Team

Faculty

Walid Saad, Professor, Google Scholar

Walid Saad (S'07, M'10, SM’15, F'19) received his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is a full Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network sciEnce, Wireless, and Security (NEWS@VT) laboratory, within the Wireless@VT research group. He is also the Wireless NextG Faculty Lead for Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus. His research interests include wireless networks, machine learning, game theory, security, unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber-physical systems, smart grids, and network science. Dr. Saad is a Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is also 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 ten conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012, IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, EuCNC in 2017, IEEE GLOBECOM in 2018, IFIP NTMS in 2019, IEEE ICC in 2020, and IEEE GLOBECOM in 2020. He is the recipient of the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, of the 2017 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award, of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award, and of the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Communication Theory Technical Committee. He was also a co-author of the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper. From 2015-2017, Dr. Saad was named the Stephen O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech and, in 2017, he was named College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. He received the Dean's award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech in 2019. He currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. He is an Editor-at-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Christo Kurisummoottil Thomas, Postdoc

Christo Kurisummoottil Thomas received his BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India in year 2010, his MS in Telecommunication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in year 2012, and his PhD from EURECOM, France in year 2020. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. His research interests include semantic communications, statistical signal processing, and machine learning for wireless communications. From 2012 to 2014, he was a staff design engineer on 4G LTE with Broadcom communications, Bangalore, and from 2014 to 2017, he was a design engineer with Intel corporation, Bangalore. During November 2020 till June 2022, he was a staff engineer on 5G modems with wireless research and development division of Qualcomm Inc., Espoo, Finland. He was a recipient of the best student paper award at IEEE SPAWC 2018, Kalamata, Greece, and also received third prize for his team titled “Learned Chester” ML5G-PHY channel estimation challenge, as part of the ITU AI/ML in 5G challenge, conducted at NCSU, US, 2020.

PhD Students

Christina Chaccour, PhD Student

Christina Chaccour received her BE in Electrical Engineering with Highest Distinction from Notre Dame University- Louaize, Lebanon in 2018. She is currently a PhD student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. She had an internship at Cadence Design Systems, Munich GmBh, where she wrote a tutorial about front-end IC design in 2016. She is the co-founder of IO Tree (Internet of Trees), this startup has won in 2018 the Agrytech Hackathon, the Startup Weekend by Google for Entrepreneurs, and has earned funds from both the Agrytech Accelerator and the Lebanese Industrial Research Achievement Program (LIRA). Christina has also won the first Alfa and Ericsson IoT award in 2018, and the Second Prize in the LIRA forum for her final year project in 2017. Her research interests include wireless cellular networks, terahertz communications, the internet of things, and machine learning.

Mahdi Chehimi, PhD Student

Mahdi Chehimi received his BS in Electrical Engineering with honors from Kuwait University in 2018 and his MENG in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2020 with a focus on communications, applied electromagnetics, and RF. He is currently a PhD student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. His research interests include Quantum Communications, Quantum Machine Learning with applications to wireless networks, and physical layer security.

Omar Hashash, PhD Student

Omar Hashash received his BE in Communications and Electronics Engineering from Beirut Arab University, Lebanon in 2019 and his ME in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2021. He is currently a PhD student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. His research interests include wireless cellular networks, distributed machine learning, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, and mobile edge computing.

Mohammad Karimzadeh, PhD Student

Mohammad Karimzadeh Farshbafan received his BS in electrical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran in 2012, his MS in electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2014, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2020. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. His research interests include wireless networking, machine learning, and network softwarization.

Minsu Kim, PhD Student

Minsu Kim received his BE with honors in School of Undergraduate Studies from the DGIST in 2019 and his MS in Information and Communication Engineering from the DGIST, Korea in 2021. He is currently a PhD student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He is awarded the best paper award at the IEEE ICC 2022. He is also the recipient of the Pratt Scholarship. His research interests include distributed machine learning, Internet of Things, and 6G networks.


Master Student

Alexander DeRieux, Master Student

Alexander DeRieux received his BS in Electrical Engineering with honors and his BS in Computer Science with honors from Virginia Tech in 2016. He is currently a MS student at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He works for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) Space Systems Development Division (SSDD) researching, designing, and developing space-system technologies in the areas of rocketry, communications, optics, networking, tactical network modeling, surveillance and tracking, software engineering, Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) theory and applications. His research interests include wireless networks, quantum communications, and quantum machine learning.


Undergraduate Students

Luke Andraka, BE Student (ECE)

Cliff Crawford, BE Student (ECE)

Mason Shuler, BE Student (Computer Science)

Suhaib Tahir, BE Student (ECE)

Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Nof Abuzainab,

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 was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech working on the Internet of Things (IoT) and network security. Prior to joining VT, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) in France. She is currently a Senior Researcher at Intelligent Automation Inc in Maryland.

Bochra Bouchhima,

Bochra Bouchhima received her engineering degree in Telecommunication from Telecom SudParis in 2012 and her PhD in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tunis (ENIT) in 2017. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include machine learning, compressive sensing, inverse problems, optimal transport, and optimization. She is the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship for the year 2018-2019.

Seyed Rasoul Etesami,

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 Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at UIUC.

Minchae Jung,

Minchae Jung received his BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Yonsei University, South Korea and his PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Yonsei University, South Korea in 2014. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Yonsei University, South Korea and he a postdoctoral fellow at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech from 2019 to 2020. His research interests include massive MIMO, large and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, and SWIPT system. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of Electronic Engineering at Soonchunhyang University, Korea.

Bo Zhou,

Bo Zhou received his B.E. degree in electronic engineering from South China University of Technology, China and his PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2018 to 2021. His research interests include age of information, wireless caching, stochastic network optimization, the Internet of things, and machine learning. He is now a faculty at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Graduate Students

Muhammad Ikram Ashraf, PhD Student

Muhammad Ikram Ashraf received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Communication Networks from Bahria University, Pakistan. He received another M.Sc. in Telecommunication systems (2008) and Ph.D. degree in Communications Engineering (2019) from University of Oulu. From 2008 to 2011, he was working as Research Scientist at Centre for wireless communication (CWC), Oulu Finland. From 2011 to 2012, he was working as Senior Software Engineer at Nokia, Oulu Finland. From 2012 to 2017 he was working as PhD Student/Project Manager at CWC, Oulu Finland. He worked as Visiting Researcher in 2017. Since 2018, he is working as experienced researcher at Ericsson Research, Finland. He has authored/co-authored number of international scientific publications and has contributed to several 3GPP contributions. His current research interests include 5G radio networks, URLLC, Industrial IoT, TSN, and V2X communication.

Ursula Challita,

Ursula Challita received her BS in Computer and Communications Engineering from Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon in 2012, her MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon in 2014, and her PhD from The University of Edinburgh (UoE), School of Informatics in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Saad. She is currently a senior researcher at Ericsson Research, Sweden. 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).

Mingzhe Chen,

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 received his PhD degree from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), School of Information and Communication Engineering. He was a postdoctoral researcher jointly at the Electrical Engineering Department of Princeton University and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China from 2019 - 2021. He is currently at Ericsson AI Research. His research interests include machine learning, virtual reality, wireless networks, game theory, resource management, and optimization.

Yaman Sharaf-Dabbagh,

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 received his PhD degree from 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.

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, and the Doctor of Science degree (with distinction) in communications engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland, in 2019. He is currently with the end-to-end networks and service automation lab at Nokia Bell Labs. His research interests span resource optimization, network management, and machine learning in wireless cellular networks.

Abdelrahman Eldosouky,

Abdelrahman Eldosouky received his BS in Computer and Control Engineering and MS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Zagazig University, Egypt. He received his PhD degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2019. His research interests include resilient critical infrastructure, moving target defense, mechanism design, contract theory, and wireless security. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nevada - Reno.

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.

Aidin Ferdowsi,

Aidin Ferdowsi received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. He received his PhD degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2020. He was also a Wireless@VT Fellow. His research interests include cyber-physical systems, smart cities, security, and game theory. After graduation, he joins Hughes Network Systems, LLC, in Washington DC area.

Kenza Hamidouche,

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 Wireless Systems Architect at Apple.

Ali Houjeij,

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.

Ye Hu,

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 received her Ph.D. from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech in 2021. Her research interests include non-terrestrial networks (NTNs), machine learning, and game theory. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University.

Shankar Krishnan,

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

Gilsoo Lee,

Gilsoo Lee received his BS and MS in Electronic Engineering from Sogang University, South Korea. He received his PhD degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2020. His research interests include resource management, online optimization, and game-theoretic approaches with application to fog computing and energy-harvesting wireless networks. After graduation, he joins Nokia Bell Labs in Chicago.

Zahra (Kiana) Moghimi,

Zahra (Kiana) Moghimi received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Iran. She received her MS degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech in 2021. Her research interests include Machine Learning, Deep Neural Networks, and Generative Models with applications in Computer Vision and Networking problems.

Mohammad Mozaffari,

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 received his PhD degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2018. His research interests include wireless communications and statistical signal processing with focus on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communications and networking, localization, and GPS signals. He is currently Senior Researcher at Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, CA, USA.

Francesco Pantisano,

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.

Taehyun Park,

Taehyeun Park received his BE in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union. He received his PhD degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2020. His research interests include machine -to-machine communications, the Internet of things, learning, and game theory.


Anibal Sanjab,

Anibal Sanjab received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Lebanese American University (LAU), Lebanon, in 2012 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, VA, USA, in 2014. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2018. His research interests include the security of cyber-physical systems, game theory, smart grids, energy economics and power system operation, and control. Dr. Sanjab has been awarded the best student paper award at the IEEE SmartGridComm'15. Dr. 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. Dr. Sanjab has served on the organizing and technical program committees of a number of conferences and workshops.

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 the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Mehdi Naderi Soorki,

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 received his PhD from Isfahan university of technology (IUT), department of electrical and computer engineering. His research interests include applying game theory, machine learning, and stochastic network optimization to design new mechanisms for different 5G technologies, including millimeter wave communications, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, and UAV communication.

Yunpeng Wang,

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,

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.


Ali Taleb Zadeh,

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 received his PhD student from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2022. He was 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,

Tengchan Zeng received his BS in Automation from the Beijing Jiaotong University in 2016. He received his PhD degree from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2021. His research interests include distributed learning, autonomous system design, wireless networks, resource allocation and mathematical programming. He is now a Wireless Connectivity Engineering at Ford Motors.

Qianqian Zhang,

Qianqian Zhang received her BS in Telecommunication Engineering with Management from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing. She received her PhD degree from the Bradley department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2021. Her research interests include machine learning, millimeter wave communications, game theory, and smart cities.

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.

Ramy Amer, PhD Student

Ramy Amer received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Alexandria University, Egypt. He is currently a PhD student at CONNECT centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His research interests include wireless caching, cross-layer design, Cognitive Radio, Energy Harvesting, and Stochastic Geometry. Prior to CONNECT, he was also an assistant lecturer for the switching department, National Telecommunication Institute of Egypt (NTI), Cairo, Egypt, where he conducted professional training both at the national and international levels. He is also certified as a Cisco instructor and has other Cisco data and voice certificates. He worked as a part-time instructor for many national and international training centres, e.g., New-Horizon Egypt and Fast-Lane KSA.

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.

Do-Yup Kim, PhD Student

Do-Yup Kim received the B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Kwangwoon University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2016. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Yonsei University, Seoul. Since July 2021, he has been a visiting student at the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. His research interests include resource allocation, quality-of-service issues, optimization, and performance analysis in communication networks.

Dongheon Lee, PhD Student

Dogheon Lee received his BS in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Yonsei University, South Korea in 2016. He is currently a MS/PhD integrated student at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Yonsei University, and a visiting researcher at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. His research interests include SWIPT systems, Massive MIMO, and AI.

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.

Zineb Mahrez, PhD Student

Zineb Mahrez received her Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from the National School of Applied Sciences in Morocco in 2012. She is conducting her PhD research on smart urban mobility and is currently a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include development and data science. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has previously managed international development projects that aim at enabling human development through new technologies, community collective intelligence and open innovation.

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.

Rodolfo Vera-Amaro, PhD Student

Rodolfo Vera-Amaro received his BS in Communications Engineering from the IPN, Mexico in 2003, his MS in Sciences of Telecommunications Engineering from the SEPI-IPN, Mexico in 2007. He was a PhD student in 2020 at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Virginia Tech and received his PhD degree in Advanced Technologies from UPIITA-IPN in 2021. His research interests include telecommunication networks, computer networks, autonomous aerial vehicles, wireless sensor networks, antennas, fiber optics, satellite and microwave transmissions. He obtained 2nd and 3rd place in the 1st and 2nd phases respectively in the VTS 2021 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Competition and 5th place in the 2020 CanSat competition.

Visitors

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

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

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 2019.

Dr. Hajar El Hammouti, Assistant professor, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco August 2022- October 2022.

Jeremy Gatineau, undergraduate student at ENSEA France, and an MS student at Georgia Tech, June 2021 - November 2021.

Zhenzhen Gong, PhD student, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), October 2019- October 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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