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 is a head of Advanced Connectivity & System Integration research group in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing at Cranfield University. Also, she is leading Connected Systems 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.

Current activities


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-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.


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


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

Future Flight Challenges- Innovation UK

Project Rise

Video Demonstration at Cranfield Airport- Dr Saba Al-Rubaye Project Lead

Project USASA

Cranfield University partners with IoT security ANGOKA and Connected Places Catapult to protect drone communications in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authentication System (UASAS) project.


Enabling Secure Authentication for Unmanned Aircraft Systems- Event Video

Cranfield Airport- UASASTest Field Demonstration - Video

Why the future of aviation starts with connectivity

Cranfield- Inmarsat Roadmap --- Digital Aviation Roadmap

For more info download the report from the link below:

Digital Now: Why the future of aviation starts with connectivity - Inmarsat-Cranfield 


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


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers