Reza Malekian is a Full Professor and the Deputy Head of Department (Vice Prefekt) in the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, with the responsibility for research and research education. He is nominated for the Tage Erlander prize, an award by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien) for outstanding scientific research in natural sciences and technology.

Before joining MaU, Dr. Malekian was an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he previously led the Advanced Sensor Networks research group and received the Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Exceptional Young Researcher's award, as well as with the University of Victoria (UVic) in Canada.

Having several years’ experience in teaching and research in both the university and the industry sectors, he has maintained an active research programme and provided supervision and mentorship to several doctoral graduates and postdoctoral fellows under the industry and government funding.

His research focuses on intelligent sensor systems and networks, connectivity and autonomous system. He is registered as a chartered engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council of UK, a senior member of the IEEE, a senior member of the ACM, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Apart from serving on several IEEE chapters’ committees roles, such as chairing the IEEE communications and signal processing joint chapter of South Africa section, he has been serving as an Area Editor for IEEE Internet of Things Journal and Associate Editor for IEEE Transaction on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Sensors Journal, and IEEE Academy on Internet of Things (IoT).

Moreover, Reza has been involved in the IEEE Technical Activities, including collaborations on the IEEE Academy on IoT, and conference organization on many levels, most notably as the General Co-Chair of IEEE 5G Summit (South Africa), TPC chair of IEEE International Conference on Industrial Internet (USA), IEEE Wireless Africa (South Africa), and International Conference on Neural Computing for Advanced Applications (China).

Reza has been appointed as an assessment committee member for PhD thesis at various universities, including Mittuniversitetet, Mälardalen University, Aarhus University, Western Sydney University and has chaired several doctoral thesis defenses and defense committee at the University of Pretoria.

He was a reviewer for the following funding agencies: - Transportation finance, public transit, and innovative mobility, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (, - Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) (, - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW) (, - Desmond Tutu Doctoral Progarmme (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, - the National Research Foundation of South Africa) (, - VLIR-UOS supports partnerships between universities and university colleges in Flanders (Belgium) (, and - South African Medical Research Council (

Reza was also a guest editor for "IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering", "IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics", "IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems", "IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine", "IEEE Sensors Journal", "IEEE Transactions on Multimedia", and "Elsevier Computer Networks".