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maryam sabaghiyan

maryam sabaghiyan,

Assistant Professor
College of Engineering / School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contact Number : 82089725
Room : 2-410
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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship:  Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

  • Ph.D. : Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

  • M.Sc. : Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN

  • B.Sc. : Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN


Research Interests

  • Cellular systems (5G, 4G, LTE Advanced)

  • Massive MIMO

  • Heterogeneous cellular networks

  • Millimeter Wave Communications

  • Frequency domain equalization

  • Cognitive radio

  • Synchronization

  • Cooperative Communications




Honors and Awards

  • Iran's National Elites Foundation New Faculty Award, 2012

  •  Certificate of “Excellence in Teaching”, Harvard University, 2010

  •  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) scholarship, 2008-2010

  •  Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2006-2007

  •  Gabriel David Warshaw Memorial Scholarship, 2005-2006

  •  Nortel Scholarship, 2005-2006

  •  NSERC eMPOWER scholarship, 2004-2005

  •  Carleton University Graduate Scholarship, 2004-2007

  • Carleton University Entrance Scholarship, 2004-2005


Journal papers

  • Z. Mokhtari, M. Sabbaghian, R. Dinis "Massive MIMO Downlink based on Single Carrier Frequency Domain Processing," accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Communications, Sept. 2016.


  • B. Khamidehi, A. Rahmati, M. Sabbaghian, "Joint Sub-channel Assignment and Power Allocation in Heterogeneous Networks: An Efficient Optimization Method," IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 20, No. 12, pp. 2490-2493, Dec. 2016.


  • Z. Mokhtari, M. Sabbaghian, “Near Optimal Angle of Transform in FrFT-OFDM Systems based on ICI Analysis,” IEEE Transactions of Vehicular Technology, Vol. 65, 5777-5783, July 2016.


  • K. Shamaei, M. Sabbaghian, “Analytical Performance Evaluation of SC-FDMA Systems in the presence of Frequency and Time Offset,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 14, pp. 6230-6239, Nov. 2015.



  • A. Karimi and M. Sabbaghian, "Optimal joint power allocation and sub-carrier pairing in amplify-and-forward SC-FDMA relaying networks," Electronics Letters, Vol. 51, 120 – 122, Jan. 2015.


  • A. Karimi and M. Sabbaghian, "Resource Allocation for Cooperative LTE-Advanced Uplink," IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 18, pp. 1991 – 1994, Nov. 2014.


  • M. Sabbaghian, A. I. Sulyman, and V. Tarokh, "Analysis of the Impact of Non-linearity on the Capacity of Communication Channels," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 59, pp. 7671-7683, Nov. 2013.


  • M. Sabbaghian, Y. Kwak, V. Tarokh, "New Codes From Dual BCH Codes With Applications in Low PMEPR OFDM," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications., Vol. 10, pp. 3990-3994, Dec. 2011.


  • M. Sabbaghian, Y. Kwak, B. Smida and V. Tarokh, "Near Shannon limit low Peak to Average Power Ratio Turbo Block Coded OFDM," IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 59, pp. 2042-2045, Aug. 2011.


  • M. Sabbbaghian and D. Falconer, "An Analytical Approach for Finite Block Length Performance Analysis of Turbo Frequency Domain Equalization," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 58, pp. 1292-1301, March 2009.


  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, "Joint Turbo Frequency Domain Equalization and Carrier Synchronization," IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 204-212, Jan. 2008.


  • F. Danilo-Lemoine, D. Falconer, C-T Lam, M. Sabbaghian and K. Wesołowski, "Power Backoff Reduction Techniques for Generalized Multicarrier Waveforms," EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Vol. 2008.



Conference papers

  • Z. Mokhtari, M. Sabbaghian, R. Dinis, “Sum-Rate of Block-wise SC Massive MIMO Systems in the Presence of Carrier Frequency Offset,” accepted in Vehiculat Technology Conference (VTC), Jun. 2017, Sydny, Australia.

  • Z. Mokhtari, M. Sabbaghian, “Comparison between fractional Fourier transform-based single carrier and OFDM systems,” in Proc. Iran Workshop on Communication and Information Theory (ICWIT), Tehran, Iran, May 2016.

  • B. Khamidehi, M. Sabbaghian, H. Saeedi, “Power Allocation in Uplink LTE Femtocells with Zero Forcing Frequency Domain Equalizer,” in Proc. Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Apr. 2016.

  • M. Sabbaghian, A. Ebadi, H. Saeedi, “Performance Evaluation of GFDMA Systems using an Analytical Tool,” in Proc. Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Sept. 2015, Boston, MA, USA.

  • A. Karimi, and M. Sabbaghian, “Improving the capacity of cooperative SC-FDMA systems with frequency domain equalization,” in Proc. Iran Workshop on Communication and Information Theory (ICWIT), Tehran, Iran, May 2014.


  • M. Sabbaghian, A.i. Sulyman, and V. Tarokh, “Capacity Analysis for Gaussian Channels with Memoryless Nonlinear Hardware,” in Proc. International Conference on Communications (ICC), Budaepst, Hungary, Jun. 2013.

  • K. Shamaei, and M. Sabbaghian, “Frequency offset estimation in SC-FDMA systems,” in Proc. 6th International Symposium on Telecommunications (IST), Nov. 2012.

  • M. Sabet, R.A. Zoroofi, K.S. Niiat, M. Sabbaghian, “A New System for Driver Drowsiness and Distraction Detection” to appear in Proc. 20th Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering (ICEE2012), May 2012.

  • M. Sabet, R.A. Zoroofi, K.S. Niiat and M. Sabbaghian, “Automated face tracking with self correction capability” in Proc. International Conference of Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition, pp. 280-284, Daliar, China, Oct. 2011.


  • Y. Kwak, M. Sabbaghian, B. Smida and V. Tarokh, “Low peak to average power ratio Turbo Block QPSK coded OFDM, ” in Proc. Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), p.p. 637- 641, Jan. 2011, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, “BERT chart Analysis of Turbo Frequency Domain Equalization with Imperfect Channel State Information,” in Proc. Wireless Communications & Networking Conference, Apr. 2008, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, “BERT chart Analysis of Adaptive and Non-Adaptive Turbo Frequency Domain Equalization,” in Proc. Vehicular Technology Conference, Sept. 2007, Baltimore, MD, USA.

  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, “Joint Turbo Frequency Domain Equalization and Carrier Synchronization,” in Proc. Canadian Workshop on Information Theory, June 2007, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

  • D. Falconer, F. Danilo-Lemoine, C. Lam and M. Sabbaghian, “Power Backoff Reduction for Generalized Multicarrier Waveforms,” in Proc. 15th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Poznan, Poland, Sept. 2007.

  • M. Sabbbaghian, D. Falconer, and H. Saeedi, “BER Transfer Chart Analysis of Turbo Frequency Domain Equalization,” in Proc. Vehicular Technology Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada, September 2006.

  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, “Comparison between Convolutional and LDPC code-based Frequency Domain Turbo Equalization,” in Proc. International Conference on Communications, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2006.

  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, “Peak to Average Power Ratio Properties of MC-CDMA and SM-CDMA”, in Proc. Vehicular Technology Conference, Melbourne, Australia, May 2006.

  • M. Sabbaghian and D. Falconer, “Reducing Required Power Back Off of Nonlinear Amplifiers in Serial Modulation using SLM Method”, in Proc. Vehicular Technology Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, Sept. 2005.

  • R Dinis, D. Falconer, C.T. Lam, and M. Sabbaghian, “A multiple access scheme for the uplink of broadband wireless systems”, in Proc. Global Telecommunications Conference, Dallas, TX, pp.3808 – 3812, Dec. 2004.

  •  D. Falconer, R. Dinis, C.T. Lam, and M. Sabbaghian, “Frequency Domain Orthogonal Signature Sequences (FDOSS) for Uplink DS-CDMA,” in Proc. WWRF 10, New York, Oct. 2003.




Graduate Courses

  • Advanced Communications (ECE 167)

  • Cellular Systems (ECE 451)

  • Digital Signal Processing (ECE 125)

  • Coding Theory (ECE 172)


Undergraduate Courses

  • Communication Systems I (ECE 354)

  • Signals and Systems (ECE 144)

  • Wireless Communications


Thesis supervised


  • Ali Farsiabi, “Efficient Methods to Remove Cyclic Prefix in SC-FDE Systems,” Spring 2013.

  • Kimia Shamaei, “Synchronization in Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC-FDMA*) Systems,” Spring 2013.

  • Zahra Mokhtari, “Utilizing Fractional Fourier Transform in Frequency Domain Processing Based Communication Systems,” Summer 2013.

  • Amir Mirdamadi “Spectrum sensing for SC-FDMA signals in cognitive radio,” Fall 2013.

  • Ali Karimi Dehkordi “Cooperative Communications in SC-FDMA,” Summer 2014.

  • Arash Ebadi Shahrivar, “Analysis and Investigation of Multiple-Access Methods based on SC-FDMA,” Summer 2014.

  • Zahra Mousavi, “Multi-Cell processing in Uplink SC-FDMA systems,” Summer 2015.

  • Behzad Khamidehi, “Resource Allocation in Uplink Femtocell Networks,” Summer 2016.

  • Nima Haji-Abdolrahim, “Capacity Analysis of SC-FDMA systems considering channel and hardware impairments,” Summer 2016.

  • Isaac Dehmollaian, “Time-Synchronization in SC-FDMA systems,” Summer 2016.

  • Pouria Shariatmadari, "Pilot contamination reduction in massive MIMO systems," in progress

  • Mahmoud Mojarrad, "Design of Multicarrier Waveforms for the 5th Generation cellular communications," in progress

  • Mohammad-Reza Ebrahimi, "Joint channel coding and medium access control in machine-to-machine communication networks," in progress.

  • Hafez Mousavi Garmaroudi, "Channel Estimation in Device-to-Device (D2D) Communications in  Cellular Massive MIMO Systems," in progress

  • Sanaz Mohammad-Jafari, Peak to Average Power Ratio reduction in the OFDM systems using coding techniques," in progress



  • Zahra Mokhtari, "Analyzing massive MIMO systems in the presence of channel and hardware impairments," in progress

  • Mohammad-Reza Golzari

  • Ali Sattari



* SC-FDMA is the transmission scheme adopted by LTE advanced for uplink transmission in fourth generation cellular systems. To grasp the idea of  SC-FDMA, you can refer to this paper.





Maryam Sabbaghian received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and the Ph.D. degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, all in electrical engineering. During 2008-2010 she was with School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2010, she joined School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran.


She received certificate of “excellence in teaching” from Harvard University in Spring 2010. She is also the recipient of Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) of Canada postdoctoral fellowship, Ontario Graduate scholarship, NSERC eMPOWER scholarship, Gabriel David Warshaw Memorial scholarship, and Nortel scholarship.


She is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). She served as a member of Technical Program Committee in IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (GlobeCom) 2010, 2012, and 2013, 2014, 2015 and Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2014, 2015, 2016 and International Conference  on Communications (ICC) 2016.


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