Dr. Saad Qaisar (NUST-PI) and Dr. Emad Felemban (UQU-PI) win USD 0.535 million research grant from King Abdul Aziz City of Science & Technology (KACST) under National Program for Science and Technology (Strategic Technologies)
CoralSense: a collaborative effort of Pakistani and Saudi researchers, Dr. Saad Qaisar (NUST) and Dr. Emad Felemban (UQU) has been funded in amount of USD 0.535 million by King Abdul Aziz City of Science & Technology (KACST) under National Program for Science and Technology (Strategic Technologies). The project got 'highly recommended' near ideal evaluations (a rare score of 14/15) by international arbitrators in the domain of underwater sensing and communication. To quote the review board: " The panel was extremely impressed with the quality and innovative nature of the research proposed, as well as with the proposal itself. The crucial nature of the study, and the strategic location of the region with regard to the natural resources at stake make this type of work feasible, important, and of international interest." The funding spans a period of two years and project is expected to go into execution in last quarter of 2012. Once successfully implemented, this effort would provide an underlying framework and testbed to monitor Red Sea Coral Reefs and an early warning system for tsunamis. KACST, parent body of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a selective forum and it is considered highly prestigious for any researcher to be awarded a project by the agency. It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Saad Qaisar and Dr. Emad Felemban have another joint effort already approved under September, 2010 round of NPST in the domain of Oil and Gas infrastructure. These fresh approvals would take Dr. Saad Qaisar's total attracted funds to the university to USD 1.4 million appx. in capacity of Principal Investigator (Pakistan side) on five projects, making him only (and first) Pakistani Professor to be awarded two projects in two consecutive rounds. Dr. Saad Qaisar is successfully leading eight international collaborations with Korean, Australian, British, Saudi, American and Italian counterparts. He joined NUST School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS) in July, 2009 after completion of his Ph.D. degree from Michigan Sate University, USA under supervision of Dr. Hayder Radha (Fellow, IEEE). Dr. Emad Felemban earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, USA and currently serving as vice-Dean (Research) at College of Computer and Information Systems (CIS) , Umm-ul-Qura University (UQU), KSA.