Research Groups at the Department of Avionics Engineering

Communication Systems Group

Introduction:

The Communication Systems Group (CSG) conducts research on modeling, design, and implementation of communication systems. The major research areas are:

  • Wireless mobile networks and social networks
  • Internet of Things - Wireless Sensor Networks and Security
  • Future Internet architecture and protocols
Research Topics:
  • Cognitive Radio
  • Sensor Fusion
  • Internet of things
  • Hybrid communication network architectures
  • Communication and networking protocol analysis
  • Mobile-oriented energy-aware handover
  • Network-level power conservation in cellular systems
  • Energy-conservation of mobile stations’ battery
  • Optimization algorithms for signal processing in communication
Research Labs:
  • Communication Security & Embedded Systems Lab
Members:
  • Dr. Ammar Masood
  • Dr. Ali Javed Hshmi
  • Engr. Adnan Fazil
  • Dr. Usman Riaz

Control Systems Group

Introduction:

Control systems research studies how to manipulate the parameters affecting the behavior of a system to produce a desired or optimal outcome. The tools that form the body of knowledge, known as control theory, are applicable to a wide variety of systems, including electrical, mechanical, chemical, biological, economic, and social systems.

Research Topics:

Following are the research topics:

  • Optimization and Control
  • Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR)
  • Control of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS)
  • Robust Control System Design for Multivariable Systems
  • Robust modeling and identification
  • Nonlinear and hybrid systems
  • Robot locomotion and manipulation
  • Numerical algorithms
  • Cooperative control of autonomous agents
  • Networked control systems
  • Advanced sensing and actuation
  • Magnetic bearing systems
  • Adaptive Control
Research Labs:
  • Avionics Integration Lab
  • Aerospace Sensors & Systems Lab
Members:
  • Dr. Sohail Akhtar
  • Dr. Aamer Iqbal Bhatti
  • Dr. Bilal Malik
Signal Processing and Optics Group

Introduction:

Members of the Signal Processing group work on different applications of Digital Signal Processing, both for civil and military purposes. Biomedical imaging and image processing techniques have been a key area of research for the group. Moreover, owing to a strong affiliation with Pakistan Air Force (PAF), the group has an extensive research and development experience in the development of military RADARs, ECM algorithms, ELINT systems etc.

A photonic integrated circuit (PIC) or integrated optical circuit is a device that integrates multiple photonic functions and as such is similar to an electronic integrated circuit. Photonic integrated circuit provides functions for information signals imposed on optical wavelengths typically in the visible spectrum or near infrared 850 nm-1650 nm.

Research Topics:

  • Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs)
  • Si photonics
  • Biophotonics
  • RF Photonics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Design & characterization of Active & passive circuit elements for PICs
    • Optical Cavities
    • Optical waveguides
    • Couplers / Splitters
    • Gratings
  • Photovoltaics
  • RF Photonics
  • Photonic sensors
  • Micro Opto Electro Mechanical Systems (MOEMS)
  • 3D Audio
  • Array Signal Processing
  • Statistical Signal Processing
  • Signal Detection and Classification
  • Parameter Estimation and Signal Reconstruction
  • Image Processing
  • Video Processing
  • Audio Processing
  • Acoustic Imaging
  • Avionics Systems Integration
  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Processor Design
Research Labs:
  • Avionics Integration Lab
  • Electro Optics Lab
  • Aerospace Sensors & Systems Lab
  • Communication Security & Embedded Systems Lab
  • Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems Lab
Members:
  • Dr. Muhammad Zakwan
  • Dr. Aamer Iqbal Bhatti
  • Dr. Tauseef ur Rehman
  • Dr. Muhammad Adnan
  • Dr. Jehanzeb Burki

Microwave and Radar Group

Introduction:

The research is directed to develop and analyze innovative techniques for future EW systems and radar remote sensing systems and applications. The research areas cover a wide spectrum, including the investigation of new SAR imaging modes based on digital beamforming and multi-aperture signal processing, the analysis of bistatic and multistatic Radars, AESAR etc.

Research is going on in the following areas:

  • Microwave devices
  • Radar and Electronic Warfare
Research Topics:
  • Metamaterials
  • Microwave & Millimeter-wave Circuit Design
  • Wave Propagation in Bi-Isotropic Media
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Active electronically Scanned Phased Array Radar (AESAR)
  • Bistatic and Monostatic Radars
  • Pulse Integration Techniques
  • Wave Propagation in Complex Fractal Media
  • Advance Antenna Design
  • Frequency Selective Surfaces
  • Electronic Warfare
Research Labs:
  • Avionics Integration Lab
  • Electro Optics Lab
  • ECM & Radar Lab
Members:
  • Dr. Muhammad Zakwan
  • Dr. Ali Javed Hashmi
  • Dr. Azhar Hasan
  • Dr. Aamer Iqbal Bhatti
  • Dr Jehanzeb Burki

Cryptology and Cyber Security Group

Introduction:

The group primarily conducts research on methods and tools for the analysis and construction of safe and secure systems. This includes methods for specifying systems, developing systems in correctness-preserving ways, and verifying or testing existing systems and infrastructures. Major focus is to target cost effective of indigenous solutions for mobile devices and network security. We build on foundations in mathematical logic, discrete mathematics and cryptography, algorithms, complexity theory, and probability theory.

Research Topics:

Following are the research topics:

  • Cryptographic Protocol Analysis
  • Modeling and Analyzing Dynamic Access Control Systems
  • Network Security
  • Data Security
  • Security protocols (models, properties, and verification)
  • OS security
  • Privacy & smartphones
  • Cyber Security and Incident Response
  • Malware Analysis and reverse Engineering
  • Digital Forensics and Cloud Security
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems
Research Labs:
  • Devices and Network Security Lab under National Center of Cyber Security (NCCS)
  • Communication Security & Embedded Systems Lab
Members:
  • Dr. Ammar Masood
  • Dr. Qasim Saeed
  • Dr. Mansoor Ahmed Khan
  • Dr. Mudassar Farooq
  • Dr. Kashif Kifayat
  • Dr. Bailal Alam
  • Dr. Nadeem Sial
  • Dr. Raye Mahmood Ahmad