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WNCG Student Abhishek Gupta Publishes Book on MATLAB

WNCG Student Abhishek Gupta recently published his second book on MATLAB, entitled “Numerical Methods Using MATLAB.” Published by Springer Apress, the book provides a practical reference to assist anyone working with numerical methods that use MATLAB.

“Numerical methods have wide applicability across many scientific, mathematical and engineering disciplines and are often employed in situations where finding an exact answer through analytical methods is impractical,” Gupta states.

Student Startup Brings Precise Positioning to Mass Market

Imagine drawing a light painting using a phone’s antenna and GPS system. Imagine a world of virtual reality, where buildings are perfect replicas of their real-world counterparts, down to the exact height of a piece of gum stuck under a desk. Where a person cannot only see their location on the street but also the exact height and orientation of their mobile device in hand.

New Student Apps Encourage Users to Go Nuts over Healthcare

There is a new app on the market that encourages users to go nuts over healthcare, complete with a squirrely mascot. Created by the founders of Accordion Health and dubbed the “health nuts,” the two new apps, Pistachio and Chestnut, bring medical care back under the control, and into the palms of, users and patients.

Postdoc Juan Sebastian Gomez-Diaz Wins Junior Raj Mittra Award

WNCG Postdoctoral Associate Juan Sebastian Gomez-Diaz received the Junior Raj Mittra Travel Grant (RMTG) award to attend the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting, which will take place in Vancouver, Canada this July.

Senior Design Project Open House Brings Together UT Research Community

Each year, the UT Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) hosts a series of Senior Design Projects, which the undergraduate student teams present at the end of each semester during the Senior Design Open House. The day-long Open House event provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase and demonstrate their work. 

While WNCG consists mostly of graduate students, a select few undergraduates also engage in research projects and startups with WNCG faculty and students. Many of them presented during this year's Open House.

WNCG Alumni and Faculty Win First-of-its-Kind IEEE CommSoc Award

WNCG alumni, Prof. Harpreet S. Dhillon and Dr. Radha Krishna Ganti, along with WNCG Profs. Jeffrey Andrews and François Baccelli, recently received the 2015 IEEE Communications Society Young Author Best Paper Award. They received the award for their paper entitled “Modeling and Analysis of K-Tier Downlink Heterogeneous Cellular Networks.”

The first of its kind, the Young Author Best Paper Award covers all publications of the IEEE Communications Society, which includes eight monthly or bi-monthly magazines and 23 multi-annual journal publications. 

UAV Expert Todd Humphreys Testifies Before Congress

Last month, Todd Humphreys, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and WNCG, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. Humphreys was asked to speak at the hearing, "Unmanned Aerial System Threats: Exploring Security Implications and Mitigation Technologies," because of his expertise in unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs.

Mac Channels

In a joint work with Venkat Anantharam from UC Berkeley, WNCG Prof. François Baccelli  derived the capacity region in the Poltyrev sense of the dimension matched MAC channel. They gave a representation of the error probabilities for each subset of transmitters based on Palm theory, and random coding exponents for each type of error event in the case without power constraints, in the case of independent and identically distributed Gaussian noise, with arbitrary positive definite covariance matrix at each time.

Motion Silencing of Flicker Distortions on Naturalistic Videos

Prof. Alan Bovik and his student Lark Kwon Choi in the WNCG Laboratory for Image and Video Engineering (LIVE) and Prof. Lawrence Cormack in the Center for Perceptual Systems (CPS) in the Department of Psychology study the influence of motion on the visibility of flicker distortions in naturalistic videos.

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