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

Background

Dr Saba Al-Rubaye (Canadian) Head of Advanced Connectivity & System Integration research group in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. Also, she is leading Connected system research and development theme at DARTeC.  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 Al-Rubaye has been involved in several projects sponsored by Innovation UK, Research England, EPSRC, Department for Transport, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and USA Government.   She has been instrumental for setting up the hardware in the loop testbed of smart grid communications for system integration at Quanta’s Sustainable Technology Integration Laboratory (QT-STIL) in Toronto, Canada. These projects are important and tangible step towards accelerating zero-emissions transport solutions and their integration into future transport networks will contributing towards the Governments Net Zero by 2050 target.  Dr 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 is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), MIET, Senior member IEEE, and she is holding commercial certificate of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Pilot in the UK.

Research opportunities

Post-Docs: The group has a number of project-based openings throughout year. We also welcome top-quality motivated fellowship applicants (RAEng, UKRI, H2020 MSCA), please send a detailed CV and your top 1-2 Journal papers for a discussion.

New Post- Please apply (Aerospace Communication Systems)

Group Alumni (Staff & PhD)

  • Dr Mumin Ozpolat- Tata Motors, UK
  • Dr Vahid Towhidlou- Tennessee, USA
  • Dr Abdulmohsan Aloseel- Royal Saudi Air Force

Research/Project

Dr Saba Al-Rubaye 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 Aviation, Autonomy and Connectivity including:

  • LTE/5G/6G Communications
  • V2X, Drone & IoT Networking
  • Embedded System Security 
  • Digital Aviation- UTM/ Artificial Intelligent & ML
  • Aircraft/Drone System of System Integration
  • Autonomous System Positioning and Localization
  • Electrification & Electric Vehicle 
  • Urban Air Mobility (eVTOL) & Zero Emission 

5G/6G Technology: Communication of the future
5G communication systems will enable vehicles including UAV/eVTOL/Aircraft to achieve reliable data link with 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.

Workshop

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

Conference

Dr Saba Al-Rubaye is delighted to be part of DARTeC conference organization team and one of the Speakers for Future Connectivity Challenge Digital Aviation Conference


Current activities

Project- Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystems- Phase III

Co-Investigator & Technical lead - Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Innovation UK- Future Flight Challenges

Total Project Funded -  £9.5 million

Partners- Atkins, Vertical Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow, Skyports, NATS, Bristol Airport, Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University

Shaping The Future of Advanced Air Mobility in the South West of England- For more info

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Project- Advanced Air Mobility-  Phase II

(PREPARE FOR COMMERCIAL EVTOL AIRCRAFT SERVICES)

Co-InvestigatorTechnical lead- Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Innovation UK- Future Flight Challenges

Total Project Funded £2.5m

Partners- Atkins, Vertical Aerospace, Skyports, NATS, Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University, Neuron

An industry consortium aiming to demonstrate air taxi service in the South West region of England in response to the UK government’s Future of Flight Challenge.  This project will “significantly accelerate the introduction of AAM in the UK”.

Shaping The Future of Advanced Air Mobility in The South-west of England- For more info

 Test Field Trial at Cranfield Airport – Video

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Project Rise

Principal Investigator & Technical lead- Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Innovation UK- Future Flight Challenges

Total Project Funded £ 500,000

Partners- Dronecloud, Sky-drones, Cranfield University and Skyports

The scheme project aims to integrate evolving Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), the drone version of Air Traffic Control (ATM), with the control systems on-board drones to Unlock the future of drone operations through integration. Focusing on the approvals process and air traffic management (ATM) for flying within airspace controlled by an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), integrating across a combined stack of independent software and hardware. 

More info about  Project Rise Website


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Project - Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authentication System

Principal Investigator & Technical lead- Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Innovation UK- Future Flight Challenges

Total Project Funded £ 500,000

Partners- ANGOKA, Cranfield University and Connected Places Catapult

 The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authentication System (UASAS) project brings together Cranfield, ANGOKA and Connected Places Catapult collaborators to create an authentication system that will provide a trusted identification service for drone usage. This system will protect communications from potentially devastating cyberattacks. Trusted identification will allow organisations to ensure that drones are flying in the right zones and without adverse effects to other parties, increasing overall confidence in drone technology.

Enabling Secure Authentication for Unmanned Aircraft Systems- Event Video

Cranfield Airport- UASASTest Field Demonstration - Video

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Project Smart Airport

Principal Investigator and Technical lead- Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Department for Transport ( DfT )

Total Project Funded £ 135,000

Partners- NCC-Group & Cranfield University

The main aim of this project is to build end to end ecosystem for Smart Airports based on the use of digital twin and intelligent systems such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), sensors and devices configured for specific purposes in different areas in order to control, manage and plan their operations in a centralised digital environment.

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Project Digital Aviation Connectivity & Security

Principal Investigator and technical lead- Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Department for Transport ( DfT )

Dates Jan19 - Present

Partners- Thales & Cranfield University

The digital transformation envisaged by the Future Flight Challenge is redefining expectations around connectivity, security, communication system and control. Across civil and military air platforms, manned and unmanned, digital data drives everything – and the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of every mission depends on it.

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Inmarsat – Connectivity

Co-Investigator and technical lead- Dr Saba Al-Rubye

Sponsor- Inmarsat

Dates Oct 20 - Feb 22

Partners_ Inmarsat & Cranfield University

The aim is to create roadmap for future aviation connectivity 

Cranfield- Inmarsat Roadmap --- Digital Aviation Roadmap

Clients

  • Thales 
  • Atkins
  • Inmarsat
  • Honeywell
  • Ankoga
  • DroneCloud
  • Sky-Drone
  • Skyports
  • NCC-Group
  • Satellite Applications Catapult 
  • EPSRC
  • Innovation UK 
  • Department for Transportation (DfT) 

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

Books