Prof. Helmut Bölskei

Helmut Bölcskei, born in Austria in 1970, received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr. techn. degrees in electrical engineering/communication theory from Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, in 1994 and 1997, respectively.

From 1994 to 1998 he was with the Vienna University of Technology. From 1999 to 2001 he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. A. Paulraj in the Smart Antennas Research Group in the Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. He was in the founding team of Iospan Wireless Inc., a Silicon Valley-based startup company (acquired by Intel Corporation in 2001) specialized in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) wireless systems for high-speed Internet access. From 2001 to 2002 he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since February 1, 2002 he has been Assistant Professor of Communication Theory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland. He was a visiting researcher at Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, The Netherlands, ENST Paris, France, and the Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin, Germany. His research interests include communication and information theory with special emphasis on wireless communications and signal processing.

He received the 2001 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, was an Erwin Schrödinger Fellow (1999-2001) of the Austrian National Science Foundation (FWF), and serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, and the EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing.

Dr. Harald Haas

Dr. Harald Haas received the Ph.D form Edinburgh University (Scotland / UK) in 2001. From 1998 until 2001 he was research associate and Nokia consultant at Edinburgh University where he conducted research on interference, coverage and capacity issues and dynamic channel assignment (DCA) algorithms for TDD based 3G cellular systems. Dr. Haas received the best paper award at the International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) in 1999 and was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of Edinburgh University in 2001. In February 2001, Dr. Haas joined Siemens AG, Information and Communication Mobile Networks, where he was the project manager of a joint research project involving Chinese and German universities. He conducted and managed research on potential 4G technologies such as multi-carrier transmission, link adaptation, ad-hoc communication, MIMO techniques and DCA algorithms for TDD based cellular systems. From September 2002 until now, Dr. Haas is Associate Professor at the International University Bremen (IUB), Germany. His research interests are geared towards joint optimisation of physical layer and system layer techniques for TDD-based enhanced-3G and 4G systems. Dr. Haas holds several patents and has published numerous peer-reviewed conference and journal papers.

Prof. Lars K. Rasmussen

Lars K. Rasmussen got his M.Eng. degree in 1989 from the Technical University of Denmark, and his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) in 1993. From 1993 to 1995, he was at the Mobile Communication Research Centre, University of South Australia as a Research Fellow. From 1995 to 1998 he was with the Centre for Wireless Communications at the National University of Singapore as a Senior Member of Technical Staff. He then spent 3 months at the University of Pretoria, South Africa as a Visiting Research Fellow before spending 3 years in the Department of Computer Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1999 to 2002 as an Associate Professor. Since February 2002, he has been at the Institute for Telecommunications Research, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia as professor of telecommunications and head of the Communication Signal Processing group. He is also the leader of the Coding & Communications Networks Group at Chalmers University of Technology where he holds a part-time appointment.

His current research interests include iterative decoding strategies for multiple access systems, reduced complexity iterative decoding, iterative ARQ schemes for critical real-time communications, and optimisation problems for wireless network communication. He has published over 100 technical papers and has given tutorials in multi-user detection at several IEEE conferences. He has made pioneering contributions in the area of iterative interference cancellation methods for multiple access systems.

Dr. Riaz Esmailzadeh

Dr. Riaz Esmailzadeh invented and proposed a mode of CDMA communications which has become part of worldwide 3G standards, and which is currently being deployed worldwide, called TD-CDMA. In particular in Japan, where he works with a new prospective operator to deploy 3G+ services using this technology. Riaz has more than sixteen years of working experience within the telecommunications industry, as a researcher, project manager, chief technology officer, entrepreneur and educator. He has widely innovated and published in this field, with more than 50 patent applications and 70 conference and journal publications. His book, “TDD-CDMA for Wireless Communications” was ranked a number-one best-seller in telecommunications books in Japan last year.

Riaz is presently an Associate Professor at Keio University, Japan; where he continues research in this area and is regularly called on to provide consulting services and advice to media and industry. His current research themes are orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and TDD-CDMA as used in wireless LANs, and delivery of high quality audio and video content through perceptual QoS management. He is furthermore an independent consultant and advisor, and works with several companies including DoCoMo, Nokia and Samsung. He also acts as the CTO to MRiC/IPMobile, helping them obtain frequency spectrum to become the fourth mobile operator in Japan. Riaz obtained a PhD degree from Keio University in 1994, Japan, and an MBA degree from IMD, Switzerland in 2002.

Prof. Moe Win

Prof. Moe Z. Win (S'85 M'87 SM'97 F'04) received the B.S. degree (magna cam laude) from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1987 and the M.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, in 1989, both in Electrical Engineering. As a Presidential Fellow at USC, he received both an M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1998. He has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of Mountain View College.

In 1987, Dr. Win joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, where he performed research on digital communications and optical systems for NASA space exploration missions. From 1994 to 1997, he was a Research Assistant with the Communication Sciences Institute at USC where he played a key role in the successful creation of the Ultra Wideband Radio Laboratory. From 1998 to 2002, he was with the Wireless Systems Research Department, AT&T Laboratories Research, Middletown, NJ. Since 2002, Dr. Win has been with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds the Charles Stark Draper Chair. His main research interests are the application of mathematical and statistical theories to communication, detection, and estimation problems. Specific current research topics include measurement and modeling of time varying channels, design and analysis of multiple antenna systems, ultra wide bandwidth (UWB) communications systems, optical communications systems, and space communications systems.

Dr. Win has been involved actively in organizing and chairing sessions, and has served as a member of the Technical Program Committee in a number of international conferences. He currently serves as the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE Communication Theory Symposium of ICC 2004. He served as the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE Communication Theory Symposium of Globecom 2000 and the IEEE Conference on Ultra Wideband Systems and Technologies in 2002, Technical Program Vice Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Communications in 2002, and the Tutorial Chair for the IEEE Semiannual International Vehicular Technology Conference in Fall 2001. He is the secretary for the Radio Communications Technical Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He currently serves as Area Editor for Modulation and Signal Design and Editor for Wideband Wireless and Diversity, both for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS. He served as the Editor for Equalization and Diversity from July 1998 to June 2003 for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS, and as a Guest Editor for the 2002 IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS Special Issue on Ultra Wideband Radio in Multiaccess Wireless Communications. He received the IEEE Communications Society Best Student Paper Award at the Fourth Annual IEEE NetWorld+Interop'97 Conference in 1997, the International Telecommunications Innovation Award from Korea Electronics Technology Institute in 2002, a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2003, and the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award in 2003. In 2004, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE, cited "for contributions to wideband wireless transmission."

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