Prof. Meriem gives a talk at KAUST-NSF 2017

Prof. Meriem gives a talk at KAUST-NSF 2017

11/7/2017
Prof. Meriem will be giving a talk at KAUST- NSF Research Conference on Environmental Monitoring: Foundations and Applications, organized held in KAUST on November 6-8, 2017.


KAUST-NSF Research Conference is a tradition that started in 2014, led by faculty in the EE program at KAUST. The topic of this fifth cycle of the conference is environmental monitoring and sensing. These applications involve collecting and transferring data using sensor communication networks, analyzing data using signal processing, and making real-time decisions with the aid of high-performance computing and machine actuation, thereby completing the cyber-physical systems cycle. Conference topics include the domains of urban, ocean, and agricultural applications, along with the foundational areas of communications and networking, signal processing, and control. The conference will engage internationally leading authorities, industry experts, fellow in-Kingdom researchers, and KAUST researchers.​​



Talk: Towards Sustainable Smart Desalination Systems

 

The rising population around the world is placing increased pressure on the already limited natural freshwater resources. To satisfy rising demands, many countries rely on seawater desalination to meet their fresh water needs. However, alternatives to the conventional energy intensive thermal desalination methods have to be developed for a sustainable future. Membrane distillation (MD) is an example of emerging technology for sustainable water desalination. In this talk, Prof. Meriem presents feedback strategies that help in optimizing and controlling the MD process and also designing algorithms to automatically detect performance deterioration such as fouling.