Ian F. Akyildiz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 1978, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Currently, he is the Ken Byers Chair Professor in Telecommunication and the Chair of the Telecommunications Group with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory.

Since January 2018, Dr. Akyildiz is a Consulting Megagrant Leader with the Russian Academy of Sciences - Institute for Information Transmission Problems. As one of the Russian "Megagrant" winners (out of 360 applications in all fields only 35 won the competition), he launched a research lab and lead a large research group working on 5G/6G Wireless Communication Systems. In addition, since January 2017, he is also a Consulting Professor with the University of Cyprus, where he is part of the EU-FET (Future Emerging Technology) supported VISORSURF project. Since February 2019, he is a Consulting Professor with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and University of Oslo (Medical school) in Norway where he is working on Internet of BioNanoThings for Health Applications.

Between 2007 and 2016, Dr. Akyildiz was an Honorary Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering - Telecom BCN at Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain, and the founder of the N3Cat (NaNoNetworking Center in Catalunya). From 2011 until 2018, he was a Consulting Chair Professor with the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Between 2012 and 2016, he was a FiDiPro Professor (Finland Distinguished Professor Program (FiDiPro) supported by the Academy of Finland) at Tampere University of Technology, Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Finland, and the founder of the NCC (Nano Communications Center). From 2009 and 2012, he was an Honorary Professor with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the founder of the Advanced Sensor Networks Lab.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks Journal (Elsevier) since 2000, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (Elsevier) in 2003, the founding Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (Elsevier) (2008-2017), and the founding Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET) Journal (Elsevier) (2010-2017).

He is a former editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (1996-2001), Kluwer Journal of Cluster Computing (1997-2001), ACM-Springer Journal for Multimedia Systems (1995-2002), for IEEE Transactions on Computers (1992-1996) as well as for ACM-Springer Journal of Wireless Networks (WINET) (1995-2005). He served as a guest-editor for several special issues of various journals between 1988-2001 including "Networks in Metropolitan Areas" in October 1992 and "Mobility and Resource Management in Next Generation Wireless Systems" in October 2001 for IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications.

He was the technical program chair of the 9th IEEE Computer Communications Workshop in 1994. Together with Imrich Chlamtac, in 1995, he launched the ACM MOBICOM (International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking), which is now the premier conference in the broad field of wireless networking, and he was the Technical Program Chair for MOBICOM'96 and MOBICOM'02. He was also Technical Program Chair for IEEE INFOCOM'98 (Computer Networking Conference) and IEEE ICC'2003 (International Conference on Communications). He is the Co-Founder of the ACM SenSys (Sensor Systems) Conference and General Co-Chair of the ACM SenSys'03, which took place in Los Angeles in November 2003. He was the General Chair for Third Med Hoc (Mediterranean Conference on Ad Hoc Networks), in Bodrum, Turkey, June 2004, and the General Chair of the IFIP Networking'07 Conference in Atlanta, May 2007.

In order to help and boost the research activities in the Black Sea region countries, in 2013 he established the IEEE BlackSeaCom Conference (International Black Sea Conference on Communications and Networking), whose first edition took place in Batumi, Georgia. Similarly, to help to connect the Balkan countries to the Western research world, he launched the BalkanCom conference in Tirana, Albania in 2017. He is also the Founder of the ACM NANOCOM (International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication), which he launched in May 2013 with the goal of accelerating the nanoscale computing, communication and networking research activities.

He gives keynote speeches at many international conferences, delivers distinguished seminars and teaches tutorials/classes worldwide. He currently serves on the advisory boards of several research centers, journals, conferences and companies.

He received numerous awards from IEEE and ACM and other organizations.

Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) with the citation: "For contributions to performance analysis of computer communication networks".

Dr. Akyildiz is an ACM FELLOW (1997) with the citation: "For fundamental research contributions in: finite capacity queueing network models; performance evaluation of Time Warp parallel simulations; traffic control in ATM networks, and mobility management in wireless networks".

He received the "Don Federico Santa Maria Medal" for his services to the Universidad of Federico Santa Maria in Chile in 1986.

He served as a National Lecturer for ACM from 1989 until 1998 and received the ACM Outstanding Distinguished Lecturer Award for 1994.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 1997 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize award (IEEE Communications Society) for his paper entitled "Multimedia Group Synchronization Protocols for Integrated Services Architectures" published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) in January 1996.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2002 IEEE Harry M. Goode Memorial award (IEEE Computer Society) with the citation "for significant and pioneering contributions to advanced architectures and protocols for wireless and satellite networking".

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2003 Best Tutorial Paper Award (IEEE Communications Society) for this paper entitled "A Survey on Sensor Networks" published in the IEEE Communications Magazine, August 2002.

He also received the 2003 ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award for his "pioneering contributions in the area of mobility and resource management for wireless communication networks", September 2003.

Dr. Akyildiz received the 2004 Georgia Tech Faculty Research Author Award for his "outstanding record of publications of papers between 1999-2003", April 2004.

He also received the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from School of ECE, Georgia Tech, April 2005.

Dr. Akyildiz is the author of an advanced textbook on "Wireless Mesh Networks" published by John Wiley and Sons in February 2009.

Dr. Akyildiz is the author of an advanced textbook on "Wireless Sensor Networks" published by John Wiley and Sons in August 2010.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the Georgia Tech Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Advisor Award for his 20+ years service and dedication to Georgia Tech and producing outstanding PhD students. He also receives the 2009 ECE Distinguished Mentor Award by the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Honors Committee.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the Best Paper Award for "Interferer Classification, Channel Selection and Transmission Adaptation for Wireless Sensor Networks" in the Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (AHSN) symposium at IEEE ICC, in June 2009.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the Best Paper Award for "Deployment Algorithms for Wireless Underground Sensor Networks using Magnetic Induction" in the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), in December 2010.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2010 IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award with the citation: "For pioneering contributions to wireless sensor networks and wireless mesh networks", in December 2010.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2011 IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace McDowell Award for pioneering contributions to wireless sensor network architectures and communication protocols, in May 2011.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2011 TUBITAK (Turkish National Science Foundation) Exclusive Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship/research at international level.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the Humboldt Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, November 2013.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the ACM MSWIM Reginald A. Fassenden Award with the citation:"For pioneering contributions for modeling and analysis of cellular and multihop wireless communication systems", September 2014.

Dr. Akyildiz receives the 2017 IEEE ComSoc TCCN Recognition Award by the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) with the citation:"for pioneering contributions to spectrum sensing, spectrum sharing algorithms and communication protocols for cognitive radio networks", December 2017.

Dr. Akyildiz received the Pioneer Award in Underwater Communication with the citation: "for his significant contributions to underwater communication networks", at the 13th ACM International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems (WUWNet'18) in Shenzhen, China on December 4, 2018.

According to Google Scholar, his H-index is 122 and the total number of citations to his papers is 117K as of May 2020.

His current research interests are in Terahertz Communications, Nanonetworks, Internet of NanoThings, Internet of BioNanothings, 5G/6G Wireless Systems, Internet of Space Things/CUBESATs, and Wireless Sensor Networks in Challenged Environments.