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Computer and Network Engineering

Overview

The Department of Computer and Network Engineering offers an innovative Computer Engineering undergraduate program to address current demands and future market needs in the UAE.

Computer Engineering is a field of study that encompasses the fundamental principles, methods, and modern tools for the design and implementation of computing systems. Computer engineers specialize in the analysis, design, implementation, verification, integration and application of programmable and/or reconfigurable computers/devices or computer-based systems. By understanding a computer system from top to bottom, from application software to operating systems, to hardware and circuits to networking and security, the computer engineers are well prepared to create the wide array of computing systems and devices that we all use and depend upon every day. In our computer engineering program, computing and network engineering courses are taught together, so you learn the fundamental ideas related to both fields. You can choose to specialize in either area to ensure that you are ready to work when you graduate.

As a computer engineer, you will create new opportunities for businesses by driving new technologies, and by devising engineering solutions to make the businesses more productive and competitive. You will also assist the businesses to design and develop new computer microprocessors or microcontroller-based products and systems, or embedded computer systems to enhance functionalities of existing communication, instrument, or automatic control products or systems, to meet ever-changing market needs and consumer demands. Our computer engineering graduates go on to have successful careers in industry, government, or pursue graduate studies.

Facilities

Auditoriums Total (2)

Capacity of 297 Seats and equipped with:

Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection
  • DVD Recorder,
  • 4 HD Video Cameras,
  • Video tracking Cameras,
  • Network Camera,
  • LCD Rear projector,
  • Audio system,
  • Video Conferencing System
  • Wireless access nodes
  • Interactive symposium/a tablet computer

Lecture Halls Total (8)

Capacity: 

  1. Two 65 seats
  2. Two 59 seats
  3. Two 83 seats
  4. Two 105 seats

Equipped with:

  • Video tracking Cameras,
  • Network Camera,
  • 2 Rear LCD projectors,
  • Audio system,
  • Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection
  • HD Video Cameras.
  • Wireless access nodes
  • Interactive symposium/a tablet computer
  • iPad connectivity.

22 Classrooms (size 20-30)

Equipped with:

  • Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection.
  • Two front projection interactive whiteboards (Smart board)
  • Speakers
  • Wireless access node

  1. Microsoft 365

  2. Microsoft  Office Professional

  3. Microsoft Visual Studio

  4. MSDN Academic Alliance Program (MSDNAA) packages

  5. MatLab and required toolboxes

  6. SAP ERP

  7. Specialized software for the laboratories

  8. Smartboard software

The CIT acquired over 20 of the most cutting edge laboratories in the world. The following are the labs dedicated to Computer and Network Engineering students.

Advanced Networking Lab

The advanced networking lab is specifically designed to provide students with the needed hands on experience in designing, configuring and troubleshooting fundamental as well as advanced Local and Wide Area Networks. The Lab hosts various hardware devices such as:

  1. Four 24-ports Cisco POE Catalyst 3560G switches
  2. Three Cisco 3845 integrated service routers with intrusion detection network module and various interface cards including AON, Gig Ethernet, and 10/100 Ethernet.
  3. One VOIP-aware firewall
  4. One SIP H323/SIP gateway
  5. Spirent hardware traffic generator analyzer portable unit with Smartflow layer 2/3 QoS performance tester
  6. CISCO Works 2.6 enterprise network management software
  7. Avalanche software
  8. IPWave network impairment software
  9. LAN Traffic v2 IP software testing tool
  10. Digital Cameras and handsets
  11. Intel Windows-based PCs

The Lab is designed with MK skirting and open two post frame racks with patch panels. This arrangement makes it optimal for students to practice advanced networking concepts needed in today's networking job market such as: QoS, Firewalls, Intrusion Detection, VPN, Denial of Service, Network Management, Network Performance etc. The Lab is utilized to deliver two main courses: Computer & Network Security and Network Management & Evaluation. In addition, it is also used for research related activities, senior projects and training for Cisco certification programs.


Computer Architecture Lab

The Computer Architecture Laboratory is equipped with a variety of hardware and software to support state-of-the-art teaching and research and development activities. The lab consists of a diverse range of networked personal computers, engineering workstations, and other laboratory equipment for use by the students and faculty. The hardware and software tools encompass different areas of Computer Engineering: General Purpose, Special Purpose, and Application Specific Computer Architectures including Uniprocessor, Parallel, Distributed, Data-Driven, Hybrid, Reconfigurable, and Dynamic Computer Architectures); Computer Aided Design; Specification and Verification of Digital System Models and Designs; Computer Performance Modeling and Evaluation; Co-Hardware and Software Development, Design, and Verification; Modeling, Design, Synthesis. Laboratory equipment and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software allows simulation, synthesis, and rapid system prototyping, testing, and evaluation of digital systems using the latest Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology. The Lab hosts various hardware/software including:

  1. Intel Windows-based PCs
  2. Virtex-II PRO development system
  3. ML310 Embedded Development Platforms
  4. IP Cores from Xilinx
  5. Xilinx Webpack
  6. Xilinx Modelsim II
  7. Xilinx ChipScope Pro
  8. Xilinx System Generator
  9. Matlab Core
  10. SPIM and DLX
  11. Dragon 12 Plus boards for Embedded System Design

The lab supports the following courses: computer architecture, advanced computer architecture, platform architectures and technologies, digital design with HDL, hardware testing and fault tolerance.



Circuits and Digital Labs

The circuits and digital labs provide an intuitive environment for designing and simulating digital and analog circuits. The labs feature state of the art equipment such as:

  1. ntel Windows-based PCs
  2. Agilent  DSO 6032A Oscilloscope-300 MHz
  3. Agilent 3458A 8 ½ Digital Multimeter
  4. Agilent 34410A 6 ½ Digital Multimeter
  5. Agilent E3633A 0 – 8V/0 – 20V, 10A DC Power Supply
  6. Agilent 80 MHz 3325OA Function/ Arbitrary Wave Generator
  7. National Instruments bread board (test board)with prototyping board base
  8. National Instruments USB 6251with 16 Inputs, 16- bits, 1.25 MS/s Multifunction I/O with Correlated Digital I/O fir USB
  9. Breadboard with built in power source
  10. ICs, Switches, LEDs, Wires and basic components of electrical circuits
  11. Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA board kit with ISE version 9.1
  12. Xilinx Virtex II pro XC2VP30 with 30,816 logic cells
  13. Altera Cyclone FPGA UP3 Education Kit-UP 3-2004
  14. Altera Design Software Suit Version 5.1 –Quartus II
  15. Max Loader Universal EPROM Programming Unit, TopMax II
  16. Lab Volt Circuits Fundamental Board
  17. National Instruments Lab View Software
  18. MTS 8086 Microprocessor Trainer Board

The labs have been designed to give students and teachers a unique opportunity to conduct creative experiments in order to bridge the gap between the theoretical and practical aspects of circuits design and simulation. These labs support the following courses: circuit fundamentals, digital design and computer organization, digital design with HDL and hardware testing and fault tolerance.

The lab will support the following courses: Digital Design and Computer Organizations, Platform Architecture, Embedded Systems Programming, Digital Design with HDL, Circuits Fundamentals

 

VLSI / ASIC Design Labs

There are two VLSI/ASIC Design Labs hosted at the CIT providing hands-on education to CIT students with interest in integrated circuits design and validation. These labs will prepare students for the future developments of nano-electronics with several education and research benefits such as VLSI System Design, ASIC Design and Validation, Chip Design, Nano-circuit Design, Fault Diagnosis, BIST, Mixed-signal Design, Custom Layout, Back Annotation Techniques, CAD Algorithms for VLSI. These two labs host state of the art hardware/software including:

  1. Fourteen Powerful SunUltra 45 Workstations with 24 inch high resolution LCD monitors. (10 at the women’s lab and 4 at the men’s lab)
  2. Cadence EDA tools


 Network Fundamental Labs

The CIT hosts two network fundamental Labs. These labs are specifically designed to provide students with the needed hands on experience in designing, configuring, testing and troubleshooting Local and Wide Area Networks. Each Lab hosts various hardware devices such as:

  1. Four 24-ports Cisco POE Catalyst 3560G switches
  2. Six Cisco 2811 and two 3825 Integrated Service Routers with various interface cards including AON, Wireless, Gig Ethernet, 10/100 Ethernet, Serial, ISDN and FR.
  3. Spirent hardware traffic generator analyzer portable unit, the Avalanche software
  4. Intel Windows-based PCs
  5. The Labs are designed with MK skirting and open two post frame racks with patch panels.
  6. Crimping tools and Fluke UTP cable testing devices as well as ISDN/FR emulators are also included as part of the equipment hosted in each of these two labs.

This arrangement makes it optimal for students to practice fundamental networking concepts needed in today’s networking job market such as: Ethernet Switching, Routing Protocols (OSPF, RIP, IGRP), TCP/IP, VLANs, STP, ARP, ICMP, Network Performance etc. The Network Fundamental Labs are utilized to deliver two main courses: Communication and Network Fundamentals (ITBP 210) and Network Protocols (NEBP 310). In addition, these two labs are used for the delivery of training courses such as the CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration which are delivered as part of the Regional Cisco Academy Program hosted at the College of Information Technology.

 

Wireless Communication & Security Labs

The CIT hosts one Wireless Communication and Security Lab. This lab is designed to provide students with the needed hands on experience in designing, configuring, testing and troubleshooting wireless systems such as GSM, CDMA and WLAN. Each of these labs hosts various hardware and software from Cisco System, Juniper, Agilent Technologies, Air Magnet, Lab volts and Matlab. The labs host the following:

  1. Four 24-ports Cisco POE Catalyst 3560G switches
  2. Two Cisco ASA firewalls
  3. Three Cisco 3845 integrated service routers with intrusion detection network module and various interface cards including AON, Gig Ethernet, and 10/100 Ethernet.
  4. Four Indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi thin client Cisco Access Points
  5. Two Cisco WLAN controllers
  6. Two Lab Volts antenna training and measuring system and desktop PCs.
  7. One Advanced Agilent Spectral Analyzers
  8. One Juniper wireless firewalls
  9. POE Cisco Switches
  10. One Mote Classroom Kit
  11. Intel Windows-based PCs.

This Lab is used in teaching the wireless and mobile communication (NEBP 441) course and for senior graduation projects in the information security track and the networking track. Faculty members also utilize this lab for research in the area of wireless communications/networking and wireless security.

 

IP Telephony and Multimedia Communications Lab

The IP Telephony and Multimedia Communication Lab (IPTLab) is used for teaching and to provide a research and working environment for senior students and faculty. The IPT Lab allows students to do their senior projects in the area of IP telephony and multimedia where they can design, experiment and test voice over IP applications and voice-deployed networks. The IPT Lab will be used for teaching the NEBP 421: advanced network services course which is designed to introduce students to IP telephony and QoS IP networks. The IPT Lab hosts a variety of software and hardware devices from various vendors such as:  

  1. Four 24-ports POE catalyst 3560G switches
  2. Three Cisco 281 integrated service routers
  3. SIP H323/SIP gateway
  4. VOIP-aware firewall
  5. Digital cameras and handsets
  6. CISCO’s call manager & unity
  7. Touchstone’s VOIP analyzers and call generators
  8. Various development kits for the development of Hospitality applications such as VoiceXML
  9. Intel Windows-based PCs

 

The IPT Lab provides support to faculty to carry out their research in the field of VoIP and multimedia communication. Projects that have been conducted in this lab by students and faculty include: Analysis of VOIP quality in WLAN environment; performance analysis of the effect of hand-over on voice quality in WLAN environment; Design and deployment of VOIP network in WLAN-based campus; and the performance analysis of the effect of security on VOIP applications over a WLAN.

 

Drones Lab

The Drone Research Lab is designed to provide collaborative research environments to meet the increasing needs for developing UAV technologies to be integrated into civil and commercial applications.  The lab mainly facilitates interdisciplinary research projects with UAV requirements and student senior projects on UAV technologies.  The lab includes the following hardware and software:

  1. Parrot AR.Drone 2
  2. Parrot Bebop Drone
  3. 3DR Iris Drone
  4. DJI F550 Drone
  5. APM Mission Planner
  6. MAVLink QGroundControl
  7. PaparazziUAV Autopilot
  8. 3D SmartTV Projection System
  9. Google ChromeCast + Android EZCast + Apple TV
  10. Raspberry Pi B+ and Raspberry Pi 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consultancy Services

The Department of Computer and Network Engineering provides consultancy services to interested entities from the public and private sectors. Provided services are in the areas of:

  • Internet of Things
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • ICT Infrastructure
  • ICT Strategy
  • Embedded Systems
  • Sensor Networks
  • Vehicular Networks
  • Wireless Communications
  • Electronic design automation
  • FPGA prototyping
  • Hardware and System Reliability

For any additional information, please contact the Chair of the Department of Computer and Network Engineering Dr. Hesham Elsayed at: helsayed@uaeu.ac.ae

Academic Programs

 

Faculty

Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.


Name Position Email Ext.

Prof. Hesham El-Sayed

Chair, Professor

helsayed@uaeu.ac.ae

5534

Prof. Walid Ibrahim

Professor

walidibr@uaeu.ac.ae

5574

Prof. Najah Abu Ali

Professor

najah@uaeu.ac.ae

5543

Prof. Abderrahmane Lakas

Professor

alakas@uaeu.ac.ae

5533

Dr. Parag Gopal Kulkarni

Associate Professor

parag@uaeu.ac.ae

5532

Dr. Mohammad Hayajneh

Associate Professor

mhayajneh@uaeu.ac.ae

5573

Dr. Maryam Yammahi

Assistant Professor

ms-alyammahi@uaeu.ac.ae

5504

Dr. Fekri Kharbash

Assistant Professor

fekrik@uaeu.ac.ae

5512

Dr. Abdelkader N Belkacem

Assistant Professor

belkacem@uaeu.ac.ae

5581

Dr. Mohammad Naouss

Assistant Professor

m.naouss@uaeu.ac.ae

4465

Dr. Farman Ullah Gul Rauf

Assistant Professor

Farman@uaeu.ac.ae

5545

Dr. Bassem M. Mokhtar

Assistant Professor

bassem.mokhtar@uaeu.ac.ae

5568

Dr. Abdulmalik Al-Warafy

Assistant Professor

aalwarafy@uaeu.ac.ae

5572

Dr. Farag Sallabi

Assistant Professor

f.sallabi@uaeu.ac.ae

5549

Dr. Elezabeth Mathew

Visiting Faculty

elezabeth.mathew@uaeu.ac.ae

5583

Dr. Sreeletha Saroja Chandran

Visiting Faculty

sreeletha@uaeu.ac.ae

-

Mr. Azzam Al-Safar

Instructor

azzam@uaeu.ac.ae 

5561

Dr. Asmaa Hosni

Instructor

asmaaf@uaeu.ac.ae

5507

Mr. Muhammad Waqar Anwar

Instructor

mwaqar@uaeu.ac.ae

5576

Mr. Ahmad Al Zoubi

Instructor

ahmed.alzoubi@uaeu.ac.ae

4766

Mr. Basheer A. Madappuram

Instructor

BAlrei@uaeu.ac.ae

4729

Ms. Shaimaa Alkaabi

Teaching Assistant

shaima.alkaabi@uaeu.ac.ae

-

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Computer and Network Engineering Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

United Arab Emirates University,
College of Information Technology
P.O.Box: 15551, Al Ain, UAE

Phone: + 971 3  713 5506 / 5603  
Fax: +971  3 713 6901

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