Endowed Chair in Wireless Telecommunications, and McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE Digital Technology Center, Director University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Ph.D. - University of Southern California
Georgios Giannakis is an Endowed Chair Professor of Wireless Telecommunications with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Giannakis is internationally known for his work in the areas of statistical signal processing, distributed estimation using sensor networks, wireless communications and cross-layer network designs, on topics such as auto-regressive moving average system identification using higher-order statistics, principal component filter banks, linear precoding, multicarrier modulation, ultra-wideband communications, cognitive radios, and smart grids. Seminal work includes the development of linear precoding wireless communication systems, which provided a unified approach for designing space-time block codes that achieve data high rates and reliability, and proposal of zero-padding as an alternative to the cyclic prefix for multi-carrier communication systems, which had impact in the multi-band ultra wide band standard. Current research focuses on big data and network science with applications to social, brain and power networks with renewables.
Giannakis has left a substantial academic legacy as an advisor of more than fifty Ph.D. dissertations and mentor of more than twenty postdoctoral researchers at the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota.
Born in Piraeus and raised in Corinth, Greece, Giannakis received his MA in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1981, his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1983, his M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 1986, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California also in 1986. After completing his Ph.D., he started his academic career at the University of Virginia in 1987 and moved to the University of Minnesota in 1999. As a professor, he built a distinguished research group making contributions in many areas including statistical signal processing, wireless communications, sensor and mobile adhoc networks and data analytics.
Professor Gianankis has made major contributions in:
- System Identification Using Higher Order Statistics
- Linear Constellation Precoding
- Resilient Block-Based Modulation
- Multicarrier Modulation
Here are some of his major awards and honors:
- University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Chair in ECE (2016)
- IEEE Fourier Technical Field Award (2015);
- EURASIP Fellow (2008)
- Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE SPS (2007)
- EURASIP Technical Achievement Award (2005)
- G. Taylor Research Award (2004)
- IEEE SPS Technical Achievement Award (2000)
- Endowed Chair in Wireless Telecommunications (2001)
- IEEE Fellow (1996)
- Nine journal publications received Best Paper Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing and Communications Societies; and ten conference publications received Best Student Paper Awards (1990-2019)
- Highly cited researcher (more than 70,000 Google Scholar citations)
- H-index=142; top 17 in Engineering and Computer Science worldwide
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