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The Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security laboratory at Virginia Tech (NEWS@VT)  is a research group focused on developing fundamental mathematical tools and principles to design, develop, and build smart, secure, and self-organizing systems, with applications to networks, wireless systems, Internet of things (IoT) systems, smart power grids, cyber-physical systems, and quantum communication networks. Our research is largely interdisciplinary and draws upon tools from optimization, game theory, machine learning, statistics, control and economics to design and build networks and cyber-physical systems.

We have multiple open PhD positions for Fall 2024, please contact Dr. Saad if you are interested. 

We are currently focused on several research areas:

[Oct 4, 2023] Mahdi Chehimi and Walid Saad Have Won The Best Paper Award at The IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE23) during the IEEE Quantum Week. PhD student Mahdi Chehimi and Walid Saad were have been notified by IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE23) Technical Program Chairs during the IEEE Quantum Week that their paper entitled "Scaling Limits of Quantum Repeater Networks" has won the Best Paper Award (2nd place) in the IEEE QCE 2023 - Quantum Communications and Networking Track ...

[Aug 11, 2023] Mohammad Mozaffari and Walid Saad Win The 2023 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications. Congratulations to ECE Alumnus Mohammad Mozaffari and Walid Saad for winning The 2023 IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communications for their work "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with Underlined Device-to-Device Communications: Performance and Tradeoffs"...

[Apr 13, 2023] Mahdi Chehimi and Walid Saad received a new microgrant from the UK-based Quantum Formalism - Zaiku Group for "Quantum Federated Learning". PhD student Mahdi Chehimi and Dr. Saad will investigate the integration of quantum machine learning algorithms with federated learning setups to develop novel  distributed quantum federated learning frameworks...

[Apr 12, 2023] Mingzhe Chen and Walid Saad Win the 2023 IEEE Communications Society Katherine Johnson Young Author Best Paper Award Congratulations to ECE Alumnus Mingzhe Chen and Walid Saad for winning the 2023 IEEE Communications Society Katherine Johnson Young Author Best Paper Award for their work "Energy Efficient Federated Learning Over Wireless Communication Networks"...

[Apr 12, 2023] Mingzhe Chen and Walid Saad Win the 2023 IEEE Marconi Prize Best Paper Award Congratulations to ECE Alumnus Mingzhe Chen and Walid Saad for winning the 2023 IEEE Marconi Prize Best Paper Award for their work "A Joint Learning and Communications Framework for Federated Learning over Wireless Networks "...

[Feb 23, 2023] The Metaverse: Where Reality and Virtual Reality Collide. Dr. Saad and PhD student Omar Hashash discuss a new project at the intersection of 6G, AI, digital twins, and the metaverse ...

[Dec 14, 2022] Announcing a Holistic Paper on Semantic Communications. We are delighted to announce a new holistic and comprehensive paper on semantic communications (SC) that Christina Chaccour, Dr. Saad, and collaborators have been working on for a little over a year now: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2211.14343.pdf ...

[Nov 10, 2022] Dr. Saad received a new $1 Million NSF funding for "6G Vision". Dr. Saad and Dr. Harpreet Dhilon will develop technologies that use current and emerging 6G wireless systems to "view" and map the surrounding environment using tools from artificial intelligence, machine learning, communication theory, and optimization...

[Oct 11, 2022] The NEWS@VT Lab received a new funding from the Amazon-VT Initiative for Efficient and Robust Machine Learning Dr. Saad received the "Innovative Research Projects Fund" for his project on "Green, Efficient, and Scalable Federated Learning over Resource-constrained Devices and Systems"...

[April 27, 2022] Minsu Kim and Walid Saad Have Won The Best Paper Award at The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) Minsu Kim (PhD Student) and Walid Saad have been notified by IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) Technical Program Chairs that their paper entitled "On the Tradeoff between Energy, Precision, and Accuracy in Federated Quantized Neural Networks"...

[Feb 4, 2022] PhD student Ali Taleb Zadeh Successfully Defends His PhD PhD Student Ali Taleb Zadeh successfully defends his dissertation entitled "Reliable Low Latency Machine Learning for Resource Management in Wireless Networks"...

[Aug 2, 2021] PhD student Ye Hu Successfully Defends Her PhD PhD Student Ye Hu successfully defends her dissertation entitled "Game Theory and Meta Learning for Optimization of Integrated Satellite-Drone-Terrestrial-Communication Systems"...

[Jun 15, 2021] PhD student Tengchan Zeng Successfully Defends Her PhD PhD Student Tengchan Zeng successfully defends his dissertation entitled "Joint Communication, Control, and Learning for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles "...

[May 11, 2021] Mingzhe Chen and Walid Saad Win the 2021 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award Congratulations to ECE Alumnus Mingzhe Chen and Walid Saad for winning the 2021 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award for their work "Virtual Reality Over Wireless Networks: Quality-of-Service Model and Learning-Based Resource Management"...

[May 7, 2021] PhD student Qianqian Zhang Successfully Defends Her PhD PhD Student Qianqian Zhang successfully defends her dissertation entitled "Machine Learning for Millimeter Wave Wireless Systems: Network Design and Optimization"...

[Feb 27, 2021] NEWS@VT Almunus Wins the 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award in "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" Category and Blackwell Graduate Research Award Congratulations to ECE Alumnus Aidin Ferdowsi (PhD, 20) for winning the 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award in "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" category from the Virginia Tech Graduate School and Blackwell Graduate Research Award from the ECE department ...

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