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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, and cyber-physical systems. 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 are currently focused on several research areas:

Metaverse, Digital Twins & Extended Reality

[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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