Biography

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Ahmed Arafa received the B.Sc. degree, with highest honors, in electrical engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 2010, the M.Sc. degree in wireless technologies from the Wireless Intelligent Networks Center (WINC), Nile University, Egypt, in 2012, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD, USA, in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He has been with the Electrical Engineering Department at Princeton University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate during 2017–2019. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Arafa's research interests are in communication theory, information theory, machine learning, and signal processing, with recent focus on federated learning, timely information processing and transfer (age-of-information), information-theoretic security and privacy, and energy harvesting communications. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Dissertation award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, in 2017, for his Ph.D. thesis work on optimal energy management policies in energy harvesting communication networks with system costs.

Awards and Honors

  • ECE Distinguished Dissertation fellowship, University of Maryland, Spring 2017.

  • ECE Distinguished Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, Spring 2017.

  • TA Training and Development fellowship, University of Maryland, Fall 2016.

  • Future Faculty Program fellowship, University of Maryland, Spring 2016.

  • Distinction with Honor for the B.Sc. degree, ranked in top 4%, Alexandria University, 2010.

Service

Editorial Board:

  1. Associate Editor: Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal — Data Science for Communications speciality section.

  2. Review Editor: Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal — Communications Theory specialty section.

Co-organizer and Chair:

  1. Invited Session: “Recent Advances in Federated Learning over Wireless Networks” (in Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 2022).

  2. Invited Session: “Age-of-Information: Recent Advances” (in Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 2020).

Technical Program Committee (TPC) member:

  1. International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing, and their Applications (ICCSPA), 2022

  2. 5th Age of Information Workshop (in conjunction with INFOCOM), 2022

  3. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC): Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, 2022

  4. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2022

  5. IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom): Wireless Communications Symposium, 2021

  6. 4th Age of Information Workshop (in conjunction with INFOCOM), 2021

  7. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2021

  8. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC): Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, 2021

  9. 6th International Workshop on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Techniques for 5G and Beyond (in conjunction with IEEE ICC), 2020

  10. 3rd Age of Information Workshop (in conjunction with IEEE INFOCOM), 2020

  11. International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), 2020

  12. International Conference on Innovation and Intelligence for Informatics, Computing and Technologies (3ICT), 2019

  13. IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Fall 2019

  14. Middle East & North Africa Communications Conference (MENACOMM), 2019

  15. 5th International Workshop on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Techniques for 5G (in conjunction with IEEE ICC), 2019

  16. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), 2019

  17. International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC), 2019

  18. 4th International Workshop on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Techniques for 5G (in conjunction with IEEE Globecom), 2018

  19. International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (WCSP), 2018

  20. 3rd International Workshop on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Techniques for 5G (in conjunction with IEEE ICC), 2018

  21. Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 2018

Conference Session Chair:

  1. AoI in Communications and Networking (in AoI Workshop — in conjunction with IEEE Infocom, 2021)

  2. Low Latency Communications (in IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), 2019)

  3. Algorithms and Data Over Networks (in Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2019)

  4. Sensor Networks and Security (in Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, 2018)

  5. Control and Scheduling (in Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 2018)

Technical Reviewer (journals):

  1. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications

  2. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory

  3. IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security

  4. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

  5. IEEE Transactions on Communications

  6. IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking

  7. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

  8. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking

  9. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

  10. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

  11. IEEE Internet of Things Journal

  12. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks

  13. IEEE Wireless Communication Letters

  14. IEEE Communication Letters

  15. IEEE Networking Letters

  16. IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine

  17. IEEE Communications Magazine

Technical Reviewer (conferences):

  1. IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT)

  2. IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom)

  3. IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)

  4. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)

  5. IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC)

  6. IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS)

  7. IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM)