Wireless Intelligent Networks Center (WINC)

Introduction

WINC is currently managing and executing a diverse research portfolio, ranging from the fundamentals of wireless communications and networking to emerging mobile applications, with 5+ Million EGP of research funds. Despite its short history of six years, WINC has established a strong position in top conferences in the field and has been successful in attracting research funding, in the form of gifts, grants and contacts, from major national, regional and international funding agencies and major multi-national industrial companies. This is attributed to the commitment and dedication of its research active faculty who managed to write and win 9 research proposals, over the past three years alone. Currently, WINC has 4 faculty members, two affiliated faculty and 16 Full-time Research Assistants.

WINC & WT Program Vision & Strategy

WINC’s strong performance and track record since its inauguration in 2008 positions itself as a unique regional center of excellence conducting world-class research in wireless & mobile communications technologies. This is evidenced by its strong publication record and ~35 alumni joining top schools in the US and around the world for Ph.D.

WINC strongly believes that the way into the future would be primarily through inter-disciplinary innovative systems and services in which ubiquitous wireless communications & networking technologies would play a key enabling role.

Industry and academic collaborations

Academia

  • National: Cairo University, AUC, E-JUST
  • Regional: Qatar University, Sabanci University
  • International: Ohio State University, University of Arizona, Politecnico di Torino, University of Thessaly

Industry

  • National: Inmobly, Varkon Semiconductors, Silicon Vision, Smartec Group
  • International: Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, General Motors R&D, Google, Microsoft Research

Projects

Interference Mitigation in Spectrally and Energy Efficient Wireless Networks

Core Competencies

WINC’s faculty research and expertise provide the perfect mix for multi-disciplinary research spanning diverse areas ranging from theoretical foundations, e.g., communications theory, information theory, optimization theory and queuing theory, to system and algorithm design, networking protocols, and applications, e.g., wireless networking, mobile computing and mobile applications. This is evidenced by the diverse research portfolio created and sustained by WINC’s faculty. Moreover, WINC has extensive expertise in cognitive radio networks, cooperative communications and networking, cross-layer optimization, energy-efficient communications and networking towards green societies, vehicular and sensor networks, content delivery and emerging mobile applications, e.g., mHealth, and opportunistic social networks. This opens ample opportunity for extending WINC collaboration to key complementary disciplines, e.g., information sciences, embedded systems and digital design.

WINC research has been continuously supported, since its inception in April 2008, by gifts, grants and contracts from The Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA), The Egyptian Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF), RDI, the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), FP7 Marie Curie IRSES Scheme, General Motors Company, Google and Microsoft Research.

 Publications

5.1.1 Book Chapters

[1] Y. Khazbak, M. Ezz, T. ElBatt and M. Youssef, “Cost-effective networking for mobile healthcare,” Book Chapter in Health Informatics: An Adaptive Communication Technology for future Healthcare, Edited by Naveen Chilamkurti, Nova Publishers, Inc., 2013.

[2] M. Rubsamen, A. El-Keyi, A. B. Gershman, and T. Kirubarajan, “Robust broadband adaptive beamforming using convex optimization,” Book Chapter in Convex Optimization in Signal Processing and Communications, Edited by D. Palomar and Y. Eldar, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

5.1.2 Journals

[1]. Ahmed El Shafie, Tamer Khattab “On Orthogonal Band Allocation for Multi-User Multi-Band Cognitive Radio Networks: Stability Analysis”, To Appear in IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2014.

[2] Ahmed El Shafie “Space-Time Coding for an Energy Harvesting Cooperative Secondary Terminal”, Accepted for publication in IEEE Communications Letters.

[3]. Ahmed El Shafie “Cognitive Access Protocol for Alleviating Sensing Errors in Cognitive Multiple-Access Systems”, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 297–300, 2014.

[4]. Ahmed El Shafie “Optimal random access and random spectrum sensing for an energy harvesting cognitive radio with and without primary feedback leveraging”, Accepted for publication in EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications, 2014.

[5]. Ahmed El Shafie, T. Khattab, A. El-Keyi, and M. Nafie, “ On the coexistence  of a primary user with an energy harvesting secondary user: A case of  cognitive cooperation”, Accepted for publication in  Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, 2014, Wiley.

[6]. Ahmed El Shafie, T. Khattab, A. El-Keyi, and M. Nafie, “Transmit and receive cooperative cognition: Protocol design and stability analysis”, Accepted for publication in EAI Endorsed Transactions on Mobile Communications and Applications, 2014.

[7]. H. Saad, A. Mohamed, and T. ElBatt, “Cooperative Q-learning Techniques for Distributed Online Power Allocation in Femtocell Networks”, accepted in Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, April, 2013.

[8]. Ahmed El Shafie and A. Sultan, “Stability Analysis of an Ordered Cognitive Multiple Access Protocol”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 62, no. 6, pp. 2678–2689, 2013.

[9]. Ahmed El Shafie and A. Sultan, “Optimal Random Access for a Cognitive Radio Terminal with Energy Harvesting Capability”, IEEE Communication Letters, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 1128–1131, 2013.

[10] A. Arafa, K. Seddik, A. Sultan, T. ElBatt, A. El-Sherif, “A Feedback- Soft Sensing-Based Access Scheme for Cognitive Radio Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 12, no. 7, July 2013.

[11] G. Hatem, A. El-Keyi and M. Nafie. “Cross-Layer minimum-delay scheduling and maximumthroughput resource allocation for multiuser cognitive networks,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 12, pp. 761–773, April 2013.

[12] T. ElBatt, “On the scheduling, multiplexing and diversity trade-off in MIMO ad hoc networks: A unified framework,” Elsevier Ad hoc Networks, vol. 11, March 2013.

[13] P. Davern, N. Nashid, A. H. Zahran and C. J. Sreenan, “Client-side framework for automated evaluation of mechanisms to improve HTTP performance,” Journal of Networks, vol. 7, November 2012.

[14] A. Attia, A. El-Moslimany, A. El-Keyi, T. ElBatt, F. Bai, and C. Saraydar, “MIMO vehicular networks: research challenges and opportunities,” Journal of Communications, Invited paper, vol. 7, pp. 500–513, July 2012.

[15] L. Hesham, A. Sultan, M. Nafie, F. Digham, “Distributed spectrum sensing with sequential ordered transmissions to a cognitive fusion center,” IEEE Transactions on

Signal Processing, pp. 2524–2538, May 2012.

[16] M. Fadel, A. El-Keyi and A. Sultan, “QOS-constrained multiuser peer-to-peer MIMO amplify-and-forward relay beamforming,” IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 60, pp.1397–1408, March 2012.

[17] F. Bai, H. Krishnan, T. ElBatt, G. Holland, “Towards characterizing and classifying communication based automotive applications from a wireless networking perspective,” Inderscience International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems (IJVAS), vol. 10, March 2012.

[18] A. Nordio, C-F. Chiasserini, T. ElBatt, “Fair traffic relaying for two-source-one-destination wireless networks,” IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol. 1, pp. 1–4, February 2012.

[19] M. Ibrahim, M. Youssef. “CellSense: An Accurate Energy-Efficient GSM Positioning System,” IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology, vol. 61, pp. 286–296, January 2012.

[20] T. ElBatt, “On the scheduling and multiplexing throughput trade-off in MIMO networks,” Springer LNICST, vol. 66, part 2, pp. 178-197, January 2012.

[21] P. Davern, N. Nashid, A. H. Zahran and C. J. Sreenan, “HTTPEP: a HTTP Performance enhancing proxy for satellite systems” International Journal of Next Generation Computing, vol. 2, March 2011

[22] A. Fathy, T. ElBatt and M. Youssef, “A source authentication scheme using network coding,” International Journal on Security and Networks, vol. 6, November 2011.

[23] Y. Abdallah, M. A. Latif, M. Youssef, A. Sultan, and H. El Gamal, “Keys through ARQ: Theory and practice,” IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 6, pp. 737–751, September 2011.

[24] T. ElBatt and T. Andersen, “A cross-layer framework for multiple access and routing design in wireless multi-hop networks,” Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, vol. 11, August 2011.

[25] J. Tadrous, A. Sultan, M. Nafie, “Admission and power control for spectrum sharing cognitive radio networks,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol 10, pp. 1945–1955, June 2011.

[26] M. Amir, A. El-Keyi, and M. Nafie, “Constrained interference alignment and the spatial degrees of freedom of MIMO cognitive networks,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 57, pp. 2994–3004, May 2011.

[27] R. El-Badry, M. Youssef, and A. K. Sultan, “Hidden anchor: A lightweight approach for physical layer location privacy” Journal of Computer Systems, Networks and Communication, May, 2010.

[28] A. El-Keyi and B. Champagne, “Adaptive linearly constrained minimum variance beamforming for multiuser cooperative relaying using the Kalman filter,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 9, pp. 641–651, February 2010.

[29] O. O. Koyluoglu and H. El Gamal, “On power control and frequency reuse in the two user cognitive channel,” IEEE Transactions in Wireless Communications, vol. 8, July 2009.

[30] S. Lin, M. Shahmohammadi, and H. El Gamal, “Fingerprinting with minimum distance decoding,” IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 4, March 2009.

[31] L. Lai, H. El Gamal and H. V. Poor, “Authentication over noisy channels,” IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, vol. 55, February 2009.

[32] A. El-Keyi and B. Champagne, “Collaborative uplink transmit beamforming with robustness against channel estimation errors,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular technology, vol. 58, pp. 126–139, January 2009.

Strategic Collaborations

WINC maintains strong and stable collaboration ties with international, regional and national academic institutions and industrial partners.

On the academic side, WINC conducts joint research projects with Ohio State University, Qatar University, University of Arizona, Politecnico di Torino, Sabanci University, Turkey, University of Thessaly, Greece, Cairo University, the AUC, and E-JUST, Egypt.

On the industry side, WINC faculty conduct joint research with international research teams at General Motors R&D, USA, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, USA, Google, and Microsoft Research. In addition, WINC has been part of joint projects with promising local start-ups, e.g., Varkon Semiconductors, Silicon Vision, Smartec Group and Inmobly working on diverse cutting edge wireless communications, networking and content delivery technologies.

Current faculty:

  • Dr. Hesham El Gamal, (Ohio State University), WINC Founding Director, 2007-Currently, a part-time Research Fellow
  • Dr. Mohamed Nafie, WINC Director, 2009-2012
  • Dr. Tamer ElBatt, WINC Director, 2012-present
  • Dr. Amr El-Keyi, WT M.Sc. Program Director, 2012-present
  • Dr. Ahmed Zahran

Completed Research projects:

  • CARVEN: Context-Aware Reliable Vehicular Networks, General Motors, USA, 2010–2012
  • Secure and Reliable VANET Broadcast, General Motors, USA, 2010-12
  • Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networks: A Cooperative Communications Perspective, QNRF, 2010–2012
  • Micro and Nanotechnology Based Wireless Sensors for Agriculture and Water Management, RDI, 2010–2012
  • CellChek: A Cost-effective Cellphone-based Patient Monitoring and Advising System, Microsoft Research, 2010–2011
  • Research Challenges in Cognitive Radios and Interference Mitigation, NTRA, 2009–2012
  • Wireless Physical Layer Security – From Theory to Practice, US-STDF, 2009–2012
  • Locationoid: An Accurate Energy-Efficient Location Provider for the Android Platform, Google, 2010–2011
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