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Andreas Molisch Wins IEEE Best Paper Award

EE Teamleader Joined Ming Hsieh Department in January 2009

February 02, 2010 —

Andreas Molisch
An internationally known wireless communications expert received an prestigious award at the December 2009 IEEE Globecom 2009 conference -- only 11 months after he arrived at the Viterbi School.

Andreas Molisch's paper was one of 14 papers selected in various technical categories from among 1204 papers presented at the conference. It was selected through a rigorous process involving symposium co-chairs, as well as the best paper selection committee of the overall conference.

Toshiaki Koike-Akino, Peter Orlik, Zhifeng Tao, and Toshiyuki Kuze co-authored the prizewinning paper, entitled ""Unified Analysis of Linear Block Precoding for Distributed Antenna Systems."

IEEE Globecom is one of the largest international conferences on communications technologies, with more than 2,000 attendees. It is the flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc), the leading worldwide professional organization dedicated to the advancement of communications.

The paper concerns the important topic of finding linear precoding in distributed antenna systems. It gives a unified view of many popular and emerging transmission schemes, like Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM), single-carrier block transmission, and time reversal, and provides insights into the optimal power allocation and precoding schemes. The results allow to design systems that are more energy efficient and allow higher data rates.

Andreas Molisch is an internationally noted researcher in wireless technologies and joined the Viterbi School's Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering as professor and a member of the Communications Sciences Institute (CSI) in January 2009. Before coming to USC, he was professor and head of the Radio Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Information Technology at Lund University, Sweden, and was Chief Wireless Standards Architect and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, MA.

Molisch has assembled the Wireless Devices and Systems (WiDeS) Group at USC. His current research interests are: measurement and modeling of wireless mobile radio channels; multiple-antenna systems; ultrawideband (UWB) communications; cooperative communications, multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems, and sensor networks. He is the author, co-author or editor of four books, eleven book chapters, more than 120 journal papers, and numerous conference contributions, as well as more than 70 patents and 60 standards contributions. He is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formerly IEE) and has won many awards and honors.

"Our department joins me in congratulating Andy Molisch for this IEEE Globecom 2009 Best Paper Award," said  Alexander A. (Sandy) Sawchuk, Systems Chair of the Ming Hsieh Department. "It is another significant recognition of his many accomplishments in wireless communication research."