Mojtaba Vaezi

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University and the director of the Wireless Networking Lab. From 2015 to 2018, I was with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Associate Research Scholar, hosted by Prof. H. Vincent Poor. My research interests lie at the intersection of information theory, communications, and signal processing. I am also actively working on machine learning for wireless communication and signal processing. Please refer to my Research and Publications for more information. I obtained my Ph.D. from McGill University in 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Fabrice Labeau.

Prior to joining Princeton, I was a researcher at Ericsson Research, Canada. I have served as the president of the McGill IEEE Student Branch from 2012 to 2014 and the head of the Radio Network Design and Optimization group at Ericsson, Iran, from 2008 to 2009. I have my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran.



Recent News

    2022

  •  11/22: Congratulations to Xinliang Zhang for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis. Xinliang is joining Samsung Research America.

  •  09/22: I presented a half-day tutorial on NOMA at PIMRC 2022.

  •  07/22: I gave an invited talk on deep learning for interference management at MIT.

  •  06/22: Yue Qi successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis. She is joining Samsung Electronics. Congratulations Dr. Qi!

  •  06/22: Our new submission K-receiver wiretap channel: Optimal encoding order and signaling design is available on arXiv.

  •  04/22: Ph.D. student Yue Qi received IEEE ComSoc Student Travel Grant for the ICC 2022. Congratulations Yue!

  •  04/22: Ph.D. student Xinliang Zhang received NSF Student Travel Grant for the ICC 2022. Congratulations Xinliang!

  •  03/22: Delivered an invited talk on deep learning for end-to-end communication at Virginia Tech.

  •  02/22: The paper Cellular, wide-area, and non-terrestrial IoT: A survey on 5G advances and the road towards 6G will appear in the IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials. arXiv

  •  02/22: I am serving as a TPC member for four Symposiums (CT, WC, MLC, and CRAEN) at GLOBECOM'22.

  •  01/22: Received the College of Engineering career development award.

  • 2021

  •  12/21: I gave an invited talk (virtual) on deep learning for communications at Ajou University, Korea.

  •  12/21: Our recent work on MIMO-NOMA security is now available on arXiv. (to appear in the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing)

  •  11/21: Our new paper on deep autoencoder-based end-to-end MIMO is available on arXiv. (accepted in ICC 2022)

  •  10/21: Congratulations to the undergrad research student Jordan Pauls for the publication of his work in the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters.

  •  09/21: Our work on over-the-air experimental NOMA will appear in IEEE Access.

  •  08/21: Madan Dahal has joined my Group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome, Madan!

  •  07/21: Our survey paper on Cellular, wide-area, and non-terrestrial IoT features IoT road towards 6G. arXiv

  •  05/21: All three undergraduate research students (Jordan Pauls, Anthony Etim, and Kaixuan Ji) earned their B.Sc. being in The Dean's List for the class of 2021. Congratulations to all!

  •  05/21: The paper Multi-objective DNN-based precoder for MIMO communications will appear in the IEEE Transactions on Communications. arXiv

  •  04/21: I gave an invited talk (virtual) on deep learning-based precoding at Purdue University.

  •  03/21: I was named the 2021 IEEE Philadelphia Section Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year Award.

  •  02/21: I received the IEEE Transactions on Communications Exemplary Reviewer Award in 2020 (top < 2%).

  •  02/21: I'm serving as a TPC member for four Symposiums (CT, WC, MLC, and CRAEN) at GLOBECOM'21.

  • 2020

  •  12/20: Watch our lab's USRP-based experimental results on NOMA. video

  •  11/20: Our project is funded by L3Harris Technologies. Thank you, L3Harris! Featured on Villanova Engineer

  •  10/20: The paper A rotation-based method for precoding in Gaussian MIMOME channels is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Communications. arXiv

  •  09/20: I'm serving as a TPC member for Machine Learning for Communications Symposiums at ICC'21.

  •  08/20: The paper Secure transmission in MIMO-NOMA networks will appear in the IEEE Communications Letters. [pdf]

  •  08/20: Sitting on the IEEE Senior Member Review Panel.

  •  07/20: A new paper on machine learning for communications: Multi-objective DNN-based precoder for MIMO communications.

  •  06/20: Keynote Talk at IEEE ICC'20 NOMA workshop: What role can deep learning play in NOMA?

  •  05/20: Received the 2020 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize for joint work with W. Shin, B. Lee, D. Love, J. Lee, and H. V. Poor.

  •  05/20: Ph.D. student Yue Qi is selected to receive IEEE ComSoc Student Grant to attend the IEEE ICC'20. Congratulations, Yue!

  •  04/20: Three recent publications of Dr. Vaezi are among the Best Readings of the IEEE Communications Society.

  •  03/20: Co-authored the chapter ‘‘UAV-enabled Cellular Networks'' for a book titled 5G and Beyond: Fundamentals and Standards.

  •  02/20: I'm serving as a TPC member for four Symposiums (CT, WC, CRAEN, and MLC) at GLOBECOM'20.

  •  01/20: I will serve as a Guest Editor of IEEE OJ-COMS special issue NOMA for 5G and Beyond. Please consider submitting your contributions.

  • 2019

  •  12/19: Dr. Vaezi gave an invited Lightning Talk on NOMA myths and misunderstandings at GLOBECOM'19.

  •  11/19: The 6th NOMA Workshop at ICC'20 is now accepting papers. Please submit your novel contributions by January 20, 2020.

  •  11/19: Congratulations to Ph.D. student Yue Qi on receiving IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering Travel Grant.

  •  10/19: The paper A rotation-based precoding for MIMO broadcast channels with integrated services is accepted for publication in the IEEE Signal Processing Letters.

  •  09/19: The paper ‘‘Power allocations in cache-aided NOMA systems: Optimization and deep learning approaches'' is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Communications. arXiv

  •  09/19: Our paper Deep learning based precoding for the MIMO Gaussian wiretap channel is listed in the Research Library of the IEEE Machine Learning For Communications Emerging Technologies Initiatives.

  •  09/19: Co-organizing the 6th Workshop on NOMA for 5G and Beyond at ICC'20, in Dublin.

  •  08/19: Our invited journal paper Interplay between NOMA and other emerging technologies: A survey is accepted for publication.

  •  06/19: The tutorial paper NOMA: Common myths and critical questions will appear in the IEEE Wireless Communications.

  •  05/19: I am appointed as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications.

  •  03/19: Our paper ‘‘Secure relaying in non-orthogonal multiple access: Trusted and untrusted scenarios'', is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security.

  •  03/19: Our paper ‘‘Impact of beam misalignment on hybrid beamforming NOMA for mmWave communications'', is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Communications.

  •  02/19: I am a Guest Editor of IEEE Access special issue on Advances in Signal Processing for NOMA. Please consider submitting your contributions.

  •  02/19: I have received the University Summer Grant Fellowship for the summer of 2019.

  •  02/19: I will serve as a TPC member for two Symposiums (Wireless Communications, and Cognitive Radio and AI-Enabled Networks) at GLOBECOM '19.

  •  01/19: I received the IEEE Communications Letters Exemplary Editor Award in 2018.

  • 2018

  •  12/18: I am a keynote speaker at GLOBECOM'18 NOMA Workshop.

  •  11/18: Ph.D. student Yue Qi received Villanova Engineering Research support for Spring 2019. Congratulations to Yue!

  •  11/18: The 5th NOMA Workshop at ICC'19 is now accepting papers.

  •  10/18: I am serving as a TPC member for two Symposiums and two Workshops at ICC'19.

  •  09/18: Read up on NOMA myths in our new submission: NOMA: Common Myths and Critical Questions.

  •  08/18: Our book Multiple Access Techniques for 5G Wireless Networks and Beyond (the first book on NOMA) is now live! (6,000+ downloads)

  •  08/18: Yue Qi and Xinliang Zhang have joined my Group as Ph.D. students. Welcome both!

  •  08/18: Co-organizing the 5th Workshop on NOMA for 5G at ICC'19, in Shanghai.

  •  08/18: Our paper Secure relaying in non-orthogonal multiple access: Trusted and untrusted scenarios is posted on arXiv.

  •  08/18: Our paper Hybrid beamforming NOMA for mmWave communications is posted on arXiv.

  •  07/18: Delivered an invited talk at Huawei Noah’s Ark Lab on Machine Learning for Communications: Paving the Way for Beyond 5G.

  •  06/18: I have been elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member.

  •  04/18: Co-organizing the 4th NOMA Workshop at GLOBECOM '18 in Abu Dhabi.

  •  03/18: The paper Social-aware user cooperation in full-duplex and half-duplex multi-antenna systems is accepted in IEEE Transaction on Communications.

  •  02/18: I will serve as a TPC member for two Symposiums (Wireless Comm. & Comm. Theory) at GLOBECOM'18.

  •  01/18: I have joined The ECE Department of Villanova University as an Assistant Professor.

  •  01/18: With Prof. Poor and Prof. Ding, I am editing a book titled Multiple Access Techniques for 5G Wireless Networks and Beyond.