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Dr.Khawla Alnajjar Coordinator Of The Fundamentals Of Innovation And Entrepreneurship Academic RankAssistant Professor

Specialization:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2015.

Research Interests:

  • Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) wireless systems, Statistical design and analysis of communication systems.

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• Ph.D. University of Canterbury,New Zealand Jun 2015. Main Subject: Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Thesis title: Receiver Design for Massive MIMO. Advisor: Prof. Peter J. Smith. Co-advisor: Dr. Graeme K. Woodward. Thesis Examiners Committee: Dr. Michal Maithaiou and Dr. Kevin W Sowerby. Oral Examination Chair: Prof. Maan Alkaisi. • EE (P.D). Columbia University in the City of New York - Feb 2013. Major: Electrical Engineering. Supervisors: Prof. Xiaodong Wang and Prof. Richard W. Longman. • MSc Columbia University in the City of New York - Feb 2011. Major: Electrical Engineering. Supervisor: Prof. Xiaodong Wang. • BSc United Arab Emirates University - Jan 2008. Major: Electrical and Communication. Engineering. Senior Thesis Advisor: Dr. Mohammed Abdel Hafez.
• University of Sharjah (UAE) - Sep. 2016- current Assistant Prof. • University of Sharjah (UAE) - Sep. 2015- Aug. 2016 Visiting academic (Assistant Prof.). • Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) - Nov. 2014. Visiting Scholar: Array design for massive MIMO. • Wireless Research Center, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) May 2012 -August 2012. Internship: LTE Interference Management using MIMO and SISO. • Columbia University (New York, US) Feb 2012 - May 2012 LMT Arabic Tutorials. • Columbia University (New York, US) August 2010 - Dec. 2012 Lab assistant and Grader in Signal and Systems. Grader: Communication Theory and MIMO Wireless Communications. • AT&T Shannon lab (New Jersey, US) Jun 2011 - April 2012. Internship: Interference Alignment • Total (Pau, France) May 2010 - August 2010. Internship: Optimization Green Energy. • United Arab Emirates University (Al Ain)- August 2008 - Jan. 2013 National TA. • United Arab Emirates University (Al Ain) Jan. 2008 - Sep. 2008 Academic Assistant in Freshman Lab, Intro. to Eng. Ethics, and Design, Calculus II I for Engineering. • Dassault Aviation (Paris, France) Sep. 2006 - Dec. 2006 Internship: Validation of a new Test Bench Computer by running Photo Computer Box Test Program. • General Information Authority (Abu Dhabi) Jun 2006 - July 2006 Internship: GIA Web site development support and update.
Scholarly Activities: A session chair, International Conference on Electrical and Computing Technologies and Applications,(ICECTA2017), 2017. _ A Coordinator of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Course, University of Sharjah, 2017 - present. _ A liaison officer for in Peer Education Program for Engineering College, 2017- present. _ A principal investigator of the University of Sharjah Seed project in 2016 - present. _ Member of Research Group, Distributed and Networked Systems (DNS), University of Sharjah, 2015 - present. _ Co-Investigator of the University of Sharjah Targeted Project “Optimal resource management for cloud-based fifth generation wireless networks” in 2016 - present. _ Conference Reviewer for: IEEE PIMRC 2018 2018 International Conference on Signals and Systems (ICSigSys). ICMSAO’17. IEEE WCNC 2017. UAEGSRC 2017. UAEGSRC 2016. IEEE ICC 2014 WCS. _ Journal Reviewer for: IEEE Wireless Comm Letters. IEEE Transactions on Wireless. Communications. IEEE Transactions on Communications. Almadar Journal of Communication, IT, and Applications (AJCITA). Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers. Administrative Responsibilities: _ Achievement & Publicity, Community Service, and Exhibitions Committee, University of Sharjah, since Fall 2017. _ Graduate Research & Research Committee, University of Sharjah, since Fall 2017. _ Student Disciplinary Committee, University of Sharjah, since Spring 2017. _ Student Activities Committee inWomen in Electrical Engineering (WIE) in University of Sharjah, since Fall 2015. _ Chairing and examining Senior Design Projects at University of Sharjah, since Fall 2015.
• IEEE Student Member • Member of UAE Society of Engineers • Member of Cisco Networking Academy Program • Member of Watani
Book Chapters: • R. W. Longman, K. A. Alnajjar and X. Ji, “ Comments on how a new engineering field develops: A case study from iterative learning and repetitive control”, in Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering 293, Springer, 2013. Journal Papers: • A. Jarndal and K. A. Alnajjar, “ MM-WaveWideband Propagation Model for Wireless Communications in Built-Up Environments”, Elsevier Physical Communication, Vol. 28, pp 97-107,Jun 2018. • K. A. Alnajjar, P. J. Smith, P. Whiting and G. K.Woodward, “ Size and array shape for massive MIMO”, IEEE Wireless Comun. Lett., vol. 4, Dec. 2015. • K. A. Alnajjar, P. J. Smith and G. K.Woodward, “Co-located and distributed antenna systems: Deployment options for massive MIMO”, IET Microwave, Antenna & Propagation, 7pp, Aug.2015. Conference Proceeding Papers: • K. A. Alnajjar and M. El-Tarhuni, “Performance Evaluation for Synchronous and Asynchronous Coded C-V-BLAST Massive MIMO NOMA System”, accepted in Proc. IEEE conf. on Wireless and Optical Commun. (WOCC), May 2018. • K. A. Alnajjar, “Analysis of PR-V-BLAST receiver for massive MIMO under correlated channel”,in Proc. IEEE conf. on Electrical and Computing Technologies and Applications (ICECTA2017), Nov. 2017. • K. A. Alnajjar and M. El-Tarhuni, “Joint C-V-BLAST and DS-NOMA for massive MIMO”, accepted in conf. on 5G for Future Wireless Networks (5GWN), 2017. • K. A. Alnajjar and S. Abdallah, “Performance of low complexity Receivers for massive MIMO with Channel estimation and correlation”, accepted in IEEE International Symposium on Telecommunication technologies (ISTT) , Nov. 2016. (Second Best Paper Award) • K. A. Alnajjar, P. J. Smith, G. K. Woodward and D. A. Basnayaka, “Design and analysis of a reduced omplexity MRC V-BLAST receiver for massive MIMO”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Signal Processing advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), July 2016. • K. A. Alnajjar, “Inverse Approximation of Linear Receivers for Massive MIMO”, in Proc.IEEE Conf. on Information and Communication Technology Research (ICTRC), May 2015. • K. A. Alnajjar, P. J. Smith and G. K. Woodward, “Low complexity V-BLAST for massive MIMO with adaptive modulation and power control”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Information and Communication Technology Research (ICTRC), May 2015 (Best Oral Paper Award). • K. A. Alnajjar, P. J. Smith and G. K. Woodward, “Performance of massive MIMO V-BLAST with channel correlation and imperfect CSI”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Australian Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (ATNAC), Nov. 2014. • K. A. Alnajjar, P. J. Smith and G. K. Woodward, “Low complexity V-BLAST for massive MIMO”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Australian Communications Theory Workshop (AusCTW), Feb. 2014. • R. W. Longman, K. A. Alnajjar and X. Ji, “ Comments on how a new engineering field develops: A case study from iterative learning and repetitive control”, in Proc. Springer Conf. on Intelligent Technologies and Engineering systems (ICITES), Dec. 2013. • K. A. Alnajjar, N. Pau and G. K. Woodward. “ Aligned precoder in Long Term Evolution using SISO and MIMO”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), March. 2013. • K. A. Alnajjar, V. Aggarwal, V. A. Vaishampayan, and Xiaodong Wang. “Aligned precoder designs for interference channels based on chordal distance”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), March. 2012. • K. A. Alnajjar, and I. Kalet. “Phase modulation by a Gaussian random process-the power spectral density”, in Proc. IEEE Conf. on Microwaves, Communications, Antennas and Electronics Systems (COMCAS), 2011. PhD Thesis: • K. A. Alnajjar, Receiver Design for Massive MIMO, 2015. _ A. Tajer and M. Fadel and K. A. Alnajjar, “Resource Allocation under Sequential Resource Access”, accepted in IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2018.
- Recipient of Young Emirati Researchers Prize (YERP) award, Ministry of Higher Education and National Research Foundation in UAE, in Jan. 2017. - Recipient the second best paper award from the IEEE International Symposium on Telecommunication technologies (ISTT), Malaysia, in Nov. 2016. - Funded Targeted Project “Optimal Resource Management for Cloud-Based Fifth Generation Wireless Networks”, University of Sharjah, UAE, in 2016 and valid till 2018. - Recipient of the Distributed and Networked Systems Research Group Operating Grant number 150410. - Recipient of Seed Research Grant, University of Sharjah, UAE, in May. 2016. - Recipient of Research Group Operational Grant, University of Sharjah, UAE, in 2015. - Recipient of Rashid Award for Scientific Excellence, UAE, in Nov. 2015. - Recipient the best paper award from the IEEE Conf. on Information and Communication Technology Research (ICTRC), UAE, May 2015. - Recipient Young Emirati Postgraduate Research Students Mobility Award (YEPRSMA), UAE, Dec 2013. - Recipient UAE Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Award, UAE, July 2013. - Recipient of a Intel Award, New Zealand, in May 2013. - Recipient of a UC Doctoral Scholarship Award, New Zealand, in Feb 2013.
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