Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Ossama Abdelkhalik One of the challenges for the future cyber-physical systems is the exploration of large design spaces. Genetic algorithms (GAs), which embody a simplified computational model of the mutation and selection mechanisms of natural evolution, are known to be effective for design optimization. However, the traditional formulations are limited to choosing values for a predetermined set of parameters within a given fixed architecture.

Dr. Abdelkhalik's research explores techniques, based on the idea of hidden genes, which enable GAs to select a variable number of components, thereby expanding the explored design space to include selection of a system’s architecture. Hidden genetic optimization algorithms have a broad range of potential applications in cyber-physical systems, including automated construction systems, transportation systems, micro-grid systems, and space systems.

In space systems, optimizing space missions’ trajectories is of significant importance due to its impact on the space mission cost and feasibility. To efficiently design a space mission trajectory, the concept of hidden genes is developed to compute, in an optimal sense, the number of planets’ fly-bys and the plan for propulsion system thrust usage so as to optimize the overall space mission cost.

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Recent publications


01 Hidden Genes Genetic Algorithm for Multi-Gravity-Assist Trajectories Optimization
A. Gad, O. Abdelkhalik
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 48, p. 629 (2011)
02 Dynamic-Size Multiple Populations Genetic Algorithm for Multigravity-Assist Trajectories Optimization
O. Abdelkhalik, A. Gad
Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, vol. 35, p. 520 (2012)
03 Shape-Based Approximation of Constrained Low-Thrust Space Trajectories Using Fourier Series
E. Taheri, O. Abdelkhalik
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 49, p. 535 (2012)
04 Hidden Genes Genetic Optimization for Variable-Size Design Space Problems
O. Abdelkhalik
Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, vol. 156, p. 450 (2013)