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Professor Mohammad S. Obaidat received the Best Paper Award from the 2011 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Conference on Data Communication Networking (DCNET 2011) for his paper titled “Computational Intelligence applied to wildfire prediction using wireless sensor networks.”

The paper presents a novel algorithm, implemented in a wireless sensor network environment, for the study of fire in a natural environment. The preliminary original results obtained show that the proposed algorithm is a promising method that can be used to solve the most common problems related to fire control and detection. The paper was co-authored with Virginia Gasull form the University of Seville who was working under the supervision of Professor Obaidat during her recent stay at Monmouth University.

Professor Obaidat also gave the main distinguished keynote speech at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Communications and Information Technology (ICCIT-2011) that was held in Aqaba, Jordan, in March. His keynote dealt with the recent issues in Green Information and Communication Technology.

Moreover, he chaired two international conferences: the IEEE International Joint Conference on e-Business and Telecommunications (ICETE 2011) that was held in Seville, Spain, in July, and the IEEE International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS 2011) that was held in The Hague, the Netherlands, in June. He also served as the program chair of the IEEE International Conference on Wireless Information Networks and Systems (WINSYS 2011) that was held in Seville, Spain, in July.

For more information, visit the ICETE Web site and the SPECTS 2011 Web site.

Also, as the president of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), Dr. Obaidat chaired the meeting of the Board of Directors of SCS that was held in The Hague, the Netherlands on June 26. In addition, Professor Obaidat has been appointed as editor in chief of the Journal of Information Processing and Journal of Convergence.

Professor Obaidat is an internationally known academic, researcher, and scientist. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in computer engineering with a minor in computer science from The Ohio State University. An accomplished author and writer, he has been an editor for numerous scientific journals including being the editor in chief of three scholarly international journals: the International Journal of Communication SystemsJournal of Convergence, and Journal of Information Processing. He also served as an editor of IEEE Wireless Communications and is currently serving as editor or advisory editor for many other journals including IEEE Transactions on SMCIEEE Systems JournalSecurity and Communication Networks JournalJournal of NetworksJournal of CommunicationsComputer Communications Journal, and JDMS, among many other scholarly journals and transactions.

He is the author of over ten books and over 500 refereed scholarly journal and conference publications. His books have been translated into several languages and have been used as textbooks and references worldwide. He has received numerous awards including the SCS most prestigious McLeod Founder’s Award for his outstanding technical contribution to modeling and computer simulation, the IEEE AICCSA 2009 Best Paper Award, the IEEE GLOBECOM 2009 Best Paper Award, the prestigious IEEE Communication Society’s Outstanding Leadership Award for his distinguished contribution and leadership to the 2010 IEEE GLOBECOM-Communication Software, Services, and Multimedia Applications (CSSMA 2010) Symposium, the IEEE DCNET 2011 Best Paper Award, the Nokia Research Fellowship Award, and the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award. He has chaired numerous international conferences and given numerous keynote speeches worldwide. He has served as an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished lecturer/visitor, and currently he is a distinguished lecturer for the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the SCS. Dr. Obaidat is a Fellow of the SCS and a fellow of the IEEE.