Marwan M. Krunz

Kenneth VonBehren Endowed Professor
Wireless Communications and Networking (WiCON) Lab
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Computer Science (courtesy)
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
Email: krunz at email dot arizona dot edu

Detailed Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

Biographical Sketches

Background and Experience: Dr. Krunz received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in July 1995. He joined the University of Arizona (UA) in January 1997, after a brief postdoctoral stint at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, he is the Kenneth VonBehren Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UA, and is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department. He is also the lead director of the Broadband Wireless Access and Applications Center (BWAC). Established in 2013 as an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), BWAC focuses on addressing fundamental research challenges and developing novel technologies for next-generation (5G and beyond) wireless systems - through collaborative projects involving academia, industry, and government labs. At present, BWAC consists of five universities (UA as the lead site, Virginia Tech, University of Notre Dame, University of Mississippi, and Catholic University of America) as well as 18 affiliate members from industry and national labs. Its recent themes include 5G millimeter-wave systems, IoT and sensor systems, wireless cybersecurity, shared and dynamic spectrum access, full-duplex communications, MIMO, radar systems, mobile edge computing, and others. In Sep. 2018, BWAC completed Phase-I and was successfully renewed for another five years. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Krunz was the UA site director for Connection One (C1), another NSF I/UCRC that focused on wireless circuits and systems, with participation from five universities (ASU as lead, UA, OSU, RPI, and Univ. of Hawaii) and 25+ members from industry and DoD labs. Over the years, Dr. Krunz held numerous invited visiting positions in industry and academia, including the University of Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), University Technology Sydney (Australia), University of Paris V (France), INRIA-Sophia Antipolis (France), University of Paris VI (France), Institute IMDEA Networks (Spain), HP Labs - Palo Alto (US), US West Advanced Technologies (US), the University of Jordan (Jordan), and others. He frequently consults for companies in the telecommunications industry.

Research: Dr. Krunz's is in the broad area of wireless communications and networking, with particular emphasis on resource management, distributed protocols, and security. In recent years, he has been involved in projects related to 5G systems; cognitive radios; coexistence of heterogeneous wireless systems over shared spectrum; WLAN protocols (e.g., LTE/Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi/DSRC, etc.); network security (e.g., obfuscation of transmission footprints, friendly jamming, countering insider and selective jamming/dropping attacks, etc.); power-controlled channel access; centralized and distributed multi-user MIMO systems; mmWave communications (beam discovery, initial access, phased antenna arrays, wireless backhauling, etc.); secure satellite communications; energy management in solar-powered WSNs; full-duplex communications; and media streaming over wireless links (see the WiCON page for details). Previously, he worked on packet scheduling and QoS provisioning, fault monitoring/detection in optical networks, effective-bandwidth theory, teletraffic characterization, voice-over-IP, and video-on-demand systems. He has published more than 280 journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers, and is a co-inventor of 8 granted/pending US patents; see Publications for details. His most recent h-index is 57, and his total number of citations exceeds 12,000. His research has been funded by numerous grants and awards from NSF, DoD (ARO, AFRL, AFOSR), NASA, Qatar Foundation, ETRI (South Korea), and industry. For example, he has been the PI/Co-PI on 23 NSF awards, 17 of which he served as the sole or lead PI.

Honors and Awards: M. Krunz received numerous awards and recognitions. He is an IEEE Fellow (class of 2010), Arizona Engineering Faculty Fellow (2011-2014), and 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" (one such award was given in 2012). In 2010, he received the prestigious Visiting Chair of Excellence ("Catedra de Excelencia") from the University of Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, following a worldwide selection process. In 2011, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist, allowing him to visit with King Abdullah II School of Information Technology at the University of Jordan. Dr. Krunz was a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (1998). He received the best-paper award of the ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWim'18) and the 2007 International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks and Communications (CrownCom'07). He also was a runner-up for the best-paper award of several other conferences.

Professional Service (highlights): Dr. Krunz is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), the premier journal in the field of mobile computing and networking. He was an editor for numerous top-tier journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking (2015-2018), the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (2010-2014), the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2006-2011), the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (2001-2008), the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks (2013-2014), and Computer Communications Journal (2001-2011). He also was a guest co-editor for special issues in IEEE magazines. Dr. Krunz chaired a number of high-profile international conferences related to mobile networking and communications: He served as a general chair (with L. Lazos) of the 5th ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec'12, Tucson, AZ) and a General Vice-chair for the WiOpt 2016 Conference (Tempe, AZ). He chaired the technical program committee (TPC) of Hot Interconnects 2001, IEEE INFOCOM 2004, IEEE SECON 2005, IEEE WoWMoM 2006, and the networking track of the IEEE WCNC 16. He was an Area TPC chair for INFOCOM'10 and INFOCOM'11. He served and continues to serve on the steering committees of several conferences, journals, and strategic research forums, including the NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN) on mmWave Wireless Research (mmW-RCN), a global platform for collaboration between academia, industry, and government agencies involved in mmW communications research. M. Krunz hosted and co-organized the 3rd mmW-RCN workshop in Tucson, AZ (Jan. 2018). He was the keynote speaker at various conferences, including ISCIT 2017 (Australia), UNET 2015 (Morocco), IEEE ICCSP 2015 (UAE), IEEE CRESS 2014 (1st IEEE International Workshop on Cognitive Radio and Electromagnetic Spectrum Security, San Francisco), IEEE CCW 2012 (Sedona), IFIP Wireless Days 2011 Conference (Niagara Falls, 2011), and the IEEE Workshop on Wireless Mesh Networks (WiMesh 2009, Rome, 2009). He was a distinguished and invited speaker at many universities and research labs; and a panelist at international conferences and technical forums. He gave tutorials at premier wireless networking conferences (e.g., MobiCom, MobiHoc).

Sample Publications: (click here for a complete listing):

  1. Berk Akgun, Marwan Krunz, and Ozan Koyluoglu, "Vulnerabilities of massive MIMO systems to pilot contamination attacks," IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 1251-1263, May 2019.pdf
  2. Irmak Aykin and Marwan Krunz, "FastLink: An efficient initial access protocol for millimeter wave systems," Proc. of the ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM 2018), Montreal, Canada, Oct. 2018 (received best-paper award). pdf
  3. Mohammed Hirzallah, Wessam Afifi, and Marwan Krunz, "Provisioning QoS in Wi-Fi systems with asymmetric full-duplex communications," IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, vol. 4, issue 4, pp. 942-953, Dec. 2018.pdf
  4. Yong Xiao and Marwan Krunz, "Distributed optimization for energy-efficient fog computing in the tactile Internet," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) - Special issue on Emerging Technologies in Tactile Internet and Backhaul/Fronthaul Networks, vol. 36, issue 11, pages 2390-2400, Nov. 2018.pdf
  5. Yong Xiao, Mohammed Hirzallah, and Marwan Krunz, "Distributed resource allocation for network slicing over licensed and unlicensed bands," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), vol. 36, issue 10, pages 2260-2274, Oct. 2018.pdf
  6. Peyman Siyari, Marwan Krunz, and Diep Nguyen, "Friendly jamming in a MIMO wiretap interference network: A non-convex game approach," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) - Special Issue on Game Theory for Networks, vol. 35, issue 3, pp. 601-614, March 2017.pdf
  7. Mohammed Hirzallah, Wessam Afifi, and Marwan Krunz, "Full-duplex-based rate/mode adaptation strategies for Wi-Fi/LTE-U coexistence: A POMDP approach," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) - Special Issue on Spectrum Sharing and Aggregation for Future Wireless Networks, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 20-29, Jan. 2017.pdf
  8. Alejandro Proano, Loukas Lazos, and Marwan Krunz, "Traffic decorrelation techniques for countering colluding eavesdroppers in WSNs," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 16, issue 3, pp. 857-871, March 2017.
  9. Hanif Rahbari and Marwan Krunz, "Full frame encryption and modulation obfuscation using channel-independent preamble identifier," IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security, vol. 11, issue 12, pp. 2732-2747, Dec. 2016. pdf
  10. Manjesh Hanawal, Mohammad Abdel Rahman, and Marwan Krunz, "Joint adaptation of frequency hopping and transmission rate for anti-jamming wireless systems," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 15, issue 9, pp. 2247-2259, Sep. 2016. pdf
  11. Hanif Rahbari, Marwan Krunz, and Loukas Lazos, "Swift jamming attack on frequency offset estimation: The Achilles' heel of OFDM systems," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 1264-1278, May 2016.pdf
  12. Mohammad Abdel Rahman, Harish Kumar, and Marwan Krunz, "QoS-aware parallel sensing/probing architecture and adaptive cross-layer protocol design for opportunistic networks," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 65, issue 4, pp. 2231-2242, April 2016.pdf
  13. Mohammad Abdel Rahman, Hanif Rahbari, and Marwan Krunz, "Multicast rendezvous in fast-varying DSA networks," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 14, issue 7, pp. 1449-1462, July 2015.pdf
  14. Tao Shu and Marwan Krunz, "Privacy-preserving and truthful detection of packet dropping attacks in wireless ad hoc networks," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 14, issue 4, pp. 813-828, April 2015.pdf
  15. Diep Nguyen, Marwan Krunz, and Stephen Hanly, "On the throughput of full-duplex MIMO in the multi-link case," Proc. of WiOpt 2014, Hammamet, Tunisia, pp. 421-428, May 2014 (runner-up for best paper award; 4 finalists selected from 167 submissions). pdf
  16. Diep Nguyen and Marwan Krunz, "Price-based joint beamforming and spectrum management in multi-antenna cognitive radio networks," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), Vol. 30, No. 11, pp. 2295-2305, Dec. 2012. pdf
  17. Sisi Liu, Loukas Lazos, and Marwan Krunz, "Thwarting control-channel jamming attacks from inside jammers," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), Vol. 11, No. 9, pp. 1545-1558, Sep. 2012. pdf
  18. Loukas Lazos and Marwan Krunz, "Selective jamming/dropping insider attacks in wireless mesh networks," IEEE Network Magazine, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 30-34, Jan. 2011. pdf

Last Updated: April 10, 2019.