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Dr Jumana Abu-Khalaf

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5543
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO18.308  

Jumana is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Computing and Security at the School of Science.


Jumana received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah, USA, in the area of Robotics and Control. Her research was on the optimization of wearable stretchable sensors for fingertip force direction estimation. The purpose was to further investigate human grasping and manipulation. Prior to joining ECU, Jumana was an Associate Professor in Mechatronics Engineering at the German Jordanian University, Jordan. She was the co-director of the Robotics Laboratory and a research faculty member at the Nano Laboratory. In these roles she conducted research in the area of bio-robotics with projects in bio-instrumentation and bio-inspiration. Building on her background and expertise, she is currently researching artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for agriculture and health care applications.

Professional Memberships

  • 2009: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE (Member)
  • 2010: IEEE Women in Engineering, WIE (Member)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2019: Emerald Literati Award for outstanding papers published in Sensor Review.

National and International Research Positions

  • 2007-2009: University of Utah NSF Biocentric Robotics IGERT Fellowship.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Wearable sensors
  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Digital Agriculture


  • Doctor of Philosophy, United States of America, 2012.


Recent Research Grants

  • Predicting falls in the elderly: A novel machine learning approach. ,  Edith Cowan University,  Australia-Germany JRC Scheme (UA-DAAD),  2021 - 2023,  $24,250.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Abu-Khalaf, J., Al-Ghussain, L., Nadi, A., Al-Halhouli, A., (2020), Conductivity and Stretchability of Inkjet-Printed Silver Nanoparticle Patterns: Effect of the Number of Printed Layers. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, 9(4), 528-534, Online , DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.9.4.528-534.
  • Abu-Khalaf, J., Al-Ghussain, L., Nadi, A., Saraireh, R., Rabayah , A., Altarazi, S., Al-Halhouli, A., (2019), Optimization of geometry parameters of inkjet-printed silver nanoparticle traces on PDMS substrates using response surface methodology. Materials, 12(10), Article number 3329, DOI: 10.3390/ma12203329.
  • Abu-Khalaf, J., Al-Ghussain, L., Al-Halhouli, A., (2018), Fabrication of stretchable circuits on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) pre-stretched substrates by inkjet printing silver nanoparticles. Materials, 11(12), Article number 2377, DOI: 10.3390/ma11122377.
  • Rawashdeh, NA., Abu-Khalaf, J., Khraisat, W., Al-Hourani, SS., (2018), A visual inspection system of glass ampoule packaging defects: effect of lighting configurations. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 31(9), 848-856, DOI: 10.1080/0951192X.2018.1447145.
  • Al-Halhouli, A., Qitouqa, H., Alashqar, A., Abu-Khalaf, J., (2018), Inkjet printing for the fabrication of flexible/stretchable wearable electronic devices and sensors. Sensor Review, 38(4), 438-452, DOI: 10.1108/SR-07-2017-0126.
  • Abu-Khalaf, J., Saraireh, R., Eisa, S., Al-Halhouli , A., (2018), Experimental characterization of inkjet-printed stretchable circuits for wearable sensor applications. Sensors, 18(10), Article number 3476, DOI: 10.3390/s18103476.

Conference Publications

  • Aljallad, G., Qafisheh, Y., Abu-Khalaf, J., (2019), Modeling and Master-Slave Control of an Upper-Limb Exoskeleton Suit Driven by Pneumatic Muscles. Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics (REM 2019), 8744106, Online, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/REM.2019.8744106.
  • Baslan, N., Heerklotz, S., Weber , S., Heerklotz, A., Höfig , B., Abu-Khalaf, J., (2018), Navigation and vision system of a mobile robot. Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics (REM), 99-104, Online, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/REM.2018.8421777.
  • Abu-Khalaf, J., Mascaro, SA., (2018), Optimization of stretchable fingernail sensor fabrication based on finite element modeling. Proceedings of 2018 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), 1-6, Online, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/SAS.2018.8336754.
  • Abu-Khalaf, J., El Bouri, S., Giha, N., Al-Chalabi, L., Al-Halhouli, A., (2018), Neural network based activity tracker. Proceedings of the 2018 19th International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics, REM 2018, 12-17, Online, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/REM.2018.8421775.
  • Ghobj, S., Akl, A., El-Farr, A., Ayyash, M., Abu-Khalaf, J., (2017), Mechanical design for a cable driven upper limb exoskeleton prototype actuated by pneumatic rubber muscles. Proceedings of 2017 International Conference on Research and Education in Mechatronics (REM), Article number 8075232, Online, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/REM.2017.8075232.
  • Olwan, O., Matan, A., Abdullah, M., Abu-Khalaf, J., (2016), The design and analysis of a six-degree of freedom robotic arm for explosive ordnance disposal applications. Proceedings of 2015 10th International Symposium on Mechatronics and its Applications (ISMA), Article number 7373465, Online, IEEE, DOI: 10.1109/ISMA.2015.7373465.
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