Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is director of the Huawei Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications. Mérouane Debbah is a recipient of the ERC grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is a WWRF fellow and a member of the academic senate of Paris-Saclay. He is the recipient of the Mario Boella award in 2005, the 2007 IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 and 2013 Award, the 2014 WCNC best paper award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, CrownCom2009 , Valuetools 2012 and SAM 2014 best student paper awards. In 2011, he received the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award and in 2012, the Qualcomm Innovation Prize Award.
Ismail Güvenç received his B.S. degree from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 2001, M.S. degree from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 2003, and Ph.D. degree from University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, in 2006 (with Outstanding Dissertation Award from USF Graduate School), all in Electrical Engineering. He was with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, MA, in 2005, and with DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, between 2006-2012. Since 2012, he has been an assistant professor at Florida International University, Miami, FL. His recent research interests include heterogeneous networks, D2D communications, and LTE systems. He has published more than 80 conference and journal papers, and several standardization contributions for IEEE 802.15 and IEEE 802.16 standards. Dr. Guvenc continuously serves in the technical program committees of international conferences such as ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC, and VTC, has been in the organizing committees of ICCCN-2008 (sponsorship co-chair) and ICCCN-2009 (local arrangements chair), and has served as the leading guest editor for EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking (Special Issue on Femtocell Networks) and a guest editor for IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing (Special Issue on Heterogeneous Networks). He co-authored a book on ultrawideband position estimation published by Cambridge University Press, and co-edited two other books for the same publisher in the areas of short-range wireless communications and small cell networks. Dr. Guvenc holds 20 U.S. patents, and has another 7 pending U.S. patent applications.
Walid Saad received his B.E. degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the Lebanese University in 2004, his M.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2007, and his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Miami. Prior to joining UM, he has held several research positions at institutions such as Princeton University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include wireless and small cell networks, game theory, network science, cognitive radio, wireless security, and smart grids. He has co-authored one book and over 70 international conference and journal publications in these areas. He was the author/co-author of the papers that received the Best Paper Award at the 7th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt), in June 2009, at the 5th International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP) in May 2010, and at IEEE WCNC in 2012. Dr. Saad is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2013.
Murat Yuksel is an Associate Professor at the CSE Department of The University of Nevada – Reno (UNR), Reno, NV. He was with the ECSE Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a member of Adjunct Faculty until 2006. He received a B.S. degree from Computer Engineering Department of Ege University, Izmir, Turkey in 1996. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Computer Science Department of RPI in 1999 and 2002 respectively. His research interests are in the area of computer communication networks with a focus on protocol design, network economics, wireless routing, free-space-optical mobile ad-hoc networks (FSO-MANETs), and peer-to-peer. He published more than 100 papers at peer-reviewed journals and conferences and is a co-recipient of the IEEE LANMAN 2008 Best Paper Award. He is a senior member of IEEE, life member of ACM, and was a member of Sigma Xi and ASEE.
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Hasari Celebi received his BSc. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering Dept. from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey and his MSc. in EE Dept. from San Jose State University in California, USA. He received his PhD degree in EE Dept. from University of South Florida in Florida, USA in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering Department at Gebze Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he was with Texas A&M University at Qatar as a Research Scientist. He was awarded for “The Research Fellow Excellence Award” at Texas A&M University at Qatar in 2010. He was also the recipient of “The Best Paper Award” in Crowncom 2009 Conference. In addition, he was awarded for “The Outstanding Graduate Achievement Award” at University of South Florida in 2008. His research areas include Statistical Signal Processing, Estimation theory, Localization, UWB, Frequency Diversity and Multiplexing, Cognitive Radio and Software Defined Radio (SDR). He has co-authored over 40 journal and international conference papers including three book chapters and he has 2 issued US patents.
Neiyer S. Correal received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from the Pontifical Javeriana University, Bogota, in 1992 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University, Virginia, in 1994, where he was involved with speech recognition at the Speech Communications Laboratory. He received the Ph.D. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, in 1999. At Virginia Tech, he was a member of the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG). He served as an assistant professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and presently is with Motorola Solutions, Inc.. His research interests include public safety communications, wireless ad-hoc networks, communication theory and real-time signal processing.
Salih Ergut received his B.S. degree from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey, 1998), and M.S. and PhD degrees from Northeastern University (Boston, MA, 2000), and University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA, 2010), respectively, all in electrical and computer engineering. He worked for Aware, Inc. (Bedford, MA), an ADSL company, for a year in 2000. He then joined Ericsson Wireless, Inc. in San Diego, CA, USA in 2001 and worked as part of an international team focusing on CDMA infrastructure, for 5 years. He then joined Turk Telekom (Istanbul, Turkey) in 2010, where he served as the R&D manager responsible for university collaborations. He has been working for Avea (Istanbul, Turkey), sole GSM 1800 operator of Turkey, since 2011 and currently heads AveaLabs. Representing the innovative face of the company, AveaLabs consists of Innovation Center, Incubation Center, and Customer Experience Center.
Arvind Merwaday is a doctoral student in Electrical Engineering at Florida International University. His research interests revolve around LTE Advanced networks and Device-to-Device communications, with particular attention to the analysis of capacity and energy efficiency. He received B.E. degree from B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bengaluru, India, in 2008. He joined Cypress Semiconductors India Pvt. Limited, Bengaluru, after graduation for 3 years as Applications Engineer.