Octavia A. Dobre - Biography

Octavia A. Dobre is a professor and research chair at Memorial University, Canada. Previously, she was with New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, and Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Dobre was a visiting professor with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, and Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France. She was a Royal Society Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Dobre is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the IEEE. She is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Her research interests include various wireless technologies, such as NOMA and full duplex, machine learning for communications, blind signal identification and parameter estimation techniques, physical layer security, transceiver optimization algorithms, resource allocation, as well as underwater and optical communications. She published over 350 journal and conference papers in these areas. She received several Best Paper Awards at conferences, such as the IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC and IEEE WCNC.

Dr. Dobre’s research has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Research and Development Corporation (RDC), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Defence and Research Development Canada (DRDC), Communications Research Centre (CRC) Canada, Altera Corporation, DTA Systems, EION Wireless, ThinkRF, Agilent Technologies, Agile Sensor Technologies, Allen Vanguard, Huawei Canada, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, and US Army Research Development and Engineering Command.

Dr. Dobre is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Open Journal of the IEEE Communications Society, and an Editor with the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine and IEEE Systems. She was the EiC of the IEEE Communications Letters and served as Senior Editor/Editor/Guest Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics on Signal Processing, IEEE Wireless Communications, and other prestigious journals. She has been the General Chair, Tutorial Chair, Technical Committee Chair or Technical Symposium Chair at numerous conferences, such as IEEE ICC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE WCNC and IEEE I2MTC.

Dr. Dobre is a member-at-large (MaL) of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc). She was the Director, Sister and Related Societies, Chair of the SPCE Technical Committee, and inaugural Chair of the Women in Communications Engineering standing committee, all of the IEEE ComSoc. She also was a MaL of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and is the Co-Chair of TC-13 of the same society. She served with the IEEE Eric E. Sumner, IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu, and IEEE ComSoc Awards Committees. Dr. Dobre served as member and Section Chair with the NSERC Discovery grant evaluation committee. She is a Professional Engineer, affiliated with the NL Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, Canada.

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