Keynote Speakers

Prof. Mohamed-Slim Alouini
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Mohamed-Slim Alouini (Fellow of IEEE and Optica) was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then in the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Education City, Doha, Qatar before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia as a Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2009. His current research interests include modelling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems


Prof. Hamid Jafarkhani, IEEE Fellow, AAAS Fellow
University of California Irvine, USA

Hamid Jafarkhani is a Chancellor's Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, where he is also the Director of Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing, the Director of Networked Systems Program, and the Conexant-Broadcom Endowed Chair. He is the 2020-2022 elected Faculty Chair of the UCI School of Engineering.
He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 2015 and a Visiting Professor at California Institute of Technology in 2018. Among his awards are the NSF Career Award, the UCI Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research, the School of Engineering Excellence in Research Senior Career Award, the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications, the IEEE Communications Society Award for Advances in Communication, the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, and the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award.
Dr. Jafarkhani is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher. According to the Thomson Scientific, he is one of the top 10 most-cited researchers in the field of "computer science" during 1997-2007.
He is the 2017 Innovation Hall of Fame Inductee at the University of Maryland's School of Engineering. He is a Fellow of AAAS, an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Fellow of IETI, and the author of the book "Space-Time Coding: Theory and Practice."


Sonia Aissa, Ph.D. Professor, IEEE Fellow 
University of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada

Sonia Aïssa received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with INRS (InstitutNational de la Recherche Scientifique), Montreal, Canada, where she is a Full Professor and known as one of its most distinguished professors for her excellence in research, education, and outreach. Prof Aïssa’s research interests are in the broad area of wireless communication systems and networks and include the modeling, design and performance analysis, and wireless power technology. Her awards include the NSERC University Faculty Award 1999, the FRQNT Strategic Faculty Fellowship 2001-2006, the INRS Performance Award for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and outreach multiple times since 2004, the FRQNT-SYTACom Technical Community Service Award 2007, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award 2013, and multiple Best Paper Awards in the IEEE and the Japanese IEICE. She was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) 2013-2016. She is Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Aïssa has an outstanding record of service to the IEEE. She was a Member-At-Large of ComSoc’s Board of Governors 2014-2016, and serves regularly on many of its standing committees. Her editorial activities include: Area Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2014-2019, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications 2004-2012, Associate Editor and Technical Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine 2004-2015, Technical Editor of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine 2006-2010, and Associate Editor of Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal 2007-2012. She currently serves as Editor-At-Large for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. She has been involved in organizing many flagship conferences, including the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications for which she served as TPC Chair. She is active in promoting women in engineering, and is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group in Montreal.