Keynote Speakers

We are glad to welcome the following keynote speakers at WSA 2018.


Aylin Yener joined Penn State Electrical Engineering in January 2002 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in July 2006 and to full professor in July 2010. Dr. Yener has been the principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Her research interests are in networked systems, in particular characterizing the fundamental limits of these with applications to wireless and wired networks, green communications, multi-genre networks and information security. Her core expertise areas are in communications, information theory, signal processing and network science. She has about 250 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings to date.

Dr. Yener currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society as an elected member for the term 2015-2017. Pr Previously, she served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society as its Treasurer in 2012-2014, and was the chair of the Student Committee of the IEEE Information Theory Society in the years 2007-2011. She served as an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications in the years 2009-2012, and an editor and a member of the editorial advisory board of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the years 2001-2012. Dr. Yener also served as the technical program-chair for several symposia in IEEE conferences in years 2005-2014.


Emina Soljanin received the PhD and MS degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1989 and 1994, and the European Diploma degree from University of Sarajevo, Bosnia, in 1986, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1986 to 1988, she worked in the Energoinvest Company, Bosnia, developing optimization algorithms and software for power system control. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1994, she joined Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, where she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Mathematics of Networks and Communications research department.

Emina's research interests are broad, but mainly concern efficient, reliable, and secure storage and transmission networks. In the course of her twenty year employment with Bell Labs, she has participated in a very wide range of research and business projects.

These projects include designing the first distance enhancing codes to be implemented in commercial magnetic storage devices, first forward error correction for Lucent's optical transmission devices, color space quantization and color image processing, quantum computation, link error prediction methods for the third generation wireless network standards, and anomaly and intrusion detection. Her most recent activities are in the area of network and application layer coding.

Emina served as a Technical Proof-Reader, 1990-1992, and as the Associate Editor for Coding Techniques, 1997-2000, for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. She has been serving as a Co-Chair for the DIMACS Special Focus on Computational Information Theory and Coding. She spent 2008 as a visiting researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne ( EPFL ), in Switzerland. Dr. Soljanin is a member of the editorial board of the Springer Journal on Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing AAECP ), and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society.


Yonina C. Eldar received the B.Sc. degree in Physics in 1995 and the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996 both from TelAviv University (TAU), Tel-Aviv, Israel, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. From January 2002 to July 2002 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Digital Signal Processing Group at MIT.

She is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, where she holds the Edwards Chair in Engineering. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Duke University, a Research Affiliate with the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (elected 2017), an IEEE Fellow and a EURASIP Fellow.

Dr. Eldar has received numerous awards for excellence in research and teaching, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Achievement Award (2013), the IEEE/AESS Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award (2014), and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2016). She was a Horev Fellow of the Leaders in Science and Technology program at the Technion and an Alon Fellow. She received the Michael Bruno Memorial Award from the Rothschild Foundation, the Weizmann Prize for Exact Sciences, the Wolf Foundation Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Henry Taub Prize for Excellence in Research (twice), the Hershel Rich Innovation Award (three times), the Award for Women with Distinguished Contributions, the Andre and Bella Meyer Lectureship, the Career Development Chair at the Technion, the Muriel & David Jacknow Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Technion’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (twice). She received several best paper awards and best demo awards together with her research students and colleagues including the SIAM outstanding Paper Prize and the IET Circuits, Devices and Systems Premium Award, and was selected as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel.

She was a member of the Young Israel Academy of Science and Humanities and the Israel Committee for Higher Education. She is the Editor in Chief of Foundations and Trends in Signal Processing, a member of the IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee and serves on several other IEEE committees. In the past, she was a Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, member of the IEEE Signal Processing Theory and Methods and Bio Imaging Signal Processing technical committees, and served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions On Signal Processing, the EURASIP Journal of Signal Processing, the SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, and the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. She was Co-Chair and Technical Co-Chair of several international conferences and workshops.

She is author of the book "Sampling Theory: Beyond Bandlimited Systems" and co-author of the books "Compressed Sensing" and "Convex Optimization Methods in Signal Processing and Communications", all published by Cambridge University Press.


Abdelhak M. Zoubir is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to statistical signal processing and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (Class 2010-2011). He received the Dipl.-Ing. degree (BSc/BEng) from Fachhochschule Niederrhein, Germany, in 1983, the Dipl.-Ing. (MSc/MEng) and the Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, in 1987 and 1992, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. Early placement in industry (Klöckner-Moeller & Siempelkamp AG) was then followed by a Research Associate position with the Signal Theory Group at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. In June 1992, he joined Queensland University of Technology where he was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor in the School of Electrical & Electronic Systems Engineering. In March 1999, he took up the position of Professor of Telecommunications at Curtin University of Technology, where he was Head of the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering from November 2001 until February 2003. He has been Professor of Signal Processing and Head of the Signal Processing Group at Technische Universität Darmstadt since February 2003.


Dr. Zoubir’s general research interest lies in statistical methods for signal processing with applications to cooperative sensor communications, synthetic aperture sonar, synthetic aperture radar, biomedical engineering, and car engine monitoring and safety for automotive applications. His current research interest lies in bootstrap techniques and robust statistics for signal processing, with applications to distributed detection and estimation, spectrum sensing, localization of user equipment in wireless communications, and automatic detection and classification in Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) and Through-The-Wall radar imaging. Dr. Zoubir published more than 400 papers in these areas



Mohamed-Slim Alouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, in 1998. He served as a Faculty Member with the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, then with the Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar, before joining the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, as a Professor of electrical engineering in 2009.

Professor Alouini’s research interests are in the modeling, design, and performance analysis of wireless communication systems with current emphasis on MIMO, diversity, and adaptive modulation systems, cognitive radio systems, cooperative/collaborative communication systems, multi-hop communication systems, physical-layer security, MIMO RADAR systems, optical wireless communications, device-to-device communications, green communications systems and networks, and small cell/heterogenous networks.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge list of Highly Cited Researchers, and of the Elsevier/Shanghai Ranking list of Most Cited Researchers,​ an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society, and a co-recipient of best paper awards in ten IEEE conferences (including ICC, GLOBECOM, VTC, PIMRC and DySPAN).


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WSA 2018

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