Biography Dr. Letaief: an ISI Highly Cited Researcher (Citations)

Dr. Letaief received the BS degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, in December 1984. He received the MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, in August 1986, and May 1990, respectively.  From January 1985 and as a Graduate Instructor in the School of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University, he has taught courses in communications and electronics.

From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Since 1993, he has been with the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (ranked #1 in Asia in 2012 according to QS) where he is currently Chair Professor. He has served as Dean of HKUST School of Engineering (ranked #15 in the world in 2014 according to QS)  from 1999 to 2015. He also served as the Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology

From September 2015 to 2018, he joined HBKU as Provost to help establish a research-intensive university in Qatar in partnership with strategic partners that include Northwestern, CMU, Cornell, and Texas A&M.

His current research interests include wireless communications and networks, green communications, Internet of Things, big data analytics, mobile and could computing, 5G systems and beyond.  In these areas, he has over 600 journal and conference papers and given invited keynote talks as well as courses all over the world. He has also 15 patents including 11 US patents.

Dr. Letaief served as consultants for different organizations and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He has served on the editorial board of other prestigious journals including the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Wireless Series (as Editor-in-Chief).  He has been involved in organizing a number of major international conferences and events. These include serving as the General Co-Chair of the 2007 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC’07, in Hong Kong; Technical Program Co-Chair of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Communication, ICC08, in Beijing; Vice General Chair of the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communication, ICC’10, in Cape Town, General Co-Chair of the 2011 IEEE Technology Time Machine, TTM’11, in Hong Kong, and General Chair, IEEE International Conference on Communications in China, ICCC’12, in Beijing.

In addition to his active research and professional activities, Professor Letaief has been a dedicated teacher committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship.  He received the Mangoon Teaching Award from Purdue University in 1990; the Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award by the School of Engineering at HKUST (4 times); and the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award and only one recipient/year is honored for his/her contributions).  He is also the recipient of many other distinguished awards including the 2007 IEEE Communications Society Publications Exemplary Award, 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications, 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award, 2011 IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award, 2011 IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, 2016 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications, 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, 2017 IEEE Cognitive Networks Technical Committee Publication Award, and over 15 IEEE Best Paper Awards.

Dr. Letaief served as an elected member of the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors, IEEE Distinguished lecturer, and Vice-President for Conferences of the IEEE Communications Society.  He also served as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Wireless Communications, and Treasurer of the IEEE Communications Society.  He served as member of the IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Fellow Evaluation Committees as well as member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board/PSPB Products & Services Committee.

Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of HKIE, and is currently serving as President of IEEE Communications Society with headquarters in New York City and members in 162 countries.  He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.