Ahmed Arafa

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Ahmed Arafa
Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

office: EPIC 2262
phone: (704) 687-7480
email: aarafa@uncc.edu
web: https://webpages.uncc.edu/aarafa/

About me

I have been an Assistant Professor of ECE at UNC Charlotte since August 2019. Before that, I spent two wonderful years at Princeton's EE as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, hosted by Vince Poor. In 2017, I was fortunate to receive my PhD degree in EE under the supervision of Sennur Ulukus at the University of Maryland's ECE.

My research focuses on developing fundamental solutions for latency and security issues in current and emerging applications in communications, networks and control. I use mathematical tools drawn from optimization, wireless communications and information theory to develop such solutions, with the applications spanning the internet of things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPSs), next generation cellular systems and light fidelity (LiFi).

I am currently looking for PhD students to join my research group in the Communications and Information Processing Laboratory (CIPL). Please refer to the following ad for more information: PhD Openings.

If you are already a student at UNC Charlotte, then taking a course that I am offering and doing very well is a great plus.


  • 03/20: Our paper, ‘‘Timely Estimation Using Coded Quantized Samples’’, is accepted for publication in IEEE ISIT ’20. (arXiv)

  • 02/20: Our journal paper, ‘‘Optimizing Information Freshness in Wireless Networks: A Stochastic Geometry Approach’’, is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. (arXiv)

  • 01/20: Our paper, ‘‘Remote Short Blocklength Process Monitoring: Trade-off Between Resolution and Data Freshness’’, is accepted for publication in IEEE ICC ’20. (arXiv)

  • 01/20: Our paper, ‘‘Age-Based Scheduling Policy for Federated Learning in Mobile Edge Networks’’, will appear in IEEE ICASSP ’20, session: 'Machine Learning for Physical Layer Security and Privacy’. (arXiv)

  • 08/19: Our journal paper, ‘‘Age-Minimal Transmission for Energy Harvesting Sensors with Finite Batteries: Online Policies’’, is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

  • 08/19: Our paper, ‘‘Timely Cloud Computing: Preemption and Waiting’’, is accepted for publication in Allerton ’19.

  • 08/19: Our journal paper, ‘‘Interplay Between NOMA and Other Emerging Technologies: A Survey’’, is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking.

  • 07/19: Two papers accepted for publication in IEEE Globecom ’19:

    • ‘‘On Timely Channel Coding with Hybrid ARQ’’.

    • ‘‘Locally Adaptive Scheduling Policy for Optimizing Information Freshness in Wireless Networks’’.

  • 05/19: Our journal paper, ‘‘Timely Updates in Energy Harvesting Two-Hop Networks: Offline and Online Policies’’, is accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.


  • February ’20: ITA