Academic Interests: broadband networks, multimedia communications, computational intelligence, advanced networking
Nirwan Ansari received the B.S.E.E. (summa cum laude, gpa=4.00) from NJIT, Newark, in 1982, the M.S.E.E. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1983, and the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1988, respectively.
He joined NJIT´s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as Assistant Professor in 1988, and has been Full Professor since 1997. He has also assumed various administrative positions including the NJIT Newark College of Engineering´s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. He visited the Department of Information Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong during the 98/99 academic year, and Graduate School of Information Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan, in Fall 2006.
He authored with E.S.H. Hou Computational Intelligence for Optimization (1997), and edited with B. Yuhas Neural Networks in Telecommunications (1994), both published by Springer (formerly Kluwer Academic Publishers). His current research focuses on various aspects of broadband networks and multimedia communications. He has contributed over 300 technical papers, over one third in widely cited refereed journals/magazines.
He is a Senior Technical Editor of the IEEE Communications Magazine, and also serves on the Advisory Board and Editorial Board of five other journals. He has been serving the IEEE in various capacities such as Chair of the North Jersey Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society, Chair of the IEEE North Jersey Section, Member of the IEEE Region 1 Board of Governors, Chair of IEEE COMSOC Networking Technical Committee Cluster, Chair of IEEE COMSOC Technical Committee on Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, and (TCP) Chair/Vice-Chair of numerous conferences/symposia/workshops. He has been frequently invited to deliver keynote addresses, distinguished lectures, tutorials, and talks. Some of his recent awards and recognitions include an IEEE Fellow (Communications Society), IEEE Leadership Award (2007, from Central Jersey/Princeton Section), the NJIT Excellence Teaching Award in Outstanding Professional Development (2008), IEEE MGA Leadership Award (2008), the NCE Excellence in Teaching Award (2009), and designation as an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.
Professor Ansari´s current research focuses on various aspects of high speed networks and multimedia communications.
He has been publishing his research findings regularly (many of these findings will be impossible without the collaboration and assistance from students and colleagues).