SONIA AISSA [S’93-M’00-SM’03] received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University,  Montreal, QC, Canada, in 1998. Since then, she has been with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Energy, Materials and Telecommunications  (INRS-EMT), University of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada, where she is a Full Professor. 

From 1996 to 1997, she was a Researcher with the Department of Electronics and Communications of Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, and with the Wireless Systems Laboratories of NTT, Kanagawa, Japan. From 1998 to 2000, she was a Research Associate at INRS-EMT, Montreal. From 2000 to 2002, while she was an Assistant Professor, she was a Principal Investigator in the major program of personal and mobile communications of the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research, leading research in radio resource management for wireless networks. From 2004 to 2007, she was an Adjunct Professor with Concordia University, Montreal. In 2006, she was Visiting Invited Professor with the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Japan.

Professor Aissa's research interests are in the modeling, design and performance analysis of wireless communication systems and networks, and include radio resource management, cross-layer design and optimization, MIMO, cognitive and cooperative transmission techniques, and energy efficiency, with a current focus on cognitive radio and green communications.

Dr. Aїssa is the Founding Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering Affinity Group in Montreal, 2004-2007; acted as Technical Program Leading Chair or Cochair of the Wireless Communications Symposium at IEEE ICC in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012; PHY/MAC Program Chair of the 2007 IEEE WCNC; Technical Program Committee Cochair of the 2013 IEEE VTC-spring; and Symposia Chair of the 2014 IEEE Globecom. Her main editorial activities include: Editor, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, 2004-2012; Associate Editor, IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, 2004-2009; Technical Editor, IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE, 2006-2010; and Associate Editor, Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal, 2007-2012. She currently serves as Area Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS and as Technical Editor for the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS MAGAZINE.

Awards to her credit include the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) University Faculty Award in 1999; the Quebec Government FQRNT Strategic Faculty Fellowship in 2001-2006; the INRS-EMT Performance Award multiple times since 2004, for outstanding achievements in research, teaching and service; and the Technical Community Service Award from the FQRNT Centre for Advanced Systems and Technologies in Communications, in 2007. She is corecipient of five IEEE Best Paper Awards and of the 2012 IEICE Best Paper Award; and recipient of NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award. She is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) and an Elected Member of the Board of Governors of ComSoc. Professor Aissa is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


Prof. Aissa's Academic Genealogy (click here to view)