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Soumaya Cherkaoui Biography



 Pr. Soumaya Cherkaoui, Eng. Ph.D.

Full Professor
 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
INTERLAB Research Laboratory



Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui is a Full Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke, Canada which she joined as a faculty member in 1999.
Her research and teaching interests are in wireless networks. Particularly, she works on  next generation networks (5G and beyond), Edge computing/Network Intelligence, and communication networks for verticals such as Connected and Autonomous Cars,  IoT, and  Industrial IoT. Since 2005, she has been the Director of INTERLAB, a research group which conducts research funded both by government and industry. Before joining U. Sherbrooke, she worked for industry as a project leader on projects targeted at the Aerospace Industry. Pr. Cherkaoui has held invited positions at leading institutions including the  University of California at Berkeley. Bell Laboratories, Monash University, and the University of Toronto, as well as an adjunct position at Lulea University, in Sweden.

In 2010, she was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence Auto21, Canada. Since 2017, she has been serving as member of MITACS Research Council.

Pr. Cherkaoui avails of a long research experience in the wireless networking. She was named Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communication Society. Her work resulted in technology transfer to companies and to patented technology.  Pr. Cherkaoui has published over 200 research papers in reputed journals and conferences. She has been an associate editor and guest editor of several IEEE, IET, Wiley and Elsevier Journals. She is currently on the editorial board of IEEE Network, the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Systems, Elsevier Vehicular Communications, and IET Quantum Communication. Her work was awarded with recognitions and best paper awards including a best paper award at the IEEE Communications Society Flagship conference IEEE ICC in 2017. She has chaired prestigious conferences such as IEEE LCN 2019, and has served as a symposium co-chair for flagship conferences including IEEE ICC 2021IEEE ICC 2018, IEEE Globecom 2018, IEEE Globecom 2015, IEEE ICC 2014, and IEEE PIMRC 2011. She is a Professional Engineer in Canada, a senior IEEE Member, and is serving as the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society IoT-Ad hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee since 2020.



Selected list of publications

Recent Invited Talks

(Upcoming in bold )

  • Distinguished Lecturer,  "Recent Advances in Mobile Edge Learning",  Virtual Distinguished Lectures Series, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA, February 2021.
  • Keynote Speaker, "Enabling Machine Learning at the Edge, The 2020 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC 2020), Montreal, 2020. 
  • Keynote Speaker, "Securing the 5G Internet of Vehicles, The 12th International Symposium on Foundations & Practice of Security (FPS), Toulouse, France, 2019.
  • Keynote Speaker, 5G Vehicular Communications: Key enablers and Opportunities, IEEE 5G-IoT Summit, Tangier, 2019
  • Keynote Speaker, The Future of Mobility, WIN Events, Montreal, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, 5G Vehicular Communications: Key enablers and Opportunities, IEEE 5G-IoT Summit, Marrakesh, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, Connected World: Challenges and Opportunities in Overcoming the IoT Datastorm, Science Atlantic Conference, Moncton, Canada, 2018
  • Panelist, KHEOPS Summit, Montreal, 2018
  • Keynote Speaker, Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transportation, Valenciennes, November 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, « Empowering Research in Networking - The Real Deal and Challenges Ahead», N^2Women, IEEE LCN, November 2016, Dubai.
  • Keynote Speaker, « Vehicular Networking for IoT with Real time Analytics», VISIT 2016 at  IEEE VTC Fall, September 2016, Montreal, Canada.
  • Tutorial, IEEE IWCMC « Vehicular Communications: Challenges and Opportunities», September 2016, Larnaka, Cyprus.
  • Panelist, Technologies and Future of the Automobile, Best of Belron, Montréal, January 2016.

Recent Activities

(Upcoming in bold )

-    Symposium Chair, IEEE ICC 2021, Montreal, QC, Canada

-    Industrial Panel Chair, IEEE ICC 2021, Montreal, QC, Canada

-    General Chair IEEE LCN 2019, Osnabruck, Germany

-    Symposium Co-Chair, IEEE Globecom 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE

-    Symposium Co-chair, IEEE ICC 2018, Kansas City, MO, USA

-   Program Chair, IEEE LCN 2018, Chicago, USA

-    TPC Co-Chair, The 13th International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems

2017, Ottawa

-   TPC Co-Chair, IEEE LCN 2017, Singapore

-   Chair, NOTERE 2016, Paris

-    Publicity Co-chair, IEEE LCN 2016, Dubai, UAE

-   Symposium Co-chair, IEEE Globecom 2015, San Diego, Ca, USA

-    Publications Chair, IEEE LCN 2015, Clearwater, FL, USA

-    Co-Chair, 6th IEEE VTC International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications: WIVEC2014, Vacncouver, Canada

-   Corporate Chair, IEEE LCN 2014, Edmonton, AB, Canada

-   Symposium Co-chair, IEEE ICC 2014, Sydney, Australia