Dr. Ahmed El-Rabbany
Areas of Academic Interest
Satellite positioning and navigation
Multi-sensor integration for mobile mapping, unmanned aerial systems, and autonomous driving
|1994||University of New Brunswick||PhD|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|CV8504||Estimation and Data Series Analysis|
|CVL 405||Probability and Statistics for Engineers|
After completing his master’s in satellite positioning at Alexandria University in Egypt, Ahmed El-Rabbany sought out groundbreaking researchers in his field. There was no internet back then, so El-Rabbany had to communicate the old fashioned way: by letter.
Eventually, a professor at the University of New Brunswick sent him a package about a new technology called GPS. Convinced GPS was the future, El-Rabbany changed his own global positioning and made the big move to New Brunswick. “I arrived in winter, wearing only a cotton sweater,” he says. “I was taken directly to buy a coat!”
GPS technology has developed significantly since then, as have El-Rabbany’s research interests. “All the sensors contained in smartphones, for example, provide a wealth of information. We can collect and integrate it for new uses, such as monitoring a medical condition or whether an elderly person has fallen. We can also use multi-sensor integration to develop driverless cars, intelligent transportation systems or unpiloted aerial systems.”
“The more user-friendly an innovation, the more complex it is behind the scenes. Your experience gets simpler, and an engineer’s work gets harder.”
- Service Recognition Award, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Science, Toronto Metropolitan University, March 2017.
- Service Recognition Award, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Science, Toronto Metropolitan University, March 2013.
- Merit Award, Toronto Metropolitan University, May 2009.
- Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of contributions during the period 2002–2006, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), October 2006.
- El-Rabbany, A. (2006). Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System. 2nd revised edition. Artech House Publishers, Boston, USA. ISBN 1-59693-016-0. (Received a five-star rating on Amazon.ca and was listed among top 10 bestsellers by the publisher.)
- Abd Rabbou, M. and A. El-Rabbany (2017). “Performance Analysis of Precise Point Positioning Using Multi-Constellation GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. (external link, opens in new window) ” Survey Review Journal. Vol. 49, Issue 352, pp. 39-50.
- Morsy, S., A. Shaker, A. El-Rabbany (2017). “Multispectral LiDAR Data for Land Cover Classification of Urban Areas. (external link, opens in new window) ” Sensors, 17, 958.
- Abd Rabbou, M. and A. El-Rabbany (2015). “Tightly Coupled Integration of GPS Precise Point Positioning and MEMS-Based Inertial Systems. (external link, opens in new window) ” Journal of GPS Solutions. Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 601-609.
- Elsobeiey, M. and A. El-Rabbany (2014). “Efficient Between-Satellite Single-Difference Precise Point Positioning Model. (external link, opens in new window) ” Journal of Surveying Engineering, Vol. 140, No. 2, May 2014, CID: 04014007.
- Associate Editor for Geomatica, Journal of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (2007-present)
- Editorial Advisory Board member, Journal of Navigation, Royal Institute of Navigation, UK (2012-present)
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Arab Institute of Navigation, Egypt (2010-present)
- Invited as a Guest Editor for the December 2013 special issue of Geomatica, Journal of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics; featuring Satellite Positioning and Applications (2013)
- Invited as a Guest Editor for the March 2005 special issue of Geomatica, Journal of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics; featuring Geodesy, Satellite Positioning and Integrated Navigation Systems (2005)
- Vice President, Canadian Institute of Geomatics (2012 - 2013)
- Chair, Toronto Branch of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (2004 - 2009)
- Councillor and national chair of Geodesy committee to the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, Canada (1998 - 2010)
- Co-Chair, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) WG-4.2: Vertical Reference Frame for Hydrography (2002 - 2006)
- Conference Chair, International Navigation conference, Melaha 2008, Hurghada, Egypt, 13-15 April, 2008
- Conference Co-chair, International Conference on Geomatics for Disaster Management, Toronto, Ontario, 23-25 May 2007
- Conference Vice Chair, International Navigation Conference - Inland Transportation, Melaha 2006, Luxor, Egypt
- Conference Vice President, International Navigation Conference, Melaha 2004, Cairo, Egypt (April 2004)
- Conference Secretary General, International conference on marine navigation and technology, Alexandria, Egypt (January 2002)