Wireless Lab was one of the most formative experiences in my professional life!
Besma Smida Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at
I am an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at
Chicago. From 2009 to 2015, I was a Visiting and then Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University Calumet. From 2006 to 2009, I was a
Lecturer/Postdoctoral fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard
University. From 1999 to 2002, I was a Research Engineer in the Technology Evolution and
Standards group of Microcell, Inc (now ROGERS Wireless), Montreal, surveying and studying
radio-communication technology evolution. I also took part in major wireless normalization
committees (3GPP, T1P1). In 1998 and 2006 I obtained a M.Sc. and Ph. D. from The University
of Quebec (INRS-EMT), Montreal, Canada. Previously, I received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur degree
in telecommunications from The Ecole Superieure des Communications de Tunis (SUPCOM),
Tunisia, My research work is mainly focused in the areas of Wireless Communication Theory. I
am the recipient of the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 2007 and the
NSF CAREER award in 2015.
Wireless Lab was one of the most formative experiences in my professional life. It taught me the
fundamentals of research methodology and helped prepare me for a research career at Harvard,
Purdue and the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am also very grateful for the many lifetime friends
and professional collaborators I first encountered at Wireless Lab.
For me, the Wireless Lab is the place where I learned the ABCs of research!
Amine Laourine Vice President at Wells Fargo Securities
Amine Laourine received the Diplome d'Ingenieur degree from the Ecole Polytechnique de
Tunisie in 2005, a Master degree in Telecommunications from the Institut National de la
Recherche Scientifique in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell
University in 2012. Since then he joined Wells Fargo Securities where he has been working as a
quant and a trader for the commodities trading group.
I had the immense opportunity to be part of the Wireless Lab. For me, the Wireless Lab is not just
the place where I did two internships and a master, for me it iss also the place where I learned the
ABCs of research, it iss where I learned to dedicate myself heart and soul to becoming a better
scientist and it is where I learned the intrinsic reward of working on tough research problems. My
time at the Wireless Lab helped shape the person I am today and I would not be where I am today
without the support and nurture of Professor Sofiene Affes and Dr. Alex Stephenne. I will always
look back at the time I spent in INRS and Montreal with nostalgia. I wholeheartedly recommend the Wireless Lab to any student interested in learning about signal processing and wireless
communications. By joining this dynamic group they will learn and grow to become top-tier
researchers but more importantly they will make everlasting friendships and relationships.
The support that I received at the Wireless Lab fostered my
skills and allowed me to compete at the international level and to join renowned International
research labs and companies!
Mehrez Souden Speech and Audio Processing Sr. Engineer at Apple
Mehrez Souden is a Senior Research and Development Engineer at Apple Inc. in Greater Los
Angeles Area, California, USA. His research interests are in statistical signal processing and
machine learning. He has made several contributions to both fields of speech processing and
wireless communications. He has published more than fifty papers in renowned scientific journals
and international conferences.
Dr. Souden received his PhD and M.Sc. in Telecommunications from INRS-EMT in 2010 and
2007, respectively. He was a student and an active member of the Wireless Lab from January 2005
to October 2010. During his PhD, he joined the Microsoft Research, USA, as a summer Intern in
2008. He was a Research Associate at the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Corporation,
Japan, from November 2010 to December 2012. In 2013, he joined the ECE School at Georgia
Tech as a Research Scientist. He was then PDT Module, Integration and Yield Engineer at Intel
Corporation, USA, from July 2014 to January 2016.
Dr. Souden received the PhD Innovation Award from INRS in 2011 and
several prestigious scholarships, namely, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship from 2013 to 2014, the NSERC AlexanderGraham-Bell scholarship from 2008 to 2010, and the Tunisian graduate scholarship at the M.Sc.
and PhD levels from 2005 to 2009.
IMy experience at INRS had been nothing short of amazing. Since my first day I joined the
Wireless Lab on January 15th, 2005 I felt at home at INRS. I was given unique opportunities and I
believe I took good advantage of them. First and foremost, I built a strong background in electrical
engineering with applications to audio, speech processing and wireless communications under
the supervision of Professor Sofiene Affes and Professor Jacob Benesty. Thanks to their guidance
and support, I made several scientific contributions ranging from fundamental theory and analysis
to algorithmic development. Professor Affes and Professor Benesty were very supportive since
the days I began my research journey at INRS. They both believed in me and supported me in all
aspects. They provided me with all research assistantship during my MSc and PhD programs, and
supported me financially, academically and emotionally for seven years. Some of the amazing
times that I can not forget were working together with Professor Affes to develop blind source
separation and deconvolution algorithms, and the frequent and very fruitful discussions with
Professor Benesty on the fundamentals of acoustics and speech processing. Besides the strong
scientific background that I developed during my PhD and M.Sc. programs at the Wireless Lab, I
was given the opportunity to attend several international conferences to present my work and
learn from International researchers. The support that I received at the Wireless Lab fostered my
skills and allowed me to compete at the international level and to join renowned International research labs and companies, namely the NTT Communication Science Laboratories in Japan,
the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, Intel Corporation in Oregon,
and Apple Inc. in California. Professor Affes and Professor Benesty continue to support me as
friends and previous supervisors whenever I need help or advice.
Without a doubt, the level of