Dr Akram Alomainy, MEng PhD MIET SMIEEE
Computer Systems and Networks (Undergraduate)
This module provides you with a basic understanding of how a computer works and how programs are executed by the CPU at the machine level. As an introduction to computer architecture and systems software, this module presents the concepts needed to understand typical computers at the level of their ';machine-code'; instruction set. It covers Boolean algebra rules and terminology as well as logic gates. The module also examines the use of bits, bytes and data formats to represent integers, text and programs as well as looking at the conventional von Neumann computer architecture (CPU, registers, memory). Assembly language programming and system software are introduced.
Creating Interactive Objects (Undergraduate)
Interactive objects are physical devices controlled by microcontrollers using simple sensors and actuators. The module provides students with skills, knowledge, and experience of designing and prototyping interactive physical objects using contemporary microcontrollers. The module covers basic electronics, control circuits, sensors (analogue and digital), output (analogue and digital), microcontrollers, simple networking, and microcontroller programming using the popular Arduino open-source platform. It additionally touches on topics of interaction design and evaluation to provide a framework in which students can prototype and understand interactive objects.
Design and Build Project in Electronic Engineering (Undergraduate)
A group project for second-year electronic engineering students to enable them to learn practical skills in solving engineering problems using electronics. Not open to Associate Students or students from other departments.
Microwave and Millimetrewave Communications Systems (Undergraduate/Postgraduate)
The module covers: Introduction to microwave systems, bands and applications. Two conductor transmission media; coaxial, stripline and microstrip. Use of transmission line transformers in matching. The Smith chart; derivation, representation of admittance and impedance, normalisation. Stub matching. One-port devices; Schottky barrier diodes, PIN devices. Gunn and IMPATT devices; simple negative resistance oscillator design. Two-port devices; use of S-parameter analysis, passive two-port devices, the network analyser. The MESFET. Simple microwave amplifier design.
Microwave and Millimetrewave Communications Systems (Postgraduate)
The module covers the analysis and design of sub--?systems for modern electronic communication systems. The earlier part of the module centres on analogue electronics (using simulation tools, vector network analysers), and the later part of the module focuses on digital communications (using the National Instruments USRP kit).
My general research interests include (but not limited to):
- Small and compact antennas
- Wearable Antennas and Radios
- Biomedical Applications of EM Waves
- EM for localisation and motion capture
- Body–centric wireless communication
- Healthcare ICT: Radio prospective
- Smart cooperative networks: Personal and body area concepts
- Wireless sensor network
- Cognitive radio