Dr. Walid Saad
Associate Professor,
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech,
Wireless@VT, Office: 447 Durham,
Mailing Address: 302 Whittemore, 1185 Perry Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24061.
Email: walids AT vt DOT edu
Group Website: http://www.netsciwis.com
Google Scholar Profile
News and Information.
  • Prospective PhD Candidates.The Network Science, Wireless, and Security (NetSciWiS @VT) lab is always looking for exceptional graduate students having expertise in one or more of the following areas: a) Wireless and Cellular Networks, b) Cyber-physical Systems and the Smart Grid, c) Cybersecurity, and d) Game theory and Machine Learning. Applicants must have a solid analytical background and a drive to pursue fundamental research as evidenced by a solid academic track record. Prospective candidates should send me their CV to saad.walid AT gmail.com or walids AT vt.edu, specifying their key research interests as well as their academic credentials. Interested students are encouraged to check our group website and our department requirements .
  • For detailed information about our group and research projects, please consult our new Group Website
  • For those interested in our tutorial on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drone-based communications and networking, you can find the slides here.
  • I have received the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia award.
  • I have been promoted to Associate Professor.
  • PhD student Omid Semiari successfully defends his PhD entitled "Context-Aware Resource Management and Performance Analysis of Millimeter Wave and Sub-6 GHz Wireless Networks". Congratulations Omid!
  • I have been elected as Vice Chair (Americas) for IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee of Cognitive Networks.
  • Our recent report on Smart Grid Security is covered in the news.
  • I have been named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow for research and teaching excellence.
  • We have received the Best Student Paper Award for our paper "Smart Grid Data Injection Attacks: To Defend or Not?," in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Smart Grid Cyber Security and Privacy Symposium, Miami, FL, November 2015.
  • We have received the Best Paper Award for our paper "Transfer Learning for Device Fingerprinting with Application to Cognitive Radio Networks," at the IEEE 26th International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Hong Kong, September 2015
  • I have received the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
  • We have received the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize for our IEEE Communications Magazine Article "When Cellular Meets WiFi in Wireless Small Cell Networks".
  • Elevated to IEEE Senior Member, 2015.
  • Check the new tutorial on matching theory for wireless networks.
  • Plenary Speaker at the 2nd NEXT - Workshop on Networks and Externalities Organized by the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, May 2014.
  • Received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2014.
  • January 2013: I have received the NSF CAREER Award for my work on small cell networks.
  • Tutorial on Coalitional Game Theory in Wireless and Communications Networks, Final version now Available here (IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Special Issue on Game Theory, vol. 26, pp. 77-97, September 2009)

  • For information on my research, papers, or other inquiries, please contact me at: saad.walid AT gmail.com or walid AT vt.edu
  • Past Positions.
    • Jan. 2011 - Aug. 2011: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University.
    • 2010: Ph.D, University of Oslo, Office at UNIK University Graduate Center, Norway.
    • 2007: M.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering, American University of Beirut (AUB).
    • 2004: B.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering, Lebanese University, Faculty of Engineering, Roumieh.
    • Aug. 2008 - July 2009: Visiting scholar (2nd year PhD) at the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, Advisor: Professor Tamer Başar.
    • Since August 2007: Associate Researcher, Alcatel-Lucent Chair, SUPELEC, France, Advisor: Professor Merouane Debbah
    My main areas of research are:
    • Small cell and heterogeneous wireless networks.
    • Context-aware networks.
    • UAV communications and networking.
    • Cyber-physical systems.
    • Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things.
    • Game theory and its applications.
    • Cybersecurity.
    • Smart energy grids.
    • Social and socio-technological networks.
    • Cognitive radio.
    • Machine learning and its applications.
    • Behavioral economics and games.