S. Rawashdeh Biography

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Samir A. Rawashdeh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Michigan – Dearborn

2084 Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems
Dearborn, MI 48128
E-mail: rawashdeh[at]umich[dot]edu

I am an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. I have sought a diverse experience in my education and research, mainly in Embedded Systems, Signal Processing, and Dynamics & Control. During my graduate and post-doctoral work at the University of Kentucky Space Systems Laboratory, I took part the design, development, testing, and execution of several aerospace missions including two satellites and a research platform on the International Space Station.

Research Interests

Embedded Image Processing: Using Linux single board computers (such as the BeagleBoard-xM, BeagleBone Black, Rasberry Pi, etc), and developing light weight and low power image processing solutions that can be deployed to mobile system. Systems can be deployed on autonomous vehicles (egomotion estimation, obstacle detection and avoidance), whether on ground, aerial vehicles, or spacecraft.

Wearable Technology: Utilizing an inertial measurement unit (with tri-axial accelerometers, rate gyroscopes, and magnetic field sensors) to track and detect motion. Applications span: activity tracking (e.g. counting number of forehand and backhand tennis ball hits), human-machine interfacing (control devices using motion), injury prevention (prevent overuse injuries), and injury recovery (assist wearer in rehabilitation activities by providing feedback).

Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles: Embedded systems development for autonomous vehicles (including navigation and control, embedded machine vision, avionics, autopilot, etc.).

Education

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering  
Dissertation: Visual Attitude Propagation for Small Satellites (available here)

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering   
Thesis: Passive Attitude Stabilization for Small Satellites (available here)

University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering    

Experience

University of Michigan – Dearborn, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Assistant Professor    Since 09/2014

University of Kentucky, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences   
Adjunct Professor    Since 2017

University of Kentucky, Space Systems Laboratory   
Postdoctoral Scholar    2013-2014

University of Kentucky, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Instructor    Fall and Spring 2013/14

SSBV Space and Ground Systems, Portsmouth, United Kingdom   
Visiting Engineer    04–07/2012

University of Kentucky, Space Systems Laboratory
Research Associate (toward PhD)   2011- 2013

University of Kentucky, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Part-time Instructor   Fall and Spring 2010/11

University of Kentucky, Space Systems Laboratory
Graduate Research Assistant (toward MSc)   2007 – 2010 

Mechatronics Engineering Laboratory, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan  
Full-time Researcher    06-07/2007

Embedded Systems Laboratory, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  
Research Intern    06-08/2005

Grants

  • S. Rawashdeh et al., “Hybrid Body Control Module Wired & Wireless Networking Phase 2”, General Motors, Sep 2017 – Aug 2018.
  • W. Su, S. Rawashdeh as Co-PI, “REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Sustainable Energy (U-RISE)“, National Science Foundation, 1/2018-2021.
  • Y. Zheng et al. (S. Rawashdeh as Co-PI), “MRI: Acquisition of a Mobile Manipulation Robot Platform for Research and Education“, National Science Foundation, 10/1/2017-2022.
  • S. Rawashdeh, “Augmented Reality Glasses for Self-Guided Dealership Experience”, Ford Motor Company, Dec 2015 – Aug 2016.
  • W. Xiang, P Richardson, S. Rawashdeh (Co-PI), “Hybrid Architecture for Inter-ECU Communications”, General Motors, Sep 2015 – Aug 2017.
  • S. Rawashdeh (PI), “Wearable Motion Tracking System for Shoulder Injury Prevention”, Dearborn Rackham Grant for Faculty Research, May 2015 – June 2016
  • S. Rawashdeh, O. Dehzangi, “Post-Surgery Shoulder Rehabilitation Assistive System“, College of Engineering and Computer Science IAVS Seed Grant, Aug 2015 – Aug 2016.
  • S. Rawashdeh, “Cubesat Star Imaging using Multiple Sensor Nodes”, Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Research Seed Grants, May 2015 – April 2016.
  • S. Rawashdeh, “Obstacle Detect, Sense, and Avoid for Unmanned Aerial Systems”, University of Michigan Dearborn Campus Research Grants Program, Feb 2015 – Feb 2016.
  • S. Rawashdeh, New faculty research start-up package, University of Michigan Dearborn, Sep 2015 – Aug 2020.
  • A. Cramer, S. Rawashdeh, “A Modular Electrical Power System Architecture for Small Spacecraft”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • S. Rawashdeh, J. Lumpp, “Integration of the Stellar Gyroscope”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • V. Zeps, S. Rawashdeh, “Simulator for On-Orbit Solar Irradiation of CubeSats”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • S. Bailey, S. Rawashdeh, “Precision Guided Return of High-Altitude Payloads”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.

Honors and Awards

  • Member of Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Golden Key International Honor Society.
  • 2012, Honorable Mention, Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition, 26th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites.Top 6 student paper from more than 30.
  • 2010/2011, Research Challenge Trust Fund Fellowship, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky.
  • 2011, Honorable Mention, Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition, 25th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Top 6 student paper from more than 30.
  • 2008, First Place Kentucky Academy of Sciences Graduate Research Competition – Engineering Category.
  • 2006, Honorable Mention Award, IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition (CSIDC). Top 10 team from 133.

Publications

  • Yi Feng, Cong Zhang, Stanley Baek, Samir A. Rawashdeh, Alireza Mohammadi, “Autonomous Landing of a UAV on a Moving Platform Using Model Predictive Control”, Drones, Vol. 2, No. 4, Oct 2018
  • Timothy M. Lim, Aaron M. Cramer, Samir A. Rawashdeh, James E. Lumpp, “A Modular Electrical Power System Architecture for Small Spacecraft”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 54, No. 4, pp 1832-1849, Aug. 2018 
  • Y. Hamzeh, S. A. Rawashdeh, “Framework for Simulating and Removing Rain in Stereo-Image Videos”, IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT 2018), May 2018, Rochester, Michigan, USA
  • M. Aladem, S. A. Rawashdeh, “Image Preprocessing for Stereoscopic Visual Odometry at Night”, IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology (EIT 2018), May 2018, Rochester, Michigan, USA
  • N. Rawashdeh, S. A. Rawashdeh, “Effect of Structural Scene Content on Feature-Based Visual Odometry”, SAE World Congress and Experience, April 2018, Detroit, MI.
  • M. Aladem, S. A. Rawashdeh, N. Rawashdeh, “Evaluation of a Stereo Visual Odometry Algorithm for Passenger Vehicle Navigation”, SAE World Congress and Experience, Detroit, MI, April 2017
  • J. K. V. Pismag, H. Alawneh, C. Adam, S. A. Rawashdeh, P. Mitra, Y. Chen, G. Strumolo, “Augmented Reality for Improved Dealership User Experience”, SAE World Congress and Experience, Detroit, MI, April 2017
  • Samir A. Rawashdeh, Derek A. Rafeldt, Timothy L. Uhl, “Wearable IMU for Shoulder Injury Prevention in Overhead Sports”, Sensors, 16(11), 2016.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, M. Aladem, “Toward Autonomous Stereo-Vision Control of Micro Aerial Vehicles”, Proceedings of the IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference, July 2016, Dayton, OH
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, M. Simonds, J. Lumpp, V. Zepps, “Solar Simulator for Spacecraft Photovoltaic Power System Hardware-­in­-the-Loop Testing”, Journal of Small Satellites, Vol. 05, No. 02, pp. 457–466, 2016
  • Rauschnabel, P. A., Hein, D. W., He, J., Ro, Y. K., Rawashdeh, S. A., Krulikowski, B., ” Fashion or Technology? A Fashnology Perspective on the Perception and Adoption of Augmented Reality Smart Glasses.” i-com: Journal of Interactive Media, accepted, Vol. 15, No. 2, Aug 2016.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, D. A. Rafeldt, T. L. Uhl and J. E. Lumpp, “Wearable Motion Capture Unit for Shoulder Injury Prevention,” in Proceedings of the IEEE 12th International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN), Cambridge, MA, 2015.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, J. E. Lumpp, “Image-Based Attitude Propagation for Small Satellites using RANSAC”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 1864-1875, 2014.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, J. E. Lumpp, “Visual Approach for MEMS Gyroscope Drift Compensation”, Proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2014, Big Sky, MT.
  • C. Mitchell, J. Rexroat, S. A. Rawashdeh, J. E. Lumpp, “Development of a Modular Command and Data Handling Architecture for CubeSats”, Proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2014, Big Sky, MT.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, J. E. Lumpp, “Aerodynamic Stability for CubeSats at ISS Orbit”, Journal of Small Satellites, vol. 2, no. 1 pp. 85-104, Jul 2013.
  • S. Z. Aljoaba, A. M. Cramer, S. A. Rawashdeh, B. L. Walcott, “Thermoelectrical Modeling of Wavelength Effects on Photovoltaic Module Performance—Part II: Parameterization”, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, vol. 3, no.3, pp. 1024-1037, 2013.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh, W. Danhauer, J. E. Lumpp, “Stellar Gyroscope: Visual Spacecraft Attitude Propagation from Apparent Motion of Stars”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 2012, Big Sky, MT.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh (presenter), J. E. Lumpp, “CubeSat Aerodynamic Stability at ISS Altitude and Inclination”, 26th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, 2012, Logan, UT.
  • S. Redi, V. Capuano, S. A. Rawashdeh, A. Finch, M. Pastena, J. Barrington-Brown, “Highly Integrated, Low Volume and Mass ADCS Subsystem For Picosatellites”, International Astronautical Congress, October 2012, Naples, Italy.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh (presenter), J. E. Lumpp, James Barrington-Brown, Massimiliano Pastena, “A Stellar Gyroscope for Small Satellite Attitude Determination”, 26th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, 2012, Logan, UT.
  • Z. Jacobs, S. A. Rawashdeh, J. E. Lumpp, “A SPA-1 Enabled Plug-and-Play CubeLab for ISS Payloads”, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2012, Garden Grove, CA.
  • D. Erb, S. A. Rawashdeh, J. E. Lumpp, “Evaluation of Solar Array Peak Power Tracking Technologies for CubeSats”, 25th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, 2011, Logan, UT.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh (presenter), J. E. Lumpp, “Development of a Drift-Free Stellar Gyroscope”, 25th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, 2011, Logan, UT.
  • S.  A. Rawashdeh, “Passive Attitude Stabilization for Small Satellites”, University of Kentucky Master’s Theses, 2010, Lexington, KY.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh (presenter), J. E. Lumpp, “Nano-Satellite Passive Attitude Stabilization Systems Design by Orbital Environment Modeling and Simulation”, AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2010, Atlanta, GA.
  • J. E. Lumpp, Jr., A. K. Karam, D. M. Erb, J. R. Bratcher, S. A. Rawashdeh, T. Clements, N. Fite, J. Kruth, B. Malphrus, I. Bland, R. Munakata, R. Coelho, J. Puig-Suari, J. Reese, C. Brodell, S. Schaire, “SOCEM: Sub-Orbital CubeSat Experimental Mission”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 2010, Big Sky, MT.
  • S. A. Rawashdeh (presenter), D. Jones, D. Erb, A. Karam, J. E. Lumpp, “Aerodynamic Attitude Stabilization for a Ram-Facing Cubesat”,  AAS Guidance and Control Conference 2009, Breckenridge, CO.

Poster Abstracts in Journal Supplements

  • Rafeldt D, Uhl TL, Rawashdeh SA, Lumpp J.  Functional Motion Identification with a Novel Inertial Measurement Unit. Journal of Athletic Training 50:6 (Supplement): S298, 2015
  • Vélez-Ortega AC, Belov O, Novak P, Rawashdeh SA, Sinha GP, Korchev YE, Frolenkov GI. High-Speed Hopping Probe Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy. 2014. 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. Abst. #4024-Pos. Biophysical Journal, 106 (2), Suppl:1, 797a-8a.

Workshop and Invited Talks

  • “Motion Capture and Processing for Autonomous Vehicles and Wearable Technology”, Meeting of the IEEE Southeast Michigan Chapter 1 (Signal Processing Society and Circuits & Systems Society), February 2015, Dearborn, MI.
  • “CubeSat Star Imaging and Visual Attitude Propagation”,  Michigan Space Grant Consortium Annual Conference, October 2014, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • “A Stellar Gyroscope for Small Satellite Attitude Determination”, 2012 Summer CubeSat Developers’ Workshop, August 2012, Logan, UT.
  •  “University Satellites and High Altitude Balloons”, Guest speaker at the German Jordanian University, August 2012, Amman, Jordan.
  • “Smart Nanosatellite Attitude Propagator (SNAP 2.0)”, 2012 Spring CubeSat Developers’ Workshop, San Lois Obispo, CA.
  • “Image-Based Stellar Gyroscope for Small Satellites”, 2011 Summer CubeSat Developers’ Workshop, August 2011, Logan, UT.
  • “University of Kentucky Space Systems Lab”, Versailles Amateur Radio Club Meeting, March 2011, Versailles, KY.
  • “CubeSat Orbital Environment Simulator”, 2010 Spring CubeSat Developers’ Workshop, April 2010, San Louis Obispo, CA.
  • “Kentucky Space Balloon-1 Near-Space Experiment”, Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting, November, 2008, Lexington, KY.
  • “Orbital Environment Simulator”, 2009 Summer CubeSat Developers’ Workshop, August 2009, Logan, UT.