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. In 2022, I received the NSF CAREER Award.

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: We have multiple openings for PhD in our research group for Fall 2023. Check out this ad for details on requirements and how to apply.

If you are already a student at UNC Charlotte, then taking a course that I am offering and doing very well is a great plus.


  • 3-23: We are organizing a workshop on Distributed, Private, and Robust Machine Learning over Networks (in conjunction with IEEE SECON ’23). Check out the call for papers.

  • 2-23: I am the recipient of this year's John H. Maxheim Faculty Fellowship from the College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte.

  • 1-23: Our paper, ‘‘Private Status Updating with Erasures: A Case for Retransmission Without Resampling’’, is accepted for publication in IEEE ICC ’23. (arXiv)

  • 1-23: I am invited to serve as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, in the editorial area of Green IoT and Energy-Harvesting Communications.

  • 1-23: We are organizing an invited special session on Age of Information and Beyond in the upcoming Asilomar ’23 conference.