Mustapha Benjillali graduated with the highest honors as a mobile communications engineer from INPT, Rabat, Morocco, in 2003. He then joined INRS, Montreal, Canada, where he obtained the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications with the highest honors in 2005 and 2009, respectively. After a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Electrical Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, KSA, he joined the Communication Systems Department at the National Institute of Telecommunications (INPT), Rabat, Morocco, where he is now an Associate Professor. He is an International Expert with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, and an Expert Member of the ITU's Group on Capacity Building Initiatives (GCBI). He is the actual 5TRonG research team leader (Trends in Research on 5G-and-Beyond Technologies and Eco-Systems), and a former Chair of an IEEE Standards Association Workgroup. He represents INPT in the Steering Committee of the ITU Centres of Excellence (CoE) Network, and in the industrial chair on Advanced Research on Communications (PRACom) hosted by IMT-Atlantique in France.
His current research interests are in the broad areas of wireless and mobile communications for 5G+/6G and IoT applications, Green and Energy-Efficient Wireless Systems, and Intelligent Wireless Solutions for Smart Cities. His focus is on the issues and design of both PHY and MAC layers, mathematical and stochastic modeling, machine learning, performance analysis, simulation, and optimal resource allocation strategies.
Dr. Benjillali is an IEEE Senior Member since 2014, a Voting Member of the Board of the IEEE ComSoc's EMEA region (Europe, Middle-East, and Africa), the IEEE Morocco Section Membership Development Coordinator, a jury member on the regional IEEE R8 Student Paper Contest Committee, and the counselor of INPT's IEEE Student Branch. He is a member of IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Standards Association, IEEE 5G Community, IEEE IoT Community, IEEE Green ICT Community, IEEE Smart Cities Community, and IEEE Young Professionals. He serves(ed) as an editor and/or reviewer for many IEEE Transactions and leading international journals, and in different organizational and technical roles in many major international conferences in Morocco and abroad. Among his distinctions, a listing as an Exemplary Reviewer for IEEE Communications letters, many Best Paper Awards in major conferences, a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from FRQNT Canada, and the prestigious Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D) from NSERC Canada.