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Dr. Saad provides his perspective on the future of the Internet of Things in a podcast interview by Fybr.

The interview is found here:















PhD student Gilsoo Lee (LINK HISN AME TO HIS WEBSITE) received a Centennial Scholarship from the Nokia Foundation. This scholarship provides EUR 10,000 that will enable Gilsoo to visit the University of Oulu in Finland to pursue collaborative research on fog and edge computing. 





Dr. Saad has received the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee (RCC) Early Achievement Award for contributions to fundamental results in radio communications, wireless resource allocation and cooperative communications. He received the award at IEEE ICC that was held in Kansas City in May 2018, where he gave a lecture on "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Wireless Networking".

Link to the website:










PhD Student Mohammad Mozaffari successfully defends his PhD















It might start with the installation of smart light-responsive windows in your office building. Then a drone flight path will be designated above the mall. One morning, you will notice a self-driving car in your neighbor's driveway. Slowly but steadily, the city you live in will become more and more connected, its infrastructure keyed to monitor itself in smart, sustainable ways.

"Smart cities may be a buzzword now," says ECE's Walid Saad, the College of Engineering Faculty Fellow and associate professor. "But in the next few decades, we're going to start seeing it materialize around us."







Dr. Saad joined the faculty of the BioBuild program at Virginia Tech. The BioBuild program investigates interdisciplinary researcher needed to explore building systems and biological systems synergistically  andto discover innovative connections between these two fields.

BioBuild program at Virginia Tech:














Dr. Walid Saad received the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Best Young Professional in Academia Award in recognition for outstanding contributions to academia in innovative communications research and outstanding services to society.
















Dr. Walid Saad has given several tutorials on "Wireless Communications and Networking with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", at the following conferences: IEEE MILCOM 2017, IEEE PIMRC 2017, IEEE ISCC 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM 2016. These tutorials cover some of the fundamental results that Dr. Saad's group has had in this area, particularly based on the following key papers:
1) M. Mozaffari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Underlaid Device-to-Device Communications: Performance and Tradeoffs," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 3949 - 3963, June 2016.

2) M. Mozaffari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, "Efficient Deployment of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Optimal Wireless Coverage", IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 1647-1650, August 2016.

3) M. Mozaffari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, "Wireless Communication using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): Optimal Transport Theory for Hover Time Optimization", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, to appear, 2017.

4) M. Chen, M. Mozaffari, W. Saad, C. Yin, M. Debbah, and C. S. Hong, "Caching in the Sky: Proactive Deployment of Cache-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Optimized Quality-of-Experience", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), Special Issue on Human-In-The-Loop Mobile Networks, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 1046 - 1061, May 2017.

5) M. Mozaffari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, "Mobile Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Energy-Efficient Internet of Things Communications", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 16, no. 11, pp. 7574 - 7589, November 2017.

6) A. Sanjab, W. Saad, and T. Başar, "Prospect Theory for Enhanced Cyber-Physical Security of Drone Delivery Systems: A Network Interdiction Game," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Communication and Information Systems Security Symposium, Paris, France, May 2017.

7) M. Mozaffari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, "Optimal Transport Theory for Power-Efficient Deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Wireless Communications Symposium, Kualalumpur, Malaysia, May 2016.



Dr. Saad, together wtih Dr. Mehdi Bennis, delivered a tutorial on the Internet of Things at IEEE GLOBECOM 2017. The tutorial covered the fundamentals of the IoT, as well as a broad range of IoT applications that include fog computing, M2M communications, URLLC, UAV communications, V2X networking, and wireless virtual reality.

IEEE GLOBECOM 2017:


Dr. Saad received a new 9-month, $57,922 seed grant from the Army Research Office (ARO) entitled "Performance of Wireless Communications using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", whose goal is to develop fundamental results on the performance of wireless communications using flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).







Dr. Saad delivered a keynote entitled " The Internet of Everything: When Drones meet 5G in Context-Aware Smart Cities" at  the IEEE VTC-Fall, 3rd IEEE Workshop on Next Generation Backhaul/Fronthaul Networks.

Abstract:
The coming decade will be marked by a large-scale wireless interconnection of smartphones, sensors, wearables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and people, into what has come to be collectively known as the Internet of Everything (IoE), which will lie at the heart of tomorrow's smart cities. In this talk, we give an overview on two key ingredients that will help realize this IoE vision. First, we investigate the role of UAVs within the IoE by exposing the various performance tradeoffs associated with their use as flying base stations. Then, we introduce the disruptive paradigm of context-aware networking in which a wireless system can exploit a dimension that has often been overlooked – the user’s context. We discuss the various components of this framework while highlighting its promising outlook for boosting the performance of beyond 5G networks. We conclude this talk by providing our vision on wireless networking in the smart cities era.

3rd IEEE Workshop on Next Generation Backhaul/Fronthaul Networks:


Dr. Saad delivered a talk entitled "Smart Cities: Enablers, Challenges, and Opportunities" at the APA Virginia Conference.

Abstract:
Transforming our villages, towns, and cities into smart and connected communities is arguably the most pressing technological challenge for the coming decade. This plenary will present a broad view on the smart cities vision, while discussing its enabling technologies with a focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with each one of them. 


APA Virginia Conference Program:


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.
Virginia Tech News:














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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