Speakers of "Signal Processing and Optimization for Wireless Communications: In Memory of Are Hjørungnes" workshop

Daniel P. Palomar (S'99-M’03-SM’08-F’12) received the Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, which he joined in 2006. Since 2013 he is a Fellow of the Institute for Advance Study (IAS) at HKUST. He had previously held several research appointments, namely, at King's College London (KCL), London, UK; Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona; Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Telecommunications Technological Center of Catalonia (CTTC), Barcelona; Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden; University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy; and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. His current research interests include applications of convex optimization theory, game theory, and variational inequality theory to financial systems and communication systems.

Dr. Palomar is an IEEE Fellow, a recipient of a 2004/06 Fulbright Research Fellowship, the 2004 Young Author Best Paper Award by the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the 2002/03 best Ph.D. prize in Information Technologies and Communications by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), the 2002/03 Rosina Ribalta first prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Information Technologies and Communications by the Epson Foundation, and the 2004 prize for the best Doctoral Thesis in Advanced Mobile Communications by the Vodafone Foundation and COIT.

He serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, a Guest Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 2010 Special Issue on “Convex Optimization for Signal Processing,” the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 2008 Special Issue on “Game Theory in Communication Systems,” and the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 2007 Special Issue on “Optimization of MIMO Transceivers for Realistic Communication Networks.” He serves on the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Committee on Signal Processing for Communications (SPCOM).

Angeles Vazquez-Castro (PhD) is an Associate Professor with the Telecommunications and Systems Engineering Dpt. at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since 2002, where she teaches and leads research activities and international projects won by open competition. She has visited research centres both in US and Europe such as University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles, and the European Space Agency, The Netherlands, where she was a research fellow for 2 years. She has co-authorized book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 3 of which have received best paper awards. She holds 2 patents, and is member of the Technical Committees of the IEEE Communication Society conferences. Dr. Vazquez-Castro interests are the development of conceptual models of wireless networks and the design of methods for improving their robustness and reliability.

Samson Lasaulce received his BSc and Agrégation degree in Physics from École Normale Supérieure (Cachan) and his MSc and PhD in Signal Processing from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris). He has been working with Motorola Labs for three years (1999, 2000, 2001) and with France Télécom R&D for two years (2002, 2003). Since 2004, he has joined the CNRS and Supélec as a Senior Researcher. Since 2004, he is also Professor at École Polytechnique. His broad interests lie in the areas of communications, information theory, signal processing with a special emphasis on game theory for communications. Samson Lasaulce is the recipient of the 2007 ACM VALUETOOLS, 2009 IEEE CROWNCOM, 2012 ACM VALUETOOLS best student paper award, and the 2011 IEEE NETGCOOP best paper award. He is an author of the book "Game Theory and Learning for Wireless Networks: Fundamentals and Applications". He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

Walid Saad received his B.E. from the Lebanese University in 2004, his M.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 2007, and his Ph.D degree from the University of Oslo in 2010.  Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Miami. Before joining UM, he held several research positions at institutions such as Princeton University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

His research interests span the areas of game theory, wireless networks, security, and smart grids, in which he published over 60 international conference and journal articles. He is a co-author of a book on game theory in wireless and communication networks, published by Cambridge University Press  in October 2011. He was the author/co-author of the papers that received the Best Paper Award at the 7th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt), in June 2009, at the 5th International Conference on Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP) in May 2010, and at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) in 2012. Dr. Saad is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2013.

Ralf R. Müller (S'96-M'03-SM'05) was born in Schwabach, Germany, 1970. He received the Dipl.- Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree with distinction from University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1996 and 1999, respectively.

From 2000 to 2004, he directed a research group at Vienna Telecommunications Research Center in Vienna, Austria and taught as an adjunct professor at Vienna University of Technology. In 2005 he was appointed full professor at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. In 2013, he joined the the Institute of Digital Transmission at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Erlangen, Germany. He held visiting appointments at Princeton University, US, Institute Eurecom, France, University of Melbourne, Australia, University of Oulu, Finland, National University of Singapore, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Kyoto University, Japan, and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Dr. Müller received the Leonard G. Abraham Prize (jointly with Sergio Verdú) for the paper "Design and analysis of low-complexity interference mitigation on vector channels" from the IEEE Communications Society. He was presented awards for his dissertation "Power and bandwidth efficiency of multiuser systems with random spreading" by the Vodafone Foundation for Mobile Communications and the German Information Technology Society (ITG). Moreover, he received the ITG award for the paper "A random matrix model for communication via antenna arrays," as well as the Philipp-Reis Award (jointly with Robert Fischer). Dr. Müller served as an associate editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION THEORY from 2003 to 2006.

Lingyang Song (Professor/PhD) received his PhD from the University of York, UK, in 2007, where he received the K. M. Stott Prize for excellent research. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway, until rejoining Philips Research UK in March 2008. In May 2009, he joined the School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, China, as a full professor. His main research interests include MIMO and cooperative communications.

Dusit Niyato is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Engineering, at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada. His research interests are in the areas of radio resource management in cognitive radio networks and broadband wireless access networks. Currently, Dr. Niyato serves as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and an Editor for the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters.

Elena Veronica Belmega was born in Fagaras, Romania. She obtained the Ph.D. degree from the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, France, in December 2010. Since September 2011, she has been an assistant professor in ETIS/ENSEA–UCP–CNRS, Cergy-Pontoise, France.

Emil Björnson was born in Malmö, Sweden, in 1983. He received the M.S. degree in Engineering Mathematics from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, in 2007. He received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from the Signal Processing Lab at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2011. He is the first author of the monograph “Optimal Resource Allocation in Coordinated Multi-Cell Systems” published in Foundations and Trends in Communications and Information Theory, January 2013.Dr. Björnson was one of the first recipients of the International Postdoc Grant from the Swedish Research Council. This grant is currently funding a joint postdoctoral research fellowship at the Large Networks and Systems Group (LANEAS), Supélec, Paris, France, and the Signal Processing Lab at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests include multi-antenna cellular communications, resource allocation, random matrix theory, estimation theory, stochastic signal processing, and mathematical optimization.For his work on optimization of multi-cell MIMO communications, he received a Best Paper Award at the 2009 International Conference on Wireless Communications & Signal Processing (WCSP’09) and a Best Student Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi-Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP’11).

Stefan Valentin has been a full researcher at Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany since 2010. Previous appointments include the University of Paderborn, Germany, the International Centre of Theoretical Physics, Italy, and the Carleton University, Canada. Stefan's main research interest is wireless resource allocation with Context-Aware Adaptation, Cooperative Relaying, and Multi-Operator Scheduling in particular. In these fields, he leads several research projects and an integration activity with a market-leading operator.

Stefan received a summa cum laude doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Paderborn in 2010, the SIMUTools Best Paper Award in 2008, the Alcatel-Lucent Award for Exceptional Achievements in 2011, and the Klaus Tschira Award for Comprehensible Science in 2011. He consults the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors since 2009 and was selected for the Alcatel-Lucent LEAD program in 2012.

Manav R. Bhatnagar received the M.Tech. degree in communications engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India, in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with UNIK-University Graduate Center, Kjeller, Norway. He held visiting appointments with the Wireless Research Group at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India; the SPINCOM Group of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis; the Alcatel-Lucent Chair at SUPÉLEC in France; the ECE Department of the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, Bangalore, India; UNIK - University Graduate Center of the University of Oslo, Norway; and the Department of Communications and Networking of Aalto University, Finland.

He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India. His research interests include signal processing for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, cooperative-communications, non-coherent communication systems, distributed signal processing for cooperative networks, multiuser communications, ultra-wideband (UWB) based communications, free space optical (FSO) communication, and cognitive radio.

Dr. Bhatnagar was selected as an "Exemplary Reviewer" of the IEEE COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS for the years 2010 and 2012. Since August 2011, he has been an Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS.

Paulo S. R. Diniz was born in Niterói, Brazil. He received the Electronics Eng. degree (Cum Laude) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in 1978, the M.Sc. degree from COPPE/UFRJ in 1981, and the Ph.D. from Concordia University, Montreal, P.Q., Canada, in 1984, all in electrical engineering.

Since 1979 he has been with the Department of Electronic Engineering (the undergraduate dept.) UFRJ. He has also been with the Program of Electrical Engineering (the graduate studies dept.), COPPE/UFRJ, since 1984, where he is presently a Professor. He served as Undergraduate Course Coordinator and as Chairman of the Graduate Department. He has received the Rio de Janeiro State Scientist award, from the Governor of Rio de Janeiro state.

From January 1991 to July 1992, he was a visiting Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada. From January 2002 to June 2002, he was a Melchor Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA. His teaching and research interests are in analog and digital signal processing, adaptive signal processing, digital communications, wireless communications, multirate systems, stochastic processes, and electronic circuits. He has published several refereed papers in some of these areas and wrote ADAPTIVE FILTERING: Algorithms Practical Implementation, Springer, Fourth Edition 2012, DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING: System Analysis and Design, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, Second Edition 2010 (with E. A. B. da Silva and S. L. Netto), and Block Transceivers: OFDM and Beyond, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2012 (with W. A. Martins, and M. V. S. Lima).

He has served Vice President for region 9 of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and as Chairman of the DSP technical committee of the same Society. He is also a Fellow of IEEE (for fundamental contributions to the design and implementation of fixed and adaptive filters and Electrical Engineering Education). He has served as associate editor for the following Journals: IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II: Analog and Digital Signal Processing from 1996 to 1999, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from 1999 to 2002, and the Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing Journal from 1998 to 2002. He was a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for the year 2000 to 2001. In 2004 he served as distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society and received the 2004 Education Award of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Zhu Han received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999 and 2003, respectively.  From 2000 to 2002, he was an R&D Engineer of JDSU, Germantown, Maryland. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Research Associate at the University of Maryland. From 2006 to 2008, he was an assistant professor in Boise State University, Idaho. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Houston, Texas. His research interests include wireless resource allocation and management, wireless communications and networking, game theory, wireless multimedia, and security. Dr. Han is an NSF CAREER award recipient 2010. Dr. Han has 7 IEEE conference best paper awards, and winner of IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize 2011.

Petar Popovski is currently a Professor at Aalborg University. He received Dipl.-Ing. In electrical engineering (1997) and Magister Ing. in communication engineering (2000) from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, and Ph. D. from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2004. He has more than 160 publications in journals, conference proceedings and books and has more than 25 patents and patent applications. He has received the Young Elite Researcher award and the SAPERE AUDE career grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. He has received six best paper awards, including three from the IEEE. Dr. Popovski serves on the editorial board of several journals, including IEEE Communications Letters (Senior Editor), IEEE JSAC Cognitive Radio Series, and IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is the Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Smart Grid Communications Committee. His research interests are in the broad area of wireless communication and networking, communication theory, and protocol design.

Ninoslav Marina received his Dipl. El.-Ing. degree from University "Sts Kiril i Metodij," Skopje, Macedonia, in 1998, and his Ph.D. degree from the Mobile Communications Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), in January 2004. Part of his thesis was completed at Nokia Research Center in Helsinki. After the graduation, he worked as a researcher at the Signal Processing Institute at EPFL, and later as a Head of Research and Development at Sowoon Technologies, Lausanne, where he was responsible for several national and European R&D projects. In 2007 he won the Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship for Advanced Reserachers to spend one year as Visiting Scholar at University of Hawaii at Manoa. During the period 2008 - 2009, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UNIK - University Graduate Center at University of Oslo where he worked on projects funded by the Research Council of Norway. In 2008, Dr. Marina won the prestigious Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship from the European Commission. He is currently with EPFL and holds a visiting position at Princeton.

Behrouz Maham received the B.Sc. and M.Sc in electrical engineering, from University of Tehran, in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and his PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway, in April 2010. He worked as a system engineer from 2006 till 2007 at Iran Telecommunication Research Center. From September 2008 to August 2009 he was with the Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, USA. From May 2010 to August 2011, he was a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tehran. He has held visiting appointments at Aalto University and University of Oulu, Finland, the Alcatel-Lucent Chair at SUPÉLEC in France, and University of Toronto in Canada. His fields of interest span the broad area of scalable wireless communication and networking. He has around 50 publications in major technical journals and conferences. Since April 2011, he has been serving as an Editor for European Transactions on Telecommunications. He served as a Technical Program Chair and technical program committee (TPC) member of several major IEEE conferences.

Mérouane Debbah entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. He then joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor until 2007. He is now a Full Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France), holder of the Large Networks and Systems Group (LANEAS) and a recipient of the ERC starting grant MORE (Advanced Mathematical Tools for Complex Network Engineering). His research interests are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications. He is a senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Mérouane Debbah is the recipient of the "Mario Boella" award in 2005, the 2007 General Symposium IEEE GLOBECOM best paper award, the Wi-Opt 2009 best paper award, the 2010 Newcom++ best paper award, the WUN CogCom Best Paper 2012 Award as well as the Valuetools 2007, Valuetools 2008, Valuetools 2012 and CrownCom2009 best student paper awards. He is a WWRF fellow. In 2011, he received the IEEE Glavieux Prize Award.