Biography


Dr. Ibnkahla was born in Sousse, a famous coastal city in Tunisia, founded by Phoenician mariners in the 9th century BC (one century before the foundation of Carthage).

He obtained the Ph.D. degree and the Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches degree (HDR) from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (INP), Toulouse, France, in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He obtained an Engineering degree in Electronics (1992) and a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies degree (equivalent to MSc) in Signal and Image Processing (1992) all from INP. He did part of his undergraduate studies (classes preparatoires) at Lycee Hoche, Versailles, France (1986-1989).

He is currently a Full Professor and Cisco Industrial Research Chair at the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (2000-2015), and the Department of Electronics, INP, Toulouse, France (1996-1999).

The Cisco Industrial Research Chair is on “Internet of Everything (IoE) Sensor Networks and Technologies”. Dr. Ibnkahla has been leading several projects with industry and government agencies. He is currently involved in a number of projects applying wireless communications in key areas of the e-Society, including: smart power grid, control of renewable energy, water management, public health, environment monitoring, wildlife tracking, food traceability and safety risk monitoring, highway safety, intelligent transportation systems, etc.

Dr. Ibnkahla has been the Technical Manager of a major European Advanced Communications Technologies and Services (ACTS) Program (1996-1999). He played major roles in a number of Research Networks and Partnership Programs such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) DIVA Network, 2010-2015, Ontario Research Fund (ORF) WISENSE Project, 2009-2015, NSERC COGWSN project, 2011-2014.

He has published the following books: Signal Processing for Mobile Communications Handbook, Taylor and Francis Publishers – CRC Press, 2004, Adaptive Signal Processing in Wireless Communications, Taylor and Francis Publishers – CRC Press, 2008, Adaptive Networking and Cross-layer Design in Wireless Networks,Taylor and Francis Publishers – CRC Press, 2008, Wireless Sensor Networks: A Cognitive Perspective, Taylor and Francis Publishers – CRC Press 2012 (translated to Chinese in 2015), and Cooperative Cognitive Radio Networks: The Complete Spectrum Cycle, Taylor and Francis Publishers – CRC Press, 2014.

He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, 25 technical reports, 100 conference papers, and 4 invention disclosures.

Since 1993 he gave more than 50 keynote talks, invited seminars and tutorials in various conferences and universities. He supervised 10 post-doctoral fellows and more than 15 PhD and 25 MSc students. He was the General Chair or Technical Chair of a number of international conferences including the Biennial Symposium on Communications (General Chair in 2010 and 2012).

Dr. Ibnkahla received the INP Leopold Escande Medal for the year 1997, France, for his research contributions to signal processing; the prestigious Prime Minister’s Research Excellence Award (PREA), Ontario, Canada in 2000, for his contributions in wireless mobile communications; and the Favorite Professor Award, Queen’s University, in 2004 for his excellence in teaching.

Dr. Ibnkahla is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEng) of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Research Interests

  • Internet of Everything
  • Wireless sensor networks design and applications
  • Cognitive communications networks
  • Cognitive radio: Energy harvesting and spectrum management
  • Signal processing for wireless communications
  • Adaptive signal processing and neural networks

Current Research Projects

  • Internet of Everything (IoE) sensor networks and technologies
  • IoE applications to: Smart grid, transportation, smart cities, smart buildings, healthcare, environment, water monitoring, advanced manufacturing, and supply chains.
  • Cognitive radio networks
  • Cognitive communications networks
  • Energy harvesting, sharing and management in communications networks
  • RFID system design and integration
  • Adaptive signal processing for wireless communications
  • Neural network signal processing

Research and Graduate Studies Opportunities

  • Many offers are available at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels. Outstanding domestic and international students are encouraged to apply.
  • Postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Please contact Dr. Ibnkahla: ibnkahla AT sce.carleton.ca