Ahmed Arafa

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Ahmed Arafa
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

office: EPIC 2262
phone: (704) 687-7480
email: aarafa@uncc.edu
web: https://webpages.uncc.edu/aarafa/

About me

I have been an Assistant Professor of ECE at UNC Charlotte since August 2019. Before that, I spent two wonderful years at Princeton's EE as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, hosted by Vince Poor. In 2017, I was fortunate to receive my PhD degree in EE under the supervision of Sennur Ulukus at the University of Maryland's ECE. I received the NSF CAREER Award in 2022.

My research interests are in information theory, wireless communications, communication networks, and signal processing. Recently, I have been working on projects pertaining to

  • federated learning

  • timely information processing and transfer (age-of-information)

  • information-theoretic security and privacy

  • energy harvesting communications

Join Us: I am always looking for talented and self-motivated PhD students to join our research group. If you are interested, check out this ad.

If you are already a student at UNC Charlotte, you are welcome to stop by my office to discuss research opportunities for undergrad, Master's and PhD levels.


  • 1-24: Our paper, ‘‘Age and Value of Information Optimization for Systems with Multi-Class Updates’’, is accepted for publication in IEEE ICC ’24.

  • 12-23: I am invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the Springer journal on Wireless Personal Communications.

  • 9-23: We organizing a workshop on Edge Learning over 5G Mobile Networks and Beyond (in conjunction with IEEE ICC ’24). Check out the call for papers.

  • 8-23: I will be offering a new graduate-level course in Fall 2023: Optimization for Machine Learning. Check out the course flyer.