Dr. Dil Muhammad Akbar Hussain is a professor of Electronics Engineering & Computer Science at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University Denmark. Professor Akbar has a Master degree in Digital Electronics from Govt. College University, Lahore Pakistan and a P-hD degree in Control Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Sussex United Kingdom. Aalborg University has Two Satellite Campuses, one in Copenhagen (Aalborg University Copenhagen) and the other in Esbjerg (Aalborg University Esbjerg).
Professor Akbar is working in Academia since 1990, he started his career as a Lab demonstrator/TA at the University of Sussex. After finishing his P. hD degree in 1992, he served in the Industry as a Scientific Officer and continued his academic career as a visiting scholar for a number of educational institutions. In 1996 he joined National University of Science & Technology Pakistan (NUST) as an Associate Professor; NUST is one of the top few universities in Pakistan. In 1999 he joined an International Company Lineo Inc, Canada as Manager Compiler Group, where he headed the group for developing Compiler Tool Chain and Porting of Operating Systems for the BLACKfin processor. The processor development was a joint venture by Intel and Analog Devices. In 2002 Lineo Inc., was taken over by another company, so he joined Aalborg University Denmark as an Assistant Professor.
Professor Akbar has truly a multi-disciplined career and he continued his legacy and making progress in many areas of his interests in both teaching and research. He has contributed in the stochastic estimation of control area especially, in the Multiple Target Tracking and Interactive Multiple Model (IMM) research, Ball & Beam Control Problem, Robotics, Levitation Control. He has contributed in developing Algorithms for Fingerprint Matching, Computer Vision and Face Recognition. He has been supervising Pattern Recognition, Formal Languages and Distributed Processing projects for several years. He has reviewed many books on Management, Computer Science. Currently, he is an active and permanent reviewer for many international conferences and symposia and the program committee member for many international conferences.
Title: POPBL - Project Organized Problem Based Learning Teaching Model
POPBL is a diversion from traditional scope of teaching. The essential elements of Problem Based Learning “PBL” are working with real world problems, peer collaboration, focusing on critical questions that frame the problem. Problems drive learning and development of analytical skills. PBL is an instructional methodology probing students to have deeper understanding of the subjects. Based on similar thoughts Project Organized Problem Based Learning “POPBL” is a concept conceived nearly 40 years ago at Roskilde University Centre and Aalborg University, Denmark.
The POPBL curriculum includes project supporting as well as non-project supporting courses in each semester, both of which are designed and included in the study curriculum alongside with the project to enhance learning on knowledge and comprehension level, Bloom’s taxonomy (Bloom, B.S., 1956). This learning has to be developed further to reach higher learning levels (application, analysis, synthesis, and judgement (Bloom’s taxonomy) through work with the project.
Title: Promises of 5G Communications and Requirements of Self Driving Cars
Self Driving Cars: Development and Optimization of Vehicular to Everything (V2X) Communications in 5G in Coexistence with DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications).
Dr. Muhammad Faeyz Karim is a Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Before joining NTU, he was a Deputy Department Head/Project Manager/Research Scientist at Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore. He had lead and managed R&D projects in the area of sensing, internet of things (IoT) and energy harvesting. He held a concurrent appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2009-2017. From 2005-2007, worked as a Test Engineer at Emerson Process Management, a US MNC.
Dr. Karim received his Ph.D. and MSc degrees from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He also holds a MBA from Lancaster University, UK. He has published more than 60 scientific papers and also co-authored a book on “RF MEMS Switches and Integrated Switching Circuits”. His research interest is in the broader area of RF & millimeter wave for sensing, internet of things (IoT) and medical applications, RF MEMS devices, active/passive millimeter wave imaging systems, RF & hybrid energy harvesting, printable electronics, Quantum sensing, tunable & reconfigurable filters, antenna miniaturization techniques, and passives modules & circuits, and radio-over-fiber technologies. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Title: Wireless Power Transfer and Harvesting
Internet of Things (IoT) related products are growing at double digits per year and some estimations report a market value in the order of trillions of dollars in the next decade. A great technological paradigm shift is going to be pulled by the development of IoT; green materials, autonomous systems, self sustainable, ultralow-power circuits, energy saving protocols, and energy harvesting (EH) are concurrently mandatory.
Limited device battery life has always been a key consideration as the frequent battery replacement/recharging is often costly due to the large number of sensor devices in use, and even infeasible in many critical and remote applications (e.g., sensors embedded in structures and implanted medical devices etc). Energy harvesting technologies harnessing energy from ambient power sources, such as vibration, heat, and electromagnetic waves/wireless, have recently attracted significant attention, and numerous energy harvesting systems, including energy harvesting devices, topologies, and circuitries, have been developed for ‘‘zero-power’’ self-sustainable standalone electronics.
The concept of wireless energy power transfer/harvesting has been proposed by Nikola Tesla and Heinrich Hertz: radiate wireless power to free space and convert the wireless power to usable direct current (dc) power. In this talk, I will review the prior arts and present the latest research done by my group in the area of wireless power transfer and energy harvesting.