I am a Professor at the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering (RSEEME), ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia. I received bachelor and master degrees in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1995 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, in 2006.
My current research interests are mainly in information-theoretic data privacy, index coding, communication for omniscience and network coding. I am also interested in other foundational problems in information theory, wireless communications and signal processing. More details about my research can be found here.
Dec 2019: I have been promoted to Full Professor.
Nov 2019: Up to three fully-funded PhD positions are available in my group to carry out research on fundamental information-theoretic aspects of data privacy, utility and security.
I am looking for highly motivated PhD students with excellent academic record, promising research potential, and strong mathematical, analytical and communication skills. As a guide, students in top 5% of their cohort are deemed competitive. Please email me and include your CV, academic transcripts, with a brief statement of your research interests and prior experience (including publications or research thesis).
Oct 2019: Awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship to carry out intensive research in the next four years on fundamental information-theoretic data privacy, utility and security.
From 1997 to 2002, I worked as a Research Engineer and then as a Senior Research Engineer at Iran Communications Industries (ICI) in Tehran, Iran and at Deqx (formerly known as Clarity Eq) in Sydney, Australia.
I have co-authored around 170 refereed journal articles or conference papers and a book on Hilbert Space Methods in Signal Processing, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. One of my papers has won the best paper award at Globecom 2016 , co-authored with Noman Akbar, Nan Yang, and Rodney A. Kennedy. I have been a Chief Investigator in five ARC Discovery Projects, one Linkage Project. In October 2019, I was awarded a highly competitive ARC Future Fellowship. I have supervised, hosted, or collaborated with a large number of PhD students and postdoctoral research fellows.
Throughout my career, I have visited various research institutes, including the Institute for Communications Engineering, Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 2008 and MIT in 2009 and 2013. Between 2016 and 2019, I served as an Editor (AE) for coding techniques for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory . I am the General Co-chair of the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) , to be held in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia in July 2021. I have been a Senior Member of the IEEE since 2007. In April 2019, I was elected by the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (ITSoc) to serve on the Board until December 2020.
Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia
Room B154, Bldg 115, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia
Phone: +61 2 6125 7779
Email: firstname dot lastname at anu dot edu dot au