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Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Ali


Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Ali has been working as a Post Doctoral Researcher in Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland since December 2018. Previously, he had been working as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, KPK, Pakistan since January 2017. He received his B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from The Islamia University of Bahawaplur in 2009, the M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from the GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Pakistan, in 2012, and his PhD Degree (with Distinction) in Photonic Engineering on Bright Sparks Fellowship from renowned Photonics Research Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2016. Furthermore he has worked as visiting Ph.D research fellow at OFSRC, University of Limerick, Ireland for one year from December 2015 to December 2016. His research interests include optical fiber sensors and lasers with applications, advanced digital signal and image processing, advanced electromagnetics and microwave engineering. He has two Malaysian patents and has published more than fifteen research publications in well recognized OSA, and IEEE journals and few are in queue. He is also active participant in various international and national conferences as well as in seminars, workshops and colloquiums. He is reviewer of IEEE Photonics Journal, Optics Letters, Elsevier Journal of 'Measurement', Springer Journal of 'Optical and Quantum Electronics (OQE)', The Advanced Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), Journal, Chinese Optics Letters (COL), International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics. Moreover, he was an invited speaker at European Photonics Industrial Consortium (EPIC) Tech Watch in Conjunction with The Micro Photonics International Congress Expo 11-13 October 2016, MESSE Berlin, Germany. Also He was awarded Seal of Excellence on his Research Proposal for Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowship (MSC-IF). He is the Life Fellow of Pakistan Academy of Engineering (PAE), member of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and the National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan.

Research Interests

Main research Interests are:

  • Optical fibre based devices for sensing and communication technologies,
  • Optical fibre based probe sensors,
  • Optical fibre based multi-parameter sensors in biomedical and industrial applications,
  • Fibre Bragg gratings, Long period gratings, and Fabry-Perot interferometer based sensors,
  • Planar lightwave devices,
  • Electromagnetic wave analysis of optical waveguides,
  • Mode converters for space division multiplexing technology.

Additional interests include:

  • The Applications of Metasurface and Metamaterial based devices in optical and microwave regime,
  • Signal and Image Processing

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Level:

  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Electronic Circuit Design
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Introduction to Application Specific Integrated Cicuits (ASICs) Design
  • Signals and Systems
  • Electric Machines
  • Signals and Systems
  • Communication Theory
  • Final Year Project

Postgraduate Level:

  • Microwave and Photonic Devices
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Optical Communication
  • Introduction to Metamaterials and Metasurfaces
  • MS/PhD Theses

Professional Activities


  • 2018 Students - Student Counselling and Discussions about their Career and Degree Plans


  • 2016 University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - PhD Photonic Engineering
  • 2012 GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology - MS Electronic Engineering
  • 2009 The Islamia University of Bahawalpur - BSc Electronic Engineering


  • 2010 - Deans Honor Roll
  • 2010 - Dean Honor Roll
  • 2009 - Silver Medal
  • 2005 - Merit Based Fully Funded Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies


  • Honored to join United Technologies STEM U and become a Young Member of the New York Academy of Sciences!

Research Collaborators

  • Dr. Lim Kok Sing - Joint Publication - Universiti Malaya -Malaysia -Performance Enhancement of Optical Fiber Sensors


Peer Reviewed Journal


PCF-Cavity FBG Fabry-Perot Resonator for Simultaneous Measurement of Pressure and Temperature
Ali, MM;Islam, MR;Lim, KS;Gunawardena, DS;Yang, HZ;Ahmad, H
Ieee Sensors Journal DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2015.2468065


Characterization of Mode Coupling in Few-Mode FBG With Selective Mode Excitation
Ali, MM;Jung, YM;Lim, KS;Islam, MR;Shaif-Ul Alam;Richardson, DJ;Ahmad, H
Ieee Photonics Technology Letters DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2015.2438177


In-Fiber Gratings for Simultaneous Monitoring Temperature and Strain in Ultrahigh Temperature
Yang, HZ;Qiao, XG;Wang, YP;Ali, MM;Lai, MH;Lim, KS;Ahmad, H
Ieee Photonics Technology Letters DOI: 10.1109/LPT.2014.2361768


Cladless few mode fiber grating sensor for simultaneous refractive index and temperature measurement
Yang, HZ;Ali, MM;Islam, MR;Lim, KS;Gunawardena, DS;Ahmad, H
Sensors And Actuators A-Physical DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2015.03.001


Tilted Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Reinforcement Corrosion Measurement in Marine Concrete Structure
Islam, MR;Bagherifaez, M;Ali, MM;Chai, HK;Lim, KS;Ahmad, H
Ieee Transactions On Instrumentation And Measurement DOI: 10.1109/TIM.2015.2459511


Chronology of Fabry-Perot interferometer fiber-optic sensors and their applications: a review.
Islam MR;Ali MM;Lai MH;Lim KS;Ahmad H;
Sensors (Basel, Switzerland) DOI: 10.3390/s140407451


Optical Gaussian Notch Filter Based on Periodic Microbent Fiber Bragg Grating
Ali, MM;Lim, KS;Becir, A;Lai, MH;Ahmad, H
Ieee Photonics Journal DOI: 10.1109/JPHOT.2013.2295466


Optimized Tapered Optical Fiber for Ethanol (C2H5OH) Concentration Sensing
Yang, HZ;Qiao, XG;Ali, MM;Islam, MR;Lim, KS
Journal Of Lightwave Technology DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2014.2311175


Direct period measurement for fiber Bragg grating using an optical imaging technique.
Ali MM;Lim KS;Yang HZ;Chong WY;Lim WS;Ahmad H;
Applied Optics DOI: 10.1364/AO.52.005393


Spectral analysis of bent fiber Bragg gratings: theory and experiment.
Lim KS;Yang HZ;Becir A;Lai MH;Ali MM;Qiao X;Ahmad H;
Optics Letters DOI: 10.1364/OL.38.004409


The guided waves in planar waveguide partially filled with strong chiral material
Ali, MM;Mughal, MJ;Rahim, AA;Naqvi, QA
International Journal Of Applied Electromagnetics And Mechanics DOI: 10.3233/JAE-2012-1415


Electromagnetic fields in a circular waveguide with DB-boundary conditions internally coated with chiral-nihility medium
Hassan, MH;Mughal, MJ;Ali, MM;Naqvi, QA
International Journal Of Applied Electromagnetics And Mechanics DOI: 10.3233/JAE-2012-1426