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Yao, Kung

KungYaoKung Yao, Professor

Fellow, IEEE, 1994

Office: 68-113 Engr. IV, Phone: 310.825.8885, Email



Kung Yao received the B.S.E. (Highest Honors), M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering -- all from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. During the summers, he has worked at the Princeton-Penn Accelerator, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Bell Telephone Lab in Murray Hill, N.J. He was a NAS-NRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Presently, he is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA. In 1969, he was a Visiting Assistant Prof. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1973-74, he was a Visiting Associate Prof. at the Eindhoven Technical University. In 1985-1988, he served as an Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA.

Dr. Yao received the IEEE Signal Processing Society's 1993 Senior Award in VLSI Signal Processing. He was the co-editor of a two volume series of an IEEE Reprint Book on "High Performance VLSI Signal Processing," IEEE Press, 1997. He is also the co-author of the book, "Processing and Algorithms in Communication and Radar Systems", under preparation. He has published over 250 journal and conference papers.

He has served as Program Chair, Secretary, and Chair of the IEEE Inform. Theory Group in L.A. and served two terms as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Group. He was the Co-Chair of the 1981 International Symposium on Information Theory, and the Representative of the IT-BOG of the 1987 IEEE Information Theory Workshop. Dr. Yao is a member of the VLSI Technical Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He was also the Chair of the Technical Program and the General Chair of the 1990 and 1992 IEEE Workshop on VLSI Signal Processing. He has served as an Associate Editor for book reviews in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and was an Associate Editor of the journal Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences. In 1991-1993, he was the Associate Editor of VLSI Signal Processing of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems. Since 1999, he has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Communications Letters. Dr. Yao is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing and Integration: the VLSI Journal. He was also guest editor of a Special Issue on "Applications of Chaos in Modern Communication Systems" of the IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems- Part I in 2001. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Yao has extensive practical system experiences and has worked or consulted for companies including AT&T Bell Laboratory, NCR, SRI, TRW, Linknet, Hughes Aircraft Company, and Raytheon Systems.

Research Interests

Professor Yao's research interests include sensor array systems, wireless radio systems, digital communication theory, digital and array processing, systolic and VLSI algorithms.

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2008 IEEE Communications Society/Information Theory Joint Paper Award
  • 1994 Fellow, IEEE


  • K. Yao, F. Lorenzelli and C.-E. Chen, Detection and Estimation for Communication and Radar Systems, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • K. J. R. Liu and K. Yao, editors, High Performance VLSI Signal Processing: Innovative Architectures and Algorithms, vols. 1 and 2,IEEE Press, 1998.
  • K. Yao, R. Jain, W. Przytula, and J. Rabaey, editors, VLSI Signal Processing, IEEE Press, NY, 1992.
  • H. S. Moscovitz, K. Yao, R. Jain, editors, VLSI Signal Processing IV, IEEE Press, NY, 1991.
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