Mehdi Rahmati

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Assistant Professor
Director of Intelligent Communications and Autonomous Systems Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Ave., Fenn Hall 336
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Phone: +1 216-687-2538
Fax: +1 216-687-5405
Email: m.rahmati [@] csuohio [DOT] edu

Short Bio

Mehdi Rahmati is an assistant professor in the EECS Department at Cleveland State University. He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey-USA, Iran University of Science and Technology-Iran, and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad-Iran, respectively. He has published numerous peer-reviewed conference and journal papers and has received many prestigious awards, including IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Young Professional award in 2022 and 2023, the best demo award at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON), the first prize in the 2019 IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) student competition, the best paper award at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), and the best paper runner-up award at the 2015 ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks and Systems (WUWNet).

Research Interests

  • Wireless Communications and Networking Systems

  • Underwater Communications

  • Connected Vehicles and Autonomous Systems

  • Coordination and Communication in Multi-robot Systems

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

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Member of Associations

  • IEEE Senior Member

  • ACM Member

Affiliated Faculty

  • The Entrepreneurial Manufacturer Digitization Support (EMDiS) Center of Excellence at Cleveland State University

  • T.E.C.H. Hub at Cleveland State University


  • March 2022: The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) New York Chapter hosts a talk from Dr. Rahmati on Tuesday, March 29, at 7pm (EST) about the key capabilities and challenges in integration of terrestrial networks and extreme environments. The event is co-hosted by other 43 IEEE ComSoc chapters.

  • January 2022: A funded PhD position is available for Fall 2022. Please attach an updated CV, a sample publication (such as a paper, report, or thesis), TOEFL/IELTS and GRE scores, and a cover letter including research interests. Qualified candidates are expected to have a strong background in mathematics, communications, and programming. 

  • January 2022: Dr. Rahmati is the recipient of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) Young Professionals Award for 2022-2023. He will be fully included in the leadership of the OES for the following two years.

  • January 2022: Dr. Rahmati has developed a new course on 5G about the use cases and architecture of eMBB, mMTC, URLLC, as well as 5G NR air interface physical layer and core network design, and mmWave communications. Training workshops can be provided for interested industrial participants and engineers. Please email Dr. Rahmati, if you are interested.

  • October 2021: Job Opening: Postdoctoral Position (Open until filled): Highly motivated applicants with a PhD in “Electrical Engineering, Communications Systems” are encouraged to apply. The qualified candidate should have an outstanding academic and research record, a strong background in math and optimization, and a deep knowledge of communications theory. A one-page research proposal, CV, and at least two first-authored journal papers are required and should be submitted. Previous proposal writing experience is preferred. The candidate should be able to demonstrate their commitment and passion for research, as well as a collaborative work ethic and great communication skills. This program is planned to be finished in 12 months; however it can be extended for another 12 months if funding is available.

  • January 2021: The CSU Center for Human Machine Systems (CHMS) hosts a talk from Dr. Rahmati on Tuesday, 01-19-2021, at 1pm. The talk will explore the application of “Wireless Communications for Dynamic Interaction with Underwater Vehicles”.

  • October 2020: The CSU chapter of ACM will be hosting a talk from Dr. Rahmati on Friday, 10-30-2020, at 5pm on Exploring the Futuristic Underwater Internet of Things.

  • September 2020: Funded PhD positions are available for Fall 2021. Please attach an updated CV, a sample publication (such as a paper, report, or thesis), TOEFL/IELTS scores, and a cover letter including research interests. Qualified candidates are expected to have a strong background in mathematics, communications (or robotics), and computer programming. (Update-May 2021: Position filled)  

  • September 2020: Motivated MSc and BSc students are encouraged to contact Dr. Rahmati for available research positions.

  • September 2020: Visiting scholars and Postdoc associates who are interested in joining Dr. Rahmati's group can contact him directly.

Selected Publications

  1. A. Mohammadi, M. Rahmati, and H. Malik, “Location-aware Beamforming for mmWave MIMO-enabled UAV Communications: An Unknown Input Observer Approach,” IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 8206-8215, Apr. 2022.

  2. M. Rahmati, Z. Qi, and D. Pompili, “Underwater Video Transmission via Adaptive MIMO-Based Software-Defined Acoustic Modems,” IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, early access, Oct. 2021.

  3. P. Pandey, M. Rahmati, W. Bajwa, and D. Pompili, “Real-time In-network Image Compression via Distributed Dictionary Learning,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, early access, Apr. 2021.

  4. M. Rahmati and D. Pompili, “Probabilistic Spatially-divided Multiple Access in Underwater Acoustic Sparse Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 405–418, Feb. 2020.

Full list of publications.


  1. EEC 492/592 Modern Applications of Digital Communications, Spring 2022

  2. EEC 450 Communications, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

  3. EEC 456/556 Software Defined Radio, Spring 2021