KFUPM has introduced a set of new undergraduate concentrations that meet the IR4.0 requirements, job market trends in exciting disciplines, and aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. These undergraduate concentrations include topics such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, business analytics, etc.
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This interdisciplinary concentration covers artificial intelligence and machine learning. It will provide the students with the required knowledge to develop intelligent techniques and systems. Students are exposed to topics such as machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing. Furthermore, it also covers perception, motion and manipulation, and reinforcement learning. It promotes interdisciplinary education where computer science intersects with mathematics and engineering. The applications of this concentration are wide-ranging and include automatic image and video processing, healthcare, financial data and trading, speech recognition, facial identification, and seismic survey processing.
This interdisciplinary program covers a variety of knowledge areas in Automated Construction Management (ACM). These areas broadly include construction planning, scheduling and cost control, integrated project delivery systems, quality and project management, emerging automation technologies, introduction to different types of construction robots, use of drones, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Building Information Modelling and automation in construction management. These knowledge areas enable graduates to effectively apply the latest technologies to manage construction projects from the planning stage until the project completion. The applications of this program are wide-ranging, as they are relevant to private and public construction projects in Saudi Arabia, as well as, in line with the fourth industrial revolution in construction (IR 4.0), and it is widely applicable in diverse types of construction projects, including building, industrial and heavy construction.
This interdisciplinary concentration merges two fields: biology and electronics. Bioelectronics and sensor as a field is considered a major contributor to the advances in the medical field. Examples of bioelectronics applications include electrocardiographs (ECG), electroencephalograph (EEG), cochlear implants, cardiac peacemaker, blood glucose meter and blood pressure monitors.
This concentration is designed to equip the students with the fundamentals and concepts necessary for them to understand, design and implement a complete bioelectronics system. Topics covered in this concertation include cell biology, bioelectricity, physical operation and micro/nanofabrication techniques of biosensors, analogy front end conditioning techniques for biosignals. Students are also introduced to embedded systems programming and interfacing.
This program provides a variety of knowledge areas on building and construction safety. It will address topics on safe and healthy built environment, safe design principles, ergonomics and human factors in design, hazard identification, risk assessment, provision and upkeep of fire safety systems, and address the impact of air quality on workers’ safety, health and productivity. The program will provide more employment opportunities, pave the way for pursuing further education in topics related to building and construction safety, and facilitate certification in professional societies, such as OSHA. The main outcome of the construction area is that it will enable students to apply the principles of safe design, construction, and operation of building and construction projects, and implement procedures to identify, assess, monitor, and control the occurrence of unsafe conditions.
This interdisciplinary program covers fundamental concepts and tools needed for understanding business analytics in organizations, with focus on data and models to explain the performance of a business and to inform business decisions and actions. Topics include regression methods (least squares, polynomial, parameter estimation, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, etc.), data analytics (pre-processing, analytical methods, multi-dimensionality, knowledge discovery, visualization, clustering, forecasting, descriptive analytics, decision support, intelligent systems), and application of these analytics (classification, multi-criteria decision making, neural network, recommender systems, etc.). The program also covers big data analysis, including big data collection, preparation, preprocessing, warehousing, interactive visualization, analysis, scrubbing, mining, management, modeling, and tools such as Hadoop, Map-Reduce, Apache Spark, etc. Students apply these concepts to relevant business examples.
This interdisciplinary program tackles a very important area of study as the world grapples with the implications of climate change. The program covers the three main strategies adopted worldwide and in Saudi Arabia in response to climate change effects; namely: mitigation, adaptation, and climate engineering or geoengineering. Mitigation techniques such as carbon capture and storage are discussed in this program. Moreover, the program introduces students to the concepts of incremental adaptation (maintaining the integrity of a system), and transformational adaptation (changing the fundamental properties of a system). Several adaptation techniques are discussed in this program such as climate-proofing, local adaptation, enhancing adaptive capacity, adaptive agricultural production, irrigation retrofit, and reforestation. Climate engineering topics are also introduced in this program related to weather control, solar radiation management, and carbon dioxide removal. Contemporary topics, such as climate adaptation policy, and joint adaptation between countries or in areas of conflict are also part of this program.
This interdisciplinary program focuses on the development of Internet-scale applications that can serve millions of users at the same time. The program includes topics that span the disciplines of computer engineering, computer science, and software engineering. These topics include Cloud architectures and enabling technologies, Cloud services and deployment models, infrastructure as code, software-defined infrastructures, principles of distributed systems, distributed programming models, Web applications, and Cloud-native applications. The program also covers the modern software engineering practices for Cloud applications development and deployment, software architectures for Cloud applications, and design patterns and tools for performance, dependability, and security. This program is distinguished by its hands-on approach to teaching. Students will come out of the program with the motivation, tools, and confidence they need to successfully apply Cloud computing to create business value.
This interdisciplinary program focuses on contemporary and novel topics in communications, for both military and civilian applications, including communication networks and protocols and digital communication systems (including wireless 5G and 6G) in both sub-gigahertz and mm-wave bands. The concentration focuses on all communication layers, starting from the physical and ending with the application layer. Topics include network architectures, physical layer protocols, digital transmission, data link layer protocols, packet and circuit switching, baseband transmission, performance in the presence of noise, signal-space analysis, modulation schemes, channel capacity, cellular propagation modeling, cellular frequency planning, link control, handoffs, power control, traffic capacity, multiple access techniques, current and future wireless standards, optical communications, passive and active optical components, optical modulation and demodulation, etc.
This interdisciplinary program focuses on developing models to understand the inherent structure of the data. Topics include probability theory, inference, least-square estimation, interpolations, adaptive approximations, numerical differentiation and integration, quadrature, multistep methods, finite difference, and applications to steady-state and time-dependent problems involving initial-value and boundary-value problems. The program also covers simulation, in terms of queuing systems, stochastic processes, random number generation, Monte Carlo methods, and software techniques for building simulators. The inverse problem is also covered, whose methods describe identifying the parameters and structures of models that give rise to the recorded observation, an essential tool to understanding physical phenomena. Students are also introduced to several case studies in science and engineering.
The concentration is designed to introduce students to wired/wireless computer networks, design aspects of computer networks, network management and security and internet and cloud engineering.
This interdisciplinary concentration provides the students with the required fundamental understanding of electrochemical corrosion engineering and materials degradation. Students are exposed to topics such as corrosion types and mechanisms, and materials’ degradation. Furthermore, it also equips students with the ability to use numerical and analytical techniques to predict and evaluate corrosion phenomena in order to develop sound corrosion management plans. In addition, it promotes interdisciplinary education where materials science and engineering intersect with chemistry and mathematics and other engineering disciplines. The applications of this concentration are wide-ranging and include oil and gas industries, petrochemical industries, desalination plants and constructions.
This interdisciplinary program covers topics related to secure and trusted computing, including data and information assurance, identification of cyber assets and related security risks and threats, measurement of system resilience against cyber-attacks, and security policy compliance and governance. Students learn the fundamental pillars of computer security and data privacy and how they affect complex engineering systems (e.g. manufacturing plants). Topics include cryptology, access control models and mechanisms, intrusion detection systems, and integrity verification mechanisms. Students also learn the fundamentals of Blockchain technology, including record and hash replication, and types of blockchains (public, private, and hybrid), as well the applications in
This interdisciplinary program focuses on the analysis and handling of data from multiple sources and for various applications in order to draw inferences from it, combining topics from mathematics, statistics, and computer science. These topics include probability theory, inference, least-square estimation, maximum likelihood estimation, finding local and global optimal solutions (gradient descent, genetic algorithms, etc.), and generalized additive models. It also covers machine learning topics such as classification, conditional probability estimation, clustering, and dimensionality reduction (e.g. discriminant factor and principal component analyses), and decision support systems. The program also covers big data analysis, including big data collection, preparation, preprocessing, warehousing, interactive visualization, analysis, scrubbing, mining, management, modeling, and tools such as Hadoop, Map-Reduce, Apache Spark, etc.
The interdisciplinary field of Decision Analytics (DA) seeks to understand and improve the judgment and decision making of individuals, groups, and organizations. Decision Analytics is grounded in theories and methods drawn from mathematics, probability and statistics, operations research, optimization, and artificial intelligence-based tools such as machine learning. The knowledge of this multidisciplinary area can be applied almost everywhere including government, manufacturing, design, health care, transportation, city planning, and business. The Systems Engineering department proposes a concentration in DA with the aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills for scientific decision making. The concentration consists of four courses taught by the systems Engineering Department, Mathematics and Information and Computer Sciences. The courses are Decision Making, Intelligent Decision Support Systems, Applied Game Theory and Cases in Decision Analytics.
This interdisciplinary program develops the design and build of fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones at several levels of autonomy, from remote-controlled to human-supervised, to fully autonomous. Topics include the physics of flight, fuselage design, rotor design, drone dynamics, performance and stability, control systems, guidance and navigation, mission payloads, ground control systems, and autonomous systems. Students conceive, design, fabricate (in 3D prototype), and apply drones. This program also covers drone swarms, regulations, security, AI, and machine learning, and touches on emerging anti-drone solutions. Applications of this field are universal and have become omnipresent in most industries. The program emphasizes the applications of drones in the new digital economy by highlighting case studies of the utilization of drones in industries such as like oil and gas, logistics, environment, security, etc.
This interdisciplinary program focuses on technologies employed in military and civilian industries associated with radar, microwave, and optical systems. These technologies can be deployed in electronic defense and warfare systems as well as civilian applications, such as aviation, security, intrusion detection, etc. Topics include theoretical and practical aspects of radar, electro-optical (e.g. LIDAR), and microwave systems, and their applications in detection, tracking, and imaging. In addition to digital signal processing, students study radar systems (radar range equations, transmitters, antennas, receivers, pulse compression, radar ambiguity function, target detection in a noise background), microwave (microwave planar transmission lines, passive and active microstrip devices, microwave network analysis, and microwave integrated circuits), and electro-optical systems (photon-matter interaction, light sources and transmitters, optical detectors and receivers, waveguides and fibers, amplifiers, isolators, etc.).
This interdisciplinary program covers sustainable energy-efficient practices and the most effective management of energy systems. The scale of application includes component-level, small system level (e.g. building), and large-scale level (e.g. entire cities, and interconnected systems). Students evaluate component and system energy efficiency and design efficient energy management programs, as well as learn energy auditing and reporting. Topics include the principles and application of energy conservation, loss inspection, instrumentation calibration, renewable and sustainable energy systems, building energy management, and smart monitoring of energy systems. Topics also include demand side management; efficiency of generation, transmission, and distribution systems; energy efficiency policies, standards, and regulations; and auditing of buildings, HVAC, and compressed air systems.
As an oil reservoir matures, external support is needed to enhance its performance. Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods involve pressure support, special chemicals, or heating the reservoir rock. With the approaching maturity of some Saudi Arabian oil fields, EOR techniques will prove valuable in sustaining high production rates and add vast quantities to the current oil reserves.
This multi-disciplinary sequence of courses provides the student with the necessary background to understand the chemical and physical bases of the most common EOR techniques and their selection criteria. Upon completion, the student will be able to design an EOR project including injected fluid volumes, operating conditions, and recovery forecasts. With such training, the student can provide valuable contribution to a team of experts working in this area.
This program prepares the students to develop a wide range of knowledge of human resource management (HRM) skills necessary for implementing effective and legally defensible human resource practices in contemporary business organizations. The program covers the four essential pillars of HRM: staffing (strategic staffing, job analysis, competency modelling, recruitment, pre-hire evaluation, legal issues, etc.), compensation (job evaluation techniques, pay levels determination, labor markets, fixed and variable pay, pay surveys, incentives, benefits, compensation laws, non-traditional compensation, etc.), training and development (learning styles, needs analysis, training methodology, etc.), and performance management (process, appraisal systems and techniques, measurement approaches, performance analytics, team performance management, performance measurements, etc.). Practical examples and cases are discussed throughout the program.
This interdisciplinary concentration covers all components of the hydrogen supply chain network from production to use as a clean fuel for transportation. This includes hydrogen generation using solar or wind powered water electrolysis, biomass gasification, natural gas steam reforming and heavy oil residue catalytic partial oxidation. It also covers physical methods of hydrogen storage, such as fuel cells, batteries and super capacitors, and at compressed, liquefied and cryo-compressed conditions as well as material-based methods, including metal hydrides, liquid organic carriers, and adsorbents. The application of hydrogen in fuel cell electric vehicles and internal combustion engines is covered extensively from a technical (design), economic, and environmental point of view. The concentration also covers large-scale hydrogen storage and its interaction with power infrastructure.
The digital revolution taking place in the energy and utility sectors is known as Energy 4.0, which involves the internet of things, big data, cloud computing, machine learning, and data analytics, automation, interconnectivity, etc. Therefore, modern energy systems management should exploit a large volume of data acquired from various measurement devices for extensive monitoring and control of the systems to achieve efficiency and sustainability goals in the energy sector. The knowledge of the mentioned technologies helps develop intelligent energy ecosystems for buildings, factories, and smart grids with the incorporation of distributed energy resources.
Considering the mentioned notes, it is necessary to offer an interdisciplinary intelligent energy systems management concentration (CX) program at KFUPM for the undergraduate students of the relevant departments (mechanical, electrical, systems, and architectural engineering) that adds values to their curriculum vitae and enhance their overall understanding on intelligent management and control of the energy systems. The focus of the proposed CX program is to provide a deeper understanding of the development and operation of smart and sustainable energy systems. Besides, it will provide them with adequate knowledge of the energy data acquisition and their intelligent monitoring, control, and management to enhance systems efficiency and lifetime at reduced costs. Finally, it will help the students understand policies, standards, and regulations related to energy technologies and data management.
This interdisciplinary program covers smart applications built using smart systems capable of sensing, actuation, computing, and communication. In this concentration, students learn how to use smart systems to develop fascinating applications such as those used in smart homes, smart cities, intelligent transportation systems, and more. Topics covered include IoT applications, embedded systems and sensing, IoT communication protocols, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud and edge computing, big data analytics, and IoT security. Students are introduced to embedded systems programming and interfacing. Students also learn how to connect smart things to each other, as well as to the cloud. Through learning big data analytics, students can use advanced analytics and machine learning to process sensor data and build innovative applications. Students are also exposed to how IIoT is used in industrial applications using state-of-the-art use cases.
Electromagnetic radiation has a lot of applications in vast range of fields. In this concentration, the focus is on the demand of local stakeholders, who are essential pillars of VISION2030. Furthermore, we focus on specific utilization theme that can be used in many fields. The concentration is designed to have a balance between foundations and applications in a way that covers wide applications’ spectrum, but maintains common background.
This interdisciplinary program covers the science, engineering, and industrial applications of non-metallic materials including polymers and ceramics. Topics include the chemical structure, synthesis, characterization, and processing of the non-metallic materials. Industrial applications cover, but not limited to, piping in the oil and gas industry, membranes for purification and separation processes, coatings for corrosion prevention, and others. Four courses are required for this program each with 3 semester hours A pre-requisite for this program is a basic course in materials science and engineering.
This interdisciplinary program prepares students to manage and operate nuclear power plants. Topics include materials in nuclear power plants, nuclear plant operations, plant safety, fuel separation and purification, reactor products, nuclear fuel cycle, management of nuclear technology, radiation physics and protection, control rods, coolants, thermal power transfer, neutron poisoning, nuclear accelerators, and spent fuel. Students also learn energy systems design and analysis in general, and the design of nuclear systems in particular. Nuclear engineering background is dearly needed, especially as the Kingdom has announced plans to introduce nuclear power technology with the first two reactors are currently under site qualification stage. While these plants will be based on foreign technology and built by a consortium of international companies, long-term sustainability of this program, including governance and plant operation, will depend crucially on the development of an indigenous workforce possessing adequate knowledge of the science and technology of nuclear power plants.
Polymers are used across a wide range of industries, including consumer products, textiles, electronics, energy, building and construction, health care, and aerospace. Polymers are also central to emerging industries including additive manufacturing, organic electronics, and renewable energy. The proposed multidisciplinary concentration of study covers science and engineering aspects of polymers. It will provide the students with the required knowledge to design synthetic polymers of desired properties to suit target applications. Also, students learn the important techniques for characterizing and processing polymers. Students are exposed to topics such as different methods of polymer synthesis, a wide spectrum of characterization techniques for studying the structures and physical properties of polymers, and processing of polymeric materials. This concentration of study is designed to promote a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning process which involves intersections of chemistry with chemical and mechanical engineering disciplines.
This interdisciplinary program aims to produce students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to be qualified safety engineers. Graduates of this program learn the principles of process safety and hazard analysis, mitigation, and prevention, with special emphasis on the chemical process industries. Topics include source modeling for leakage rates, dispersion analysis, relief valve sizing, fire and explosion damage analysis, hazards identification, risk analysis, accident investigation, occupational safety, safety administration, the legal aspect of industrial safety, hazardous waste management and treatment, including regulations, environmental audits, and pollution prevention. Students also learn the assessment and management of risk, uncertainty, and reliability, including quantitative risk assessment, and understanding the link between safety and human factors.
This interdisciplinary program covers an emerging discipline in computing and sensing that utilizes quantum theory. Students learn the fundamentals of quantum physics and how to apply its basic principles in real world technologies to solve the future challenges in the field of computing, communication, and sensing. The program covers the concepts of superposition, entanglement, quantum gates, and quantum algorithms in order to understand the difference between classical and quantum-computing in the fields of artificial intelligence, and cryptography. It also covers applications of quantum sensing in areas such as radar, lidar, photo-detection, magnetometry, and gravimetry. Students learn how to design, simulate, and test the core parts of a superconducting Qubit.
The concentration covers major components of the downstream oil & gas industries and their further conversion to petrochemicals. Starting with crude oil treatments and moving through major oil & gas refining processes and their dependence on different feedstock's. Petrochemical building blocks and their derivatives including, basic, intermediate and final products are introduced with emphasis on those produced in Saudi Arabia. Tools for analyzing and evaluating the economical and environmental impacts of the downstream industry is discussed as well as the challenges in the integration of refining and petrochemicals.
This interdisciplinary program covers various renewable energy technologies, including solar (photovoltaic and concentrated solar power), wind, and geothermal, as well as energy storage options such as electrical (e.g. battery) and thermal storage, and waste-to-energy systems. Students understand the components of renewable energy systems, evaluate the potential (technical, economic, and environmental) of renewable energy at specific sites, design and assess the performance of renewable systems, study the integration of renewable energy systems with energy storage systems and with conventional energy systems. The program also covers renewable energy project management, grid integration of renewables, smart grids, net-zero buildings, and touches on renewable energy policy and environmental law.
This interdisciplinary program covers subjects related to mechatronics, robotics, and UAVs (drones). Students develop the skills required to understand, design, and implement smart systems and robots to solve engineering problems. Topics include the fundamentals of autonyms systems, including sensing, reasoning, and acting, in addition to robotics-specific topics, such as power sources, machine vision, actuation (e.g. linear actuators and electric motors), manipulation, locomotion (walking, rolling, climbing, etc.), environmental navigation, and human-robot interaction (including speech recognition and gestures). Applications are wide-ranging, and include industrial robots, as well as those used in the military, construction, agriculture, and in medical fields.
In contrast to Smart Cities program, which focus on city-scale systems, this interdisciplinary program focuses on Smart and Sustainable Buildings (SSBs) and their indoor environments. It covers topics that stem from the use of smart and responsive building materials and devices, intelligent automation (e.g., AI, IoT, etc.), innovative renewable energy applications, and efficient building systems. Students are introduced to communication, automation technology, and processes to control and connect SSB systems and occupants to the building environment. Students will be able to engage in the automation of building services and to design, integrate, and implement alternative smart digital solutions to the operation and management of SSBs, including AI-based and Cloud-based applications.
This interdisciplinary program covers the systematic and strategic coordination management for supplying goods and services required by the end customer, which is essential to both customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. Topics include supply chain strategies, drivers, transportation, sourcing, distribution networks, global networks, sustainability, and procurement (supplier management purchasing, policies, procedures, global sourcing, cost management, negotiation, etc.). Other topics cover logistics, including lean systems, market distribution, manufacturing, production forecasting, inventory control, optimization, warehouse management, deterministic and stochastic inventory systems, capacity planning, and material requirement planning. Students are equipped with the skills to manage and run effective and efficient supply businesses chains.
This multidisciplinary concentration aims to prepare engineers and scientists for employment in the current and future thermal systems in power plants (conventional and nuclear), oil & gas, refrigeration & air-conditioning, thermal desalination plants, and the Kingdom's manufacturing industries. These industries' current and future challenges include increasing the plants' availability and sustainability. This multidisciplinary concentration focuses on deepening the students' knowledge of the available thermal systems (i.e., power-producing and power-consuming systems that comprise heat exchangers, pumps, and piping systems), focusing on choosing components and thermal systems with enhanced performance and environmental integrity. It will be accomplished by introducing students to emerging design tools, performance evaluation, and maintenance of such components and strategies to improve life expectancy and performance.
This program is multidisciplinary, aiming to equip the students with the necessary skills to understand and develop unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Advancement in technologies, including horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing, made it possible to extract these resources with commercial quantities. The Kingdoms goal of increasing gas production depends heavily on developing these resources using the state-of-the-art technologies.
Students choosing this concentration will acquire the necessary background to identify and characterize unconventional resources using geological and petrophysical tools. They will learn the flow behavior of unconventional gas and oil resources at the nanoscale level, including gas adsorption and diffusion mechanisms. They will also be able to design recovery strategies, including fracture jobs and artificial lift methods, and assess their performance. The students should be able to evaluate the production potential, decline curves, and economic value of these resources.
There are several contemporary issues faced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, requiring an immediate attention and solution. One such challenging issue is waste management. With a constant rapid growth in both local population and number of industries, the problem of adequate municipal wastewater, municipal solid waste, and industrial hazardous waste management and air pollution, is becoming more challenging. This concentration addresses solving the concerned waste management issues.
The core content of respective courses focuses on addressing the respective environmental issues along with engineering design for pollution control. The course on wastewater treatment offers an extensive insight into several operations and processes that can be used not only to treat wastewater, but also aim at possible water re-use applications. The other core courses also aim to protect the environment and reduce pollution.
No. of seats: 20
CX programs: Electronics Defense Systems / Communication Systems / Data Science and Analytics / Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning / Robotics and Autonomous Systems / Cybersecurity and Blockchain
No. of seats: 3
CX programs: AI & Machine Learning/Data Sci & Analytics/Laser & MW Sensing/Non-Metallic Materials/Polymer Sci & Tech/Renewable Energy & Energy Storage/Robotics & Auton. Syst./Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources