Dr. Amr Ismail

BSc, Cairo University, Egypt, 2005
MSc, École supérieure d'électricité (SUPELEC), Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 2008
PhD, ​École supérieure d'électricité (SUPELEC), Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 2011

Where are you now?

Currently, I hold a research engineer position at Toshiba Telecommunications Research Laboratory (TRL), Bristol, UK.

Why did you choose KAUST?

Conducting high-quality scientific research was my main motivation behind joining KAUST. In fact, since its establishment, KAUST has succeeded in attracting renowned scholars and highly-qualified researchers from diverse disciplines. Furthermore, the powerful computational facilities and specialized electronic resources provided by KAUST greatly facilitate a timely and competent research output. The above-mentioned factors made KAUST an exemplary academic environment with a strong commitment to scientific research. This perfectly matched my objectives for my career development after finishing my PhD.

How did KAUST help you to achieve your career objectives so far?

The period during which I was at KAUST significantly enriched my life from both a scientific and social perspective. The guidance of my supervisor during the selection of my research topics, as well as his support in overcoming the encountered technical difficulties, were all crucial for my research progress. Moreover, throughout my stay at KAUST, I had the opportunity to collaborate with highly-qualified researchers on problems of common interest, as well as co-supervising PhD students on various research topics. This greatly helped me broaden my theoretical knowledge beyond my main domain of expertise.

What is your research topic?

My main area of research is wireless communications with special emphasis on multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) techniques (e.g., beamforming, and space-time coding), low-complexity multiuser detection, cooperative communications, and information theoretic bounds on communication systems performance.
What were your research accomplishments at KAUST?

We tackled the problem of designing new interference cancellation (IC) schemes for multiuser MIMO wireless channels. In fact, the incorporation of multiple antenna nodes may be used not only to boost both the reliability and the rate of data transfer, but can be also efficiently exploited to mitigate the inherent multi-user interference in wireless communication systems. Taking the practical needs into consideration, we determined a set of design criteria to be satisfied by the envisioned IC schemes, namely the simplicity of the decoding at the receiver for efficient power usage, the dispense of any prior knowledge of the channel state information (CSI) at the transmitting side to avoid any feedback overhead, and the full exploitation of the available diversity gain offered by the channel in order to alleviate the performance loss. We focused on channel models of practical interest, namely the multiple access and the X channels. A systematic construction of IC schemes was then provided and proved to satisfy the aforementioned design criteria both analytically and via numerical simulations.  

What do you think about the KAUST environment and social life?

The KAUST community enjoys a gratifying social life thanks to the available recreational facilities, high-quality health care, University-provided transportation within the campus (as well as to the nearby cities), a highly secure campus, and timely and responsive emergency services. Moreover, several social events are usually organized by KAUST throughout the year, such as group tours to touristic sites in the Kingdom, sports competitions and marine events, and many others, thus providing entertainment for faculty members, researchers, and their dependents. Furthermore, KAUST is a highly-diverse community. This enables one to have a rich cultural experience.