EMAN Group is part
of the Computer, electrical and mathematical science and engineering
division at King Abdullah University of Science
and Technology (KAUST) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
research interests encompass works across the fields of applied
mathematics, control systems and signal analysis.
objective of EMAN group is to develop mathematical models and algorithms to characterize,
analyze and control complex systems.
Due to the
inherent complexity and to physical or economical constraints, some physical
systems are inaccessible.
the case for the brain for example. In spite of its importance, it
remains a mystery for scientists. Understanding the brain function and
monitoring its activity is of great importance, particularly for detecting and
treating diseases such as Alzheimer or brain tumor.
It is also
the case for some engineering systems like water desalination plants, where
testing control strategies on the physical system itself are not feasible and
very expensive, while simulations make the control design and validation
easier, more flexible, less costly and provide more insights on the
mathematical modeling and mathematical analysis are the key enablers to develop
efficient methods and algorithms to characterize and control physical systems.
The group's projects are motivated by real world problems inspired from
engineering and biomedical fields. Being in Saudi Arabia, we address problems
that respond to the kingdom’s needs but we also focus on issues that can have
impact on the global community. Depending on the complexity of the system,
its nature and the desired objectives, we develop new models, control
strategies and estimation algorithms mainly for systems modeled by a wide class
of partial, nonlinear and fractional differential equations.
of EMAN Group's activities include,
- Developing recursive estimation algorithms based on observers
and modulating functions.
optimization and control of distributed heat transfer mechanisms, which can be
used to control the performance of solar powered desalination plants under
the neuro-vascular-metabolite coupling in order to physiologically characterize
brain regions and estimate the neural activity from some measurements.
- Developing new efficient signal/image reconstruction
and analysis methods with potential and interesting applications in the