## Faculty

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Professor

Jeffrey Andrews

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### jandrews@ece.utexas.edu

##### 512 471 0536

Jeffrey G. Andrews is the Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is primarily interested in the stochastic modeling and analysis of wireless communication networks, with the goal of better understanding their fundamental properties and how to best design communication protocols for dense, complex wireless networks.

Dr. Andrews is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, an IEEE Fellow, an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society, and recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER award. He has worked full-time at Qualcomm and consulted for Verizon, Apple, Samsung, AT&T, ALU, Intel, Microsoft, Clearwire, and NASA, amongst others. His publications are among the most cited in the field of wireless communications, and include the books *Fundamentals of WiMAX *and* Fundamentals of LTE*, and eleven best paper awards. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Jeffrey's webpage.

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Ari Arapostathis

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### ari@ece.utexas.edu

##### 512 590 4224

Ari Arapostathis is a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include analysis and estimation techniques for stochastic systems, the application of differential geometric methods to the design and analysis of control systems, and stochastic and adaptive control theory. He is an IEEE Fellow and he was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and the Journal of Mathematical Systems and Control. Personal Webpage.

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François Baccelli

##### Department of Mathematics and Deparment of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### baccelli@math.utexas.edu

##### 512 471 17 54

François Baccelli is Simons Math+X Chair in Mathematics and ECE at UT Austin. His research directions are at the interface between Applied Mathematics (probability theory, stochastic geometry, dynamical systems) and Communications (network science, information theory, wireless networks). He is co-author of research monographs on point processes and queues (with P. Brémaud); max plus algebras and network dynamics (with G. Cohen, G. Olsder and J.P. Quadrat); stationary queuing networks (with P. Brémaud); stochastic geometry and wireless networks (with B. Blaszczyszyn). Before joining UT Austin, he held positions at INRIA, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole Polytechnique. He received the France Télécom Prize of the French Academy of Sciences in 2002 and the ACM Sigmetrics Achievement Award in 2014. He is a co-recipient of the 2014 Stephen O. Rice Prize and of the Leonard G. Abraham Prize Awards of the IEEE Communications Theory Society. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and part time researcher at INRIA. François' Webpage.

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Lewis Bowen

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### lpbowen@math.utexas.edu

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Constantine Caramanis

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### constantine@utexas.edu

##### 512 471 9269

Constantine received the A.B. degree in Mathematics from Harvard University, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2006 he has been on the ECE faculty at UT Austin. His interests include high dimensional inference and machine learning, optimization and control, and the theory of networks.

His personal web page along with papers can be found here.

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Ila Fiete

##### Department of Neuroscience

##### ilafiete@mail.clm.utexas.edu

##### 512 232 8439

Ila Fiete is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at UT Austin. Fiete uses computational and theoretical approaches to understand the nature of distributed coding, error correction, and dynamical mechanisms that underlie representation and computation in the brain. A recent focus is on questions at the nexus of information and dynamics in neural systems, to understand how coding and statistics fundamentally constrain dynamics, and vice-versa.

Ila Fiete obtained her Ph.D. at Harvard under the guidance of Sebastian Seung at MIT. Her postdoctoral work was at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at Santa Barbara, and at Caltech, where she was a Broad Fellow. Ila Fiete is a fellow in the Center for Learning and Memory and Center for Perceptual Systems at the University of Texas at Austin, a McKnight Scholar, an ONR Young Investigator, and a Simons Investigator as part of the SCGB. She has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and a Searle Scholar. Personal Website.

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Professor

Robert W. Heath Jr.

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### rheath@utexas.edu

##### 512 686 8225

Robert W Heath Jr.is a Cullen Trust Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also President and CEO of MIMO Wireless Inc. His research interest lie at the intersection between applied math, wireless communication, and signal processing, with a recent focus on applications to millimeter wave wireless communication. He has received best paper awards in signal processing and communications, and has a number of highly cited papers. He is also a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, and a Fellow of the IEEE. Personal web page.

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Professor

Joe Neeman

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### joeneeman@gmail.com

Dr. Joe Neeman has been a postdoctoral researcher in the UT Math and ECE departments since fall 2013, working with Sujay Sanghavi and Constantine Caramanis. He works in several areas of probability theory, including on random graphs, concentration phenomena, and isoperimetric problems in probability spaces. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley, advised by Elchanan Mossel. Beginning in the summer of 2015, he will be a W-2 Professor at the University of Bonn. He will then be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of UT Austin from the summer of 2016. Joe's Website.

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Charles Radin

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### radin@math.utexas.edu

##### 512 471 0174

Charles Radin is a Professor of Mathematics at UT Austin. His field is mathematical physics; his degrees are in Physics and he held positions in both Mathematics and Physics departments before moving to Austin. His area of research is emergent phases and their transitions, in complex networks and more generally in many-component systems. Charles' Website.

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Lorenzo Sadun

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### sadun@math.utexas.edu

##### 512-471-7121

Lorenzo Sadun is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas. His work spans a variety of areas related to geometry, dynamical systems, mathematical physics, and probability. He is currently working on projects on (1) phase transitions in random graphs, (2) topological dynamics of tiling dynamical systems, and (3) mass transport in aperiodic tilings. His publications can be found here.

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Professor

Sujay Sanghavi

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### sanghavi@mail.utexas.edu

##### 512 475 9798

Sujay is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, where he has been since 2009. He has a B. Tech from IIT Bombay, and an MS and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, all in Electrical Engineering; he also holds an MS in Mathematics. Sujay's interests lie in two fields: large-scale machine learning, with a focus on high-dimensional statistics, optimization, and techniques based on linear algebra, and large-scale networks. Sujay has the NSF CAREER award, and a Young Investigator Award from the Department of Defense. He has been a visiting scientist at Qualcomm and Google.

His personal webpage contains up to date links to his papers.

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Sanjay Shakkottai

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### shakkott@austin.utexas.edu

##### 512 471 5376

Sanjay Shakkottai received his Ph.D. from the ECE Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. He is with The University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2004, and elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2014. His current research interests include network architectures, algorithms and performance analysis for wireless networks, and learning and inference over social networks.

His publications can be found on his webpage.

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Professor

Thibaud Taillefumier

##### Department of Mathematics and Department of Neuroscience

##### taillef@math.utexas.edu

##### 512 475 8145

Originally trained in Mathematical Physics, Thibaud Taillefumier completed his PhD in Biophysics under the supervision of Professor Marcelo Magnasco at The Rockefeller University. There, he developed novel analytical and computational techniques to characterize different modalities of neural coding and acquired experimental experience by performing electrophysiological recordings. As an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton, he expanded his work on neural assemblies within the framework of stochastic dynamics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics with Professor Curtis G. Callan, Jr. In parallel, he studied bacterial communities from the perspective of information and optimization theory with Professor Ned S. Wingreen. Thibaud Taillefumier is now an assistant professor jointly appointed by the Departments of Mathematics and Neuroscience at UT Austin. Thibaud Taillefumier is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

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Ngoc Mai Tran

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### ntran@math.utexas.edu

Ngoc got her PhD in Statistics, UC Berkeley in 2013. Currently she is a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow / Instructor at UT Austin Mathematics Department. Her interest lies in probabilistic and combinatorial questions arising from tropical geometry and neuroscience. Some of her recent works are on decoding grid cells, commuting tropical matrices, and zeros of random tropical polynomials. Starting June 2015 she will be a W-2 Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany. She will then be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of UT Austin from the summer of 2016. Ngoc's webpage.

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Gustavo de Veciana

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### gustavo@ece.utexas.edu

##### 512 471 1573

Gustavo de Veciana is currently a Cullen Trust Professor of Engineering at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin. His research focuses on the analysis and design of communication and computing networks, data-driven decision-making in man-machine systems, and applied probability and queueing theory. Dr. de Veciana served as editor and is currently serving as editor-at-large for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award 1996 and a co-recipient of five best paper awards including: IEEE William McCalla Best ICCAD Paper Award for 2000, Best Paper in ACM TODAES Jan 2002-2004, Best Paper in ITC 2010, Best Paper in ACM MSWIM 2010, and Best Paper IEEE INFOCOM 2014. In 2009 he was designated IEEE Fellow for his contributions to the analysis and design of communication networks. He currently serves on the board of trustees of IMDEA Networks Madrid. Gustavo's webpage.

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Professor

Sriram Vishwanath

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### sriram@ece.utexas.edu

##### 512 471 1190

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Rachel Ward

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### rward@math.utexas.edu

My research interests span but are not limited to computational harmonic analysis, statistics, and optimization. Related to these topics, I have worked for example on fast linear embeddings for dimensionality reduction, weighted sampling in stochastic gradient descent, goodness-of-fit testing, and optimal k-means clustering. Rachel's webpage.

## Visiting Scholars

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Professor

Mir Omid Haji Mirsadeghi 2013-2015

##### Department of Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology. Visiting Scholar, Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

Mir-Omid Haji-Mirsadeghi completed his BSc. and MSc. in mathematics in Sharif University of Technology. He did his PhD thesis jointly at Paris VI and Sharif University of Technology in stochastic geometry and its applications in network modeling. He is working in Department of Mathematical Sciences in Sharif University of Technology since January 2013. He is mainly interested in stochastic geometry, stochastic processes and statistics. He has been a visiting scholar of the Department of Mathematics of UT Austin since March 2014.

#### Giancarlo Pastor Figueroa

##### Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University

##### gpastor@math.utexas.edu

Giancarlo Pastor Figueroa is a visiting researcher hosted by François Baccelli, September 2015 - February 2016. He is a doctoral candidate at Aalto University, Carlos III University of Madrid and King Juan Carlos University, in collaboration with EIT ICT Labs. He holds a Licentiate degree in Mathematics from Autonomous University of Madrid and an Engineer degree in Electronics from Pontifical University Catholic of Peru. His primary research areas are Stochastic Geometry and Compressed Sensing. Giancarlo's homepage

#### Ali Khezeli

##### Department of Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology

##### alikhezeli@math.utexas.edu

Ali Khezeli completed his BSc. and MSc. in mathematics at Sharif University of Technology. He is finalizing his PhD thesis in stochastic geometry at Sharif University of Technology under supervision of Kasra Alishahi and Mir-Omid Haji-Mirsadeghi. His main interests are stochastic geometry and geometric probability. He has been a visiting scholar at University of Texas at Austin since September 2015.

## Postdocs

#### Xinchen Zhang 2013-2014

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### xinchenzhang@gmail.com

Dr. Zhang was a Simon postdoctoral fellow at the ECE department of UT Austin, during 2013-2014. He was working with Profs. Jeffery Andrews, Francois Baccelli and Robert Heath on topics in spatial network analyses. He received the B.E. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2008 (with honors), and obtained the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Univ. of Notre Dame, IN, USA, in 2010 and 2013 respectively. He held visiting/internship positions in University of New Mexico, NM, Broadcom Corp. in Sunnyvale, CA and Huawei US R&D in Bridgewater, NJ. His research/work experiences include signal processing, wireless channel characterization and modeling, random network analysis, interference management and mitigation, MAC and power control scheme design. Dr. Zhang is now with Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA. Personal Website.

#### Anastasios Kyrillidis

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### anastasios@utexas.edu

Anastasios (Tasos) Kyrillidis is currently a postdoctoral member in the UT ECE department, working with Constantine Caramanis, Alex Dimakis and Sujay Sanghavi. His research interests lie mostly on the intersection of optimization and machine learning, with a particular focus on problems with practical impact. Before joining UT Austin, he received his PhD from the department of Information, Communication and Computer Sciences at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Anastasios' webpage.

#### Jae Oh Woo

##### Department of Mathematics and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### jaeoh.woo@utexas.edu

Jae Oh Woo is a Simons postdoctoral fellow hosted by François Baccelli and Sriram Vishwanath. His primary research area is the interplay between Information Theory and Probability Theory. He is also interested in Stochastic Geometry, High-dimensional Geometry, and Machine Learning problems. He received the B.S. degree in Mathematics from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea and Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University. Jae Oh's webpage

## Graduate Students

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Professor and former Graduate Student

Namyoon Lee (Graduate Student 2012-2015)

##### Postech, Korea

##### namyoon.lee@intel.com

Namyoon Lee received his Ph. D. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He is now with Wireless Communications Research at Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA, USA. His primal research interest is to developing and analyzing future wireless communication systems using tools including multi-antenna network information theory and stochastic geometry.

#### Ahmad AlAmmouri

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### alammouri@utexas.edu

Ahmad AlAmmouri is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, under the joint supervision of Prof. Jeffrey Andrews and Prof. François Baccelli. He received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan, Jordan in 2009 and his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia in 2016. His research focuses on statistical modeling of wireless networks using stochastic geometry.

#### Avhishek Chatterjee

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### avhishek@utexas.edu

Avhishek Chatterjee is a Ph.D. student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of The University of Texas at Austin. He obtained a master degree in telecommunication from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a bachelor degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. His research interest lies in the analysis and efficient operation of networked systems in general, and social and human-centric systems in particular using techniques from stochastic processes, queueing theory, combinatorics, optimization and machine learning.

#### Chang-sik Choi

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### chang-sik.choi@utexas.edu

#### Junse Lee

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### junselee@utexas.edu

Junse Lee is a Ph.D. student in Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He works at Wireless Network and Communication Group under the supervision of Dr. Francois Baccelli. He received B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from KAIST, in 2009 and 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he worked at Samsung Electronics Telecommunication Network, where he dealt with LTE eNB system design. His current research interest is stochastic geometry models of wireless networks.

#### Yingzhe Li

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### yzli@utexas.edu

Yingzhe Li received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China in 2012. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Jeff Andrews and Prof. François Baccelli at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include communication theory, statistical modeling of cellular networks, stochastic geometry and asymptotic analysis of ad-hoc networks.

#### Pranav Madadi

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### ee10b024@iith.ac.in

#### Mayank Manjrekar

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### mmanjrekar@math.utexas.edu

Research interests: Spatial birth-death processes, Stochastic geometry, Random graphs.

#### James Murphy

##### jamesmurphy@math.utexas.edu

#### Eliza O’Reilly

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### eoreilly@math.utexas.edu

Eliza O'Reilly is a PhD student in the department of Mathematics at The University of Texas at Austin. Her advisor is François Baccelli. She received her Bachelor's in Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh in May 2013. Her research interests include High Dimensional Stochastic Geometry and Determinantal Point Processes.

#### Abishek Sankararaman

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

##### abishek@utexas.edu

Abishek Sankararaman is currently a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is part of the Wireless Communications and Networking Group and is advised by Prof. François Baccelli. He received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India in 2013. His current research interests are in studying Spatial Birth Death process and Stochastic Geometry motivated by applications in emerging wireless and social networks.

#### Antonio Sodre

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### asodre@math.utexas.edu

Research Interests: Random walks in Random Environments & Stochastic Geometry.

## Alumni

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Professor and former Graduate Student

Namyoon Lee (Graduate Student 2012-2015)

##### Postech, Korea

##### namyoon.lee@intel.com

Namyoon Lee received his Ph. D. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He is now with Wireless Communications Research at Intel Labs, Santa Clara, CA, USA. His primal research interest is to developing and analyzing future wireless communication systems using tools including multi-antenna network information theory and stochastic geometry.

#### Anup Biswas (Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2014)

##### Indian Inst. of Science Education and Research

##### anupbiswas@utexas.edu

Dr Anup Biswas was a Simon postdoctoral fellow at the ECE department of UT, Austin, during 2013-2014. His primary research area lies in stochastic control and probability theory. During his stay in Austin he was mentored by Prof. Ari Arapostathis and Prof. Francois Baccelli. Anup Biswas received his doctoral degree from TIFR centre for Applicable Mathematics, India, in 2011 and he also held a Viterbi postdoctoral position at Technion, Israel, during 2011-2013. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Mathematics department of Indian Inst. of Science Education and Research, Pune, India. Anup's website.

#### Javad Ghaderi (Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2014)

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin

The research interests of Javad Ghaderi are broadly in the analysis, design, and management of large-scale networked systems. In particular, my research draws upon mathematical tools from control, optimization, information theory, algorithms, and stochastic processes to study communication networks, wireless systems, social networks, and data centers. He was a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of ECE in 2013-14. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of Columbia University in NY. Webpage.

#### Joe Neeman (Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2015)

##### Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### joeneeman@gmail.com

Dr. Joe Neeman has been a postdoctoral researcher in the UT Math and ECE departments since fall 2013. He will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of UT Austin from the summer of 2016 and a faculty member of the Simons Center for Mathematics of Networks.

#### Ngoc Mai Tran (Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2015)

##### Department of Mathematics, UT Austin

##### ntran@math.utexas.edu

Starting June 2015 she will be a W-2 Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany. She will then be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of UT Austin from the summer of 2017 and a faculty member of the Simons Center for Mathematics of Networks. Ngoc Tran has also been recently appointed as five-year Honorary Senior Lecturer (Level C) with the Australian National University, Australia.

#### Virag Shah (Postdoctoral Fellow 2016)

##### ECE dept., UT Austin

##### virag@utexas.edu

- System optimization and algorithm design under uncertainty, reliability, and for sustainability.
- Large scale stochastic models and mean field approximations.
- Engineering of scalable complex systems, e.g., Cloud and Internet of Things.