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Prof. Mohammad S. Sharawi is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He was a visiting Associate Professor at the Intelligent Radio (iRadio) Laboratory, at the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during the Summer-Fall of 2014. He was a visiting research Professor at Oakland University during the summer of 2013. Prior to joining KFUPM in 2009, Prof. Sharawi was a Research Scientist with the Applied Electromagnetics and Wireless Laboratory at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Oakland University, Michigan, USA. He was a faculty member in the Computer Engineering Department at Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan, during 2007-2008. Prof. Sharawi was the acting head of the Computer Engineering Department at the German-Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan during 2006-2007.  Before completing his PhD in 2006, he was a Hardware Design Engineer with Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), Mountain View, California, USA.

Prof. Sharawi is the founder and founder and director of the Antennas and Microwave Structure Design ( AMSD ) laboratory at KFUPM. His research interests include Printed Antennas and Antenna Arrays, MIMO Antenna Systems, Millimeter-Wave antennas, Reconfigurable Antennas, Applied Electromagnetics, Microwave Electronics and Microwave System Integration. Prof. Sharawi has brought more than 10 Million SAR in research funding (~ 2.5 Million USD) in 7 years while with KFUPM. He has organized several special sessions in International IEEE conferences in the area of Printed, MIMO and Millimeter-wave antenna systems as well as served on the technical program committees (TPC) at APS, EuCAP, APCAP, ICCE and APWC among other international conferences. Prof. Sharawi is the author of the book "Printed MIMO Antenna Engineering", Artech House, 2014. He was the recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Research and Distinction Awards from KFUPM in 2015. He has published more than 150 refereed journal and conference papers and has 8 issued and 12 pending patents with the USPO. Prof. Sharawi is a Senior Member in IEEE and Fellow IET.


The continuous demand for high data rates and connectivity has evolved wireless standards from their 1st (1G) generation to the 4th one (4G) as we speak. Nowadays, you can browse the internet, watch a movie or play an online game with high resolution and good speed. A large leap in the amount of supported data rates and connection speeds has been felt by the users when the 4G standard was deployed worldwide comparing it to its predecessor. Such high speeds are a consequence of

several enabling technologies that were adopted such as modulation, multiplexing and coding techniques as well as the use of multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems. It took MIMO almost two decades to mature and impact wireless technology. This technology came to combat the negative effect of multi-path

Prof. Mohammad S. Sharawi

-Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)

fading buy utilizing it to provide multiple independent channels that can be used for parallel data transmissions, and thus enhancing the data rates (or channel capacity). This was a major milestone in the wireless technology.

In this talk, we will examine the aspects of designing MIMO antenna systems for wireless handheld terminals, evaluating their performance and discussing the challenges encountered when integrating multiple antennas in close proximity. Several practical examples and recent advancements of such antenna system designs will be discussed. The prospects of using MIMO in the upcoming 5G standards and integrating it with the new enabling technologies that will be targeting 1000 times increase in the system capacity by 2020 when comparing it with 4G will be presented.