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I do believe that we have to work hard to bridge the Gap between the  research in academia and solving the industrial problems

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Amir R. Ali

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Amir R. Ali is an Associate Professor in Mechatronics Engineering Department in the Faculty of Engineering and Material Sciences (EMS), at the German University in Cairo (GUC).

Prof. Amir is also appointed as Visitor Research Scholar in Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas Tech University (TTU) since 2015.


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Prof. Amir is also appointed as guest researcher at the Institute for Technical Optics (ITO), at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). Prof. Amir is the Founder and General Director of the ARAtronics Research Center (Applied-Science & Robotics Laboratory for Applied-Mechatronics) at the German University in Cairo. In addition to that Prof. Amir is also the CEO & Co-Founder at ONGINEERINGco; the consultation corporate that builds portable embedded micro-controllers and robotics solutions that are perfectly adapted to firmware engineers, embedded designers and makers in the following fields (Mechatronics, Autonomous and Robotics; Automation Test; Industrial Automation; Home Automation Solutions;  Internet of Things (IoT); Product Development; Health Monitoring Structures; Bio-medical Instrumentations and Sensing Technology).

Prof. Amir received PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 in Sensors technology for the Opto-Mechatronics systems from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA and his Master’s Degree in Mechatonics Engineering in 2010 in the Robotics and Control from The German University in Cairo, Egypt.

Prof. Amir's research work has a clear focus in the following fields; Opto-Mechatronics, Optical sensors, Micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS), Bio-sensors, Biomedical devices,Vibration control, Robotics and Locomotions and Bond Graph. Therefore, his research work allows access to a very broad range of applications in the Mechatronics.


Prof. Amir's research is based on the interaction of the optical sensors field with the typical Mechatronics systems, a strong analytical and theoretical background is required, as well as appropriate experimental equipment and skills to manufacture the sensors and measure the effects. His extensive list of publications proves that his sensor-technology is novel, attractive and interesting to the optical community. Prominent journals in the field of optics are for example Optics Express, Applied Optics and the Journals of the Optical Society of America. Prof. Amir has published papers in all that journals and this would also be the journals, that they are well accepted and read in the optical community. Moreover, he addresses the material and sensing aspects via publications in Optical Physics Sensors, Chemosensors, and the Journal of Polymer Science, which are the corresponding major journals for sensing applications.


Prof.Amir research papers have been accepted and published in peer viewed journals and international conferences.

In 2017, Prof. Amir appointed as the Editorial Board of American Journal of Optics and Photonics for two more years.

In 2019, Prof. Amir as an international reviewer in the QS Intelligence Unit (QSIU) for the world universities ranking authority. Currently, Prof. Amir is a reviewer at the Optical Society of America (OSA); reviewer for the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and Reviewer at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Amir received the notable alumni award from the Southern Methodist University in 2017. He has been awarded the Dean's and the ME Department's award for best presentation at the SMU Research day in 2013. He also won the best presentation award at the Research Improve sponsored by the Lyle School of Engineering for the same year. He is a member of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (AIAA) and (IEEE). He is also a member of Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). His area of expertise in  the Opto-Mechatronics systems for sensing applications, Biomedical sensing devices, Locomotion and Vibration, Haptic Interfaces, Composite control strategies, Robotics and flexible manipulators, Brain computer interface, Neuroscience and electrophysiology.



Prof. Amir is the author for more than fifty publications and conference proceedings in the field of the opto-mechatronics.

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Prof. Amir leads a 50-person research team to discover new phenomena in optics merged with the typical mechatronics systems to investigate diverse applications related to the opto-mechatronics systems ranging from micro-optical sensors for measuring the brain activity to design prosthetics robotic arms for the amputees and connected with the human nerves system.



In just the last four years, Prof. Amir was received the National Instruments Award for 2017 in the Academic & Research Track over the MENA region. Also, in the same year he was named as a Notable Alumni from the SMU in Dallas, TX, USA.



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