Prof. Mérouane Debbah
Chief Researcher
AI & Telecommunication Systems

Prof. Mérouane Debbah is Chief Researcher, AI and Telecommunication Systems at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), which aims to be a leading global research centre dedicated to pushing the frontiers of knowledge. He is responsible for carrying out advanced research in AI and Telecommunications. Through his core areas of research across 5G, 6G, Machine Learning, Random Matrix Theory, and Game Theory, he is focused on making the planet safer and pushing the limits of innovation.

Prof. Debbah’s research over the years has spanned fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information, and communication sciences.

Before assuming his current role, Prof. Debbah was jointly the Director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab as well as the Lagrange Mathematical and Computing Research Centre in Paris, France. He has managed eight EU projects and more than 24 national and international projects.

Previously, he was Full Professor at CentraleSupélec, Gif-sur-Yvette in France. In addition, he held the role of Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. This was the first industrial chair in telecommunication in France – established through leveraging close ties between CentraleSupélec and Bell Labs. He started his career at Motorola Labs, Saclay, France.

He was a recipient of the ERC Grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). He is an IEEE Fellow, a EURASIP Fellow, a WWRF Fellow, a Louis Bachelier Fellow and a SEE Membre Émérite. He received more than 20 best paper awards among which are the SEE Blondel Medal, the IEEE Radio Communications Committee Technical Recognition Award, the IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award, and the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award.

Prof. Mérouane Debbah holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France. He also earned an MSc and a BSc in applied physics from the same institute. He holds more than 30 patents and is a published author of a book, 25 book chapters, 250 journal papers, and 400 conference papers. He has to his credit 43,000 citations and was named Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher for 2018-2020.