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Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering


The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) offers innovative Computer Science and Software Engineering programs to address current demands and future market needs in the UAE.

The CSSE department contributes to the mission of the University in three ways:

First,  CSSE’s undergraduate and graduate educational programs focus on educating students in the fundamental principles of computer science and software engineering. These programs foster critical thinking and impart the necessary skills to excel in the profession and help to solve the complex technological problems of modern society. The breadth of coursework provides a framework for life-long learning and appreciation for multidisciplinary activities.

Second, through  CSSE’s research outputs, the department contributes to the development of computer science and software engineering knowledge, and provides innovative solutions for societal needs.

Finally, the department disseminates its research to enhance relationships with the public sector; to promote interdisciplinary interests that benefit society and educate the public through publications, community service and professional activities.


Auditoriums Total (2)

Capacity of 297 Seats and equipped with:

Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection
  • DVD Recorder,
  • 4 HD Video Cameras,
  • Video tracking Cameras,
  • Network Camera,
  • LCD Rear projector,
  • Audio system,
  • Video Conferencing System
  • Wireless access nodes
  • Interactive symposium/a tablet computer

Lecture Halls Total (8)


  1. Two 65 seats
  2. Two 59 seats
  3. Two 83 seats
  4. Two 105 seats

Equipped with:

  • Video tracking Cameras,
  • Network Camera,
  • 2 Rear LCD projectors,
  • Audio system,
  • Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection
  • HD Video Cameras.
  • Wireless access nodes
  • Interactive symposium/a tablet computer
  • iPad connectivity.

22 Classrooms (size 20-30)

Equipped with:

  • Intel Windows-based PC for instructor access with wired internet connection.
  • Two front projection interactive whiteboards (Smart board)
  • Speakers
  • Wireless access node

  1. Microsoft 365
  2. Microsoft  Office Professional
  3. Microsoft Visual Studio
  4. MSDN Academic Alliance Program (MSDNAA) packages
  5. MatLab and required toolboxes
  6. SAP ERP
  7. Specialized software for the laboratories
  8. Smartboard software

The CIT acquired over 20 of the most cutting edge laboratories in the world. The following are the labs dedicated to computer science and Software Engineering students.

Media Lab

The mission of the IRML is two-fold:

  1. Research: To foster cutting-edge research in Interactive Robots and Media, through research projects run by faculty, instructors, visiting researchers, as well as students, also with interdisciplinary, national, and international cooperation.
  2. Education: To provide an inspiring constructionist education environment for students, covering multiple aspects of robotics, human-robot interaction, computer vision, animation, language grounding, interactive media, and numerous other related fields and technologies. Senior projects and IT-core projects are currently being supported, and special sessions in courses as well as seminars are foreseen.


The IRML hosts various hardware and software such as:

  •  2 HP XW6400 workstations,
  • 1 Optiplex 9600,
  • 3 nao robots,
  • 3 lego mindstorms,
  • 3 biolod kits,
  • 1 Cube X 3D printer.

The PC and workstation in the lab are configured with the following software:

  • MS Office 2010,
  • Windows 8,
  • MS Visual Studio,
  • Python Canopy,
  • R Language,
  • MS Visual Studio 2010 Express, MS Visual Studio 2014,
  • Google Chrome,
  • Outlook, LabView.

Bioinformatics Lab

The Bioinformatics Laboratory is designed to prepare students to serve the computational biology community in the UAE, especially in the areas of genomics and proteomics. The lab provides students and researchers with access to software, and technical support related to computational biology. Several Lab components are taught in the Bioinformatics lab such as CSBP431, CSBP411, ITBP480 and ITBP481. The lab is equipped by the following software/hardware:

  • 10 Intel Windows-based PCs.
  • HP Printer
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops Software / windows
  • SimBiology™
  • Win4Lin Terminal Servers

Grid/Cloud Computing Lab

Grid/Cloud computing is one of the most exciting and promising directions in which computation philosophy has shifted from the use of personal computer or individual server to a grid/cloud of computers. Users of the grid/cloud are only concerned with the computing services being asked for. The underlying details and how it is achieved is hidden by a distributed grid/cloud computing infrastructure. The activities are mainly focused on, but not limited to, teaching and research in the following domains: High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Grid Computing, Distributed Computing, Peer-to-Peer Computing, Distributed Data Mining, Distributed Ontology Mapping, Security in Grid and Cloud computing, Web services and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and ELearning. The lab is equipped by the following hardware/software:


  • 100 computing nodes Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHZ Model X5355.
  • 2 login nodes of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.93 GHZ Model X7350.
  • 2 batch nodes of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xenon 3.16 GHZ Model X5460.
  • 2 grid management nodes of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHZ Model X5355.
  • 1 LDAP server of Dual/Quad Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHZ Model X5355.
  • A total highly available Grid shared storage of 9600 GBytes.
  • Infiniband connection.


  • Sun N1 Grid Engine 6.1 media kit.
  • Red Had Enterprise Linux for HPC Compute Nodes.
  • Intel C++ Compiler Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for Linux.
  • The shared storage servers are configured by Luster File System for high availability.

Robotics Lab

The Robotics lab lets the students design, build and program their own robots, in a specially equipped laboratory. The lab feature state of the art equipment such as:

  • Khepera II + Webots
  • General I/O turret
  • Linear vision turret
  • Video turret color cameras
  • Wireless analog video turret
  • Radio turret
  • Radio base station
  • Gripper turret
  • Intel Windows-based PCs

The Robotics lab is designed to allow students to integrate and/or apply the concepts learned in classes such as Programming, Signal Processing, Image Processing/Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Wireless Communication & Security, and Embedded System Design. Students will get first-hand experience of the “real world,” from robot design, to social interaction, negotiation, group dynamics, cooperation, and competition.

Software Engineering Lab

The Software Engineering Lab is equipped to enable students to practice the core principles of software construction and maintenance which includes the fundamental software processes and lifecycle, requirement analysis, software engineering methodologies and standard notations, principals of software architecture and reuse, software quality frameworks and validation, software development and maintenance environment. The lab contains 20 (Dell OptiPlex 960) workstations. The PCs in the lab are configured with the following software: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Virtual PC Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, , Publisher, Access, InfoPath Designer, InfoPath Filler, OneNote and share-Point Workspace.  For All machines, the Virtual PC “WindowsXPVM” is configured with the following software: IBM Rational Software Architect Standard Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Netbeans IDE 6.9.1, and Adobe Reader 9. Lab components are taught in the lab such as SWEB319, SWEB423, SWEB401, ITBP480 and ITBP481.


These two Sun OS environment Workstations running the Solaris Operating Environment (a.k.a. Sun‘s version of Unix) used for instruction of UNIX-based courses. Besides the exposure to UNIX-like environments and commands, students also learn in these labs the distributed systems issues inherent to UNIX operating system and may simulate parallel processing across the network of workstations available in these labs, particularly as the workstations are sitting on a dedicated VLAN.

 General Labs

The two general computing labs are equipped with 15 Intel Windows-based PCs. The following software packages are installed on each machine:

  • Microsoft Windows Operating System
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Suite
  • IBM SPSS Software
  • Minitab Statistical Software
  • MathWorks MATLAB Multi-Paradigm Numerical Computing Software
  • Eclipse & NetBeans IDE Programming Tools


Consultancy Services

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering provides consultancy services to interested entities from the public and private sectors. Provided services are in the areas of:

  • Machine Learning and Data Science
  • Robotics and Intelligent Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Testing
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Web Services
  • Cloud Computing
  • Distributed Systems
  • Bioinformatics and Health Informatics
  • Databases

For any additional information, please contact the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Prof. Nazar Zaki at:

Academic Programs



Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.


Name Position Email Ext.

Dr. Mamoun Awad

Chair, Associate Professor


Prof. Nazar Zaki



Dr. Moulay E. Badidi

Associate Professor


Dr. Leila Ismail

Associate Professor


Dr. Salah Bouktif

Associate Professor


Dr. Mohamed Sharaf

Associate Professor


Dr. Sherzod Turaev

Associate Professor


Dr. Fady Al Najjar

Associate Professor


Dr. Jose Lopez Berengueres

Associate Professor


Dr. Hany Taher Al Ashwal

Associate Professor


Dr. Munkhjargal Gochoo

Assistant Professor 


Dr. Yasir Mahmood

Assistant Professor


Dr. Rafat Damseh

Assistant Professor


Mrs. Hoda Amer



Mr. Rawhi Nasser Al Rae



Ms. Fatema M. Alteneiji



Mr. Yassine Bechqito



Mr. Khaled Mohamed Hamdan



Mr. Mused Saleh Al Ward



Leena Mahmoud Ahmed Lulu

Visiting Faculty


Dua'a Abdel fattah Hussein Mehiar

Visiting Faculty


Dr. Nirase Fathima Abubacker

Visiting Faculty


General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

United Arab Emirates University,
College of Information Technology
P.O.Box: 15551, Al Ain, UAE

Phone: + 971 3 713 5506 / 5603  
Fax: +971 3 713 6901

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Mar 28, 2023