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Ashraf Zaher Ashraf Zaher, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor

Detailed Curriculum Vitae
   
Dr. Ashraf Zaher joined AUK in the AY13/14 and is currently the Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). He was awarded both his B.Eng. (Honors) in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 1988 and his M.Eng. in Automatic Control Engineering in 1994 from Mansoura University, Egypt. He received his first Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Oakland University, Michigan, USA in 2001, and his second Ph.D. in Control Engineering from Oakland /Mansoura Universities (joint supervision) in 2004.He is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the ECE Department and he was the chair of the College Curriculum Committee for CAS, and a member in the ABET Steering Committee for both the ECE and the CSIS Departments. Within the ECE Department, he is the chair of the Course Assessment Committee, the Assessment and Curriculum Committee, Budget Committee and the ABET Accreditation Committee. Before joining AUK, he was an Associate Professor in Kuwait University for nine years in the Engineering Physics program, Department of Physics, College of Sciences. He was a research scholar and a visiting assistant professor at Oakland University, Electrical and Systems Engineering department from January 1998 until August 2002. During his stay in USA, he worked with both General Motors and Valeo Automotive, Michigan, USA, as a consultant and programmer in their research and development branches. He participated in many projects, received many grants, and published several technical reports in the field of virtual engineering applications in the Automotive industry. In addition, he was among the training team for ALBA Company in Bahrain, when he worked in Bahrain Training Institute in 1995. Dr. Ashraf has plenty of publications in both international journals and conferences and is an associate editor in the American Control Conferences, as well as a reviewer in many periodicals. His research interests include virtual engineering, nonlinear dynamics, hybrid signal processing, engineering physics, and chaos. He is a member of IEEE, AACC and AIP.
Ashraf Zaher Ashraf Zaher, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
 
 
 

Ashraf Zaher's Publications

Refereed Journals:

  • Damaj, I. and Zaher, Ashraf A. "FPGA-based implementation of the chaotic Lorenz system: a comparative study." in preparation.
  • Damaj, I., Zaher, Ashraf A., and Yousafzai, J. "A Unified Methodology for Evaluation and Assessment: A Case-Study for Accrediting a Computer Engineering Program by ABET" submitted to Journal of Engineering Education.
  • Davis, Edward D. and Zaher, Ashraf A. "Time-dependent generalization of the Nosé-Hoover thermostatting technique for molecular dynamics simulations." Journal of Physics, 490.1 (2014): 012101:1-4.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Digital Communication using a Novel Combination of Chaotic Shift Keying and Duffing Oscillators." Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, 9.5 (2013): 1865-1879.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and A. Abu-Rezq "On the Designs of Chaos-Based Secure Communication Systems." Journal of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulations, 6.9 (2011): 3721-3737.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and A. Abu-Rezq "A Robust Hybrid Technique for Signature Verification using Intelligent Encoding of Spatiotemporal Data." Journal of Innovative Computing, Information and Control, 7.4 (2011): 1789-1818.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. A. "Robust Motion Control of Biped Walking Robots." WSEAS Transactions on Systems and Control, 4.12 (2009), pp 613-624.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Controlling Chaos in a Chua's Circuit using Notch Filters." Journal of Circuits, Systems and Computers, 8.6 (2009): 1137-1153.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Improved chaos-based secure communication technique using a novel encryption function with an embedded cipher key." Journal of Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 42.5 (2009): 2804-2814.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Robust Computer-Based Modeling and Simulation of both DC and AC PM Motors." Journal of Computers and Their Applications, 16.1 (2009): 1-12.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "A Robust Nonmodel-Based Technique for Stabilizing Chaotic Systems with Constant Disturbance Input." Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 18.11 (2008):3503-3514.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Adaptive model-reference control for a class of uncertain nonlinear systems using a systematic Lyapunov-based design." Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers, 17. 4 (2008): 539-559.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Design of fast state observers using a backstepping-like approach with application to synchronization of chaotic systems." Journal of Chaos, 18.2 (2008): 023114:1-10.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Parameter identification technique for chaotic systems using state feedback and steady state analysis." Journal of Physical Review E (2008): 036212:1-12.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "A nonlinear controller design for PM motors using a synchronization-based technique inspired from the Lorenz System." Journal of Chaos, 18.1 (2008): 013111:1-12.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Stability and Control of Complex Nonlinear Systems with Application to Chemical Reactors." Journal of Mathematical Control Science and Applications, 1.1 (2007): 61-84.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Nonlinear Control of Systems with Multiple Equilibria and Unknown Sinusoidal Disturbance." Journal of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 12.8 (2007): 1518-1533.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Design of Model-Based Controllers for Uncertain Nonlinear Chaotic Systems using a Single Output Feedback and State Observers." Journal of Physical Review E, 75.5 (2007):056203:1-9.
  • Harb, A., Zaher, Ashraf A., Al-Qaisia, A. and Zohdy, M. "Recursive backstepping control of chaotic Duffing oscillators." Journal of Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 34.2 (2007): 639-645.
  • Harb, A. and Zaher, Ashraf A. "Nonlinear Control of Permanent Magnet Stepper Motors."Journal of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 9.4 (2004): 443-458.
  • Al-Qaisia, A., Harb, A., Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Robust Estimation-Based Control of Chaotic Behavior in an Oscillator with Inertial and Elastic Symmetric Nonlinearities." Journal of Vibration and Control, 9.6 (2003): 665-684.

Conferences:

  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Adaptive Estimation-Based Control for Uncertain Processes with Low Order Dynamics." The 9th IEEE GCC Conference & Exhibition, Manama, Bahrain (May 6-9, 2017): xxx- xxx.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and M. Khanafer "A Systematic Approach to Model and Simulate Controlling Industrial Processes with Uncertainties." The 11th Annual EEE Systems Conf. (SYSCON 2017), Montreal, Quebec, Canada (April 24-27, 2017): xxx-xxx.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Recursive Synchronization of the Unified Chaotic System Using a Single Time Series." IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Abu Dhabi, UAE (October 16-19, 2016): 33-36.
  • Damaj, I. and Zaher, Ashraf A. "FPGA-based implementation of the chaotic Lorenz system: a comparative study." in preparation.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "A Systematic Approach for Synchronization of Identical Nose-Hoover Systems with Multiple Number of Thermostats." IEEE 18th Int. Conf. on Modeling and Simulation - UKSim-AMSS, Cambridge, UK (April 6-8, 2016): 178-183.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "A Cryptography Algorithm for Transmitting Multimedia Data Using Quadruple-State CSK." IEEE 2nd Int. Conf. on Computer, Communication, and Control Technology - I4CT'2015, Kuching, Malaysia (April 21-23, 2015): 87-92.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Modeling and Simulation of Hybrid Control Systems with Applications to Nonlinear Processes with Bounded Inputs." IEEE 17th Int. Conf. on Modeling and Simulation - UKSim-AMSS, Cambridge, UK (March 25-27, 2015): 229-234.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Suppressing Chaos in Uncertain Nonautonomous Oscillators." IEEE 16th Int. Conf. on Modeling and Simulation - UKSim-AMSS, Cambridge, UK (March 26-28, 2014): 570-574.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "An Improved Chaotic Shift Keying Technique." The 5th ISCCSP Int. Conf. on Communications, Control and Signal Processing, Rome, Italy (May 2-4, 2012): 1-4.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Secure Communications Using Duffing Oscillators." IEEE ICSIPA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 16-18, 2011): 557-562.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Noise Considerations and Cryptanalysis of Chaos-Based Secure Communication Systems." IEEE SSCI in Control and Automation (CICA), Paris, France (April 11-15, 2011): 88-93.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "A Hybrid ANN-Based Technique for Signature Verification." The 4th WSEAS Int. Conf. on Computational Intelligence, Bucharest, Romania (April 20- 22, 2010): 13-19.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "A simple control technique for partial and complete parameter identification of the chaotic Lorenz system." The 4th ISCCSP Int. Conf. on Communications, Control and SP, Limassol, Cyprus (March 3-5, 2010): 1-6.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "A Robust Design for Secure Communication Systems Using Decoupled Parameter Modulation and Synchronization." The 8th WSEAS Int. Conf. on Signal Processing (SIP09), Istanbul, Turkey (May 30 - June 1, 2009): 11-17.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "On the Design of Nonmodel-Based Controllers for the Chaotic Rössler System." The 2nd IASTED on Modern Nonlinear Theory, Orlando, Florida, USA (November 16-18, 2008): 333-338.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Nonlinear Computer-Based Modeling and Simulation of PMSMs." The 2nd EMS on Computer Modeling and Simulation, Liverpool, UK (September 8-10, 2008): 573:577.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Control of PMSMs Using Mechanical Sensors and Fast States Observers." The 17th IEEE Int. Conf. on Control Applications, San Antonio, Texas, USA (September 3-5, 2008): 966-971.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "A new secure communication technique using a novel chaos-based nonlinear cryptography function." The 16th EUSIPCO on Signal Processing, Lausanne, Switzerland (August 25-29, 2008): 1569101246:1-5.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. "Recursive Backstepping for Synchronization of Chaotic Systems." The 1st INDS on Nonlinear Dynamics and Synchronization, Klagenfurt, Austria (July 18-19, 2008): 131-136.
  • Sabbah, I., Khalil, D. and Zaher, Ashraf A. "Power Spectrum of Cosmic Rays Intensity" The European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, Austria (April 13-18, 2008): 669-674.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Tuning of notch filters for controlling chaos in a Chua's circuit." Proc. of IEEE on Signal Processing & Communications, Dubai, UAE (November 24-27, 2007): 305-308.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Computer Modeling and Simulation of DC PM Motors." The 16th IASTED on Applied Simulation & Modeling, Majorca, Spain (August 29-31, 2007): 306-311.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A., Zohdy, M., Shillor, M. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Stability and control of roll motions of ships." The 9th IASTED on Control and Applications, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (May 30 - June 1, 2007): 255-260.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A., Zohdy, M. and Abu-Rezq, A. "Synchronization-based nonlinear control of chaotic PM motors." The 1st IASTED on Modern Nonlinear Theory, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (May 30 - June 1, 2007): 343-348.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A., Harb, M. and Zohdy, M. "Recursive Backstepping control of chaotic Duffing oscillators - case study." Proc. of ACC, Boston, MA, USA (June 30 - July 2, 2004): 4302-4306.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A., Zohdy, M. and Areed, F. "Adaptive feedforward control of processes with parameters uncertainty." The 46th IEEE MWSCS, Cairo, Egypt (December. 27-30, 2003): 1034-1038.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Convergent Nonlinear Control for Uncertain Process Plants." Proc. of ACC, Berkeley, CA, USA (June 4-6, 2003): 5135-5141.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Adaptive Nonlinear Control of Biped Walker." Proc. of the 15th Int. CAINE, San Diego, CA, USA (Nov. 7-9, 2002): 82-85.
  • Harb, A., Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Nonlinear Recursive Chaos Control." Proc. of ACC, Anchorage, AL, USA (May 8-10, 2002): 2251-2254.
  • Zaher Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Hybrid Dynamic Neural Learning (HDNL) in Control Applications." The 44th IEEE MWSCS, Dayton, Ohio, USA (August 14-17, 2001): 627-635.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Robust Model-Reference Control for a Class of Non-Linear and Piece-Wise Linear Systems." Proc. of ACC, Arlington VA, USA (June 25-27, 2001): 4514-4519.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A., Zohdy, M., Areed, F. and Soliman, K. "Real-Time Adaptive Model-Reference Control of Non-Linear Processes." Proc. of the 2nd Int. ICCI, Manama, Bahrain (November 13-15, 2000): 35-42.
  • Zaher, Ashraf A. and Zohdy, M. "Robust Control of Biped Robots." Proc. of ACC, Chicago IL, USA (June 28-30, 2000): 1473-1478.

Professional Development in Engineering Education:

  • 2015 ABET Symposium (April 23-24, 2015) - Atlanta- GA - USA
  • 2015 ABET Workshop: Using project management to create you self-study & prepare for the visit (April 25, 2015) - Atlanta GA- USA
  • 2015 ABET EAC Summer Commission Meeting (July 16, 2015) - Baltimore - MD - USA
  • 2016 ABET Symposium (April 14-15, 2016) - Hollywood - FL - USA
  • 2016 ABET Workshop: Creating a Culture of Assessment (April 16, 2016) - Hollywood - FL - USA
  • 2016 ABET Workshop: Assessing Student Professional Competencies (April 16, 2016) - Hollywood - FL - USA
  • 2017 ABET Symposium (April 20-21, 2017) - Baltimore - MD - USA

Books:

  • Recent Advances in Signal Processing. Publisher: I-Tech Education and Publishing, Austria. ISBN: 978-9533070025 (2009)
    Chapter Title: Using Chaos for Constructing Secure Communication Systems.
  • Smart System Technologies Publisher: Shaker Verlag, Germany ISBN: 978-3832272258 (2008)
    Chapter Title: Recursive Backstepping for Synchronization of Chaotic Systems.
 
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