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Biography

News

  • May 2017 - My student Konstantin Muranov passed his Ph.D. Preliminary Exam.
  • April 2017 - My students Seiran Khaledian and Farhad Farzami were awarded scholarships from the Chicago Chapter of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society.
  • December 2016 - My student Hongyi Zhu passed his Ph.D. Preliminary Exam.
  • November 2016 - invited talk "A Power-Efficient Implementation of In-Band Full-Duplex Communication System (ReflectFX)" in International Symposium on signal, Image, Video and Communications 2016 in Tunis, Tunisia.
  • September 2016 - Co-organizer of IEEE ITSOC Shannon centennial workshop.
  • May 2016 - I would like to acknowledge UIC College Of Engineering support - grant #1 "ComRaDe : A fully-integrated Communication, Ranging and Detection system" and grant #2 "On the art of communicating highly reliable short packets with low latency".
  • December 2015 - invited talk "Full-duplex Communication by means of reflected power" in the third Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium.
  • August 2015 - awarded the INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine's 2015 "Inspiring Women in STEM" Award.
  • August 2015 - I joined University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) as an Associate Professor.
  • May 2015 - keynote talk at Purdue University Research day.
  • February 2015 - nominated for Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award 2015.
  • January 2015 - I would like to acknowledge NSF's support -- NSF CAREER: Full-duplex wireless networks by means of reflected power: Theory and applications
  • January 2015 - I would like to acknowledge NSF's support -- NSF REU: Sustainable wireless communication.
  • April 2014 - My student Shajid Islam received PUC Sigma Xi Student Research Award for his research on "Full-duplex wireless communication based on backscatter amplification".
  • March 2014 - invited seminar entitled "Full-duplex Communication by means of reflected power" to University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC).
  • March 2014 - invited seminar to Harris Corporation Melbourne, FL.
  • January 2014 - invited seminar entitled "Network HARQ feedback" to Purdue University (WL).
  • December 2013 - filed my first provisional patent application "Full-duplex Communication with Backscatter Modulation".
  • November 2013 - I would like to acknowledge National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada NSERC's support -- new collaborative research and development grant.
  • November 2013 - invited talk at the Workshop on Sequential and Adaptive Information Theory, Montreal, Canada.
  • October 2013 - Excellence in Sponsored Grants at Purdue University Calumet for the most external funding at the campus level, 2013.
  • July 2013 - I would like to acknowledge NSF's support -- first grant CIF Small: Optimizing Feedback in two-way communications
  • May 2013- I would like to acknowledge Purdue Research Foundation's support -- Summer Faculty Grant.
  • March 2012 - invited seminar entitled "Coding to reduce the Peak Interference to Carrier Ratio of OFDM signals" to University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC).
  • February 2012 - invited seminar entitled "Near Shannon limit low Peak to Average Power Ratio Turbo Block Coded OFDM" to Virginia Tech.
  • January 2012 - invited seminar at the Interactive Information Theory Workshop, banff, Canada.
  • November 2011 - invited seminar entitled "Near Shannon limit low Peak to Average Power Ratio Turbo Block Coded OFDM" to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Short biography

I am an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2009 to 2015, I was a Visiting and then Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University Norhwest. From 2006 to 2009, I was a Lecturer/Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. From 1999 to 2002, I was a Research Engineer in the Technology Evolution and Standards group of Microcell, Inc (now ROGERS Wireless), Montreal, surveying and studying radio-communication technology evolution. I also took part in major wireless normalization committees (3GPP, T1P1). In 1998 and 2006 I obtained a M.Sc. and Ph. D. from The University of Quebec (INRS-EMT), Montreal, Canada. Previously, I received the Diplome d'Ingenieur degree in telecommunications from The Ecole Superieure des Communications de Tunis (SUPCOM), Tunisia, My research work is mainly focused in the areas of Wireless Communication Theory. I am the recipient of the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 2007 and the NSF CAREER award in 2015.

Grants

  • NSF CAREER award of $425,427 over the period 09/01/2015 to 08/31/2020
  • NSF REU site (co PI) of $325,864 over the period 02/01/2015 to 01/31/2018
  • NSF/CCF/CIF award (Sole PI) of $238,885 over the period 09/01/2013 to 08/31/2016
  • NSERC/Prompt award (Collaborator) of $224,900 over the period 2014 to 2017
  • Two UIC College of Engineering grants of $30,000 and $15,000 over the period 05/16/16 to 05/15/17
  • PRF/SFG Summer Faculty Grant of $8,000, Purdue University Calumet, 2013

Awards

  • Insight Into Diversity Magazine Award "100 Inspiring Women in STEM" August 2015
  • Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada 2007
  • Recipient of the INRS Award of Academic Excellence 2007
  • NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University from 2008 to 2010
  • FQRNT Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University from 2006 to 2008
  • Recipient of the Gold Medal at the student poster session of SYTACom Technology Forum 2005
  • Excellence Award from the Canadian International Development Agency from 1996 to 1998
  • First Prize in a National Mathematics Competition 1987

Professional affiliations

  • Associate Editor of IEEE Communication Letters since Feb. 2016
  • Member IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technologies Committee
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Chicago section(WIE) from 2010 to 2013
  • Panelist for National Science Foundation, Reviewer, TPC chair, TPC member and Session chair of several IEEE/IEE conferences and journals