Yeheskel Bar-Ness, PhD, a distinguished professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), was named an Inventor of the Year today by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. Bar-Ness was cited for his inventive research in the area of electrical and computer engineering.
“For 40 years Dr. Bar-Ness has done major research to advance that field,” said Gert Clarke, president of the Inventors Hall of Fame. “He has published more than 200 papers, has a U.S. patent on smart antennas and has 13 patents pending.”
Bar-Ness was honored during an awards luncheon held June 22 at NJIT.
Each year, the Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, honors inventors who live in New Jersey. The Council, based in Denville, is a nonprofit group that supports research and development throughout the state.
Bar-Ness, who is foundation chair of communications and signal processing at NJIT, is a prominent expert in communications and signal processing. He directs the Center for Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Research at NJIT, which has long been in the forefront of wireless technology. Researchers at the Center developed a set of algorithms that facilitate code division multiple access (CDMA), a digital cell-phone technology that eliminates interference caused by high cell-phone usage.
Bar-Ness is a Fellow and lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research grants or contracts supported by the National Science Foundation, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the Naval Oceanic Center.
He is a recipient of the Kaplan Prize (1973), awarded annually by the government of Israel to the 10 best technical contributors. In addition to theoretical analyses that increase knowledge about wireless communications, Bar-Ness and his colleagues are developing breakthrough technologies for industry such as multiple input/multiple output (MIMO). MIMO uses antenna arrays to increase the bit rate of wireless communications. Antennas are multipliers for bandwidth, and are thus an invaluable component of communications.
Bar-Ness also leads a collaborative project with Samsung to improve the capability of Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) -- a certification mark for products that pass conformity tests established by the IEEE. The WiMAX protocol, a way of networking computing devices together, is similar to Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity), but is faster and has a longer range. WiMAX is revolutionizing the broadband wireless world, enabling the formation of a global mass-market wireless industry.
Researchers affiliated with Bar-Ness’s center - the backbone of communications research in the department of electrical and computer engineering at NJIT - have received funding for projects from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army and Air Force, and companies that include AT&T, ITT, InterDigital, Nokia, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung and Telcordia.
Bar-Ness received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technion, Haifa, Israel and a doctorate from Brown University. He joined NJIT in 1985 after being at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and AT&T Bell Labs. Between September 1993 and August 1994, he was on sabbatical with the Telecommunications and Traffic Control Systems Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Between September 2000 and August 2001, he was on sabbatical at Stanford University.