Princess Sumaya University for Technology

www.psut.edu.jo
Amman, Jordan

Princess Sumaya University for Technology , established in 1991, is a specialized, Non-governmental, Non-profit, Jordanian university, owned by the leading applied research centre in Jordan, the Royal Scientific Society . PSUT’s area of specialization is IT, Communications and Electronics. As a nonprofit institution, PSUT embraces both the public and private sectors, but while akin to public universities in its mission, it is more aligned to the private sector in drive and spirit.PSUT is located in Amman, Jordan, offering an array of ICT related courses. It currently offers B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science, Computer Graphics and Animation, Software Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Communication Engineering, Energy and Electrical Power Engineering, Management Information Systems, Administration of business and Accounting.The university campus underwent major renovation and expansion in late 2004. Labs were upgraded with new equipment and computers. The university library got expanded, and a new collection of IT related books was added.The university has a Sun Microsystems lab, mainly used in Java courses, and Unix courses on Sun SPARC based machines.Also, PSUT has a Rubicon Lab, This Lab used for teaching animation and video game development courses, this lab was established by partnership with Rubicon Group Holding Company for the animation industry and video games.An Oracle incubator lab was also recently established in the campus, with the goal of familiarizing students with Oracle technologies, and remove the stereo-typical view of Oracle as only being a Database company.PSUT has recently established a regional enterepreneurship center, named: Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, to help in fostering talent and transforming knowledge in Jordan and the region into a socio-economic impact. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 2, 2017
Site: phys.org

Working with colleagues at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (Jordan), German Jordanian University (Jordan), and Mersin University (Turkey), the interdisciplinary team at Bath will aim to improve the living conditions in refugee camps by designing low cost and easy to construct housing that will moderate extremes of temperature and ensure the privacy, comfort and dignity of residents. The three-year project will conduct the largest ever global study investigating thermal, air quality and social conditions in camps housing displaced people. The views of camp occupants and aid agencies such as UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) on the enhancement of housing and key social issues will be sought as a core element of this study. Aid agencies provide invaluable support and resources for large numbers of displaced people inside camps. However, according to a recent pilot study conducted by the research team, shelter design can create specific problems for inhabitants increasing, in turn, the demands upon humanitarian organisations. For example, health can be undermined when poorly-insulated shelters fail to mediate extremes of temperature and design that doesn't meet the need for privacy and security can harm psychosocial wellbeing. With these findings in view, the researchers will utilize building physics to inform the design of shelters using novel combinations of conventional and non-conventional materials to ensure the shelters naturally stay warm in winter and cool in summer. 20 possible shelter designs will be created, with six designs constructed in the UK to test construction times, and thermally tested in a climate chamber at the University's Building Research Park in Swindon. The most promising of these designs will then be transported to Jordan to test in local conditions and obtain the feedback of camp occupants and aid agencies. The world is currently witnessing the highest ever levels of human displacement with conflicts such as in Syria leading to the creation of a new generation of refugee camps. Whilst camps were originally seen as a short term solution, many across the world exist for years and even decades. As well as Jordan, research will be conducted in refugee camps in three other countries selected to provide as wide a range of climatic, cultural, social and political conditions as possible. At present the team envisage working in Thailand, Turkey and Tanzania. The project will benefit aid agencies such as the UNHCR by creating a manual that explains the benefits of each shelter design, provides guidance on matching design with context, and offers guidelines on construction. Lead investigator and Professor of Low Carbon Design at the University of Bath, David Coley, said: "In recognition of the immense variability in climatic, environmental and socio-cultural conditions, we aim to develop a variety of shelter designs suited to specific locales and the needs of those people who have been displaced. "I visited Jordan in 2015 year during a rock climbing trip and fell in love with the country and the people. The extreme climates experienced by those living in refugee camps inspired me to propose this project which will truly push the boundaries of my research into low energy building design." Co-investigator and Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Development at the University of Bath, Dr Jason Hart, commented: "Over the last 20 years I have worked as an anthropologist with refugees in Jordan and the wider Middle East. "I have witnessed firsthand the daily struggles of displaced people to lead dignified lives in difficult conditions, and decent housing can make an immense difference. "I am therefore excited to collaborate with colleagues from the fields of architecture and civil engineering in a process of shelter design that meaningfully engages the views and aspirations of refugees themselves." Princess Sumaya University of Technology (PSUT) in Amman, Jordan collaborated with Bath in the pilot project and will play an important role as the team move to the next, expanded phase. Professor Abdallah Al-Zoubi, Vice President of PSUT said: "It is an honour for us here at PSUT to collaborate with the prestigious University of Bath in this exciting humanitarian project to help refugees in Jordan, especially the Syrians. "Our involvement in the project represents a tiny bit of the greater efforts Jordan is exerting in hosting the unfortunate children of Syria who are actually facing extreme conditions living in the desert. "We hope that the results and outcomes of the project will ease the suffering of refugees and lead to a dignified stay in Jordan before their final short journey back home." The project, entitled 'Healthy Housing for the Displaced', has received £1.5 million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


Hasan O.M.,Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Journal of Modern Optics | Year: 2015

In this paper, the bit error rate (BER), outage probability, and outage rate analysis of the heterodyne differential phase-shift keying system over double Weibull-distributed free-space optical channel (FSO) are proposed. The channel statistics are modeled based on the scintillation theory and derived as the product of two independent Weibull random variables. Novel closed-form expressions for evaluating BER, outage probability, and outage rate are derived taking into account the effect of turbulence strength and inner-scale turbulent cell size. Numerical results are provided to evaluate the FSO system performance for weak to strong turbulence channel conditions and inner-scale turbulent cell size. The BER, outage probability, and outage rate performance are displayed for different values of turbulence strength conditions, inner-scale values and signal-to-noise ratios. © 2015 Taylor & Francis.


Alqudah Y.A.,Princess Sumaya University for Technology
International Conference on Information Networking | Year: 2012

The rapid deployment of WiMAX technology around the world enables research based on actual field measurements. This work reports on one important aspect of network deployment, power analysis. This work considers a mobile WiMAX network operating at 3.5 GHz deployed in Amman, Jordan and reports on measured signal power, transmitted signal power, carrier to interference and noise ratio and their dependence on transmitter receiver separation. The measurements are conducted in Amman, Jordan which offers a unique environment in its construction materials, architecture, topology and vegetations. The goal of sharing our findings is to help tune and improve on the accuracy of models used to depict path loss. © 2012 IEEE.


Al-Haj A.,Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Multimedia Tools and Applications | Year: 2014

In this paper, a non-blind digital audio watermarking algorithm that satisfies the minimum requirements of optimal audio watermarking set by the International Federation of Photographic Industry (IFPI), is proposed. The algorithm does not degrade perception of audio, offers an SNR value of more than 44 dB, offers around 1387 bps data payload, and it is robust against common audio processing operations such as Gaussian noise addition, MP3 compression, re-quantization, re-sampling, echo, low-pass, high-pass, and band-pass filtering. The IFPI requirements were met by the proposed algorithm as it exploits the attractive properties of two powerful mathematical transforms; the Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT), and the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD). DWT is applied to achieve robustness as it decomposes the original audio signal in such a way to scatter watermark bits throughout the signal. SVD provides imperceptibility to the proposed algorithm by embedding watermark bits onto the diagonal singular values of the S matrix produced by SVD. The effectiveness of the algorithm is demonstrated by a set of experiments using pop, instrumental, and speech audio scripts. © 2013, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Alqudah Y.A.,Princess Sumaya University for Technology
Wireless Personal Communications | Year: 2013

WiMAX technology carries the promise of broadband access and wireless coverage. Developing countries throughout the world have been fast at adopting and employing the new technology to bridge the digital divide. The deployment of WiMAX networks enables the validation and testing of the technology. It is imperative that the technology be tested in different environments and the results shared and compared. Jordan provides a unique environment in its architecture, building construction materials, usage model, topology and vegetation. This work considers a mobile WiMAX network operating at 3.5 GHz deployed in Amman, Jordan. The work presents a new model for predicting path loss based on the results of field measurements of signals power and it compares proposed model and measured data to different propagation models. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


Tedmori S.,Princess Sumaya University for Technology | Al-Najdawi N.,Al - Balqa Applied University
Information Sciences | Year: 2014

Lossless encryption methods are more applicable than lossy encryption methods when marginal distortion is not tolerable. In this research, the authors propose a novel lossless symmetric key encryption/decryption technique. In the proposed algorithm, the image is transformed into the frequency domain using the Haar wavelet transform, then the image sub-bands are encrypted in a such way that guarantees a secure, reliable, and an unbreakable form. The encryption involves scattering the distinguishable frequency data in the image using a reversible weighting factor amongst the rest of the frequencies. The algorithm is designed to shuffle and reverse the sign of each frequency in the transformed image before the image frequencies are transformed back to the pixel domain. The results show a total deviation in pixel values between the original and encrypted image. The decryption algorithm reverses the encryption process and restores the image to its original form. The proposed algorithm is evaluated using standard security and statistical methods; results show that the proposed work is resistant to most known attacks and more secure than other algorithms in the cryptography domain. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Issa Shahateet M.,Princess Sumaya University for Technology
International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy | Year: 2014

This paper examines the relationship between energy consumption and real economic growth in 17 Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It uses an Auto Regressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) model to determine this econometric relationship using data during 1980-2011. After testing for unit root and cointegration, it identifies Granger causality between energy consumption and real economic growth. The analysis allowed for the verification of the four hypotheses that have been discussed widely in economic literature: Neutrality, Conservation, Growth, and Feedback hypotheses. Empirical findings support neutrality hypothesis in 16 out of 17 Arab countries. These findings, of no causality from economic growth to energy consumption and the other way round, imply that energy conservation will not have a significant impact on economic growth and economic growth will have insignificant effect on changes in energy consumption. They also suggest including other more important variables in the determination of economic growth, such as labor and capital.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.10.3 | Award Amount: 968.59K | Year: 2014

In line with the new concept in Horizon 2020 which integrates industrial cooperation and innovation, and the need to go beyond the old extended workbench principle, two are the most important aspects of such ex-tension:\n1) to incorporate ETPs\n2) to increase the participation of innovation driven SMEs from both sides.\nIn this transition between FP7 ending and the launch of HORIZON 2020, comes the MED-Dialogue Support Action, brought forward by a balanced mixture of\n 7 MPC governmental and academic organisations directly involved in the elaboration of policies and on the promotion of the Research and Development cooperation locally and internationally,\n 4 EU partners experienced in Management and Strategy Consulting in the areas of Technology Re-search and Development, Industrial and Innovation Policies, and IT Research, highly experienced in the European Framework Programmes,\nsupported by an advisory group of more than 20 influential and knowledgeable stakeholders from the entire MPC region\nMED-Dialogue is a bridge for a two-way cooperation between the MPC and the EU aiming at four main objectives:\nA: Support through a flexible modular approach the Dialogue between EU and the Region in any form or structure, be that political, technical, formal, informal, by providing on demand customized timely in-put solidly documented on all the new Horizon 2020 concept aspects.\nB: Raise awareness on the H2020 first Calls and assist the organisations in the Region to prepare proposals and find partners in order to increase their participation in the Programme.\nC: Support the EC in the preparation of the Horizon 2020 workprogramme 2016-17, by identifying the strengths and opportunities in the MPC (through the identified and validated ICT priorities) for mutually beneficial cooperation.\nD: Support the coordination of International Cooperation instruments in the MPC by exploiting synergies of running projects and make recommendations for future INCO activities in H2020.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO-2009-2.5 | Award Amount: 559.68K | Year: 2009

EU-JordanNet aims at increasing the research cooperation between Jordan and Europe. Although Jordan has been quite active in EU Framework Programmes over the past few years, awareness of the EU Programmes in Jordan and of the Jordanian research community in Europe still needs considerable improvement. In concrete terms, EU-JordanNet will carry out a Capacity Building Programme to support the Jordanian NCP and the national network of FP7 contact points in universities and research centres to enhance their understanding of the structure and the procedures of the FP7 Co-operation and People Programmes. EU-JordanNet will carry out a major S&T Awareness and Co-operation campaign on FP7 in Jordan addressing Jordanian researchers and the private sector. It will focus on three Thematic Areas: Health, ICT and Environment. Since the People Programme has received limited attention in Jordan in the past, a specific awareness activity will focus on the new Marie Curie activities, aimed at increasing the mobility of researchers between Jordan and Europe. EU-JordanNet will train Jordanians on how to write FP7 proposals and help them in creating partnerships with EU researchers. Furthermore, it will identify the priority areas for S&T co-operation between Jordan and the EU and promote the Policy Dialogue with the relevant policy makers in Jordan to enable a targeted national research strategy. A number of activities are planned to support these two main aims: an Information and Partner Service with a directory of Jordanian and European researchers that will serve as a .partner-search facility and an inventory of existing Jordan-EU co-operation. The project will also develop an S&T Observatory on Jordanian Research and Technology co-operation with Europe, enabling the research institution in Jordan to grasp in quantitative and qualitative terms its position in Jordanian and world scientific and technological production.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2012-2.2 | Award Amount: 765.84K | Year: 2012

EU-JordanNet II aims at further increasing the research cooperation between Jordan and Europe, following the successful activities of the first EU-JordanNet. On the one hand it will adopt a broader approach by addressing in particular the research-innovation chain encompassing academia as well as the private sector, and on the other hand will facilitate the preparation of collaborative activities by a coaching programme for individual researchers and developers. Although Jordan has been quite active in EU Framework Programmes over the past years, and the general awareness of the EU Programmes in Jordan is steadily progressing, most researchers still face considerable problems in actively developing FP proposals. Hence the project will directly support researchers who have concrete ideas for proposals through a step-by-step coaching, support the search for appropriate partners in Europe and also provide a small mobility grant that will allow a training-on-the-job at European organisations to intensify collaboration and prepare for joint projects. It will also organise partnership days in Europe together with selected European NCPs (for example DLR, FFG, or IRD) and participants from Jordan (universities and SMEs). Apart form the awareness and training session on the Thematic Area of ICT, NMP and KBBE, the project will put increase emphasis on the People programme, to increase the mobility of researchers between Jordan and Europe. EU-JordanNet II will also support the bilateral S&T policy dialogue through organizing joint EU-Jordan S&T Committee meetings to oversee implementation of the agreement and regularly discuss the future orientations of research policies and planning both in Jordan and in the EU. EU-JordanNet II will continue monitoring the evolution of the collaboration activities in the FP7 and provide a qualitative analysis of these activities to suggest future policy interventions to strengthen the cooperation in specific strategic research areas.

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