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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Council To Salute NJIT Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Expert

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey will present on Nov. 6, 2008, a coveted Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award to NJIT Distinguished Professor Yeheskel Bar-Ness, a prominent expert in the field of wireless communications and signal processing. Bar-Ness has worked for four decades to advance the field of electrical and computer engineering and directs NJIT’s Center for Communications and Signal Processing Research.

The Center has worked with industry, government and other universities to improve wireless technology. An especially notable achievement of the Center has been the set of algorithms developed by its researchers. The algorithms have become industry standards, facilitating so-called code division multiple access (CDMA), a widely-used digital cell phone technology.

The award will honor “STBC MIMO-OFDM Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Reduction by Cross-Antenna Rotation and Inversion,” a patent issued earlier this year to Bar-Ness, Marlboro, and former graduate students Mizhou Tan, of Whitehall, PA and Zoran Latinovic, of Marlton. The patent will be a building block of the next generation of IP-based voice/data wireless networks.  The invention will upgrade the combined MIMO-OFDM (multiple-input, multiple-output)/orthogonal frequency domain multiplexing technology and facilitate the transport of five times more data traffic than today’s most advanced 3G networks.

“Fourth Generation broadband wireless networks, with transmission rates over 100MB/s, are the key to making all the power of modern computing available to anyone, anywhere at any time,” said Donald H. Sebastian. “By unchaining the computer from the wall, a whole new range of exciting applications will evolve that go beyond office applications, or broadcast service models. Bar-Ness’ innovation, improving MIMO-OFDM technology, will bring the type of performance-gains to wireless in the next five years that we have seen take place in wired networks over the last 20 years.” Sebastian is senior vice present of research and development at NJIT.

Now in its 28th year, the ceremony highlights New Jersey’s most noteworthy inventions. For more information about the awards, please visit: www.rdnj.org 

(Attention Editors: To interview Bar-Ness, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436 sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu; To cover and/or attend the dinner, contact Melissa Lukis at (973) 627-8180 or lukis@rfcp.com.)  The dinner will be held at Dolce, 300 N. Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge (cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; awards at 7:30 p.m.)  Former Governor of New Jersey Richard Codey will attend the cocktail hour and receive a special award. Faculty affiliated with the center--the backbone of communications research in the department of electrical and computer engineering at NJIT for two decades--have received funding for projects from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Army and Air Force and companies that include AT&T, ITT, InterDigital, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung and Telcordia.

Bar-Ness is a Fellow and Lifetime Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE); in 2005 he was honored by the IEEE for his outstanding, sustained and visionary contributions to the institute’s publications and for founding the journal IEEE Communications Letters.

He is the author of more than 200 papers and holds many U.S. patents including one for smart antennas. He has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on research grants or contracts supported by the NSF, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force and the Naval Oceanic Center.

In 1973, Bar-Ness received the Kaplan Prize, an honor given annually by the Israeli Government to the ten best technical contributors. Bar-Ness received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technion, Haifa, and a doctorate from Brown University.

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