PhD Student
at IMDEA Networks

Research Interests

Millimeter-Wave Wireless Networks, WiGig/IEEE 802.11ad/ay, Network Simulation (ns-3), Wireless MAC Layer Design, Wireless Communications, Wireless Networking, Next Generation Networks Architecture, and Software Defined Radio and Networking.

Prospective Job

I will defend my PhD thesis on July 2019 therefore I am looking for a full-time research position in industry or academia with a focus on wireless networks. My main objective in my prospective career is to have a fusion between pure engineering and research responsibilities. I enjoy programming and building prototypes and at the same time I like to delve into the mathematics behind the system that I am analyzing. I want to be able to put in practice all the knowledge and experience that I have accumulated during the last couple of years from various fields in the telecommunication domain.


I am a final-year PhD student working in Wireless Networking Group, led by Dr. Joerg Widmer, Research Professor at IMDEA Networks Institute. My research interests are primarily in the field of wireless systems covering various disciplines such as wireless networking protocols, prototypes and testbeds, communication and signal processing techniques. In my PhD research, I focus on millimeter-wave wireless networks particularly the IEEE 802.11ad/ay standards. The two standards utilize the unlicensed 60 GHz band for both indoor and outdoor scenarios to enable low latency communication and achieve multi-Gigabit throughput for data hungry applications. My main objective was to propose innovative solutions to enable efficient and robust mechanisms for a reliable communication in the 60 GHz band both in theory and real-world testbed deployments. My research methodology is based on network measurements, network simulations using ns3, and practical deployment and implementation on real systems.

On November, 2018 I started an internship at imec/PharrowTech, Leuven, Belgium for 3 months where I have used their 60 GHz hybrid MU-MIMO testbed to explore some ideas suchas fast beam tracking using multiple RF chains. On September, 2017 I spent 5 months at NEC Laboratories Europe (NLE), Heidelberg, Germany where I worked in the 5G group on the topic of multi-RAT mmWave access.

I graduated from Damascus University (Syria) on 2010 with a bachelor degree (equivalent to a 5-year BSc) in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. I was ranked the first among all the students with a GPA of 83.39%. After that I worked for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., as a Core Network Packet Switch Engineer from 2010 to 2012. On June 2012, I received a scholarship from the Erasmus Mundus Association to pursue a double degree master of research on Information and communication Technologies (MERIT). I spent the first year of the master (2012-2013) in Politecnico di Torino (Italy) where I obtained a master degree (120 ECTS) in Electronics Engineering with honours degree (110/110); whereas the second year (2013-2014) I studied at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) where I obtained a master degree (120 ECTS) in ICT. On January 2014, I commenced work on my master thesis project within the Cloud Core & Architecture Unit at Ericsson Research AB, Stockholm (Sweden) on the topic of Service Mobility in Mobile Networks. After the successful conclusion of this project, I enrolled in a 3-month summer internship program within the same department. My main task was to investigate and develop new applications that were able to use the Service Mobility Framework developed in his thesis project.

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Latest News

  • New journal paper "Scaling Millimeter-Wave Networks to Dense Deployments and Dynamic Environments" Accepted for publication in Proceedings of the IEEE
  • New conference paper "LEAP: Location Estimation and Predictive Handover with Consumer-Grade mmWave Devices" Accepted in IEEE INFOCOM 2019


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