Marwan M. Krunz

Kenneth VonBehren Endowed Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science (courtesy)
Site Co-director, NSF BWAC Center
University of Arizona

Mailing Address: ECE Bldg., Rm. 365, 1230 East Speedway Blvd., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: (520) 621-8731
Fax: (520) 626-7273
Email: krunz at email dot arizona dot edu


Biographical Sketches: Marwan Krunz is the Kenneth VonBehren Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA). He also holds a joint (courtesy) appointment as a Professor in the Department of Computer Science. From 2008 to 2013, he was the UA site director of "Connection One", an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) that focused on RF and wireless communication systems and networks. During that period, the center included five participating sites (ASU, UA, OSU, RPI, and the University of Hawaii) and 26+ affiliates from industry and national research labs. Currently, Dr. Krunz co-directs the Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC), an NSF I/UCRC that includes UA (lead site), Virginia Tech, University of Notre Dame, University of Mississippi, Auburn University, and Catholic University of America. Along with NSF support, BWAC is currently funded by numerous companies and DoD labs, including Raytheon, Keysight Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Intel, L-3 Communications, Motorola Solutions, National Instruments, ONR, and others. BWAC aims at advancing the underlying technologies and providing cost-effective and practical solutions for next-generation (5G & beyond) wireless systems, millimeter-wave communications, wireless cybersecurity, shared-spectrum access systems, full-duplex transmissions, massive MIMO techniques, and others.
Dr. Krunz received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in July 1995. He joined the University of Arizona in January 1997, after a brief postdoctoral stint at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2010, he was a Visiting Chair of Excellence ("Catedra de Excelencia") at the University of Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), and concurrently a visiting researcher at Institute IMDEA Networks. In summer 2011, he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist, visiting with the University of Jordan, King Abdullah II School of Information Technology. He previously held numerous other short-term research positions at the University Technology Sydney, Australia (2016), University of Paris V (2013), INRIA-Sophia Antipolis, France (2011, 2008, and 2003), University of Paris VI (LIP6 Group, 2006), HP Labs, Palo Alto (2003), and US West Advanced Technologies (1997).

Dr. Krunz's research is in the broad area of wireless communications and networking, with particular emphasis on resource management, distributed protocols, and security. In the last 5 years, he has been involved in NSF and DoD funded projects related to cognitive radio networks; shared and dynamic spectrum access; coexistence of heterogeneous wireless systems (e.g., LTE-U/WiFi); wireless security (e.g., obfuscation of transmission signatures, MIMO-based friendly jamming; insider attacks, selective-reactive jamming/dropping, game-theoretic countermeasures); 802.11 WLANs; power control protocols; multi-channel MIMO systems (including virtual/cooperative MIMO); mmWave systems; secure satellite communications; energy management in solar-powered WSNs; full-duplex communications and self-interference suppression; and media streaming over wireless links (see the WiCON page for details). Previously, he worked on packet scheduling and buffer management in switches and routers, QoS provisioning, fault monitoring/detection in optical networks, effective-bandwidth theory, traffic characterization, voice-over-IP, and video-on-demand systems. He has published more than 250 journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers, and is a co-inventor of 5 granted/pending US patents; see Publications for details. His most recent h-index is 52, and his total number of citations exceeds 9900. His research has been funded by NSF, DoD (ARO, AFRL, AFOSR), NASA, Qatar Foundation, ETRI (South Korea), and several companies. His grants include 20 competitive NSF awards, 16 of which he he served as the sole or lead PI.

Honors and awards: Dr. Krunz is an IEEE Fellow (class of 2010), an Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow (2011-2014), and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer (2013 and 2014). In 2012, he received the IEEE Communications Society Technical Committee on Communications (TCCC) Outstanding Service Award "in recognition of consistent high-quality service to TCCC, including leadership in organization of top conferences and sustained editorial service for journals that are central to TCCC." He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1998. He and his coauthors received the best student paper award of the 2007 International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CrownCom'07), and were runner-ups for best-paper awards of the IEEE 2005 Technical Committee on Multimedia Communication and the WiOpt14 Conference. During his Ph.D. studies, M. Krunz received the International Thoman Fellowship Award for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates at Michigan State University (1994).

Key professional service: Dr. Krunz currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), one of the top-tier journals in the field of wireless and mobile computing. He also serves on the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking. Previously, he served on the editorial boards of several networking and wireless communications journals, including the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (2001-2008), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2006-2011), IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (2010-2014), International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (2013-2014), and Computer Communications Journal (2001-2011). He was a guest co-editor for special issues in IEEE Micro and IEEE Communications Magazines. He served as a general chair for the 5th ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec'12, Tucson, AZ) and the General Vice-chair for the WiOpt 2016 Conference (Tempe, AZ). He served as a technical program committee (TPC) chair for INFOCOM 2004 (Hong Kong, March 2004), SECON 2005 (Santa Clara, Sep. 2005), WoWMoM 2006 (Buffalo, New York, June 2006), and Hot Interconnects 9 (San Francisco, August 2001), and IEEE WCNC 16 - Networking Track (Doha, Qatar, 2016). He currently serves on the steering committee for the NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) on mmWave Wireless Research. Since 2013, he has been serving on the steering committee for the International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing, and their Applications (ICCSPA). He has served and continues to serve on the executive and technical program committees of numerous international conferences, and on the panels of several funding agencies. He was the keynote speaker at various conferences, including IEEE ICCSP'15, IEEE CRESS 2014 (1st IEEE International Workshop on Cognitive Radio and Electromagnetic Spectrum Security), IEEE CCW (Sedona, Nov. 2012), IFIP Wireless Days 2011 Conference (Niagara Falls, Oct. 2011), and the IEEE Workshop on Wireless Mesh Networks (WiMesh 2009, Rome, June 2009). He was an invited panelist at various international conferences (e.g., INFOCOM 2009, SECON 2009, etc.). He gave tutorials at premier wireless networking conferences (e.g., MobiCom, MobiHoc). He frequently consults for companies in the telecommunications sector.

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Last Updated: February 23, 2017.