Salihu O. Aliyu

Work place: Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, 234, Nigeria.



Research Interests: Image Processing, Embedded System, Pattern Recognition, Artificial Intelligence


Salihu O. Aliyu is currently an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State Nigeria. He obtained a First Class honor, BEng. Electrical and Computer Engineering at Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria in 2011, after which he proceed to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where he obtained his MSc in Electrical Engineering. His research is focused on Digital Signal/Image processing, Embedded System Design, Artificial Intelligence, Pattern Recognition using machine learning algorithm and Smart Grid

Author Articles
Survey of Cellular Signal Booster

By Elizabeth N. Onwuka Michael Okwori Salihu O. Aliyu Stephen S. Oyewobi Caroline O. Alenoghena Habeeb Bello-Salau Sani S. Makusidi Victor Asuquo

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Nov. 2018

The development of wireless technology has facilitated the wide deployment of mobile communication systems. The beauty of wireless communication is that all nooks and corners can be reached at a cheaper and faster rate when compared with wireline. Wireless is now dominating the telecommunications market. Initially, the dawn of wireless was seen as the dawn of communications to poor countries and rural areas which were poorly covered by wireline devices due to high cost. Currently, the story has changed. Both the wired and unwired environments are clamoring for wireless connectivity. Considering the hype of R&D in broadband technologies and easy acceptance in the market place, wireline communications may soon die a natural death. However, wireless communications faces a few challenges. One of them is that the radio frequency (RF) carrier signals used in these communication systems degrades as it travels through the air interface due to attenuation and interference. As a result, the range of coverage may not be as planned leading to very weak reception or even dead zones where no communication can be done. This problem has resulted in the development of cellular signal boosters that help in receiving the weak signal, amplifying and then re-transmitting it to reach the uncovered areas. Boosters are now giving hope to the frustrated wireless users such as indoor users and those at the fringes of a cell site. These boosters are diverse in make, range, method of operation, deployment and cost. In this paper, a survey of various signal booster designs, deployment and performance is presented. It is hoped that this will serve as a one-stop shop for researchers and developers in the important field of wireless signal boosters and extenders, who wish to know what is available and existing challenges.

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Multi-Sensor Approach for Monitoring Pipelines

By Salihu O. Aliyu Innocent O. Agbo Saidu Muslim Elizabeth N. Onwuka

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Nov. 2017

Pipeline vandalization is one of Nigeria's economy killer, since Nigeria economy to a great extent relies on oil in that capacity. Therefore, a third party damage to petroleum pipelines can be cataclysmic if undetected and prevented. This act results in budgetary misfortunes, ecological contamination and incessant death and loss of properties worth millions as an aftereffect of vandalization. Consequently, it is very paramount to protect these pipelines from vandals through intelligent monitoring systems. Several efforts have been made towards providing a reliable monitoring system for oil pipeline, however, no practically implementable solution have been achieved. Therefore, a pipeline monitoring system using multi-sensors is presented herewith. The sensor array consists of a Passive Infrared (PIR), vibration and sound sensor. An uninvolved infrared (PIR) sensor was utilized to detect intruders before they get in contact with the pipeline and for affirmation of intruders, sound and vibration sensor were set up. As the PIR recognizes an on-coming human the sound and vibration sensors affirms if the human is an intruder(s). An intrusion message containing the location of the vandals is sent to the appropriate authority by the microcontroller via a connected GSM module. Results obtained proved the system as a viable solution for detecting pipeline vandals.

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A Prototype Automatic Solar Panel Controller (ASPC) with Night-time Hibernation

By Salihu O. Aliyu Michael Okwori Elizabeth N. Onwuka

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Aug. 2016

Solar cells, as an alternate means of electricity supply, is rapidly advancing. Generally, output of solar cells depends largely on intensity of sun and angle of incidence on the cells. This means that to get maximum efficiency from these cells, they must remain directly pointed at the sun from sun rise to sun set. However, the position of sun’s highest intensity with respect to a given spot changes with time of the day. It is therefore necessary to automatically control position of solar cells to always align with the highest intensity of sun. In this paper, we present a prototype automatic solar panel controller, with night time hibernation. The proposed system consists of both software and hardware parts, and it automatically provides best alignment of solar panel with sun to get maximum intensity. The solar panel controller system detects the presence of sun rays using light dependent resistors (LDR). At the heart of the control mechanism is an AT89C52 microcontroller. It is programmed to constantly monitor the output of an LDR, actuate a stepper motor to reposition the solar panel to a direction with the highest intensity. The proposed system also has an option of manual control of the panel via a computer interface or a keypad unit for easy of user interactivity during maintenance. Testing the proposed system, results shows that it can successfully track the sun and enter idle mode in the absence of sun rays, hence, conserving over 50% of energy required to operate the system.

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