Prof. Alex Dimakis of Texas ECE has been named the 2018 recipient of the Information Theory Society James L. Massey award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research and teaching by young scholars in the Information Theory community based on the impact of their research in the field of Information Theory as well as their teaching contributions. The award is named in honor of James L. Massey, who was "an internationally acclaimed pioneer in digital communications and a revered teacher and mentor to an entire generation of communications engineers."
Prof. Dimakis is being recognized for "contributions to coding for distributed storage, content caching, and decentralized erasure codes" and "excellence in teaching."
Prof. Dimakis's research interests include information theory, coding theory, signal processing, and networking, with a current focus on distributed storage, network coding, distributed inference and message passing algorithms.