Prof. Dr. Rached Dhaouadi
Petrofac Research Chair in Renewable Energy
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Rached Dhaouadi received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, USA, in 1988 and 1990 respectively, in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Dhaouadi has over 30 years of industrial and academic experience in various universities. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a Visiting Researcher with the Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, where he was engaged in the design and development of motor drive systems for rolling mills. In 1994, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. From 1994 to 2000 he was with the Polytechnic School of Tunisia, University of Tunis. He also held Visiting Scholar positions at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1998, 1999 and 2001, at Tokyo University, Japan, in 2013, and at The George Washington University, USA, in 2022. Dr. Dhaouadi supervised over twenty graduate students and published over 130 scientific papers in highly reputable refereed journals and international conferences. He has served as a member and chairman in many professional committees and scientific advisory boards. He also took leadership roles in course curriculum design, administration, and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electrical engineering and mechatronics. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Petrofac Research Chair in Renewable Energy at the College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE. His research interests are in the areas of motor drives, intelligent motion control systems, and energy systems, with applications to autonomous systems, and solar energy systems. Dr. Dhaouadi is a Senior Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.


Abstract: This keynote presents an overview of the research activities conducted at the Renewable Energy Research Center, American University of Sharjah, in the areas of solay energy, energy efficiency, solar technologies, and smart remote monitoring for large solar farms. The research work is used to enable and support the study of the effects of environmental factors on solar farms, such as dust accumulation and its effect on power generation efficiency. The developed smart monitoring systems will enable stakeholders to monitor and control critical operations and evaluate system efficiency. This is made possible via IoT communication, software, and hardware technologies which are inherently designed for large scale distributed ecosystems. The research work outcomes will allow the Center to provide timely and accurate advice to solar plant operators on issues related to energy efficiency and optimal cleaning schedule of solar plants, which will result in energy and maintenance costs savings.

Dr. Athar Waseem
Department of Electrical Engineering
International Islamic University Islamabad

Dr. Athar Waseem received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from CUST Islamabad, Pakistan and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from BTH, Sweden, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from IIUI Pakistan, in 2020. He is a Senior Member,IEEE and a faculty member at IIUI DEE-FET, Pakistan since 2014, previously he served as a faculty member and Lab Manager at Abasyn University, Pakistan from 2013-2014. Dr. Athar’s current research interests include 5G, B5G Communication, D2D, AI, ML, RF, radio communications, signal processing, CS based channel estimation and security techniques for Massive MIMO systems in 5G networks. Dr. Athar is the head of wireless technology research lab at IIU. He has published over 30+ peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings. Dr. Athar is an internationally recognized expert in organizing IEEE conferences and has organized multiple conferences at international venues in different areas of Electrical Engineering and Technologies since 2014, currently he is associated with several conferences/Journals as Executive Chair, Technical Chair, Founding Chair, Technical Advisor and Editor/Assoc. Editor.

Title: Security Threats and Mitigation Approaches for D2D Communication in 5G & B5G Wireless Networks

Abstract: The 5G and B5G cellular networks are densified heterogeneous wireless networks which are aimed to increase the throughput and reduce latency. D2D communication which is direct communication between devices is a promising technology to achieve these aims with saving energy. D2D communication has serious designing challenges concerning to security due to the limitations of resources in most of the devices which makes the task of security more perplexing. The existing schemes are deficient in managing the security needs as devices have to care this at own but most devices are resource constrained. Therefore, need of light weight and efficient algorithms which can save processing time an essential prerequisite. Compressed sensing based on chaotic systems, has recently been used for encryption which not only saves bandwidth and enable security treatment especially if it is fused with some smart crypto schemes like ECC. This paper analyzes the threat surface of D2D technology including detail working regarding the nature of available threats in wireless network and particularly D2D communication along with existing security solutions with a purpose to identify the weak links and suggest proper improvement in order to make the D2D technology more secure, efficient and energy friendly.

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