I received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering (Automatic Control) from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, China, in 1994, and the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, in 1998 and 2000 respectively. From 1994 to 1995, I studied in the graduate program of the department of Automation at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. From 1995 to 2000, I was a graduate research assistant in the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) of George Mason University. From August 2000 to December 2014, I was on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department of Michigan Technological University, where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. From November 2011 to December 2014, I served as a Program Director in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), through an IPA assignment with Michigan Tech. In January 2015, I joined Mason as a Professor in the ECE department.
My general interests are in the areas of signal processing, communications, detection and estimation. Specific areas of expertise have included ultra-wideband communications, MIMO systems, statistical sensor array processing, adaptive filtering, multi-target tracking, data fusion, Bayesian inference, and decision network theory and applications. Current research focuses on compressed sensing for random processes, statistical inference of network data, cognitive radios and 5G millimeter-wave communications, and decentralized network optimization. I received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2003.
I am an IEEE Fellow. I am Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Big Data Special Interest Group (Big Data SIG), and previously served on the IEEE Signal Processing for Communications and Networking Technical Committee (SPCOM‐TC). I was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS), from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016. I delivered several tutorial talks in international conferences including ICASSP, ICC, FUSION, EUSIPCO, and APSIPA, on topics related to cognitive radio technology, compressive (covariance) sensing, and sparse signal processing. I served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2002 – 2008) and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2006 – 2009).
Possible Advisee Scholarly Paper Topics
Wireless communications: cognitive radio, massive MIMO, 5G wireless
Large-scale information processing: dimensionality reduction, decentralized optimization
Spectrum sensing and learning for radio astronomy, spectrum coexistence
Signal processing for brain networks