Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) on AI-Enabled Next-Generation Wireless Networks


Associate Professor  

Founding Director, Networked Systems and Communications Research (NETCORE) Lab

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of Ottawa














Research Interests:

·       AI-enabled wireless networks

·       5G and 6G

·       Smart grid and electric vehicles

·       Wireless sensor networks

·       Cybersecurity

·       Wireless energy transfer

·       Underwater sensor networks

·       Localization


Mailing Address:

800 King Edward Avenue

Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

Office: SITE 5029

Voice:  613 562-5800    ext. 6693





Research Lab. & Students






Grants & Awards













CEG 4186 Wireless and Mobile Networks (Winter2020/2019/2018/2017)

CSI5140 AI-Enabled Networks (Fall 2019)

CEG 3185 Introduction to Data Communications and Networking (Winter2019/Summer2017)

CSI 5140 ComNet-IPS: Communications and Networking for Intelligent Physical Systems (Fall2018/Winter2018)

ELG 5374 Computer Communication Networks (Fall 2016)


News Coverage


uOttawa Engineering News (Jan 20)


Ottawa Business Journal (Mar-19)


Ottawa Business Journal (Nov-18)


CBC Radio - Quirks and Quarks Show




Daily Courier Observer


The Journal


I'm always looking for highly motivated graduate students who are interested in pursuing research in wireless communications, machine learning, autonomous systems and smart grid! Prospective students should send me an email with their CV including their interest areas and academic credentials.



Short Bio


Dr. Melike Erol-Kantarci is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in AI-Enabled Next-Generation Wireless Networks and a tenured associate professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada She is the founding director of the Networked Systems and Communications Research (NETCORE) laboratory. She is also a courtesy faculty at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.


Dr. Erol-Kantarci is an influential researcher with more than 140 peer-reviewed publications, citations over 5300 and h-index of 37 (Google Profile). She is selected for the 2019 list of "N2Women: Stars in Networking and Communications". She is the co-editor of three books “ Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Smart Cities” by CRC (2020) Transportation and Power Grid in Smart Cities: Communication Networks and Services” by Wiley Press (2018) and “Smart Grid: Networking, Data Management, and Business Models” by CRC Press (2016). Her articles have been listed many times among the top cited and top accessed papers on IEEE and Elsevier databases. She is sought-after speaker and has delivered 50+ keynotes plenary talks, tutorials and panels around the globe.


Dr. Erol-Kantarci has received close to $4M funding from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), National Science Foundation (NSF), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), MITACS grants, industry grants, Fulbright PhD Research Scholarship and Siemens Excellence Award, in addition to four Outstanding/Best Paper Awards. Her article “Energy-Efficient Information and Communication Infrastructures in the Smart Grid: A Survey on Interactions and Open Issues” received the 2017 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Award. The award is given each year to one outstanding tutorial paper published in any Communications Society magazine or journal in the previous 5 calendar years. This article is also selected for IEEE ComSoc Best Readings on Green Communications. She is the co-author of the article Wireless Sensor Networks for Cost-Efficient Residential Energy Management in the Smart Grid which is selected to IEEE ComSoc Best Readings on Smart Grid Communications.  


Dr. Erol-Kantarci  is the Specialty Chief Editor for the Smart Grid Communications Section of the journal “Frontiers in Communications and Networking”. She is on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Networking Letters, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and IEEE Access.  She is a senior member of the IEEE.


Prior to joining University of Ottawa, Dr. Melike Erol-Kantarci was a tenure-track assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University. Before that she was the coordinator of the Smart Grid Communications Lab and a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa, Canada. She received the Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering in 2009 and 2004 from Istanbul Technical University. During her Ph.D. studies, she was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She conducted research on underwater sensor networks. Her PhD thesis study is supervised by Professor Sema Oktug from Istanbul Technical University and Professor Mario Gerla from UCLA. She received the B.Sc. degree from the Department of Control and Computer Engineering of the Istanbul Technical University.


Dr. Erol-Kantarci is the Chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Machine Learning-Enabled Communication Software and the Chair of SIG on Green Smart Grid Communications.  She was the vice-chair for IEEE Ottawa Section Women in Engineering (WIE) between 2012 and 2014. She has been a general co-chair, TPC co-chair and has held other leading roles for many international conferences including track-chair roles in Globecom, CCNC, VTC, PIMRC and SmartGridComm.


Her main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks, 5G and 6G, smart grid and electric vehicles, cyber-security, wireless sensor networks, wireless energy transfer, underwater sensor networks, mobility modeling and localization.

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