Rawad Bitar

Portrait of Rawad BITAR 

PhD candidate
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
CoRE building 733
Piscataway Township, NJ, 08854

Email: rawad.bitar@rutgers.edu

Short Bio

  • PhD candidate at the ECE department of Rutgers University.

  • Visited Technische Universität Berlin as a guest scientist.

  • Visited Aalto University in Finland as a researcher during summer 2016.

  • Former PhD candidate at the ECE department of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

  • Working at the CSI lab with Prof. Salim El Rouayheb.

  • Received my masters degree in Information and Communication from the Lebanese University after doing the thesis at IIT in 2014.

  • Did my engineering senior project at the Center of Nuclear Science and Science of Matter (CSNSM) in Paris, France and graduated as a Computer and Communication Engineer from the Lebanese University in 2013.

  • Did an internship at procsim-consulting company in EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, during summer 2012.

Research Interests

Primary Interests

  • Secure Distributed Computing

  • Distributed Storage Systems

  • Information Theoretic Security

  • Machine Learning

Secondary Interests

  • Cryptography

  • Network Coding

Publications

Journal

  1. R. Bitar and S. El Rouayheb, Staircase Codes for Secret Sharing with Optimal Communication and Read Overheads, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, Vol. 64, No. 2, February 2018. (arXiv:1512.02990)

Preprints / under review

  1. R. Bitar and S. El Rouayheb, Staircase-PIR: Universally Robust Private Information Retrieval, accepted in IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Guangzhou, 2018.

  2. R. Bitar, P. Parag and S. El Rouayheb, Minimizing Latency for Secure Coded Computing Using Secret Sharing via Staircase Codes, submitted to IEEE Transactions on Information Theory.

Conferences

  1. R. Bitar, P. Parag and S. El Rouayheb, Minimizing Latency for Secure Distributed Computing, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Aachen, 2017.

  2. R. Bitar and S. El Rouayheb, Staircase Codes for Secret Sharing with Optimal Communication and Read Overheads, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Barcelona, 2016.

  3. R. Bitar and S. El Rouayheb, Securing data against Limited-Knowledge Adversaries in Distributed Storage Systems, IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Hong Kong, 2015.

Awards

  1. Best Poster Award on Optimization and Machine Learning in Princeton Day of Optimization, Princeton, New Jersey, 2018.

  2. Full Grant covering the attendance of DIMACS Workshop on Coding Theoretic Methods for Network Security at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
    (April 2015)

  3. Full Grant covering the attendance of the two-week Coding Theory school SP Coding School, Sau Paulo, Brazil.
    (January 2015)

Reviewer

  • IEEE Transactions on Information Theory

  • IEEE Transactions on Forensics and Information Security

  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking

  • IEEE Transactions on Communications

  • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems

  • IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT)

  • IEEE Global Communication Conference: Communication Theory (Globecom)

  • IEEE Global Communication Conference: Workshops: Network Coding and Applications (NetCod)

  • IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)