Canada here we come!

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:45 AM by Khaled salama

We got 5 papers accepted at MWSCAS2018. This is only possible through hard work of very smart and energetic students and active collaboration with prof. Hassan Mostafa and Prof. Norbert Herencsar.

[Job Opening] Research Scientist: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

posted May 29, 2018, 11:52 AM by Khaled salama

Research Scientist: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Contributed by: Jeff Shamma,

Research Scientist: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KSA

The Robotics, Intelligent Systems, and Control (RISC) lab at KAUST ( is seeking a Research Scientist with a background in areas such as distributed decision making and control, game theory, and optimization, with particular interest in research experience relevant to smart cities, e.g., renewable energy integration, urban mobility, green buildings, etc.

The Research Scientist position involves conducting independent research as well as working with post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Accordingly, the desired profile should have some experience following the PhD degree.

Prospective applicants should contact Jeff Shamma ( with (i) a current CV; (ii) a brief statement of prior research experience and future interests; and (iii) contact information for 3 references.

For more information about life at KAUST, please visit

One final paper for Abdulaziz Alhoshany

posted May 20, 2018, 1:10 PM by Khaled salama

Abdulaziz, the most recent PhD graduate from our group, managed to get the last and final chapter of his thesis accepted at the prestigious 
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement.  In a paper titled, "A Precision, Energy-Efficient, Oversampling, Noise-Shaping Differential SAR Capacitance-to-Digital Converter ", we propose an energy-efficient, noise-shaping SAR CDC (NS-SAR CDC) for high precision that achieves capacitive resolution in the attofarad range. The proposed CDC architecture combines the merits of noise shaping and SAR CDC. High capacitive resolution is achieved by the introduced oversampling and noise shaping techniques in the SAR architecture. Large parasitic capacitance can be tolerated, and the differential implementation provides robustness against common mode noise, noise coupling, and errors. In addition, the proposed architecture overcomes the parasitic-dependent conversion errors which make the CDC robust and insensitive to parasitic capacitances.  The proposed differential noise-shaping SAR CDC achieves 150aF absolute resolution and an energy-efficiency FoM of 187fJ/conversion-step.

Congratulations Dr. Abdulaziz Alhoshany

Surprise Bday and promotion party

posted May 20, 2018, 1:48 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated May 20, 2018, 1:50 AM ]

My group managed to surprise (thanks to Aslihan) me  with a nice cake 

A big milestone: Professorship

posted May 13, 2018, 11:59 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated May 13, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

It's official! Promoted to the rank of Professor in Electrical engineering for " work on applications of modern electrical analog circuits for application to biomedical sensor industry" and here is the official bio shared with the announcement. 

Khaled Salama received his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2005 and joined KAUST in 2009 as a founding Assistant Professor and the founding chair of the electrical engineering program and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. He is a prominent researcher in the field of memristor-based devices. He is currently working on applications of modern electrical analog circuits. He has been active and highly successful in bringing multiple inter-disciplinary fields in biology, microwave engineering, chemistry, material sciences, and mechanical engineering with electrical engineering. He works on application of modern devices to build biomedical sensors. Professor Salama publishes regularly in IEEE Transactions He is the 4th highest cited author in the area of memristors. He has 15 patents (9 at KAUST) in his name and has founded two startups.  He had served as Associate Editor on two premier journals, the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He also served as a technical program committee member on leading conferences such as IEEE VLSI, IEEE Sensors and IEEE ISCAS. Professor Salama is a senior member of the IEEE.

Thanks Dr Najah for the nice picture.

Most checked in Starbucks, Great company, Good lecture, Great students,..

posted May 11, 2018, 5:21 PM by Khaled salama

Had a great time with Prof. Mark Lin and his students at National Chung Cheng University National university in Minxiong, Chiayi. And couldn't miss on visiting the most checked-in Starbucks in Taiwan :) More pics to come

ISCAS2018: Olga's first paper with our lab

posted May 11, 2018, 7:45 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated May 11, 2018, 5:12 PM ]

Last year we were fortunate to have Olga Krestinskaya spend 5 months with us. She did some amazing work on Analog Backpropagation learning circuits using memristor crossbars. The work was accepted at IEEE International SymposiumCircuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2018. She is currently finishing her  Masters degree under our longtime collaborator and friend Prof. Alex James at Nazarbayev University.  Read more about it at: Analog Backpropagation Learning Circuits for Memristive Crossbar Neural Networks

Prime2018: Prague, here we come!

posted May 6, 2018, 7:56 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated May 6, 2018, 8:23 AM ]

We got three papers accepted at Prime2018.  PRIME has been established over the recent years as an important conference where PhD students and post-docs with less than one year post-PhD experience can present their research results and network with experts from industry, academia and research.   The work accepted is a nice collaboration between multiple groups and professors. These are the accepted papers:
  1. Aslihan Kartci, Agamyrat Agambayev, Norbert Herencsar and Khaled Nabil Salama, Analysis and Verification of Identical-Order Mixed-Matrix Fractional-Order Capacitor Networks.
  2. Agamyrat Agambayev, Aslihan Kartci, Ali. H Hassan, Norbert Herencsar, Hakan Bagci and Khaled Nabil Salama, Fractional-order Hartley oscillator.
  3. Abdullah Almansouri, Abdullah Alturki, Hossein Fariborzi, Khaled N. Salama and Talal Al-Attar, A 12.4fJ-FoM 4-Bit Flash ADC Based on the StrongARM Architecture.

PRIME 2018 conference program will reflect the wide spectrum of research topics in Microelectronics and Electronics, building bridges between various research fields. In addition to the technical sessions, opportunities for the conference attendees will be the keynote talks, workshops and social events. The main objectives of PRIME are: 
  1. to encourage favourable exposure to Ph.D. students in the early stages of their careers, 
  2. to benchmark Ph.D. research in a friendly and cooperative environment, 
  3. to enable sharing of student and supervisor experiences of scientific and engineering research, 
  4. to connect Ph.D. students and their supervisors with companies and research centres

"Sensor Science: where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow" at #KAUSTSensorInitiative.

posted May 6, 2018, 7:46 AM by Khaled salama   [ updated May 6, 2018, 12:27 PM ]

The KAUST Sensor initiative has been running since 2015 and is a unique opportunity that came directly from the office of the Senior Vice President for Research, Prof Jean Frechét. It involves multiple KAUST investigators and 13 international experts working on 5 different projects over the areas of atmosphere, subsurface, marine, chemistry, and health. The interdisciplinary meetings which take place annually aim to transform sensor technologies and explore novel applications, create a global group of sensor pioneers and mentor a new generation of sensor experts in the kingdom and the world. 

Please follow #KAUSTSensorInitiative to learn more about our 2018 Sensor workshop

Additional Information:

  • To learn more about the origins of the Sensor Initiative click here
  • Read about our Sensor Workshop from May 2017 here

Sensor Projects funded under the Sensor Initiative:

  1. Coupled Animal and Artificial Sensing for Sustainable Ecosystems (Leads: Prof Carlos Duarte and Prof Burton Jones)
  2. Self-Powered Platforms for Personalized Health Monitoring (Lead: Prof Hussam Alshareef)
  3. Perpetual Wireless Sensor Networks for Large Scale Wide Area Monitoring (Lead: Prof Mohamed Slim Alouini)
  4. High Performance Magnetic Sensors and Sensing Tools for Subsurface Energy Applications (Lead: Prof Carlos Santamarina)
  5. Development of FET-Based CNT Chemical Sensors (Lead: Prof Xixiang Zhang)

How to Brainstorm for Breakthrough Innovation

posted Apr 29, 2018, 6:10 AM by Khaled salama

A must read/listen research on innovation by Sarah Kaplan, Mack Institute senior fellow and a professor of strategic management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Key points:
      1. “What we found in our study is, in fact, that most of the patents that do get highly cited are not necessarily novel.”
      2. “Brainstorming is not enough without the deep knowledge development that you would need in a particular domain to understand what the issues are so that you can break away from existing ways of thinking.”
      3. “Patents that were both novel and had economic value were the most valuable. And that was only about 1% of the total patents.”
      4. diversity is not enough. What is also necessary is in-depth expertise of the topic at hand. Those two factors together result in truly innovative ideas and also yield the highest economic value.

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