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Walid Saad

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 an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he leads the Network Science, Wireless, and Security (NetSciWiS) laboratory, within the Wireless@VT research group. His  research interests include wireless networks, machine learning, game theory, cybersecurity, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. 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 six conference best paper awards at WiOpt in 2009, ICIMP in 2010, IEEE WCNC in 2012,  IEEE PIMRC in 2015, IEEE SmartGridComm in 2015, and EuCNC in 2017. 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, and of the 2018 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award. 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 currently serves as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.

Lecture Topics
  • Machine Learning for Wireless Networks with Artificial Intelligence (AI) 
  • Wireless Communications and Networking with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Virtual Reality over Wireless Networks: Modeling and Optimization
  • Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC): Learning, Networking, and Control
  • Wireless Communications for Autonomous Vehicular Systems
  • The Internet of Things: Enablers, Technologies, and Applications
  • Wireless Networking with Human-in-the-Loop
  • Towards Resilient Smart Cities
  • Security of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems
  • Security of the Internet of Things
  • Context-Aware Wireless Networks
  • Online Optimization for Fog Computing
  • Game Theory for Wireless Networks
  • Resource Management in Millimeter Wave Networks
  • Social Network-Aware Wireless Communication
  • Prospect Theory for Wireless and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Caching in Wireless Networks
  • Smart Grid Energy Management and Security
  • Wireless Physical Layer Security
  • Modeling and Optimization of Cyber-Physical Systems
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