Naofal Al-Dhahir

Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (Class of 2020)

IEEE Fellow (Class of 2008)

Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ECE Associate Head for Undergraduate Education

Center Affiliation : Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE)

Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Communications (Jan 2016- Dec 2019)

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Texas at Dallas
Mail Station EC 33
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75083-0688

Tel : (972) 883-4614
Office : ECSN 3.214

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I earned my MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990 and 1994, respectively. I was a senior member of the technical staff in the Communications Program at General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center from July 1994 to July 1999. From August 1999 to July 2003, I was a principal member of technical staff at AT&T Shannon Laboratory . In August 2003, I joined UT Dallas as a tenured Associate Professor, became a Full Professor in 2007, and the Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professor of Engineering in 2010. At UT Dallas, I direct the Broadband Information Transmission & Signal processing (BITS) Laboratory and serve as Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Education. I'm co-inventor of 43 issued US patents, co-author of over 600 papers, and co-recipient of 8 IEEE best paper awards. I was elected Fellow of the IEEE (class of 2008) for "contributions to high-rate communications through broadband channels". I received the 2019 IEEE SPCC technical recognition award and the 2022 IEEE RCC technical recognition award, both from the IEEE Communications Society. I was elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (class of 2020) for "demonstrating a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society". I'm a Fellow of AAIA and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. I received a 2021 Qualcomm Faculty Award.

Research Interests

Wireless Localization, Intelligent Reflecting Surface (IRS) for 6G, Federated Learning, Integrated Sensing and Communications


I have served as a technical consultant for about a dozen (start-up and large) companies on various aspects of wireless and wireline communications systems. My expertise includes algorithms design and analysis, due diligence studies, technical reports and technology summaries, computer simulations, and serving as technical expert in IP litigation.

Research (h-index = 64, over 20,000 citations according to Google Scholar)

Google Scholar Research Profile

Honors and Awards

Professional Activities



My greatest accomplishment

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