Professor Robert Heath and Former UT ECE Student Dr. Rahul Vaze Receive EURASIP 2011 Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Best Paper Award
UT ECE professor Robert W. Heath Jr. and former UT ECE student Dr. Rahul Vaze received the EURASIP 2011 Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Best Paper Award for their paper "End-to-End Joint Antenna Selection Strategy and Distributed Compress and Forward Strategy for Relay Channels." This award was last given in 2008 to Profs. Verdu and Poor from Princeton, both luminaries in information theory and wireless communications. They will receive the award at the Conference Banquet of the EUSIPCO 2011 Conference in Barcelona, Spain, in August 2011.
In this paper, the authors showed how a small amount of feedback could be used to configure a multi-hop relay channel to achieve good reliability and high throughput, achieving the optimum
diversity-multiplexing tradeoff. This confirms the vital role of feedback in wireless networks, a theme of much of Prof. Heath's research.
Dr. Rahul Vaze finished his Ph.D. at UT Austin in the WNCG, working with Prof. Robert Heath, in 2009. He is currently a faculty member in the School of Technology and Computer Science TIFR - Mumbai.
This work was funded by the DARPA ITAMNET program, as part of the NeQuIT project, under grant W911NF-07-1-0028.