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SARL's mission: Application of MIMO and adaptive arrays to enhance wireless networks

Current Members

Mary Ann Weitnauer (SARL Director)

Mary Ann IngramProfessor                                                                                                                   School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.                                                       

Biosktech: Mary Ann Weitnauer (formerly Mary Ann Ingram) received the B.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1983 and 1989, respectively. From 1983 to 1986, she was a Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, performing studies on radar electronic countermeasure (ECM) systems. In 1986, she became a graduate research assistant with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, where in 1989, she became a Faculty Member and is currently Professor.

Dr. Weinauer's early research areas were optical communications and radar systems. In 1997, she established the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory (SARL), which emphasizes the application of multiple antennas to wireless communication systems; this includes distributed or virtual arrays, multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) architectures, smart antennas, and adaptive arrays. The SARL performs system analysis and design, channel measurement, and prototyping relating to a wide range of wireless applications, including wireless local area network (WLAN) and satellite communications, with focus on the lower three layers of communication networks.

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Alper Akanser (PhD Student)

Alper Akanser Research Topic: Energy-efficient Reading of Correlated Wireless Sensors
  Alper Akanser received the B.Sc. (with Highest Honors) and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2007 respectively. He is currently with Smart Antenna Research Lab and pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research interests include wireless communications, wireless sensor networks, correlated data fusion, and signal estimation and detection. He was previously an instructor in Digital Communications, Computer Networks and Software Engeering at Near East University, Cyprus. He is a Fulbright - Cyprus American Scholarship Program Scholar and a Golden Medal at TUBITAK Teen Math Olympics in Turkey. .

Feng WANG (PhD Student)

Feng WANG Research Topic: Synchronization for Single-Carrier Concurrent Cooperative Communication
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Qiongjie LIN (PhD Student)

Abdul JAVAID (PhD Student)

Van NGUYEN (PhD Student)

Sajith Mohan Chakkedath (PhD Student)


Alumni - PhD students


Dr. Jian Lin

Jian Lin Research Topic: Medium Access Control for Cooperative Networks
  Jian Lin received the bachelor’s degree in Information and Science Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 2007, and the MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, NY, in 2009. He joined SARL in 2009 and became a graduate research assistant in 2010. His research interests include protocol design, cross-layer optimization and software defined radio for cooperative wireless networks. He is currently a Member Technical Staff, IBM Security, Atlanta, GA.


Dr. Yong Jun Chang

Yong Jun Chang Research Topic: Distributed Cooperative Diversity and Synchronization Techniques
Before he joined SARL in 2008, Yong Jun Chang worked in industry in South Korea for 7 years. He received his MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2010 and he otained his Ph.D in Fall 2013. While a graduate student, his research interests were decentralized cooperative diversity techniques in energy-constrained network and Software-Defined Radio systems. His is now CTO of Kyungwoo Systech Inc., South Korea.

Dr. Haejoon Jung

 Haejoon Jung Research Topic: Experimentation and Physical Layer Modeling for Opportunistic Large Array-based Networks
  Haejoon Jung received his B.S. degree (cum laude) from Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2008. He then came to U.S. to pursue his Ph.D. degree at Georgia Tech. Haejoon received his M.S. degree in 2010 at Georgia Tech and he joined SARL Spring 2010. While a graduate student, his research interests were on the cross layer optimization including physical, network layers and experimental study of cooperative transmission. He obtained his Ph.D in Spring 2015. He is currently a Wireless Systems Engineer at Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA.


Dr. Lakshmi Thanayankizil

Lakshmi Thanayankizil Research Topic: Opportunistic Large Array (OLA)-Based Routing for Sensor and Adhoc Wireless Networks
Lakshmi Thanayankizil received her MS (2008) and BS (2004) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Calicut respectively. Currently, she is working towards the PhD Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. at Georgia Tech. Since 2006, she has been a Research Assistant in the Smart Antenna Research Lab at Georgia Tech, where she is working on the following projects: (1) Concurrent Cooperative Transmission-based Routing for Wireless Networks and (2) Video Transmission Over a Cooperative Route Using CCT. She has held industry positions with IBM Research Labs, and with the Indian Space Research Organization.. She was awarded the IEEE SENSORCOMM Best Paper Award in 2008 and NSF ADVANCE Fellowship for Professional Training in 2009.

Dr. Jin Woo Jung

JWJung Research Topic: Extending Lifetime of a Multi-Hop Wireless Sensor Network with Cooperative Transmission
 Jin Woo Jung received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Yonsei University, South Korea, in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He joined the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, in 2007, and he is pursuing PhD degree since then.   He is a graduate research assistant of prof. Mary Ann Weitnauer in the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory (SARL), and his research is focused on the energy-efficient communication protocols for wireless sensor networks.  He has more than 4 years of industry experience for IT companies including Samsung Electronics and worked for Apple, Inc. as a summer intern in 2010.


Dr. Syed Ali Hassan

Syed Ali Hassan Dissertation Title: Design of Concurrent Cooperative Transmission Systems on Software-defined Radios
 Syed Ali Hassan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2011. He received his MS Mathematics from Georgia Tech in 2011 and MS Electrical Engineering from University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2007. He was awarded BE Electrical Engineering (highest honors) from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, in 2004. His broader area of research is signal processing for communications. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS), NUST, where he is heading the IPT research group, which focuses on various aspects of theoretical communications. Prior to joining SEECS, he worked as a research associate at Cisco Systems Inc., CA, USA, where he was involved with the home networking business unit in devising efficient strategies for home networking. Dr. Hassan is a member of IEEE and IEEE Communications society, author/co-author of numerous IEEE conference and journal papers and a reviewer for many IEEE journals and transactions. He has chaired several sessions in international conferences and has served as a TPC member for various conferences.

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Dr. Aravind Kailas

Aravind Kailas Dissertation Title: Toward Perpetual Wireless Networks: Opportunistic Large Arrays with Transmission Thresholds and Energy Harvesting
Currently a Visiting Research Scientist at DOCOMO Communications Laboratories, Inc. (DOCOMO USA Labs), Aravind is exploring learning algorithms and data mining for healthcare to develop wellness-monitoring solutions for mobile handsets. His doctoral research work (as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Smart Antenna Research Laboratory (SARL), Georgia Institute of Technology) addressed the key issue of network sustainability with the design of novel, simple decentralized cooperative diversity-based protocols and intelligent exploitation of energy scavenging using hybrid energy storage systems.

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Dr. Brett Walkenhorst

Brett Walkenhorst Dissertation Title: Achieving Near-optimal MIMO Capacity in a Rank-Deficient LOS Environment
Brett is currently a Senior Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute, working in the fields of signal processing and wireless communications. His doctoral thesis focused on MIMO in line-of-sight environments, and methods to improve capacity of such channels. He currently conducts research in the areas of multiple antenna architectures including MIMO, STAP, co-channel interference mitigation, signal detection, and geolocation. Brett is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Dr. Sudhanshu Gaur

Sudhanshu Gaur Dissertation Title: Interference Management in MIMO Networks
Sudhanshu Gaur joined SARL in 2003 - his doctoral thesis focused on interference management in MIMO networks. He received his BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2000. He then briefly held a position with Sasken Communications and later joined Virginia Tech. for his MS degree in 2001. He is currently a Senior Researcher at Hitachi America R&D, where he leads Hitachi's LTE-Advanced standardization effort. His current research includes work on MIMO-DPC signal processing, interference alignment, and resource management. He is a Guest Editor for Journal of Communications (JCM).

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Dr. Lu Dong

Lu Dong Dissertation Title: MIMO Selection and Modeling Evaluations for Indoor Wireless Environment
From May 2007 to May 2010, Lu was a senior electrical engineer in Linkquest Inc, San Diego, doing embeded system design and algorithm developement for the acoustic doppler current profile. Currently, he is a senior design engineer in EdgeOne LLC, doing system design for next generation high speed underwater acoustic Modems.

Contact: ldong@ore.com

Dr. Ho Yang

Ho Yang Dissertation Title: Partially Adaptive Space-Time Processing
Ho Yang received the Ph.D. degree specializing in statistical array signal processing in December 1998. Before Georgia Tech, he received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Yonsei University in 1987 and 1989, respectively, and worked for ETRI until 1992. He worked for Nixxo technology, a startup company developing the GSM modem chip, until he joined Samsung in 2001. He is currently a principal research engineer leading the design activities of the software baseband platform consisting of baseband software, processors and modem architecture design.

Contact: hoyang@samsung.com

Dr. Fatih Demirkol

Fatih Demirkol Dissertation Title: Resource Allocations for Interfering MIMO Links
Mehmet Fatih Demirkol joined the University of Hawaii in 2003. He moved to Istanbul in 2007 and worked for the cellphone operator Turkcell. He also teaches occasionally at Istanbul Technical University. In February 2010, he began working for Avea, another a cellphone operator, doing radio network planning .



Alumni - Master's Students

Vivek Agate

Vivek Agate Research Topic : Telemetry Network (TeNt) for the Software Defined Radio testbed
Vivek was with SARL during the 2009 calendar year. He is currently a Software Engineer at Garmin International, Inc.




Steve William

Steve James William Research Topic : OLA-based network programming for the Software Defined Radio testbed
Steve was with SARL during the 2009 calendar year. He is currently a graduate student at Georgia Tech.






Past Visiting Scholars


XIA Nan (Visiting Scholar)

XIA Nan Research Topic: Distributed Space-Frequency Coding and Particle Filters for Cooperative Transmission
 Mr. XIA Nan is a full-time doctoral student in the School of Electronic and Information Engineering at Dalian University of Technology of China.  He was a Visiting Scholar at SARL from October 2009 to October 2010.  



GAO Zhen (Visiting Scholar)

GAO Zhen Research Topic: Pre-synchronization Techniques for OFDM Cooperative Transmission
Zhen GAO was a Visiting Scholar in SARL from 2008 to 2010. He received his BS and MS degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from Tianjin University in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In 2007, he worked as a research assistant in the Digital Television Technology R&D Center of Tsinghai University. Now he is a PhD student joint supervised by Tianjin University and Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are design and implementation of synchronization algorithms for OFDM systems and OFDM-based cooperative transmission.




Last revised on August 10, 2010