Research Newsletter
Spring 2016 - February Issue

Effat University Participates as Organizing Partner at QS in Conversation (Milan, Italy)
Under the theme "Advancing Female Leadership Through Higher Education," Effat University and QS Education Trust organized a seminar to highlight female education and its role in women empowerment in general.

The event which took place in Milan, Italy on the 1st of February 2016 was a gathering point for educators and researchers from diverse backgrounds. Fresh perspectives on different education practices and policies were offered and implications on women empowerment were discussed. 

Speakers from Effat University included HRH Princess Lolowah,Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor of Effat University,Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail, President, and Dr. Malak Al-Nory, Dean of Graduate Studies & Research. 

QS in conversation is organized by QS Asia on behalf of QS Education Trust. QS Asia is the regional subsidiary of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, which is the world’s leading network for top careers and education.
Excellence in Research Award: Call for Applications

The Deanship of Graduate Studies & Research is pleased to announce Effat University’s Excellence in Research Award for this academic year.

The annual award is offered as a token of recognition for outstanding research achievements and is presented at the graduation ceremony. The award consists of a certificate signed by the President with Queen Effat Excellence Award stamp as well as SR 5000 as a monetary prize.

The submission deadline is March 30th.
Upcoming Learning & Technology Conference Features President of KACST as Keynote Speaker
The 13th annual Learning & Technology conference will feature Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST). Prince Dr. Turki received his Ph.D in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, USA.

The annual conference will be held on the 10 - 11 April 2016 under the theme "3, 4, 5 Dimensions & Beyond: Immerse into the Learning Environment!"

Further info on the conference, program and invited speakers can be found here
Research at Effat
Dr. Muhammad Khan, Entrepreneurship Department, College of Business, published a paper titled "Role of Trust and Commitment for Successful Entrepreneurial Business Relationships" in the the International Journal of Knowledge, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hayssam Dahrouj, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, published two papers titled "Cost-Effective Backhaul Solutions for Next Generation Wireless Systems" and "Resource Allocation in Heterogeneous Cloud Radio Access Networks: Advances and Challenges" in IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine. 

Dr. Tareq Ladjal and Dr. Benouda Bensaid, General Education Department, published a paper titled "The Sustainability in Multi-Religious Societies: An Islamic Perspective" in the journal of Believes and Values. 

Dr. Wassim Daghrir, English & Translation Department, published a paper titled "How to Assess American Democracy?" in the journal of Arts & Humanities. 
Research Workshops
The Deanship of Graduate Studies & Research announces the beginning of the second series of research workshops for Spring 2016. 

The workshops cover a variety of topics including internal and external research funding opportunities, proposal writing, research ethics, and others.

For further information and registration, please contact Ms. Abrar Tolah on
Leader of Design Computation Lab Participates at an International Conference Organized by INCONET-GCC2

Dr. Zaki Mallasi, Leader of the Design Computation Lab, participated at an international conference organized by INCONET-GCC2 in Muscat, Oman. Dr. Mallasi presented a paper titled "Prototyping Future Smart City Forms: Combining Sensory Technology and BIM Simulation to Visualize Environmental Impact."

The conference was held under the theme "Collaboration for Innovation; Linking GCC and EU" and focused on energy and smart cities as well as mutual cooperation opportunities between the two regions. 

INCONET-GCC2 is a project sponsored by European Commission to establish grounds for collaboration in the fields of science, technology and innovation between the European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
ARCH & ECE Students Participate at an Undergraduate Research Forum
A group of students from both Architecture and Electrical & Computer Engineering departments participated at the Second Undergraduate Research Forum held at Prince Sultan University (PSU) in Riyadh. Participants were:

Asmaa Awad, Bushra Khalifa, Noor al-Huda al-Chwikani, Rawan Shawesh and Shatah Sharafuddin from Architecture Department. Paper titled "Behind the Scenes: Architecture in Films."

Raghad Alsulami and Bashair Alsulami from Electrical & Computer Engineering Drepartment. Paper titled "Visible Light Communication."

Bayan Alnahhas from Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. Paper titled "Red Laser Characterization for Smart Solid State Lighting."

The Undergraduate Research Forum is an annual event organized by PSU and a unique opportunity for students to showcase achievements and discuss research projects. 
Research Output Vs. Research Activity
Q: I authored a scholarly book, does that count as a research output?
A: Yes, provided the book is original and based on a research project. Edited and textbooks are not counted as research output.

Q: I contributed a chapter to an edited scholarly book, does that count as a research output?  
A: Yes, provided the chapter reports on findings of a research project and the manuscript was subject to peer review.

Q: I submitted a paper to the chair of an international conference which was accepted for inclusion in the proceedings of the conference after I made all the changes the reviewers requested. Is that a research output?
A: Yes, provided it is a fully written refereed paper.

Q: I have been invited and paid to give a keynote address at an international conference. Is that a research output?
A: No. This is a research activity.
Effat-KAUST Collaborative Research Project Investigates Role of Cloud Computing in Managing High Data Demands
In a joint effort between Effat University and KAUST, a group of researchers explored the role of cloud computing algorithms in managing high data demands. The team included Dr. Hayssam Dahrouj, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, and a number of researchers from KAUST. Researchers "investigated an alternative cloud-radio access network (CRAN) that uses the cloud to solve a particular allocation problem—how to schedule users to resource blocks and simultaneously optimizing transmitter power while giving base-stations control over other radio resources, such as signal processing."

Research findings were included in a paper titled "Coordinated Scheduling and Power Control in Cloud-Radio Access Networks" and published in the journal of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Further information on the project can be found
here and paper abstract here
Student Branch of IEEE established at Effat University

Engineering students celebrated the opening ceremony of the IEEE student branch at Effat. The event which was held on February 18th covered a variety of topics including robotics, energy and IEEE publications. 

IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology with more than 400,000 members worldwide. 
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