Alhussein Abouzeid



Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York 12180-3590

Office: Room 6038, Jonsson Engineering Center

Tel: (518) 276-6534 Fax: (518) 276-4403

E - Mail: abouzeid (at)






I am an associate professor of ECSE at RPI. My research is in the area of computer communication networks. I studied EE in my undergrad and grad days, though if your field is computer networks you are bound to take a lot of CS courses too. I worked as an engineer at various places before and during my PhD, including Alcatel, HRL and AlliedSignal- now Honeywell. I was fortunate to have advisors from MSR and Boeing Phantom Works on my PhD committee. After tenure at RPI, I took a leave of absence for 2 years to work as a program director for CNS at NSF, CISE directorate. It was stimulating and extremely informative to work on a number of core and interdisciplinary programs. At NSF, I helped cofound a new MPS/CISE/ENG/SBE initiative called EARS for radio spectrum efficiency, and supported interest in CISE/BIO biologically enabled wireless networks.





My research in the field of computer networks has focused on a theme which I call variable topology networks. I have focused a lot of my efforts on wireless networks, but I could not resist tackling some interesting problems in the areas of (wired) Internet, social, and peer to peer networks. My main interest has been to find ways to understand how networks behave at scale, and how to design computer communication protocols so that they provide better performance more efficiently in the face of uncertainties. To be able to guarantee the performance in a proven and predictable way is quite challenging in today’s variable networks.


Some key theoretical tools used include: stochastic processes, information theory, optimization theory, queuing theory, randomized algorithms, graph theory.


Protocols considered include: dynamic spectrum access, routing, flow control, search & replication, mobility control.


Networks studied include: Internet, Mobile sensor networks, Camera sensor networks, Mesh networks, Mobile Ad Hoc Networks and Cellular Networks.



Current Projects


·            WiFiUS: A Virtual Institute for Wireless Research between Finland and USA.

This is an NSF-SAVI project. Visit for more info.


·            Energy Efficient Cognitive Networking.

This is a collaborative project between RPI, University of Maryland, and University of Oulu, Finland.


·            CAREER: Multiple-Layer Modeling and Design of Wireless Ad Hoc Networks




Past Projects


·            US-Finland Workshop on Wireless Networks


·            NeTS-NBD: Towards a Disconnection-Tolerant, Opportunistic Internet


·            SENSORS: Advanced Sensing for Real-Time Monitoring and Evaluation of Geotechnical Systems


·            NR: Routing Overhead In Variable Topology Networks - A Theoretical Framework With Practical Implications



Publications & Talks


·            My publications can be found on the following links, ordered chronologically by type or by area.


·            Invited Talks


·            Webpages for different projects are included with a brief explanation





ENGR-2600 Modeling and Analysis of Uncertainty. Undergraduate. Students: 100.


ECSE-2010 Electric Circuits. Undergraduate. Students: 32.


ECSE-2660 Computer Architecture, Networking & Operating Systems. Undergraduate. Students: 90.


ECSE-4500 Probability for Engineering Applications. Undergraduate. Students: 90. Fall’01, Spring’02, ’03, ’04, Fall’05


ECSE-6962 Mobile Wireless Networks. Graduate. Students: 25. Fall 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 11



Journal Editorship


IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, January 2011 – Present.


IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, January 2010 – Present.


Nano Communications Networks (Elsevier), January 2010 – July 2011.


Computer Networks (Elsevier), January 2007 – July 2011.


Conference Committees Membership

Panel Co-Chair, IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2011), Shanghai, China, April 10-15, 2011.

Technical Program Co-Chair, Track on Network Algorithms and Performance Evaluation, International Conference on Computer Communication Networks (ICCCN 2012), Munich, Germany, July 30 – August 2, 2012.

Panel Co-Chair, The 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON 2010), Boston, Massachusetts, June 21-25, 2010.

Technical Program Committee Co-Chair, Fourth International ICST Conference on Nano-Networks (Nano-Net 2009), Luzern, Switzerland, October 18-20, 2009.

Poster Co-Chair; IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks (SECON 2008), San Francisco, California, USA, June 16-20, 2008.

Workshop Chair; Workshop on Multi-Layer Modeling and Design of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks (MLMD06) in conjunction with ICPADS 2006, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2006.


Also member of TPC of many conferences including: INFOCOM 2004-2012, GLOBECOM 2005, 2008, ICC 2004, 2008, 2009, WCNC 2007, 2008, SECON 2008, 2010, VTC 2007, 2008, etc.



Past PhD Advisees


Di Wang, “Information-Theoretic Bounds and Their Implications for the Analysis and Design of Large-Scale Wireless Networks,” Fall 2010. Currently Member of Technical Staff, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto, California, USA.

Zhenzhen Ye, “Information Transport in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks: Capacity, Control and Optimization,” ECSE Ph.D., Fall 2009. Currently with iBasis, Burlington, Massachussettes, USA.

Utku Gunay-Acer, “Weak State and Its Evaluation for Routing in Large Scale Dynamic Networks,” Summer 2009. Currently a Post-doctorate Researcher, INRIA, Sophia Antipolis, France.

Jing Ai, “Stochastic Decision Problems in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks,” ECSE PhD, Summer 2008. Currently Member of Technical Staff, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto, California, USA.

Nabhendra Bisnik, "Stochastic and Information Theoretic Models for Design and Performance Evaluation of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks," ECSE PhD, Summer 2007. Currently Member of Technical Staff, Intel, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Huaming Wu, “Power-Aware Image Transmission in Multi-hop Wireless Networks,” ECSE PhD, Spring 2005. Currently Member of Technical Staff, Sharp Labs of America, San Diego, California, USA.

Nianjun Zhou, “Routing Overhead in Variable Topology Networks,” ECSE PhD, Fall 2004, currently Senior Software Engineer, Advanced Internet Technology Group, IBM, Southbury, Connecticut, USA.



Past MS Advisees


Minal Khodani, “Dynamic Wireless Spectrum Management,” Fall 2007. Position after graduation: Member of Technical Staff, Oracle, San Jose, CA.

Utku Gunay-Acer, “Wireless Sensor Network Algorithms for Monitoring Geotechnical Systems,” Fall 2005. Position upon graduation:  PhD student at RPI.

Nandan Banokdar, “Design and Experimentation with a TinyOS-Based Sensor Test-bed,” Spring 2004. Position upon graduation: Pitney Bowes.

Di Wang, “Protocols for Hybrid RF/Optical Networks,” December 2008. Position upon graduation:  PhD student at RPI.