August 26, 2014 — Walid Saad has joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor. Saad will work with the Wireless@VT group where he will lead the Network Science, Wireless, and Security (NetSciWiS) lab. His research will focus on network science, small cell and heterogeneous wireless networks, self-organizing networks, sustainable communications, cyber security, game theory, and smart energy systems.
In 2013, Saad was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his collaborative research project, Towards Context-Aware, Self-Organizing Wireless Small Cell Networks. With this grant, Saad is working to develop the next-generation of self-configuring wireless systems via interdisciplinary research at the interface of communication theory, machine learning, game theory, micro-economics, and social sciences. His research has also been funded by several other collaborative grants from the National Science Foundation.
Saad was selected to participate in the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship program in 2014. This 8-12 week research residency helps elevate awareness of the Air Force's research needs within the United States academic community.
Saad is co-author of the book "Game Theory in Wireless and Communication Networks: Theory, Models and Applications," published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles and has received three best conference paper awards in past five years. He currently serves as an editor for various IEEE journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communication Tutorials & Surveys, and the IEEE Communications Magazine special issue on wireless physical layer security. Saad has also served as co-chair of a variety of conferences and workshops including the successful SmallNets workshop series co-located with IEEE ICC and the Game Theory for Security conference in 2014.
Saad earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oslo in Norway. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and previously taught at the University of Miami.