Fatemeh Afghah is an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Clemson University. Prior to joining Clemson University, she was an Associate Professor (2020-2021) and an Assistant Professor (2015-2020) with the School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University, where she was the Director of Wireless Networking and Information Processing (WiNIP) Laboratory. Her research interests include wireless communication networks, decision making in multi-agent systems, radio spectrum management, UAV networks, security and artificial intelligence in healthcare. Her recent project involves autonomous decision making in uncertain environments, using autonomous vehicles for disaster management and IoT security. Her research has been continuously supported by NSF, AFRL, AFOSR, NIH, and Arizona Board of Regents, where she has served in the role of PI or the sole-PI for grants with a total of over $4.8M, and in the role of Co-PI for grants with a value of $5M. She is the recipient of several awards including the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award in 2019, NSF CAREER Award in 2020, NAU's Most Promising New Scholar Award in 2020, NSF CISE Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) Award in 2017, AFRL Visiting Research Faculty Award in 2016 and 2017. and NC Space grant’s New Investigator award in 2015.
She is an inventor/co-inventor of 5 patents and an author/co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She served as the associate editor for several journals including Elsevier Ad hoc networks, Computer Network Journal, Springer Neural Processing Letters and Frontiers Aerial and Space Networks Journal. She is an IEEE Senior member and was the chair and organizer of IEEE Communications and Signal Processing Chapter at IEEE Central North Carolina Section. She served as the representative of IEEE regions R1-6 on the membership board standing committee for IEEE signal processing society (2016-18) and as Mentoring co-chair (2019-2021) and Advocate co-chair (2015-2016) for N2Women community. She has served as the organizer and TPC chair for several international workshops in the field of UAV communications and AI, including IEEE INFOCOM Workshop on Wireless Sensor, Robot, and UAV Networks (WiSRAN’19), IEEE WOWMOM Workshop on Wireless Networking, Planning, and Computing for UAV Swarms (SwarmNet’20&21), and 2021 NSF Smart Health PI workshop on “Smart Health in the AI and COVID Era”.