Mérouane Debbah

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Mérouane Debbah
Alma materÉcole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay
Scientific career
Fields5G, 6G, Wireless communications, Random Matrix Theory, Game Theory, Statistical Inference, Machine Learning
InstitutionsHuawei R&D France, CentraleSupélec, University of Paris-Saclay

Mérouane Debbah is a researcher and tech entrepreneur. Since 2007, he is a full professor at CentraleSupélec. He has co-founded several start-ups and is now director of the Huawei Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab in Paris. His research has been lying at the interface of fundamental mathematics, algorithms, statistics, information and communication sciences, with a special focus on the applications of random matrix theory to communication sciences. In the wireless Communication field, he is one of the pioneers of the small cells and Massive MIMO technologies.


A former student of Lycée Descartes (Algiers) and Lycée Henri IV (Paris), Mérouane Debbah entered the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay in 1996 and obtained his PhD degree in 2002. He started his career at Motorola Labs in Saclay in 1999. He joined the Telecommunication Research Center of Vienna in 2002 as a senior researcher (ftw.). From 2003 to 2007, he was an assistant Professor at Eurecom in Sophia-Antipolis. In 2007, he became a full professor at CentraleSupélec (campus of Gif-sur-Yvette). At the same time, he founded and was director of the Alcatel-Lucent chair on Flexible Radio. This was the first industrial chair in telecommunication in France with close ties between Supélec and Bell Labs[1]. In 2014, he joined Huawei and founded the Huawei Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab in Paris, with a special focus on mathematical sciences applied to wireless, optical and networking communications. In 2019, the lab had 100 researchers and was a worldwide reference in the fundamentals of 5G and beyond and AI for Telecommunications.

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • SEE Membre émérite (2018)
  • IEEE Fellow (2015)
  • WWRF Fellow (2008)
  • IEEE/SEE Glavieux Prize Award (2011)[2]

His papers have received several awards:

  • 2019 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award[3]
  • 2018 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award[4]
  • 2017 Eurasip Best Paper Award[5]
  • 2016 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award[6]
  • 2015 IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize[7]
  • 2015 IEEE Communications Society Fred W. Ellersick Prize[8]


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