Best Paper Award to Phd Student N.-C. Wang and Professors E. Biglieri and K. Yao
The journal entitled, “Systolic Arrays for Lattice Reduction Aided MIMO Detection,” authored by PhD student Ni-Chung Wang, Adjunct Professor Ezio Biglieri and Professor Kung Yao, published in October 2011 in IEEE Journal of Communications and Networks, received the Best Paper Award. The editor-in-chief of the publication is Prof. Vince Poor, Dean of Engineering School at Princeton University.
PhD student Ni-Chun Wang (advisor Professor Kung Yao) received his B.S. and M.S. from National Taiwan University. He excels in his academics and has been doing excellent work on an NSF grant on acoustic beamforming applications under his advisor.
Ezio Biglieri was a full Professor at the Electrical Engineering in UCLA in the 80’s and now holds an Adjunct Professor position. Professors Yao and Biglieri have been working together for over 30 years and Professor Yao considers him as the world’s best information theorist working on Wi-Max both at the theoretical level and practical system aspects based from his consulting work for several European and American firms.
Ni-Chun will receive the award at the IEEE ICC on June 12, 2012 at Ottawa, Canada which includes a monetary prize. Both professors are equally proud of Ni-Chun dedication in research, using some very advanced systolic array processing algorithms to do reduced complexity modern decoding for future beyond 4G receivers.
Professor Yao has over ten years of research on systolic algorithms for all sorts of communication/signal processing/radar systems. Decades back, practical IC designers consider systolic array designs to be only academic since the processing areas needed to do systolic designs which were too costly. Now, silicon area requirement in IC design is not an issue. High throughput requirement for real-time cell phone receiver design makes systolic array algorithm important again. Professor Yao comments. “While waiting for IC design and cell phone design to catch up in the last twenty years make early workers in systolic array to feel their works are not in vain!”
Professor Yao has been doing speaking engagements in China. He was one of the two keynote speakers at the IEEE International Conference on DCOSS ’12 at Hangzhou, China, a sensor network conference . His talk was on “Acoustic Beamforming in Sensor Networks.” Then he held talks at the Shanghai Institute of Microelectronics, Nanjing University, Anhui University, and the University of Science and Technology (USTC) in Hefei, China.