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Sonia Aïssa

Wireless Mutimedia Communications

Research Interest

Wireless Communication Systems and Networks: Modeling, Design and Performance Analysis


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Sonia Aissa (S'93-M'00-SM'03) received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications (INRS-EMT), University of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada, where she is a Full Professor.


From 1996 to 1997, she was a Researcher with the Department of Electronics and Communications of Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, and with the Wireless Systems Laboratories of NTT, Kanagawa, Japan.

From 1998 to 2000, she was a Research Associate at INRS-EMT, Montreal. From 2000 to 2002, while she was an Assistant Professor, she was a Principal Investigator in the major program of personal and mobile communications of the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR), leading research in radio resource management for wireless networks. From 2004 to 2007, she was an Adjunct Professor with Concordia University, Montreal. In 2006, she was Visiting Invited Professor with the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan. Her research interests lie in the area of wireless and mobile communications, and include radio resource management, cross-layer design and optimization, design and analysis of multiple antenna (MIMO) systems, cognitive and cooperative transmission techniques, and performance evaluation, with a focus on Cellular, Ad Hoc, and Cognitive Radio networks.


Professor Aissa was the Founding Chair of the Montreal Chapter IEEE Women in Engineering Society in 2004-2007, acted or is currently acting as Technical Program Leading Chair or Cochair for the Wireless Communications Symposium of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012, PHY/MAC Program Chair for the 2007 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Technical Program Committee Cochair of the 2013 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference - spring (VTC), and Symposia Cochair of the 2014 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GC). She has served as a Guest Editor of the EURASIP journal on Wireless Communications and Networking in 2006, as Associate Editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine in 2006-2010 and of the Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal in 2007-2012, and as Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in 2004-2012. She is currently an Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine. Awards and distinctions to her credit include the Quebec Government FQRNT Strategic Fellowship for Professors-Researchers in 2001-2006; INRS-EMT Performance Awards for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and service; the IEEE Communications Society Certificate of Appreciation in 2006--2012; and the Technical Community Service Award from the FQRNT Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies in Communications (SYTACom) in 2007. She is also co-recipient of five Best Paper Awards from major IEEE conferences and of the 2012 IEICE Best Paper Award; and recipient of NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and Member of the Board of Governors of ComSoc.