Shamim, "On-chip implantable antennas for wireless power and data transfer in a glaucoma monitoring SoC", IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters (AWPL), vol 11, pp 1671-1674, 2012 
  5. A. M. Elshurafa, A.G. Radwan, P. H. Ho, M. Ouda and K. N. Salama "Low Voltage Puzzle-Like Fractal  MEMS Variable Capacitors Suppressing Pull-in" IET micro and nano letters, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 965-969, 2012. 
  6. M. Arsalan, M. H. Ouda, L. Marnat, A. Shamim, K. N. Salama," Implantable Intraocular Pressure Monitoring Systems: Design Considerations",Microwave Workshop Series on RF and Wireless Technologies for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications (IMWS-BIO), 2013 IEEE MTT-S International
  7. M. Arsalan, M. Ouda, L. Marnat, A. Shamim and K N Salama,  A 5.2GHz, 0.5mW RF Powered Wireless Sensor with Dual On-Chip Antennas for Implantable Intraocular Pressure MonitoringIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest (IMS), 2013

NU students, Olga and Irina, join our lab for summer internship

posted Mar 11, 2017, 12:05 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 11:54 PM ]

This summer we will host two internship students from NU, Kazakhstan, Olga Krestinskaya and Irina Fedorova . They will work on the fabrication and modelling of memristor devices. They will extend their work to build neuromorphic computational units. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Alex James. 

Olga Krestinskaya (2016-2017)

Olga Krestinskaya received her Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2016 from the Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Currently she is doing her Master's Degree in the Nazarbayev University. During the undergraduate study, she conducted the research on memristive circuits and bio-inspired algorithms. Currently, she focuses on hierarchical temporal memory and pattern recognition algorithms.

 








Irina Fedorova (2016-2017)

Irina Fedorova received her Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2016 from the Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Starting from the first year of Bachelor’s degree studies at Engineering Department she was involved into research on neuromorphic circuits design. Her interest includes memristive circuits and logic cells that could be used along with conventional CMOS circuits for designing neuromorphic vision system. The focus of her current work is Hierarchical Temporal Memory.  

 



KAUST ranked FIRST in citation per faculty in QS world university ranking

posted Feb 26, 2017, 6:37 PM by Khaled salama   [ updated Feb 26, 2017, 9:22 PM ]

Three times in a row, KAUST is #1 in the world in citations per faculty which is a measure of research impact, according to the 2016-2017 QS world university ranking,    The rankings compare the top 800 universities across four broad areas of interest to prospective students: research, teaching, employability and international outlook. These four key areas are assessed using six indicators, each of which is given a different percentage weighting.  "Among those indicators is the citations per facultyThis indicator aims to assess universities’ research output. A ‘citation’ means a piece of research being cited (referred to) within another piece of research. Generally, the more often a piece of research is cited by others, the more influential it is. So the more highly cited research papers a university publishes, the stronger its research output is considered "

The total number of citations for a five-year period is divided by the number of academicians in a university to yield the score for this measure, which accounts for 20 per cent of a university’s possible score in the Rankings. QS collects this information using Scopus, the world’s largest database of research abstracts and citations. The latest five complete years of data are used, and the total citation count is assessed in relation to the number of academic faculty members at the university, so that larger institutions don’t have an unfair advantage. "

KAUST was also ranked #1 in percentage of international students and #1 in percentage of international faculty.

  QS World University Rankings are annual university rankings published by British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) The publication is one of the three most influential and widely observed international university rankings, alongside the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities


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