Izhak Rubin, Ph.D.

                Izhak Rubin  received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 1964 and 1968, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1970, all in Electrical Engineering.  During 1964-1967, he served as a Communications Engineer and Officer in the Israeli Signal Corps.  In 1967-1968, he worked as an Electronics and C3 Engineer in the Israel Aircraft Industries.  Since 1970, he has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science where he is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. 


            Dr. Rubin has had extensive research, publications, consulting, and industrial experience in the design and analysis of commercial and military computer communications and telecommunications systems and networks.  At UCLA, he is leading a large research group.  He also serves as President of IRI Computer Communications Corporation, a leading team of computer communications and telecommunications experts engaged in software development and consulting services.  Recent R&D projects include network design, simulation, management, and planning tools for network modeling and analysis, multi-task resource allocation, unmanned vehicle (UAV and UGV based) aided multi-tier ad hoc wireless communications networks and such systems that autonomously support the operation of distributed sensor networks.



            During 1979-1980, he served as Acting Chief Scientist of the Xerox Telecommunications Network.  He served as co-chairman of the 1981 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory; as program chairman of the 1984 NSF-UCLA workshop on Personal Communications; as program chairman for the 1987 IEEE INFOCOM conference; and as program co-chair of the IEEE 1993 workshop on Local and Metropolitan Area networks.  Dr. Rubin is a Life Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the most prestigious and largest such international professional organization), the most distinguished membership grade bestowed by the IEEE, awarded only to a small limited number of its most distinguished members.  . He served as co-chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, program chairman of the IEEE INFOCOM'87 Conference, program co-chair of the IEEE 1993 workshop on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks, program co-chair of the 2002 first UCLA/ONR Symposium on Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems (AINS), and has organized many other conferences and workshops. He has served as an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Wireless Networks journal, Optical Networks magazine, IEEE JSAC issue on MAC techniques, Communications Systems journal, Photonic Networks Communications journal, and has contributed chapters to texts and encyclopedia on telecommunications systems and networks.





Ph.D., Electrical Engineering Department, Princeton University, 1970.

M.Sc., Electrical Engineering Department, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology,        1968.

B.Sc., Electrical Engineering Department, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 1964; Summa Cum Laude.


 Recent Projects


            Local, metropolitan and wide area telecommunications networks; high-speed communications networks; performance analysis; queueing and stochastic processes; network simulations; access, flow, congestion and routing control for computer communication networks; network management; multi-media networks; cellular wireless networks;  satellite networks, CATV networks; the Internet and IP networks; ad hoc wireless networks; protocols and architectures; C3 (command, control and communications) networks; resource allocation in integrated network, sensing, transport, data-base, computing and processing networks.


AINS (Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems): Development of Next Generation Unmanned-Vehicle based network-centric C4ISR systems and ad hoc wireless networks – Network-Centric C4ISR and FORCEnet systems


            Professor Izhak Rubin has been leading a large research and development effort for the development of next generation Unmanned Vehicle (UV) aided (employing land, air and sea borne autonomous vehicles - UGVs, UAVs, and UUVs) ad hoc wireless networks.  This is part of his network development project, (with the research component supported by research grants from ONR, ARO, NSF, and others), involving the development of new methods and procedures for Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems (AINS).  His new network architectures and protocols, including those of UV-aided Mobile Backbone Networks (MBNs) are now recognized as leading approaches for the implementation of next generation peer-to-peer autonomous military and commercial mobile wireless network systems.  He has been invited to many key DoD C4ISR network-centric warfare organizations (including US Navy, Army and Airforce offices of chief operations, Pentagon OASD, JTRS PM, Army CECOM FCS) and to  leading industrial developers to present the innovative developments of his group in this area.

            Developments include new methods for system and network management, resource allocation to ensure quality of service (QoS) in a mobile UV aided networking environment, self-configuring topological synthesis protocols for access and backbone networks, dynamic inclusion of UGVs and multi-orbit UAVs in self-adapting wireless networks, QoS based routing, power-control spatial-reuse DA/TDMA/FDMA/CDMA and modified 802.11 oriented medium access control (MAC) protocols, and cross-layer adaptive networking algorithms and protocols.  Development works are aided by innovative simulation mechanisms, and the use of the IRI Computer Communications Corp. Planyst and PlanRes PC-based tools for network planning, analysis, management and multi-mission multi-area resource allocation.




Professional Activities


            Fellow member, IEEE, elected January 1, 1987, with the citation: “For contributions to the analysis and design of computer communication systems and networks, and to engineering education.”  IEEE Life Fellow since Jan. 1, 2008.

            Editor, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 1986-1992.

            Co-Chairman, 1981 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory.

            Program Chairman, 1984 NSF-UCLA Workshop on Personal Communications.

            Program Chairman, IEEE INFOCOM conference, 1987.

            Program Co-Chairman, 1993 IEEE Workshop on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks.

            Organizer and main lecturer in 5-day short courses on the system oriented fundamentals of “Modern Telecommunications Networking”, “ATM Networks,” “IP Networking,” “IP and Ad Hoc Networking,” offered through UCLA Extension and throughout the world.  

            Associate Editor, Wireless Networks journal, Baltzer  Science Publishers, 1994 – present. 

Editor, journal on Photonic Network Communications, Kluwer publications, 1999 -  present.

Editor, International Journal on Communications Systems, Wiley InterScience, 1999 -  present.

Editor, Optical Networks magazine, SPIE / Baltzer  Science Publishers, 2000 – present.

            Session organizer and member of program committees of numerous conferences, symposia and workshops.


University Laboratories and Student training


Development of the Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems (AINS) laboratory, with Prof. Izhak Rubin as leader and director, at the UCLA Electrical Engineering department.  Used to design, test and experiment with innovative ad hoc wireless network systems, autonomously employing unmanned vehicles. 


Architectures, protocols and systems developed in the AINS laboratory have been successfully demonstrated in field trials and test-beds that took place in 2002-2004 in Arizona, Rhode Island and Los Angeles.


Training of undergraduate and graduate students in the area of computer communications networking and wireless network systems through extensive involvement in the development of networking based software, and through the conduct of network management, monitoring, control and experimental evaluations.