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Center for Wireless Communication and Signal Processing at NJIT Celebrates Two Decades of Growth

The man who helped make wireless cell phones a must-have device for millions around the world recently received kudos and thanks from colleagues at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  The occasion was the anniversary of the founding in 1986 of the Center for Wireless Communication and Signal Processing.  The Center was the brainchild of visionary electrical engineer Yeheskel Bar-Ness, PhD, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at NJIT.  Bar-Ness, of Marlboro Township, has been known for decades as a leading expert in the field.

The Center is best known among electrical engineers for its research that paved the way for wireless cell phones, laptops and other wireless equipment to become household words.  Under the leadership of Bar-Ness, a longtime expert in wireless communications and signal processing, the Center developed a set of algorithms. The algorithms soon became industry standards facilitating code division multiple access, a widely used digital wireless technology. 

Center funders have included the National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, AT&T, ITT, InterDigital, Nokia, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung and Telcordia.

Marking the occasion, the center sponsored a series of reports by more than a dozen current doctoral students.  Students who work with Bar-Ness and spoke were Igor Stanojev  ("Optimal Design of a Multi-Antenna Process Point with Decentralized Power Control Using Game Theory”);  Miao Shi  (“A Novel Frame Synchronization Method Using Correlation Between Permuted Sequences”); and Kodzovi Acolatse   (“Single Carrier Space Frequency Block Coded Transmission Over Frequency Selective and Time Varying Channels”).

Doctoral students of Alexander Haimovich, PhD, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering and a Center researcher, also spoke.  They were Hana Godrich (“Noncoherent Detection Techniques in Cooperative Relaying Using Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test”);  Bo Niu  (“On the Sum Rate of Broadcast Channels with Outdates 1-Bit Feedback”); Ciprian Comseo discussed location using TDoA.

Other doctoral students who presented work were Mingzheng Cao.

(“Parametric Modeling in Mitigating the I/Q Mismatch: Estimation, Equalization, and Performance Analysis”) and Hong Zhang (“Cyclostationarity-based Mobile Speed Estimation in Fading Channels: Blind and Data Aided Approaches”). Cao is studying with Hongya Ge, PhD, associate professor, and Zhang is studying with Ali Abdi, PhD, assistant professor, both in the department of electrical and computer engineering.

Osvaldo Simeone, PhD, a postdoctoral student, spoke about “Distributed Timing Synchronization in Wireless Networks” and “Stable Throughput of Cognitive Radio with Relaying Capability.”

Bar-Ness is a Fellow and lifetime member of IEEE.  In 2005 he was honored by IEEE for his outstanding, sustained and visionary contributions to the institute’s publications and for founding the journal IEEE Communications Letters.   Bar-Ness is the author of more than more than 250 papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He holds a U.S. patent on smart antennas. In 1973, the government of Israel awarded him the Kaplan Prize, which honors that nation’s 10 best technical contributors. Last year, Bar-Ness was named inventor of the year by both the Research and Development Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Inventor’s Hall of Fame. 

Bar-Ness received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and a doctorate from Brown University.

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