Contact Dr Saba Al-Rubaye

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical Systems
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Communications Systems
  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Industrial Automation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Vehicle Health Management


Dr. Saba Al-Rubaye, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and leading connected system research group in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. She has more than 17 years of professional experience in the industry and academia with demonstrated track record of launching innovative solutions in design, testing, consultation, leadership, and program development.

Dr. Saba Al-Rubaye has been involved in several projects sponsored by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), US Government, EPSRC for 5G UAS, DfT funded projects for Airport security, and H2020. She has been instrumental for setting up the hardware in the loop testbed in control and communications for system integration and testing at Quanta’s Sustainable Technology Integration Laboratory (QT-STIL) in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Saba Al-Rubaye is participating in developing industry standards by being an active research group member of IEEE P1932.1 standard of License/unlicensed Interoperability and IEEE P1920.2, Standard for Vehicle to Vehicle Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Dr. Al-Rubaye has published many papers in IEEE journals and conferences and a recipient of the best technical paper award twice published in IEEE Vehicular Technology in 2011 and 2015, respectively. She has been a general co-chair, TPC co-chair and has held other leading roles for many international conferences. She has delivered tutorials at IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC, and IEEE VTC conferences, and invited talks at various venues including Communications Research Centre (CRC) of Canada, IEEE Toronto Chapter, and IEEE UK Chapter.

Dr. Saba Al-Rubaye received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Brunel University London and postdoctoral in smart grid communications from Stony Brook University, USA. She is registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) by British Engineering Council and recognized as Associate Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) in the UK, a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and she is a Certified Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pilot. 

Research opportunity

Announcements: Open PhD Studentships

Dr Saba Al-Rubaye is currently looking for PhD students (UK/ EU Home) to work in sponsored project. A background in Telecommunications, Control, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and knowledge in UAV/Airport/Networks/ML/Security would be a distinct advantage. If you are genuinely interested in doing research and highly motivated, please send your CV and transcripts to

Current activities


Dr Saba Al-Rubaye leads the research theme on autonomous and connected systems. Her research group focusing on modelling, simulation, and testing, and all the aspects which addresses the new generation of emerging technology and integration capabilities within the dynamics of autonomous and system connectivity including:

  • 5G Connectivity and Beyond
  • V2X & IoT connectivity
  • Automation & Artificial Intelligent
  • Airport Connected System & Security
  • UTM/ATC & Urban Air Mobility 
  • Autonomous & Electrical Vehicle Systems
5G and Beyond: Communication technology of the future
5G communication systems will enable vehicles including UAV/Aircraft requiring high-quality to achieve low-latency in visual, tactile and audio, in addition to massive capacity and connectivity. This ensures ground-breaking precision of analysis for research into methods for designing innovative connected system concepts.


Dr Saba Al-Rubaye is currently chairing and organising a new workshop for 6G Networks at IEEE ICC 2020


  • Thales 
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Satellite Applications Catapult 
  • Department for Transportation (DfT) 


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