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Distinguished Research Award
UM-Dearborn, 2014
Habib M. Ammari, Ph.D. (CSE), Ph.D. (CS)
Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science

IEEE Senior Member
Founding Director, WiSeMAN Research Lab
Department of Computer and Information Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, Michigan 48128

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"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Habib M. Ammari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the Founding Director of Wireless Sensor and Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (WiSeMAN) Research Lab at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since September 2011. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science, Hofstra University from September 2008 - August 2011. He obtained his second Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington in May 2008, and his second Master's degree in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern Methodist University in December 2004. Also, he obtained his first Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis in December 1996 and July 1992, respectively.

He published his first Springer book "Challenges and Opportunities of Connected k-Covered Wireless Sensor Networks: From Sensor Deployment to Data Gathering" in August 2009. He received several prestigious awards, including the Certificate of Appreciation Award at the The 17th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MobiCom) in September 2011, the Outstanding Leadership Award at the 20th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (IEEE ICCCN) in August 2011, the Best Symposium Award, Wireless Sensor Networks Symposium at the 7th IEEE International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IEEE IWCMC) in July 2011, the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication from Hofstra University in May 2010, the Faculty Research and Development Grant Award from Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2009, the Best Paper Award at The 5th European conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN) in February 2008, and the Best Paper Award at the Google Ph.D. Forum, The Sixth Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (IEEE PerCom) in March 2008. He is the recipient of the Nortel Outstanding CSE Doctoral Dissertation Award in February 2009, and the John Steven Schuchman Award for 2006-2007 Outstanding Research by a PhD Student in February 2008. He received a three-year US National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Grant Award in June 2009, and the US National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in January 2011.

For more information, here is his biography.

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  1. Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering. University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Arlington, Texas, USA, May 2008.
    Dissertation: Energy-efficient connected k-coverage, duty-cycling, and geographic forwarding in wireless sensor networks.
    Awarded with Nortel/UTA Plaque for Outstanding CSE Doctoral Dissertation (Feb. 2009).
    Received John Steven Schuchman Award for 2006-2007 Outstanding Research by a Ph.D. Student (Feb. 2008).


  2. Doctorat de Spécialité in Computer Science (equivalent to a Ph.D. in Computer Science). Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia, December 1996.
    Dissertation: Static and dynamic approaches to program decomposition.
    Honors: Très Honorable avec Felicitations du Jury (Highly Honorable with Praise).

  3. Master of Science in Computer Science. Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas, USA, December 2004.

  4. Diploma of Engineering in Computer Science (equivalent to a B.Sc. plus M.Sc. in Computer Science). Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia, July 1992.

  5. Superior Diploma of Scientific Studies in Physics and Chemistry. Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia, June 1988.
    Received Award for 1986-1987 and 1987-1988 Laureate in Physics and Chemistry (Ranked the 1st among about 400 undergraduate students, Jun. 1988).

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"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Prof. Ammari's primary research interests lay in the area of wireless sensor and mobile ad hoc networks. In particular, he is interested in energy-efficient data dissemination, coverage, connectivity, and fault-tolerance in wireless sensor networks. Specifically, his research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of optimized and localized fault-tolerant, energy-efficient data dissemination and topology control protocols for promoting the longevity of wireless sensor networks. Another facet of his research work is concerned with the design of secure, adaptive, and fault-tolerant architectures for connecting wireless sensor and mobile ad hoc networks to the global IP Internet with a goal to provide the user with seamless ways to access the sensed data. In his research, he uses fundamental concepts and models from computational geometry, such as Voronoi diagram and Delaunay triangulation; graph theory, such as connectivity and conditional connectivity; and physics and chemistry, such as percolation theory. Prof. Ammari's research areas of interest can be summarized as follows:

  • Wireless sensor networks

  • Cyber physical systems

  • Mobile ad-hoc networks

  • Mobile wireless Internet

  • Computational geometry

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Wireless Sensor and Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (WiSeMAN) Research Lab is looking for one highly self-motivated full-time Ph.D. student to conduct cutting-edge research in the area of wireless sensor networks in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. More...

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  • Graduated Master Students

    • Raymond Mulligan (currently working with Arris Group), May 2011.

    • Dennis Mirante, August 2011.

Prof. Ammari leads the Wireless Sensor and Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (WiSeMAN) Research Lab whose objective is to conduct fundamental research in wireless sensor and mobile ad-hoc networking. He will consider motivated Master students as well as senior undergraduate students to actively participate in WiSeMAN Research Lab, where both theory and practice are connected. The focus of WiSeMAN Research Lab is on coverage, connectivity, deployment, data routing and data dissemination, fault tolerance, and security in wireless sensor networks. Specifically, WiSeMAN Research Lab emphasizes the design, analysis, and implementation of energy-efficient topology control and data dissemination protocols for wireless sensor networks with a goal to optimize the very scarce energy resources of the sensors and extend the network lifetime. He believes that real experiments are very critical for research in wireless sensor networks. Therefore, WiSeMAN Research Lab will have the necessary equipments in terms of motes, such as MICAZ motes, as well as all other required interfaces, such as MIB 510 programming boards and sensor boards, to build up a sensor testbed, which will help students to conduct real experiments. Any sound protocol designed to be used by the sensor nodes should be first implemented to assess its practicality. Conducting real experiments will help students discover other types of problems and work hard to solve them.

If you are interested to work with Prof. Ammari on your Ph.D. Dissertation, Master's thesis, or independent study project that is related to his research topics and you feel that WiSeMAN Research Lab is a perfect place for you, please send him an email at or drop by his office at 129 CIS Building.

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  • CIS 578 / ECE 578: Advanced Operating Systems, Fall 2013, Fall 2014.

  • CIS 450 / ECE 478: Operating Systems, Fall 2013.

  • CIS 275: Discrete Structures I, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015.

  • CIS 569: Wireless Sensor Networks, Winter 2014, Winter 2015.

  • CIS 657: Wireless Sensor Networks, Winter 2013.

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  • Awards

    1. Distinguished Research Award, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, March 25, 2014. This award is made to faculty member who has consistently and with frequency published important works that enlarge the scope of human knowledge or who consistently and with frequency produced acclaimed creative works. More ... and More ...

    2. Certificate of Appreciation Award, The Second ACM Annual International Workshop on Mission-Oriented Wireless Sensor Networking (ACM MiSeNet), In conjunction with ACM MobiCom, Oct. 4, 2013.

    3. Certificate of Appreciation Award, The 9th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (IEEE DCoSS). This award was given to Prof. Ammari for outstanding service and contributions as Program Co-Chair of the IEEE DCoSS, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 21-23, 2013.

    4. Certificate of Appreciation Award, The 17th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MobiCom). This award was given to Prof. Ammari in recognition of his efforts as a Web and Publicity Co-Chair of the ACM MobiCom at Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, September 19-23, 2011.

    5. Hired as Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, September 1, 2011.

    6. Outstanding Leadership Award, The 20th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN). This award was given to Prof. Ammari at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of ICCCN at Sheraton Hotel and Resorts, Maui, Hawaii, July 31 - August 4, 2011.

    7. Best Symposium Award, Symposium on Wireless Sensor Networks. This award was given to the WSN Symposium organizers (Prof. Nidal Nasser, Prof. Ammari, and Prof. Tomohiko Taniguchi) at the 7th IEEE International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, July 5-8, 2011.

    8. Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, Hofstra University, April 8, 2010. Each year, the University awards the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. This prize was established in the 1984/85 academic year to reward the scholarly efforts of junior faculty. More ...

    9. Nortel Outstanding CSE Doctoral Dissertation Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, February 20, 2009. This award is presented to the student with the most significant dissertation research effort.

    10. John Steven Schuchman Award for 2006-2007 Outstanding Research by a PhD Student ($1,000), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, February 22, 2008.

    11. Best Paper Award (HK $10,000), Google Ph.D. Forum, The Sixth Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom'08), Hong Kong, China, March 18, 2008.

    12. Best Paper Award (GBP 150 worth books from Wiley), The 5th European conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN'08), January 30-31, February 1, 2008.

    13. ACM Student Research Competition Candidate/Finalist, The Eleventh ACM Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MobiCom), Cologne, Germany, August 28 – September 2, 2005.

    14. Best Graduate Student Paper Award ($500), Nokia Budding Wireless Innovators Awards 1st Prize, Department of Electrical Engineering, Southern Methodist University, May 2004.

    15. Best Graduate Student Presentation Award ($500), Ericsson Award 1st Prize, Graduate Research Day, Southern Methodist University, February 2004.

    16. Laureate in Physics and Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia, Academic years 1987 and 1988 (ranked the 1st among about 400 undergraduate students).

  • Honors

    1. Selected for inclusion in the AcademicKeys Who's Who in Engineering Higher Education (WWEHE), 2012.

    2. Selected for inclusion in the AcademicKeys Who's Who in Sciences Higher Education, 2011.

    3. Invited as feature alumnus in the Spring 2011 Newsletter of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (Alma Mater!), 2011.

    4. Selected for inclusion in the 2010 Edition of Who's Who in America.

    5. Selected for inclusion in the 2008-2009 Honors Edition of Madison Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals.

    6. Selected for inclusion in the 2006 Edition of Who's Who in America.

    7. Selected as a Participant in ACM Student Research Competition, ACM MobiCom, 2005.

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  1. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, $450,000.00 (6/2011-5/2016) (Sole PI). More ...

  2. National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Grant, $400,000.00 (8/2009-7/2013) (Sole PI). More ...

    More information about this NSF project can be found here.

  3. New Faculty Start-up Research Grant from the Dean's Office, College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), University of Michigan-Dearborn, $189,235.00 (9/2011-present).

  4. New Faculty Start-up Research Grant from the Dean's Office, Hofstra College of Liberal Sciences and Arts (HCLAS), Hofstra University, $25,000.00 (9/2008-present).

  5. Faculty Research and Development Grant, HCLAS, Hofstra University, $1,000.00 (5/2009-5/2010).

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  1. NSF Travel Grant Award, The International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems and Applications (WASA), Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 16-18, 2009.

  2. NSF Travel Grant Award, The 29th IEEE International Conference on Distributed and Computing Systems (IEEE ICDCS), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 22-26, 2009.

  3. NSF Travel Grant Award, The 10th IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WoWMoM), Kos, Greece, June 15-19, 2009.

  4. Funding from Dean's Office at Hofstra College of Liberal Sciences and Arts (HCLAS), Engineering Week Award Ceremony, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, February 2009.

  5. Funding from Dean's Office at HCLAS, IQ2S 2009 Workshop in conjunction with PerCom 2009 Conference, Galveston, TX, March 2009.

  6. NSF and SAP Travel Grant Award, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN'08), April 2008.

  7. NSF Travel Grant Award, The Sixth Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom'08), March 2008.

  8. Funding from Dean's Office at UTA, The Sixth Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom'08), March 2008.

  9. Conference Travel Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, EWSN'08, January 30-31, February 1, 2008.

  10. NSF and SAP Travel Grant Award, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN'07), April 2007.

  11. Conference Travel Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, IPSN'07, April 2007.

  12. Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant Scholarship, January 2005 - May 2008, The Computer Science and Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas.

  13. Conference Travel Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, MSWiM'06, October 2006.

  14. Conference Travel Award, IEEE MASS'05 Conference Organizers, November 2005.

  15. Conference Travel Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, MASS'05, November 2005.

  16. Conference Travel Award, ACM MobiCom'05 Student Research Competition Organizers, August 28-September 2, 2005.

  17. Conference Travel Award, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, ACM MobiCom'05, August 28-September 2, 2005.

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  • CIS Department Service

    • CIS Distinguished Lecture Series Founding Coordinator
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    • CIS Research Colloquium Series Founding Coordinator

    • Ph.D. Thesis Committee Member

      • Liu, Jun, "Power control with QoS guarantees in computing and communication systems," September 2011.

  • University Service

    • Spring 2012 Open House - CECS Representative, April 2012

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  • Hofstra Computer Science Department

    1. CSC290S Special Topics: Wireless Sensor Networks (cross-listed with CSC145S), Fall 2009.

    2. CSC256 Advanced Operating System (cross-listed with CSC112), Spring 2011.

    3. CSC252 Programming Language Concepts, Spring 2011.

    4. CSC207 Advanced Data Structures, Summer 2009, Summer 2010.

    5. CSC170 Principles of Database Management, Spring 2011.

    6. CSC145S Special Topics: Wireless Sensor Networks, Fall 2009.

    7. CSC112 Computer Operating System, Spring 2011.

    8. CSC17 Fundamentals of Computer Science III: Advanced Data Structures and Object-Oriented Programming, Spring 2009, Fall 2009.

    9. CSC16 Fundamentals of Computer Science II: Data Structures, Algorithms and Object-Oriented Programming, Fall 2008, Spring 2010.

    10. CSC15 Fundamentals of Computer Science I: Problem Solving and Program Design, Fall 2010.

    11. CSC14 Discrete Structures for Computer Science I, Spring 2010.

    12. CSC5 Overview of Computer Science, Fall 2010.

  • Sup'Com Tunis Computer Science Department

    1. Algorithms and Data Structures, 1993-1998.

    2. Operating Systems, 1993-1996.

    3. Object-Oriented Programming, 1997.

    4. C Programming, 1993-1998.

    5. Pascal Programming, 1992-1998.

  • Hofstra Computer Science Departmental Service

    1. Colloquium Series Coordinator, 2008-2011.

    2. Undergraduate Curriculum, 2008-2011.

    3. Outcome Assessment and ABET Undergraduate Coordinator, 2008-2009.

    4. Library Representative, 2008-2009.

    5. UPE Advisor, 2008-2011.

    6. Admitted Student Day, March 2009, April 2009.

    7. Fall 2009 Open House, October 2009.

    8. Final Enrollment Services Days, January 2010.

    9. Spring 2010 Open House, April 2010.

    10. Transfer Days, June 2010.

  • Hofstra University Service

    1. Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence (CTSE), Member, 2009-2011.

    2. University Senate Senator-at-Large, Faculty Affairs Committee Member, 2009-2011.

    3. Natural Science Research Day Symposium, Organization Committee Member, HCLAS Division of Natural Sciences, 2009-2011.

    4. Undergraduate Research Day, Organization Committee Member, Hofstra University Honors College, 2009-2011.

    5. Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program Seminar, Mentor, 2010-2011.

  • Hofstra Colloquia and Seminars

    All the guest speakers in all Colloquium Series were invited and hosted by Prof. Ammari, except the guest speakers in the Fall 2008 Colloquium Series whose names only were suggested by the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Hofstra University. All the colloquia have been organized by Prof. Ammari who has been extremely supported in this effort by his colleagues, Prof. Krishnan Pillaipakkamnatt, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Ms. Zsa Zsa Tucker, Administrative Assistant, both from the Department of Computer Science at Hofstra University. All Colloquium Series have been generously supported by Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.

    1. Spring 2011 Colloquium Series Schedule

    2. Fall 2010 Colloquium Series Schedule

    3. Spring 2010 Colloquium Series Schedule

    4. Fall 2009 Colloquium Series Schedule

    5. Spring 2009 Colloquium Series Schedule

    6. Fall 2008 Colloquium Series Schedule

    As a member of the Center of Teaching and Scholoarly Excellence (CTSE) at Hofstra University, Prof. Ammari invited Prof. Jie Gao as a guest speaker to give a talk at Hofstra University on "How to conduct Research?". More ...



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