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Waleed Meleis

Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Office of the Dean
Associate Chair & Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
404 Dana Research Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Waleed Meleis received his BSE degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1990, and the MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992 and 1996. In 1996 he joined the Computer Engineering Group of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University.

Professor Meleis's research is on developing and evaluating algorithms and bounds for combinatorially difficult optimization problems. He has made contributions to the following areas:

  • Optimal scheduling and register allocation, with spill code, for multiple-issue processors
  • Microprocessor-aware scheduling algorithms for modern compilers
  • Algorithms for weighted-completion time scheduling
  • Design and analysis of tight lower bounds on schedule length
  • Backtracking acyclic schedulers
  • Parallel and scalable processing systems and programming toolsets.
  • Computational infrastructure for seamless, inter-site Grid computing
  • Applications of combinatorial optimization to switching, testing, and reconfigurable computing
  • Multiagent machine learning for distributed combinatorial optimization


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1996

Research & Scholarship Interests

Combinatorial optimization, algorithm design and analysis, scheduling, machine learning, parallel computing.
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Honors & Awards

  • COE Fostering Engineering Innovation in Education Award
  • Black Engineering Student Society Professor Appreciation Award
  • National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium
  • College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Martin W. Essigmann Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Eta Kappa Nu Professor of the Year Award

Selected Publications

  • W. Li, F. Zhou, K. Chowdhury, W. Meleis, QTCP: Adaptive Congestion Control with Reinforcement Learning, IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, 2018, 1
  • W. Li, W. Meleis, Adaptive Adjacency Kanerva Coding for Memory-Constrained Reinforcement Learning, In International Conference on Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition (MLDM), Springer, New York, 2018
  • W. Li, F. Zhou, W. Meleis, K. Chowdhury, Dynamic Generalization Kanerva Coding in Reinforcement Learning for TCP Congestion Control Design, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2017
  • J. Radford, A. Pilny, A. Reichelmann, B. Keegan, B. Welles, J. Hoye, K. Ognyanova, W. Meleis, D. Lazer, Volunteer Science: An Online Laboratory for Experiments in Social Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly, 79(4), 2016
  • L. Hayward, S. Ventura, M. Mahanna, W. Meleis, Inter-Professional Collaboration between Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology and Engineering Faculty and Students to Address Global Pediatric Rehabilitation Needs: A Case Report, Journal of Physical Therapy Education, 30(4), 2016
  • C. Wu, W. Li, W. Meleis, Rough Sets-Based Prototype Optimization in Kanerva-Based Function Approximation, IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, 2015
  • J. Radford, B. Keegan, J. Hoye, C. Karbeyaz, K. Ognyanova, B. Foucault Welles, W. Meleis, D. Lazer, Conducting Massively Open Online Social Experiments with Volunteer Science, International AAAII Conference on Web and Social Media, 2015

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