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. His research interests include wireless communications, channel modeling, signal processing, communication and information theory, time-frequency analysis, machine learning, and applications. A current research 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 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. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has served the IEEE in a number of 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.