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Electrical, Manufacturing, MechanicalOther Titles: Principal's Research Chair in Control Systems (Tier 2)
Office: EME 3233
Graduate student supervisor
Networked control systems; industrial automation; fault diagnosis; cyber security; alarm management
Courses & Teaching
MANF 465 Digital Enterprise and ENGR 315 Systems and Control
Ahmad W. Al-Dabbagh is an Assistant Professor with the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He is a Principal’s Research Chair in Control Systems (Tier 2) and is the Principal Investigator of the Okanagan Laboratory for Control Systems Research. Dr. Al-Dabbagh’s research interests are in the area of control systems, and his research focuses on fault diagnosis, cyber security, and alarm management.
Dr. Al-Dabbagh performed postdoctoral research at Imperial College London, the University of Toronto, and the University of Alberta (2018 – 2020). He received his PhD degree from the University of Alberta (2018), MASc degree from Ontario Tech University (2010), and BEng degree from Ryerson University (2007). Dr. Al-Dabbagh is a licensed Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and Professional Engineers Ontario. He has more than three years of industrial work experience in design, development, and commissioning of control, monitoring, and automation solutions, mainly for manufacturing and energy applications.
Dr. Al-Dabbagh was a recipient of several highly competitive scholarships and awards, including an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, an Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship, a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, and a Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold). He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board.
PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Control Systems)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
MASc, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Canada
BEng, Electrical Engineering
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Al-Dabbagh’s research addresses the development of model-based and data-driven approaches for control, monitoring, and automation of systems and processes. It particularly focuses on topics related to fault diagnosis, cyber security, and alarm management, such as
1. Detection and isolation of faults and cyber attacks
2. Control reconfiguration and topological formation
3. Event-triggered control and communication
4. Remote state estimation
5. Alarm systems design and alarm floods mitigation
6. Recommendation systems design for operator actions
7. Causality, prediction, and root cause analysis
[Posted on November 3rd, 2021; updated on November 19th, 2021]
Dr. Al-Dabbagh is looking to recruit PhD and MASc students to join his research group and perform research on challenges related to fault diagnosis, cybersecurity, and/or alarm management. Interested potential candidates can e-mail Dr. Al-Dabbagh at email@example.com, and attach their CV and transcript(s). The candidates should have a strong background and interest in control theory, machine learning, optimization, and/or computer vision.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Selected Journal Publications:
A.W. Al-Dabbagh, A.S. Mehr, and T. Chen, “Strategic Topological Formation for Wireless Control Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. (In press with early access)
A. Qiu, A.W. Al-Dabbagh, H. Yu, and T. Chen, “A Design Framework for Event-triggered Active Fault-tolerant Control Systems”, International Journal of Control. (In press with early access)
A. Qiu, A.W. Al-Dabbagh, and T. Chen, “A Trade-off Approach for Optimal Event-triggered Fault Detection,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 66, no. 3, pp. 2111 – 2121, March 2019.
A.W. Al-Dabbagh, “Design of a Wireless Control System With Unreliable Nodes and Communication Links,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 315 – 327, January 2019.
A.W. Al-Dabbagh, W. Hu, S. Lai, T. Chen, and S.L. Shah, “Toward the Advancement of Decision Support Tools for Industrial Facilities: Addressing Operation Metrics, Visualization Plots, and Alarm Floods,” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 1883 – 1896, October 2018.
W. Hu, A.W. Al-Dabbagh, T. Chen, and S.L. Shah, “Design of Visualization Plots of Industrial Alarm and Event Data for Enhanced Alarm Management,” Control Engineering Practice, vol. 79, pp. 50 – 64, October 2018.
A.W. Al-Dabbagh, Y. Li, and T. Chen, “An Intrusion Detection System for Cyber Attacks in Wireless Networked Control Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, vol. 65, no. 8, pp. 1049 – 1053, August 2018.
A.W. Al-Dabbagh and T. Chen, “Design Considerations for Wireless Networked Control Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 63, no. 9, pp. 5547 – 5557, September 2016.
Selected Conference Publications:
A.W. Al-Dabbagh, A. Barboni, and T. Parisini, “Distributed Detection and Isolation of Covert Cyber Attacks for a Class of Interconnected Systems,” In the Proceedings of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Berlin, Germany, July 11-17, 2020, IFAC-PapersOnLine, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 772 – 777. (Conference held virtually)
W. Hu, A.W. Al-Dabbagh, D. Li, and T. Chen, “Extraction and Graphical Representation of Operator Responses to Multivariate Alarms in Industrial Facilities,” In the Proceedings of the 10th IFAC Symposium on Advanced Control of Chemical Processes, Shenyang, China, July 25 – 27, 2018, IFAC-PapersOnLine, vol. 51, no. 18, pp. 25 – 30. (Invited paper)
M.S. Afzal and A.W. Al-Dabbagh, “Forecasting in Industrial Process Control: A Hidden Markov Model Approach,” In the Proceedings of the 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Toulouse, France, July 9 – 14, 2017, IFAC-PapersOnLine, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 14770 – 14775.
A.W. Al-Dabbagh and T. Chen, “A Fixed Structure Topology for Wireless Networked Control Systems,” In the Proceedings of the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, December 12 – 14, 2016, pp. 3450 – 3455.
W. Hu, A.W. Al-Dabbagh, T. Chen, and S.L. Shah, “Process Discovery of Operator Actions in Response to Univariate Alarms,” In the Proceedings of the 11th IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems, including Biosystems, Trondheim, Norway, June 6 – 8, 2016, IFAC-PapersOnLine, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 1026 – 1031.
A.W. Al-Dabbagh and T. Chen, “Modelling and Control of Wireless Networked Control Systems: A Fixed Structure Approach,” In the Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE Conference on Control Applications (Part of the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control), Sydney, Australia, September 21 – 23, 2015, pp. 1051 – 1056.
Selected Grants & Awards
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship
Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold)
Professional Engineer (PEng), Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
Senior Member, International Society of Automation