Meet your Teacher - Dr Hanaa Abumarshoud

Published: 15 September 2022

A warm welcome to one of our newest staff members, who tells us about her fascinating research and teaching

As new staff join the expanding Glasgow College UESTC team, we are happy to provide them with a chance to introduce themselves to our readers, via a short Q&A. This issue, we welcome Dr. Hanaa Abumarshoud, who started in February 2022 as a Lecturer in Wireless Sensor Networks.

Dr Hanna Abumarshoud - headshot

Which subjects do you teach?

UESTC4020: Wireless Sensor Networks and UESTC4033: Design of Integrated Circuits

Which fields of research are you most interested in and why?

A: My research is in the field of optical wireless communications, particularly LiFi systems, which is a technology that provides high-speed internet connectivity through light. LiFi provides a green, cost-effective, and reliable solution to enhance the capabilities of future wireless networks and is expected to be a key player in 6G and beyond. My main research interests include enabling intelligent and autonomous operation of LiFi systems through the development of innovative signal processing techniques as well as harnessing the environment to boost and optimise the network performance.

What is the most memorable project you have been involved in at GC UESTC or elsewhere and why?

I am currently investigating the use of intelligent reflecting surfaces in LiFi systems. In this approach, metasurfaces fixed in the environment can be engineered in order to control the propagation of light signals in the coverage areas. This is a revolutionary concept that has the potential to transform the physical propagation environment into a fully controllable and customisable space using a low-cost, low-power approach. We anticipate that the integration of intelligent reflecting surfaces in LiFi will enable a plethora of technological trends and new applications for future wireless networks.

What attracted you to take on a role at GC UESTC?

What attracted me to work here is the world-class research and innovation that is carried out at GC UESTC, as well as the opportunity to be in a diverse environment with many opportunities for growth.

What or who inspired you to study engineering?

I was always interested in science and problem-solving, and that is what engineers do: solve problems.

Tell us a about your hobbies and interests outside of work:

I love to travel and explore the history, culture, nature, and gastronomy of new destinations.

First published: 15 September 2022