Basem Shihada, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Computer Science​ and Electrical Engineering​​​​​​

Research Interests

My current research covers a wide range of topics in broadband wired and wireless communication networks, including wireless Metropolitan Area Networks such as IEEE 802.16 networks, Fiber-Wireless (FIWI) network integration, optical networks, and network congestion control.

Selected Publications

  • A. AlAbbasi  and B. Shihada, "Optimal Cross Layer Design for Energy Efficient Future Spectrum Sharing In 5G Systems", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Accepted, 2017. [PDF] I.F. (2.925) 
  • A. AlAbbasi, Z. Rezki, and B. Shihada, "Outage Analysis of Spectrum-Sharing over M-Block Fading with Sensing Information", IEEE Transactions on vehicular Technology, Accepted, 2016. [PDF] I.F. (1.978)
  • A. Showail, K. Jamshaid, and B. Shihada, "Buffer Sizing in Wireless Networks: Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities", IEEE Communication Magazine, Vol. 54, No. 4, pp. 130-137, 2016. [PDF] I.F. (4.46)
  • A. Elrasad and B. Shihada, "Parallel Void Thread for Long-Reach Ethernet Passive Optical Networks", IEEE/OSA Journal of the Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 7, No. 7, pp. 656-668, 2015. [PDF] I. F. (2.064)
  • L. Xia and B. Shihada, "A Jackson Network Model and Threshold Policy for Joint Optimization of Energy and Delay in Multi-Hop Wireless Networks", European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 242, No. 3, pp. 778–787, 2015. [PDF] I.F. (2.6)


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2007
  • M.S., Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
  • B.S., Computer Science, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates, 1997

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​​​​​​ACM, Member
  • IEEE, Senior Member
  • ITU, Member​


  • ​Recipient of the Best Paper Award at IEEE WiMob, 2013
  • KAUST Excellence Annual Review Recognition, 2012 
  • Recipient of the Best Paper Award at AFIN., 2011 
  • Graduate student award, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2001
  • Nominated for the Canadian Institute for Telecommunication Research (CITR) research excellence award, 2001​