Tarek Sobh

Tarek Sobh, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President for Research, and Economic Development, Dean, College of Engineering, Business, and Education, Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering – Technology Bldg – Office 232
(203) 576-4116

Professor Tarek M. Sobh received the B.Sc. in Engineering degree with honors in Computer Science and Automatic Control from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1988, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science from the School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Senior Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research, Dean of the School of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Bridgeport (UB), Connecticut; the Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Robotics, Intelligent Sensing, and Control (RISC) laboratory; the Founder of the High-Tech Business Incubator at UB (CTech IncUBator), and a Professor of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

 

He was Vice President from 2008-2014, Vice Provost from 2006-2008, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Director of External Engineering Programs, Interim Chairman of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and Chairman of the Department of Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport. He was an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Bridgeport from 1995-1999, a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Utah from 1992-1995, and a Research Fellow at the General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania from 1989-1991. He was the Founding Chairman of the Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems Technical Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 1992-1999, and the Founding Chairman of the Prototyping Technical Committee of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society from 1999-2001.

 

His background is in the fields of computer science and engineering, control theory, robotics, automation, manufacturing, AI, computer vision and signal processing.

 

Education:
Ph.D. Computer and Information Science, General Robotics and Active Sensory Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1991
M.S., Engineering, Computer and Information Science, (GPA 4.0), School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1989.
P.E. Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer, State of Utah, 1994
CMfgE, Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1997.
C.R.E., Certified Reliability Engineer, American Society of Quality Control, 1996
C.M., Certified Professional Manager, Institute of Certified Professional Managers, James Madison University, 1996
B.Sc., Engineering (with Honors), Computer Science and Automatic Control, School of Engineering, Alexandria University, 1988
General Certificate of Education, 5 Advanced and 8 Ordinary Level Subjects, With Distinction, University of London, England, 1985

 

Courses Taught:
CpE/CS 460 Introduction to Robotics
CpE/CS 560 Advanced Robotics
CPSE 692/693 Advanced Topics / Ph.D. Seminar in Robotics and Automation

 

Publications:
Last 5 years Journal Publications only – full list available on tareksobh.org

Abrar Alajlan, Khaled Elleithy, Marwah Almasri and Tarek Sobh,"An Optimal and Energy Efficient Multi-Sensor Collision-Free Path Planning Algorithm for a Mobile Robot in Dynamic Environments", Robotics, Vol.6, No.2, pp1-18, 31 March 2017. doi:10.3390/robotics6020007

Almat Raskaliyev, Sarosh Patel and Tarek Sobh,"A dynamic model for GPS based attitude determination and testing using a serial robotic manipulator", Journal of Advanced Research, Vol.8, No.4, pp333-341, October, 27 March 2017. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.jare.2017.03.005

Madhav Patil, Tamer Abukhalil, Sarosh Patel, and Tarek Sobh,"Deployment Environment for a Swarm of Heterogeneous Robots", International Journal of robotics, Vol.5, No.4, pp1-21, October, 2016. DOI: 10.3390/robotics5040022

Alsahafi, Hesham, Majed Almaleky, and Tarek M. Sobh,"Design and Implementation of Metallic Waste Collection Robot", Journal of Transactions on Techniques in STEM Education, Vol.1 No.4, pp 86-95, September, 2016. ISSN: 2381-649X

Munoz, Carlos, Patel, Sarosh, and Sobh, Tarek M.,"Object Tracking Using Autonomous Quad Copter", Journal of Transactions on Techniques in STEM Education, Vol.1 No.4, pp 9-15, September, 2016. ISSN: 2381-649X

Madhav Patil, Tamer Abukhalil, Sarosh Patel, and Tarek Sobh,"UB Swarm: hardware implementation of heterogeneous swarm robot with fault detection and power management", International Journal of Computing, Vol.15, No.3, pp162-176, September 2016. ISSN 2312-5381

Peter J. Zeno, Sarosh Patel, and Tarek M. Sobh,"Review of Neurobiologically Based Mobile Robot Navigation System Research Performed Since 2000", Journal of Robotics, vol. 2016, Article ID 8637251, 17 pages, August, 2016. DOI:10.1155/2016/8637251

Alshibli, Mohammad, Ahmed El Sayed, Elif Kongar, Tarek M. Sobh, and Surendra M. Gupta," Disassembly Sequencing Using Tabu Search", Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, ISSN 1573-0409, Vol. 82, No. 1, pp. 69-79, April 2016

Patel, Sarosh, and Tarek Sobh, "Task based synthesis of serial manipulators", Journal of advanced research, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 479-492, May 2015.

Abuzneid, Abdel-Shakour, Tarek Sobh, Miad Faezipour, Ausif Mahmood, and John James, "Fortified anonymous communication protocol for location privacy in WSN: a modular approach", Journal of Sensors, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 5820-5864, March 2015.

Sarosh Patel and Tarek Sobh, " Manipulator Performance Measures; A Comprehensive Literature Survey", In Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp 547-570, March 2015.

Abuzneid, Abdel-Shakour, Tarek Sobh, and Miad Faezipour, "An enhanced communication protocol for location privacy in WSN", International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks vol. 2015, pp. 62, January 2015.

Ayssam Elkady, Jovin Joy, Tarek Sobh and Kimon Valavanis, "Modular Design: A Plug and Play Approach to Sensory Modules, Actuation Platfroms and Task Descriptions for Robotics and Automation Applications", in the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Springer, Volume 72, No.2, pp 271-289, August 2014

Ayssam Elkady, Jovin Joy, Tarek Sobh and Kimon Valavanis, “Modular Design: A Plug and Play Approach to Sensory Modules, Actuation Platforms and Task Descriptions for Robotics and Automation Applications”, in the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Springer, Volume 72, Number 1, pp 5-19, 7 October 2013.

Tamer Abukhalil, Tarek Sobh and Madhav Patil, “Survey on Decentralized Modular Swarm Robots and Control Interfaces”, International Journal of Engineering (IJE), Volume 7, Number 2, pp 44-73, 30 June 2013."

Madhav Patil, Tamer Abukhalil and Tarek Sobh, “Hardware Architecture Review of Swarm Robotics System: Self-Reconfigurability, Self-Reassembly, and Self-Replication”, in the ISRN Robotics, Volume 2013, 24 April 2013

Gad Selig, Elif Kongar, Neal Lewis, Christian Bach and Tarek Sobh, “The Proposed Ph.D. in Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport: A Case Study”, International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education (IJIOME), Volume 5, Number 2, February 2013.

Khaled Elleithy, Jeongkyu Lee, Tarek Sobh, Ali El-Rashedy, Jovin Joy, and Leon Manole, “Design and Implementation of Wireless Camera, Communication and Control Modules for a Transformable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”, in the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Springer, Volume 66, Number 3, Pages 401-414, 2012.

Ayssam Elkady and Tarek Sobh, “Robotics Middleware: A Comprehensive Literature Survey and Attribute-Based Bibliography”, in the Journal of Robotics, 2012.

Ahmed ElSayed, Elif Kongar, Surendra M. Gupta and Tarek Sobh, “A Robotic-Driven Disassembly Sequence Generator for End-Of-Life Electronic Products”, In the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Volume 68, Number 1, Pages 43-52, 2012.

Madhav Patil, Jack Toporovsky, Lawrence Hmurcik and Tarek Sobh, “Integration of Vision System, Intelligent Robo-Actuator, HMI and PLC to Design a Universal Quality Inspection or Control Machine”,I-Manager” Journal on Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 2, No. 3, pages 5-13, June 2012.

Ahmed ElSayed, Elif Kongar, Surendra Gupta and Tarek Sobh, “Robotized End-of-Life Product Disassembly”, Robotics News, June 2012.

Ayssam Elkady, Jovin Joy,Tarek Sobh and Kimon Valavanis, “Structured Approach for Modular Design in Robotics and Automation Environments”, in the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Volume 72, Number 1, May 2012.

 

Honors and Awards:
Full list available on tareksobh.org
Gold CQIA Innovation Prize, 29th Annual Conference, The CQIA innovation prize, a division of the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Inc., for CISSE: First Online Research Engineering Conference in the World, June, 2015.
Entrepreneur Innovation Award, CTNext, Connecticut’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, 2015.
ASEE Northeast Section Engineering Professor of the year 2015 Award, February, 2015.
Member, IBM Partner World – Global Entrepreneur, October, 2014.
2013 Tech Company to Watch Award, 7th Annual Connecticut Innovation Summit Awarded to Facechecks, A Connecticut Startup Company [Founding Partner] November, 2013.
Silver Medal Award, The Connecticut Quality Improvement Award; Awarded to Facechecks, A Connecticut Startup Company [Founding Partner] June, 2013.
Commendation, University of Bridgeport Board of Trustees, May 2013.
Member, The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, elected in February 2011.
Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Computer Science. Unanimously named by the University of Bridgeport Board of Trustees, February 2010.
Fellow, African Academy of Sciences, elected in December 2009
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2008 – Professional Regional Award.
Named Director, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (CCAT) Center for Robotic Simulation (2008)

 

Grants:
Sample of recent grants only – full list available on tareksobh.org
“Facial Recognition for Security Applications II”, State of CT SBIR Award with UB Incubator, $25,000, [10/2012 – present], Current.
Innovation Places Planning Grant, Developing strategic plans and applications for an Innovation Places Implementation, CTNext, $50,000, 2016, current.
Eigel Scholarship fund. $15,000, Current.
National Institute of Health Grant, "Enhancing Research Administration at an Emerging Research Institution in Urban, Southwest Connecticut" project, $447,252 grant, current.
Department of Education grants, improving retention and graduation for deserving students, $220,000 grant, 2015-2020
Student Travel grant for the ICDL-EPIROB 2016, $5,000 grant, July, 2016.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Fund, 2 scholarships, $40,000, May 2014.
AWS in Education Research, $10, 000 grant in AWS credits, 2014.
Delmia Software grant, $68,000, 2014.
Unitronics PLC equipment grant, $950, 2014.
Standard Oil Scholarship fund $10,000, 2014.
“Facial Recognition for Security Applications I”, State of CT SBIR Award with the UB Incubator, $25,000, [4/2012 – 9/2012], Funded.
“Graduate Visiting Scholar Research Program – Online Robotics”, U.S.A. – Austria Marshall Plan program, Graduate Scholar Support for 1 year, $25,000, Funded, [3/1/2010 – 2/28/2011].
“Advanced Technology in Support of Hybrid Projectiles”, FY 2010 Defense Appropriation Request, $2.4 million, Funded. [1/1/2010 – 1/7/2011]
Hybrid Projectile Vision System, Imperial Machine and Tool Company, $30,000; April 2010 – July 2010 – Funded.
Development of a travel grant, U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC), $5,000, Funded. [1/2010]
“Hybrid Projectile Design,” U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC), $57,688, Funded. [8/1/2008 – 5/31/2009]
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Grant for project entitled: “Center for Simulation, Modeling and Analysis for Robotic Applications”, 1/1/08-12/31/08, $40,000, Funded.