Prof. Jeff Andrews and Prof. Robert Heath of Texas ECE have been named co-recipients of the 2019 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award for their contributions to wireless communication systems. The IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award is an IEEE Technical Field Award, meaning it spans all subfields of electrical engineering. It was established in 2001 to recognize "outstanding contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications." The award is sponsored by Dr. Kiyo Tomiyasu, the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Nominees must be under the age of 45. While Andrews and Heath are being recognized for their individual contributions, they have also benefited from a long history of collaboration. They have co-authored approximately 60 publications, and two of these have won international best paper awards. They have co-supervised four granted PhD dissertations and are currently co-supervising two more.
Dr. Jeffrey Andrews holds the Cullen Trust of Higher Education Endowed Professorship in Engineering #1 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Andrews is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher, received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2007 and has been co-author of fourteen best paper award recipients including the 2016 IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2011 and 2016 IEEE Heinrich Hertz Prize, the 2014 IEEE Stephen O. Rice Prize, and the 2014 and 2018 IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize. He received the 2015 Terman Award, is an IEEE Fellow, and is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and the IEEE Communications Society.
Dr. Robert W. Heath Jr. is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Professorship in Engineering #6 and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Heath’s research is in the area of wireless communication and signal processing, with specific focus on millimeter-wave communication, 5G cellular and all aspects of MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) communication systems. He is a member of the Cockrell School’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group; Director of the UT Situation-Aware Vehicular Engineering Systems initiative; and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc., a consulting company focusing on multiple antenna wireless communication systems. Heath is the author of two books, co-author of one book and the recipient of numerous best paper awards including recently the 2016 IEEE Communications Society & Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award and the 2017 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Communications. He is recognized as a highly cited researcher in computer science. He was named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2017, is a Fellow of the IEEE, and is an elected member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors.
Both Dr. Andrews and Dr. Heath are members of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group at The University of Texas at Austin.