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College of Computing and Mathematics


Computer Engineering Department


Presents Public Seminar


"Underwater Networks - challenges and opportunities"



Date: Monday, 3rd October 2022,

Time: 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Location: Bldg. 22, Room 119



Dr. Akram Ahmed

Asst. Professor, COE Department               



Recent networking applications focus on connecting different networks and exploiting their offered services. However, interfacing terrestrial systems to underwater networks poses unique challenges that often hinders the ability to connect these networks especially when the underwater application requires node mobility and covert operations. Traditionally, crossing the air-water interface was achieved by deploying surface nodes that act as gateways. Untethered surface nodes are often undesirable due to their cost, their inherit drifting nature, and it may reveal the location of the underwater assets. Moreover, underwater environment is characterized as inhomogeneous and dynamic, which makes the process of maintaining a connected underwater network itself a challenge. In this talk, we will go over these challenges and review some recent work in crossing the air water interface using the optoacoustic effect and laser vibrometers. In addition, we will discuss underwater challenges and shed light on future research directions in establishing covert underwater communication links.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Akram Ahmed is an assistant professor in the computer engineering department and is also affiliated to the interdisciplinary center of communication and sensing. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2019. Dr. Akram also had a leading role in the digital transformation of curriculum at KFUPM and developing university-level programming and AI service courses. He specializes in wireless communications and computer networks. His research interests include application of artificial intelligence in wireless communication, and wireless networks with a particular interest in underwater applications.

Dr. Akram has a vast industrial experience where he has served in the industry for more than 10 years. His industrial technical experience is mainly geared towards designing systems in which he acted as a design authority, system architect, system integration, and took part in the implementation of both hardware and software. In the business side, he mainly concentrated on establishing business processes, quality assurance, requirement management, bid management, engineering management, project management and portfolio management.



All faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to attend.


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03 Oct 2022


02:00 PM to 03:00 PM