Kumar Chair Professor Group

Sponsored by Tsinghua University



Professor P.R. Kumar (UIUC)

P. R. Kumar is at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research Professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Research professor in the Information Trust Institute, and Affiliate Professor of the Department of Computer Science.

He has worked on problems in game theory, adaptive control, stochastic systems, simulated annealing, neural networks, machine learning, queueing networks, manufacturing systems, scheduling, wafer fabrication plants and information theory. His current research interests are in wireless networks, sensor networks, and networked embedded control systems.

He has received the Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the IEEE Field Award in Control Systems, and the Fred W. Ellersick Prize of the IEEE Communications Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ETH, Zurich. He is the Lead Guest Chair Professor of the Group on Wireless Communication and Networking at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Hyderabad. He has been elected an Associate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS). He was the recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received the Alumni Achievement Award of Washington University in St. Louis.


Professor Khaled Ben Letaief (HKUST)

Since 1993, he has been with the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) where he is currently the Dean of Engineering.

His current research interests include wireless and mobile networks, Broadband wireless access, OFDM, Cooperative networks, Cognitive radio, MIMO, and Beyond 3G systems. In these areas, he has over 400 journal and conference papers and given invited keynote talks as well as courses all over the world. He has also 3 granted patents and 10 pending US patents.

He is the recipient of many distinguished awards including the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award at HKUST); 2007 IEEE Communications Society Publications Exemplary Award, 2010 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award by Purdue University, and 9 Best Paper Awards with the latest being the prestigious 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications.

Dr. Letaief is a Fellow of IEEE and is currently serving as the Vice-President for Conferences of the IEEE Communications Society. He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.

Professor Yuguang Michael Fang (University of Florida)

In May 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, where he got early promotion to Associate Professor with tenure in August 2003, and to Full Professor in August 2005. He holds a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship from 2006 to 2009.

His research interests span many areas including wireless networks, mobile computing, mobile communications, wireless security, automatic control, and neural networks. He has published over 200 papers in refereed professional journals and conferences.

He received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Award in 2001 and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2002. He also received the 2001 CAST Academic Award. Dr. Fang has actively engaged in many professional activities. He is an IEEE Fellow (2008) and a member of the ACM.

Professor Abbas El Gamal (Stanford)

He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981, where he is currently the Hitachi America Professor in the School of Engineering.

Prof. El Gamal's research contributions have spanned several areas, including network information theory, Field Programmable Gate Array, and digital imaging devices and systems. He has authored or coauthored over 200 papers and holds 30 patents in these areas.

Prof. El Gamal is a Fellow of IEEE and has received several honors and awards for his research contributions.

Professor Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford)

Andrea Goldsmith is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, and was previously an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Caltech.

Her research includes work on design and capacity analysis of wireless systems and networks, cognitive radios, sensor and ¡°green¡± networks, cross©\layer wireless network design, and applications of communications and signal processing to health and neuroscience.

Dr. Goldsmith is a Fellow of the IEEE and of Stanford. She has received several awards for her work, including the National Academy of Engineering Gilbreth Lectureship, the IEEE Comsoc Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Stanford Terman Fellowship, the National Science Foundation CAREER Development Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal¡¯s Women of Influence Award.

Professor Lajos Hanzo (University of Southampton)

Since 1986 he has been a member of academic staff in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he currently holds the Chair in Telecommunications and he is head of the Communications Research Area. He is also a Chaired Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Currently he heads an academic research team working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications aiming for flawless telepresence, supported by rich three-dimensional audio/video communications.

Lajos is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both the Communications Society and the Vehicular Society as well as a Fellow of both the IEEE and the IEE/IET, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). He is acting as a Governor of the IEEE VTS as well as of ComSoc. Lajos is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Press. He has been awarded a number of distinctions, most recently the IEEE Wireless Technical Committee Achievement Award (2007), the IET Sir Monti Finniston Achievement Award across all disciplines of engineering (2008) and an Honorary Doctorate of the Technical University of Budapest (2010).

Professor Victor O.K. Li (HKU)

Since September 1997 he has been with the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, where he is Associate Dean (Research) of Engineering, and Chair Professor of Information Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

His research is in information technology, including all-optical networks, wireless networks, and Internet technologies and applications.

He has received numerous awards, including, the PRC Ministry of Education Changjiang Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University, Beijing, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Visiting Fellowship in Communications, the Outstanding Researcher Award of the University of Hong Kong, the Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award of the University of Hong Kong, the Croucher Foundation Senior Research Fellowship, and the Order of the Bronze Bauhinia Star, Government of HKSAR, China. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1992. He is also a Fellow of the HKIE and the IAE.

Professor Ness Shroff (OSU)

In July 2007, he joined The Ohio State University as the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Networking and Communications, an endowed Chaired Professor of ECE and CSE.

His research interests span the areas of wireless and wireline communication networks. He is especially interested in fundamental problems in the design, performance, pricing, and security of these networks.

Dr. Shroff is a fellow of the IEEE. He received the IEEE INFOCOM 2008 best paper award, the IEEE INFOCOM 2006 best paper award, the IEEE IWQoS 2006 best student paper award, the 2005 best paper of the year award for the Journal of Commnications and Networking, the 2003 best paper of the year award for Computer Networks, and the NSF CAREER award in 1996 (his INFOCOM 2005 paper was also selected as one of two runner-up papers for the best paper award).

Professor Lang Tong (Cornell)

Lang Tong joined Cornell University in 1998 where he is now the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Engineering.

Lang Tong's research is in the general area of statistical signal processing, communications, and complex networks. Using theories and tools from statistical inferences, information theory, and stochastic processes, he is interested in fundamental and practical issues that arise from wireless communications, security, and complex networks including power and energy networks and smart grids.

Lang Tong is a Fellow of IEEE. He received the 2004 Best Paper Award (with Min Dong) from the IEEE Signal Processing Society, the 2004 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society (with Parvathinathan Venkitasubramaniam and Srihari Adireddy), and the 1993 Outstanding Young Author Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Professor David Tse (UC Berkeley)

Since 1995, he has been at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in the University of California at Berkeley, where he is currently a Professor.

His current research spans several aspects of wireless communications, from the physical layer to the networking layer to architectural issues.

He received a 1967 NSERC 4-year graduate fellowship from the government of Canada in 1989, a NSF CAREER award in 1998, the Best Paper Awards at the Infocom 1998 and Infocom 2001 conferences, the Erlang Prize in 2000 from the INFORMS Applied Probability Society, the IEEE Communications and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award in 2001, the Information Theory Society Paper Award in 2003, and the 2009 Frederick Emmons Terman Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a fellow of IEEE.

Professor Xiang-Gen Xia (University of Delaware)

He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Delaware.

His current research interests include modulated coding for intersymbol interference channels, wireless communication systems.

He is a fellow of IEEE.

Professor Weihua Zhuang (University of Waterloo)

In October 1993, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in July 1997, and then to Full Professor in July 2002. Since May 2010, she has been a Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair in wireless communication networks.

Her current research focuses on resource allocation and QoS provisioning in wireless networks.

Dr. Zhuang is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, and an Editor of EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, International Journal of Sensor Networks, and the ETRI Journal. She was an editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2005-2009). She is the TPC Co-Chair for Wireless Networks Symposium of IEEE Globecom 2008, Cross Layer Designs and Protocols Symposium of Int. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC) 2007 and 2006, and the ACM Workshop on Wireless Multimedia Networking and Performance Modeling (WMuNeP) 2005. She is a Fellow of IEEE and an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.