Maher Assaad

Maher Assaad

Associate Professor
Ext: 6789

Dr. Maher Assaad received a Master degree in electrical engineering/microelectronics IC design from the University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada in 2002, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering/microelectronics IC design from the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., in 2009. He has been a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at the University Technology of PETRONAS, Malaysia, and an associate professor in electronic and communication engineering at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. He is currently an associate professor in electrical engineering at Ajman University, UAE. His research interests include design of analog and digital circuits for sensing and communication systems.

Education
  • Ph.D. ُin Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2009
  • M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, University of Montreal, Canada, 2002
  • MSc, Physics, University of Moncton, N.B., Canada, 1995
Experience
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, Ajman University, UAE, Jan. 2016 - present
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Aug. 2013 - Dec. 2015
  • Senior Lecturer, Electrical Engineering, University Technology of PETRONAS, Malaysia, Aug. 2010 - Jul. 2013
Teaching Area
  • Analog/Digital Circuits, Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits, Digital Systems Design with VHDL, MEMS Technologies, VLSI Design
Research
  • Light/Image-Sensors Based Systems Design for Industrial Applications
  • Temperature Sensors and Temperature Level Detector
  • PLL-Based Clock and Data Recovery Circuits for Optical-Fiber Communication Systems
Publications
  • Monitoring of fruit freshness using phase information in polarization reflectance spectroscopy, Applied Optics, OSA, Vol. 58, Issue 23, 2019
  • Low cost structured-light based 3D surface reconstruction, International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2019.
  • Wearable Resistive-based Gesture-Sensing Interface Bracelet, The 4TH International Conference on UK – China Emerging Technologies, Glasgow, U.K., August 2019.
  • Maher Assaad, "A Hardware Description Language-Based Serial Link for Multicores SoC/NoC Interconnect", Journal of Low Power Electronics, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2018, ASP. USA.
  • Maher Assaad, D. Ginhac, and F. Meriaudeau, “A 3-Bit Pseudo Flash ADC Based Low-Power CMOS Interface Circuit Design for Optical Sensor”, Journal of Low Power Electronics, Vol.11, No.1, 2015, ASP, USA.
  • Maher Assaad, I. Y. Bayou, and A. Bermak, "Design And Characterization Of Automated Color Sensor System", International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2014, S2IS, New Zealand.
  • Maher Assaad, Zubair Aslam and T. B. Tang, "A Semi-cylindrical Capacitive-based Differential Sensing System for Water Content in Crude Oil Measurement", International Review on Simulation and Modeling, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2014, PWP, Italy
  • Maher Assaad, M. Alser & A. Bermak, "A Truly all-Digital Design and Characterization of Referenceless Dual-Loop Clock and Data Recovery Circuit for SERDES Devices", Vol. 9, No.1, 2013, Journal of Low Power Electronics, ASP, USA.
  • Maher Assaad, I. Yohannes & A. Bermak, "A 2-Stage interface circuit design for a 32-Color resolution optical sensor", IEEE Sensors Journal,, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2012.
  • I. Yohannes and Maher Assaad, "A Four-Color Optical Detector Circuit", International 3 3 Journal of Electronics, Vol. 100, Issue 2, 2012, Taylor and Francis, UK.
  • Maher Assaad, P. Gerard, L. Francis & D. Flandre, "Design and characterization of an ultra-low power SOI-CMOS IC of temperature level detector", Vol.48, Issue 14, July 2012 Electronics Letters, the IET, U.K.
  • Maher Assaad and I. Yohannes, "Design and Characterization of Multi-Color Sensor Circuit", Vol.8, No.24, 2093-2099, 2011, Electronic Express, IEICE, Japan.
  • Maher Assaad & M. H. Alser, "An FPGA-based design and implementation of an all- digital serializer for inter module communication in SoC", Vol.8, No.23, 2011, Electronic Express, IEICE, Japan.
  • Maher Assaad & M. Alser, "Design of an All-Digital Synchronized Frequency Multiplier Based on a Dual-Loop (D/FLL)", Vol. 2012, 2012, VLSI Design, Hindawi, USA.
  • Magnetic Resonance-based Wireless Power Transfer for Implantable Biomedical Microelectronics Devices, The 19th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, December 2019
  • Compressive sensing based secret signals recovery for effective image Steganalysis in secure communications, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Springer, October 2019
  • Wearable Wristworn Gesture Recognition Using Echo State Network, 26th IEEE International Conference on Electronics Circuits and Systems, November 2019
  • Analysis and Recovery Monitoring of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction Disease using Hyperspectral Imaging, The 19th IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, December 2019
Conference Presentation
  • Maher Assaad, and Adnan Harb, “A Synthesizable Serial Link for Point-to-Point Communication in SoC/NoC”, The 29th IEEE International Conference on Microelectronics (IEEE-ICM17), Beirut, Lebanon, 10-13 December, 2017.
  • Maher Assaad, Zubair Aslam, "An Interface Circuit Design Based On Differential Capacitive Sensors for Accurate Measurement of Water Contents in Crude Oil", the IEEE-ICCAS 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 Oct. 2012.
  • I. Yohannes and Maher Assaad, "A Low Power Interface Circuit Design for a CMOS Based Smart Optical Sensor", the IEEE-ICCAS 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-4 Oct. 2012.
  • I. Yohannes & Maher Assaad, "Design of Low Power and High Resolution Color Sensor Based Microsystem for Biochemical Applications", IEEE-NPC, KL, Malaysia, Sept. 2011.
  • Mohammed Alser, Maher Assaad, “Design and modeling of low-power clockless serial link for data communication systems”, NPC, KL, Malaysia, 19-20 Sept. 2011.
  • M. Alser, Maher Assaad, F. Hussin, and I. Yohannes, “Design and FPGA implementation of PLL-based quarter-rate clock and data recovery circuit”, the 4th International Conference on Intelligent and Advanced Systems (ICIAS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 12-14 June 2012.
  • Maher Assaad, L. Francis and D. Flandre, "Ultra Low Power, Harsh Environment SOI-CMOS Design of Temperature Sensor Based Threshold Detection and Wake-Up IC", 2010 IEEE International SOI Proceedings, 11-14 Oct. 2010, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • E. Boufouss, P. Gerard, L. Francis, Maher Assaad, and D. Flandre, "Ultra low power CMOS circuits working in subthreshold regime for high temperature and radiation environments", int. con. and exhibition on high temperature electronics network (HiTEN), July 18-20, 2011, St. Catherine’s College Oxford, Oxford, U. K. (Best Paper Award)
  • Maher Assaad and D. Cumming, "CMOS IC Design and Verilog-A Modeling of 10-Gb/s PLL-Based Deserializer for Inter-Chip Communication in SOC", IEEE-International 4 4 Symposium on System on Chip, 20-21 Nov. 2007, Tampere, Finland.
  • Maher Assaad and D. Cumming, "20-Gb/s Reference-less Quarter-Rate PLL-based Clock Data Recovery Integrated Circuit in 130 nm CMOS technology", Proc. of the 15th of International Conference on Mixed Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, MIXDES 2008, 19-21 June 2008, Poznan, Poland.
Memberships, Awards and Honors
  • IEEE Member
  • Award of Research Grant: Ajman University, project: “Design and characterization of Surface Roughness Measurement System”, in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, AED 31000.
  • ERGS: Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. Project: "Toward Greener Network on Chip: A Clock-less Communication Approach", May 2013, PI, $US 50K.
  • PhD Scholarship from the University of Glasgow covering tuition fees and stipend for 3 years to complete my PhD degree, Sept. 2005- Aug. 2008
  • Design and characterization of Inline Real-time Food Quality Monitoring Device.( Part2: Continuation from last year), Ajman University, AED50,000
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