Zouheir Rezki

Research Scientist

Senior​ Research Scientist​​

Research Interests

  Performance limits of wireless communications.
•    Physical Layer Security: Performance limits of wireless communications with secrecy constraint.
•    Energy-Efficient Data Communication Networks: Fundamental Limits and Practical Schemes.
•    Cognitive Radio Networks: Analysis of a spectrum sharing protocol under channel uncertainty over wireless Sensor            Networks.
•    Design of low Complexity Detection Algorithms.

Selected Publications

    Z. Rezki; M. – S. Alouini, “Secure Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff of Zero-Forcing Transmit Scheme at Finite-SNR”, IEEE Transaction on Communications vol.60, no.4, pp.1138-1147, April 2012.
•    Tall, Z. Rezki, M. – S. Alouini, "MIMO Channel Capacity with Full CSI at Low SNR", IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-4, 2012.
•    A. Agrawal, Z. Rezki, A. Khisti, M. – S. Alouini, “Non-Coherent Capacity of Secret-Key Agreement with Public Discussion”, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Special Issue on Using the Physical Layer for Securing the Next Generation of Communication Systems, vol.6, no.3, pp.565-574, Sept. 2011.
•    Z. Rezki; D. Haccoun; F. Gagnon; W. Ajib, “Impact of Spatial Correlation on the Finite-SNR Diversity-Multiplexing Tradeoff”, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications,, vol.7, no.4, pp.1184-1189, April 2008.
•    Z. Rezki M. – S. Alouini, “On the Capacity of Nakagami-m Fading Channels with Full Channel State Information at Low SNR”, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol.1, no.3, pp.253-256, June 2012.
•    Z. Rezki M. – S. Alouini, “Ergodic Capacity of Cognitive Radio under Imperfect Channel State Information”, IEEE Transaction on Vehicular Technology vol.61, no.5, pp.2108-2119, Jun 2012.
•    L. Sboui, Z. Rezki, M. – S. Alouini, “A Unified Framework for the Ergodic Capacity of Spectrum Sharing Cognitive Radio Systems”, to appear in IEEE Transaction on Wireless Communications
•    Z. Rezki, A. Khisti, M. – S. Alouini, "On the ergodic secret message capacity of the wiretap channel with finite-rate feedback," in Proceedings IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT’12), vol., no., pp.239-243, Cambridge, MA, USA, 1-6 July 2012.


  •    PhD, Electrical Engineering, École Polytechnique, Montreal, Canada, 2004-2008.
  •    Master, Electrical Engineering, École de Technologies Supérieure, Montreal, Canada, 2001-2003.
  •    Diplôme d’Ingénieur, École Nationale de l’Industrie Minérale (ENIM), Rabat, Morocco, 1989-1994.

Professional Profile

•    Research Scientist since July 2012.
•    Postdoctoral Fellow at KAUST and at University of British Columbia (UBC) from 2009.
•    Research Professional at Laboratory for Communication and Micro-Electronic Integration (LACIME), Montreal,           Canada,   Jan.-Jun. 2008.
•    Operation Engineer, Office Nationale de l’Eau Potable (ONEP), Rabat, Morocco, Nov. 1995 – Jun. 2001.

Scientific and Professional Membership

•    Member, Association of Professional Engineers of Quebec, Canada (OIQ)
•    Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Information Theory Society and IEEE Communication Society.


•    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Grant: CA $ 30 K from The “Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies”, for research on Cognitive Radio Networks.
•    Collaboration Travel Fund (CTF) Grant: US $ 30 K for collaboration with Dr. Ashish Khisti from University of Toronto, on Physical Layer Security.
•    Best Paper Award in Fundamentals and PHY Track at International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), 2008.
•    Ph. D in Electrical Engineering: Nominated for the best thesis of the ECE Department.
•    M. Eng in Electrical Engineering: Graduated with the greatest distinction.

KAUST Affiliations

Computer, Electrical, and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division.