In the CTL group at KAUST, we enjoy modeling, designing, optimizing, and evaluating the performance of emerging and future wireless communication systems and networks.

Mohamed-Slim Alouini is the Al-Khawarizmi Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the holder of the UNESCO Chair on Education to Connect the Unconnected at the King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia. He also has a secondary affiliation with the Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS) and the Statistics (STAT) programs.

Education and Early Career

He is one of the Founders of the ECE Program at KAUST and is now leading the Communication Theory Lab (CTL). He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, United States of America, in 1998.

Areas of Expertise and Current Scientific Interests

Professor Alouini's general research interests include design and performance analysis of diversity combining techniques, MIMO techniques, multi-hop/cooperative communications systems, optical wireless communication systems, cognitive radio systems, green communication systems and networks, and integrated ground-airborne-space networks. He is currently actively working on addressing the uneven global distribution, access to, and use of information and communication technologies by studying and developing new generations of aerial and space networks as a solution to provide connectivity to far-flung, less-populated, disaster, and/or hard-to-reach areas.

Honors and Awards

Editorial Activities

He has published several conference and journal papers in his area of expertise and he is the co-author of the textbook Digital Communication over Fading Channels published by Wiley Interscience. He was an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, and series editor for the IEEE Communication Magazine (Optical Communications and  Networks Special Series). He has been also the founding field chief editor for the Frontiers in Communications and Networks journal since 2020 and an editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics Systems since 2022.


KAUST is a fertile place for any researcher who wants to develop rigorous computational and engineering methods to solve real-world problems. Its unique support to science allows the most advanced scientific (r)evolution.


An Improved Scheduling Algorithm For Linear Networks

Publication number: 20180213543

Non-invasive Beam Forming Add-on Module

Publication number: 20180198203

Enhanced Performance Hybrid-arq

Publication number: 20170366304

Adaptive Modulation Scheme With Simultaneous Voice And Data Transmission

Patent number: 6304593

Robust Node Estimation And Topology Discovery For Large-scale Networks

Publication number: 20180227188

Direct Closed-form Covariance Matrix And Finite Alphabet Constant-envelope Waveforms For Planar Array Beampatterns

Publication number: 20180052219

Generation Of Correlated Finite Alphabet Waveforms Using Gaussian Random Variables

Publication number: 20160013819

Education Profile

  • ​​​​Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, United States, 1998
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, United States, 1995
  • Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A.) in Electronics, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France, 1993
  • Diplome d'Ingenieur, École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Télécom Paris Tech), Paris, France, 1993