Weitnauer Receives Radio Club of America Award



Mary Ann Weitnauer has been named the recipient of the Vivian A. Carr Award, which will be presented by the Radio Club of America (RCA) at its 108th Banquet and Awards Presentation on November 17 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Vivian A. Carr Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a woman in the wireless industry, and the award’s namesake was a senior executive at Bell Labs and the first female member of the RCA, which is the world’s oldest wireless organization.  

A member of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty since 1989 and ECE’s Senior Associate Chair, Weitnauer leads the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory (SARL), which performs both experimental and theoretical studies. Her research since the mid 1990s has been focused on the lower three layers of MIMO wireless networks that have virtual or distributed antenna arrays, with emphasis on wireless LAN, ad hoc, mesh, and sensor networks.

Recent SARL activities include synchronization for distributed or virtual arrays, nonlinear precoding and interference alignment for wireless LANS with distributed MIMO access points, modeling the residual from interference cancellation, distributed array-based network time synchronization, and millimeter wave communications.


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Li Honored with IEEE Best Paper Award



Geoffrey Ye Li has been named the recipient of the 2017 IEEE Donald G. Fink Overview Paper Award, which is given by the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

This award recognizes a journal article that has had substantial impact over several years on a subject related to the Society’s technical scope. Li will be presented with this award at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), to be held April 15-20 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The title of the award-winning paper is “An Overview of Massive MIMO: Benefits and Challenges,” published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, volume 8, number 5 in October 2014. Massive MIMO wireless communications have attracted much attention for their potential to tremendously improve spectral and energy efficiency of networks using relatively simple processing. Techniques related to massive MIMO have been extensively investigated. As one of the first comprehensive surveys on massive MIMO, this overview article has served as an excellent reference and a starting point for readers interested in massive MIMO topics in the past several years. 

Li is a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and has been on the faculty since 2000. His coauthors are Lu Lu, a Ph.D. graduate of Li’s research group–the Information Transmission and Processing Laboratory–and who now works with Intel in Portland, Oregon; A. Lee Swindlehurst, a professor in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine; Alexei Ashikhmin, distinguished member of the technical staff of Bell Labs in New Jersey; and Rui Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of ECE at the National University of Singapore.

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