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By Dr. Adnan Gutub


Dr. Mostafa Abd-EI-Barr (Member) Dedicated to my parents my beloved wife Alaa. Acknowledgements All praise be to Allah Subhanahu-wa-ta-a’la for his limitless blessings. May Allah bestow peace on his prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household). I acknowledge the support and facilities provided by King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM). I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to my thesis advisor Dr. Mohammed Sqalli for his patience, guidance and sincere cooperation through-out this thesis. I also value the help and support given by my committee members Prof. Mostafa Abd-El-Barr and Dr. Marwan Abu-Amara. My acknowledgements extend to the chairmen of the Computer Engineering Department, Dr. Sadiq Sait, Dr. Abd-Aziz Al-Mulhem and Dr. Adnan Gutub for their cooperation and providing the department facilities. I also acknowledge the cooperation of Dr. Kishor S. Trivedi in providing us with a copy of the SHARPE tool. I would like to acknowledge the constant support, understanding and love that I received from my wife Alaa. I am also thankful to all colleagues with whom I shared wonderful moments and made this an enjoyable experience. i

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