Dear CSIM Members,

It is my pleasure to announce that Prof. Ekram Hossain will be our next speaker at CSIM Online Seminars. Please mark your calendar, and we look forward to seeing you on 01 March 2021, at 10:30 AM Eastern time (ET) in this interesting seminar.

Best regards,

Nizar Zorba,

CSIM chair



Speaker: Ekram Hossain, FIEEE, FCAE, FEiC

Member, College of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor and Associate Head (Graduate Studies) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada.

Seminar Title: Spectrally-Efficient Multiple Access Design for B5G/6G Networks Exploiting Deep Reinforcement Learning. 

Content (Slides + recording): Please find the slides (as PDF file) at the end of this post. The lecture recording is found in this link


Brief Abstract: While the fifth generation (5G) cellular wireless communication technologies are currently being developed and deployed, research on the beyond 5G (B5G) technologies, also referred to as 6G technologies, has already begun. For design and optimization of multiple access and resource allocation techniques in 6G, machine learning (ML) tools, including deep supervised learning and deep reinforcement learning (DRL), will be particularly useful. In this talk, I will discuss about candidate multiple access techniques for B5G/6G systems, and the role of ML in general for design and optimization of multiple access and resource allocation in 6G systems. Also, I will give a specific example of how DRL techniques can be used for massive non-orthogonal multiple access in a cell-free MIMO system. 


Short biography: Ekram Hossain (IEEE Fellow) is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He is a Member (Class of 2016) of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Victoria, Canada, in 2001. Dr. Hossain’s current research interests include design, analysis, and optimization of wireless communication networks (with emphasis on beyond 5G cellular), applied machine learning, game theory, and network economics ( He was elevated to an IEEE Fellow “for contributions to spectrum management and resource allocation in cognitive and cellular radio networks”. He was listed as a Clarivate Analytics  Highly Cited Researcher in Computer Science in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Dr. Hossain has won several research awards including the “2017 IEEE Communications Society Best Survey Paper Award”,  University of Manitoba Merit Award in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (for Research and Scholarly Activities), and the 2011 IEEE Communications Society Fred Ellersick Prize Paper Award. He received the 2017 IEEE ComSoc TCGCC (Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing) Distinguished Technical Achievement Recognition Award “for outstanding technical leadership and achievement in green wireless communications and networking”. Currently he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press and an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. Previously, he served as an Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications in the area of “Resource Management and Multiple Access” (2009-2011) and an Editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications – Cognitive Radio Series (2011-2014). He serves as the Director of Magazines for the IEEE Communications Society (2020-2021). Dr. Hossain was an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society for the term 2018-2020.