Octavia A. Dobre

Dipl.-Ing., PhD (Politechnica University of Bucharest), FIEEE, FCAE, FEIC, P.Eng.

  • Interim Dean, Professor, and Research Chair
Contact Information

Ph: 709-864-4045
Em: odobre[at]mun.ca
Office: EN4018E

Research Interests

Wireless communications, Optical communications, Underwater communications, Signal processing for communications

Personal Profile

Octavia A. Dobre is a full professor and research chair at Memorial University, which she joined in 2005. In 2013, she was a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and University of Brest, France. Previously, she was with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, and Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Romania.

Her research interests include wireless technologies for 5G and beyond networks, blind signal identification and parameter estimation techniques, transceiver optimization algorithms, as well as optical and underwater communications. She has authored and co-authored more than 300 internationally referred journal and conference papers in these areas.

Dr. Dobre is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society. She was the EiC of the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as a senior editor, editor and guest editor with numerous reputable journals. She has contributed as general chair, technical chair, symposia chair, and tutorial chair of various flagship conferences. She was the inaugural chair of the IEEE ComSoc Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) standing committee, a member-at-large of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, as well as section chair with the Discovery Grant Committee (Electrical and Computer Engineering). She has also served with diverse IEEE technical and awards committees, and is a member-at-large of the Board of Governors of the IEEE ComSoc.

  • IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications, 2022
  • Recognition Award, IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks, IEEE ComSoc, “For outstanding contributions to cognitive radio communications and networking,” 2022
  • Fellow, Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association, 2022
  • Top 2% Scientist in The World, Stanford University, 2022, 2021, 2020
  • Exemplary Editor Award, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 2021
  • Elected Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2021
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2021
  • IEEE Fellow, 2020
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE PIMRC, 2020
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, IEEE ComSoc WICE Standing Committee, 2020
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE ComSoc, 2019-2020
  • Best Paper Awards, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC, 2019
  • Inspiring Member of the Year Award, Honorable mention, IEEE Women in Engineering, 2019
  • Outstanding Service Award, IEEE ComSoc WICE Standing Committee, 2019
  • Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2018
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE WCMC, 2017
  • President's Award for Outstanding Research, Memorial University, 2015
  • Outstanding Service Award, IEEE ComSoc SPCE Technical Committee, 2015
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision, Faculty of Engineering, 2014
  • Dean's Outstanding Research Award, Faculty of Engineering, 2013
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2001-2002

For more information, please visit my personal website: http://www.engr.mun.ca/~dobre/ 

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