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Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
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UC Berkeley 94720-1770
Spring 2016 Office Hours: TBA
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Although I won the Berkeley Campus Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs in 2015, the real credit for this goes to my many wonderful TAs and students who shaped me and my teaching philosophy as much as I might have shaped theirs. Great proteges bring out good mentorship.

Congratulations to Kate Harrison for winning the EECS Department's Outstanding GSI Award in 2015 for her pioneering work in running CS70 that established a new paradigm for the whole 16AB,70 sequence.

Congratulations to Sahaana Suri for being selected as a 2015 CRA Finalist (the highest showing from Berkeley, Stanford, and MIT combined) for the Best Undergraduate Researcher Award, and then winning Berkeley's Warren Dere Design Award, James Eaton Award, and the Arthur Hopkin Award.

Congratulations to Gireeja Ranade for winning the 2014 Demetri Angelakos Memorial Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Se Yong Park for winning the 2014 Eliahu Jury Prize.

Congratulations to Kristen Ann Woyach for winning the 2014 Samuel Silver Memorial Prize.

Congratulations to Kate Harrison (together with our coauthors from Eric Brewer's group) for winning the best policy paper award at DySpAN 2014 and alone in 2012.

Our guest blog post on the Television Whitespaces has appeared at Google's "Policy by the Numbers" blog.

Congratulations to Pulkit Grover and Kristen Ann Woyach for being co-authors with me on our Leonard G. Abraham Prize winning paper.

Congratulations to Pulkit Grover for winning the Eliahu Jury Prize in 2011 and the best student paper award at CDC 2010.

Welcome 2009 Communication Magazine Readers. A slight bug was introduced by the editors during the production process. Equation 1 should be Corrected Equation with Parenthesis in the right place and without crazy superscripting in the denominator.

Research Interests:

My areas of interest span communications, control, and signal processing. Within that range, my focus is on the communications theory side, particularly in the areas of wireless and information theory. Within information theory, my main interest is in developing the conceptual tools needed to understand feedback, interaction, delay, reliability, and complexity. To that end, I am interested in decentralized control systems as they provide well understood mathematical models that do not mesh with the classical notions from information theory. They also tell us why delay is important. On the wireless communication side, I am interested in power consumption and how multi-scale heterogenous wireless systems can coexist peacefully. Cognitive radio and wireless spectrum sharing are of particular interest.

My research sits within the BLISS center, where we study the foundations of information, inference, statistics, systems, and signal processing.

Key research contributions from my group (Details can be found in papers)

For Students:

U.C. Berkeley is a great place to learn and develop into a world class scientist/engineer. If you are admitted or are already here, you might be interested in my
unofficial page of advice. I probably will take one to two new graduate students this cycle. But feel free to contact me if you are already admitted to Berkeley. I'm generally available to talk about research. If you are considering applying to Berkeley, please do so. Before contacting me directly, please check out this page for more information. I generally do not respond to unsolicited emails from potential students, interns or postdocs.

Brief Bio

Before joining the faculty at Berkeley in 2002, I spent 2001 at the startup Enuvis, Inc. where I was on the theoretical/algorithmic side of a team that developed new techniques for GPS detection in very low SNR environments (such as those encountered indoors in urban areas). From 1994-2000, I was a graduate student at MIT studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6 in MIT-speak) and was based in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems under Prof. Sanjoy Mitter. My research interests there started in machine understanding but shifted toward the intersection of control and information theory. I did my undergraduate work in EECS here at the University of California at Berkeley from 1990-1994.

I served as the Treasurer for the IEEE Information Theory Society from 2007-2009 and am currently the faculty adviser for the Berkeley chapter of Eta Kappa Nu.

Spring 2016

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Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the point of teaching is learning, that students learn by working hard and being challenged, that grading should be fair and support students who master the material, and that becoming an engineer is as much an emotional journey of character and worldview as it is an intellectual one of techniques and understanding. I believe that the course staff (TAs, readers, and academic interns) are as important a constituency as the students taking the course, and that they should be mentored to learn and growth alongside the students that they are teaching.

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