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Department of Information Systems and Security 

Overview

The Department of Information Systems and Security (ISS) offers innovative degree programs in Information Technology and Information Security to meet current demands and future market needs in the UAE.

In addition to the undergraduate programs, two Master degree programs (MSc in Information Technology Management and MSc in Information Security) are also offered by the department.

These degree programs provide students with proficiency in the area of information systems and information security needed for today’s IT dependent driven society and as such, contribute to a UAE knowledge based economy. The programs provide the management skills and technical knowledge needed to plan, acquire, secure, manage, evaluate and sustain deployed IT enterprise systems. We emphasize applying innovative teaching and research practices and methodologies supported by state of the art laboratories. These programs will contribute towards meeting the growing UAE’s needs for information technology and cyber security specialists with the right competences.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.

Facilities

Auditoriums Total (2)

Capacity of 297 Seats and equipped with:

    1. Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection
    2. DVD Recorder,
    3. 4 HD Video Cameras,
    4. Video tracking Cameras,
    5. Network Camera,
    6. LCD Rear projector,
    7. Audio system,
    8. Video Conferencing System
    9. Wireless access nodes
    10. 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:

    1. Video tracking Cameras,
    2. Network Camera,
    3. 2 Rear LCD projectors,
    4. Audio system,
    5. Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection
    6. HD Video Cameras.
    7. Wireless access nodes
    8. Interactive symposium/a tablet computer
    9. iPad connectivity.

22 Classrooms (size 20-30)

Equipped with:

    1. Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection.
    2. Two front projection interactive whiteboards (Smart board)
    3. Speakers
    4. 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 science and Software Engineering students.

Media Lab

The mission of the IRML is two-fold:

  1. Research: To foster cutting-edge research in Interactive Robots and Media, through research projects run by faculty, instructors, visiting researchers, as well as students, also with interdisciplinary, national, and international cooperation.
  2. Education: To provide an inspiring constructionist education environment for students, covering multiple aspects of robotics, human-robot interaction, computer vision, animation, language grounding, interactive media, and numerous other related fields and technologies. Senior projects and IT-core projects are currently being supported, and special sessions in courses as well as seminars are foreseen.

 

The IRML hosts various hardware and software such as:

  •  2 HP XW6400 workstations,
  • 1 Optiplex 9600,
  • 3 nao robots,
  • 3 lego mindstorms,
  • 3 biolod kits,
  • 1 Cube X 3D printer.

The PC and workstation in the lab are configured with the following software:

  • MS Office 2010,
  • Windows 8,
  • MS Visual Studio,
  • Python Canopy,
  • R Language,
  • MS Visual Studio 2010 Express, MS Visual Studio 2014,
  • Google Chrome,
  • Outlook, LabView.

Bioinformatics Lab

The Bioinformatics Laboratory is designed to prepare students to serve the computational biology community in the UAE, especially in the areas of genomics and proteomics. The lab provides students and researchers with access to software, and technical support related to computational biology. Several Lab components are taught in the Bioinformatics lab such as CSBP431, CSBP411, ITBP480 and ITBP481. The lab is equipped by the following software/hardware:

  • 10 Intel Windows-based PCs.
  • HP Printer
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops Software / windows
  • SimBiology™
  • Win4Lin Terminal Servers

Grid/Cloud Computing Lab

Grid/Cloud computing is one of the most exciting and promising directions in which computation philosophy has shifted from the use of personal computer or individual server to a grid/cloud of computers. Users of the grid/cloud are only concerned with the computing services being asked for. The underlying details and how it is achieved is hidden by a distributed grid/cloud computing infrastructure. The activities are mainly focused on, but not limited to, teaching and research in the following domains: High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Grid Computing, Distributed Computing, Peer-to-Peer Computing, Distributed Data Mining, Distributed Ontology Mapping, Security in Grid and Cloud computing, Web services and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and ELearning. The lab is equipped by the following hardware/software:

Hardware:

  • 100 computing nodes Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHZ Model X5355.
  • 2 login nodes of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.93 GHZ Model X7350.
  • 2 batch nodes of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xenon 3.16 GHZ Model X5460.
  • 2 grid management nodes of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHZ Model X5355.
  • 1 LDAP server of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHZ Model X5355.
  • A total highly available Grid shared storage of 9600 GBytes.
  • Infiniband connection.

Software:

  • Sun N1 Grid Engine 6.1 media kit.
  • Red Had Enterprise Linux for HPC Compute Nodes.
  • Intel C++ Compiler Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for Linux.
  • The shared storage servers are configured by Luster File System for high availability.

Robotics Lab

The Robotics lab lets the students design, build and program their own robots, in a specially equipped laboratory. The lab feature state of the art equipment such as:

  • Khepera II + Webots
  • General I/O turret
  • Linear vision turret
  • Video turret color cameras
  • Wireless analog video turret
  • Radio turret
  • Radio base station
  • Gripper turret
  • Intel Windows-based PCs

The Robotics lab is designed to allow students to integrate and/or apply the concepts learned in classes such as Programming, Signal Processing, Image Processing/Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Wireless Communication & Security, and Embedded System Design. Students will get first-hand experience of the “real world,” from robot design, to social interaction, negotiation, group dynamics, cooperation, and competition.

Software Engineering Lab

The Software Engineering Lab is equipped to enable students to practice the core principles of software construction and maintenance which includes the fundamental software processes and lifecycle, requirement analysis, software engineering methodologies and standard notations, principals of software architecture and reuse, software quality frameworks and validation, software development and maintenance environment. The lab contains 20 (Dell OptiPlex 960) workstations. The PCs in the lab are configured with the following software: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Virtual PC 6.0.156.0. Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, , Publisher, Access, InfoPath Designer, InfoPath Filler, OneNote and share-Point Workspace.  For All machines, the Virtual PC “WindowsXPVM” is configured with the following software: IBM Rational Software Architect Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Netbeans IDE 6.9.1, and Adobe Reader 9. Lab components are taught in the lab such as SWEB319, SWEB423, SWEB401, ITBP480 and ITBP481.

UNIX Labs

These two Sun OS environment Workstations running the Solaris Operating Environment (a.k.a. Sun‘s version of Unix) used for instruction of UNIX-based courses. Besides the exposure to UNIX-like environments and commands, students also learn in these labs the distributed systems issues inherent to UNIX operating system and may simulate parallel processing across the network of workstations available in these labs, particularly as the workstations are sitting on a dedicated VLAN.

 General Labs

The two general computing labs are equipped with 15 Intel Windows-based PCs. The following software packages are installed on each machine:

  • Microsoft Windows Operating System
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Suite
  • IBM SPSS Software
  • Minitab Statistical Software
  • MathWorks MATLAB Multi-Paradigm Numerical Computing Software
  • Eclipse & NetBeans IDE Programming Tools

 

Consultancy Services

The Department of Information Systems and Security provides consultancy services to interested entities from the public and private sectors. Provided services are in the areas of:

  • Enterprise System Security
  • Big Data Analytics and Privacy
  • Cloud Computing Infrastructure and Services
  • Information Technology Feasibility Studies
  • IT Infrastructure
  • System Performance and Evaluations
  • Security Vulnerability Studies
  • E-Health
  • E-Learning

For any additional information, please contact the Chair of the Department of Information Systems and Security, Prof. Khaled Shuaib at: k.shuaib@uaeu.ac.ae.

During the summer of 2017. Dr. Ezedin, and associate professor at CIT, visited the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) at the University of Maryland, College Park. During his visit, which lasted for 3 weeks, he was hosted by Professor John Baras, who is a recognized leader in the field of Network security; security and information assurance in wireless networks, and in trust and trust models. Dr. Ezedin participated in some of the current projects/research activities with members of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. These research activities were related to Internet of Things (IoT) Security.  More specifically, Dr. Ezedin explored possible research collapration with Dr. Baras and his research associates about how to address security issues in the three IoT layers and how to establish trust between physical entities (devices) within the IoT environment while focusing on utilizing the new communication network paradigm, known as Software Defined Network (SDN).   AS a results of the visit, we were able to establish strong collaboration link, as we “jointly” applied for an external grant and we are currently working on the writing and submitting of a research paper.

 

Dr. Mohammed Adel Serhani Research Collaboration Visit to The University of New South Wales

Dr. Mohammed Adel Serhani, an Associate Professor from the Department of Information Systems and Security, visited the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia during Summer 2017. During the visit, Dr. Adel was involved with researchers from the host institution in different projects in the area of Service Computing, Cloud Computing, and Big data. Dr. Adel attended and participated in the series of organized research seminars held during the visit time. As a result of the visit, a joint research project with researchers from the UNSW has been started. Dr. Adel appreciates the opportunity and support from the UAEU allowing him to be involved in such experience and highly recommends this kind of research collaboration initiatives with top ranked universities.  

 

Health Monitoring System for Modeling Individual Exposure to Environmental Triggers of Asthma Episodes in the United Arab Emirates

Primary Investigator: Dr. Shayma Alkobaisi

This is an ICT funded project with collaborators from the US including prominent researchers in the fields of mathematics, computer science and engineering. This AED 2,700,000 research grant was for two years. Specifically, this interdisciplinary project supports general public health by developing a health care management system that reduces the cost, effort, and time spent in traditional visits to hospitals, and provides intelligent information that might be useful for improving public health care strategies. The proposed system collects and analyzes patients and environmental data in order to derive conclusions that will help in providing better insight into causes of environmental triggered diseases such as asthma.

Secure Communication Architecture for Thwarting UTM Attacks

Primary Investigator: Prof.  Zouheir Trabelsi

Recent network architectures utilize many types of security appliances to combat blended attacks. However, managing multiple separate security appliances can be overwhelming, inefficient and expensive. Thus, multiple security features are needed to be integrated into a unified security architecture resulting in a Unified Threat Management system (UTM). In today’s existing UTM systems, whenever a security feature is needed, the corresponding module is just “attached or added on”. This approach of adding on may reduce the UTM performance dramatically, especially when security features such as IDS/IPS are enabled. This research project’s objective is to provide a complete UTM security architecture with unified communication solutions between the different modules to enhance UTM performance. The proposed algorithmic architecture firstly utilizes splay tree filters and pattern-matching algorithms to eliminate redundant checks on the same packet header fields and hence enhance packet filtering and deep packet inspection (DPI) performance. Specifically, the proposed mechanism uses network traffic statistics to dynamically optimize the order of the splay tree filters, allowing early acceptance and rejection of network packets. In addition, DPI signature rules are reordered according to their matching frequencies, allowing early packets acceptance. Secondly, it enhances UTM stateful inspection to optimize the management of different modules session tables. Thirdly, it investigates possible attacks on session tables and provide solutions to defend against these attacks. Finally, it studies the effect of DoS attacks targeting different UTM rule positions, as well as it investigates the profound effect of DoS attacks (with and without payload) on UTM performance. A prototype of the proposed architecture will be implemented and evaluated using real network traffic.

 

HelpMeBreathe

Four senior students from the CIT developed a web-based system called HelpMeBreathe. The system’s objective is to help in better understanding environmental triggers of asthma attacks in UAE at an individual level. HelpMeBreathe is a useful tool for assisting decision makers, such as physicians, in making better decisions that are data driven in order to manage asthma in the UAE. Moreover, the system warns asthma patients if the weather in their area may cause any difficulty in breathing or could trigger an asthma attack, thus giving them the ability to move away and control their asthma. The students who developed the system are Alia Al rayssi, Mahra Al Marar, Alyazia Alkhaili and Reem Al Dhaheri. They were supervised by Dr. Shayma Alkobaisi and Miss. Hoda Amer. Their work resulted in a research paper that was published and presented in the 9th International Conference on Health Informatics, Italy, June 2017.

 

 

Academic Programs

 

Faculty

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


Name Position Email Ext.

Dr. Ezedin Barka

Associate Professor, Chair

ebarka@uaeu.ac.ae

5535

Prof. Khaled Shuaib

Professor

k.shuaib@uaeu.ac.ae

5551

Prof. Zouheir Trabelsi

Professor

trabelsi@uaeu.ac.ae

5570

Dr. Ali Ismail Awad

Associate Professor

ali.awad@uaeu.ac.ae

5531

Dr. Mohammad Mehedy Masud

Associate Professor

m.masud@uaeu.ac.ae

5547

Dr. Shayma Alkobaisi

Associate Professor

shayma.alkobaisi@uaeu.ac.ae

5550

Dr. Amir Ahmad

Assistant Professor

amirahmad@uaeu.ac.ae

 5567

Dr. Yousef Al Hammadi

Assistant Professor

yousef-a@uaeu.ac.ae

5606

Dr. Saed Saleh Al Rabaee

Assistant Professor

salrabaee@uaeu.ac.ae

5563

Dr. Thangavel Murugan

Assistant Professor

thangavelm@uaeu.ac.ae

5529

Dr. Hanane Lamaazi

Assistant Professor

lamaazi.hanane@uaeu.ac.ae

5598

Dr. Ahmed AlNuaimi

Assistant Professor

ahmed.alfaresi@uaeu.ac.ae

5510

Dr. Norziana Jamil

Associate Professor

norziana@uaeu.ac.ae

5575

Dr. Suhib Bani Melhem

Visiting Faculty

suhib.melhem@uaeu.ac.ae

5592

Dr. Marton Gergely

Instructor

mgergely@uaeu.ac.ae

5516

Dr. Kanna Alfalahi

Instructor

k.alfalahi@uaeu.ac.ae

5528

Mr. Basheir Al-Rei

Instructor

balrei@uaeu.ac.ae

4729

Mr. NG To Tony

Instructor

tonyng@uaeu.ac.ae

5650

Mr. Mohammad Banat

Instructor

mbanat@uaeu.ac.ae

5509

Mr. Mohammad Mesbah Qbea'h

Instructor

mqbeah@uaeu.ac.ae

5558

Mr. Marwan J. A. Fayyad

Instructor

marwan.fayyad@uaeu.ac.ae

6432

Mr. Khaled Yousif

Instructor

khaleds@uaeu.ac.ae

4752

Ms. Muna Sultan Alebri

Teaching Assistant

munaalebri@uaeu.ac.ae

-

Mr. Majed Easa Al Mansoori

Teaching Assistant

malmansoori@uaeu.ac.ae

-

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Information Systems and Security 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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