WSIL Students and Postdocs

One of the blessings of being in academia is the opportunity to work with outstanding students. A list of my current and past students is available below. Please click the links to the left if you would like more information about joining me. Current Graduate Students in the Wireless Systems Innovation Laboratory

 

Anum Ali Graduate Student Anum Ali is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his BS in Electrical Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan in 2011, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 2014. In academic years 2011-2012 and 2014-2015, he held research positions at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, respectively. In winter quarter 2014-2015, he was a research intern in California Institute of Technology, CA. His research interests lie broadly in signal processing and communications.
Raquel Buckley Raquel Buckley is a Graduate Student is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin. She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, her MS in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and JD from the University of New Mexico. Her research interest include signal processing, communications, and energy harvesting. Prior to attending UT, Raquel worked as an engineer at Intel, Motorola, and IBM. Currently, Raquel is also working as a Patent Attorney at PayPal, Austin.
Travis Cuvelier Travis Cuvelier joined WSIL and UT Austin as a Ph.D. student in 2016. He earned his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees (both in Electrical and Computer Engineering) from Cornell University in 2015 and 2016 respectively. His research interests lie at the intersection of signal processing and information theory. He was previously employed at LGS Innovations, The MITRE Corporation, as a lifeguard (at Rochester, NY’s second cleanest beach), and as a ski instructor.
rebalRebal Jurdi received his Bachelor of Engineering (BE) with High Distinction from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2013. Before joining the graduate program at UT, he worked for a semiconductor startup as a systems engineer. He is currently working on a project for Crown Castle under the co-supervision of professors Jeffrey Andrews and Robert Heath. His research interests range from physical layer communication and signal processing to statistical modeling of wireless networks.
Talha Ahmed Khan Graduate Student Talha Ahmed Khan joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. He is currently pursuing his masters under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. Talha received B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Honours from University of Engineering and Technology(UET) Lahore in 2010. His research interests span cooperative wireless networks, wireless communications, coding and information theory. He aspires to pursue a research-oriented academic career as his ultimate goal is to make significant contributions to the research world.
Preeti Kumari Preeti Kumari Graduate Student Preeti Kumari is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin, with a specialization in Communications, Networks and Systems. She is currently working with Prof. Robert Heath on the joint system of vehicular communication and radar with a signal processing perspective. Her research interests include MIMO signal processing and sensor system design. Prior to this, she held the position of a ‘Scientist’ at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for 4 years. At ISRO, she was the Project Leader for 2 R&D projects and has also contributed to the system design and signal processing aspects of various microwave remote sensors. Furthermore, she has worked on various projects of JPL-NASA , TIFR , DONLab of IIT Madras and DAP Lab of IIT Bombay. During her undergraduate studies, she has developed a speaker recognition system at IIT Kharagpur.
gilwonGilwon Lee is a currently postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Robert Heath in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. He received the Ph.D. degree in the School of Electrical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Youngchul Sung. His research interests are on signal processing for millimeter wave (mmWave) massive MIMO and vehicular-to-everything (V2X) communication systems and on applying machine learning to future wireless networks.
Khurram Usman Mazher is a graduate student under the supervision of Professor Robert Heath in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin since Fall 2016. He finished his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2015. His research interests span the broad areas of Signal Processing and Wireless Communication systems design and analysis. Currently he is working on a joint radar-communication system.
Amine Mezghani joined WSIL at the UT Austin as a postdoctoral fellow in Summer 2017. Prior to this, he held a position as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of California, Irvine, USA. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technische Universität München, Germany and the Engineer’s degree from the École Centrale Paris, France. His current research interests are on millimeter-wave massive MIMO, hardware constrained communication theory, and signal processing under low-resolution analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters. During his academic studies and career, he contributed to various projects of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Huawei Innovation Research Program (HIRP).
 

Nitin Jonathan Myers joined WSIL as a PhD Student in 2017. He graduated with a Dual Degree(B.Tech, M.Tech) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) in 2016. He was a DAAD WISE scholar and interned at OVGU, Magdeburg in the area of speech coding during Summer 2014. Before joining UT, he worked as a Sr. Software Engineer at Samsung R&D Institute-Bangalore on index coding based solutions for video transmission. His research interests lie in the areas of signal processing and wireless communication.

parhi_yosemite Megha Parhi is a graduate student under the supervision of Professor Robert Heath in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2015. Prior to joining UT, she worked at a medical device company. Her research interests lie in the broad areas of signal processing, machine learning, information theory, and wireless communications.
Sungwoo Park Graduate Student Sungwoo Park is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea in 2005 and B.S. degree from the same university in 2003. From 2005 to 2014, he worked at Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, where he designed multi-user MIMO(Multiple Input Multiple Output), ICIC(Inter-Cell Interference Coordination), and CRAN(Centralized Radio Access Network) in WiMAX and LTE systems. His current research interests are mainly on analyzing and developing future wireless communication, especially cellular mmWave systems.
Kartik Patel joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as a Ph.D. student in 2017. He received his B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He interned at the Indian Institute of Science during Summer 2016. He developed a web based output mechanism for GNU Radio as a part of Google Summer of Code 2017. His research interests lie in the areas of wireless communication and signal processing.
Mónica Ribero  joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as a Ph.D. student in 2017. She received her BS in Mathematics in 2015 from Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. She participated in Research in Industrial Problems for Students at UCLA, sponsored by Google LA, where she worked on collaborative filtering methods to improve recommender systems. She is now interested in information science problems arising in the intersection of optimization and statistics, particularly, applying machine learning techniques to Wireless Networks problems.
Andrew Thornburg I received my M.S. in from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and my B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 both in Electrical Engineering. I joined the University of Texas for the pursuit of a Master’s & PhD after working at Edwards AFB, California as an electronic warfare engineer. I am currently pursuing my PhD. My research interests include millimeter wave communication (mmWave) and other potential 5G technologies. I am currently a full time engineer at PHAZR wireless involved in 5G system development while I finish my PhD. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, hiking, and simple relaxation.
Vutha Va Graduate Student Vutha Va joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. He received his BS and MS both in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2011 and 2013 respectively. His research interests include MIMO, cooperative networks, and statistical signal processing.
Yuyang Wang Graduate Student Yuyang Wang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She is currently pursuing her M.S. degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. Yuyang received B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 2015. Her current interest is modeling, analyzing and designing future vehicular communications, with a particular emphasis on involving wireless infrastructures in improving vehicular safety and saving lives. In her spare time, she likes running, hiking and road trip with friends.

2014211073-1Hongxiang Xie joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 as a Ph.D. student. In 2014, he received the B.S. degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. In 2017, he received the M.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath. His research interests include wireless communications, array signal processing, statistical signal processing, Massive MIMO and mmWave communications.
Yi ZhangYi Zhang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 as a Ph.D. student. In 2014, he received the B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China. In 2017, he received the M.S. degree and the Diplôme d’Ingénieur from XJTU and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Heath and Prof. Sanjay Shakkotai. His research interests include wireless communication, statistical signal processing, convex optimization and virtual reality.
ratbekRatbek Zhapparov is a graduate student under the supervision of Professor Robert W. Heath Jr. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin since Fall 2017.  He received Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with Honors from the Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in 2017. In 2015 as a summer research intern, he worked on gesture recognition with radar at WSIL under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. In 2016 as a summer research intern, he worked on indoor positioning at KAUST under the supervision of Prof. Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri. His current research interests lie in the areas of wireless communication and signal processing.
Dalin Zhu Graduate Student Dalin Zhu joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. He received his B.Eng. in Information Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) and M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Kansas State University in 2007 and 2009, respectively. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as a research staff member and project manager in the Dept. of Wireless Communications at NEC Laboratories China (NLC) focusing on 3GPP LTE/LTE-A standardization, TD-LTE system-level simulator development and C-RAN prototyping. From 2014 to 2015, he worked at Samsung R&D Institute China – Beijing (SRC-B) as a staff engineer working towards 5G related topics including new waveform design, massive MIMO, non-orthogonal multiple access schemes and etc. His current research interests include channel estimation for mmWave systems and low-resolution ADCs design.

Former Graduate Students in the Wireless Systems Innovation Laboratory

Former Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Kyung Seung Ahn, Ph.D.
  • Jihoon Choi, Ph.D. – Faculty at the Korea Aerospace University
  • Junil Choi, Ph.D. – Faculty at POSTECH
  • Mohammed E. Eltayeb, Ph.D.
  • Keul-Chung Hwang, Ph.D.
  • Duy H. N. Nguyen, Ph.D. – Faculty at San Diego State University
  • Myonghee Park, Ph.D.
  • Seijoon Shim, Ph.D.
  • Xinchen Zhang, Ph.D.
  • Randa Zakhour, Ph.D.

Former Visiting Graduate Students

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Navanit Arakeri (Fall 2002, Spring 2003)
    • Attended graduate school at Stanford
  • Ashwin Giridharagopoal
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Shrut Kirti (Spring 2005)
    • Undergraduate RA, GLUE, attended grad school at Cornell
  • Brian Mechler
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Charles Shoubing (Fall 2005)
    • Independent research
  • Jason Soric (Fall 2005 – Spring 2006)
    • Independent research
  • Frank Sun
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Alex Tsanakov (Fall 2002)
    • VIGRE project, attended MIT to pursue M.S. / Ph.D.
  • Gordon Wan
    • Worked on Dell antenna design project
  • Daniel Zitrick
    • Worked on 60GHz project
  • Greg Van Westen
    • Worked on 60GHz project
  • Steve Cho
  • Tae-Ho Lee
  • Michael McCoy
  • Jackson Massey
  • Andre Esteva
  • Blake Levy
  • Kelly Cook
  • Phillip Andrade
  • Joshua Gantt
  • Sahil Jain
  • Justin Ly

 

 

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