Salam Akoum
             Advanced Radio Technologies Group                                                                        
             AT&T Labs

             Email: salam[underscore]akoum[at]
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I am a principal member of technical staff at AT&T labs, advanced radio technology group. I am an active contributor to 3GPP 5G standardization, particularly specifications for the physical layer of the radio interface. Prior to joining AT&T labs, I worked at the center for Social Innovation at Hitachi America R&D, where I investigated connectivity solutions, analytics and traffic optimization for IT and OT convergence, and received the Hitachi above and beyond award in 2014. 

I received my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in December 2012. At UT, I worked within the Wireless Networking and Communication Group (WNCG) under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Heath, Jr. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Engineering in Computer and Communications Engineering and a minor in Mathematics (Honors) from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2006, and completed my Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2008. I was a visiting researcher at SUPELEC, France in 2011. During the course of my PhD, I was an intern at Huawei R&D, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and Qualcomm, inc.

[Research] [Publications] [Experience] [Patents] [Awards]

Research Interests

  • Wireless Communications, Digital signal processing, MIMO, interference coordination, heterogeneous cellular networks, Ad Hoc networks, Stochastic Geometry applications in Wireless Communications


  • Principal Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Labs, Advanced Radio Technologies Group, August 2016 - Present.
  • Staff Research Engineer at Hitachi America R&D, Network Systems Lab, 2015 - July 2016.
  • Research Engineer at Hitachi America R&D, Wireless Systems Research Group, 2013 - 2015.
  • Research Intern at Huawei, Wireless Research and Standards group, Summer 2012
  • Research Intern at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, within the small cells research project, Paris, France, Summer 2011
  • Visiting PhD student at Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radios, Supelec, Fall-Spring 2010-2011
  • Engineering Intern at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) systems, Santa Clara, California, Summer 2010
  • Research Intern at Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radios, Supelec, France, Summer 2009


Book Chapters

Journal Articles

Conference Papers

  • [C1]  S. Akoum, X. Wang, and A. Ghosh, '' A Flexible Feedback Framework for 5G Massive MIMO Systems'', IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) Workshop on Massive MIMO/FD-MIMO in 5G Mobile Communications, Oct. 2017
  • [C2]  S. Akoum, and J. Acharya, "Vertical Beamforming for Three Dimensional User Placement", accepted to IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, Feb. 2015.
  • [C3]  J. Acharya and S. Akoum, "Optimizing vertical sectorization for high rises", accepted to IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, Feb. 2015.
  • [C4] S. Akoum, and J. Acharya, "Full-Dimensional MIMO for Future Cellular Networks", in Proc. of IEEE Radio Wireless Week Symposium (RWW), Jan. 2014.
  • [C11] S. Akoum, M. Zwinglstein-Colin, R.W. Heath Jr., M. Debbah, "Cognitive Cooperation for the Downlink of Frequency Reuse Small Cells", in Proc. of the International Workshop on Cognitive Information Processing (CIP), Jun. 2010, Italy. [ieeexplore]
  • [C12] S. Akoum, R. Peng, R. Chen, B. Farhang-Boroujeny, "Markov chain Monte Carlo methods for high SNR regimes", in Proc. of IEEE International conference on Communication (ICC) Jul. 2009, Dresden, Germany. [ieeexplore]
  • [C13] P. Amini, E. Azarnasab, P. Amini, S. Akoum, B. Farhang-Bouroujeny, "An Experimental Cognitive Radio for First Responders", in Proc. of IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Conference (DySpan), 2008, Chicago, Il. [ieeexplore]
  • [C14] P. Amini, E. Azarnasab, S. Akoum, X. Mao, H. Rao, B. Farhang-Bouroujeny, "Implementation of a cognitive radio modem", in Proc. of the Software Defined Radio Technical Conference (SDR Forum), Nov. 2007, Denver, Col. [Poster Overview], [Poster Hardware]
  • [C15] S. Akoum, B. Farhang-Bouroujeny, “A phase locked loop with arbitrarily wide lock range for software defined radios, in Proc. of the Software Defined Radio Technical Conference (SDR Forum), Nov. 2007, Denver, Col. [pdf]

PhD Dissertation


  • B. Farhang-Boroujeny, S. Akoum, " Estimation of Log-likelihood values using constrained Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations; United States Patent No. 8,045,604 issued on October 25, 2011
  • Several other patent applications (50+) filed and currently under review

Professional Activities

  • Technical Program Committee: IEEE Vehicular Technology Conf. (VTC) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Technical Program Committee: IEEE International Conference on Communication (ICC) - Workshop on Self-organization in Heterogeneous networks, 2013
  • Publicity chair for the  IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, 2011-2013
  • Reviewer for:
    • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters,  IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICASSP, IEEE ICC, IEEE VTC, IEEE/EURASIP ICP

Awards and Honors

  • Above and Beyond Award, Hitachi America, Ltd., Sep. 2014.
  • Best paper award, software defined radio technical conference, 2007
  • 2007 Smart radio challenge finalist (top 8 teams)
  • Dean's honor list, American University of Beirut (Fall 2002 - Spring 2006)
  • Scholarship award, National center for scientific research (CNRS), Lebanon, 2002-2006
  • Hariri Foundation award, for outstanding academic achievement, 2002
  • Lebanese Ministry of Education scholarship award, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004
  • Ranked 2nd over Lebanon in the high school national examinations, general sciences (SG)


  • Full Dimensional MIMO for Future Cellular Networks, RWW 2014 invited speaker for the MIMO and Smart Antennas Session, Jan. 2014.
  • Interference Coordination: Random Clustering and Adaptive Limited Feedback, Huawei US Wireless standards and research department, May 2012.
  • Multicell Coordination beyond Wyner and the grid, Wireless Networking and Communication Group open house, Feb. 2012.
  • Beamforming and rate adaptation on the downlink of a two-tier cellular network, Texas Wireless Summit, Oct. 2011.
  • Spatial interference mitigation with limited coordination for future wireless networks, Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, June 2011.
  • Spatial interference nulling for femtocell networks: Altruistic precoding, European winter school on Information Theory, March 2011.
  • Rate backoff for goodput maximization on the downlink of a heterogeneous network, ECOSCELLS meeting, Orange Labs, France, Feb 2011.