WELCOME to the

Intelligent Connectivity and Networks/Systems Group

ICON

Associate Professor, Ph.D., IEEE FELLOW

Head of the Intelligent Connectivity and Networks/Systems Group (ICON)

Academy of Finland Research Fellow

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Centre for Wireless ommunications, University of Oulu, FINLAND

Email: mehdi(dot)bennis(at)oulu(dot)fi

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Always seeking outstanding PhD and Postdocs to work on cutting-edge & high-impact research.

Recent news

  • 12/2020: I have been elevated to the rank of IEEE Fellow for contributions to resource optimization in heterogeneous and low-latency wireless networks.

  • 12/2020: delivered a tutorial on Distributed machine learning at IEEE GC 2020, with Dr. Walid Saad and Dr Mingzhe Chen.

  • 18.11.2020: Honored & grateful to be named 2020 Clarviate Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science

  • 9.10.2020: PhD student Hamza Khan successfully defends his PhD entitled "Resource Scheduling and Cell Association in 5G-V2X". Congratulations Hamza!

  • ICML-FL 2020 paper accepted: "XOR Mixup: Privacy-Preserving Data Augmentation for One-Shot Federated Learning," https://arxiv.org/pdf/2006.05148.pdf

  • Advances and Open Problems in Federated Learning [with Google AI, Seattle, WA, USA] To appear in Foundations and Trends in Machine Learning (FnTML), 2020

  • 6/2020: Keynote at 1st IEEE ICC workshop on Edge Learning For 5G Mobile Networks And Beyond.

  • 6/2020: Keynote at the 3rd IEEE ICC Workshop on Ultra-high speed, Low latency and Massive Communication for Futuristic 6G Networks (ULMC6GN).

  • 3/2020: Our JMLR article for model training over fully distributed topologies is now accepted!!

  • 2/2020: Keynote at IEEE COMNET, Tunisia.

  • 2/2020: Invited to the IBM FL workshop.

  • 9.12.2019: PhD student Muhammad Ikram Ashraf successfully defends his PhD entitled "Radio Resource Management in Device-to-Device and Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication in 5G Networks and Beyond". Congratulations Ikram!

  • 4.12.2019: PhD student Mohammed ElBamby successfully defends his PhD entitled "Flexible duplexing and resource optimization in small cell networks". Congratulations Mohammed!

  • 11/2019: Delivered a Keynote at the Ericsson Research Day in Istanbul.

  • 5/2019: Received the IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award for "contribution to radio communication".

  • 5/2019: delivered a tutorial on machine learning at IEEE ICC 2019, with Dr. Walid Saad.

  • 5/2019: Invited to an AI panel at IEEE ICC 2019.

  • 4/2019: Plenary keynote at WSA 2019.

  • 12/2018: Pleased to participate to a panel discussion on AI and 5G at IEEE Globecom 2018, Dec 9-13 in Dubai.

  • 12/2018: keynote at the IEEE Globecom'18 Workshop on Computational Intelligence and Big Data Towards Trustworthy IoT, on URLLC+AI.

  • 12/2018: delivered a tutorial on ML/AI at IEEE GLOBECOM 2018 together with Dr. Walid Saad.

  • 09/2018: keynote at the workshop on "recent Developments in 5G New Radio (5G-NR) towards Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication" held in conjunction with IEEE PIMRC 2018.

  • 09/2018: Will deliver a tutorial on UAVs at IEEE PIMRC 2018 together with Dr. Walid Saad.

  • 1.6.2018: Acting as PhD opponent at Ursula Challita, University of Edinburgh (Congratulations!).

  • 3.5.2018: Acting as PhD opponent at KTH for Guang Yang (Congratulations!).

  • 2.5.2018: Our recent work on Low-Latency and Ultra-Reliable Virtual Reality (https://lnkd.in/ejZkAxP) cited by Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and CTO.

  • 19.3.2018: On-device machine learning paving the way for beyond vanilla 5G: https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/smartphones-will-get-even-smarter-with-ondevice-machine-learning

  • 29.1.2018 New website up and running - (old link http://www.ee.oulu.fi/~bennis/ will not be updated)

  • 1/2018: Promoted to Associate Professor.

  • 12/2017: Delivers a tutorial on "The Internet of Things: Enablers, Technologies, and Applications" at IEEE GLOBECOM 2017 together with Dr. Walid Saad.

  • 12/2017: Co-chair of the 8th International Workshop on Wireless Networking and Control for UAVs, at IEEE GLOBECOM 2017.

  • 09/2017: HIRING 1 Postdoc and 2-3 PhD students to work on 5G and Beyond topics.

  • 11/2017: Congratulations Dr. Sumudu Samarakoon who graduated with honors!!

  • 11/2017: Recent keynote presentation on URLLC.

  • 09/2017: 2017 ALL-UNIVERSITY of Oulu Research Award

  • 6/2017: Best Paper Award from the 26th European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC'2017).

  • 3/2017: EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of wireless communications and networks.

  • 11/2016: NOKIA research donation on FOG COMPUTING.

  • 06/2016: Awarded a NOKIA visiting professor grant for a visit to Princeton University (2017).

1.1.2019: HIRING HIRING in MEC; FOG; URLLC AND WIRELESS AI

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&lang=en&id=00006609&jc=1

22.8.2018: The positions are REopen again until 29.8.2018

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=1&id=00005935&lang=fi

28.6.2018: OPEN POSITIONS (apply by August, 1st)

1-2 PhD positions and 1 Postdoc position at:

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=1&id=00005935&lang=en

Research Interests

  • 5G/6G

  • Ultra-reliable and low latency communication (URLLC)

  • Virtual reality, edge/fog computing

  • Millimeter-wave communication


  • Unmanned aerial vehicles/systems

  • IoT, MTC

  • 5G-V2X, smart cities

  • Machine learning, AI for wireless

  • Blockchain, DLT

Short Bio

Dr Mehdi Bennis is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland, Academy of Finland Research Fellow and head of the intelligent connectivity and networks/systems group (ICON). His main research interests are in radio resource management, heterogeneous networks, game theory and distributed machine learning in 5G networks and beyond. He has published more than 200 research papers in international conferences, journals and book chapters. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2015 Fred W. Ellersick Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2016 Best Tutorial Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the 2017 EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of Wireless Communications and Networks, the all-University of Oulu award for research, the 2019 IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award and the 2020 Clarviate Highly Cited Researcher by the Web of Science. Dr Bennis is an editor of IEEE TCOM and Specialty Chief Editor for Data Science for Communications in the Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal. Dr Bennis is an IEEE Fellow.

Awards and Honours

6/2019: IEEE ComSoc Radio Communications Committee Early Achievement Award for "contribution to radio communication".

9/2017: All-UNIVERSITY of OULU award for research.

6/2017: Best student paper Award at EUCNC 2017.

3/2017: 2017 EURASIP Best paper Award for the Journal of wireless communications and networks.

11/2016: NOKIA research donation on FOG COMPUTING.

06/2016: NOKIA visiting professor grant for a visit to Princeton University

5/2016: Best paper award at the European Wireless Conference, Oulu, Finland.

4/2016: IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award

04/2016: Transmission, Access, and Optical Systems (TAOS) Technical Committee's Award

04/2015: IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize

09/2015: Academy of Finland Research Fellow (2015-2020)