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Sabouni

Dr.  Abas  Sabouni

Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering

Professor Abas Sabouni joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics at Wilkes University in 2013. He received his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and Montreal Neurology Institute, as well as research associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

In summer 2014 and 2015, he conducted research at the University of California San Diego as a visiting scholar and initiated the development of a novel technique for neurotransmitter imaging. Between 2001 and 2004, he was a research and development engineer at PartoDadeh Company. During 2005 and 2006, he was a research assistant in the Electromagnetic Group at University of Manitoba, and a research associate at CancerCare Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. From 2006 to 2009, he was research and teaching assistant and lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba. From 2009 to 2010, he was a research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. At Wilkes, he leads the applied electromagnetics laboratory and served as a principal investigator on many research projects.  

He has authored and co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers presented at international conferences and published in scientific journals. He is co-author of a technical book, Microwave Tomography: Global Optimization, Parallelization and Performance Evaluation. His research interests lie, in large part, in biomedical applications of electromagnetic theory.

Dr. Sabouni and his students are the recipient of many awards. Dr. Sabouni received an honorable mention in the IEEE AP-S Student Paper Contest in 2008, NSERC Canada Industrial Research and Development Fellowship (Pre-approval) in 2011, and FQRNT Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in 2013.  In 2016, he received the outstanding new faculty award for his outstanding service as a teacher and mentor to students at Wilkes University, Electrical Engineering department and community services. In 2014, he received an outstanding interdisciplinary teaching award from Wilkes University for his engagement in different interdisciplinary projects across departments and developing interdisciplinary courses. 

From 2010 to 2013, he was the chair of IEEE Montreal Antenna Propagation Chapter.  As part of his responsibilities, he organized a variety of seminars, workshops, and invited numerous distinguished lectures for presentations.

In 2013, he served as the vice-president of IEEE Montreal section.  He was a technical program committee member in several IEEE international conferences.


University Services:

  • Vice Chair of IEEE Montreal Section in 2013
  • Chair of IEEE Antenna Propagation Chapter Montreal from 2010 – 2013
  • President of University of Manitoba Graduate Students Association (GSA) in 2009
  • Senator at the University of Manitoba Senate from 2007 – 2009
  • Member of Board of Governor at the University of Manitoba in 2009.
  • Chair of the GSA Executive Committee at University of Manitoba in 2009
  • Chair of the GSA Award and Bursaries Committee at the University of Manitoba in 2009
  • Chair of the GSA Internal Development and Review Committee at the University of Manitoba in 2009
  • Chair of the GSA Selections Committee at the University of Manitoba in 2009
  • Co-Chair of the GSA Finance Committee at the University of Manitoba in 2009
  • Co-Chair of the GSA Camping Committee at the University of Manitoba in 2009
  • Trustee member of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 3909 Winnipeg


Certificates:

  1. Certification in Higher Education Teaching (CHET) from University of Manitoba, Canada
  2. Leadership certificate from International Center of Manitoba at the University of Manitoba

 
Invited Talks:

  • IEEE Antenna Propagation International Symposium , Toronto, Canada: “Accurate field calibration of  biomedical microwave tomography systems,”, 2010.
  • IEEE-United States North Dakota Chapter: “Microwave tomography techniques for imaging” in 2010.
  • IEEE-Winnipeg Waves Chapter: “Breast tumour detection and characterization based on microwave  tomography” in 2009.
  • IEEE-Winnipeg Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Chapter: “Water Content and tissue  composition effects on microwave tomography results” in 2008.
  • IEEE Winnipeg Wave Chapter: “Breast tumour detection and characterization based on microwave  tomography” in 2008.
  • International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics, Niagara Falls, Ontario,  Canada, “Hybrid binary-real genetic algorithms for microwave imagereconstruction” 2008.
  • International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics , Niagara Falls, Ontario,  Canada, “ Water content and tissue composition effects on microwave tomography,” 2008.
  • IEEE-Winnipeg Waves Chapter: “Microwave tomography for breast cancer detection” in 2007.
  • CancerCare Manitoba Mini-symposium on Cancer Imaging:“Effects of tissue composition on the accuracy  of microwave breast tumour imaging”
  • IEEE-Winnipeg Waves Chapter: “Hybrid microwave tomography and radar technique for breast cancer  imaging” in 2006.
  • CancerCare Manitoba Mini-Symposium on Cancer Imaging: “UWB microwave imaging and breast  tumour detection” in 2006.
  • IEEE-Winnipeg Waves Chapter: “Microwave tomography for breast cancer detection and inverse problem”  in 2005.

Graduate Student:

  • Noah Svoboda
  • Marc Honrath
  • Alyssa Mancini
  • Tiffany Veet
  • Jakob Short
  • Sirisha Thimmapuram
  • Parashuram Mariyappa
  • Tejaswi Mallepally


Openings:

Exceptional students possessing a passion for research, a willingness to work hard, and a record of high-performance are need in our Electromagnetic Lab. We seek self-motivated, team-spirited candidates, who have demonstrated strong capabilities in a field related to current research topics. If your qualifications match our requirements, please contact us, and we will consider your application. Please review the following link for admission guidelines.

Spring 2015

  • BEGR 488/EE 498/ ME 498 – Biomedical Devices and Design
  • EE 339 – Electromagentics II
  • EE 382 – Modern Communication Systems

Fall 2014

  • BEGR 451 – Biomedical Instrumentation
  • EE 337 – Electromagentics I
  • BEGR 474 – Imaging in Biomedicine (with Prof. Gregory Harms)

Spring 2014

  • BEGR 488/EE 498/ ME 498 – Biomedical Devices and Design
  • EE 382 – Modern Communication Systems

Fall 2013

  • BEGR 451 – Biomedical Instrumentation
  • PHY 170 – Physics and Chemistry for nurse (Laboratory with Prof. Del M. Lucent)
  • BEGR 474 – Imaging in Biomedicine (with Prof. Gregory Harms and Prof. Amjad Y. Nazzal)

Book:  S. Noghanian, A. Sabouni, T. Desell, and A. Ashtari, Microwave tomography global optimization, parallelization and performance evaluation. published by Springer US, New York, NY, USA, ISBN: 978-1-4939-0751-9, 2014 .

Articles in Refereed Journals and Conferences:

  • A. Sabouni and S. Noghanian, “Hybrid binary real GA as a efficient optimization approach for breast microwave tomography Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Journal, vol. 13, no. 3, 2014.

  • A. Sabouni and S. Noghanian “Exprimental results for microwave tomography imaging based on FDTD and GA,” Progress In Electromagnetics Research Journal, vol. 33, pp. 69-82, 2013.

  • A. Sabouni and A. Kishk, “Dual polarized broadside low profile dielectric resonator antenna for microwave imaging,” IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol.12, no.1, pp.380-383,  2013.

  • A. Sabouni and A. Kishk, “Single or multi notch bands applied to microstrip excited ultra-wideband antennas with dielectric resonator antenna case,” Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, vol. 55, no.5, pp. 1066-1069, 2013.

  • A. Sabouni, and S. Noghanian, “Study of penetration depth and noise in microwave tomography technique,” Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) Journal, vol. 28, no. 5, 2013.

  • A. Sabouni, C. Hahn, S. Noghanian, E. Sauter, and T. Wieland, “Study of the effects of changing physiological conditions on dielectric properties of breast tissues,” ISRN Biomedical Imaging Journal, vol. 2013, no. 894153, pp. 1-5, 2013

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “A global optimization technique for microwave imaging of the inhomogeneous and dispersive breast,” IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol. 35 no.1, 2011.

  • Ashtari, S. Noghanian, A. Sabouni, J. Aronsson, G. Thomas, and S. Pistorius, "Using a-priori information for regularization in breast microwave image reconstruction," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.57, no.9, pp.2197-2208, Sept. 2010.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, L. Shafai, H. T. Nguyen, and R. F. Rezai, “Miniature microstrip slot loaded patch antenna,” Submitted to IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 2014.

  • A. Sabouni, D. Sievenpiper, and A. Shmuel, “Simulation of the effect of TMS on a single neuron,” in Neuroscience Conference, Washington DC, USA, 2014.

  • A. Sabouni, “Effect of tissue conductivity errors on the induced current in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of human brain,” IEEE Antenna Propagation International Symposium (AP2014) and URSI, Memphis, USA, 2014.

  • G. D. Todd, A. Abdellatif, and A. Sabouni, “BRAIN Initiative: transcranial magnetic stimulation automation and calibration,” International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, USA, 2014.

  • A. Sabouni, P. Pouliot, A. Shmuel, and F. Lesage, “BRAIN Initiative: fast and parallel solver for real-time monitoring of the eddy current in the brain for TMS applications,” International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, USA, 2014.

  • M. Alharbi, A. Sabouni, and S. Noghanian,  “Miniature antenna for sensor network on human head,” International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago, USA, 2014.

  • M. Honrath, and A. Sabouni, "Study of Electromagnetic Pulse released by explosive on Human Brain," IEEE EMBS BRAIN Grand Challenges Conference, Washington DC, 2014 (Nominated for Young Investigator Award).

  • A. Sabouni, and H. Ghaderi, "High Resolution Near Field Arrays for Non-Invasive Brain Activity Mapping,"  IEEE EMBS BRAIN Grand Challenges Conference, Washington DC, 2014 (Nominated for Young Investigator Award).

  • Abdellatif, D. Van Mater, D. Carey, A. Nazzal, R. Ridley, and A. Sabouni, “Eddy current measurement and simulation in different fluids for transcranial magnetic stimulation calibration,” International Union of Radio Science Conference (URSI),  Boulder, USA, 2014.

  • G. D. Todd, K. Vanderhoof, D. Carey, R. Ridley, and A. Sabouni, “Transcranial magnetic stimulation  procrdure automation,” International Union of Radio Science Conference (URSI),  Boulder, USA, 2014.

  • Sabouni, A. Venkateswaran, A. Shmuel, P. Pouliot, and F. Lesage, “An automated technique to determine the induced current in transcranial magnetic stimulation,” IEEE Antenna Propagation International Symposium, Orlando, USA, 2013.

  • Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and A. Kishk, “A novel microwave tomography setup based on line source with phase control,” IEEE Antenna Propagation International Symposium (AP2013), Orlando, USA, 2013.

  • Sabouni, M. Pavlovic, M.Ostadrahimi, and S. Noghanian, “Three-dimensional accurate modeling of the microwave tomography imaging system,” IEEE Antenna Propagation International Symposium (AP2011), Spokane, USA, July 2011.

  • Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and L. Shafai, "Transverse electric and magnetic components of field measurement for microwave breast cancer imaging," Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics & the American Electromagnetics Conference (ANTEM-AMEREM), 14th International Symposium on , Ottawa, Canada, July 2010.

  • Sabouni, C. Gilmore, M. Ostadrahimi, S. Noghanian, and J. LoVetri,“Accurate field calibration of biomedical microwave tomography systems,”IEEE Antenna Propagation International Symposium (APS 2010), Toronto, Canada, July 2010. (Invited)

  • Sabouni and S. Noghanian, "The robustness of HGA/FDTD in the presence of noise for microwave breast cancer detection," IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium (APSURSI '09), North Charleston, USA, June 2009.

  • Sabouni, S. Noghanian, A. Ashatrai, and S. Pistorius, “Breast tumour detection and characterization based on microwave tomography,” The XXIX General Assembly of the International Union of Radio  Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI), Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 2008.

  • Sabouni, A. Ashtari, S. Noghanian, G. Thomas, and S. Pistorius, “Hybrid binary-real ga for microwave breast tomography,” IEEE AP-S International Symposium (APS 2008), San Diego, California, USA, July 2008. (Honorable mention paper award)

  • Ashtari, S. Noghanian, A. Sabouni, and G. Thomas, “Hybrid binary-real genetic algorithms for microwave imagereconstruction,” International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES 2008), Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, March-April 2008. (Invited)

  • Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Water content and tissue composition effects on microwave tomography,” International Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES 2008), Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, March-April 2008.(Invited)

  • M. Xu, A. Sabouni, P. Thulasiraman, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “A parallel algorithmic approach for microwave tomography in breast cancer detection,” The International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP-07), XiAn, China, September 2007. (Best Paper Award)

  • Ashtari, A. Sabouni, G. Thomas,and S. Noghanian, “Comparison between quasi-newton and pso algorithms for optimization-based inverse scattering,” Radio Science Meeting (URSI 2007), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 2007.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Optimization of the matching material for microwave breast imaging using genetic algorithm,” Radio Science Meeting (URSI 2007), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 2007.

  • A. Sabouni, M. Xu, S. Noghanian, P. Thulasriaman, and S. Pistorius, “Efficient microwave breast imaging technique using parallel finite difference time domain and parallel genetic algorithms,”IEEE AP-S International Symposium (APS 2007), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 2007.

  • M. Xu, A. Sabouni, P. Thulasiraman, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Parallel fdtd and parallel ga for microwave tomography in breast cancer detection,” Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium,Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA, April 2007.

  • M. Xu, A. Sabouni, P. Thulasiraman, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “A parallel algorithm for microwave tomogrhapy in breast cancer detection,” IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Scientific and Engineering Computing (PDSEC 07), Long Beach, California, USA, March 2007.

  • A. Sabouni, D. Flores-Tapia, S. Noghanian, G. Thomas, and S. Pistorius, “Hybrid microwave tomography technique for breast cancer imaging,” IEEEInternational Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’06), New York, New York, USA, September 2006.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Effects of tissue composition on the accuracy of microwave breast tumour imaging,” World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2006 (WC 2006), Seoul, Korea, August 2006.

  • D. Flores-Tapia, G. Thomas, A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Breast tumor microwave simulator based on a radar signal model,” IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology(ISSPIT),Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August2006. (Best Paper Award)

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Microwave tomography for breast cancer detection: study of dispersion and heterogeneity effects,” International Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics and the Canadian Radio Sciences (ANTEM/URSI 2006), Montréal, Québec, Canada, July 2006.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and S. Pistorius, “Frequency dispersion effects on FDTD model for breast tumor imaging application,” IEEE AP-S International Symposium (APS 2006), Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, July 2006.

  • A. Sabouni, S.Noghanian, and S.Pistorius, “Microwave tomography for breast cancer detection: study of dispersion and heterogeneity effects,” In IEEE Antenna Technology and Applied ElectromagneticConference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Jube 2006.

  • S. Noghanian, A. Sabouni, and S. Pistorius, “A numerical approach to microwave imaging based on genetic algorithm optimization,” SPIE Health Monitoring and Smart NDE of Structural and Biological Systems,San Diego, California, USA, February-March 2006.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and M.S. Abrishamian, “Optimization of microstrip patch antenna using genetic algorithms,” IEEE AP-S International Symposium (APS 2005), Washington DC, USA, July 2005.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, M. S. Abrishamian, and M. M. Zahedi, “Optimization of microstrip patch antenna using genetic algorithm method,” Symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics (ANTEM’05), Saint-Malo, France, June 2005.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and M.S.Abrishamian, “Analysis of microstrip fractal patch antenna by 3-D FDTD method,” IEEE International Workshop on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel Metamaterials, Marina Mandarin, Singapore, March 2005.

  • A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and M.S.Abrishamian, “Analysis of microstrip fractal patch antenna by 3-D FDTD method,” Iranian Student Conference on Electrical Eng (ISCEE 2004), Tehran, Iran, August 2004.

  • A. Sabouni and M.S Abrishamian, “Optimization microstrip patch antenna using photonic crystal structure,” Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), Rome, Italy, 2004.

  • A. Sabouni, C. Hahn, S. Noghanian, and E. Sauter, “In-vivo biosensors for monitoring the physiological changes in biological tissues,” Frank Low Research Day, Grand Forks, USA, 2011

  • A. Sabouni, C. Hahn, S. Noghanian, and E. Sauter, “Study of breast tissues dielectric properties for different physiological conditions, EPSCoR conference, Grand Forks, USA, 2010.

  • Hahn, M. Ostadrahimi, A. Sabouni, S. Noghanian, and E. Sauter, “Development of heterogeneous breast phantom for microwave imaging,” EPSCoR conference, Grand Forks, USA 2010.

  • A. Sabouni, E. Wondeasek, S. Noghanian, and P. D. Leon, “Microstrip antenna array design for space suit application,” EPSCoR conference, Grand Forks, USA 2010.

  • A. Sabouni, M. Ostadrahimi, S. Noghanian, and E. Sauter, “Microwave tomography for breast cancer detection,” EPSCoR conference, Fargo, USA 2010.

  • A. Sabouni, “High frequency characterization of high voltage cable insulation material,”Technical Report, Manitoba Hydro, October 2006.

  • J. Li, A. Sabouni, and S. Noghanian, “High frequency permittivity measurements for high voltage cable insulation material,” NSERC Summer Student Competition, September 2006.      

  • A. Sabouni, D. Flores-Tapia, S. Noghanian, G. Thomas, and S. Pistorius “Microwave tomography for breast cancer imaging,” West Link Inc. TechMed Show 2006, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, March 2006.

  • A. Sabouni, “The robustness of HGA/FDTD in the presence of noise for microwave breast cancer detection,” Proceedings of IEEE 2009 Graduate Student Conference (GradCon’ 2009), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, October 2009.

  • A. Sabouni, “Hybrid binary-real GA for microwave breast tomography,” Proceedings ofIEEE 2008 Graduate Student Conference (GradCon’ 2008), Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 2008.

  • A. Sabouni, “Efficient microwave breast imaging technique using parallel finite difference time domain and parallel genetic algorithms,” Proceedings of IEEE 2007 Graduate Student Conference (GradCon’ 2007), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, October 2007.

  • A. Sabouni, “Microwave tomography method for water tree detection,” Technical report, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, December 2007.

  • A. Sabouni, “Microwave tomography for breast cancer detection,” Proceedings ofIEEE 2006 Graduate Student Conference (GradCon’ 2006), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, October 2006.

Professor Sabouni’s main research interests include:

  • Automated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Deep Brain Stimulation and Patterning Magnetic Field Inside the Body
  • Microwave Imaging Techniques for Cancer Detection
  • Biocompatible Sensors
  • Brain Stroke Detection
  • Material and Tissues Characterization
  • Millimeter Wave Imaging and Treating Bacteria
  • Millimeter Wave Sensing and Identifying
  • Computational Electromagnetics Problem
  • Electromagnetic Circuit Design
  • High Performance Computing
  • Inverse Scattering Problem
  • Parallel Processing
  • Microwave Devices
  • Signal Processing
  • Optimization Techniques
  • Non-Foster Circuits
  • Ultra-Wideband Antennas
  • MRI Antenna for 7T Small Animal Imaging
  • Magnetic Antenna for Biomedical Application
  • Antenna Measurement and Testing
  • Active Matching and Tuning Circuits
  • Designing Low-cost and High-Performance Highly integrated transmitting/receiving systems for short-range communications


If you are interested in any of these research topics and have already been admitted at Wilkes University, please feel free to send me an email.
 

  • Outstanding interdisciplinary teaching award from Wilkes University in 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award-Fonds de recherche du Quebec- Canada in 2013
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial R&D Fellowship  (IRDF), pre-approved from 2011 – 2013
  • NSERC Visiting Fellowships (VF) Inventory in Canadian government laboratories, Pre-approval from 2011   – 2013
  • Best IEEE Chapter Chair Award from IEEE Montreal in 2013
  • IEEE Antenna Propagation Honorable Mention Award in 2008
  • Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) Award in 2007
 
     

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