Research

My research interests include wireless communications (6G and beyond), machine learning, cross-layer network optimization, signal processing, and context-aware networks with an emphasis on new technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles, wireless extended reality, and industrial IoT.

See the MINDS Lab for our recent research projects.

Grants & Funding

  1. CNS 1941348, “CRII: NeTS: Towards Joint Mobile Broadband and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications for Connected Autonomous Vehicles”, $197,511 (including REU supplements), 08/19-04/21. The intellectual merit is to develop new physical and MAC layer designs for joint communications over mmWave and sub-6 GHz frequencies. The broader impacts include involving students in research and testbed development, as well as outreach events for underserved students at local schools.

  2. CNS 2008646, “Collaborative Research: CNS Core: Small: Extended Reality over Wireless Cellular Networks: Quality-of-Experience Analysis and Optimization”, $270,000, 10/20-09/23. The intellectual merit is to develop a holistic framework for modeling and optimizing users’ quality-of-experience in wireless extended reality services. The broader impacts include hands-on training for students along with outreach events and dissemination efforts.

  3. CNS 2114283, “Collaborative Research: CNS Core: Small: Hierarchical Federated Learning Over Wireless Edge Networks: Performance Analysis and Optimization”, $234,800, 11/21-10/24. The intellectual merit is to develop a novel, holistic framework for performance analysis and optimization of federated learning over large-scale wireless cellular edge networks. The broader impacts include hands-on training for students along with outreach events and dissemination efforts.

Book Chapters

  1. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis “Caching in Mobile Millimeter Wave and Sub-6 GHz Networks,” in Wireless Edge Caching, Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization Cambridge University Press (eds. T. X. Vu, S. Chatzinotas, E. Bastug, T. Q.S. Quek), 2020. Online ISBN:9781108691277.

Journal Publications

  1. M. Chen, O. Semiari, W. Saad, X. Liu, and C. Yin “Federated Echo State Learning for Minimizing Breaks in Presence in Wireless Virtual Reality Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 19, no. 1, Jan. 2020. doi: 10.1109/TWC.2019.2942929.

  2. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis “Joint Communication and Control for Wireless Autonomous Vehicular Platoon Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 67, no. 11, pp. 7907-7922, Nov. 2019. doi: 10.1109/TCOMM.2019.2931583.

  3. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. T. Thai “Spatial Motifs for Device-to-Device Network Analysis in Cellular Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 67 , no. 8, pp. 5474 - 5489, Aug. 2019. doi: 10.1109/TCOMM.2019.2911281.

  4. O. Semiari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah “Integrated Millimeter Wave and Sub-6 GHz Wireless Networks: A Roadmap for Joint Mobile Broadband and Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications”, IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 109-115, April 2019. doi: 10.1109/MWC.2019.1800039.

  5. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M.Bennis, “Caching Meets Millimeter Wave Communications for Enhanced Mobility Management in 5G Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 779-793, Feb. 2018. doi: 10.1109/TWC.2017.2771419.

  6. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M.Bennis, “Joint Millimeter Wave and Microwave Resources Allocation in Cellular Networks with Dual-Mode Base Stations”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 4802-4816, 2017. doi: 10.1109/TWC.2017.2703109.

  7. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M.Bennis, Z. Dawy “Inter-Operator Resource Management for Millimeter Wave, Multi-Hop Backhaul Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 16, no. 8, pp. 5258-5272, Aug. 2017. doi: 10.1109/TWC.2017.2707410.

  8. O. Semiari, W. Saad, S. Valentin, M.Bennis, and H. V. Poor, “Context-Aware Small Cell Networks: How Social Metrics Improve Wireless Resource Allocation,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 5927-5940, November 2015. doi: 10.1109/TWC.2015.2444385.

  9. O. Semiari, B. Maham, and C. Yuen, “On the Effect of Transceivers I/Q Imbalance on Energy Detection and a Novel Four-Level Hypothesis Spectrum Sensing”, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 63, no. 8, pp. 4136-4141, Feb. 2014. doi: 10.1109/TVT.2014.2306684.

Conference Publications

  1. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, M. Chen, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Federated Learning for Collaborative Controller Design of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles”, in Proc. of the IEEE 60th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Austin, TX, Dec. 2021.

  2. B. Moftakhari, S. Bartoletti, O. Semiari, and A. Bazzi, “On the Performance of the IEEE 802.11p/bd Sensing Procedure Under Co-Channel C-V2X Interference”, in Proc. of the IEEE 94th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2021-Fall, Virtual, Sept. 2021.

  3. F. Lotfi and O. Semiari, “Performance Analysis and Optimization of Uplink Cellular Networks with Flexible Frame Structure”, in Proc. of the IEEE 93rd Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2021-Spring, Helsinki, Finland, April 2021.

  4. A. Ahmadi and O. Semiari, “Reinforcement Learning for Optimized Beam Training in Multi-Hop Terahertz Communications”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC): Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, Montreal, Canada, June 2021.

  5. R. Barazideh, O. Semiari, S. Niknam, and B. Natarajan, “Reinforcement Learning for Mitigating Intermittent Interference in Terahertz Communication Networks”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC): Workshop on Terahertz Communications, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.

  6. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, M. Mozaffari, M. Chen, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Federated Learning in the Sky: Joint Power Allocation and Scheduling with UAV Swarms”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC): Next-Generation Networking and Internet Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.

  7. M. Chen , O. Semiari , W. Saad, X. Liu, and C. Yin, “Federated Deep Learning for Immersive Virtual Reality over Wireless Networks”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Cognitive Radio and AI-Enabled Networks, Waikoloa, HI, USA, Dec., 2019.

  8. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Dependence Control for Reliability Optimization in Vehicular Networks”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Next-Generation Networking and Internet Symposium, Waikoloa, HI, USA, Dec., 2019.

  9. A. Kovalenko, R. F. Hussain, O. Semiari and M. A. Salehi, “Robust Resource Allocation Using Edge Computing for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) Networks”, in Proc. of the 2019 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Fog and Edge Computing (ICFEC), Larnaca, Cyprus, May 2019.

  10. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Joint Communication and Control System Design for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Navigation”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Shanghai, China, May 2019.

  11. T. Zeng, M. Mozaffari, O. Semiari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, “Wireless Communications and Control for Swarms of Cellular-Connected UAVs”, in Proc. of the 52nd Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, Invited paper, Oct. 2018.

  12. R. F. Hussain, M. A. Salehi and O. Semiari, “Serverless Edge Computing for Green Oil and Gas Industry”, 2019 IEEE Green Technologies Conference(GreenTech), Lafayette, LA, USA, April 2019.

  13. R. F. Hussain, M. A. Salehi, A. Kovalenko, S. Salehi, O. Semiari, “Robust Resource Allocation Using Edge Computing for Smart Oil Fields”, in Proc. of the 24th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques & Applications, Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 2018.

  14. M. Kamal Tareq, O. Semiari , M. A. Salehi, and W. Saad, “Ultra Reliable, Low Latency Vehicle-to Infrastructure Wireless Communications with Edge Computing”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dec., 2018.

  15. M. Monwar, O. Semiari , and W. Saad, “Optimized Path Planning for Inspection by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Swarm with Energy Constraints”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Symposium, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dec., 2018.

  16. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Integrated Communications and Control Co-Design for Wireless Vehicular Platoon System”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Kansas City, MO, USA, May 2018.

  17. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, and W. Saad, “Spatio-Temporal Motifs for Optimized Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC): Mobile Computing and Vehicle Communications, Maui, Hawaii, USA, March 2018.

  18. O. Semiari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and B. Maham, “Mobility Management for Heterogeneous Networks: Leveraging Millimeter Wave for Seamless Handover”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, Singapore, December 2017.

  19. O. Semiari, W. Saad, M. Bennis, and M. Debbah, “Performance Analysis of Integrated Sub-6 GHz-Millimeter Wave Wireless Local Area Networks”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, Singapore, December 2017.

  20. T. Zeng, O. Semiari, and W. Saad, “Exploring Spatial Motifs for Device-to-Device Network Analysis (DNA) in 5G Networks”, in Proc. of the 51st Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, Pacific Grove, CA, USA, November 2017.

  21. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Downlink Cell Association and Load Balancing for Joint Millimeter Wave-Microwave Cellular Networks”, in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, Washington DC, USA, Dec 2016.

  22. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and M. Bennis, “Context-Aware Scheduling of Joint Millimeter Wave and Microwave Resources for Dual-Mode Base Stations”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, Kualalumpur, Malaysia, May 2016.

  23. O. Semiari, W. Saad, Z. Dawy, and M. Bennis, “Matching Theory for Backhaul Management in Small Cell Networks with mmWave Capabilities”, in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Mobile and Wireless Networks Symposium, London, UK, June 2015.

  24. O. Semiari, W. Saad, and S. Valentin, “On Self-Organizing Resource Allocation for Social Context-Aware Small Cell Networks”, in Proc. of the 1st KuVS Workshop on Anticipatory Networks, Stuttgart, Germany, September 2014.

  25. O. Semiari, W. Saad, S. Valentin, M. Bennis, and B. Maham, “Matching Theory for Priority-based Cell Association in the Downlink of Wireless Small Cell Networks”, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP’14), Florence, Italy, May 2014.

  26. O. Semiari, B. Maham, and C. Yuen, “Effect of I/Q Imbalance on Blind Spectrum Sensing for OFDMA Overlay Cognitive Radio”, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Communication in China (ICCC), Beijing, China, June 2012.

PhD Dissertation

Invited Talks and Presentations

  • “Spectrum Management for AI-Enabled Industrial IoT Networks”, 1st BEST-NEST Invitational Online Workshop on New Paradigms in Intelligent Spectrum Management and Regulation, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, December 2020.