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.|
|Ahmed Alkhateeb Graduate Student Ahmed A. N. Alkhateeb is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He finished his B.Sc. in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering (distinction with honor), and his M.Sc. in Electrical Communications Engineering from Cairo University in 2008, and 2012 respectively. His research interests include multi-user information theory, communication theory, and space-time coding.|
|Tianyang Bai Graduate Student Tianyang Bai joined WSIL group in 2011. He received his B.E. in 2011 from Harbin Institute of Technology, and his M.S.E degree in 2013 from The University of Texas at Austin, where he is now pursuing his PhD degree. His research interests include applications of stochastic geometry and 5G cellular networks. In his spare time, he likes reading and watching sports.|
|Abhishek Gupta Graduate Student Abhishek Gupta is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.Tech.-M.Tech dual degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur in 2010. His research interests include wireless communication, stochastic geometry and numerical methods. He is author of the book MATLAB by Examples, (2010) and Numerical Methods in MATLAB (2014). In past, he has worked in Applied Microelectronics Circuit Corporation, Pune and Futurewei Technologies, NJ.|
|Rebal Al 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 HetNets, physical layer communication and digital hardware design, to network information theory.|
|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 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.|
|Namyoon Lee Graduate Student Namyoon Lee is a Ph. D student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. He received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from KAIST, Daejeon in 2008 and B.Sc degree in Radio and Communication Engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 2006. From 2008 to 2011, he was with Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in Korea, where he investigated next generation device-to-device (D2D) wireless communication systems and involved standardization activities of the 3GPP LTE-A (Long Term Evolution Advanced), especially for femto-cell deployment. His research interests include multi-user and multi-way communication theories using interference alignment, neutralization, and network coding.|
|Jianhua Mo Graduate student Jianhua Mo is a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin. He received his BS and MS in Electronic Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010 and 2013 respectively. He also received MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. He is currently working with Prof. Robert Heath on millimeter wave communications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, eating and recently cooking.|
|Ken Pesyna Graduate Student Ken Pesyna is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. He finished his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with highest distinction from Purdue University in 2009 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Ken is currently working under the co-supervision of Dr. Todd Humphreys and Dr. Robert Heath. Ken joined the WSIL group in 2010 and is also a member of the Radionavigation Laboratory. His research interests are in the area of navigation signal processing with a focus on low-power, centimeter-accurate mobile positioning. Outside the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, flying model airplanes, and playing music.|
|Andrew Thornburg Graduate student Andrew Thornburg received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. He joined WSIL in 2012 after working at Edwards AFB, California as an electronic warfare engineer. He is currently pursuing his master’s. His research interests include mobile ad-hoc networks, vehicular networks and wireless security. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys 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.|
|Kiran Venugopal Graduate Student Kiran Venugopal is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the WSIL team in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014. He received his ME in Telecommunication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2013 and his B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut in 2011. From 2013 to 2014 he worked as a Systems Design Staff Engineer at Broadcom Communication Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore where he primarily dealt with the physical layer design and implementation aspects of WiFi modems. His research interests include wireless communication, signal processing, network coding, and estimation theory.|
|Enoch Yeh Graduate Student Enoch Yeh is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of UT Austin under the supervision of Prof. Robert W. Heath Jr. He completed his B.S. in the Electrical Engineering from UT Austin in 2014. His research interests include wireless communications, communications and radar in vehicular networks, and wireless networking. In his spare time, Enoch enjoys playing sports and writing music.|
|Jeonghun Park Graduate Student Jeonghun Park was born in Incheon, South Korea. He received B.S. and M.S. in Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Yonsei university, Seoul, Korea, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. His research interests are mainly on analyzing and developing the future wireless communication network, including cloud radio access network.|
|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.|
|Yuyang Wang Graduate Student Yuyang Wang received her B.S. in 2015 from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. During her undergraduate study, she focused on the performance analysis of D2D communication with antenna selection. Her current research interest is in mmWave communication.
Dalin Zhu Graduate student Dalin Zhu is currently a Ph.D student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. 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 Sep. 2012 to Apr. 2013, he was a visiting scholar to Wireless Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. 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, mmWave communications, etc. His current research interests mainly focus on beamforming/precoding technologies in mmWave systems.
Current Postdoctoral Researchers
|Junil Choi received the B.S. (with honors) and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2015. He is now a post-doctorate fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2007 to 2011, he was a member of the technical staff at Samsung Electronics, Korea, where he contributed advanced codebook and feedback framework designs to 3GPP LTE-Advanced and IEEE 802.16m standards. His research interests are in the design and analysis of massive MIMO and distributed communication systems. He was a co-recipient of the 2013 IEEE Globecom Best Paper Award and the 2008 Global Samsung Technical Conference Best Paper Award. He was a recipient of the Michael and Katherine Birck Fellowship from Purdue University in 2011; the Korean Government Scholarship Program for Study Overseas in 2011-2013; the Purdue University ECE Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2013; and the Purdue College of Engineering Outstanding Student Research Award in 2014. He was recognized as an Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS in 2013.|
|Duy H. N. Nguyen is currently an NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin. He received the B.Eng. degree in Telecommunications and Internet Technologies with First Class Honors from Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Vic, Australia in 2005, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, in 2013. From Sep 2013 to Aug 2015, he held a joint appointment as a FRQNT Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INRS-EMT, Université du Québec and a Research Associate at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, McGill University. From Sep 2015 to Nov 2015, he was a Research Assistant at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston. He was a recipient of the Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) for his undergraduate study in Australia, a recipient of the McGill Engineering Doctoral Award, and a recipient of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) Doctoral Fellowship and Postdoctoral Fellowship. Since 12/2015, he has been a recipient of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship.|
Former Graduate Students in the Wireless Systems Innovation Laboratory
- Amin Abdel-Khalek, Ph.D.
- Manish Airy, Ph.D.
- Salam Akoum, Ph.D.
- Researcher at Hitachi America, Ltd.
- Ramya Bhagavatula,Ph.D.
- Senior Research Engineer at Assia Inc.
- Chan-Byoung Chae, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor at Yonsei University
- Chao Chen, Ph.D.
- Sumohana Channappayya, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor at ITT Hyderbad
- Runhua Chen, Ph.D.
- Member of Technical Staff at Texas Instruments Inc
- Johann Chiang, M.S.
- Robert Daniels, Ph.D.
- Vice President of Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, and co-Founder at Kuma Signals LLC
- Omar El Ayach, Ph.D.
- Senior Systems Engineer at Qualcomm
- Antonio Forenza, Ph.D.
- Engineer with Rearden Inc.
- Kaibin Huang, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor at Hong Kong University
- Insoo Hwang, Ph.D.
- Takao Inoue, Ph.D.
- Senior RF/Communications Software Engineer at National Instruments
- Minchan Lee, M.S.
- Alvin Leung, M.S.
- Senior Scientist, Ticom Geomatics
- Caleb Lo, Ph.D.
- Signal Processing Engineer, Sr. at the MITRE Corp.
- David Love, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor at Purdue University
- Jackson Massey, M.S.
- Bishwarup Mondal, Ph.D.
- Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola Labs
- Behrang Nosrat Makouei, Ph.D.
- Steven Peters, Ph.D.
- CEO and Co-Founder at Kuma Signals LLC
- Jason Potterf, M.S
- Muhammad Farooq Sabir, Ph.D.
- Roopsha Samanta, M.S.
- Patrick Sisterhen, M.S.
- Jonathan Starr, M.S.
- Taiwen Tang, Ph.D.
- System Engineer, Blinq Networks
- Kien Trung Truong, Ph.D.
- Consultant with MIMO Wireless Inc.
- Rahul Vaze, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
- Nachiappan Valliappan, M.S.
- Ali Yazdan-Panah, Ph.D.
Former Postdoctoral Researchers
- Kyung Seung Ahn, Ph.D.
- Jihoon Choi, Ph.D. – Faculty at the Korea Aerospace University
- Keul-Chung Hwang, Ph.D.
- Myonghee Park, Ph.D.
- Seijoon Shim, 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