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Mario Bkassiny

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Associate Professor, Department Chair

Contact Information

298A Shineman Center
[email protected]
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Mario Bkassiny received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering with High Distinction and the M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from the Lebanese American University, Lebanon, in 2008 and 2009, respectively. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with Distinction from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM in 2013.

He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Communication and Information Sciences Laboratory (CISL) at the University of New Mexico from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Bkassiny served as the co-chair of the Communications and Signal Processing Symposium of the 16th International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC 2020). He also served as a technical program committee (TPC) co-chair of the Workshop on Wideband Cognitive Radio Communication and Networks (WCRCN) at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall 2013). He was a TPC member of the Cognitive Radio and Spectrum Sensing track at the IEEE VTC-Fall 2015 conference. He served as a Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Antennas and RF Front Ends for Cognitive Radio in the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


  • Cognitive radios
  • Wireless Communications
  • Signal Detection Theory
  • Machine Learning
  • Bayesian Classification Methods
  • Spectrum Sensing and Cyclostationary Detection
  • Distributed Learning and Reasoning
  • Cooperative Communications
  • MIMO Free-Space Optical Communications


  • M. Bkassiny and S. K. Jayaweera, “Independent component analysis-based source separation with noise cancelling for cyclostationary detection in cognitive radios”, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall 2018), Chicago, IL, Aug. 2018.
  • M. Bkassinyand S. K. Jayaweera,  “Low-complexity Sequential Non-parametric Signal Classification for Wideband Cognitive Radios”,8th International Conference on Telecommunication System, Services and Application (TSSA ’14), Kuta Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 2014.
  • Y. Li, S. K. Jayaweera, C. Ghosh andM. Bkassiny,  “Learning-aided Sensing Scheduling for Wide-bandCognitive Radios”, Worskshop on Wideband Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks(WCRCN) at IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall ‘13), Las Vegas, NV, Sep. 2013.
  • M. Bkassiny, S. K. Jayaweera, Y. Li and K. A. Avery,  “Blind cyclostationary feature detection based spectrum sensing for autonomous self-learning cognitive radios”, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC ‘12),Ottawa, Canada, June 2012.
  • S. K. Jayaweera, Y. Li, M. Bkassiny, C. G. Christodoulou and K. A. Avery, “Radiobots: Architecture, Algorithms, and Realtime Reconfigurable Antenna Designs for Autonomous, Self-learning Future Cognitive Radios”, IEEE  International Symposium on Intelligent Signal Processing and Communication Systems (ISPACS ‘11),Chiangmai, Thailand, Dec. 2011.
  • M. Bkassiny, S. K. Jayaweera, Y. Li, and K. A. Avery “Optimal and Low-complexity Algorithms for Dynamic Spectrum Access in Centralized Cognitive Radio Networks with Fading Channels,” IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-spring 2011), Budapest, Hungary, May 2011.
  • Y. Li, S. K. Jayaweera, M. Bkassiny and K. A. Avery “Optimal Myopic Sensing and Dynamic Spectrum Access with Low-Complexity Implementations,” IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-spring 2011), Budapest, Hungary, May 2011.
  • M. Bkassiny, S. K. Jayaweera, and K. A. Avery “Distributed Reinforcement Learning Based MAC Protocols for Autonomous Cognitive Secondary Users,” Wireless and Optical Communications Conference (WOCC 2011), Newark, NJ, Apr. 2011.
  • S. K. Jayaweera and M. Bkassiny, “Learning to thrive in a leasing market: an auctioning framework for distributed dynamic spectrum leasing (D-DSL),” IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference (WCNC 2011), Cancun, Mexico, Mar. 2011.
  • C. Abou-Rjeily and M. Bkassiny, “On the Error and Outage Performance of Coherent UWB Systems over Indoor Wireless Channels”, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Fall 2010), Ottawa, Canada, Sep. 2010.
  • M. Bkassiny and S. K. Jayaweera, “Optimal channel and power allocation for secondary users in cooperative cognitive radio networks,” 2nd International Conference on Mobile Lightweight Wireless Systems (MOBILIGHT), Barcelona, Spain, May 2010.  [Invited Paper]
  • M. Bkassiny, “Spatial multiplexing and feedback coding with MIMO free-space optics,” in 8th Faculty of Engineering and Architecture StudentConference (FEASC ’09). Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut (AUB), May 2009.
  • M. Bkassiny, “Approximation of log-normal sum and rayleigh sum distributions using the erlang distribution,” in 8th Faculty of Engineering and ArchitectureStudent Conference (FEASC ’09). Beirut, Lebanon: American University of Beirut (AUB), May 2009.
  • C. Abou-Rjeily and M. Bkassiny, “Alamouti-type Space-Time coding for TH-UWB systems with unipolar Pulse Position Modulations”, IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Radio Communications (PIMRC 2008), Cannes, France, Sep. 2008.


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2013
  • MS, Computer Engineering, Lebanese American University, 2009
  • BE, Electrical Engineering, Lebanese American University, 2008

Classes taught 

  • ECE101 Introduction to Engineering
  • ECE271 Digital Systems
  • ECE211 Electric Circuits
  • ECE233 Signals and Systems
  • ECE454 Communications Systems
  • ECE455 Wireless Communications