Besma Smida

Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering


Portrait of ECE Associate professor Besma Smida poses for a photo with a Single-antenna in-band full-duplex systems at UIC Engineering

Besma Smida with a Single-antenna in-band full-duplex system. (Photo: Jim Young)

Besma Smida is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on wireless communication networks: 5G/6G and the Internet of Things, or IoT.

Responding to the unparalleled growth in wireless devices and traffic, she focuses on providing spectrum-efficient wireless communications with a special emphasis on reliability and latency. Her approach is to seek out and solve fundamental problems related to radio-frequency physics, statistical signal processing, communication theoretic and networking angles.

Smida has held academic positions at Purdue University Northwest and Harvard University. Both the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense has funded her research. She received the INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM designation in 2015. Smida also was the recipient of the Academic Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 2007 and an NSF CAREER award in 2015.

Subject areas:

  • Engineering
  • Wireless communications
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • Sensor networks
  • Satellite communications
  • Smart cities
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