Dr Rami Ghannam
- Lecturer in Glasgow College UESTC (Electronic & Nanoscale Engineering) (Electronic & Nanoscale Engineering)
I joined the University of Glasgow in August 2017 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering. I held previous industrial positions at Nortel Networks and IBM Research GmbH. I was a research scientist at EPFL's PV Lab, where I worked on the device modelling of thin film solar cells. I am currently a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Fellow of RET and a Member of the IET. I am also the Regional Chair of IEEE's Education Society in Scotland and the Chair of the IET Pedagogy in Engineering and Pedagogy TN.
My qualifications are the following:
I am an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Education and IEEE Access. I have also served on the organising committee of several special sessions and conferences, including the UK-China Emerging Technologies conference, the 2020 IEEE Transnational Engineering Education using Technology (TREET) conference and and the 27th IEEE Conference on Electronic Circuits and Systems.
I’m interested in developing interactive technologies that enable people to perform tasks more efficiently and seamlessly with computers. I believe that future computers will be based on technology classes that fit on the head or wrist. These devices can be divided into a number of building blocks and my research has been concerned with investigating ways to enhance or extend the performance of the building blocks highlighted in green.
For example, I'm interested in developing novel microenergy harvesters to extend the battery life of wearable devices. I've also explored new sensing and signal processing technologies so that wearables can accurately classify hand gestures, or track subtle eye movements. User applications of these technologies are targeted towards improved education and healthcare.
Below is a summary of my main and current research themes.
1) Energy Harvesting - how energy can be harnessed from the surroundings to power electronic devices. My specific interests involve developing novel energy harvesting solutions for achieving truly wireless (and autonomous) wearable and implantable products. Selected publications in this area include:
Abdul-Aziz, M. R.R., Hassan, A., Abdel-Aty, A. A.R., Saber, R., Ghannam, R. , Anis, B., Heidari, H. and Khalil, A. S.G. (2020) High performance supercapacitor based on laser induced graphene for wearable devices. IEEE Access, (doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3035828) (Early Online Publication)
Wahba, M. A., Ashour, A. S. and Ghannam, R. (2020) Prediction of harvestable energy for self-powered wearable healthcare devices: filling a gap. IEEE Access, (doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3024167) (Early Online Publication)
Zhao, J., Ghannam, R. , Htet, K. O., Liu, Y., Law, M.-k., Roy, V. A.L. , Imran, M. A. , Michel, B. and Heidari, H. (2020) Self-powered implantable medical devices: photovoltaic energy harvesting review. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 9(17), 2000779. (doi: 10.1002/adhm.202000779) (PMID:32729228)
Zhao, J., Ghannam, R. , Law, M. K., Imran, M. A. and Heidari, H. (2020) Photovoltaic power harvesting technologies in biomedical implantable devices considering the optimal location. IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, 4(2), pp. 148-155. (doi: 10.1109/JERM.2019.2937970)
Abdellatif, S., Sharifi, P., Kirah, K., Ghannam, R. , Khalil, A.S.G., Erni, D. and Marlow, F. (2018) Refractive index and scattering of porous TiO 2 films. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 264, pp. 84-91. (doi: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2018.01.011)
Abdellatif, S., Kirah, K., Ghannam, R. , Khalil, A. S. G. and Anis, W. (2015) Enhancing the absorption capabilities of thin-film solar cells using sandwiched light trapping structures. Applied Optics, 54(17), pp. 5534-5541. (doi: 10.1364/AO.54.005534)
Abdellatif, S., Ghannam, R. and Khalil, A. S. G. (2014) Simulating the dispersive behavior of semiconductors using the Lorentzian–Drude model for photovoltaic devices. Applied Optics, 53(15), pp. 3294-3300. (doi: 10.1364/AO.53.003294) (PMID:24922218).
2) Technology Enhanced Learning - my researchin this area involves developing and evaluating new pedagogical methods for enhancing student learning. I am particularly interested in developing and using interactive technologies for enhancing the teaching and delivery of electronic engineering concepts. Further details can be found via my Engineering Education Research Group webpages. Key publications in this area include:
Ghannam, R. , Hussain, S. , Hua, F. and González, M. Á. C. (2021) Supporting team based learning using electronic laboratory notebooks: perspectives from transnational students. IEEE Access, (doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3065611)
Ghannam, R. , Curia, G., Brante, G., Khosravi, S. and Hua, F. (2020) Implantable and wearable neuroengineering education: a review of postgraduate programmes. IEEE Access, 8, pp. 212396-212408. (doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3040064)
Ghannam, R. and Ahmad, W. (2020) Teaching teamwork to transnational students in engineering and technology. Compass, 13(2), (doi: 10.21100/compass.v13i2.1040)
Fan, H., Wu, X., Ghannam, R. , Feng, Q., Heidari, H. and Imran, M. A. (2020) Teaching embedded systems for energy harvesting applications: a comparison of teaching methods adopted in UESTC and KTH. IEEE Access, 8, pp. 50780-50791. (doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2980336)
Ghannam, R. , Hussain, S. , Abbasi, Q. H. and Imran, M. A. (2020) Remote supervision of engineering undergraduates in a transnational programme between Scotland and China. International Journal of Engineering Education, 36(4), pp. 1333-1339.
Ghannam, R. , Kussmann, M., Wolf, A., Khalil, A. S.G. and Imran, M. A. (2019) Solar energy educational programme for sustainable development in Egypt. Global Journal of Engineering Education, 21(2), pp. 128-133.
3) Sensing, Interfacing and Signal Processing - I explore novel sensing and signal processing techniques so that humans can interact with wearables seemlessly. Key publications in this area include:
Ghannam, R. , Xia, Y., Shen, D., Fernandez, F. A., Heidari, H. and Vellaisamy, R. (2021) Intelligent metasurface using fringing electric fields in nematic liquid crystals. Advanced Theory and Simulations, (Accepted for Publication)
Tanwear, A., Liang, X., Liu, Y., Vuckovic, A., Ghannam, R. , Böhnert, T., Paz, E., Freitas, P. P., Ferreira, R. and Heidari, H. (2020) Spintronic sensors based on magnetic tunnel junctions for wireless eye movement gesture control. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 14(6), pp. 1299-1310. (doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2020.3027242)
Yuan, M., Das, R. , Ghannam, R. , Wang, Y., Reboud, J. , Fromme, R., Moradi, F. and Heidari, H. (2020) Electronic contact lens: a platform for wireless health monitoring applications. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 2(4), 1900190. (doi: 10.1002/aisy.201900190)
Liang, X., Li, H., Wang, W., Liu, Y., Ghannam, R. , Fioranelli, F. and Heidari, H. (2019) Fusion of wearable and contactless sensors for intelligent gesture recognition. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 1(7), 1900088. (doi: 10.1002/aisy.201900088)
Wilkinson, T.D., Henderson, C., Gil Leyva, D., Ghannam, R. and Crossland, W.A. (2006) Non-display applications and the next generation of liquid crystal over silicon technology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 364(1847), pp. 2721-2732. (doi: 10.1098/rsta.2006.1849)
2021 - 2022, Virtual Labs for Teaching Remotely - VILTER, GC-UESTC, PI, £31K.
2020 - 2023, Industrial Studentship, Learning with Wearables, PI, £80K.
2020 - 2021, Trailblazing Engineering Education in Schools (TREES), Chancellor Fund, PI.
2020 - 2020, Learning through IoT and Wearables, GC-UESTC, PI.
2019 - 2020, TESEDA - Teaching Semiconductor Devices using Advanced Learning Aids, Learning and Teaching Development Fund, PI.
2018 - 2019, TREELAB - Transition to Electronic Laboratory Notebooks, Learning and Teaching Development Fund, PI.
2013 - 2016, SURSYS – Surface Systems Engineering (for Solar Cells), German Academic Exchange, Co-I, EUR 208'983.
2013 - 2016, Excellence in Nanoscience Education for the MENA Region, Tempus V, Co-I, EUR 1'660'813.34.
2013 - 2014, Computational Modelling of Low Cost Solar Cells, The World Academy of Sciences, PI, USD 12,000.
2012 - 2016, Solar Energy System Design using Advanced Learning Aids, Tempus IV, Co-I, EUR 1'089'510.26.
2012 - 2013, Light Trapping for Thin Film PV. Swiss National Science Foundation, PI, CHF 4,520
Current PhD Students:
|Sara Khosravi||2020-2023||Learning with Wearables||P|
|Noor AlQallaf||2020-2023||Visualisation Technology for Enhanced Engineering Education||P|
|Yuanjie Xia||2020-2023||Contact Lens with Integrated Electro-Optic Technology||P|
|Yuchi Liu||2018-2021||Wearable Intelligent Sensors for Human-Computer Interaction||P|
|Jinwei Zhao||2018-2021||Photovoltaics for Wireless Biomedical Applications||C|
*P= Principal Supervisor, C=Co-Supervisor.
3rd year course on Electronic Devices.
3rd year course on Power Electronics.