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Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini

Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Affiliate Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS), Affiliate Professor of Statistics (STAT), and Principal Investigator of the Communication Theory Lab (CTL) of the King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia. He is one of the Founders of the ECE Program at KAUST and is now leading the Communication Theory Lab (CTL). He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, United States of America, in 1998. Professor Alouini's general research interests include design and performance analysis of diversity combining techniques, MIMO techniques, multi-hop/cooperative communications systems, optical wireless communication systems, cognitive radio systems, green communication systems and networks, and integrated ground-airborne-space networks. He is currently actively working on addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies by studying and developing new generations of aerial and space networks as a solution to provide connectivity to far-flung, less-populated, and/or hard-to-reach areas. He has published several conference and journal papers in his area of expertise and he is the co-author of the textbook Digital Communication over Fading Channels published by Wiley Interscience. He was an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, and series editor for the IEEE Communication Magazine (Optical Communications and Networks Special Series). He has been also the founding field chief editor for the Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal since 2020. He is the recipient of several international award and honors such as 2022 Fellow of The World Academy of Science (TWAS), 2021 IEEE Communication Society Education Award, 2020 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society James Evans Avant Garde Award, 2009 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 1999 US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, 1999 Charles Wilts Prize for outstanding independent research leading to a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Caltech to name a few.

Prof. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan

Prof. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan is a professor in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Senior Investigator in the Environmental Research Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, Missouri (formerly, University of Missouri – Rolla, UMR). Dr. Al-Dahhan was Department Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from 2009 to August 2020. He was a member of the Washington University faculty, professor of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, from 1994 until he moved to Missouri S&T on January 1, 2009. Dr. Al-Dahhan also served as co-director of the Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratory, an industry sponsored consortium related to energy and chemicals. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and given 52 plenary and keynote lectures, 155 invited talks, and 495 conference presentations. He has served as a consultant and expert for various domestic and international organizations. Al-Dahhan received a BS with honors from the Univ. of Baghdad, Iraq, an MS from Oregon State Univ., and a DSc from Washington Univ. in St. Louis, all in chemical engineering. Dr. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan research activities are related to 1) advancing the knowledge and understanding of multiphase reaction engineering, reactors and processes via advanced measurement and computational techniques; 2) modeling of transport – kinetic interactions; 3) energy efficient and environmentally responsible design, scale-up and performance of multiphase flow systems; 4) development of advanced measurement techniques including radiometric techniques; 5) application of radioisotopes and nuclear technology in industrial process imaging and visualization; and 6) advancing and investigating various multiphase processes related to sustainable energy and environment, production of clean energy, bio-energy, fuels, chemicals, petrochemical, petroleum, biomass and coal conversion and clean utilization, wastes treatment, animal and farm wastes treatment via anaerobic digestion, environmentally responsible and risk free proliferation nuclear energy, etc.

Dr. Andrea Conti

Dr. Andrea Conti is with the Department of Engineering and CNIT, University of Ferrara, Italy. His current research topics include network localization and navigation, distributed sensing, adaptive diversity communications, and quantum information science. Andrea Conti received the Laurea degree (summa cum laude) in telecommunications engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Andrea Conti received the Laurea (summa cum laude) in telecommunications engineering and the Ph.D. in electronic engineering and computer science from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. He is an associate professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy. Prior to joining the University of Ferrara, he was with the Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni and with the Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell’Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. In Summer 2001, he was with the Wireless Systems Research Department at AT&T Research Laboratories. Since 2003, he has been a frequent visitor to the Wireless Communication and Network Sciences Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he presently holds the Research Affiliate appointment. He is a coauthor of Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: Enabling Technologies, Information Processing and Protocol Design (Elsevier, 2008). His research interests involve theory and experimentation of wireless systems and networks including network localization, adaptive diversity communications, cooperative relaying techniques, and network secrecy. He is recipient of the HTE Puska ́s Tivadar Medal and co-recipient of the IEEE Communications Society’s Stephen O. Rice Prize and the IEEE Communications Society’s Fred W. Ellersick Prize. Dr. Conti served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, as an Editor for IEEE Communications Letters, as an Editor for the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, and as a Guest-Editor for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (Special Issue on Wireless Cooperative Networks, 2008). He organized and chaired a number of IEEE conferences. He was elected Chair of the IEEE Communications Society’s Radio Communications Technical Committee. He is an elected Fellow of the IET and has been selected as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir

Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir is Reader (Associate Professor) at Artificial Intelligence, Visual Communications and Network (AVCN) research centre, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), UK, received over £3M research funding from bodies such as Innovate UK through KTP programme, Scottish Government, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) of Qatar, ERASMUS+ programme and UK industries in the areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He has particular interest in wireless technologies and application of tools such as Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning to support global connectivity around the world and related emerging applications. He has been actively involved in industry collaborative research projects with national innovation centers and has contributed to European project SELFNET and IEEE 4G/5G Standardisation. Previously, he has worked as PI/Co-PI on several commercial and non-commercial high impact research projects funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and Global Research Fund of KAUST. With over 15 years of research expertise in design and development of wireless communication systems, he has published over 150 research articles including 50+ peer-reviewed top-tier journal articles; 70+ conference articles, and 10 books. He is a recipient of IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Award 2021, IEEE Communications Society and China Institute of Communications Best Journal Article Award 2019 and UWS STARS Award 2020 & 2018 (Staff Appreciation and Recognition Scheme) for outstanding research and enterprise performance. He is serving as a Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technologies initiative on backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. He has been serving as an active member to several IEEE ComSoc technical committees. From January 2012 to January 2016, he has served as an elected Secretary to the IEEE DySPAN 1900.7 standard working group. He is full member of EPSRC Peer Review College. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an active member of IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Standard Association. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK and member of International Association of Smart Learning Environments (IASLE). Recently, he has been selected (through a competitive process) by the Scottish Parliament as a Member Scottish Parliament Framework Agreement Covid-19 Pandemic to provide expert advice on the impact of Covid-19 on digital infrastructure, energy, education and healthcare.

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