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Akbar Sayeed

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Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
Ideas Lab: Cross-cutting Initiative in CubeSat Innovations
Ideas Lab: Practical Fully-Connected Quantum Computer Challenge (PFCQC)
Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security (SpecEES): Enabling Spectrum for All


Akbar M. Sayeed is currently serving as a Program Director at NSF in the Communications, Circuits and Sensing Systems (CCSS) program of the Electrical, Communications and Cyber-Systems (ECCS) Division of the Engineering (ENG) Directorate. He started his tour of duty at the NSF on November 27, 2017.

At the NSF, Dr. Sayeeds program covers the basic science and engineering of sensing, processing, and communication of information in all modalities, including the integrated design of hardware and algorithms for information processing systems and networks. He is a member of the Working Groups of two of the 10 NSF Big Ideas: 1) The Quantum Leap WG which is an NSF-wide effort for developing new cross-disciplinary initiatives for advancing quantum information science and engineering, and 2) The Harnessing the Data Revolution WG which is an NSF-wide effort for developing new cross-disciplinary initiatives for advancing data science and engineering.

Dr. Sayeed is also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he leads the Wireless Communications and Sensing Laboratory. He received the B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University before joining Wisconsin as a faculty member. His research interests include wireless communications, channel modeling, signal processing, communication and information theory, time-frequency analysis, machine learning, and applications. A current focus is the development of basic theory, system architectures, and testbeds for emerging wireless technologies, including millimeter-wave and high-dimensional multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has served the IEEE in various capacities, including as a member of Technical Committees, Guest Editor for special issues, Associate Editor, and as Technical Program Co-chair for workshops and conferences.  He also led the creation of the NSF Research Coordination Network on Millimeter-Wave Wireless in October 2016.