Prof. Al Bovik has received a $450,000 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) entitled “Tasking on Natural Image Statistics: 2D and 3D Object and Category Detection in the Wild.”
Associated Research Groups
This area involves research and design in the fields of networking, communications, signals, and systems. Analysis and synthesis of systems, and the processing of information for the purposes of identification, communication, control, and security. Linear and non-linear systems and modeling techniques. Analysis, simulation, and experimental research for a wide range of communications systems and applications, including: information theory, digital communications, wireless communications, digital signal processing, antennas and propagation, ad-hoc and sensor networks, queueing theory, stochastic processes, probability, networking control theory and active networks, optimization, nonlinear systems, estimation, and signal, image, and video processing.
Prof. Al Bovik has received a grant to develop methodologies for testing the perceptual quality of images delivered by microwave, submillimeter wave, millimeter-wave, x-ray, infra-red, and optical imaging devices commonly deployed in security applications.
Ken Pesyna was selected as a 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar. The award recognizes Pesyna’s academic achievements and leadership in the field of communications and information science.
Prof. Jeff Andrews has been named the 2015 recipient of the Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education and the Hewlett-Packard Company.
Prof. Jeff Andrews of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin wrote a piece for the IEEE Communications Society on whether or not densification will be the death of 5G.
Prof. Robert Heath is collaborating with Prof. Todd Humphreys and graduate students on the development of a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and orientation far more precise than what is currently available on a mobile device.
Texas ECE and Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) alumni, Prof. Harpreet S. Dhillon and Dr. Radha Krishna Ganti, along with Profs. Jeffrey Andrews and François Baccelli, recently received the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award. They received the award for their paper entitled “Modeling and Analysis of K-Tier Downlink Heterogeneous Cellular Networks.”
UT ECE PhD student Ms. Debarati Kundu has been selected as one of the winners of the 2014 Roberto Padovani Scholarship for being one of the best performing interns at Qualcomm. Named after Dr. Roberto Padovani, one of the leading innovators of the company, the scholarship, first created in 2008, is awarded each year to about seven Qualcomm Corporate Research and Development interns out of hundreds of interns. The winners receive a cash award of $5,000.
UT ECE professor Andrea Alù and a team of researchers have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used in cellphones and other wireless devices, as reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics.
UT ECE professor Joydeep Ghosh has received two research awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totalling more than $1 Million focusing on topics in complex data modeling in the healthcare field.
UT ECE Professor Andreas Gerstlauer has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research on "Network-Level Design of Cyber-Physical Systems."
Profs. Jeffrey Andrews, Alan Bovik, Robert Heath, and Sriram Vishwanath have been included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researchers for 2014. The researchers listed earned this distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers — ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication.
Ralph Tanbourgi has been named the recipeint of the best student paper award at the 2014 European Wireless Conference for a paper that he co-authored with Prof. Jeffrey Andrews and UT ECE alumnus Harprett Dhillon.
Prof. Ranjit Gharpurey, along with a colleague, Prof. J. C. Rudell from the University of Washington, has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.
Prof. Gustavo de Veciana and his PhD student Virag Shah have received a 2014 INFOCOM Best Paper Award for their paper "Performance Evaluation and Asymptotics for Content Delivery Networks."
Prof. Jeff Andrews and Prof. François Baccelli have been named as recipients of IEEE Communications Society Awards for their work on cellular networks.
Prof. Robert Heath of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Wireless and Networking Communications Group and his co-author UT ECE alumnus Kien T. Truong have been named as the recipients of the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks (JCN) Best Paper Award.
Dr. François Baccelli, the Simons Chair in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected to receive the 2014 ACM SIGMETRICS Achievement award.
Prof. Evdokia Nikolova has been selected to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is the most prestigious offered by NSF’s CAREER Program, providing up to five years of funding to junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.
Profs. Robert Heath and Jeff Andrews and their co-authors Jun Zhang, and Marios Kountouris have received the 2014 EURASIP Best Paper Award for the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing.
UT ECE professor Dr. Al Bovik has been named the recipient of the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2013 Society Award for "fundamental contributions to digital image processing theory, technology, leadership and education."
UT ECE professors Dr. Robert Heath and Dr. Alan Bovik have each received a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for 2013.
UT ECE professor Alexis Kwasinski in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant as part of the CyberSEES program for work on investigating techniques to power cellular network base stations from renewable sources such as wind turbines and photovoltaic modules.
The Wireless Networking and Communications Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is part of a team that has been awarded a $1.4 million grant for the development of a Tier 1 University Transportation Center (UTC) by the USDOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
A group of UT Austin and Stanford faculty members led by Prof. Gustavo de Veciana in collaboration with Profs. Sanjay Shakkottai, Lili Qiu, and Ramesh Johari have recently been awarded an NSF grant totaling $978,000. This project supports research in 5G wireless networks.
Prof. Joydeep Ghosh of UT ECE was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Workshop on Divergences and Divergence Learning (WDDl), held in Atlanta, June 2013. In his talk, entitled "Learning Bregman Divergences for Prediction with Generalized Linear Models," which reflects joint work with ECE and WNCG student Sreangsu Acharrya, an efficient approach to learning a broad class of predictive models was introduced. What is most remarkable about this approach is that model parameters can be estimated even when the loss function is unknown.
Prof. Sujay Sanghavi and Prof. Sanjay Shakkottai of UT ECE have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for their work on "NeTS: Small: Inverse Problems from Cascades: Structure, Causation and Opinions." Professors Sanghavi and Shakkottai aim to develop a new theoretical and algorithmic understanding of these classic processes.
Prof. Alex Dimakis of UT ECE gave the keynote Address at the First International Workshop on Big Dynamic Distributed Data (BD3), in conjunction with the 39th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB), in Trento, Italy on August 30, 2013. Prof. Dimakis's address was titled "Coding Theory for Large-Scale Storage."
Prof. Jeff Andrews has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC) for the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015. The IEEE TWC is one of the premier venues for publishing theoretical and practical innovations in wireless communications. The journal is a collaboration between the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Prof. Andrews is the latest addition to a group of distinguished ECE faculty members who have served as EICs of major IEEE journals.
Prof. Brian Evans gave a keynote talk at the International Conference on Communications and Information Technology on June 20, 2013, in Beirut, Lebanon, entitled "Smart Grid Communications".
Smart Grid systems intelligently monitor and control energy flows in order to improve efficiency and reliability of power delivery. A local utility would receive customer load profiles from smart meters, and adjust power generation and energy distribution accordingly. Smart meters could transmit usage data over powerline or wireless links once per minute.
Prof. Jeff Andrews and his students Sarabjot Singh and Harpreet Dhillon for receiving a Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Budapest, Hungary.
A new paper by Prof. Alex Dimakis and others is currently featured on Facebook Publications, which collects scientific papers written by Facebook employees and researchers. The paper on XORing Elephants: Novel Erasure Codes for Big Data developed a new coding scheme for Facebook storage servers. The paper was co-written by Maheshwaran Sathiamoorthy, Megasthenis Asteris, Dimitris Papailiopoulos, Ramkumar Vadali, Scott Chen and Dhruba Borthakur.
UT ECE professor Jeff Andrews has been elevated to IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2013. Jeff was elevated to Fellow for his contributions to cellular and ad-hoc wireless communications.
IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation
UT ECE graduate student Chris Slaughter and his five-person engineering team are developing software for a 3-D modeling camera that can capture and help accurately render all the 3-D surfaces in a room. Chris has participated in the Austin Technology Incubator Student Entrepreneur Acceleration and Launch (SEAL) program to help turn his ideas into a company, Lynx Laboratories.
Chris has worked with UT ECE professor Sriram Vishwanath, who teaches and encourages business-minded young engineers.
Cardan Samples has two favorite prime-time T.V. shows: "The Office" and the science fiction series "Fringe."
But between classes and homework at McCombs School of Business, the Management Information Systems junior doesn't have time to watch them when they air.
Instead, once or twice a week he uses the 15-20 minute bus ride from The University of Texas at Austin campus to his apartment on Riverside Drive to catch up on episodes by streaming them on his 4x2-inch cell phone.
Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe, an icon of entrepreneurial engineering and inventor of today's local-area networking standard, Ethernet, has been selected to lead innovation initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.
Metcalfe will be professor of innovation, fellow of the Clint W. Murchison, Sr. Chair of Free Enterprise and professor of electrical and computer engineering. He begins his appointment in January 2011.
UT ECE faculty are tackling a big-picture wireless initiative, Network of Systems Vision, combining communication and computation in never-before-imagined ways.
By Prof. Ted Rappaport with students Felix Gutierrez and James Murdock
A study of subjective scores and objective algorithms
By Anush Krishna Moorthy and Alan Conrad Bovik
Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE)
The University of Texas at Austin
By Prof. Jeff Andrews
Femtocells will be assuming a massive role in expanding the capabilities of today’s cellular networks, and enabling them to satisfy people’s increasing demands for anytime, anywhere data. A femtocell is basically a small base station that people put in their home and attach to their wired internet connection just like a wireless LAN. However, it works just like a base station and seamlessly allows roaming, voice calls, and the increasing number of things people like to do with their cell phones.
Prof. Sriram Vishwanath is working on a novel solution to the wireless bandwidth needs of the future. Wireless multimedia applications require significant bandwidth, some of which will be provided by third-generation (3G) services. Even with substantial investment in 3G infrastructure, the radio spectrum allocated to 3G will be limited.
U.S. Representative Lamar Smith announced early this year he had obtained a $1.2 million appropriation for ECE researchers to create advanced wireless communications devised for military use. The research will be a collaborative effort by Computer Engineering Research Center (CERC) professors Jacob Abraham and Ranjit Gharpurey and Wirelss Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) professors Ted Rappaport and Sriram Vishwanath.
Professor Alan Bovik, ECE alumni Dr. Umesh Rajashekar, UT psychology professor Larry Cormack, and Dr. Ian van der Linde are attempting to answer 2 fundamental questions on the way to creating intelligent artificial sight: What do people look at? and What do people look for?
ECE professor Constantine Caramanis and colleagues at MIT are working on a air traffic system which would track rapidly changing conditions over airports. There is currently no unified decision-making framework for air traffic flow optimization, said Dr. Caramanis.
The complicated nature of the process, and the need to make quick adjustments when changes occur, will best be addressed with a mathematical model that combines theories and calculations from probability, statistics, optimization modeling, economics and game theory.