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Hany Ammar
Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

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Hany Ammar is a professor of computer engineering in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. He has published more than 200 articles in prestigious international journals and conference proceedings. Ammar served as the editor in chief of the Communications of the Arab Computer Society On-Line Magazine and the Journal of Computer Science and Engineering, in Arabic. In 2004, he co-authored a book entitled Pattern-Oriented Analysis and Design: Composing Patterns to Design Software Systems published by Addison-Wesley and in 2006, he co-authored a book entitled Software Engineering: Technical, Organizational and Economic Aspects, an Arabic Textbook, He also co-edited the proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computer Science Practice in Arabic. Ammar has been teaching in the areas of software engineering and computer architecture since 1985.

Ammar served as the lead principal investigator in a research project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund to establish an International Center of Excellence in Software Engineering. In 2010 he was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholar award in information technology funded by the U.S. State Department - Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. He has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects on software risk assessment and software architecture metrics funded by NASA and NSF, and projects on automated identification systems funded by NIJ and NSF. He served as the WVU site director of the Software Engineering Research Center in 2002.

Ammar is a member of the IEEE and the ACM professional organizations. He has served as chairman and as a member of steering committees and program committees for several international conferences, workshops and symposiums. He previously served as the chairman of the Upper Monongahela Subsection of the Pittsburgh section of the IEEE, a director of the Pittsburgh section of the IEEE and the student section advisor of the IEEE Computer Society at WVU.

Education

  • PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • MS, electrical engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
  • BS, physics, Cairo University
  • BS, electrical engineering. Cairo University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Professor with tenure, computer science and electrical engineering, WVU
  • Associate professor with tenure, computer science and electrical engineering, WVU
  • Assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, WVU
  • Assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering, Clarkson University
  • Research assistant, electrical and computer engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Teaching assistant, eectrical and computer engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Teaching assistant, electrical engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Instructor, engineering sciences department, Cairo University

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member, IEEE Computer Society
  • Member, IEEE Reliability Society 
  • Member, Society of Computer Simulation

RESEARCH INTERESTS

General Areas

  • Software engineering
  • Identification technology
  • Computer architecture

Specific areas

  • Software risk assessment
  • Software analysis and design
  • Design patterns
  • Software architectures
  • Software metrics
  • Software verification and validation
  • Real-time systems
  • Automated identification systems
  • Fingerprint identification
  • Dental image identification
  • Ear and face identification