Syed A Jafar

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Syed A Jafar


Affiliation: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California Irvine

Contact Information

4223 Engineering Hall
Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California Irvine
Irvine CA 92697-2625
Phone: (949) 824 1684


Syed Ali Jafar received his B. Tech. from IIT Delhi, India, in 1997, M.S. from Caltech, USA, in 1999, and Ph.D. from Stanford, USA, in 2003, all in Electrical Engineering. His industry experience includes positions at Lucent Bell Labs and Qualcomm. He is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA USA. His research interests include multiuser information theory, wireless communications and network coding. 

Dr. Jafar is a recipient of the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik National Laureate in Physical Sciences and Engineering, the NSF CAREER Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, the UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research, the School of Engineering Mid-Career Excellence in Research Award and the School of Engineering Maseeh Outstanding Research Award. His co-authored papers have received the IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award, IEEE Communications Society Heinrich Hertz Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, IEEE Information Theory Society Jack Wolf ISIT Best Student Paper Award, and three IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Awards. Dr. Jafar received the UC Irvine EECS Professor of the Year award six times, in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017 from the Engineering Students Council, a School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 2012, and a Senior Career Innovation in Teaching Award in 2018. He was a University of Canterbury Erskine Fellow in 2010 and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. Dr. Jafar was recognized as a Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher and included by Sciencewatch among The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications 2004-2009, for IEEE Communications Letters 2008-2009 and for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 2009-2012. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Participation & Positions:

Distinguished Lecturers List (Lecturer, 01/01/19 until 12/31/20)
Publications Committee (Associate Editor for Communications, 08/01/09 until 07/31/12)

Author Of:

V.R. Cadambe , S.A. Jafar , "Interference Alignment and the Degrees of Freedom for the K User Interference Channel", IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory, Aug. 2008

A. Gholamidavoodi , S.A. Jafar , "Aligned Image Sets Under Channel Uncertainty: Settling Conjectures on the Collapse of Degrees of Freedom Under Finite Precision CSIT", IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Oct. 2016

H. Sun , S.A. Jafar , "Blind interference alignment for private information retrieval", Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, Barcelona, Spain, Jul. 2016