Dr. Mounir Hamdi | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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Dr. Mounir Hamdi

Dr. Mounir Hamdi (PhD)


Founding Dean
College of Science and Engineering

Biography

Mounir Hamdi is the founding Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to design and analysis of high-speed packet switching, which is the highest research distinction bestowed by IEEE.

As founding Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Dr. Hamdi led the foundation of 15 graduate programs and 1 undergraduate program and all the associated research labs and activities. In particular, 6 of these programs are the first PhD programs in HBKU. Currently, the College has more than 350 students including 150 PhD students, and has already graduated MS and PhD students.

Before joining HBKU, he was Chair Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and the Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 

He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering minor (with distinction) from the University of Louisiana in 1985, and the MS and the PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and 1991, respectively.

He was a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 1991, where he was a founding member of the University. He became the Head and Chair Professor of the Department. Under his Headship tenure, his Department was ranked 13th in the world by QS World Ranking (2013) and 21st in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2013. He was the Director of the Computer Engineering Program, Director of the Master of Science in Information Technology, and Director of the Computer Networking Research Lab. He was involved with HKUST administration such as the University Senate, University Council, and University Administration Committee. In 1999 to 2000 he held visiting professor positions at Stanford University, USA, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland as well as Honorary Professor in various Chinese Universities such Nanjing University and Chinese Southeast University. His general area of research is in high-speed wired/wireless networking in which he has published more than 350 research publications, received numerous research grants, and graduated more 50 MS/PhD students. In addition, he has frequently consulted for companies and governmental organizations in the USA, Europe and Asia. He is also a frequent keynote speaker in International Conferences and Forums on matters related to cutting-edge research and education.

Prof. Hamdi is/was on the Editorial Board of various prestigious journals and magazines including IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Communication Magazine, Computer Networks, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, and Parallel Computing as well as a guest editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, guest editor-in-chief of two special issues of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications, and a guest editor of Optical Networks Magazine. He has chaired more than 20 international conferences and workshops including The IEEE International High Performance Switching and Routing Conference, the IEEE GLOBECOM/ICC Optical networking workshop, and the IEEE ICC High-speed Access Workshop, and has been on the program committees of more than 200 international conferences and workshops. He was the Chair of IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Transmissions, Access and Optical Systems, and Vice-Chair of the Optical Networking Technical Committee, as well as member of the ComSoc technical activities council. He received the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2009 and the IEEE International Conference on Information and Networking in 1998. He also supervised the best PhD paper award amongst all universities in Hong Kong.

In addition to his commitment to research and professional service, he is also a dedicated teacher and renowned quality-assurance educator. He received the best 10 lecturers award (through university-wide student voting for all university faculty held once a year), the distinguished engineering teaching appreciation award from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and various grants targeted towards the improvement of teaching methodologies, delivery and technology. He is frequently involved in higher education quality assurance activities as well as engineering programs accreditation all over the world.

 

 


Research Interests

  • Data Centers and Cloud Computing: Design and analysis of interconnection networks for data centers; protocols, load balancing and scheduling for cloud computing applications.
  • High-Speed Switching/Routing: Architectures, analysis and design of high-performance switches and Internet routers, scheduling algorithms, traffic management, memory architectures, and quality of service guarantees.
  • Optical Networks: Management, resource allocation, and service provisioning in multi-hop wavelength division multiplexing networks, MAC protocols for single-hop WDM networks, GMPLS, IP over WDM, quality of service guarantees, and modeling.
  • Wireless Networking: Design and analysis of wireless access schemes, multimedia transmission over wireless channels, IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.16 (rate adaptation and contention window adjustment), and wireless TCP.
  • Parallel Computing Architectures and Algorithms: Design and analysis of communication networks for parallel comput¬ing, application design and embedding, topological properties, routing, and hardware analysis.

Experience

Founding Dean

College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

2013 – Present
  • Emeritus Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    2015 – Present
  • Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    2008 – 2013
  • Chair Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    2010 – 2015
  • Full Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    2003 - 2010
  • Associate Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    1996 - 2003
  • Assistant Professor

    Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    1991 - 1996
  • Visiting Professor

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University, USA

    1999 – 2000
  • Visiting Professor

    Department of Computer Science, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

    1999
  • Honorary Professor

    Southeast University, Nanjing – China

    2009 – Present
  • Honorary Professor

    Nanjing University, Nanjing – China

    2009 – Present
  • Director

    Computer Engineering Program, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    1998 - 2006
  • Director

    Master of Science in Information Technology, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    2005 - 2008
  • Director

    Computer Engineering Lab, CSE Department, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    1994 - 2013
  • Chair

    Hong Kong Institute of Engineers Accreditation Council of Computer Science Programs

    2011 - 2013
  • Member of HKUST University Council

    2006 – 2008
  • Member of HKUST University Senate (member-at-large)

    2002 – 2008
  • Chair

    IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on “Transmissions, Access, and Optical Systems”

    2002 - 2004
  • Vice-Chair

    IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on “Optical, Networking”

    2002 - 2003

Education

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

University of Pittsburgh, USA

1991
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering

    University of Pittsburgh, USA

    1987
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering with Distinction (Computer Engineering Minor)

    University of Louisiana, USA

    1985

Selected Publications

  • E. Zenedi, H. Oubei, M. Alouini, M. Hamdi

    “Unified Statistical Channel Model for Turbulence-Induced Fading in Underwater Wireless Optical Communication Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Communications

    2019
  • T. Wang, Y. Xia, J. Muppala, and M. Hamdi

    “Achieving Energy Efficiency in Data Centers Using an Artificial Intelligence Abstraction Model”, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, Vol. PP, No. 99

    2017
  • L. Wang, Q. Zhang, and M. Hamdi

    "Exploring Smart Pilot for Wireless Rate Adaptation" IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 15, No. 7

    2016
  • T. Wang, Z. Su, Y. Xia, and M. Hamdi

    “Rethinking the Data Center Networking: Architecture, Network Protocols, and Resource Sharing”, Journal of IEEE Access

    2014
  • L. Wang, K. Wu, M. Hamdi and L. M. Ni

    “Attachment-Learning for Multi-Channel Allocation in Distributed OFDMA-Based Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 1712-1721

    2013
  • A. Ben Makhlouf and M. Hamdi

    “Practical Rate Adaptation for Very High Throughput WLANs”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 908-916

    2013
  • L. Wang, K.Wu and M. Hamdi

    “Attached-RTS: Eliminating Exposed Terminal Problem in Wireless Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Vol. 24, No. 7

    2013
  • L. Wang, K.Wu and M. Hamdi

    “Combating Hidden and Exposed Terminal Problems in Wireless Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 11, No. 11, pp. 4204-4213

    2012
  • P. Lin, J. Jia, Q. Zhang, and M. Hamdi

    “Revenue Improvement for Wireless Service Provider in Hybrid Macrocell-Femtocell Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 61, No. 9, pp. 4109-4117

    2012
  • P. Lin, J. Jia, Q. Zhang, and M. Hamdi

    "Dynamic Spectrum Sharing with Multiple Primary and Secondary Users", IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Vol. 60, No. 4, pp. 1756-1765

    2011