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Dr. Walid Saad and Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh participate in two summer camps held at Virginia Tech, C-Tech² and Imagination summer camps. In C-Tech² - Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech summer camp, Dr. Saad and Sharaf-Dabbagh gave a workshop in titled "Introducing the Internet of Things, a Hands on Workshop" to junior and senior high school students. Imagination is a hands-on science and engineering summer day camp for rising 7th and 8th graders, Dr. Saad and Sharaf-Dabbagh gave a similar workshop titled "Introducing the Internet of Things, a Hands on Workshop" to rising 7th and 8th graders.

C-Tech² - Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech:

Imagination


Dr. Saad was a co-author of the paper that received the Best Student Paper Award from the 26th European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC'2017) for the following paper:

M. El-Bamby, M. Bennis, and W. Saad, "Proactive Edge Computing in Latency-Constrained Fog Networks", in Proc. European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC), Oulu, Finland, June 2017.

The paper introduced the new paradigm of proactive caching of computing tasks in fog networks. A PDF of the paper is found here:





The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved the promotion of Walid Saad to associate professor with tenure.

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PhD student Omid Semiari has successfully defended his PhD, entitled "Context-Aware Resource Management and Performance Analysis of Millimeter Wave and Sub-6 GHz Wireless Networks". Dr. Semiari will now join Georgia Southern University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Congratulations Omid!


Dr. Saad received a Dean's award in the form of a faculty fellowship from the College of Engineering, for outstanding research.

















Dr. Saad was recently interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor and KCBS Radio San Francisco to weigh in on the emerging Internet of Battlefield Things technology, that the U.S. Military is envisioning over the next few years. The related news article from the Christian Science Monitor is found here:




Anibal Sanjab was chosen to receive the IEEE ICC 2017 Student Travel Grant to attend the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Paris, France.

the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications website:



We already have smartphones, smart clothing, and smart appliances, but emerging "smart cities" are still a concept of our imagined future.

A Virginia Tech team wants those smart cities to feature zero energy, zero outage, and zero congestion. Their tools: big data and interdisciplinary technology.

Walid Saad, the Stephen O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering; Harpreet Dhillon, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Naren Ramakrishnan, the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering and director of the Discovery Analytics Center in the Department of Computer Science, are leading a three-year, $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop a new planning framework for smart, connected, and sustainable communities.



By integrating smart devices on the battlefield, military strategists are tapping into the Internet of Things to hone their tactics. The massive deployment of devices like sensors, wearables, autonomous probabilistic vehicles, and drones is expected to transform tomorrow's military battlefields into a large-scale Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) ecosystem.

Walid Saad, the Stephen O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow and assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, and Naren Ramakrishnan, the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering and director of the Discovery Analytics Center in the Department of Computer Science, are leading the $324,000 Army Research Laboratory grant. They are developing a planning framework that would present mathematical tools to



Walid Saad has been elected the Vice Chair of the Americas for the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee of Cognitive Networks. Beginning in 2017, Saad will serve in this capacity for two years.

IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks:












Omid Semiari
 was chosen to receive the IEEE Globecom 2016 Student Travel Grant to attend 2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference in Washington, DC USA.

Global communications conference, exhibition, and industry forum (Globecom) 2016 website:







Dr. Walid Saad and Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh participate in C-Tech² - Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech summer camp. Dr. Saad and Sharaf-Dabbagh gave a workshop in titled "Introducing the Internet of Things, a Hands on Workshop" to junior and senior high school students.

C-Tech² - Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech:




Our research on smart grid and cyber-physical systems security in the news. Report title "Report on grid security lists potential ways to mitigate threats"

Smart grid news report:


Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh joined Global City Teams Challenge Expo held at Austin, TX on June 13th and 14th.

Global City Teams Challenge is an initiative designed to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city / smart community environment. The IoT Event for Global City Leaders brings together over 200 Cities and their respective leadership to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers; linking progressive cities with state-of-the-art solutions and best practices.


GCTC Expo • June 13-14, 2016 • Austin, TX:


The coming decade will be marked by a large-scale, pervasive wireless interconnection of devices, sensors, smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, vehicles, drones, and mundane objects into a massive cyber-physical Internet of Everything (IoE) system. It is anticipated that the IoE will provide connectivity for billions of devices and millions of individuals worldwide. However, such an interconnection will only be possible if a reliable and high-speed wireless communication infrastructure is built to sustain the massive and heterogeneous traffic that will stem from the IoE. Such an infrastructure will encompass a variety of wireless systems, ranging from cellular networks to WLANs. Owing to its pervasiveness, scale, and heterogeneity, the IoE will introduce many novel and unique challenges for wireless communications that range from enabling a co-existence between machine type devices and human type devices to delivering ultra-low latency communication and developing resource allocation mechanisms that can adapt to the heterogeneous IoE environment. Moreover, the IoE will also incorporate emerging technologies such as drone-based and UAV communications which will have their own, unique challenges. 



Cyber-physical systems are characterized by four key features: 
Heterogeneity, in terms of technology and services. 
Dynamics, in terms of rapidly varying environments and uncertainty at both the cyber and physical realms.
Size, in terms of number of users, nodes, and services.
Cyber-physical vulnerabilities, that can stem from multiple cyber and physical entry points. 
The need for smart, secure, and autonomic CPS system designs has become a central research issue in a variety of applications and scenarios. One example is next-generation smart grid systems in which a myriad of devices such as renewable energy sources, customer-owned storage units, and traditional generator units must be able to interact, co-exist, and self-adapt to uncertainties and time-varying environments. Another example is the Internet of things system, which will encompass a broad range of devices, of different capabilities, that must interact, operate, and control various cyber and physical operations. Incorporating self-organizing optimization capabilities along with smarter security solutions in heterogeneous CPSs motivates the development of innovative analytical techniques.



Dr. Walid Saad and his student Gilsoo Lee received the Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee's Award for Best Paper in the Green Communications Symposium for their paper "Online Ski Rental for Scheduling Self-Powered, Energy Harvesting Small Base Stations" in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Smart Grid Cyber Security and Privacy SymposiumKuala LumpurMalaysia, May 2016.


Dr. Walid Saad has received the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor this year. The award ceremony will take place on May 03, 2016, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Congratulations, Dr. Saad!














Walid Saad, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. 

The Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellowship was endowed in 2004, through donations made in memory of the late Steven O. Lane, a 1978 graduate of Virginia Tech who was considered to be a leader in spacecraft antenna design. He spent his entire professional career with Boeing Satellite Systems; among his many accomplishments were 12 patents and several professional papers. The fellowship is presented to a junior faculty member for teaching and research excellence.

Saad joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014 as a tenure-track assistant professor. He has earned a reputation as an exceptional researcher having won numerous awards including three best paper awards at conferences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) ComSoc Fred W. Ellersick Prize in 2015 for the best IEEE magazine paper on communications published in the previous three calendar years, the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2013, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young ... Read More


Dr. Walid Saad and his student Anibal Sanjab win best paper award for their paper "Smart Grid Data Injection Attacks: To Defend or Not?," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Smart Grid Cyber Security and Privacy Symposium, Miami, FL, November 2015.

IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Smart Grid Cyber Security and Privacy Symposium



Mohammad Mozaffari was chosen to receive the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) student travel grant (STG) to attend 2015 IEEE Global Communications Conference in San Diego, CA, USA.

Global communications conference, exhibition, and industry forum (Globecom) 2015 website:







The NetSciWiS research group has received two new grants from the National Science Foundation. The first grant, funded by the NSF CRISP program, is a large-scale grant that pertains to laying the foundations of resilient, interconnected smart cities. The second grant, funded by the NSF CPS program, under the auspices of the NIST Global City Teams Challenge, will investigate the synergies between data analytics and the security of the Internet of Things.

These two grants were were part of the grants announced by the National Science Foundation at the inaugural White House  Smart Cities Initiative that took place on September 14th, 2015. More information on this event and the grants is found here:



Dr. Walid Saad and Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh win best paper award for their paper "Transfer Learning for Device Fingerprinting with Application to Cognitive Radio Networks," in the Proc. of 26th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Hong Kong, September 2015.

26th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC):


Abdelrahman El-Dosouky was selected for "Games and Contracts for Cyber-Physical Security" summer school held at UCLA from JULY 7 - 23, 2015. The summer school covered many topics in game theory and economics that's related to cyber and network security.




Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh joined Global City Teams Challenge Expo held in Washington DC at June 1st.

The expo showcase new IoT technologies that are transforming decision making within a smart city / smart community environment in the US and around the world.

The expo includes:
  • Project demonstrations from 40+ GCTC teams offering a chance to see and touch key components of unmanned aerial vehicle networks for firefighters, autonomous vehicles and other Internet of Things applications.
  • Rapid-fire presentations delivered by city officials and team members researching and deploying technologies related to sectors including healthcare, energy and disaster recovery among others.
  • Opportunities to engage thought leaders from industry, government and the university research sectors as well as 30+ participating cities around the world
  • Keynotes and announcements regarding opportunities for municipalities and innovators to participate in smart city initiatives in 2015-2016 and beyond
Global City Teams Challenge Expo,

Dr. Walid Saad receives the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research

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