Faculty

Walid Saad, Associate Professor
Walid Saad (S'07, M'10, SM’15) received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network Science, Wireless, and Security (NetSciWiS) laboratory, within the Wireless@VT research group. His research interests include wireless networks, game theory, cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr. Saad is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2013, the AFOSR summer faculty fellowship in 2014, and the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in 2015. He was the author/co-author of six conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, and EuCNC in 2017. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society. In 2017, Dr. Saad was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. From 2015 – 2017, Dr. Saad was named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech. He currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing,  IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and IEEE Communications Tutorials & Surveys.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Nof Abuzainab, Postdoctoral Fellow
Nof Abuzainab received her BE in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and her MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland College Park, USA. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include the Internet of Things (IoT), resource allocation in wireless networks, Internet of things, network coding, game theory, and wireless networks security. Prior to joining VT, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) in France.

PhD Students

Ursula Challita,
 PhD Student
Ursula Challita received her BS in Computer and Communications Engineering from Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon (2007-2012) and her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon (2012-2014). She is currently a PhD student at The University of Edinburgh (UoE), School of Informatics and she is co-advised by Dr. Saad. Her research interests include resource allocation, spectrum management, optimization, game theory, and machine learning. She is the recipient of the Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship and Principal's Career Development Scholarship (2014-2017).

Abdelrahman Eldosouky, PhD Student
Abdelrahman Eldosouky received his BS in Computer and Control Engineering and MS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Zagazig University, Egypt. He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include resilient critical infrastructure, moving target defense, mechanism design, contract theory, and wireless security.

Aidin Ferdowsi
,
 PhD Student
Aidin Ferdowsi received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also a Wireless@VT Fellow. His research interests include cyber-physical systems, smart cities, security, and game theory.

Ye Hu
, PhD Student
Ye Hu received her BS in  Communication Engineering from the Hebei University of Technology, China, and her MS in Electronic and Communication Engineering from  Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication, China. She is currently a Ph.D.student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include Internet of things, machine learning, and game theory.

Gilsoo Lee, PhD Student
Gilsoo Lee received his BS and MS in Electronic Engineering from Sogang University, South Korea.  He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech.  His research interests include resource management, online optimization, and game-theoretic approaches with application to  fog computing and energy-harvesting wireless networks.

Mohammad Mozaffari, PhD Student
Mohammad Mozaffari received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran and his MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Calgary, Canada. He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include wireless communications and statistical signal processing with focus on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications and networking, localization, and GPS signals.

Taehyun Park, PhD Student
Taehyeun Park received his BE in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union. He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include machine -to-machine communications, the Internet of things, learning, and game theory.

Anibal Sanjab, PhD Student
Anibal Sanjab received his BE in Electrical Engineering from the Lebanese American University (LAU), Lebanon and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, VA, USA. He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include security of cyber-physical systems, game theory, smart grids, and energy economics. Mr. Sanjab is the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship for the years 2012-2014. He is valedictorian of the Lebanese American University class of 2012 and the recipient of the 2012 LAU president’s award for high leadership skills and academic achievements. Mr. Sanjab served as the chair of the IEEE-LAU student chapter for the years 2011 and 2012.

Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh, PhD Student
Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh received his BE in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Aleppo, Syria and his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include machine learning, distributed systems, task scheduling, optimization, security, cyber-physical systems, and data analytics.

Mehdi Naderi Soorki,
 PhD Student
Mehdi Naderi Soorki received his BS in  Electrical Engineering from the Iran university of science and technology (IUST), Iran and his MS in Telecommunication Networks  from  Isfahan university of technology (IUT), Iran. He is currently a PhD student at Isfahan university of technology (IUT), department of electrical and computer engineering and a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, co-advised by Drs. Saad and MacKenzie. His research interests include applying game theory and stochastic network optimization to design new mechanisms for different 5G technologies, including millimeter wave communications, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and UAV communication. 

Ali Taleb Zadeh
, PhD Student
Ali Taleb Zadeh received his BS with honor in Electrical Engineering Communication Systems and Control Systems (double major) from the Iran University of Science and Technology and his MS in Communication Systems from University of Tehran.  He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also a Wireless@VT Fellow. His research interests include big data analysis, machine learning, and stochastic/robust optimization, with their applications in communications and networking.
Tengchan Zeng, PhD Student
Tengchan Zeng received his BS in  Automation from the Beijing Jiaotong University in 2016. He is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include graph theory, wireless networks, resource allocation and optimization.

Qianqian Zhang, PhD Student
Qianqian Zhang received her BS in Telecommunication Engineering with Management from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing. She is currently a PhD student at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include machine learning, millimeter wave communications, game theory, and smart cities.

Undergraduate Students

Cliff Crawford, BE Student (ECE)

Luke Andraka, BE Student (ECE)

Mason Shuler, BE Student (Computer Science)

Suhaib Tahir, BE Student (ECE)

Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Seyed Rasoul Etesami received his B.S in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Isfahan University of Technology, his M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Electrical Engineering Department at Rutgers University and was jointly co-advised by Dr. Walid Saad. His research interests include social and distributed networks, networked games, smart grids, algorithm design, and computational complexity. Dr. Etesami is the recipient of the best CSL PhD thesis award in the engineering school of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. He is currently an Assistant Professor at at Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at UIUC.

Graduate Students

George El Rahi,
Georges El Rahi received his BE degree in Electrical Engineering from the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Byblos, Lebanon. He defended his MS thesis entitled "Demand-Side Energy Management in the Smart Grid: Games and Prospects" in May 2017 at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He started his first job in engineering design in Washington DC.

Kenza Hamidouche received her engineering diploma in computer science from Ecole nationale Supérieure d'Informatique, Algiers, in 2012. In 2013, she was selected for a scholarship program at the university of Rennes 1, from which she received her Research Master's degree in computer science. In December 2016, she received her PhD from Paris - Saclay, co-advised by Dr. Walid Saad and Dr. Merouane Debbah. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Centrale-Supelec.

Ali Houjeij received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2011 and his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in 2013. His research was focused on game-theoretic modeling of jamming and eavesdropping in wireless networks. He is currently at Cisco, CA.

Shankar Krishnan,
MS from Virginia Tech, co-advised with H. Dhillon, now with Qualcomm.

Francesco Pantisano received his B.Eng and M.Sc (Hons.) degrees in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Bologna, in 2005 and 2008. In 2013, he received his PhD degree in Computer networks and Information technology, from the University of Oulu, Finland. Dr. Pantisano's first job was a scientific project officer at the Digital Earth and Reference Data Unit of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, working in the area of Big Data, Smart city, IoT and Cellular Network Evolution. Currently, he joined the Ernst & Young Consulting firm in Italy.

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Omid Semiari,

Omid Semiari received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in communication systems from University of Tehran in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Bradly department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2017. In 2014, he has worked as an intern at Bell Labs, on anticipatory, context-aware resource management. In 2016, he has joined Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) for a summer internship, working on LTE-Advanced modem design. Dr. Semiari is the recipient of several research fellowship awards, including DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship and NSF student travel grant. He has actively served as a reviewer for flagship IEEE Transactions and conferences and participated as the technical program committee (TPC) member for a variety of workshops at IEEE conferences, such as ICC and GLOBECOM. His research interests include wireless communications and networking, millimeter wave communications, context-aware resource allocation, matching theory, and signal processing. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University.

Yunpeng Wang received his BS from North China Electric Power University, China and his MS from Stevens Institute of Technology, USA, he received his PhD degree from University of Miami, USA in 2015. He is currently at the Smart Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).

Xiangxiang Xu received his BS in wireless communication from the Shandong University, China and his PhD from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University, China in July 2016. He was co-advised by Dr. Saad. During his PhD, he worked on backhaul-aware network planning in small cell networks. Currently, he is working in consulting in China.

Undergraduate Students

Lester Aponte-Cepeda,
BS from University of Miami, completed senior project on Home Automation Systems in 2013. 

Matthew Benecky,
BS from University of Miami, worked on mobile learning.

Jon Bunting,
BS from Virginia Tech, worked on an REU project on Android programming.

Vladimir Castillo
BS from University of Miami, completed senior project on Home Automation Systems in 2013.

Carlos Diaz,
BS from University of Miami, majored in game theory and device-to-device communication, graduated Dec. 2013, now with Epic Systems, Wisconsin.

Justin Hoelscher,
BS from Virginia Tech, worked on an REU project on Android programming.

Erik Jorge,
BS from University of Miami, developed a jamming project on USRP in Spring 2014.

Jisu Park,
BS from Virginia Tech,  worked on WARP development in Fall 2015.

Christopher Ramlakan,
BS from University of Miami, completed senior project on Home Automation Systems in 2013.

Affiliated Students and Faculty
Samad Ali
,
 PhD Student
Samad Ali received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tabriz, Iran and his MS in Wireless Communications Engineering from University of Oulu, Finland. He is currently a PhD student at Center for Wireless Communications at University of Oulu. His research interests include machine type communications, smart grids, and machine learning.

Mehdi Bennis, Research Manager and Adjunct Professor
Mehdi Bennis received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering jointly from the EPFL, Switzerland and the Eurecom Institute, France in 2002. From 2002 to 2004, he worked as a research engineer at IMRA-EUROPE investigating adaptive equalization algorithms for mobile digital TV. In 2004, he joined the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu, Finland as a research scientist. In 2008, he was a visiting researcher at the Alcatel-Lucent chair on ?exible radio, SUPELEC. He obtained his Ph.D. in December 2009 on spectrum sharing for future mobile cellular systems. Currently Dr. Bennis is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oulu and Academy of Finland research fellow. His main research interests are in radio resource management, heterogeneous networks, game theory and machine learning in 5G networks and beyond. He has co-authored one book and published more than 100 research papers in international conferences, journals and book chapters. He was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2016 Best Tutorial Prize from the IEEE Communications Society and the 2017 EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of wireless communications and networks. Dr. Bennis serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication.

Mingzhe Chen, PhD Student
Mingzhe Chen received his BS in Telecommunication Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China and his MS in Telecommunication Engineering from Beijing university of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China. He is currently a PhD student at Beijing university of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), School of Information and Communication Engineering. His research interests include software defined networks, cloud radio access, heterogeneous wireless networks, and machine learning.

Mohammed S. Elbamby, PhD Student
Mohammed S. Elbamby received his BS in electronics and communications engineering from the Institute of Aviation Engineering and Technology (IAET), Egypt, in 2010 and his MS in communications engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2013. He is currently a doctoral student at the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu, Finland. His research interests include interference management, context-aware resource management, and self-organizing small cell networks.

Behrouz Maham, Assistant Professor
Behrouz Maham received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, in 2010. From September 2008 to August 2009, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University (NU). Prior to joining NU, he was a faculty with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran. He has around 80 publications in major technical journals and conferences. His fields of interest span the broad area of scalable wireless communication and networking. He is a Senior member of IEEE.

Sumudu Samarakoon, PhD Student
Sumudu Samarakoon received his BS in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and his MS in Telecommunications Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He is currently a PhD student at the department of Communications Engineering at University of Oulu, Finland. His research interests include small cells networks, backhaul management in heterogeneous networks, machine learning, and game theory. In 2009, he was awarded a full scholarship for his MS by the Government of Finland. In 2011, by the completion of MS, he was awarded Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications Prize for field of Telecommunication by the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Visitors
We would like to thank all visitors for their contribution to our research program

Ursula Challita, PhD student, University of Edinburgh (UoE)September 2016- October 2017.

Mingzhe Chen, PhD student, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT)September 2016- September 2018.

Mehdi Naderi Soorki, PhD student, Isfahan university of technology (IUT), Aug 2015 - May 2016.

Prof. Hossein Manshaei, Isfahan University of Technology, August 2015.

Kenza Hamidouche, PhD student, SUPELEC, December 2014 - June 2015.

Xiangxiang Xu, PhD student, Tsinghua University, December 2014 - June 2015.

Prof. Ismail Guvenc, North Carolina State University, May 2015.

Prof. Narayan Manadayam, WINLAB, Rutgers University, April 2014.

Prof. H. Vincent Poor, Princeton University, April 2014.

Dr. Dapeng Li, Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications, China, March 2013 - February 2014.

Prof. Tamer Başar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, February 2013.