Mojtaba Vaezi


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University and the director of Wireless Networking Lab. From 2015 to 2018, I was with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, as an Associate Research Scholar/Postdoctoral Research Fellow, hosted by Prof. H. Vincent Poor. My research interests lie at the intersection of information theory, communications, and signal processing. I'm 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 in 2012-2014, and the head of Radio Network Design and Optimization group at Ericsson, Iran, in 2008-2009. I have my B.Sc. and M.Sc. both in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran.

  • I am looking for self-motivated Ph.D. students with a strong background in math, communications, and networking, or machine learning. If you are interested in working with me, please send me your CV, detailed transcripts, representative publications (if any), GRE/TOEFL scores (if available). For more information please see here.

  • Master's students interested in working with me on projects related to signal processing and machine learning for communications are encouraged to check the Admission Requirements before sending me your CV. Master's and Undergraduate students at Villanova University are encouraged to discuss potential research projects. I am also interested in hosting visiting scholars/students.

Recent News


  •  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 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 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.