Ali Balador, Assistant Professor

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Mälardalen University and Senior Researcher at RISE SICS Västerås. I received my Ph.D. degree in Informatics from the Technical University of Valencia in 2016. My research interests include wireless networks, network simulation, vehicular ad-hoc networks, and MAC layer protocols. I have published my research works in international journals and conferences, such as International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC), Journal of IETE Technical Review, IEEE PIMRC 2016, IEEE VTC2015-Fall, IEEE CCNC 2015. I was a visiting researcher at University of Bologna in Italy, Halmstad University in Sweden, and the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan.


  • Guest lecture on "Wireless Communication for Connected Vehicles" in the "Autonomous Vehicles" course at MDH, December 19, 2017
  • Guest editor in Special Issue on "Towards 5G and beyond for the Internet of UAVs, Vehicles, Smartphones, Sensors and Smart Objects" in Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA).


Services to the Research Community

  • General Co-chair of the TC-CPS 2018 Workshop.
  • Part of the Technical Program Committee in VENITS 2016-2017 workshop, VTC conference.
  • Reviewer of IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communication (JSAC), IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, IEEE Communication Letter, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Ad Hoc Networks, IEEE GLOBECOM, ICC, PIMRC, LCN, and VTC, among others.
  • Young Professionals Representative for IEEE Vehicular Technology Society

Current projects:

  • SafePos 2 (Safety positioning for first responders and remote controlled fire and rescue

    vehicles in mines),  Role: Internal Project Manager,  Abstract: SafePos 2 is a national funded project that aims to increase the possibility for positioning and connectivity for use in manual or remote controlled fire and rescue operations in complex underground structures. Duration: September 2016–September 2018.

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Previous projects:
  • FRONT (Future Railway Communication Network), Role: Project Manager, Abstract: FRONT project is intended to evaluate and plan for a future communication platform that supports network abstractions to the applications. Duration: January 2016–December 2016.
  • Walkie-Talkie, National Research Foundation, Role: Network Expert. Duration: January 2012–December 2014.
  • ACDC (Autonomous Cooperative Driving: Communication issues), National Research Foundation, Volvo, Scania, Role: External Network Expert, Abstract: the goal of the project was to support autonomous cooperative driving with dependable wireless real-time communications. Duration: January 2014–December 2016.
  • Smart@CarPhone (Toward Seamless Smartphone and Vehicle Integration to Connect Drivers with Sensors and the Environment in a Holistic Service-Oriented Architecture), Role: Communication Technologies Expert,  Abstract: The overall objective the project is to achieve a seamless integration between vehicles and smartphones devices, allowing to sense data from inside the vehicle and the outside environment, and build upon that data to provide the end user with a full set of ITS mobility solutions. Duration: May 2015–May 2018.

His research interests include wireless networks, network simulation, vehicular ad-hoc networks, and MAC layer protocols. 

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Latest publications:

Communication Middleware Technologies for Industrial Distributed Control Systems: A Literature Review (Sep 2017)
Ali Balador, Niclas Ericsson , Zeynab Bakhshi
International Conference on Emerging Technologies And Factory Automation (ETFA'17)

A Reliable Token-Based MAC Protocol for V2V Communication in Urban VANET (Sep 2016)
Ali Balador, Annette Böhm , Carlos T. Calafate , Juan-Carlos Cano
IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC 17)

A Token-Based MAC Protocol for Achieving High Reliability in VANET (Jul 2016)
Ali Balador
BMW Summer School 2016 (BMWSS 2016)

A Reliable and Efficient Token-Based MAC Protocol for Platooning Applications (Jun 2016)
Ali Balador, Annette Böhm , Elisabeth Uhlemann, Carlos T. Calafate , Juan-Carlos Cano
12th Swedish National Computer Networking Workshop (SNCNW 2016)

DTB-MAC: Dynamic Token-Based MAC Protocol for Reliable and Efficient Beacon Broadcasting in VANETs (Jan 2016)
Ali Balador, Carlos T. Calafate , Juan-Carlos Cano , Pietro Manzoni
The 13th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC 2016)

A Density-Based Contention Window Control Scheme for Unicast Communications in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (Nov 2015)
Ali Balador, Carlos T. Calafate , Juan-Carlos Cano , Pietro Manzoni
International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing (IJAHUC)