WNCG Alum Derya Malak Wins Best Paper Award

Friday, September 30, 2022

Professor Derya Malak has won the Best Paper Award at the 20th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad hoc, and Wireless Networks (WiOpt 2022).

Malak, who is currently an assistant professor in the Communication Systems Department at EURECOM, was recognized for her solo-authored paper, “Throughput and Energy Tradeoffs for Retransmission-based Random Access Protocols.” The paper extends work on the fundamentals of massive Internet of Things uplink communications that Malak conducted during her Ph.D. and in collaboration with Howard Huang of Nokia Bell Labs.

Malak received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 2017, where she was a member of WNCG advised by Professor Jeffrey G. Andrews.

Derya Malak is an assistant professor at EURECOM and holds an adjunct position in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Sep 2017 to Aug 2019, working with Prof. Muriel Médard, and a visiting scholar at Northeastern University, hosted by Prof. Edmund Yeh. Her research interests are in the areas of information theory, communication theory and networks.